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PHL Diversity Staff & Advisory Board

1601 Market Street, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19103

PHL Diversity (formerly Multicultural Affairs Congress)
Gregory DeShields
Executive Director
fax: 267-479-6389
Damali Stansbury
PHL Life Sciences and PHL Diversity Coordinator
fax: 267-479-6375


PHL Diversity Advisory Board

Richard Lee Snow
PHL Diversity Board Chair
John Kroll
PHL Diversity Board Vice-Chair

The PHL Diversity Advisory Board consists of various diverse professionals in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The Board shall meet, make recommendations and provide strategic guidance to the Executive Director of PHL Diversity as to matters within areas of their experience and expertise. Within the PHL Diversity Advisory Board, PHL Diversity works with four working committees:

  • Board Development and Nominations Committee: Recruit & review board nominees. Conduct mid-year and year-end evaluations of board members.
    • Chairs: Yvonne Drayton, President of Drayton Cross Consulting & Rikki-Quinn James-Renz, Director of Clinical Research Contracting, Fox Chase Cancer Center

  • Executive Committee: Oversee all initiatives as they relate to standing committees, membership structure, economic development strategies and hospitality hiring practices.
    • Chairs: Richard Lee Snow, Regional Development Director, Washington, DC Region, United Negro College Fund (UNCF) & Vice Chair John Kroll, President of Keating Hospitality

  • Education Committee: Provide input into the strategy to support  PHL Diversity’s mission to increase representation from Philadelphia’s multicultural communities in the hospitality industry across the city and region.
    • Chairs:April Thomas Jones, Executive Director, Old Pine Community Center; Lynsey Madison, Assistant Professor of Community College of Philadelphia 

  • Brain Box Committee: Advise the entire  PHL Diversity journey of innovation and be responsible for creating new ideas, concepts and practices driving the entire innovation change process, constantly monitoring it to ensure it stays on track.
    • Chairs: Tami Sortman, Vice President of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus & Richard Haldis, Owner of Wise Owl Media

  • Lead Generation Committee: Derived from the most recent PHLCVB strategic plan that gives all business development divisions a stronger focus on sales, the Lead Generation Committee will cultivate and filter leads from the PHL Diversity board to Sybil Davis, National Accounts Manager – Diversity and International Markets, and educate the board on what strong leads entail.

    Committee responsibilities also include imparting an understanding of the PHL Diversity sales process, funnel, and the development of strategic relationships to support the process.
    • Chairs: Janice Sykes-Ross, Director of The Belmont Mansion & Brad Baldia, President of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Raquel M. Arredondo
Associate Director
Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business

Bradley Baldia*
Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey

Loraine Ballard Morrill
Director News & Community Affairs | Philadelphia

Adonis Banegas
Executive Director

Michael Banks**
Managing Director, Employment Opportunities & Entrepreneurship
United Way

Elizabeth Barber
Executive Director
Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Bridgett M. Battles*
Project Manager, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Supplier Diversity
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Paul Beidman
Avenue of the Arts

Mariska Bogle
Executive Director
Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc.

Stephanie Boyd
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Keeya M. Branson
Corporate Contributions Manager

Albert Butler
Director of Community Outreach & Member Diversity
Fitler Club

Nancy W.Campbell*
Front Office Operations Instructor
Philadelphia OIC

Amanda Chevalier

John Chin
Executive Director
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

Jimmy Contreras*
Public Relations Manager
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Donna Clark
Director, Communications & Special Projects
The Philadelphia Tribune

Ron Davis
Director of Diversity and Community Development
Parx Casino

Vanessa Delgado
Sales Manager
Fogo de Chão Philadelphia

Rollo Dilworth
Chair of Music Education and Music Therapy
Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance

Yvonne E. Drayton**
President & CEO
Drayton Cross Consulting

Ryan Eppley
Chief Operating Officer
REC Philly

Jason Evans
University of Pennsylvania

Mike Fanelle
Parralux Video Production

Juan Franco
Executive Director
Delaware Valley Legacy Fund

Chantelle Fitzgerald
CEO & Founder
Mindset Strategies

Suzanne Geyer*
Associate Executive Director
Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association

Gaetan T. Giannini
Dean of Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives
Montgomery County Community College

Naomi Gonzalez
Director, Education and Community Engagement
The Mann Center for Performing Arts

Andrea Gosfield
Managing Member
Gosfields Potts LLC

Jazzy Gray-Sadler
Founder and Board President
Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying

Monique Greenwood
Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns

Anuj Gupta
General Manager
Reading Terminal Market

Richard Haldis*
Wise Owl Media

Earl D. Harvey
Black Professional News

Amber Hikes
Chief Diversity Officer
American Civil Liberties Union

Angela Hollis
Vice President
Advanced Meeting Solutions, Inc.

