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Meet

The Team

Leah M. Reynolds, M.S.P.L.

Executive Director
Leah Reynolds took on the role of Executive Director of KACS in July 2019. She holds a Master of Science in Professional Leadership with a focus on non-profits and a B.A. in Legal Studies. Leah has more than 25 years of successful experience leading both small and complex nonprofit organizations, developing initiatives that have led to transformative change. She has also been a life-long volunteer assisting people in recovery from addiction and those facing issues of poverty. Her passion is to create collaborative relationships in order to build up communities so they, in turn, can build up the people in them. This has been a career as well as personal pursuit.

Amy Scheuren

Program Director
Amy joined KACS in August 2016 as Emergency Assistance Case Manager and was promoted to Program Director in April 2019. As Director, she is responsible for all aspects of Emergency Assistance operations including development of all programming, management of the advocate staff, fiscal management, and interface with outside agencies and funding sources. Amy is bilingual and is a licensed social worker with experience in both the United States and Central America.

Kecia Crowl

Communications & Engagement Director
Kecia Crowl joined the KACS Team in June 2022. As the Communications & Engagement Director, she is responsible for developing and executing clear marketing, communication, and community engagement strategies to increase KACS visibility. Kecia has worked with other non-profit organizations including the Kennett Library, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Delaware Community Foundation, and Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society.

Lily Rodriguez

Information & Operations Manager
Lily joined KACS in October of 2020 assisting KACS in a temporary part-time role. In August 2021 she became the Information Management Specialist. Lily's work focuses on data across various software solutions. She is our in-house data guru and is bilingual. ​

Nancy Tapia

Participant Advocate Administrator
Nancy joined the KACS staff in 2017 and is bilingual. As Participant Advocate in the Food Cupboard, Nancy is responsible for participant registrations and communications, as well as data collection and the assessment of participant needs. Nancy also assists the Emergency Assistance Program through referrals and support as well as KACS public relations efforts. ​

Sheila Eames

Bookkeeper
Sheila joined KACS in April 2021 as the Bookkeeper. Sheila has 20+ years of experience in all functions of bookkeeping and accounting. Sheila will make sure KACS maintains its tax-exempt status, keep track of funding and make sure we’re compliant with ever-changing regulations. She is committed to helping KACS use the donations we receive to make the biggest possible impact. ​

Britton Elwood

Operations Coordinator
Britton started as a volunteer at KACS in March 2018. She joined KACS first as our COVID19 Response Coordinator and then became the Operations Coordinator in June 2020. She is responsible for food procurement through donations and food drives both at KACS and in other locations. She oversees the Luther House food delivery program.

Gonzalo Cano

Emergency Assistance Advocate
Gonzalo joined KACS in December 2017 as a bilingual Emergency Assistance Case Manager. Gonzalo works with individuals and families who are experiencing early stages of instability, assisting with rental, utility and other types of assistance that may be needed.

Elizabeth Flores

Emergency Assistance Advocate
Elizabeth joined the KACS team in October 2017 as the Housing Stability Case Manager. She recently transitioned to conducting intakes and working with individuals and families who are experiencing early stages of instability, assisting with rental, utility, and other types of assistance that may be needed. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from LaSalle University and has experience in supporting families and individuals in crisis, with a concentration on immigrant families.

Keila Hernandez-Sullivan

Housing Stability Advocate
Keila joined the Emergency Assistance team in October 2019. She is the Housing Stability Advocate, adding support and long-term case management to KACS clients who have experienced chronic homelessness and recently secured permanent housing. An Oxford native, Keila has returned to Southern Chester County after 6 years of living, studying and working outside the area. She completed her Bachelor's of Social Work degree from Appalachian State University in Western North Carolina and has extensive experience working with the Latino population and people experiencing homelessness.

Margie Merced

Emergency Assistance Advocate
Margie joined KACS in January 2022 as an Emergency Assistance Case Manager. Originally from New York City, she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix and settled in Delaware in 2007. Margie will use her experience and passion for helping others as she works with individuals and families experiencing the highest level of crisis.

Kim Matos

Bridges Out of Poverty Coordinator
Kim joined KACS in 2022

Diana Russell

Administrative Assistant
Diana started at KACS in November 2021 in the role of Administrative Assistant. She brings a vast knowledge of her experience in a variety of office setting. She has worked for the Department of Defense Education Activity, Army Corps of Engineers, and a community hospital. She will be providing administrative support to the operations of the programs at KACS.

Delaney Marin-Tapia

Emergency Assistance Program Assistant
Delaney joined KACS as a volunteer and then an intern via the Garage Community and Youth Center's Career Compass program in March 2020. Delaney has assisted the Food Cupboard and began working with the Emergency Assistance team as a bilingual administrative assistant, providing support with the multitude of weekly requests KACS receives. Delaney is a 2020 graduate of Kennett High School and is currently enrolled at West Chester University.

Carina Villagomez

Receptionist
Carina joined the KACS team in September 2021 as our bilingual Receptionist. Carina is responsible for assisting and welcoming participants, donors, and volunteers that come to KACS. In addition, she helps the Emergency Assistance Program with requests as needed. Carina is currently enrolled at West Chester University.

Yvonne Rodriguez

Data Entry Clerk
Yvonne joined KACS in June of 2022 as a fulltime data entry clerk. She spent 24 years in social work, although she took a hiatus to pursue personal goals, her heart remains in the service of community.

Jasmin Castano

Gift Processing Assistant
Jasmin joined KACS as an intern from The Garage Community Centers program, Career Compass, in June 2021. She is now a part time employee as a Gift Processing Assistant and is responsible for processing gifts, distributing acknowledgement letters, and assisting multiple departments with projects. Jasmin is a 2021 graduate from Kennett High School and currently attends Penn State University in Brandywine.