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OUR STAFF

ORION COMMUNITIES has a dedicated staff here to assist our neighbors in need.

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.

Ava King

Ava King

Development and Outreach Manager

Ava has always had a passion for helping those in need and has worked within the Human Services field for almost 30 years.

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Yolanda Durante

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Dynesha Alston

Dynesha Alston

Lead Case Manager

New to the Orion Team, Dynesha has a master’s Degree in Social Work from West Chester University.

Wendy Gaynor

Wendy Gaynor

ROOFS Program Coordinator

Wendy is a native of Chester County who spent many years in Philadelphia where she served in the life of Broad Street Ministry.

Sarah Batista

Sarah Batista

Case Manager

Sarah Batista, bilingual case manager, is a native of  New York City and moved to Pennsylvania during her teenage years.

Lori Heath

Lori Heath

Case Manager

Lori is a graduate from Chestnut Hill College. and began her career in child welfare with foster care.

Kaitlynn Johnson

Case Manager

Kaitlynn was our intern during her senior year at Cabrini University of 2021 and now has joined the team as a case manager.

Kari Burdeau

Kari Burdeau

Admin Tech Specialist

Kari has worked for a variety of non-profit and for profit businesses, gaining experience in office management, advocacy, and customer service.

Dottie Bellissimo

Dottie Bellissimo

Administrative Assistant

Previously employed with civil engineering firms, Dottie has an eye for detail, and supportive administrative and organizational skills.

LaVeana McCoy

LaVeana McCoy

Receptionist

LaVeana joined the Orion team in December of 2019. She brings with her over 20 years of Business Administration experience.

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Robin Wunder

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Kelsey Nielsen

Kelsey Nielsen

Development & Communications Specialist

Kelsey has worked in various roles and with different populations over the years.

Mikaela Woods

Mikaela Woods

Outreach Associate

Mikaela was very excited to learn about Orion Communities’ mission and their work. It was the perfect opportunity to give back. 

Thalia Dafermos

Thalia Dafermos

Office Assistant

Thalia is an old timer residing at Camphill Soltane for the past 25 years.

James Fisher

James Fisher

Maintenance

James is a long-time friend of Orion and recently joined our staff.