Tonyelle Cook-Artis – Manager of Government Relations- Delaware Port Authority
Tonyelle Cook-Artis, M.P.M., spent a career spanning 15 years dedicating her life to public service. In 2016 she served as a member in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Prior to serving, Tonyelle spent a decade, serving as Chief of Staff to the State Representative in the 200th district. In this role, she steered the planning of more than 125 community events and led a staff that serviced 50 plus residents per day in a variety of areas. Tonyelle has also worked to establish effective community partnerships, and actively fights to connect residents to the valuable city and state resources. She currently is Manager of Government Relations at the Delaware River Port Authority in New Jersey.
Tonyelle’s outstanding dedication to the people in her community and her strong leadership abilities helped to quickly elevate her career. She is an avid member of several communities-based organizations including President of East Mt. Airy Neighbors; The National Coalition of 100 Black Women; National Association of University Women ~ Philadelphia/Suburban Chapter. Most notable, Tonyelle sits on the Board for the Lupus Foundation of America Tri-State Chapter (Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania), where she was recently elected to serve as Chair. She is also serving in the capacity of co-block captain for her block, Chair of the Mt. Airy Community Council and is an active member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she serves as Assistant Servant Leader on the Trustee Aide Ministry.
Tonyelle received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Political Management from George Washington University. Tonyelle resides in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia with her retired army reservist husband and their son.
Peter D’Amico,CFP, Founding Partner -Philadelphia Wealth Management
As a Philadelphia native, Pete is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and has been in financial services since 2002 as both an agent and a manager. Pete’s focus on business owners and their families distinguishes him in the industry. Utilizing cutting edge software and technology, he helps his clients plan for the accumulation, management, and distribution of their wealth. He has a vision to help all families navigate their way to the lifestyle they deserve. He has been recognized for his accomplishments in financial planning and is a member of AXA’s Sterling Producer Group. Pete is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University. He currently resides in Manayunk with his wife Jessica, their son Nicholas, and daughter Luciana.
Maxine Bagley (Governance Chair), National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Maxine Bagley is a retired Administrative Analyst for the School District of Philadelphia. Maxine is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Southern New Jersey Chapter, where she once served as the chapter’s Executive Vice-President and is currently a member of the organization’s National Board. For three years, Maxine served on the Monroe Township Board of Education. Maxine has also served as a commissioner on Gloucester County Commission on Women for sixteen years. In addition to this, Bagley is an executive board member of the Gloucester County NAACP. Since 2003, Maxine has been a member of Youth Action’s advisory Board and helped support the founding of the organization. She is recipient of several awards which include proclamations from New Jersey state officials, a Dedication to Service award from the Mayor of Monroe County, and the Woman of the Decade Award from the Williamstown, New Jersey Women’s Club. She received a degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Williamstown, New Jersey with her husband.
Barry Johnson, Communication & Membership Engagement specialist at African American Chamber of Commerce
For Youth Action, for four years Barry directed Youth Action’s Inspiring Leaders program which provides training, mentorship, & funding for 9th& 10th grade students to explore/value leadership and organize service projects in their communities. Originally from Trenton, New Jersey Barry is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who studied political communications. He has served as a media specialist with the Pennsylvania Democratic House of Representatives. During his time at UPenn, Barry immersed himself in Philadelphia and gained valuable civic engagement experience pertinent to our students. He has worked in Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s Office, Philadelphia’s District Attorney’s office. His passion for civic engagement continued as he took the fall semester of his senior year off to work as an organizer with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Larry Raye, Founder & President of Raye of Hope Ministries
Larry Raye has been involved with Youth Action since 2005, serving as a mentor and member of our team’s advisory Board. Larry brings significant leadership experience to our Board, having served for more than 35 years as a community volunteer as well as employer with Philadelphia Municipal Government. Larry Raye has been involved with the Department of Human Services where he has served as the executive assistant to the Department’s commissioner. He is the Founder and President of Raye of Hope Ministries, a community development non-profit in Philadelphia. In addition to this, he is the Founder of the “Each One, Reach One, to Teach One” Annual Youth Summit, in which he has impacted the lives of more 10,000 youth for the past 18 years. In addition to working with Youth Action, Larry is a Board member of the Imani Charter School, Blacks Networking for Progress and is intensely involved with ministries and services at Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ. He is the recipient of Youth Action’s 2008 Outstanding Leadership Awards. Raye, a licensed social worker, earned his B.A. in sociology and history at Fayetteville State University and a masters in Social Work at Temple University.