C. Richard Horrow
Independence Business Alliance

Lee Huang
Senior Vice President and Principal
Econsult Solutions, Inc.

Rikki-Quinn James-Renz*
Director of Clinical Research Contracting
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Jeffery Ji**
President, U-Combination Technology Partner,
Knighthawk Tours L.L.C.

Ajamu Johnson**
Vice President of Procurement
Comcast & NBCUniversal

Kenny Johnson
Community Engagement Coordinator
Philadelphia Phillies

April Thomas Jones*
Executive Director
Old Pine Community Center

Christopher Jungers
Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Jennifer Kerstetter
Vice President, Retail Office Manager

Corvette Kittrell
Director, Work Based Learning and The Business of Hospitality
Philadelphia Academies Inc.

Kelly Lee**
Chief Cultural Officer
City of Philadelphia

Tomeka Lee
Senior Partner
TriZen, LLC

David Lipson**
Philadelphia Magazine

Christopher E. Lopez, Sr.
National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Andrew Lovell*
Senior Associate Director of Industry Relations
Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Lynsey Madison*
Assistant Professor, Culinary Arts and Tourism & Hospitality Management
Community College of Philadelphia

Michael Mariano
Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company

Rev. Darron Mckinney
Senior Pastor
Bright Hope Baptist Church

Kelly Meerbot
Leadership & Team Development Coach
You: Loud and Clear

Kris Mendoza
Founder & Executive Producer
Maestro Filmworks

Jeffrey Montague
Part-Time Director of STHM Alumni Engagement
Temple University; School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Kevin Moran
Senior Manager
Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Shawn Murray*
Lecturer & Hospitality Management Program Lead
Montgomery County Community College

Yasmin Mustafa
CEO & Co-Founder
ROAR for Good

Isidore Ogoussan
Financial Advisor
1847 Private Client Group

Mumia Parham
Business Professional

Leslie Patterson-Tyler**
Senior Director of Media Relations and Communications
The Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts

Kimberly Reed
Chief Transformational Officer
Reed Development Group, LLC

Jerry Rice
Rice Consulting, LLC

Jennifer I. Rodriguez
President and CEO
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Natily Santos
AVP Specialty Supply Chain, Global Supply Chain and Procurement

Narasimha (Nick) Shenoy
President and CEO
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

Tami Sortman**
Vice President
Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus

Tiffanie Stanard
Founder and CEO

Natasha Strother
Executive Vice President
Strother Enterprises, Inc.

Janice Sykes-Ross**
Historic Belmont Mansion/American Women’s Heritage Society

Rebecca Tham
Operations and HR Manager
Women’s Business Enterprise Council of PA-DE-NJ

Lowell Thomas**
General Counsel
Philadelphia Housing Development Corp.

April Thomas-Jones
Executive Director
Old Pine Community Center

Ivan Turnipseed**
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Diana Utu
Vice President/Store Manager
TD Bank

Carol Watson
General Manager
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Donovan West
African American Chamber of Commerce PA, NJ, DE

Erika White
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Denise Williams
Managing Director
Madison Birch LLC

Tia Harris Wilson
Vice President for Production
Aon Risk Solutions

Patricia Wilson-Aden
President and CEO
African American Museum in Philadelphia

Kenneth Wong
CIG Asia Ltd.

Christopher Yochim
Director of Business Development, Natl. Inst. For Innovation in Manufacturing + Biopharmaceuticals
University of Delaware

*Denotes Executive Committee

**Denotes Chairman’s CouncilR


Ex-Officio Board Members

Julie Coker
President & CEO
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Honorable David Oh
Philadelphia City Council

Honorable Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez
Philadelphia City Council

Honorable Blondell Reynolds-Brown
Philadelphia City Council

Emeritus Board Members

A. Bruce Crawley
Millennium 3 Management
Chairman Emeritus

Nelson Diaz, Esq.
Dilworth Paxson, LLP

State Representative Dwight Evans
U.S. Congressman
Representing 2nd District of Pennsylvania

Ernest Jones, Esq.

Cheryl McClenney-Brooker

Tom Muldoon
Muldoon & Associates

Robert Nelson

Romona Riscoe Benson
President of Riscoe & Associates /
Manager, Corporate Relations

Ahmeenah Young
Former President & CEO
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Bill Wilson
Synterra Ltd.
Chairman Emeritus

*Denotes Executive Committee

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