Meet the Team


Kris Keller

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

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

Yvette Blanding Development and Outreach Manager

New to the Orion team, Yvette is ready to embrace her passion for helping others.

Katie Dempsey

Katie Dempsey Case Management Supervisor

Katie Dempsey’s background is in writing and counseling, but she has found her passion in case management.

Rachelle Hill

Rachelle Hill Case Manager

Rachelle recently graduated from Chestnut Hill College with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services.

Kari Burdeau

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

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

Mikaela Woods Outreach Associate

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

Ron Moyer Maintainance

Ron Moyer has been a long-time friend of Orion and works in maintenance.

Elsie Rust

Elsie Rust Case Manager

Elsie started her career working for the community in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. 

Michelle Warwick

Michelle Warwick Case Manager

Michelle is a recent graduate from Cabrini University with her Bachelor’s in Social Work.

Board of Directors

Keith Burress

Keith Burress President

Keith stumbled into the most challenging and rewarding opportunity for growth by joining Orion’s board in 2014.

Ellen Scott

Ellen Scott Vice President

Ellen is special counsel in the Berwyn office of Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders, 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

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

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. 


Kara Bielli

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

Janet Gervais Member

Janet Gervais has worked as a research scientist for local pharmaceutical and Bio Tech companies and has planned social events for corporations.

Theresa Thornton

Theresa Thornton Member

Theresa Thornton is a Phoenixville native and business owner. She and her family have been active in the community since 1955.

Lihn Nguyen

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

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. 

Greg Smith

Greg Smith Board Member

Greg is a retired Social Worker with 30+ year of experience helping others in need.

Art Munson

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

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.