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about us

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our mission

The mission of Community Action Lehigh Valley is to improve the quality of life by building a community in which all people have access to economic opportunity, the ability to pursue that opportunity, and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

why community action?

Community Action Agencies (CAA) are private non-profit or public organizations whose development was encouraged by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in their local communities. They involve all sectors of the community—elected officials, public sector representatives, and especially low-income residents—in developing programs that address the causes and conditions of poverty in their communities.

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areas of impact

We meet our mission through programs and services in:

Advocacy

Business Start-Up & Development

Food Access & Nutrition

Housing

Neighborhood Revitalization

Youth

MEET OUR COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD

The governing body of the Corporation is the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has supervision, control, and direction of affairs of the Corporation.

At least one-third of the Directors represent organizations designated by the Board whose membership is predominately composed of low-income persons. They are chosen in accordance with democratic selection procedures adequate to assure that they represent the low-income in the area served by Community Action. They need not be low-income themselves, but the selection procedure assures that they represent low-income persons.

One-third of the Directors are either elected public officials currently holding office or their representatives. The remainder of the Directors are private individuals.

Zachariah Cobrinik

Zachariah Cobrinik

President, Executive Chair of Board Development

Retired

Lidia Gonzalez

Lidia Gonzalez

Secretary

Lidia's Mobile Notary and Tax Services

Linda Faust

Linda Faust

Chair Of Personnel Committee

Retired Healthcare Administrator

Wayne Barz

Wayne Barz

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

David Delp

David Delp

Pawnee Block Watch

Jack Gross

Jack Gross

Gross McGinley LLP

Mark Hartney

Mark Hartney

City of Allentown

John Kingsley

John Kingsley

City of Easton

Alicia Miller Karner

Alicia Miller Karner

City of Bethlehem

Shalanda Riddick

Shalanda Riddick

Visit Vans Transportation

Jon Schwartz

Jon Schwartz

Life Church

Pastor

Betty Wagner

Betty Wagner

Greater Shiloh Church

Lou Cinquino

Lou Cinquino

Vice President

Cinquino Direct

Abby Oberbeck

Abby Oberbeck

Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee

National Magnetics Group

Dr. Joseph Roy

Dr. Joseph Roy

Chair of Program Development and Evaluation Committee

Bethlehem Area School District

Kim Capers

Kim Capers

One Valley Realty

Charles Dertinger

Charles Dertinger

Northampton County

Virginia Haas

Virginia Haas

County of Lehigh

Patricia Jackson

Patricia Jackson

Michael F. Yates & Company, Inc.

Susan Master

Susan Master

Retired

Luis Perez

Luis Perez

Reciprocity

Hilda Rivera

Hilda Rivera

Lehigh Valley Health Network - Muhlenberg

Stephanie Steele

Stephanie Steele

Borough of Portland, Council President

COMMUNITY ACTION EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM AND DIRECTORS

Dawn Godshall

Executive Director

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 691-5620

Chuck Weiss

Associate Executive Director for Housing

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(484) 893-1041

Daniel Bosket

Director

Community Action Development Allentown

523-525 North Seventh Street, Allentown, PA 18102

(610) 433-5703

David Chevalier

Associate Executive Director for Information Technology

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 849-7701

Erin Dallago

Associate Executive Director for Development

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem PA 18015

(484) 893-1137

Elesia Fowlin

Associate Executive Director for Human Resources

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 691-5620

Robbie Matthews

Director

Sixth Street Shelter

219 North Sixth Street, Allentown, PA 18102

(610) 435-1490

Michael Handzo

Director of Housing & Real Estate Development

Housing Rehabilitation

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(484) 893-1061

Vacant

Associate Executive Director for Planning

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 691-5620

Susan Gottwald

Director

Housing Counseling

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 691-5620

Bryon Aragon

Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administration

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 691-5620

Chris Hudock

Associate Executive Director for Business Development

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(484) 893-1039

Ela Madrazo

Director of Marketing and Communications

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(484) 893-1111

Jessica Reimert, MPA

Deputy Executive Director for Operations

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 691-5620

Jaana Kelley, MSW

Associate Executive Director for Community Services

Administration

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(484) 893-1030

Allison Czapp

Associate Executive Director for Second Harvest

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania

6969 Silver Crest Rd, Nazareth PA 18064

(484) 287-4015

Kumari Ghafoor-Davis, MSW

Director

Racial and Ethnic Justice

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem PA, 18015

(484) 893-1033

Mike Austin

Director

Weatherization

1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 691-5620

Vincent Behe

Director

Slate Belt Rising

197 Pennsylvania Ave, Bangor, PA 18013

(484) 523-0900

Vacant

Director

Community Action Development Bethlehem

409 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 807-9337