Our team of program directors, assessors, case managers, job developers, instructors and mentors work together to meet the needs of participants, employers and society.



CTS, formed in 1992, is a multi-program, multi-funded agency that has successfully implemented a variety of human services programs. The organization is a member of the Hunting Park-Germantown Business Association, the African American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Business Network and Delaware Valley Green Building Council. Its recently renovated headquarters and program facility are conveniently located in the heart of North Philadelphia. CTS’s facility features private offices for counseling and case management, spacious classrooms and state-of-the-art computer laboratory and is easily accessible by public transportation, including a regional rail line station. It is also ADA compliant.

Among the organizations initiatives are:

Project Yes: This DOL-funded YouthBuild initiative graduated its first training cohort in August, 2010. The most recent cohort graduated in June 2012 and at present, the YouthBuild Team is preparing for another cohort.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)/General equivalency Degree (GED) Preparation: ABE in core academic subjects, along with preparation to take the GED examination, is provided to participants who have not completed their secondary education.

Vocational Training: CTS provides vocational training for youth, young adults and adults in many career paths.

Pre-Employment Skills Training, Job Placement & Follow-up: Participants in CTS’s training regimens receive pre-employment skills training, along with job placement assistance.

CTS operates under the policy direction of a seven-member, community-based Board of Directors and a seven-member Board of Experts. Mr. Desmond Irving, President, leads a team of 44 dedicated professionals and support staff.



IMG_3325Executive Leadership

Desmond Irving, President

Omar Wilson, Executive Director

Dana Coppertino

Daniella Quehl, Treasurer

Board Of Directors

Richard Rutledge

Craig Nelson

Maxine McIntyre

Charlie Mack

Douglas Kissel

Omar Wilson – Ex Officio

Jeudy Tuot


Face Forward

Yemi Buckner, Program Director

Sharnita Jackson, Admin. Asst./Case Manager

Patricia Martin, Primary Case Manager

Melanie Richardson, Employment Spec./Case Manager

Ronnie Dawson, Retention Spec./Case Manager

Training To Work

Janet Chaney, Program Director

Rashid Salahud-Din, Mentor Coordinator/Life Skills

Nyleen Shaw, Retention Specialist/CM

Alfred Flowers, Employment Specialist/CM

Gervin Modest, Vocational Instructor


Marian Pankey, Program Director

James Horn, Administrative Assistant

Kimberly Habi, Case Manager

Ramona Thrower, GED Instructor

Lamonte Williams, Employment Specialist

Duane Alexander, Mentor Coordinator

Access To Recovery

David Ross, MHS Program Director

Arlicia Miller, Administrative Assistant

Trazanna Spearman, Administrative Assistant

Adult Mentoring

David Ross, Program Director

Arlicia Miller, Case Manager

Trazanna Spearman, Case Manager

Jamal Vann, Recruiter

Scott Lattany, Recruiter

YouthBuild 2

Carrie Brandon, Program Director

Musa Sulaiman, Transition Coordinator