Staff

Amos Huron, Executive Director
Amos has been the Director of The Lenfest Center since 2011. Amos originally hails from Washington D.C. but he has called Philly home for the past 11 years. As a baseball coach for the Anderson Monarchs and Phillies RBI programs, Amos is no stranger to Philly pride. He is proud be raising his two amazing daughters in the City of Brotherly Love!  Amos’ desire to work with youth and families was informed by his service as an Americorps member in D.C. from 1999 to 2000. That same desire was strengthened in his experience managing programs and working with communities as a Recreation Leader with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Amos sees The Lenfest Center as a critical piece of a larger effort to address the unequal access to quality educational and recreational activities needed for all children in Philadelphia. Contact Amos at amos@lenfestcenter.org or 267-908-9001.

“You win some, you lose some, and sometimes it rains. But you’ve got to dress for them all.” -Satchel Paige

Kenzo Nakawatase, Assistant Director
kenzoKenzo began his Lenfest journey in 2012 but he’s no stranger to North Philly because he grew up not too far away in Germantown. Nowadays you’ll most likely find Kenzo hanging out with his partner Leana and their new baby Ella at their home in West Philly. He loves to wake up and have his morning cup of coffee in a city that he knows is always real, for better or for worse. As a young high school grad, Kenzo traveled across the country to serve as a Corps Member in City Year San Jose. He worked on a team, served youth and families, made a difference in an underserved neighborhood and had an amazing and challenging time doing so. This experience galvanized his will to continue working to strengthen communities. Kenzo wants to make a difference in the world, to take whatever understanding, kindness, empathy and hope he has and contribute it in some way. If you’re interested in learning more about The Lenfest Center or if you teach, coach or lead youth in some way please contact Kenzo at kenzo@lenfestcenter.org or 267-908-9002.
“Be careful what you set your heart upon- for it will surely be yours.”  -James Baldwin 

Kerrin Simmons, Executive Assistant  
IMG_9051Poised and professional, Kerrin is the glue that holds our staff together! As the Executive Assistant Kerrin manages space requests, membership and all office operations.​ Philly born and Edwardsville, IL raised, she started as a member of the Lenfest staff in September of 2012. She’s a writer at heart with a passion for people watching, video editing and listening to music. Philadelphia’s diversity is what Kerrin loves about our city because no matter how different we look, everywhere feels like family! Service in numerous faith-based institutions across the city continue to compel Kerrin’s belief in building strong communities. Kerrin also worked as a resident assistant at Temple University where she created programs to assist incoming freshman transition into campus life in the big city. Kerrin’s goal is to bridge the opportunity gap in the Hunting Park community by making resources more accessible for our children and families. Feel free to contact Kerrin if you need information on space availability at kerrin@lenfestcenter.org or 267-908-9000.
“Do or do not, there is no try.” -Yoda

Dave Cruz, Education Manager
Dave Dave joined the Lenfest Center family in October 2013 as a Group Leader and now proudly serves as the Education Coordinator. Dave oversees our Lenfest Learners after-school program. He is responsible for developing an enrichment-based curriculum that develops our young people as leaders. Dave’s mission is to create engaging educational programming that takes a holistic approach to child development. A Philadelphia native and die-hard Philly sports fan, he currently resides in the Great Northeast. Dave is a huge fan of comedy and is willing to do (almost) anything to make you laugh! Dave has over 6 years of experience working in youth development and there’s no chance that he’ll ever get tired of creating transformational learning opportunities that empower our youth. For any questions regarding The Lenfest Learners After-school program feel free to contact Dave at dave@lenfestcenter.org or 267-908-9003.
“The world can’t tell you who you are. You’ve just got to figure that out and be there, for better or worse.”

– Dave Chappelle

Kevin Oberst, Outreach Coordinator
IMG_8496No community center is an island. As the Outreach Coordinator, Kevin is tasked with broadcasting the mission of The Lenfest Center through whatever means necessary. His outreach efforts help families and neighbors connect to the resources at our center and our volunteers connect to powerful service opportunities with our children. Kevin has been involved with The Lenfest Center since 2010 when he served as a City Year Team Leader in the Young Heroes program. He discovered his passion for working with youth while leading powerful service learning projects across the city. Be sure to wave at Kevin when you see him biking into work; he’ll probably be thinking about his latest travel plans or his next camping trip. If you’d like to volunteer with us, or if you’re interested in finding out how your organization can partner and share resources with the Lenfest Center, get in contact with Kevin right away at kevin@lenfestcenter.org or 267-314-7403.
“I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” – Carl Sandburg

Emilia Autin-Hefner, Education Coordinator
EmiliaEnergy and enthusiasm are two words that describe Emilia perfectly! A true teacher at heart, she graduated from Temple University in 2014 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She hails from Montclair, NJ but now proudly calls Philly home.  Emilia is passionate about music so if she’s not out dancing like crazy at the lastest music festival, you can find her at her small, cozy house playing with her cat Cleo. Emilia’s parents have always inspired her to lead a life of service. Both of them started non-profits that work with underprivileged youth so for as long as she can remember, she’s seen the differences that great organizations can make in the lives of children. Emilia began at the Lenfest Center in 2013 and has loved it here from the start. She loves how we equally stress both academic and character growth in our kids. We provide them with a space to find their passions and discover themselves. If you have questions about the Lenfest Learners after-school program or about our curriculum, you can reach Emilia at emilia@lenfestcenter.org or 267-460-0015.
“All grown-ups were once children…but only few of them remember it.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Brian Cann, Facilities Manager

IMG_0158If you stop by the Lenfest Center and get the privilege to meet Brian, it is impossible to feel anything less than welcome here! As our Facilities Manager, Brian ensures the building is always in tip-top shape. Brian embodies the Lenfest spirit and keeps the center looking good while doing it! Brian is Philly born and raised so if you’re looking for recommendations on where to find the find the finest cheesesteak in all of Philadelphia, ask Brian and you won’t be disappointed! Brian takes pride in his hometown. He knows that our youth are the hope for our city’s future and he won’t pass on the opportunity to be a positive role model for all of our Lenfest Learners. Brian also understands how much our young people can achieve when they have the encouragement and support of a dedicated mentor. If you want to get in touch with Brian about anything, give him a call at 267-584-2033.
“The time is always right to do the right thing.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

India Blunt, Program Manager

IndiaIndia has been a member of the Lenfest Staff since 2014. She comes to Philadelphia by way of her hometown Baltimore, MD and loves how Philly has a lot of space for adventure, tons of places to visit and such a strong culture. A Temple grad, India has years of experience in youth programming. She is in charge of coordinating after-school clubs and programs at The Lenfest Center. India thinks it’s important for children to have homes away from home. She enjoys being part of a space that allows young folks to explore, learn, and try new things. If you know of a program that you would like to see at The Lenfest Center or have ideas for new programs or events contact India at india@lenfestcenter.org or 267-314-7402.
“All great achievements require time.” -Maya Angelou