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 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.
VP, Clinical Services
Mr. Chuk Akaluka is the Vice President of Clinical Services at CORA Services, Inc. He joined CORA in February of 2020 after spending more than a decade in leadership positions at Resources for Human Development (RHD), a non-profit human service agency. He is a visionary leader who brings exceptional analytical and process analysis skills to CORA. Driven by a passion to make the most impact, he left a successful career in the corporate sector, where he held several positions that include Chief Accountant, Group Accountant and Auditor, just to mention a few. He also helped start up a pioneer telecommunications corporation in Africa, which pioneered the Sim-Payphone technology. Mr. Akaluka also served on the Board of African Immigrants Resources Center, a non-profit agency strategically positioned to help immigrants from Africa adjust to the American culture and mitigate the effect of culture-shock.
Mr. Akaluka’s transition away from the corporate world to the non-profit Human Services field was motivated by a personal experience he had that changed his life and altered the trajectory of his career. Working with an individual who struggled with alcohol and other drug use, Mr. Akaluka was able to help this individual abstain, maintain sobriety and move into a stable housing after spending more than twenty years in several Mental Health residential treatment facilities.
Mr. Akaluka holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and is a Temple University, Graduate School of Social Work alumni. He has over 15 years’ experience in audit, accounting and finance, and more than 15 years’ experience in the human services field. He is a husband and a proud father of three beautiful daughters.
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.
VP, School Services
As Vice President of School Services, Eric is responsible for program development and management of a variety of school-based auxiliary and related services. These include: counseling, educational support, hearing support, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, speech/language therapy, and vision services delivered in nonpublic and public charter schools, as well as early intervention services provided to preschool age children, throughout the city of Philadelphia.
Eric initially joined CORA as a speech-language pathologist in the early intervention program in 2012. He then expanded his caseload to work with school-age students in various public charter schools for several years. He transitioned to Director of Speech and Language Services in 2020 and was appointed Vice President of the School Services Division in 2022.
Eric received his M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Wayne State University in his hometown of Detroit, MI, and his B.A in English from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI.
Mary K. Doherty
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.
VP, 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.
Azeb Kinder, Ed.D.
Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)
Azeb Kinder is an experienced educator, facilitator and trainer who works with individuals, communities and organizations to address and dismantle racially based inequities by transforming their beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors. Prior to coming to CORA, she was the Managing Partner and Principal Consultant at The Kinder Group, a consulting firm with a mission to increase the cultural competency of organizations by leading their stakeholders in developing cultural self-awareness, knowledge, and skills that empower them to effectively communicate and serve diverse populations. Azeb has over 20 years of experience as a community organizer, educator, and dialogue group facilitator. Throughout her career, she has created and led engaging community outreach programs for a diverse group of parents and students, trained teachers, and facilitated numerous dynamic workshops.
Azeb holds an EdD in Educational Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University, an MEd in Elementary Education from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.
Joseph P. Yanchis
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.
Associate Director of Data and Evaluation
Jen joined the CORA team in January 2017 as a SAP Assessor in the Clinical Services Division. She joined the Data Department as a Data Analyst in August 2020 after discovering a knack for systems and an interest in examining data. She was the project manager for the most involved data system implementation in CORA’s history and went on to manage that system. She was appointed Associate Director of Data and Evaluation in November 2022.
The Data Department’s role is to manage and support the data systems utilized by the direct service staff at CORA Services and create, analyze, and distribute reports to CORA’s leadership, staff, and external entities.
Jen earned her MSW from The University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in Child Well-Being and Child Welfare and her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.