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John Elliot Churchville,

Founder, President & CEO

John is an author, scholar-activist, educator, business and social change entrepreneur, and attorney. He is Managing Partner, The Churchville Triad Group, LLC, and the founder and CEO of Liberation Fellowship Community Development Corporation.



Vice President

Ben joins the board of Northwest CLT with a background in communications, specifically in the non-profit sector. He currently serves as the Director of Communications for Western States Center


Nancy-Ellen Churchville


Nancy-Ellen Churchville is a native Philadelphian, author, painter, sculptor, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is President and COO of Liberation Fellowship Community Development Corporation. A retiree from the healthcare industry after serving as a Certified Medical Revenue Manager, Systems Analyst, Anatomy and Physiology instructor and third-party billing/coding instructor, Nancy now devotes her time to sculpting and painting commissioned pieces. Her artwork can be found at


Rae Vassar

Rae is a community activist and organizer who has done paid, volunteer, and community service work in nearly every section of Philadelphia, including Germantown. 


Dante Leonard

Dante Leonard is the co-founder of We Embrace Fatherhood nonprofit organization. He currently serves as HopePHL’s Commercial Corridor Manager for Lower Lancaster Avenue providing approximately 220 corridor businesses with technical assistance, connection to resources, and programs to support the economic viability of Lancaster Avenue. He serves on the Byrne Criminal Justice Initiative, management team as well as the Philadelphia ReCast Community Advisory Council. 

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Ellen Somekawa

Ellen Somekawa has been the Executive Director of the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS) since 2014. From 1996 to 2014, Ellen was the Executive Director of Asian Americans United where she carried forward the organization’s commitment to creating intergenerational spaces for young people to come to consciousness and to serve their communities. 


Leslie Billhymer

Leslie is a seasoned Urban and Architectural Designer who currently serves as Managing Principal at Corona Partners Real Estate, Philadelphia, PA. A Certified Energy Manager and Certified Passive House Consultant,

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Bryson Jones

Bryson received a bachelor’s degree in Applied Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Brigham Young University-Idaho. After working in varying school systems including charter and public for many years, Bryson transitioned into a full-time career in Real Estate Brokerage with Hinerfeld Commercial Real Estate, specializing in Commercial Leases and Sales.

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