BARBARA COSCARELLO, PRESIDENT, SECRETARY-TREASURER
Although Barbara A. Coscarello, M.S. was born, raised and educated in the city of Philadelphia, she is a 30-year resident of Camden. She was recruited by then-Mayor Randy Primas as his Director of Economic Development, and was successful in bringing in over $100 million in development activities and creating 1000 new jobs for the city. She also conceived an award-winning job training program for welfare recipients, which has become a national model. Barbara served for many years as a member of the Camden Board of Education where she chaired the Finance Committee. She currently teaches college courses at Camden County College, and has her own consulting business, GAP Management Consulting, where she specializes in grant writing, grant oversight and fundraising. Barbara also collects fine art from local artists.
LINDA S. DELENGOWSKI, VICE-PRESIDENT
Linda S. Delengowski is a third-generation resident of Camden City. She taught elementary school at Sacred Heart in Camden for many years, and then opened a flower shop, Bring Me Flowers, in Camden. While she continues to offer floral arrangements for special events, Linda has worked at Camden High School for the past 17 years as an art teacher. You can view her artistic talents on various walls and vacant properties in Waterfront South. Linda studied at the PA Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and serves as Vice President of the CFI Board of Directors.
DR. CYRIL READE
Dr. Cyril Reade is Associate Professor of Art History and the Director of the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. He earned a PhD. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, NY, and currently teaches modern and contemporary art and museum studies. He has published and co-edited books, articles and reviews, and written and edited numerous exhibition catalogues, with an emphasis on contemporary artists. Prior to joining Rutgers, Reade had been a member of artist-run galleries where he assumed a variety of responsibilities, from curating exhibitions and events to acting as financial officer and secretary. Since assuming the position of Director of Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, he has furthered the excellent civically-engaged educational and cultural programs that serve the City of Camden NJ, its schools and the surrounding region. Under his direction, RCCA’s Stedman Gallery has presented a wide variety of exhibitions and related programming, including Visions of Camden (2013), Camden Collects (2014), Sounds of Camden (2014), Look Again: The Young People of Camden (2016) and Picturing Camden (2017). He continues to lead and encourage the development of programming that addresses the past, present and future of Camden.
FR. MICHAEL DOYLE
Michael Doyle was born on November 3, 1934 on a farm in Rossduff, County Longford, Ireland, educated at St. Peter’s Seminary in Wexford and ordained a priest in 1959. Recruited by the Diocese of Camden, NJ, he taught high school and served many urban and suburban parishes before being appointed pastor in 1974 of Sacred Heart Church in Camden. A committed pacifist, he was arrested and acquitted for raiding a draft board during the Vietnam War as part of the Camden 28. At Sacred Heart, he founded the Heart of Camden, which renovates abandoned houses and sells them to low-income families, and a free medical clinic. He also helped establish Camden Churches Organized for People, a faith-based effort in community organizing. In 1983, Harry Reasoner interviewed him for an Emmy-winning segment of 60 Minutes. Over his 40-plus years serving the historic village of Waterfront South and the City of Camden, he has been a consistent voice for the transformation of the city and has helped to launch many creative ventures on her behalf. Camden FireWorks is one of them.
TERINA NICOLE HILL
Terina Nicole Hill is the designer and founder of Jypsea Leathergoods. She is also the author of ENVISION: The Young Accessory Designer's Guide to Collection Development. This New Jersey native creates beautiful, bold statement pieces for art & design lovers who enjoy expressing their individuality. Terina graduated Cum Laude in Accessory Design in NYC from the world-renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, then worked in the corporate fashion industry in NYC as a technical footwear/accessory designer. Committing to growing as a creative, she earned a BA in Art from Thomas Edison State College in 2011 and a Masters in Art with a focus on Design & Craft from NJCU in 2015. As a design instructor, nothing makes her heart leap for joy more than helping others find their own creative voice so that they too can live a life that they're passionate about. A transplant to Camden, Terina wasted no time bringing her innovative spirit to the city, co-founding the DIY MakersCon in 2018 for women makers and entrepreneurs, among many other creative ventures.
LOIS TEER SEELIGSOHN
Lois Teer Seeligsohn, president of Word Association, is a seasoned public relations professional, whose news and feature articles have been published internationally in newspapers, magazines, journals and other publications. Her many awards include the National Silver Anvil: Public Relations Society of America; the National Clarion Award: Women in Communications, Inc.; the National EPIC Award: International Assoc. of Business Communicators, and the New Jersey Pride Award for distinguished service to the State of New Jersey through private initiative. Lois is a long-time supporter of Sacred Heart Church and its many community missions.
DR. DONNA m. BACKUS
Dr. Backus earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Rowan University and her Master of Education from Cheyney University. Her current position as the Center Director of Acelero Learning in Camden is the latest in a distinguished history of educational leadership positions, including the Supervisor of Special Education and of Curriculum and Education for Camden Public Schools. She instructs school principals in the development of effective school programs and curricula. She has also developed community programs for at-risk students and their parents, and has served as a Girl Scout troop leader.