Neighborhhood Advisory Committee
The Neighborhood Advisory Subcommittee (NAS) was elected by local residents in December 2014 to serve their neighborhoods and be a connection between People Emergency Center’s Community Development Corporation, the Promise Zone, and the community. Their work is funded by the Philadelphia Office of Housing & Community Development.
If there is an issue you are experiencing in the neighborhood, or something you are passionate about, let your local member know and they can work with you to resolve the issue or work on a project together! The NAC Program Manager at PEC is Kevin Brown and he can be reached at 267-777-5820.
To learn more about each member, see their bios below.
NAS Member responsibilities:
· Organize quarterly events providing information or services that benefit the community!
· Develop projects to meet neighborhood needs and receive help from PECCDC to fundraise to make them happen
· Deliver vital information to our blocks each month as PECCDC Drop Spots
· Work with neighborhood civic groups and represent the community on the Promise Zone committees
· Attend fundraising & leadership training
· Work with PECCDC to ensure residents of our neighborhoods receive information and assistance on: Housing; home repair; property tax relief; clean-ups; crime & safety; health & wellness; education and literacy; recycling; greening & beautification; blight & vacancy; programs for seniors, the disabled, and youth; employment & training programs; programs; and more!
2015-2017 Neighborhood Advisory Subcommittee Members
Pamela plans to work with her fellow NAS members and neighbors to ensure the residential nature of the communities in the NAS service area are preserved and maintained to support families. She is currently also currently a board member of West Powelton Saunders Park RCO, a block captain, and a graduate of the Citizen’s Planning Institute. Pamela is interested in support services for senior citizens, crime & public safety, education & youth, housing, employment & local business, neighborhood beautification & greening, and health & wellness. In her free time she enjoys acting, singing, interior design, and her community activist work.
Keith has lived in the area his entire life and wants to work with the NAS to continue his work helping the community. He has served as a volunteer in various capacities for the past 20 years. Keith is a co-founder of the Men of Mill Creek organization and runs the Mill Creek Summer Basketball League, located at 48th & Brown, where he is known as “Coach Bibby.” He is particularly interested in education, youth, and sports programs.
Danyell joined the NAS because he wants to help beautify the area, particularly by cleaning vacant lots, so the neighborhood can be a safe environment for residents of all ages. He is a trained PHS Tree Tender and volunteers with the Mantua Peace Garden. His areas of interest include education and youth, employment and local business, neighborhood beautification and greening, and health and wellness.
Aminata Sandra Calhoun
Sandra is interested in working with the NAS to erase blight in her community, and to engage in hands-on volunteer work. Sandra is captain on her block. She has also served as block captain in her former neighborhoods in Germantown, North, & Southwest Philadelphia. She’s the president of the Blind, Deaf Association in Philadelphia. She’s also the Resource Coordinator on the Committee to Bring Mumia Abu Jamal Home and the Field Coordinator for the Uptown Theatre. Sandra’s interests include crime and public safety, employment and local business, neighborhood beautification and greening, health and wellness, the inclusion of those with disabilities, and preserving the history and culture of West Philadelphia.
Ralph wants to work with the NAS to explore improving education options through online solutions. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1973, and is a class officer and member of the Senior Honor Society. Ralph is a former Wall Street employee, and founded and ran a management technology company until retirement. Recently, he has worked on the Community Garden Project in Mantua. Ralph is interested in education and youth, neighborhood beautification and greening, and health and wellness.
Denise Lorraine Eubanks
Denise is interested in working with the NAS to uplift her community to a better future. She has served on the Public Awareness Committee at IDS/DBH for 21 years. Denise is also a volunteer and advisor to Rose’s Clubhouse (free summer camp at the Lucien Blackwell homes), and a member of the R. Dewey Civic Association where she was secretary from 2011-2012. She serves as a Parent Representative for the Community Council on the Intellectual Disability Services and a former member of the Developmental Disabilities Planning Committee from 1998-2004. Denise is also a certified Special Education Advocate and Peer Specialist for DBH Mental Health First Aid. Her areas of interest include ex-offender reentry into their community, advocating for those with special needs, crime and public safety, employment and local business, and housing.
Bettye Lynn Ferguson
Bettye plans to work with the NAS to better the community. She is currently the president of the Belmont Alliance RCO. Bettye has prior training as a NAC board member for the Belmont Improvement Association (’95-’01), and a board member for the following organizations: Belmont Youth Enrichment Committee (’90-present), Holly St Garden Association (President ’90-present), Parkside Historical Coalition Committee (’14-present), and Mantua Collaborative (’14-present). She was also selected as the Community Representative in the 6th Ward, 11th Division. She was a member of Team 190 for State Rep Vanessa Brown from 2012 to 2013, and is also a block captain. Her interests include capacity building, community development, education and youth, housing, employment and local business, and health and wellness.
Kylla joined the NAS to improve the neighborhood she lives in, assist local youth, and reduce criminal activity. She is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Affairs. Kylla also serves as the Vice President for the Caribbean American Heritage Collaborative and is a member of the African Caribbean Business Council, Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Business Association and Belmont Charter School PTA. She also helps support the local economy by being a small business owner. Kylla is interested in community development, crime and public safety, education and youth, employment and local business, neighborhood beautification and greenings, health and wellness.
