Meet The Team

Colleen Landy, MS (she/her) – Assistant Director

I oversee the services to students and families who are experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia.
A fun fact about me is that the beach is my happy place.
One misconception about homelessness is that it only happens to a certain type of person.
If I could tell a student who is experiencing homelessness one thing it would be to ask for help when you need it.

 

Dr. Al B. Quarles, Jr. – Regional Coordinator

I am the point of contact for ECYEH in Philadelphia, and my primary role is to support charter schools.
A fun fact about me is I am an author of an ever-growing library of titles, and I am an avid golfer.
One misconception about homelessness is that those experiencing it are not hard workers. I was homeless, and I have always worked very hard.
If I could tell a student who is experiencing homelessness one thing it would be homelessness is temporary, and your future remains bright if you only believe. Press on to the mark!

 

ZaLisa Fanning – Program Coordinator, TEEN

I am the point person for any student in high school who is experiencing homelessness and I run the TEEN Program.
A fun fact about me is I am obsessed with Monkeys.
One misconception about homelessness is that you’re only considered homeless if you are street homeless.
If I could tell a student who is experiencing homelessness one thing it would be you are resilient and this is only a temporary situation that you shall overcome.

 

Janiece M. Frisby – Data Analyst

I manage the data for the program.
A fun fact about me is I am Renaissance woman, through and through.
One misconception about homelessness is that it is something only poor people experience.
If I could tell a student who is experiencing homelessness one thing it would be you do not have to walk your journey alone.

 

Nakola D. Cameron, Jr – Project Assistant

I work on projects including uniforms, emergency funds, and tutoring.
A fun fact about me is I love hearing and telling stories. Thus I love a good podcast and listening to NPR.
One misconception about homelessness is that it means somehow you have done this to yourself or that you are a bad person. None of these things are true.
If I could tell a student who is experiencing homelessness one thing it would be remain hopeful and know that you are enough.

 

Vivienne Lawrence (she/her/hers) – Project Assistant

I primarily work with students and families to remove barriers to education.
A fun fact about me is I LOVE plants! All plants, however, I am obsessed with houseplants.
One misconception about homelessness is that people who are experiencing it are lazy. That is far from the truth, more times than not a person’s work ethic and/or willingness to work has nothing to do with them experiencing homelessness.  All people deserve kindness, and support, no matter where they sleep or why they are sleeping there.
If I could tell a student who is experiencing homelessness one thing it would be YOU ARE WORTHY! You are WORTHY of everything you have, everything you want, and EVERY SUPPORT YOU HAVE GOTTEN OR WILL RECEIVE.