Our Team

Catsy Pemberton

Executive Director


Catsy Pemberton earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lake Forest College. Catsy is bringing with her a depth of leadership experience, an intimate knowledge of the communities Peter’s Place serves, and a passion for the mission of Peter’s Place.

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Tony Morelli, MSS, LCSW, CT

Director of Off-Site Programs


Tony Morelli earned his B.A. in History from Dickinson College and his Masters in Social Services (M.S.S.) at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. He taught at the high school level for 10 years and has over a decade of experience working with both homeless and HIV/AIDS organizations.

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Kimberly Nelson, MSW, LCSW

Director of On-Site Programs


Kimberly Nelson earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern University and her master’s degree in social work from Widener University. Kimberly spent 10 years working in child welfare and adoption in Philadelphia and Los Angeles prior to joining Peter’s Place.

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Tricia Burstein Mackay

Director of Development & Communications


Tricia has two decades of nonprofit fundraising, corporate sales and account management experience. She is graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human and organizational development and a minor in business administration.

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Leila Gordon, MBA, Gordon Business Solutions

Finance Manager


Leila worked in the Trust Departments of Provident National Bank (now PNC) and The Bryn Mawr Trust Company. She was also a Vice President in the Private Investment Counsel Group of Scudder, Stevens and Clark before starting her own business, Gordon Business Solutions, LLC.

Leila is on the Board of The Lankenau Hospital Foundation and The Charter Foundation. Leila brings with her a deep interest in, and understanding of, the Peter’s Place mission.

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Pat Wong Connolly, MEd,MSS,LSW

On-Site Group Facilitator


Pat earned her Master’s degree in college counseling and student development from the University of Delaware and her Masters in social services from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She worked in higher education for many years with diverse college students in counseling and programming capacities. Her community outreach experience includes teaching art appreciation to elementary school students and ministering to the bereaved at the Church of St. Monica. Pat is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania and maintains a private practice. Having been a volunteer facilitator at Peter’s Place for five years before joining the staff, she has a deep appreciation for the mission and model of work at Peter’s Place.

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Tara Devineni, MSW, LCSW

School-Based Group Facilitator


Tara Devineni earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from New York University and her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. She brings over 10 years of experience working with diverse groups of young people and their families in school-based and after-school settings.

Tara is a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania and also maintains a private practice providing counseling to individuals coping with chronic illness, grief and loss, and end of life issues.


Melissa Trexler

Development & Communications Coordinator


Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Muhlenberg College. She has been an administrator and coordinator at nonprofit organizations for several years. She has a passion for helping the community and looks forward to supporting the mission of Peter’s Place.

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Shelley Spear

Office Coordinator


Shelley received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance from Drexel University. She has worked in marketing for more than fifteen years. She is excited to be supporting Peter’s Place as Office Coordinator.