President: Patti Tahan
Vice President: William Shuey
Secretary: Rebecca Wanner
Treasurer: Frances Larosa
Executive At-Large: Colleen McDonough
At-Large: Anthony Fasano, Jenny DeHuff, Todd Schwartz, Rachel J. Cox, Andrew M. Barbato
Patti Tahan: President
Patti has been a homeowner in the the same house in South Philadelphia since 1989. She loves South Philadelphia and believes that the old and the new can exist and thrive 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 graduate of Temple University, she has been teaching in Philadelphia since 1997. She is pursuing a Masters degree from UPenn in Liberal Arts with a focus on Urban Studies. 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. She served this past year as treasurer and looks forward to serving as president.
William Shuey: Vice President
Will is an attorney with years of experience with non-profits generally and LoMo specifically. He has previously served on LoMo’s board of directors, assisting our organization draft our initial bylaws, legally incorporate, and apply for recognition of 501(c)(3) status.
Rebecca Wanner: Secretary
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.
Fran Larosa: Treasurer (Bio Pending)
Colleen McDonough: Executive-at-Large
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.
Anthony Fasano: At-Large
Anthony has been a resident in LoMo since 2007, but joined the organization in fall 2013, and immediately started attending Zoning and Planning Committee meetings. Anthony is originally from the Chicagoland area, but came to Philadelphia (coincidentally with his family) to study Architectural Engineering at Drexel in 2002 and has never left. He had lived in West Philadelphia and Center City as an undergrad before landing in South Philadelphia after graduation, and has never looked back since (a renter first…and now a homeowner). “Ant” is a licensed Mechanical Engineer by day, and “little bit of everything” by night. He is part of the South Philly Food Co-op and sits on two committees for them. He sits on the Zoning and Planning Committee of LoMo in addition to serving on the Board. Anthony joined LoMo because he wanted to become involved in making our neighborhood a better place. He loves living in South Philadelphia, and “can’t imagine living anywhere else”, but he knows it can be better. Trash/litter, equitable development, safety, accessibility to multiple modes of transit, cultural diversity…these are just some of the things Anthony finds important.
Jenny DeHuff: At-Large
A native of New England, Jenny has lived in the LoMo area since 2010. A 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, she has written for The Philadelphia Public Record, the Philadelphia Bulletin, The Times Herald in Norristown, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Metro and now works as Managing Editor of Culture for Philly Voice. She is chair of LoMo’s outreach committee, responsible for recruiting new members and organizing social events.
Todd Schwartz: At-Large
Rachel J. Cox is originally from Maryland. In 2005 she moved to East Passyunk with her sister, who was attending Penn Law School. She now lives in LoMo with her husband, Greg, their son, Oscar, and their dog, Jolene. Since last year she has been working at Temple University Libraries as a graphic designer and is instrumental in keeping our webpage fresh and hip.
Rachel loves karaoke, pastries, science fiction and thrift store shopping. She dislikes litter, Dunkin Donuts donuts and people who block subway doors.
Andrew M. Barbato: At Large (Bio Pending)