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Meet our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Michelle E. Venema

Michelle E. Venema

Chief Executive Officer

The story of Michelle, our Chief Executive Officer, is a true inspiration. Thirty years ago, she started at First National Bank of Chester County as a bank teller and worked…

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Programs

Matrie Johnson

Matrie Johnson

Director of Programs

When Matrie Johnson believes something is possible, she doesn’t take no for an answer. As Director of Programs, she grew our programs to where they are today. She made Home…

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Chelsea Buckley

Chelsea Buckley

Program Coordinator for Health & Social Services

Chelsea Buckley gets it – as our leading expert on trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), she has a special perspective on the challenges that many women in our programs…

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Sue Hone

Sue Hone

Shared Housing Program Coordinator

Sue Hone is unstoppable and we actually suspect that giving up us isn’t part of her vocabulary. She will go above and beyond to support our program participants. She loves…

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Jess Grieshober

Jess Grieshober

WRAP Program Coordinator

Meet Kojak – our very own detective. No mystery is too difficult to solve for Jess. Her Kojak skills have come in handy many times in her position as the…

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Priscilla Cathers

Priscilla Cathers

Graduate Outreach Program Coordinator

Priscilla Cathers came to us from Texas, where she got her B.A. from Howard Payne University. In true alliance with her home state, she has a soft spot for frito…

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Development and Communication

Carolyn McKenna

Carolyn McKenna

Director of Development

When Carolyn McKenna joined the Home of the Sparrow family in 2014, it felt like coming home. She worked in the International Development Sector for 11 years. Following that, Carolyn…

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Sophie Tentrop

Sophie Tentrop

Development & Communications Associate

Sophie Tentrop lived across the world before finding her way to Home of the Sparrow. After working in Africa on the United Nation’s new global development agenda to alleviate poverty…

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Operations and Outreach

Darla Nutter

Darla Nutter

Director of Operations

Darla Nutter is the heart and soul of Home of the Sparrow. Here from almost the beginning, she played an essential role in bringing us to where we are today.…

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Ashley Stirling

Ashley Stirling

Outreach Coordinator

Ashley Stirling can find the most unusual things, giving her the nickname ‘finders girl’. Together with her ability to bring order to chaos and to organize rock star volunteer events,…

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Bruce Field

Bruce Field

Property Manager

As one of the longest standing staff members of Home of the Sparrow, Bruce Field makes sure that our Pre-Senior Bridge Houses and our office are in tip-top shape. We…

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