Meet the Team 

Patrick Sherlock
Executive Director

Patrick Sherlock is responsible for all daily operations of the Fairmount CDC and the implementation of our Strategic Plan and neighborhood plans.

 

Patrick is passionate about Philadelphia's evolution as a more equitable, accessible and inclusive city. Prior to Fairmount CDC, Patrick worked to support growing communities as a project and partnership manager for 15 years, with the William Penn Foundation and Campus Philly. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and enjoys local restaurant recommendations, running the city's parks and trails, coaching ultimate Frisbee and watching basketball. Patrick and his partner live in Fishtown.

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Mignon Verdell
Business Services Manager 

Mignon works with GAMBA members and entrepreneurs to create community through networking, business services and support. Her goal is to engage and elevate the business community, holding space for existing and prospective business owners to contribute to the growth and change of the Art Museum District.

 

Mignon is a resident of West Philadelphia and a tireless advocate for making Philadelphia greener and more accessible to all residents. Prior to Fairmount CDC, Mignon worked as a human services professional focusing on non-profit program design and implementation, operations, and outreach.   

 

She is a member of Septa's CAC (Citizens' Advisory Committee), a volunteer transit advocacy group. She belongs to the Viola Street Community Garden and enjoys exploring new restaurants and pop-ups across the City, coaching youth soccer and baking. 

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Jessie Marushak 
Communications Manager 

Jessie Marushak, is the founder and CEO of 7C Communications, a Marketing agency located in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia. Jessie assists the Fairmount CDC in all of its marketing and communications efforts.

 

Named one of Bucks County’s top 40 Under 40, honoring today's most dynamic individuals who shine in our communities, Jessie is a highly innovative, creative storyteller. From Wall Street to nonprofits, she has crafted engaging narratives to create opportunities for individuals, corporations and community members to generate positive change. In her free time, she loves volunteering, singing, and exploring the Art Museum District.

The Board 
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Heidi Siegel

Board President 

Heidi has been part of the FCDC Board since early 2017 and was elected Board President in November, 2020. 

 

Heidi is a communication professional providing guidance on brand and reputation management, digital/social media and strategic communication to a variety of public, private, non-profit and political organizations. She resides with her family and their dog in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, and has lived in and around the Art Museum District for nearly 30 years. She currently serves as Home & School president for Central High School, is on the advisory board for the Philadelphia Writing Project, and 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.

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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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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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Jeanine H. Dankoff

Director

Jeanine Dankoff has been a resident of Philadelphia since arriving here in 2002.  An enthusiastic member of each Philadelphia neighborhood where she has lived, Jeanine has served on the boards of the Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary Park and the Overbrook Farms Club.  As a partner at Berman Indictor LLP, Jeanine represents developers and public housing authorities in the context of affordable housing and community development. Jeanine raises her son, Theo, and daughter, Noa, alongside their dad in the Francisville neighborhood. In her spare time, Jeanine trains in powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting, and nurtures an amateurish photography hobby.

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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.

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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.

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Eric Moore

Director

Eric is an agent with Elfant Wissahickon Realtors where, alongside his residential sales, he has worked on several interesting projects for local entrepreneurs including Ursa Bakery and CP Lighting. Before he got into real estate Eric was a founding partner and chief technology officer at TLA Entertainment Group which originally operated the Theater of the Living Arts as a repertory arthouse cinema from 1981-87 and the Roxy Screening Rooms as well, later they opened a highly successful six-store chain of video rental stores (TLA Video), sold DVDs online and founded the Philadelphia Film Society to operate the Philadelphia Film Festival and Queerfest. A life-long Philadelphian, Ericgrew up in University City, spent 10 years in Bella Vista, and has lived in Fairmount since 1994.  

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Charles Neer

Director

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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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. 

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Andy Siegel

Director

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Kahlil Williams

Director

Kahlil Williams is a partner at Ballard Spahr, 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.