Charles Neer is a Senior Associate and landscape architect at Wallace Roberts & Todd with over 20 years of experience in urban landscapes and park master planning and design. He has worked on landscape architectural projects all over the country which have focused on green infrastructure, neighborhood connectivity, linear park / trail systems and urban plazas / streetscapes. His designs reflect his understanding of landscape as process – a productive agent in the shaping of our cities countryside and culture. He is a graduate of Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania and is member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He has lived in the Fairmount neighborhood since 2005. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son in the local parks and frequenting the neighborhood restaurants.
Heidi Siegel is a communication professional who resides with her family and their dog in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, and has lived in and around the Art Museum area for more than 25 years. She currently works with a variety of public, private, non-profit and political organizations, providing guidance on brand and reputation management, media and public relations, M&A activity including change management, as well as internal, employee and digital/social media communication. She previously served on the board of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, as board president of Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary Park (FESPP) and as Home & School president for Bache-Martin Elementary school. Heidi has a journalism degree from Temple University and is an elected committee person in Philadelphia’s 15th Ward.
Dave has been a resident of the Fairmount neighborhood since 2009. You can find him cycling around the neighborhood streets, running through Fairmount Park, coaching softball at the Von Colln Fields, or visiting the plethora of amenities the Fairmount and Brewerytown neighborhoods have to offer. He is proud to send his daughter to the neighborhood's public school, Bache-Martin, where his wife also teaches. In 2012, he named the regions network of trails, "The Circuit." Dave is the Visual Arts Supervisor at Urban Engineers where he leads Urban Video Productions. His leadership and success in the video production market over the previous 10+ years has led Urban Engineers to expand its video resources from what was initially an internal operation to become a highly competitive, external media productions agency.
Mia Kirksey is longtime banker currently with Univest Bank. Originally from Chester, PA she has served the Philadelphia region for over 11 years. She is an experienced professional with more than 19 years’ experience guiding and directing high performance teams. She is also instrumental in designing and implementing sales processes for deposit products, consumer loans, and other services. Ultimately, leading her offices into great success operationally and goal meeting. Her greatest successes have been in the form relationship building, ensuring profitability and operational efficiency. Mia successfully partners with other line of business to formulate strategies for existing and prospective commercial and consumer customers. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her four daughters, working with the Salvation Army and serving as Team Mom for her daughters AAU basketball team.
Mia E. Kirksey
Mr. Bailey grew up in suburban Philadelphia and graduated from Drexel University in 2002 before moving to the Fairmount neighborhood, where he has lived since. Mr. Bailey and his wife enjoy visiting friends at the neighborhood restaurants, running on the drives and doing what they can to promote the area. Professionally, Mr. Bailey is a Senior Developer at the Brewerytown based, Pennrose Properties, LLC (www.pennrose.com) leading development teams in the creation of large scale affordable communities. Mr. Bailey has worked in many areas of the Real Estate Industry, Architecture, Construction, Commercial Development, Corporate Tenant Representation, and Residential Development. Ryan’s specialties include Financial Analysis, Business Development, Project Management, and Development Process.
Karen is a Principal at SITIO architecture + urbanism where she is focused on delivering design excellence to multifaceted projects. Her vast experience ranges in scale and typology – she is fully engrossed as an architect and urban designer on civic and cultural, residential, educational and mixed-use projects. Karen’s commitment to design and the profession has resulted in numerous project design awards as well as being presented the AIA Philadelphia Young Architect award. Karen is the 2018 President of AIA Philadelphia, Co-Chair of the AIA Philadelphia Women In Architecture Committee, and currently sits on the AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors and their Executive Committee. As a graduate from Philadelphia University, Karen has stayed connected with the University as an adjunct faculty member and now sits on the College of Architecture and the Built Environment Advancement Council as well as their Lab for Urban and Social Innovation Board.
Eileen and her husband Bruce have lived in Fairmount for close to 30 years. Eileen is a life-long Philadelphian who loves living in the Art Museum area. She spent most of her working career as an educator for the School District of Philadelphia as a teacher, teacher on special assignment to the World Affairs Council and then as Assistant Principal for our neighborhood high school, Ben Franklin. Since taking early retirement she has been kept very active with the Fairmount Civic Association. She also is a Board member for the non-profit Partners for Civic Pride whose mission is to inform the public about our Philadelphia flag. When not attending meetings for these organizations, she rings church bells and has been actively involved with the national organization, the North American Guild of Change Ringers. With Bruce they have organized ringing tours and have visited bell towers all over the world.
