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Leadership Team

Michelle Venema
Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Venema

The story of Michelle, our Chief Executive Officer, is a true inspiration. Thirty years ago, she started at First National Bank of Chester County as a bank teller and worked her way up to the role of Executive Vice President of Business Banking. There was a time, in her Sweet Briar College days, when she wanted to become a doctor and to that end got her degree in Biochemistry. However, once she started working at First National, she caught the banking bug and never left the financial world until joining Home of the Sparrow as Chief Executive Officer in 2017.

Darla Nutter
Director of Operations

Darla Nutter

Darla Nutter is the heart and soul of Home of the Sparrow. Here from almost the beginning, she played an essential role in bringing us to where we are today. We sometimes suspect that she has an encyclopedic memory, because she knows everything about Home of the Sparrow, and many of our supporters personally.

Kathleen Sanger

Kathleen Sanger
Director of Development

Kathleen Sanger

Kathleen has always worked in the nonprofit sector; always in Chester County. She began her career at United Way of Chester County in 1988 when it was located in Exton. 32 years later, she’s working down the street from her first job, serving another organization whose mission she believes in fervently. Although raised in Media, she became a Chester Countian when she arrived at WCU to study speech communications. She and her husband raised their three sons here, all of whom went to college locally. The family continues its commitment to the County with her eldest and her husband working as teachers and her middle son serving another County nonprofit as an active volunteer.

Matrie Johnson
Director of Programs

Matrie Johnson

When Matrie Johnson believes something is possible, she doesn’t take no for an answer. As Director of Programs, she grew our programs to where they are today. She made Home of the Sparrow a place that is open to all women in Chester County who are struggling with housing, despite doing everything they can. Matrie’s philosophy builds on the idea of partnership, personal strength and encouragement. Her goal is to empower single women and mothers to become financially self-sufficient and independent.

Staff

Alejandra Colin

Bilingual Program Coordinator

Alejandra also known as “Ale” is the Bilingual Program Coordinator from the Supportive Housing Program. Knowing a second language is such an important asset here in Home of the Sparrow...

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Ashley Leiss

Development and Communications Associate

Ashley loves to tell a story, and has spent over 10 years in the field of communications doing just that. She began her career as a TV News Reporter and Producer, extensively covering Pennsylvania’s Capital City...

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Bruce Field

Property Manager

As one of the longest standing staff members of Home of the Sparrow, Bruce Field makes sure that our Pre-Senior Bridge Houses and our office are in tip-top shape. We have yet to find a problem that Bruce can’t fix ...

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Caroline Nagy

Program Outreach Coordinator Born and raised in Chester county, Caroline left the area to attend Muskingum University, a small college in Southeast Ohio, where she graduated with a degree in child and family studies and a minor in sociology. After graduation, she completed a year of service with the Episcopal service corps, where she served for a small church in Columbus, Ohio, working with the homeless youth and their families.
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Kristen Jaggers

Program Coordinator

Kristen has been responding to life in this way since she was a youngster, demolishing whatever barrier the universe dropped in her path. As a teenager she volunteered in homeless shelters and soup kitchens, ...

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Kristy Kampf

Program Coordinator Kristy decided she wanted to be a Social Worker early in life and she graduated from Stockton University with her Bachelor’s. She saw early on growing up how important it is to be connected to your community and strive to stay involved. 6 years ago, a she and a friend started a small homeless drive in Philadelphia.
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Meghan Ervine

Volunteer Coordinator Meghan started out in this field as a Communications Assistant for an organization called Street Ransom in Roanoke, Virginia, which aims to help in the fight against human trafficking. After moving back to Pennsylvania in 2019 she began a job as a Promotions Coordinator for a non-profit radio network called K-LOVE.
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