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Key Personnel


Lauren Burgess, M.S.Ed., CADEkids' Executive Director, is responsible for board relations and preparation and stewardship of grant proposals to corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Previously, Lauren served as an Executive Board Member with CADEkids, supporting programming especially during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lauren has over a decade of youth development program experience including 8 years teaching and instructional coaching elementary grades. Through all her roles, Lauren has focused on developing caring and supportive environments for kids. She started at CADEkids in 2022.

Monica Morris, CADEkids' Office/Human Resources Manager, has the overall administrative responsibility of the office and human resources (HR) functions, which includes assisting the Executive Director, Program Director and Prevention Specialists in various duties and projects.

Nakia Hannibal, Prevention Specialist, is a Community College of Philadelphia graduate with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, bringing over 12 years of work experience with at-risk youth and their families.  Both professionally and personally, Ms. Hannibal strives to have great impact in young people’s lives.  Nakia joined CADEkids in winter 2019. 

Charlita Hardy-Jackson, Prevention Specialist, is a Community College of Philadelphia graduate (business and management), who previously served as a Beacon after-school program coordinator and as supervisor for the Adolescent Violence Reduction Partnership initiative.  Ms. Hardy-Jackson joined CADEkids in fall 2012.

Perry Mattero, Prevention Specialist, is a a Widener University graduate who holds a degree in Criminal Justice, as well as credits in psychology and sociology. Perry has experience working as a member of "A Better Chance" a program that assists gifted minority students at Lower Merion. Perry joined CADEkids in spring of 2017. 

Tony Smith, Assistant Program Director/Prevention Specialist, supports the management team and school-based personnel while providing classroom-based instruction. Tony earned an associate’s degree from Community College of Philadelphia, has experience as an after-school group leader for academic support and developed a digital-imaging curriculum. Tony was promoted to Assistant Program Director in 2021 and started with CADEkids in 2005.

Sarit Tubul, Prevention Specialist, holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Temple University.  Sarit's experience as a Hebrew teacher enables her to promote healthy social-emotional development and behaviors while teaching Jewish customs and values.  Sarit joined CADEkids in fall 2021.

Donovan YoungPrevention Specialist, brings leadership and mentorship expertise to the position through previous roles as program director, after-school counselor, and paraprofessional.  Mr. Young’s passion to be a positive role model for his students is a valuable asset to our organization.  Donovan joined CADEkids in winter 2019.

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128 Chestnut Street, Suite 302

Philadelphia, PA 19106


Phone: (215) 925-0643

Fax: (215) 925-3280




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