President: Julie Szymaszek
Vice President: Josh Schulman
Secretary: Anne Fosnocht
Treasurer: Chau Wing Lam
Executive At-Large: Todd Schwartz
At-Large: Chris DiBiase, Jamie Kerezi, Michelle Oleski, Barbara Shontz, Joshua Spindler, Patti Tahan, Rebecca Wanner
Julie Szymaszek: President
Julie Szymaszek grew up in New England. Though she has lived all over the US, she and her partner knew that they’d always want to call Philadelphia home, and finally achieved that dream in early 2019. Julie brings over 10 years of experience as a higher education professional, leading and working alongside diverse teams to create impactful programming. She is excited to call the vibrant community of LoMo her home, and believes strong communities can be created when everyone feels empowered to participate and hopes to achieve this open communication and transparency. Having earned her Masters degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from CU-Boulder, she first became involved in LoMo through the environmental committee. Julie has been a board member since 2020.
Josh Schulman: Vice President
I have lived here since buying my house in May of 2008. I care deeply about this community and want to make sure that it is well looked after. I come from an entertainment design background and have managed projects with budgets in the millions. I am interested in making sure the city government is listening to us, the residents. I pick up the litter on my block about once a week with my son. I would like to see more neighborhood beautifying projects such as tree planters and additional trash cans throughout LoMo. I am also very concerned about the drug epidemic that is currently sweeping through our community. I feel that there are business members in our community that could be better partners. Joshua joined the board in 2020.
Anne Fosnocht: Secretary
While I have never served on the board at a non-profit, I was heavily involved in the Penn Science Policy and Diplomacy Group and served as blog director there for over a year. This was a leadership position that required planning and organization of events like policy memo writing workshops, lobbying days in DC and a city hall, and group attendance of the UN summit for science and technology. My experience in the Penn Science Policy group equipped me with the skills to navigate government websites and documents, apply for grants and awards, educate and excite others about things going on in the community, and much more. I have a passion for empowering others to come together and create a community that we all want to live in.
Chau Wing Lam: Treasurer
Chau Wing has lived in Philadelphia more years than she’s lived anywhere, and has been a resident of LoMo since 2014. She is the mother of a 5 year old who will attend Kindergarten in our neighborhood, and has worked in the education and ed-adjacent sectors for 14 years.
Chau Wing currently works as the Director of Operations for Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders (School Leaders), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the skillset and networks of school leaders across Philadelphia. As Director of Operations, Chau Wing leads the finance, contracting, HR, technology and operations functions of the organization, as well as implementation of School Leaders’ strategic plan.
Chau Wing currently serves as the Treasurer for Orchestra 2001 and as a member of PCCY’s Young Professional Advisory Council. She previously served as a founding board member for the Philadelphia branch of The DREAM Program, and the Community Relations Chair of the JET Alumni Association of New York.” “In addition to my business skills in finance and operations and content expertise in education, I arrived at the US as an immigrant and would love to help LoMo connect and serve the growing Asian and Asian-American residents in our community.
I am also very interested in commercial corridor development and would love to engage with City and entrepreneurial partners in developing a more cohesive plan for the block on the East side of Broad/Snyder.
Todd Schwartz: Executive At-large
I am one of the founding members of LOMO. I served two terms as Vice-President and 1.5 terms as President and I am currently Chair and Founder of the Zoning and Planning Committee. I am an original board member and former President.
Chris DiBiase: At-large Board Member
Chris has lived in LoMo for the past eight years. Although he tried living in NYC twice and South Florida once, he always returned to Philadelphia. Chris is a graphic designer by trade, but turned to selling real estate full time because of his love for South Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. He believes that LoMo is one of the most thriving and valuable neighborhoods in South Philly and plans to remain a resident and advocate for a long time. Chris has been a board member since 2018.
Jamie Kerezi: At-large Board Member
I am a Realtor with Keller Williams and I live on 13th & Ritner. After living in New York City and Los Angeles for 14 years, I am thrilled to be back in Philadelphia. I love my neighborhood and being part of a community. I feel it is important that as a community, we all work together to make our neighborhood the best it can be. I live here. I work here. I am here for you. I am results driven, a team player, extremely organized, hard working, honest, family oriented and friendly. I am very comfortable in leadership and understand that every neighborhood and every person is unique.
Colleen McDonough: At-large Board Member
Colleen originally came to Philadelphia in 1998 when she started working at the Art Institute of Philadelphia; however, she only lived here during the week, returning to Annapolis on weekends. She moved permanently to South Philadelphia in June 2006.
By August 2006 she was searching to find in which civic association her house was located; only to discover that there was none. She started the process by placing a shout out on PhillyBlog for others interested in forming what would later become Lower Moyamensing Civic Association (LoMo). The first meeting, in September 2006, was held at what used to be Gavonnes on 10th and Wolf. Colleen and seven ambitious people who responded to her post took the first steps in the lengthy and challenging process of getting the original application together.
It is now going on ten years that Colleen has been involved with LoMo and she has served as a board member since the beginning. Many theories of organizational development hold that it is best for established leaders to limit their tenures and nurture others take leadership roles. She agrees with this and so has gone from Treasurer to Executive-at-Large. Colleen also believes that it is vital that there be long standing board members to function as the memory of the organization and to advise newer members on initiatives. It is particularly important to assure that, when an initiative is proposed, the board can discuss whether it has been attempted before, what was learned from that attempt and if and how another attempt should be made.
Michelle Oleski: At-large Board Member
Michele has been a valuable asset to the LoMo Zoning and Planning Committee and to her block of Tree Street. She understands the essence of preserving our zoning code and building community from within; house by house, block by block.
Barbara Shontz: At-large Board Member
Barbara has lived in South Philly all her life. She raised her three children in South Philly. She worked for UPS for 20 years. She moved to Lower Moyamensing in 1996 with her children and two grandchildren. Barbara is an active member of the environmental committee, gardening, and manages LoMo’s recycling bin distribution. Barb has been a board member since 2018.
Joshua Spindler: At-large Board Member
Josh is Philadelphia born and raised. He has lived around the city in different neighborhoods from the Northeast, West/University City, and South. He ultimately fell in love with South Philadelphia and made it his permanent residence when he and his wife purchased their home. He works at a privately owned manufacturing company in a quality laboratory where he reads, interprets and authors laboratory reports. Joshua is active on the Environmental Committee and has been a board member since 2018.
Patti Tahan: At-large Board Member
Patti has lived in South Philadelphia since 1989. She loves South Philadelphia and believes that the old and the new can exist and thrive by working together. There is much to love when you live so close to historic Philadelphia, many great museums, performing arts venues, parks, restaurants, shops, quirky neighborhoods, public transportation and a diverse population. A Temple University graduate, she taught English Language Arts in Philadelphia and retired in 2019. She became a member of LoMo in its first year and has been involved with the beautification committee and cleanups but most often in maintaining neighborhood gardens. Patti has been on the board since 2016, serving as treasure and president (2017-2021).
Rebecca Wanner: At-large Board Member
Rebecca Wanner grew up in the Beloit, Wisconsin, attended Smith College, and moved to Philadelphia in 2000. Since 2006, she has lived with her partner in his childhood home on Wolf Street, which is now also home to their son and two cats. Rebecca earned a Masters Degree in Education from UPenn and worked as a literacy specialist in schools and on the administrative side in nonprofits. She brings this experience to LoMo and the Friends of Mifflin Square, hoping to foster community to advocate for equity and support our neighborhood schools and families. Rebecca has served on the board since 2017.