Chief Executive Officer
AnnMarie was named CEO in July 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. 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 the Early Years Program at LaSalle University.
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, and Chief Operating Officer.
AnnMarie is currently enrolled in the M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership program at La Salle University. She received her B.A. in Family Studies from Messiah College.
Managing Director, School Services Division
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.
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.
Managing Director, Clinical Services Division
John came to CORA Services in July of 2017.
Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, John still resides in the area and cares deeply about our community. He brings over 40 years of diverse clinical and administrative experience to CORA’s senior leadership team, as he has held a variety of positions as both a practitioner and an administrator in the human social services field. His areas of expertise include child welfare, juvenile justice, prevention and community engagement. He holds a Master’s in Social Work, with a concentration in Administration, from Temple University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University.
As a licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for helping others, John also runs a private practice office in Mayfair where he has practiced individual, couples and family therapy since 2001.
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.
Director, Government and Strategic Partnerships
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.
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.
Tanya joined CORA in December 2017. She is responsible for accounting and fiscal operations including grant/contract management, treasury management, budgeting and forecasting, the annual audit, financial analysis and planning, insurance, and oversight of purchasing functions.
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.
Managing Director, Community Services
Stacy Leonard serves as Managing Director of CORA’s Community Services Division. She is responsible for the development, implementation, and accountability for social service programs supporting children, youth, and families including counseling, prevention, and intervention in the greater Philadelphia area.