Vandelyn grew up in a diverse neighborhood of Philadelphia which has conditioned her to be open-minded to people and cultures other than her own. Therefore, she pursued and completed her Sociology degree at Temple University. While at Temple she developed skills to think critically, interrogate information, and use the research methods to investigate the information. In addition, she has over 10 years of experience as an administrative professional in the hospitality industry. She used her care and compassion and interpersonal skills to provide great customer service. Finally, Vandelyn is a lone traveler who goes beyond the book to learn. She likes to immerse herself with people from various cultures and languages and learns how to communicate differently with them.
Shanise Williams is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in English and Communications Studies. Shanise has a passion for service and community development. As a native of Philadelphia she is dedicated to giving back to her community. After completing her undergraduate degree at Saint Joseph’s University she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years and focused on housing and resident engagement at the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity and the People’s Emergency Center. Shanise was able to expand her skill and increase her passion for public service. Shanise is now pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy at The George Washington University.
Kathleen (Katie) McCabe was the Director of Enforcement at the Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania (FHRC) for several years. Katie earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law. After graduating from law school, Katie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary C. Jacobson, A.J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, before joining FHRC in June 2010. Katie has almost six years of experience with filing and helping to resolve numerous fair housing complaints, advocating for individuals who need reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications, and conducting fair housing trainings for housing providers and consumers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Katie is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and the New Jersey Bar.
Hilary earned her degree in 2013 from the University of Idaho. As a student, Hilary was a campus leader in multiple human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Oxfam International. She was an active member of the Sustainability Center, the International Affairs Club and the International Programs Office Mentor Program. Her interest in housing began during a scholarship visit to Chile, where she worked alongside grassroots organization Costa Sur on a sustainable housing initiative for low income families. Because of her experience, she spent a year researching foreign investment and slum development in South America. Hilary’s published thesis concentrated on the impact of economic cycles on the living situations of marginalized demographics. After graduation, Hilary worked as an AmeriCorps Vista and later as a program assistant at Habitat for Humanity where she focused on the Critical Home Repair Program and capacity building within the organization. After moving to Philadelphia in 2014, Hilary joined the FHRC as the Education, Outreach and Development Coordinator.