Respect, cooperation, responsibility, and self-improvement. We listen to the needs of the residents; we aggregate their voice; we support them addressing community issues; we empower them to stand up for themselves.
  • Willie White

               Executive Director

  • Hon. Vivian Kornegay              President of the Board
  • Derrick Conyers 


AVillage is a grassroots, non-profit organization.
Founded in August 2009, our mission is to improve the quality of life for residents of the South End and beyond by reclaiming our neighborhoods by encouraging, engaging, and empowering our communities.
Ben Atwood

    South End  Garden Coordinator

Executive Committee & Board of Directors
Willie White
Executive Director
  • ​Jesenia Alcantara
  • Chenoa Bailey
  • ​Jessica Gorman
  • Fatmata Hilton
  • Clara Phillips
Our job is to identify the tools needed for change, and then help the community to access them. We carry out the mission and goals by meeting with community members on a regular basis, launching community building events, and collaborating with community partners. We reclaim vacant lots, organize neighborhood clean-ups, work with neighborhood youth, and engage in public issue advocacy.
Bob DeFelice

Administrative Assistant 

Mahalia Cummings

Social Media Coordinator

 To improve the quality of life for residents of the South End, by reclaiming the neighborhoods, and by encouraging, engaging, and empowering the South End community and beyond. 

  • Tom McPheeters                          Secretary
  • Hon. Tom Keefe      

              Chair Personnel Committee

  • Sheri Stevens​                            Chair Finance Committee
 AVillage's Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders, educators, government officials, media, and local residents.
The Board meets every two months, and each member must serve on at least one committee. 

If you are interested in joining our Board, please contact us at (518)451-9849.
CeCe Horbat 

South End Healthy Market Manager

Tom McPheeters


Meet Our Staff

"We are about our own diversity, here   in this place, where we all live."

Joanne Schlang​ 

Finance Manager

  • Joe Raggio
  • Marva Richards

  • Ben Sturgess 

  • Katherine Tune
  • ​Tabetha Wilson

About Us