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.
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, 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.
Donovan Young, Prevention Specialist, brings leadership and mentorship expertise to the position through his 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.