David wants to work with the NAS to help achieve safer streets, better schools, and outstanding youth programming. He has assisted the Police Athletic League by repairing old pitching machines so that the league could use them for their summer season. David also helps run a robotics after school program at Overbrook High School. In the past, he has served as a member on the Penn Charter Alumni Board of Directors (’97-99). David’s interests include mass transit, community outreach, crime and public safety, education and youth, housing, employment and local business, neighborhood beautification and greening, and health and wellness. In his free time he enjoys architectural history, antique cars, engineering and design, and classic motorcycles.
Rosalind C. Lee
Rosalind knows the beauty and treasures of this area, and joined the NAS so she can help those elements continue to shine. She is a former University City High School teacher and currently serves as Human Service Administrator for the Care People Alliance and as a curator for Ayinde. Rosalind is also a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce, an Advisory Board Member for the Princeton Day Academy, a former board member for Aiding Communities Through Service, and the Vice President for the John C. Smith University National Alumni Associate. Her interests include crime & public safety, education and youth, housing, employment and local business.
Derrick joined the NAS to continue his organization’s efforts to revitalize and strengthen his community economically, socially, educationally, culturally and politically, to allow it to become a great place to live, work and play. He is co-founder and CFO of the Men of Mill Creek, previously was the Vice President for the Mill Creek Advisory Council, and currently serves as the head coach of the Mill Creek Ballers Youth Football Team. Derrick also has an Associate Diploma and a Bachelor of Science in Bible Ministry, and is a lifelong resident of Mill Creek. His interests include crime and public safety, education and youth, housing, employment and local business, neighborhood beautification and greening, and health and wellness.
Mary Lucas Smith
Mary envisions her time on the NAS as an opportunity to work as a team and achieve more, as well as to gain knowledge of local resources available to meet community needs. She is a Block Captain volunteer for AARP, CAC Board Member, a past member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women (Women Moving Forward), and serves on the Juvenile Justice Service Center Advisory Committee. Mary has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Peirce College and is a graduate of New Life Missionary Bible Institute. She is a member of the West Philadelphia Coalition and is a Past Member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women. Mary is interested in crime and public safety, education and youth, housing, employment and local business, neighborhood beautification and greening, and health and wellness. She is also a proud wife, mother, and grandmother. In her free time, Mary enjoys exercising at the YMCA, including line dancing and zumba.
Abdul Rahim Muhammad
Abdul Rahim has a committed interest in revitalizing and transforming the flight and vacant properties in our community, neighborhood and the commercial corridor along Lancaster Ave., into vibrant economically competitive retail corridor and vibrant safe neighborhoods that the community residents can be proud of. He established the nation’s first New Africa Center/Muslim American Museum and Archive in 2005: The New Africa Center, on the 4200 block of Lancaster Avenue. Abdul Rahim also initiated the creation of several Community Murals on the 4200 block of Lancaster Avenue and has facilitated youth after school programs and summer camps serving over 1,000 youth at risk since 2007. He is on the board of the of the Philadelphia Masjid/Sister Clara Muhammad School and has severed over 5,000 West Philadelphia residents at biweekly community feedings and HIV testing. Abdul Rahim is interested in crime & public safety, education & youth, housing, employment & local business, and neighborhood beautification & greening.
Helping provide community input was Lamont’s main reason for running for the NAS. He has been volunteering in his community for the past 33 years, since he was 18, helping with everything from resume and cover letter writing to job training. Lamont is currently a Committeeman for the 24th Ward. His main areas of interest are crime & public safety, education & youth, housing, employment & local business, neighborhood beautification & greening, and health & wellness.
Pamela ran for the NAS to help support her community, to get proper and complete leadership training, to get information and resources to benefit her neighbors who can’t get to all the meetings that happen. She is currently a member and treasurer of the Sloan Street Community Garden, and a treasurer for the Saunders Park Neighbors Association. Pam served as a caseworker for 35 years with the Department of Public Welfare. She identifies as a democrat and a Christian, and came from a large family of 8 children. Pam has lived in West Philadelphia her entire life, and in the particular park of West Philadelphia for 59 years. Her particular areas of interest are education & youth, housing, neighborhood beautification & greening, and health & wellness.
Neva wanted to join the NAS because she see that her community is experiencing a tremendous amount of change and believes that it’s important to have individuals who live in the community to have a voice. She is as a member of the West Powelton/Saunders Park RCO, and has previous served as a board member of the Maternity Care Coalition. Neva is a nurse practitioner whose interests include gardening and exploring the many restaurants the community has to offer. Ms. White wants to be on the NAS so she can be a positive voice for the community and to keep everyone involved & informed on the changes going on in the neighborhood. She wants to get people to act more in the neighborhood and have a say in the quality of their lives. Her main areas of interest are crime & public safety, housing, employment & local business, neighborhood beautification & greening, and health & wellness.