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CORE STAFF

Micah Bales, Communications Coordinator

Micah Bales leads Parks & People’s communications, employing an array of digital, print, and grassroots outreach to raise awareness and engage our neighborhoods, to use parks as launch pads for better health, green jobs, and community empowerment. Micah and his family are a proud residents of DC’s Ward 7. Micah enjoys running with his dog, Austin, in Marvin Gaye Park.

 

Kenneth Barbour, Sites Assistant

A lifelong DC resident, Kenny Barbour assists all aspects of maintenance and improvements at Marvin Gaye Park, the Riverside Center, and numerous park and greening sites across the city.

 

Jeffrey V. Catts, ASLA, Field Director

Jeff Catts leads Parks & People’s community greening work across DC. He brings over 30 years of experience and design skills as a licensed Landscape Architect. During his career he has designed and managed the construction of significant projects including: a major expansion to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, a renovation master plan for Olmsted’s Fine Arts Gardens adjacent to the Cleveland Museum of Art, numerous college campus and urban park landscapes.

Jeff’s work in the DC region has included program management for DDOT’s Anacostia Riverwalk Trail project and designing the Anacostia Community Boathouse Association facility which reclaimed and restored a major section of riparian buffer plantings along the river. In 2011 Jeff left the private sector to follow his passion for working more ‘on the ground’ with communities by joining the staff of Parks & People. He has designed, coordinated and helped plant over 2500 native trees throughout the District with our DC Green Corps, and he has helped design and install numerous community and school gardens as well as the new landscape at Parks & People’s Josephine Butler Parks Center. Jeff is a graduate of Penn State University and is a 9-year resident of Adams Morgan.

 

Stephen W. Coleman, Executive Director & President

Steve Coleman has led Washington Parks & People’s award-winning alliance of community-based greening partnerships since it began as a volunteer neighborhood park crime patrol in 1990. In three decades of non-profit service, Steve has been a vice president and director of research for a national organization, program director of an international environmental advocacy network, staff officer for a national foundation, a fundraising consultant for environmental media initiatives, a community organizer, and an intern reporter for Public Broadcasting’s MacNeil/ Lehrer Report. Born in India, Steve has lived in DC’s diverse Reed-Cooke neighborhood for 32 years.

 

Montse Colet, Administrative Assistant

Montse grew up in Barcelona, Spain. After college, she specialized in Customer Service and Relations, working for different firms and organizations such as the British Council. At the end of 2014, Montse moved to Washington. Spending most of her free time outdoors, she enjoys all the parks and green spaces the city offers.

 

Makenzie Delmotte, Special Events Manager

Makenzie Delmotte brings keen insight and special events and development experience from the Lupus Foundation of America, EMILY’s List, the Women’s Campaign Fund, and Colleges Against Cancer.

 

Katrina Gaynor, Lead Event Host

Katrina Gaynor is a proud graduate of Parks & People’s DC Green Corps and a lifelong DC resident. She brings a passionate commitment to community greening to her role leading efforts to raise awareness about the importance of DC’s green spaces.

 

Behnam Mehrabkhani, Sites Manager

Behnam Mehrabkhani has helped train and coordinate tens of thousands of Parks & People volunteers helping in all aspects of park and landscape revitalization and building restoration and construction. He came to Parks & People in 2001 as a refugee from Iran, helping to assist the award-winning exterior restoration of the Josephine Butler Parks Center before he could speak more than a few words of English. Prior to coming to the United States, Behnam supervised a staff of 18 machinists in a Teheran factory and worked as a welder in Turkey. He is fluent in Persian and Turkish.

 

RonDell D. Pooler, Field Coordinator

RonDell Pooler graduated from and now runs Parks & People’s DC Green Corps urban forestry workforce development and service learning program. He holds a certificate in urban agriculture from Prince George’s Community College. A resident of the stream valley next to Marviun Gaye Park, RonDell now leads all field training and volunteer programs, based at the Marvin Gaye Community Greening Center in Far Northeast DC, the District’s first neighborhood nursery, training center, and community food hub. In 2015, the William Penn House honored RonDell with the Peaceable Kingdom Award.

 

Khalid Randolph, Grants & Program Development Director

Khalid Randolph brings over 20 years of DC-area nonprofit and government leadership in youth development, public education, institutional advancement, and expeditionary learning. He is an experienced teacher, administrator, an avid runner, as well as a pianist and double-bass player.

 

Emily Romero, Business & Operations Director

Emily Romero brings to the role of Business & Operations Director over 13 years of experience in community and international development across 15 countries, as well as a lifelong love of parks and the outdoors.

Emily’s passion for social and environmental justice and poverty alleviation infuses her work at Parks & People spearheading the earned revenue and green social venture strategies, driving initiatives in the management team and organizationally that contribute to long-term operational excellence, and managing and increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the support functions. Emily has a MA in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University and a BA in English and History from Oberlin College.