Officers and Board

Officers (Including 2018 Officer Nominees):

President, Justino Navarro (Nominated, 2018-19)

Justino was born and raised in Spring Garden, and attended high school in Puerto Rico. Upon returning to Philadelphia, he attended Temple University, and then worked for many years as a senior contract manager at SmithKline, now Glaxo SmithKline. Justino has also served as a certified Spanish translator and interpreter. He lives on the 600 block of N. 15th St. in a historic home that he rehabbed himself over 30 years ago. He has served as the Association’s President, Vice President, a Board member, and a member of the Zoning Committee. Justino was a founding member of the North Street Garden at Sydenham and North Streets in 1992, of The Spring Gardens community garden in 1995, and the Spring Garden CDC, of which he serves as Vice President. He is a Tree Tender, and has been active in numerous community projects, including tree plantings and community cleanups. He was a key player in the project to rehab 58 units of PHA housing in the eastern end of the community, including helping to assure that the facades were properly historically restored. He was the lead community representative in the dramatic renovations of the Roberto Clemente Playground in 2010-11, carried out in partnership with the City. Justino also serves on the Steering Committee of The Spring Gardens, as Chair of the Annual Spring Garden Community Festival and Reunion at Roberto Clemente Playground, as a Democratic Committee person in the 8th ward, 26th division, and as a member of the City's Historic Preservation Task Force. He was also a key player in the establishment of the new Green Street Dog Park and is a member of its Management Committee.

Vice President, Geoff Woolery (Nominated, 2018-19)

Geoff Woolery has lived on N. 17th St., just below Fairmount Ave., since 2008, with his partner, Paul Kepple. He was born and raised in Malvern, PA and spent summers with his family at Stone Harbor, NJ. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware, and a PhD from Princeton University. Geoff worked for 31 years for Mobil Oil/ ExxonMobil in research and engineering, and retired in 2013 as a Senior Scientific Advisor. He is currently working part time as a consultant to various companies on alternative energy. Geoff has been active in the community and the SGCA, for many years, including with regard to police, crime, and quality of life matters. He has served as a Board Member as the Association’s Vice President, and has assumed the responsibility of Head of Block Captains. It was also due to Geoff’s “activist” efforts - - in identifying a “wanted” perpetrator, and trailing him - - that the police were able to apprehend an arsonist who set many frightening gas-lit trash fires in the eastern end of our community a few years ago; and he continues to be very pro-active in neighborhood issues, including keeping the community safe and promoting quality of life issues. Geoff’s partner Paul is a graphic designer, the sole proprietor of Headcase Design, and an adjunct professor at Tyler School of Art. 

Secretary, Rob Platten (Re-Nominated, 2018-19)

Rob grew up in Princeton NJ, is a graduate of Hobart College, and has an MBA from the University of Virginia. He spent most of his working life as a marketing research executive with Unilever Corporation in Greenwich, Connecticut. Rob served for over 20 years as a volunteer with Common Cause in Connecticut, and was the head of the statewide organization for 2 years. He served in various positions on his college Alumni Board for over 20 years. Rob retired and moved to Philadelphia in 2006 and has been active in the Association and Tree Tenders since then, along with his wife Pat Freeland. Rob can often be seen in his signature baseball cap going around the community watering and trimming trees, and cleaning up trash and debris on blocks throughout the neighborhood, often with their dog Lenny in tow. He has served as an Officer and Board member of the Association and the SGCDC. He has also been a principal organizer of numerous tree plantings, civic meetings, ground breakings/ribbon cuttings, community social events, cleanups, and Newsletters, helped to found Green Street Dog Park, and has contributed substantial amounts of time to organizational and financial matters for the Association.

Treasurer, Laurie Barry (Nominated, 2018-19)

Laurie has a BS in Business Administration from Eastern University. She and her husband Chris Barry have lived on the 1700 block of Green Street since 2002. Laurie worked for PeroxyChem LLC in Center City as their Global Customer Service Manager, and served as the President of her Condo Association (Greencort) for over ten years. Laurie’s interests include reading, walking, sports, gardening and hanging out with friends. She has been active in the Spring Garden community for many years, serving as SGCA Board member, and participating in neighborhood clean ups, tree plantings, social events, and helping to found and mange the new Green Street Dog Park.

