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.
Natasha Bracewell, Problem Gambling Prevention Specialist, brings over 12 years of experience as an educator in the private and public school sectors. An advocate for at-risk youth, Natasha has taught life skills and character lessons to her students. She is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and joined CADEkids in September 2017.
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.
Jamila Johnson, Problem Gambling Prevention Specialist, joins CADEkids with over seven years of experience teaching at-risk youth. She holds an associates degree in education middle years from the Community College of Philadelphia. Her professional background includes emotional support and life skills instruction to special education students in the School District of Philadelphia. Jamila is currently working towards her bachelors degree in human services at Chestnut Hill College. She joined CADEkids in winter of 2015.
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.
Mister Raines, Prevention Specialist, is a Community College of Philadelphia graduate with an associate’s degree in Applied Science. Mr. Raines’ previous work experience includes the School District of Philadelphia where he mentored youth and supported special education teachers in daily classroom activities. Mister joined CADEkids in winter of 2015.
Tony Smith, Prevention Specialist, provides classroom-based instruction. Mr. Smith, with an associate’s degree from Community College of Philadelphia, has experience as an after-school group leader for academic support and has developed a digital-imaging curriculum. Mr. Smith joined CADEkids in 2005.
Khareema Thomas, Prevention Specialist, holds an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern University. Ms. Thomas' previous position with the Philadelphia School District enabled her to assist special education students in reaching their goals and objectives. She joined CADEkids in fall 2014.