2017 Board of Directors Election
Below are the names of the 2017 candidates for the William Way Community Center Board of Directors. There are four elected positions open on the Board for a two year term of office. You will have an opportunity to meet the candidates at the Center's Annual Meeting on Saturday January 14th at 12:45pm. The candidates will be introduced, make a brief statement and respond to questions posed by the audience.
Current WWCC members may vote for up to four people by checking the box corresponding to the name of the candidate(s) for whom they wish to vote.
Read more about the Candidates for the WWCC Board of Directors.
Deja Lynn Alvarez
Deja Lynn Alvarez is The City of Philadelphia’s Assistant Prevention Navigator of Public Health, Director of the LGBTQ Home for Hope the first and only LGBTQ shelter and recovery facility in PA, a Community Organizer, and Activist.
Alvarez is a proud Trans woman and longtime activist and advocate for the Trans Community. She was a part of Galaei’s Trans Health Information Project and Mazzoni’s Trans Wellness Project. She serves on the Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee where she works directly with the Deputy Commissioner and other committee members to end the long history of issues between the police and the trans community. Deja serves on the board of directors for the William Way community Center, is chairwoman of the Philadelphia Trans Day of Remembrance, and Co-chair of the Philadelphia Trans March. Her mission is to end discrimination and oppression and foster equality and acceptance through education and empowerment.
Lauri A. Kavulich is the member in charge of the Philadelphia Office of Clark Hill, PLC, a full service law firm with offices throughout the US. She specializes in employment law, and represents both public and private employers. She serves as a consultant to employers regarding FMLA, ADA, handbooks, employment policies and procedures, terminations and virtually any issue regarding employees. In addition, she defends employers in administrative and court proceedings filed under such statutes as the ADA, FMLA, Title VII, PHRA, and ADEA. She has been named one of the top 50 female lawyers in Pennsylvania, and a SuperLawyer every year since 2004.
Lauri is active in her community and has served on a number of Boards throughout her career. She served on the Board and as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), the oversight board for the City of Philadelphia finances. She also served on both the working Board and Advisory Board of MANNA for many years. She served on the Committee of 70, and served as a committee person in her division for the Philadelphia Democratic Party. She was on the policy committee for Jim Kenney’s mayoral election and a member of the transition team for his incoming administration.
Lauri currently serves as the Chairperson and President of the Delaware Valley Economic Development Fund, an economic development nonprofit, and has served in that capacity since 2000. She also currently serves on the Board of the Independence Visitor Center.
Lauri lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband, Ed Reitmeyer and has two daughters. Her eldest daughter just completed her first semester at the University of Pennsylvania. Her youngest daughter is in 8th grade at SCH Academy.
Maryellen is a transgender woman who lives Center City with her partner Judy and practices law in the Philadelphia office of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. Maryellen’s practice focuses on complex commercial, appellate and Constitutional litigation, including First Amendment, Intellectual Property and Transportation issues.
Maryellen is a member of the Board of Directors of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), is coordinator of her Firm’s participation in TLDEF’s Name Change Project, is a member of the Firm’s Non-Traditional Couples Practice Group and was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Reading Terminal Market (appointed by the Reading Terminal Market Merchants Association) as well as Chair of Annual Giving at Friends Select School. While on the Reading Terminal Market Board, Maryellen was instrumental in obtaining dedicated parking for the Market and in qualifying Market merchants under the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, making the benefits of that food subsidy program available to inner-city needy women, infant and children for the first time. An award for outstanding service to the Market is given in Maryellen’s name by the Market’s Merchant Association. Maryellen earned her JD at Duke University School of Law (a long time ago), with Honors, where she was a member of the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal.
Ms. Meg Rider holds a Bachelors of Science in Social Work from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She has more than 25 years of experience working with regional and national non-profits and corporations on customer service initiatives, event and volunteer program management and on public relations, social media and fundraising campaigns.
Formerly the Director of Events and Communications at MANNA, Ms. Rider began working at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia in November of 2010. She currently manages the Guest Relations and Volunteer Services departments serving as a key leader in patient experience and customer service initiatives.
Ms. Rider is a member of two professional associations for volunteer administrators, and formerly served as the State Board Vice President and the Eastern Chapter Secretary for the Pennsylvania Association of Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (PAHVRP) and serves as the Web Editor for the Delaware Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators (DVAVA).
In her volunteer work, she has been active with many community organizations and committees including the AIDS Fund’s Gay Bingo, Human Rights Campaign Philadelphia, National Liberty Museum, MANNA, Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and WXPN Fund Drives. Ms. Rider joined the board of Philly AIDS Thrift in 2013 and joined the William Way LGBT Community Center’s Resource Development Committee in 2010, and joined the board in 2015.
Born in South Jersey, Ms. Rider has been a Philadelphia resident since 1997 and currently lives in Old City.