Meet the Team
Kris Keller Executive Director
It came as a surprise to Kris late in her career that she had a real love for non-profit work!
Melinda Izzo Operations Manager
After volunteering for four years, Melinda joined Orion in December 2018 as Program Coordinator for our STARS and GLAD programs.
Yvette Blanding Development and Outreach Manager
New to the Orion team, Yvette is ready to embrace her passion for helping others.
Denise Starr Case Management Supervisor
Denise has always had the heart for helping individuals. Whether it be with her former nursing career or her present Social Work position.
Marisol Martinez Lead Case Manager
Marisol has been working in Social Services for the past 16 years with children, adults, and elderly populations.
Elsie Rust Case Manager
Elsie started her career working for the community in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised.
Taylor Chester Case Manager
Taylor Chester graduated from Salisbury University with her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Taylor has two years working in the addictions field working in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient and recovery homes.
Kari Burdeau Administrative Specialist
Kari has worked for a variety of non-profit and for profit businesses over the last 22 years, gaining experience in office management, advocacy, and customer service.
LaVeana McCoy Receptionist
New to the Orion team, LaVeana is ready to embrace her passion for helping others.
Thalia Dafermos Office Assistant
Thalia is an old timer residing at Camphill Soltane for the past 25 years.
Mikaela Woods Data Entry Clerk
Mikaela is a new member of the Orion Communities team. All her life, she knew she wanted to help people, in any way she could.
Ron Moyer Maintenance
Ron Moyer has been a long-time friend of Orion and works in maintenance.
Board of Directors
Keith Burress President
Keith stumbled into the most challenging and rewarding opportunity for growth by joining Orion’s board in 2014.
Ellen Scott Vice President
Ellen is special counsel in the Berwyn office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. She has retired from her prior practice in the firm’s Health Sciences Department.
Patrick Killeen Treasurer
Patrick has been working in the banking sector since graduating from Drexel University with a degree in Business Administration.
Lynn Seay Board Secretary
Lynn Seay graduated from Henderson High School, attended Delaware County Community College, and served four (4) years in the U.S. Air Force.
Ken George Past President
Ken has been Orion’s go to guy for many years and it is due to his generous nature and incredible variety of life experiences.
Greg Smith Board Member
Greg is a retired Social Worker with 30+ year of experience helping others in need.
Kara Bielli Member
Kara is a faculty and administrator at Villa Maria Academy High School. She has a B.A. in English and a law degree.
Janet Gervais Member
Janet has worked as a research scientist for local pharmaceutical companies and has planned social events for corporations
Theresa Thornton Member
Theresa Thornton is a Phoenixville native and business owner. She and her family have been active in the community since 1955.
Linh Nguyen Member
Linh Nguyen is a graduate of Temple University, Fox School of Business. She currently is a HR Business Partner for SEI located in Oaks, PA.
Chris Morris Member
Chris worked for 33 years in the Industrial Marketplace. The last position he held was Vice President of Sales for a large International manufacturing company.
Art Munson Emeritus
Art has worked and volunteered with non-profit organizations across the USA for over 50 years!
Larry Way Emeritus
Larry worked as an accountant for three years, and after achieving his CPA designation, began a 35-year career with a diversified manufacturing company in the areas of finance and general management.
Glenn Moses Emeritus
Glenn started his relationship with Orion back in 1991 when Orion helped him get his first job as part of a program to help people with disabilities secure employment.