About ACHIEVEability

Leadership Team

Jamila Harris-Morrison, Executive Director

whosnextcommunity-march2017-jamillaharrismorrison-1024x683Jamila joined ACHIEVEability in August 2006 and was recently appointed to the position of Executive Director. Prior to this position, she held roles as ACHIEVEability's Deputy Director and Director of Self-Sufficiency. A lifelong Philadelphian and advocate for vulnerable families, Jamila has dedicated her career to helping vulnerable families to reach their full potential as contributors to a vibrant community. Her work at ACHIEVEability focuses on increasing the independence of homeless or at-risk of homelessness families and preparing them for self-sufficiency by focusing on education, employment/finance, personal development and parenting skills.

Jamila graduated with honors from Clark University with a degree in Psychology and is a Master of Social Work candidate May 2017 at University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. She has over 15 years of experience in counseling, educational and evaluative services for children and adults. Billy Penn recently featured Jamila as one of Philadelphia’s Upcoming Community Leaders. In her free time, she likes to volunteer serving as a mentor for Philadelphia Futures, and is a member of Women’s Way – Young Women Initiative and the National Association of Black Social Workers. She is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.

 

Erika Tapp, Director of Community Services

Erika_TappErika comes to ACHIEVEability with a strong background in community and economic development, as well as strategic leadership, having formerly served as the Executive Director of South Kensington Community Partners and FINANTA Community Development Corporation. She received her Bachelors of Architecture from Cornell University, MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MBA from Villanova University. In addition, she has spent considerable time working with children and families during her tenure at Lutheran Settlement House as Director of Development, and with Northern Children’s Services, where she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Outside of ACHIEVEability, she teaches in the MBA program at Villanova University in their Social Enterprise Consulting program.

 

Leslie Archer, Self-Sufficiency Manager

Leslie_Archer-Web_ReadyLeslie joined ACHIEVEability as the Self-Sufficiency Manager in June 2016. Previously, Leslie was a Child Advocate Social Worker for the DefenderAssociation of Philadelphia, where she worked to improve the lives of children and families involved in the Child Welfare system. Before deciding to enter the field of Social Work in 2010, Leslie spent 6 years as an Executive Assistant in the corporate finance field in Boston, MA. When she realized that her true passion was working with individuals and families to help them achieve their best possible life, she moved to Philadelphia to attend graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Leslie obtained a BA in History from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Leslie is licensed as Social Worker in Pennsylvania and acquired her license as a Clinical Social Worker in 2016.

In her free time, Leslie spends her energy chasing her toddler son, Nathaniel, at the playground and taking of her two Boston Terriers for walks.

 

Brian Hoskins, Events Manager & Development Specialist

Brian_Hoskins-Web_ReadyBrian came to ACHIEVEability in 2003 as a Program Associate, managing the organization’s communications and publications, supporting the finance and property management administration, and coordinating the volunteer program. His interest in direct services and his passion for the ACHIEVEability mission soon led him to serve as a Self-Sufficiency Coach for approximately five years. During this time, he worked with a caseload of participants in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program and facilitated various participant programs such as new participant orientation, the youth programming agenda, and many annual events including college campus tours. Since 2011, Brian has supported ACHIEVEability’s development and fundraising efforts as the Events Manager & Development Specialist. In this role, he successfully manages the agency’s major fundraising events including the annual spring gala - Food for Thought and the annual golf outing. Over the past six years, these fundraising events have raised more $1.7 million in gross revenue to support ACHIEVEability’s programs and services. Brian also manages the corporate volunteer program, giving oversight to nearly 300 volunteers each year in various service projects. In addition, he coordinates the agency’s communication and marketing activities.

Prior to ACHIEVEability, Brian worked as a Campaign Manager for a U.S. Congressional Candidate in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and ran his own political campaign as a Student Party candidate for a Borough Council seat in State College, PA. Brian has a B.A. in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University. In his free time, Brian enjoys the outdoors via bicycling and hiking, spending time at the Jersey Shore, live music and cooking. 

 

Carly Maurer, Evaluation & Innovation Manager

Carly_Maurer-Web_ReadyAs ACHIEVEability's Evaluation & Innovation Manager, Carly is responsible for designing and implementing processes to ensure quality and improve services for ACHa programs including developing and reporting on program outcomes, researching trends and best practices, coordinating resources to ensure efficiency and managing strategic partnerships. She manages the client database, trains staff, and optimizes workflows to ensure the quality and integrity of program services and outcomes. Some of Carly's key contributions include fully implementing and maintaining a new, web-based ClientTrack database, leading our program evaluation efforts through the BECI initiative in collaboration with the Yale Consultation Center, and developing and implementing standards to uphold a successful, data-driven culture. Carly joined ACHIEVEability in 2009 as an Academic Coach, providing tutoring and supportive services to participants. Initially drawn to the mission, she remains inspired by the families she has built relationships with over the years. Carly has a B.S. in Mathematics from St. Joseph's University and a Master’s in Education - Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania. Carly spends the rest of her time exploring, reading and laughing with her husband and two young kids.

 

Griffith Ridgway, Special Projects Manager

Griffith_Ridgway-Web_ReadyAs the Special Projects Manager, Griffith Ridgway is primarily responsible for coordinating executive tasks and delivering project support on behalf of the Executive Director. The Special Projects Manager also provides support on a variety of organizational and programmatic activities, including communications, program development and fundraising research, board and public relations, as well as support of special events. In addition, Griffith manages contracts with the Department of Commerce and the Philadelphia Horticultural Society to oversee maintenance of the 60th Street business corridor and Community Landcare programming respectively.

Prior to ACHIEVEability, Griffith worked as a School-Based Community Partnerships Coordinator through P.H.E.N.N.D. at Henry H. Houston Elementary School and The Office of the School Reform Commission. He currently sits on the board of Philadelphia Magic Gardens. Griffith graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Philosophy.

 

Harold Barrow, Senior Self-Sufficiency Coach

Harold_Barrow_Headshot-Web_ReadyHarold has been employed with ACHIEVEability since 1999, initially working as a Drug & Alcohol Counselor and then as a Self-Sufficiency Coach. Currently, he is the Senior Self-Sufficiency Coach, and continues to be an inspiration for participants in the ACHIEVEability Family Self-Suffciency Program (FSSP). Harold shares his life story often, serving as a spokesperson for ACHIEVEability, specifically through the United Way campaign.

Prior to his employment with ACHIEVEability, Harold was a FSSP participant. He entered the program with an eighth grade education and a limited capacity to read and write. With support from the FSSP program and its self-sufficiency coaches, he earned his GED and soon after that in 1996 earned an associate’s degree in general studies with a focus on mental health and social services from Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). In addition, he earned a certificate as a certified addictions counselor from CCP. Harold continued on with his education and earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in psychology from Drexel University in 1999. Ultimately, he earned a master’s degree in social services from Capella University in 2008.