Welcome new PNA staff!

Welcome new PNA staff!
By ana-maria

As you may have noticed, change is afoot at the PNA! We recently welcomed our new Executive Director, Dar’Nesha Weary, and we have two new faces to introduce: Raymond Chao and Stephanie Horvath. Plus, there’s a familiar one to congratulate on a promotion: John Jones.

Raymond just started as our new Development Director, replacing Megan Wildenradt, who decided to stay home with her new baby after maternity leave.

Raymond comes to the PNA with a decade of successful experience in finance and fundraising. After beginning his career in corporate finance and private equity investments, Raymond transitioned to nonprofit fundraising. Over his career, Raymond has worked in a variety of international and regional/local environments honing high-level skills in all key areas that contribute to relationship building and organizational capacity. Raymond enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with his family. Raymond looks forward to serving PNA’s mission to connect with our neighbors and build community.

Stephanie joins the team as our Development and Communications Associate. She’ll be wearing a lot of hats–working on a variety of projects supporting events, fundraising, communications, and The Review Newspaper.

Stephanie first became acquainted with the PNA when she moved into the neighborhood and happened upon the Phinney Farmer’s market. She loved the community feel of walking to the market, picking up some produce and eating dinner while listening to local musicians. All through the year she would frequent the Phinney Center, taking her daughter to Irish dance class in the blue building, attending a friend’s yoga class in the brick building, borrowing various tools from the Tool Library and attending Día De Los Muertos festival. For Stephanie, the Phinney Center itself, as well as its diverse and relevant programs and events, are exactly what she feels a community gathering place should be – a place for people to come together to support those in need as well as learn and have fun! She is very excited to be working with an organization that she has so much enthusiasm for.

We’re proud to announce that our Lead Administrative Coordinator, John Jones, has accepted a newly-created position in our leadership team as Administrative Director.  Many of you know John as the super-helpful, all-knowing front desk guy. He’s been keeping our PNA community informed and headed in the right direction on campus for four years (in addition to previously volunteering at the Greenwood Senior Center). He has been at the “central hub” of the Phinney Center and has seen firsthand what our organization means to so many different people.

Spending several years as the first person people see at the front desk, John observes, “Whether it’s a first meeting with our pre-school co-ops, a request to rent a room, to buy tickets to Beer Taste, or just to ask about the Cold War-era tower on our campus, everyone comes with a question, looking for something, and we provide community in every sense of the word.”

In his new position, John will take over the office management responsibilities held by our former Assistant Director, Laura Silverstein.

We are sad to bid goodbye to Laura, who recently decided to step down from her position. We are grateful for Laura’s generosity and commitment in her work at the PNA and we’ll miss seeing her smiling face every day (though she promises not to be a stranger!).

We are excited about how our team is shaping up, with many veteran staff members and new ones working together to continue PNA’s current work and also look towards a bright future for our community!