Our Team

Vicki Ellis, Executive Director

Vicki has held various positions in the District since 1999 – always working with partners who provide a range of supports to students.

Prior to working at the District, Vicki was a social worker on the HIV/AIDS multidisciplinary team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  She also served as the Educational Coordinator at Youth Service, Inc.

Vicki received her Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.  She counts her social work training and longstanding involvement with her neighborhood school as critical in her understanding of what makes schools and communities work.

Ayana Lewis, Esq., Assistant Director

Prior to joining the District, Ayana worked as a litigation attorney at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP, where she also represented abused and neglected children as a volunteer child advocate. Prior to attending law school, Ayana served as program coordinator and retention specialist for the Harlem Children’s Zone’s (HCZ) College Success Office.  At HCZ, Ayana worked to develop retention programs for at-risk students to ensure their successful integration into, and graduation from, higher education institutions.

In 2012, Ayana earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as a certificate in cross-sector innovation from UPenn’s School of Social Policy & Practice. While in law school, as Community Liaison of Penn Law’s Leaders in Education Advocacy and Reform Network (LEARN), Ayana developed a special education awareness program for parents of children with learning disabilities.  She received her B.A. in sociology from Spelman College in 2006.  Ayana and her husband Michael Lewis spend much of their free time chasing after their spunky, fearless four-year-old daughter, Zala Lewis.

Severin Tucker, Assistant Director

Severin is a proud native of Philadelphia and has been working in the fields of education and youth development since 2008.  Outside of work, Severin loves to play music and garden with his partner and son.

Severin’s work in OSP focuses on helping the office collect and use data to drive OSP’s work and the work of partners.

Anjela Alvarado, Partnerships Manager

Anjela Alvarado has an extensive background serving the Greater Philadelphia region through a variety of non-profit organizations including Junior Achievement, The Enterprise Center and The Marriott Foundation. Her experience includes training high school students living with disabilities to enter the workforce, and coordinating large scale volunteer events to serve local schools, and other non-profit agencies. Anjela graduated from the Fox School of Business at Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She later continued her studies at Temple earning a master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on Community and Policy Arenas.

Anjela has partnered with the District in many of her prior roles so she is happy to bring her work full circle by joining OSP. Her work primarily focuses on engaging corporate partners with schools, coordinating a black male mentoring program, and co-leading the External Partners subcommittee for the District’s Equity Coalition. Anjela is Philly native and Girls’ High alum. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 2 high-spirited daughters, her husband, and her doggies. When she finds the time, she’d like to finish some of the many books in her library, learn to become a better cook, and take dance lessons.

Marianna Sann, Program Coordinator

Born and raised in south Philadelphia, Marianna is committed to embracing her story as a first-generation college graduate and daughter of refugees. She is a product of the Philadelphia School District, with a proud background as an alumna of Central High School (Go 273!) and G.W. Childs Elementary School. Marianna spent much of her youth participating in various school-based partnerships like the many connected to OSP, to which she attributes as a big factor in her academic success and desire to serve the Philadelphia community.

Prior to joining the office, she was an undergraduate student studying Journalism at Temple University, where she was also a Resident Assistant and Administrative Assistant at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for three years. Her time at Temple reaffirmed her desire to stay in the city in hopes of assisting students like her gain access to higher education. During her spare time, she likes to paint, go dancing, and practice cooking traditional Cambodian dishes to reconnect with her culture.

Helen Lauterbach, VISTA Fellow

Helen Lauterbach is our AmeriCorps PHENND VISTA Fellow. Helen grew up in the Bay Area in CA and recently graduated from Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) with degrees in Sociology and Psychology.

She is excited to be living in Philadelphia and learning about cultures, communities, and people. This curiosity and her coursework makes learning about education in Philadelphia an exciting experience. Helen strives for her work at OSP to both teach her something new and do a part in creating equity, opportunity, and empowerment for students.

She looks forward to continuing her own education with graduate school and striving for positive social change. Helen sees her work as a Partnerships Coordinator at OSP and as a VISTA as contributing to both of these goals.

Madeline Dahlin, Partnerships Coordinator

Madeline is our newest OSP team member. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in our office from 2018 to 2019. She worked for two years as an immigration paralegal and is excited to be back with OSP as a full-time staff member. Madeline’s interests include immigrant rights, equitable access to education, and intentional relationship-building. Madeline enjoys reading, Lindy Hopping, and being outside.

In this role, Madeline hopes to work alongside school-based partnership coordinators and OSP staff to build tools and training for developing and maintaining strong partnerships across District schools.