Our board, congregations and alumni gathered for PIHN’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday June 28th at Chestnut Hill Friends. Featured speaker, Daniel Farrell, Senior Vice President of HELP USA for Homelessness Prevention and Rehousing, encouraged PIHN to move forward with efforts to focus on preventing homelessness before it begins. The preliminary annual report was distributed and the members elected four new board members:
Cheryl H. Barber, BS, MS
With extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, Cheryl holds a Fundraising Program Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, fundraising, development, strategic planning, communications, community outreach, and program development. Cheryl currently serves on the board of the American Baptist Homes & Caring Ministries. Throughout her career, she has held positions with several nonprofit organizations, including Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Dunleavy & Associates. Cheryl was most recently Director of Development with Baptist Children’s Services.
Michael H. Novak, BS, 30 graduate credits in Industrial Psychology at Temple University
Having an extensive and varying career, Michael worked with General Electric and Franklin Mint as a human resources professional. Mike was VP of Administration at Wells Fargo Alarm Services, has worked as an entrepreneur, and was Executive VP at Alternative Ways, Inc. He is retired from Fluidics, Inc., where he held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing. Mike has been affiliated with Saint Vincent de Paul Conference of IHM parish (Vice President) and is a Member of Friends of St. John the Baptist Parish in Manayunk. He has been married to his wife, Rose, for 51 years, and has four children and six grandchildren in the Philadelphia area.
J. Jamillah (Jamie) Mitchell
Philadelphia native, Masjidullah member, A graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and Howard University Alum., Jamillah has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, small business development, corporate training/development and quality assurance experience. In 2003, while living in Atlanta, GA, Jamillah begin consulting with local businesses in need of part time Administrative and Executive Level Assistance, Human Resource Services, Grant Writing and Marketing/Public Relations. This part time, home-based, consulting business serves as the foundation for her role as Interim Administrator at Masjidullah. Jamillah is also the proud mother of two children ages 12 and 18. Her son Zion, is a 6th grader at Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School (and an active Masjidullah Jawala Scout) and Zoee Monet, a Freshman at Community College of Philadelphia (and Masjidullah Madressa assistant).
Frank Robinson, BS, MBA, M.Div
Managing Partner of Kairos Development Group, has been a leader in the sustainable development industry for over eighteen years, working with government, private and nonprofit clients. Frank has extensive experience articulating primary objectives for strategic plans, pursuing federal grant opportunities, revitalizing brands through online channels, and spearheading new programs. Frank has also written and managed over $40 million in federal grants/programs. He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in Political Science. He also has an MBA with a focus on Economic Development from Eastern University and a Masters of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary. He also holds several certifications including one in low-income Housing Tax Credit Management & Development. Frank is a licensed minister and currently serves as an Elder at Cresheim Valley Church. He is married to Carolyn Crouch Robinson and has one daughter named Samantha whom is currently in high school.
Thank You Cathy Smith, Beloved Social Worker!
Cathy Smith, long time PIHN Social Worker was celebrated for her years of dedicated service to PIHN upon her retirement. Three alumni families spoke movingly about their experience with PIHN’s programs and about working with Cathy. These included Tonia Harris, Andrea Jourdan and Fatima Wells. We presented Cathy with a beautiful plaque, with her name in calligraphy; decorated by Jeanne Marie Todd.