Board Members 
(Including 2018 Board Nominees):

Laurie Barry (See Bio Above, 2017-2020)

Patrick Boyle (Re-Nominated, 2017-2020) 

Patrick grew up in the Kensington section of Philadelphia and attended North Catholic High School. Upon graduation, he joined Disney On Ice as a skater; toured the U.S. and Asia with Disney for 5 years; and worked at Disney World in Orlando as a skate dancer and in office jobs. After leaving Disney, Patrick worked for over 15 years for Fox Home Entertainment in LA, Indianapolis and Philadelphia, including as Director of Sales for Fox Home Entertainment. While living in Indianapolis, he served on the Board of the non-profit, Indy Thrift For AIDS. He has lived in Spring Garden, on the 1700 block of Green St., since 2007. He is on the Board at Greencort Condominiums, and has been instrumental in planning and carrying out the replanting of the condo’s interior and exterior landscaping. Patrick has served on the SGCA Board, helped to found and manage Green Street Dog Park, and has volunteered on neighborhood tree plantings, tree maintenance, trash control matters, social events, and cleanups, among other projects. Patrick also serves as the SGCA's Trash Czar.

Ian Cope (Nominated 2018-2021)

Ian was raised in Center City Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill. He attended N.C. State/University of North Carolina, majoring in architecture, and received a Masters in Architecture from M.I.T. He joined the Philadelphia architectural firm of Wallace Robert & Todd and, later, his father's practice, Cope Linder Architects, where he has been the Managing Partner since the mid-1990's, and which recently merged with the Nelson design firm. He and Cope Linder have received major awards in international design competitions. Notable projects that Ian and his firm have been involved with include the Borgata, Waterclub, and Caesars in Atlantic City; and Reading Terminal HeadHouse, Center City District Streetscape, Benjamin Franklin Parkway improvements, and Cret CafĂ© in Philadelphia. Ian has been a Spring Garden resident since 1992 and designed many of the new homes in Spring Garden, including over 40 homes and other properties on and near the 1600 block of North Street. He has served as a Consulting Architect/Member of the Association’s Zoning Committee for many years, and was instrumental in the creation of the new Dog Park. He lives on the 1600 block of North St. with an outgoing German Shepherd named Anya.

Ann Corcoran (Nominated 2018-2021)

Ann was born in Chicago, and moved to Berwyn, PA when she was still a baby. She attended Conestoga High School, and went on to receive her BA at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame. Her career began in New York City where she held sales and marketing positions with Fieldcrest Cannon Mills. Ann later relocated back to Philadelphia, and began a career at AT&T selling voice and data networks to Universities and Law Firms in Philadelphia. In 2008, Ann moved to Spring Garden, which has become her favorite neighborhood, after living in both Manayunk and Society Hill. Ann can often be seen daily walking her dogs throughout the neighborhood. She has served on the SGCA Board for several years, as SGCA Treasurer, and as head of the Social Committee. She also helped to found Green Street Dog Park, and has volunteered significant time and effort on community clean-ups, tree plantings, the Spring Garden Community Festival and Reunion, and other community projects.

Patricia Freeland (Nominated 2018-2021)

Pat moved to Spring Garden in 1981, when she bought a newly constructed home on the 1900 block of Brandywine St. Originally from Northern New Jersey, she attended University College Dublin; University of California, Berkeley; and University of Pennsylvania Law School. She worked for 25 years with the law firm of Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz and as a founding partner of Harkins Cunningham, a Pepper Hamilton spin-off. She has been active with the Association since the late 1980s and has served as President, a Board member, and member of the Zoning Committee. She is also a founder and the President of the Spring Garden CDC, which has rehabbed over 150 units of affordable housing in Spring Garden (formerly blighted PHAs); constructed over 40 single family market rate homes; partnered with the City to revitalize Roberto Clemente Playground; and developed Green Street Dog Park. Pat also serves as head of the SGCDC, which provides a broad array of services to community residents. While living in California, Pat worked as a farm laborer in the Santa Clara and Salinas Valleys, and helped to found one of the first farm labor unions in the state.

