Senior Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
AnnMarie was named CEO of CORA in July of 2015 after serving as Chief Operating Officer. Her visionary leadership and strong management have resulted in the expansion of services to thousands more children throughout the region. Since 2015, CORA’s budget has grown from less than $20 million annually, to nearly $30 million. Key accomplishments include expansion of related services to over 50 additional non-public and charter schools, securing a contract to provide early intervention services, and opening two additional Early Years Early Childhood Education Programs, one at LaSalle University and one at Huntingdon Mills.
AnnMarie’s career began in direct client service as an Educational Advisor with Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, Inc. She advanced within the organization, eventually managing the ELECT Teen Parent Program in 22 high schools. She joined CORA Services in 2002 as Director of the Beacon Center at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School. Through the years she has held several posts which have given her a broad perspective on the strengths and opportunities available to the organization. Prior positions include Division Director of Out of School Services, Director of Program Advancement and Marketing as well as COO.
She received her B.A. in Family Studies from Messiah College
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Christine oversees all operations departments include Data, Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Reception and Records.
Christine came to CORA in 2015 as the Director of Operations, with extensive experience in non-profit management and operations in youth-serving organizations. Prior to joining our staff, Christine served as Director of Capacity Building at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education and as Operations and Development Manager at White-Williams Scholars.
She earned her M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Economics from Williams College.
Chief Program Officer
Jeannine L. Lisitski, Ph.D, is CORA’s first Chief Program Officer, joining the team in 2021 to support the growth in programs. Currently, Ms. Lisitski supervises all managing directors at CORA Services as well as the Clinical Officer.
Prior to CORA Services, Ms. Lisitski served as the Executive Director & President for Women Against Abuse and Vice President of Operations for Project H.O.M.E. for decades, where she led exponential program growth and deepening of agency infrastructure with responsibility of budgets up to $14 million.
Ms. Lisitski has worked for more than 28 years in the nonprofit sector, focusing on issues of poverty, violence, behavioral health and homelessness. Ms. Lisitski has a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College, as well as a Master’s Degree in Psychology. In addition, Ms. Lisitski has certificates in executive nonprofit leadership from both Harvard Business School and Bryn Mawr College, where she co-facilitated their Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute for two years.
Ms. Lisitski has been the recipient of various awards for business acumen and social innovation including an international award out of Wharton Business School, the Lipman Family Prize, for leading in the creation of a citywide initiative to coordinate the community response to domestic violence across the health and human services sector.
Chief Financial Officer
Lora J. Yanagawa, CPA, CGMA is CORA’s first Chief Financial Officer, joining the team in 2021 to support the organization in the finance and business areas.
Prior to CORA Services, Ms. Yanagawa has many years of experience in accounting and finance by servicing as the CFO, outsourced CFO, consultant and auditor of numerous nonprofits. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. She loves to use her abilities to make a difference in making others succeed.
Ms. Yanagawa is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and PIPCAs nonprofit subcommittee. She received her BS in Accounting at Messiah College.
Managing Director, Clinical Services
Helene Baczkowski joined the CORA Services team in September of 2016.
As a member of the senior leadership team and in partnership with the board of directors, the newly established role of Director of Development will spearhead all of CORA’s fundraising, communication and marketing efforts. Helene brings more than a dozen years of experience in higher education to her work at CORA. She began her development career at La Salle University in 2003 and held a variety of different positions throughout her tenure in their University Advancement department.
She earned her M.B.A in Management and her B.A. in Communication from La Salle University.
Managing Director, School Services
As Managing Director of the School Services Division, Nora is responsible for program development and management for educational support, counseling, occupational therapy, psychology and speech/language services delivered in educational settings, as well as CORA’s two preschool programs.
Nora has been an integral part of CORA’s staff for over 30 years. She began her career as an Educator in the Non-Public School Services program. She transitioned to Director of the Early Years Program where she served for 10 years. Nora was critical in CORA’s expansion of service into Early Intervention and charter schools, serving as Director of each initiative. She was appointed Managing Director of the School Services Division in 2014.
Nora received her M.Ed. in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Beaver College and her B.A in Elementary Education from Holy Family University.
Compliance Officer, Government Relations
Mary began her 40-year career with CORA as a school counselor. She provided direct child and family services at CORA for twelve years prior to assuming a key management role in Community Services. She is a key leader in the social services field through her involvement in service advocacy activities in major City youth-serving systems.
Mary received her B.A. in Psychology from Immaculata College.
Director of Data Management
Managing Director, Community Services
Stacy joined the CORA team in 2016.
As the Managing Director of the Community Services Division, Stacy is responsible for the program development, implementation and accountability for the prevention and intervention programs which serve children and families within the community, helping to empower young people, keep them engaged in school and provide them with the critical tools for future success. These programs include Truancy Intervention and Prevention, Out-of-School Time Programs, 21st Century Learning Centers, the Lifeline Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Program, Prevention Education and career and work force development programs for Middle and High School Students.
Stacy has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 20 years, beginning as an Elementary School Teacher in California and Social Worker in New York. Prior to joining CORA, Stacy worked for Lutheran Children and Family Service for 10 years as the BOOST Program Manager of BOOST – 15 Out-of-School Time Programs located throughout Philadelphia, as well as the Director of the Beacon Center at Shaw Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia.
Stacy earned her MSW from Columbia University with a concentration in program development, her MEd from National University with an emphasis on Crosscultural Teaching, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from the University of California in Santa Cruz (home of the Fighting Banana Slugs).
Director, Human Resources
Lisa joined CORA Services in November of 2016.
Prior to coming to CORA, Lisa was the Director of Human Resources at Saint Joseph Villa in Flourtown, PA and has held various HR roles throughout her career including Skanska USA, The Rosen Group and Conrail. She brings with her a broad range of experience in all areas of Human Resources, with her most recent and longest position in a mission-driven, non-profit environment.
Lisa, a SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), received her M.A. in Human Resources Administration from Temple University and her B. A. in English from Cabrini University.
Director, Equity & Inclusion
Nyamal “Mal’’ Tutdeal, also known as Mal (which means peace in the Nuer language), is a former refugee from South Sudan resettled in the United States with her family. She has worked with various immigrants, migrants, refugees, indigenous communities, and women groups, both domestically and internationally. She is a notable international speaker and an advocate for displaced communities. Her advocacy work took her to the White House during President Obama’s term in office. She has hosted cultural events and facilitates dialogue on conflict resolution, antiracist/race relations and peacebuilding. She is also a certified mediator and teaches mediation and conflict coaching.
Nyamal is the co-founder and Executive Director of the NyaEden Foundation, and an Adjunct Professor at Arcadia University. She previously served as the policy director for Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalitions, a Nonprofit working on immigrants and refugees issues, and currently sits on the board. She holds a B.A. in Human Relations, an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at Nova Southeastern University.
Director, Information Technology
Joseph P. Yanchis joined the CORA Services team in October of 2017.
With experience governing all aspects of technology across various non-profit and for-profit industries, Joseph has been a respected leader of diverse teams.
He brings proven abilities leveraging technology to improve outcomes, with a track record of project successes.
Prior positions include IT Director for Ferreira Construction Company, IT Director for Noveda Technologies, and roles at The Devereux Foundation, Dorland Global Communications, and Primavera Systems.
He earned his B.S. from Drexel University.