Meet the Team 

In the office 
Sarajane Blair
Executive Director
Jordan Rogers 
Business Services & Membership Manager
Jessie Marushak 
Communication Manager 
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Christia Edwards  
Community Development Intern
The Board 
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Charles Neer

Board President 

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.

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Heidi Siegel 

Vice President 

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.

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Dave D'Alba 

Secretary

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.

Thomas Young

Treasurer

Thomas is an Associate at Bellvue Strategies. In his most recent role before Bellevue, Young served for five years as Chief of Staff to State Representative Donna Bullock (PA-195)  During his tenure, he established strong relationships with business corridors, nonprofit organizations and community groups within the district.

Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Thomas worked on various political campaigns, including Ken Lawrence for Montgomery County Commissioner, Donna Bullock for State Representative and Lynne Abraham for Mayor. These experiences have positioned Thomas as a key adviser for campaigns locally and nationally. 

Thomas is a Philadelphia native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from IUP. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife Melissa and enjoys traveling, playing basketball and spending time with family and close friends.

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Darnetta Arce

Director

Darnetta Arce became the Executive Director for the Brewerytown Sharswood Community Civic Association (BSCCA) in October 2015. As the Executive Director, Darnetta has made it a priority to serve the Brewerytown Sharswood section of Philadelphia. She has used her extensive background in social working, housing, volunteerism, consulting service and outreach to bring the Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Program to the people. In addition to working with residents, Darnetta through community partnership has managed the Community Land Care Program through the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) for the past 5 years. She has also worked closely with the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) and Habitat for Humanity to bring a suite of critical home stabilization projects to lower income homeowners. Darnetta is passionate about working with residents and especially seniors. 

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Karen Blanchard

Director

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 Butler

Director - Fairmount Civic Association Rep

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.

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Lynnette Camacho

Director

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.

Shawn Duff

Director

Shawn is a project manager and estimator for Carr & Duff, an electrical and utility contractor in the tri-state area based out of Huntingdon Valley and Philadelphia, PA. Shawn manages various types of electrical construction projects, including medium voltage distribution systems; commercial, institutional and industrial projects; wireless communication systems; transportation projects; and exterior and roadway lighting projects. Shawn also serves on several committees for the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. Shawn has been a resident of Fairmount since 2011, and he and his wife, Cortney, have two sons Jack and Joe.

Henry Fairfax

Director

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.

Geni Klein

Director - Fairmount Civic Association Rep

Having begun her career as a retail stock broker at Merrill Lynch in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Geni then managed fixed income portfolios in the banking industry. Geni moved to Philadelphia in early 1980s as an institutional salesperson specializing in municipal bonds and short term securities until  2012. She later became a Business Engagement Specialist. Her duties included seeking  employers who would hire unemployed Philadelphia residents and provide them with on-the-job training. Geni is also on the board of The English Speaking Union. ESU is a non-profit educational charity that employs the English language to foster global understanding and good will through educational opportunities and cultural exchange programs.

Brooke Rothman

Director - Fairmount Civic Association Rep

Brooke Rothman is the Manager of the Patient & Family Experience team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she and her team translates patient and family feedback into initiatives that 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. She also worked at PolicyLab at CHOP on studies that investigated barriers to healthcare access for Philadelphia families. Outside of work, she serves as a Board Member of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. She also enjoys biking, her bowling team, and exploring Philly's food scene. Brooke has lived in Fairmount with her husband since 2016, in Philadelphia since 2008, 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. 

Dave Spadaro

Director

Dave Spadaro, who joined the Fairmount Community Development Corporation in July, 2020, has been the Philadelphia Eagles Insider since joining the organization in 1997 and is a presence in the local media market during the football season. With his leadership, PhiladelphiaEagles.com was named the NFL’s Best Website from 2001-2004. Dave also won a regional Emmy Award as host of the “Inside The Eagles” television show in 2018. The highlight of his Eagles career was when Dave emceed the Parade Of Champions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art following the Eagles’ win in Super Bowl LII in February, 2018. His two children, Dan (25) and Julia (23) live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kahlil Williams

Director

Kahlil Williams is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department, where he represents companies and individuals in government and internal investigations, actions involving securities and corporate governance, and complex commercial litigation. Kahlil also helps his clients design and implement anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies and fulfill internal and external compliance obligations. Kahlil is also a member of the firm's Diversity Council. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Kahlil worked for a major international firm in New York City.

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Joe Zimatore

Director

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.

Fairmount Community Development Corporation

2837 W. Girard Avenue. Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone: (215) 232-4766

Email: mail@fairmountcdc.org

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