Dan Greenberg (Nominated 2018-2021)

Dan grew up in Chestnut Hill, and attended Philadelphia public schools through the 8th grade, then Penn Charter for High School. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and began work in the real estate department for Temple Health System. He then served as an Assistant Vice President at Citizens Bank until going out on his own in 2009. He founded North Broad Living Management and affiliated companies in 2006, initially focusing on student housing at Temple University. Dan still owns and manages a portfolio of properties at Temple. In early 2012 he purchased 1833-39 Fairmount Ave., where he built a mixed-use residential and commercial building, and opened Tela's Market & Kitchen in November 2013 on the ground floor. The project was selected as a finalist by a national panel for the first inaugural Willard G. "Bill" Rouse III Awards for Excellence, awarded by the Urban Land Institute. Dan also constructed 1720 Fairmount Ave., another mixed-use residential and commercial building, and is currently rehabbing the historic property at 631 N. Broad Street. His wife, Alex, has served as director of store design for the Free People brand of Urban Outfitters. Dan and Alex have 3 children, Sophie, Jake. and Will. They have lived in nearly every neighborhood in the City, but settled in Spring Garden in 2009, most recently moving to the 2300 block of Green Street to a home they built themselves. They also enjoy spending parts of the summer with their extended family in Barnegat Light, NJ on Long Beach Island.

Brad Jamula (2016-2019)

Brad Jamula has lived in the Spring Garden neighborhood since 2007. After moving to Philadelphia from Reading, PA, in 2002, he attended the University of the Arts, and worked as an artist's assistant and freelance photographer along the east coast. He received his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2014. He now serves as a member of the Tyler faculty and has had exhibits of his own work around Philadelphia. Brad joined the Spring Garden Civic Association soon after moving to the area, to help with planting trees, among other projects. Brad is  a certified Tree Tender, has served as an SGCA Board member, and has assisted with numerous Association and Board-related activities, including cleanups, tree planting, and photographing neighborhood scenes and events. Most importantly, Brad serves as the editor of the SGCA’s colorful bi-monthly newsletter, which Brad writes, formats, and for which he also provides the photography. He also recently designed the website for the new Dog Park.

Luren Jenison (Nominated 2018-2021)

Luren Jenison is an artist and fabricator who has lived in the Spring Garden neighborhood on 17th street for ten years. She was born in Kansas and grew up there and in San Antonio where her family still lives. She received a BA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 and moved from there to Philadelphia to teach and work in a fellowship program with the Fabric Workshop and Museum. She now runs three businesses: Plaster XOXO, a special finish business creating plaster wall finishes and backdrops; Sister Work, a visual display and event design business; and a small commerce shop called Sweetflag. She has participated in Spring Garden neighborhood activities for many years, including tree plantings and cleanups; and she has been active in fundraising and event organization for The Spring Gardens Community Garden for 6 years. She loves gardening and meeting neighbors and being a part of this community.

Stew Keener (2017-2020)

Stew was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. He is one of founders/owners of Bar Hygge, along with his wife Julie and co-owners Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver. Bar Hygge opened in 2016, in the first floor space of Board member Dan Greenberg’s newly constructed building at 1720 Fairmount Ave. Stew and Julie also continue to co-own Baggataway Tavern in West Conshohocken. Stew is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University, served in the Marine Corps for 6 years, and was a VP and a derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs for 3 years. He is on the Board of Governors of the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, and President of Lenape Farms. Stew and Julie have lived in the Art Museum area since 2011, where they continue to reside with their young daughter, Phoebe. Stew has contributed significantly to the Spring Garden community in many ways, including by developing and operating a first class establishment at Bar Hygge, which has made a huge impact in revitalizing the eastern end of the Fairmount Avenue Commercial Corridor.