Lynnette Camacho is going into her 9th season as Director of Special Events for the Philadelphia Eagles. Her responsibilities include selling the event space within the stadium for corporate, social, and community meetings and events on non-game days and assisting with team events like the Eagles Autism Challenge and planning the Super Bowl Celebration in Minnesota for Super Bowl LII. Lynnette enjoys everything Philadelphia has to offer including theater, playing softball with PSL, going to music and sporting events, exploring museums, and enjoying the great bar and restaurant scene. She believes Philadelphia is a fantastic city to live in and wants to support its vibrant culture and growth by being involved with the community through the Eagles and other civic organizations.
Henry has spent the past fifteen years revolutionizing admissions practices at independent schools. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Enrollment and Institutional Advancement at Girard College, where he overhauled the enrollment, institutional advancement, and strategic repositioning processes and spearheaded a successful 5-year diversity plan. Previously, he worked as Director of Admissions at the Haverford School (where he broke records in enrollment, diversity, and retention), and Foundations Program Director at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. Henry has also served as a co-chair for the NAIS People of Color Conference in Philadelphia and worked on the Call to Action Board which wrote the Principles of Good Practice for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at NAIS member schools. Henry serves on the boards of The Philadelphia School, Girard College Foundation, Jubilee School, and the Fairmount Community Development Corporation. His personal story would not have been possible without the life-altering opportunity to attend one of the premier independent schools in the country, and he hopes to pay it forward by reimagining the future of education for the next generation of learners.
Having begun her career as a retail broker at Merrill Lynch in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Geni then managed fixed income portfolios in the banking industry. Geni moved to Philadelphia in early 1980's as an institutional salesman specializing in municipal bonds and short term securities until 2012. She later became a Business Engagement Specialist which duties included, seeking out employers who would employ unemployed Philadelphia residents and provide on-the-job training.
Joshua Roberts is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area. Josh attended the University of Michigan, majoring in Political Science (B.A. 1997), and then graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2000). Josh moved to the Art Museum Area in 2004 and currently resides with his wife and son.
In May 2015, Josh and colleague started their own boutique litigation practice. Josh began his legal career in 2000 as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph D. O’Keefe in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Following his clerkship with Judge O’Keefe, Joshua clerked for the Honorable Timothy J. Savage in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2002-2006. In September 2006, Joshua joined the Philadelphia office of McCarter & English LLP, a 400-lawyer firm with offices up and down the Northeast Corridor. At McCarter & English, Josh’s practice focused on general business and commercial litigation. He participated in litigation and appellate proceedings before state and federal courts, as well as handling private arbitrations. Josh has extensive experience with Pennsylvania’s Election Code, Pennsylvania’s Campaign Finance Law and Philadelphia’s Campaign Finance Law. He has served as Treasurer of several Political Action Committees and he has regularly interfaced with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics on both election and campaign finance matters. Josh has extensive community involvement as well. In addition to the Fairmount CDC, Josh is a board member of the Friends of the Cresheim Trail.
Director, Legal Counsel
Brooke Rothman is a Senior Advisor on the Patient & Family Experience team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She translates patient and family feedback into initiatives that aim to improve the patient and family experience across CHOP. Brooke was previously a Research Associate at Branch Associates, where she conducted qualitative research and evaluation for social programs implemented by nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies. She also worked at PolicyLab at CHOP as a clinical research coordinator for studies that investigated barriers to healthcare access for Philadelphia families. Outside of work, she serves as a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC). She also enjoys biking, her bowling team, and exploring Philly's food scene. Brooke has lived in Fairmount with her husband for over three years, in Philadelphia for 10 years, and grew up nearby in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Shelly Salamon graduated from Temple University in 2004 with a degree in Film and Media Arts. She used that degree to spend a good portion of her twenties working in restaurants and playing music. In 2008, she teamed up with a friend and started selling used bicycles out of a warehouse in Kensington. In 2009, it became clear that Fairmount was a neighborhood in need of a bike shop and Shelly set forth on making that happen. She took a course with Entrepreneur Works to gain the required business skills, and in the summer of 2010, Fairmount Bicycles became a reality. The company has now expanded to also include the Philly Bike Tour Co., which offers guided bicycle tours of Philadelphia, and Brewerytown Bicycles, a second location at 28th and Girard. Shelly volunteers as a court appointed advocate for foster children through CASA. In her free time, she loves to play hockey and ride bikes. Photo (c) Thom Carroll.
Managing Director of Finance & Asset Management at MM, responsible for acquisitions and dispositions, asset management, financing, fundraising support and coordination. Prior to joining MM, Joe was part of Ernst & Young's Transaction Real Estate group, where he provided consultation services for valuation (both domestic and international), due diligence, corporate real estate and development advisory. Joe also worked in the valuations group for the LubertAdler Real Estate Funds and in the portfolio management group for Bixmor Property Group, a Blackstone Company subsidiary. Joe graduated from Boston University's Questrom School of Business with a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship.