Staff Biographies

Cheryl F. Cunningham
Executive Director
Cheryl Cunningham has headed the Chester Education Foundation (CEF) since 1994. Her responsibilities encompass all areas of administration and management including operations, human resources, finance, fund raising, public affairs, relations with board and community members, supervision and evaluation of all staff and programs. Cheryl has a Master's degree in Management from Widener University, and has completed course work in Widener's doctoral program in education. In 2005, she completed a fellowship with the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College. As a Project Planner, Ms. Cunningham has developed and implemented delinquency prevention and community revitalization initiatives such as Delaware County Communities That Care, Chester Weed and Seed and Social Work Consultation Services. Chester Work First, Work Wise and Pathways to Better Employment were all pilot projects for workforce development planned and directed by Ms. Cunningham. Additionally, she has developed projects and trained providers of childcare, violence prevention, family health, and after school programming. Ms. Cunningham has developed and conducted trainings in program sustainability for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and Penn State University's Management Development Center, including training for Pennsylvania Career Link managers.

Cynthia Hart-Griffith
Financial Director
Through her company, CHG Financial and Accounting Services, Ms. Hart-Griffith provides internal accounting management and financial guidance to CEF along with six other non-profit and for-profit organizations. As a financial director she is responsible for everyday management of financial and accounting processing and procedures, audit preparation, and ongoing budgeting and projection. Ms. Hart-Griffith also volunteers as a peer reviewer for the Pennsylvania Association of Non-profit Organizations (PANO), reviewing applications to ensure that all organizations meet the necessary criteria to be recognized by PANO and receive the Certificate for Standards of Excellence. She has also taught seminars for Philadelphia Foundation constituents on budgeting, audits and interpreting the 990. She previously held financial advisory positions on the Strath Haven Middle School and Nether Providence Elementary school boards and she is the past-Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Helen Furness Free Library.

Neilda E. Mott
Director, Prevention Programs
Neilda Mott has led the Communities That Care (CTC) Network for over ten years. Ms. Mott facilitates monthly Communities That Care (CTC) meetings, which bring together over 50 community groups in the Chester area. As a CEF Program Director, she is also responsible for development, management and evaluation of elementary and middle school programs. Ms. Mott has introduced several nationally recognized prevention programs to the Chester Upland School District, providing training and supervision of district and CEF staff as they deliver prevention programming within the schools. She has presented workshops at statewide and national conferences and facilitated the start-up of workforce development initiatives for CEF. Ms. Mott is a Past President of the Delaware County Community College's Board of Trustees.

Elaine Greene-Upton
Director, Workforce Development Programs
Elaine Greene-Upton has been a program director for the Chester Education Foundation (CEF) since 1991. She received a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education/Human Behavior and Development from Drexel University. She also has a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Neumann College and a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. Ms. Greene-Upton managed adult and youth programs for the Philadelphia Private Industry Council before she came to Chester. Since 1991, she has mentored numerous youth workers and volunteers and taught them how to work effectively with at-risk students, parents, school officials and community leaders. She has also facilitated numerous job readiness and job placement workshops nationally and locally and workshops for parents on effective communication and parenting of teenagers. Elaine is the originator of the Chester Youth Summit and she continues to provide workshops at this successful annual event. Through her participation in the development of a county wide Health Careers Curriculum with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit she provided technical assistance to Chester High School's Health Careers Program. Ms. Greene- Upton has also developed and presented various training programs on data collection, program development and budget management and reporting.

Gerald L Rocha Sr.
Director, Prevention & After-school Programs
Gerald L. Rocha Sr. is a 20 year United States Air Force Retiree with an extensive leadership background and is committed to serving the Chester community. He is currently leading the Delaware County Communities That Care (CTC) Network as a Mobilizer and facilitates monthly Communities That Care (CTC) meetings, which bring together over 50 community groups in the Chester area. As a CEF Program Director, he is also responsible for development, management and evaluation of after-school programs for middle and high school students in the Chester Upland School District. Gerald is co-founder of the Delaware Youth Leadership Academy, an organization that provides a concentration of leadership development, public speaking and citizenship for youth ages 10-18. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Harcum College in the Leadership Development program. Gerald earned a Bachelor's Degree in Information Resource Management and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. Gerald is a Trustee at Eastern University Academy Charter School, treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Parents Association and secretary on the Board of Directors of One Village Alliance.

Stephanie Scappa-Hall
Director, After-School Programs
Stephanie Scappa-Hall is the After-School Program Director for the Chester Education Foundation. She has 20 years of experience with youth programs in the City of Chester. She coordinated the 2001 Chester Youth Summit and works with the Chester Youth Development Council. She has been involved with the 21st Century SKILLS program since its inception. She has acted as the Regional Representative for the Pennsylvania State CTC Advisory Board and as the Community Mobilizer for Chichester CTC. Ms. Scappa-Hall is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University.

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Cheryl Cunningham
Cynthia Hart-Griffith
Neilda E. Mott
Elaine Greene-Upton
Gerald L Rocha, Sr.
Stephanie Scappa-Hall

Board of Directors

Philip W. Damiani, Jr., M.S.S., Chair
Gwendolyn A. Smith, Vice-Chair
Mary Harper, Secretary
Thomas J. McFadden, Treasurer
David Castro, Esq.
Michele W. Daly
Nancy Gray
David E. Robbins, Esq.
Paula T. Silver, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Cheryl F. Cunningham