A Book Can Change a Story

Jennifer Leith, WePAC Executive Director

Jennifer Leith (she/her)
Executive Director
jennifer@wepac.org

(215) 452-0333 ext. 0
Jennifer Leith, a Philly native, has been a supporter of WePAC and childhood literacy for many years especially in her 10+ years as Executive Director of The Douty Foundation and as a mom to two voracious readers. Jennifer brings a strong background in nonprofit management, relationship building and community engagement to WePAC. With a broad range of experiences, interests and a desire to constantly learn, Jennifer is excited to bring her skills and knowledge to WePAC and to also learn from the volunteers, partners and supporters who make the work of WePAC possible. Jennifer is an active member of her local community having served on the Haverford Township Human Relations Commission for 7 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Haverford Township School District Education Foundation. Jennifer holds a B.A. in History & Political Science from Bucknell University and an M.A. in History form Rutgers University. 

Katelin Beck, WePAC Program Manager

Katelin Beck (she/her)
Program Manager
katelin@wepac.org
(215) 452-0333 ext. 2
From a young age Katelin knew she wanted a career that would allow her to share her passion for stories with others. To begin her journey, she attended East Stroudsburg University where she earned a B.A. in English literature. She went on to continue her education at the graduate level by pursuing a teaching certification in 7th-12th grade English. For six years, Katelin taught middle school English in the School District of Philadelphia. During her time as a classroom teacher, she worked hard to support her students’ growing literacy skills and to encourage their lifelong love of reading by building a robust classroom library. Dedicated to the belief that literacy brings liberation and that all students deserve access to representative texts, Katelin is thrilled to serve as WePAC’s program manager. In her free time, Katelin loves spending time outside with her two boys.

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Rosie Jacobson (she/her)
Volunteer Manager

rosie@wepac.org

(215) 452-0333 ext. 1
Raised by writers in a home that celebrated literacy for its ability to liberate and change lives, it’s no surprise Rosie has pursued a career in education. After spending her high school years writing zines and swapping books with friends, Rosie got her BA in Contemporary Cultural Anthropology from Earlham College and her MSEd in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She has spent her career working with young readers on student centered projects that grapple with what it means to live fully in this world.

In addition to her work as an educator, Rosie loves to cook elaborate meals, go on long walks in all kinds of weather, and has recently really gotten into audiobooks.

Board of Directors

Bruce Self, President
Regional Managing Director,
Truist Wealth

Eileen Hillman, Vice President
Nonprofit Consultant, Schultz & Williams

Steve Udicious, Treasurer
Assistant General Counsel, McKesson

Anne Willkomm, Secretary
Associate Dean, Graduate College,
Associate Teaching Professor, Dept. of Communication,  
College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University  

Jinaki Bright
Director of Education, Office of Senator Vincent J. Hughes, Pennsylvania Senate 

Carol Caswell
WePAC Volunteer Team Leader

 

 

Mengistu Koilor

Data Management – Market Data,

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Christina Holmes
Librarian, Children’s Department Head, Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, Free Library of Philadelphia

Tim O’Hara
Director, International Vaccine Commercial Operations, Merck and Company

Karen Richter
WePAC Volunteer Team Leader

Rachel Semigran
Director of Enrollment Marketing & Communications,
Swarthmore College