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KEY STAFF

Kenneth Barbour, Sites Assistant (11 years service)
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 (4 years service)

Jeff Catts runs all of 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 (25 years service)
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 30 years of non-profit service, he 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. Here in Washington, Steve served on the Environmental Planning Commission and was an elected officer of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, Washington Innercity Self Help (WISH), and the city-wide Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Assembly.  He is the current chair of Parks for Life, the international urban parks alliance, and has served as a Trustee of the City Parks Alliance and the National Recreation and Park Association, faculty member of the American Planning Association’s City Parks Forum and the Urban Open Space Leadership Institute, and keynote speaker on urban greening in 20 cities across three continents.   He began leading community tree-planting and environmental reclamation projects at the age of 12, and had his first job with a small timber company at the age of 19.  Born in India, Steve has lived in DC's diverse Reed-Cooke neighborhood for 32 years.

Makenzie Delmotte, Special Events Coordinator

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

Behnam Mehrabkhani, Sites Manager (15 years service)
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 (4 years service)

RonDell Pooler graduated from and now runs Parks & People’s DC Green Corps urban forestry workforce development and serv ice 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.

Emily Romero, Business & Operations Director

Emily Romero runs all of Parks & People's operations, green social ventures, and staff development.  She brings extensive experience in program management finance, administration, and community development.