Steven Mullin (2016-2019)

Stephen P. Mullin is President of Econsult Solutions, Inc., an economic consulting firm in Philadelphia. Some notable clients have included Liberty Property Trust, PennDot, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, Philadelphia City Council, Philadelphia International Airport, the Brookings Institution, the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the President of City Council. Under the Rendell Administration, Steve served as Philadelphia's Finance Director during the City’s turnaround, and, subsequently, as Commerce Director. He is a cum laude graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, and was awarded an MA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He played club ice hockey at both universities, and has also played for the senior league at the Wissahickon Skate Club. Steve has served on a number of local boards and commissions, and has taught urban economics and public finance at several local colleges. He and his wife Janet and their family have lived in Spring Garden for over 20 years and have been active in community events and projects.

Justino Navarro (See Bio Above, 2017-2020)

Rob Platten (See Bio Above, Nominated 2018-2021)

Bob Powers (2016-2019)

Bob Powers received degrees from Union College and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He serves as President of Powers & Company, Inc., a national consulting firm specializing in the preservation and conservation of historic structures. Formed in 1995, the firm has been recognized by the Urban Land Institute, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. Bob has consulted on such notable preservation projects as the 30th Street Post Office Building, The PSFS Building, The Austin Nichols Building in Brooklyn, and the Headquarters Complex for Urban Outfitters in the Philadelphia Naval Business Center. Prior to forming his own firm, Bob worked for 12 years at the National Park Service, administering the Federal Historic Tax Credit program for 17 states. Bob and his family have lived on the 2200 block of Mt. Vernon St. for over 30 years. He has been a participant in numerous neighborhood improvement projects, most notably, compiling an extensive inventory of Spring Garden properties which (after being provided to the Historical Commission), resulted in the neighborhood’s designation as a Historic District, some 5 years earlier than would otherwise have been possible. His work resulted in saving much of our historic fabric. Bob has also donated historical consulting services for other Spring Garden neighborhood projects, has served as an SGCA Board member, serves as a Member of the Zoning Committee, and is a member of Green Street Dog Park.

Kevin Rasmussen (2016-2019)

Kevin and his wife Vivian Su live on the 1700 block of North St with their two daughters. They are both architects, practicing as the firm of Rassmussen Su. Kevin grew up in Boulder Colorado, and attended University of Virginia, where he acquired a BS and a Masters in architecture in 1993 and 1997, respectively. He and Vivian moved to the Fairmount neighborhood in 1997 and to Spring Garden in 2008 after renovating a shell on the 1700 block of North Street. They have been active in numerous civic and community matters, including The Spring Gardens. Kevin has served as a Board member of the organization, and a Consulting Architect/Member of the Zoning Committee.

Allen Rubin (Re-Nominated, 2014-2017)

Allen was raised in South Philadelphia and attended Central High School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Temple Law School, where he served on the Law Review. He moved to the Spring Garden neighborhood (2144 Green St.) in 1968. In the 1970s, he and his wife Pat Cope (an accomplished artist) rehabbed a double-wide historic carriage house on the 1900 block of Brandywine St., which, at that time, was mostly an industrial block. Allen was a founding member of the Spring Garden Civic Association in the late 1960s, and has served as a Board member, Officer, and Chair of the Association’s Zoning Committee. He helped to spearhead the Association’s original tree planting program in the 1970s, which, over the years, has resulted in many hundreds of street trees being planted throughout the community. He also headed up the comprehensive re-zoning of the community in 1974, and was instrumental in the founding of The Spring Gardens, our whole-community neighborhood garden. Allen has been active in community matters for over 40 years, and has recently been active in the establishment of the new Dog Park.

Jill Wasserman (2016-2019)

Jill and her husband Andy have lived on N. 16th St. since 2007. They bought their newly constructed home before the abutting blighted PHAs were redeveloped,also as affordable housing. Jill is an artist who was trained at Moore College of Art, and obtained a Masters from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her work is included in both private and corporate collections. She exhibits in local galleries and maintains a studio in South Philadelphia. Jill has served as an SGCA Board Member, has volunteered with Spring Garden CDC to mentor young girls from the neighborhood, and is meticulous about keeping her street clean and trash free. She also serves as a block captain for her block and is active in fostering rescue dogs, gardening, community cleanups, and other local and City-wide causes.

Geoff Woolery (See Bio Above, Nominated 2018-2021)