Promise Corps Director
Bethany graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in Communication Arts followed by a graduate degree in Sociology at St. John’s and a graduate degree in Urban Education at Temple University.
After a short stint with Z100 radio station in her undergraduate years she decided to continue her education in Sociology and work on issues affecting communities. She traveled to France, Germany, Panama, Canada and a variety of states for different projects. During the completion of her graduate degree she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana after a 3 week volunteer effort supporting disaster relief turned into her relocation. Bethany spent 2 years as the Program Director for City Year Louisiana, managing the New Orleans and Baton Rouge programs and eventually launched City Year New Orleans and continued as a Sr. Program Director. Bethany relocated to City Year Philadelphia in 2012 to be closer to her family. While working on her graduate degree at Temple she became an Operations Coordinator for a national charter organization and upon completion of her degree joined the Promise Corps team.
Bethany is a Cross-Fitting vegetarian and an avid New Orleans Saints fan. She can regularly be found in Roxborough/Manayunk hanging with her wife, their 2 cats (Senor Julio & Peyton Manning) and 2 rescue dogs (Luna & Liberty)!
Senior Site Supervisor
Kerry is from Havertown, Pennsylvania. She attended Saint Joseph’s University and double majored in Business Intelligence and Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Sustainability. While there, she was very involved with the service programs, where she tutored in Philadelphia schools and went on service trips to the Appalachian region and Guatemala. This led her to complete two years of AmeriCorps service at Cristo Rey Boston High School. There, she worked in the Student Life Office – organizing the extracurricular program, planning school-wide events, and coaching basketball and softball. It was here she fell in love with the AmeriCorps program, her students, and her community of volunteers. She is so excited to be able to continue her passion for mentoring youth and collaborating with all those who support their successes in this role. Her favorite things to do are listen to music and win tickets to concerts! She also enjoys baking, going to Philly sporting events, playing sports, and walking along the Schuylkill River Trail.
Alex is an experienced educator and has worn many different hats within schools. He has served students in seven different cities as a teacher, reading specialist, after-school leader and workshop facilitator, and holds a B.A. in English and Social Work from the University of Michigan. While in school, he organized creative writing and theater workshops for students in Detroit Public Schools and Juvenile Detention Facilities across Michigan. After graduating he spent time in Providence, San Francisco and rural New Hampshire, teaching in a wide variety of landscapes and schools. During the 2017-18 school year he served as a Reading Specialist for several Philadelphia Elementary Schools, helping young students develop strong reading skills. As a West Philly resident, he is excited to partner with schools in his community and advise students on their post-secondary goals. In his free time Alex likes to bike around the city on his old beat-up Centurion and bake lots of sourdough bread.