Meet the Staff
|Deborah Diamond, Ph.D., President
Deborah began her career as a college professor, teaching political philosophy at Columbia University and Bryn Mawr College. But after falling in love with Philadelphia as a place to live, she shifted focus, launched a career in market research and joined Visit Philadelphia as their first director of research and strategy. Deborah holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She became president of Campus Philly in October 2010, a role that combines her love of college communities and Philadelphia. In her words, it’s “the perfect job.” Deborah serves on the board of Mekor Habracha-Center City Synagogue, the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Association Executive Board and the advisory committee of the Jewish Grad Network of Greater Philadelphia.
|Ashlie Thornbury, Director, Corporate Relations & Partnerships
Ashlie directs Campus Philly’s corporate membership program, and strategic partnerships with regional organizations. She is an active supporter of Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP), and is a member of the YIP/Leadership Philadelphia Emerging Leaders Working Group. Ashlie is also active in various groups that unite professionals in different industries, such as the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE), Philly Start-Up Leaders(PSL) and the Delaware Valley Career Planners (DVCP) Association. Prior to her arrival at Campus Philly, Ashlie worked at one of Philadelphia’s leading creative advertising agencies, Brownstein Group, and with Visit Philadelphia. Ashlie holds a B.A. in Art from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
|Patrick Sherlock, Director, University Relations & Student Engagement
Patrick moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania, found there was too much to explore over four years, and has lived in the city ever since. Patrick joined Campus Philly after five years as part of the Environment and Communities team at the William Penn Foundation, and participates in several local civic technology, media and creative industry community groups. He enjoys running, walking and biking Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and waterfront trails, as well as SEPTA, local food trucks, dollar hotdog night and Jersey blueberries [in season May-June].
|Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager, University Relations & Student Engagement
Monet is a Philadelphia native – born and bred. Monet attended Girard College and graduated as a “lifer” (attended Girard College from 1st to 12th grade). She then received a BS in Biochemistry from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a minor in advertising. Since her graduation in 2011, she has taught 10th and 12th graders, coached middle school softball, and constructed 3 accelerometers from scratch. Monet is the Board Prep chair for Young Involved Philadelphia and a former graduate of the program. Monet is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Network and NExT Philadelphia. When Monet is not in the office, you can find her playing Scrabble…but never Words with Friends (she does not condone the board layout), volunteering in the community or reading the old-fashioned way (with a book).
|Jennifer Devor, Program Manager, Corporate Relations & Career Programs
Jennifer Devor has loved Philadelphia ever since her first day as an undergrad at the University of the Arts. After graduating, she stayed local and started her career in advertising, where multitasking numerous big-client accounts turned her into a project management maven. Jen then transitioned over to the non-profit sector as the events manager at the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia where she helped local entrepreneurs thrive. Now part of the Campus Philly team, Jen loves her job of enticing young people to stay put by introducing them to internships, arts & culture, volunteer opportunities and cool city spots. She has planted her own roots in South Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and their daughter. Jen is very involved in their neighborhood, where she sits on the board of Diversified Community Services and volunteers with Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary.
|Erica Hawthorne, Program Manager, Open Arts
Erica moved to Philadelphia to attend graduate school at Temple University and fulfill a dream of being a part of the City’s thriving arts and cultural scene. Erica’s professional career has included working with college-prep programs, nonprofits, universities and small businesses where she was responsible for developing new programs, enhancing marketing efforts, producing events, and managing community outreach efforts. Erica LOVES the arts (and artists) in Philadelphia! She is co-founder of a performance collective: Spoken Soul 215, which curates Philadelphia’s largest monthly open mic; The Harvest, hosted at World Café Live. In 2012, Erica founded Small But Mighty Arts: a Knight Arts Challenge awarded program to connect Philadelphia’s artists to small funding, existing resources and professional development opportunities.
|Chaney Harter, Program Manager, Student Communications & Social Media
After living in Texas, Missouri, and Oregon, Chaney decided to light out for the East Coast and attend Bryn Mawr College. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in Linguistics and Languages and almost immediately began working for Campus Philly as the Program Manager of Student Communications and Social Media. When not helping to keep students in the Philly area informed about outstanding opportunities and events in her beloved adopted city, Chaney enjoys exploring Philadelphia, learning phrases in as many foreign languages as possible, and creating new rice-and-bean-based dishes in her tiny kitchen.
|Lindsey Campbell, Operations & Marketing Manager
Lindsey was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Messiah College in December 2013 with a degree in Public Relations. After spending an awesome semester at Temple University through Messiah’s Philadelphia Campus program, she decided Philadelphia was the place to be after graduation. During her semester at Temple in Fall 2013, she interned with Campus Philly’s Open Arts program and loved all things Campus Philly and Open Arts. When Lindsey is not taking care of business as the Operations and Marketing Manager, you can find her running, exercising, or playing sports. She also enjoys finger knitting, traveling, baking sweets … and then eating them.
|Roger Estes, Creative Manager
Roger decided to move to Philadelphia in 2004, a few months after graduating from the
Alfred School of Art and Design. He joined Campus Philly after gaining some great creative experience at Visit Philadelphia, and has also worked on projects with Whipped Bakeshop and Julius Scissor. Roger enjoys snowboarding, making animated GIFs, being in the woods, building things out of wood and exploring new places in the city on his bicycle.
|Brett Ferdock, Junior Designer
Brett has loved Philadelphia ever since he was in high school and would visit with his friends to ride BMX bikes all around the city. Brett graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and received his B.A. in Graphic Design and was rewarded “Best Portfolio” in his graduating class. When not designing you can find Brett ripping around the streets on his bicycle, doing outdoor activities (weather permitting) and performing crowd-pleasing songs anywhere that has karaoke.
|Elena Swartz, Data Management Assistant
Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, Elena is an artist and arts advocate. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2012 where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow with a major in Growth and Structure of Cities. Elena served two terms with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps on national service projects across the United States; first as a Corps Member in 2007 and later as a Field Team Leader in 2013. Elena dove back into Philly life as a student at the Headlong Performance Institute in 2013 and has immersed herself in the city’s arts scene ever since. She also works as the Project and Development Coordinator for a contemporary dance company called The Naked Stark and gives official tours of Philadelphia’s murals for the Mural Arts Program. Elena spends her spare time exploring Philly’s culinary delicacies (mostly pastries and desserts) and public art. She recommends the Pumpple Cake at Flying Monkey Bakery in Reading Terminal Market and getting lost in Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.