CADE kids draw their dreams
Douglas Alderfer, M.Ed., CADEkids' Executive Director, is responsible for board relations and preparation and stewardship of grant proposals to corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Previously, Mr. Alderfer was Deputy Executive/Program Director, supervising CADEkids’ school-based staff of Prevention Specialists by conducting weekly staff meetings and coordinating staff development training programs.
Jared Gerlitzki, Problem Gambling Prevention Specialist, is an advocate for at-risk youth, previously providing support services to autistic children and their families, adjudicated teens, and adolescents with substance use disorders. A graduate of Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, Jared joined CADEkids in fall 2021.
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.
Donovan Young, Prevention 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.