Philadelphia Ceasefire Bios

 

 

Marla Davis

Marla Davis - Director

Marla Davis Bellamy, JD, MGA, is the director of Philadelphia CeaseFire and the director of Civic Engagement at the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy at the Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She also has served as executive director of Temple's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities and the co-director of the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy. Prior to joining Temple, Ms. Davis Bellamy was the executive director of the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia and served for five years as chief of staff of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Marla earned a law degree at Temple University, a master of government administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Johnson C. Smith University.

Marla can be reached at marladb@temple.edu or 215-204-3321.

Martin Colon

Robert Warner

Mr. Warner runs the day-to-day operations of the CeaseFire Program, including supervising staff performing the Shoot-Response interventions, running community events (Games of Peace basketball games), and attending community meetings in the 22nd District. For the last five years he has been a motivational speaker for at-risk youth young adults, and older adults. He speaks at high schools, detention centers, probation offices, and community organizations.

His work has gained national attention, including that of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. On November 7, 2013, Mr. Warner joined Attorney General Holder for a press conference about the federal STAR program. Mr. Warner plans to return to school and further his career while continuing to speak to at-risk persons.

 

 

Quinzel Tomoney

Quinzel Tomoney

For Quinzel Tomoney, being a part of Philadelphia Ceasefire is a chance to give back to his community and help his “young brothers” end the violence that they are committing against each other.

Once, he was one of those who destroyed and terrorized his community, now Quinzel wants to see the youth of Philadelphia live a full and good life.

 

 

Ann Reed

Ann Reed - Social Media & Community Events Coordinator

Ms. Reed volunteered with Philadelphia CeaseFire for two years before coming on board part time in January 2014. Currently, she manages the social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Ms. Reed also coordinates community outreach projects to benefit North Philly residents and to promote the message of Philadelphia CeaseFire to the community.

 

 

Afini Stones

Afeni Stones - Administrative Specialist

Recruited to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine in 2010 to serve as Administrative Specialist for the Philadelphia Ceasefire under the operation of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. In this role, Ms. Stones has been instrumental in the day to day administrative duties with day to day office functions of the program assisting both the program manager and supervisor in overseeing operations of our Outreach team group of 8 workers in around the 22 nd district area of Philadelphia. Philadelphia Ceasefire is a replicated national program of Cure violence public health model and focuses its effort to stop shootings and killings in the 22 nd , 39 th Districts in North Philadelphia.

Prior to joining Temple, she served 10yrs as Executive Assistant to the President of Universal companies where she maintained management over the office of the president as well as other administrative staff. Providing a variety of administrative services and office management through her tenure for other executive offices including the VP of Economic Development and the VP of Operations.

Afeni Stones has over 20 years' Administrative support experience; attended Virginia State University; a 1991 High graduate with honors and past certifications in Microsoft applications.

Afini Stones

Grady Morgan - Violence Interrupter

As a mediator at Philadelphia CeaseFire, Morgan spends his days talking to kids about how his life has been colored by gun violence over the years so that they learn from his mistakes. Having collected painful memories of all the people he’s lost, Morgan seems to know everything there is about gun violence in his neighborhood. He knows most of his community members by name, who the major players on the streets are, and he knows that if you want anyone in the community to take you seriously you need to have earned some respect. Most importantly, Morgan knows that fear won’t fix the damage gun violence has wreaked on his city. “We’ve gotta do that,” he states firmly.

Martin Colon

Martin Colon

Martin Colon started off trying to help the youth of Philadelphia by simply volunteering. He ran into one of the Police supervisors of the 22nd district, who started to tell him about Philadelphia Ceasefire and how he could volunteer.

Volunteering with Philadelphia Ceasefire is important to Michael because it involves dealing with everyday struggles that are in our society that he had once faced.

 

 

Robert Harris

Robert Harris

Robert Harris has always wanted a chance to work with the youth of Philadelphia. When a Philadelphia Ceasefire outreach worker had told him he could get the opportunity to do so by joining Philadelphia Ceasefire, Robert was all for it.

Being a part of Philadelphia Ceasefire provides Robert with the chance to give back to his community and to assist in bringing down the violence in neighborhoods.

 

Shakia Fudge

Shakia Fudge

Shakia Fudge has lived all around the city of Philadelphia; she joined Philadelphia Ceasefire after making a few connections that eventually led to an interview for an outreach worker position.

Philadelphia Ceasefire is important to Shakia because of the change it brings to those in need. And it stops her from seeing some many youths travel down the wrong path.  It has become Shakia’s passion to steer them in the right direction and assist them along in their journey.

 

Rasheed Smith

Rasheed Smith

Rasheed Smith grew up in South Philadelphia and first found out about Philadelphia Ceasefire from his friend and mentor who happened to be an outreach worker with the organization.

He cherishes the organization because it gives him a chance to talk to the youth of Philadelphia and reach them at a level that they understand.

 

Nortavin Rogers

Nortavin Rogers

Nortavin Rogers feels as though he gets a chance to change a lot of what he “helped destroy” as a child who had no direction when he was out on the Philadelphia streets. As a part of Philadelphia Ceasefire, Nortavin has an opportunity to be one of those guys that young people can look up to.

What gives Nortavin hope about being a part of Philadelphia Ceasefire, is that the organization is trying to spark a different plan in the streets of Philadelphia and change the norm.

 

Colwin Williams

Colwin Williams

To Colwin Williams the youth of Philadelphia are killing themselves needlessly and senselessly. The biggest problem in his view is that there are no black men to give the youth of Philadelphia structure, tools that are necessary for them to be successful in society.

By being a part of Philadelphia Ceasefire, Colwin feels that he is being the tool to needed to work with the ‘hood.’ To be able to go out into the streets of Philadelphia and help the youth helps him heal since he at one point was part of the problem.

Hannah Klein

Hannah Klein

Hannah Klein, a PhD student in Temple University's Criminal Justice Department, has been working with the staff of Philadelphia CeaseFire as an evaluator for more than two years now. Along with working with raw data for the evaluation, Hannah also works with the staff directly on the qualitative aspects of the evaluation which has opened her eyes to the true effects of the program on North Philadelphia.

Caterina Roman

Caterina Roman

Caterina Roman joined the faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University in Fall 2008 after nearly two decades with the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Dr. Roman has extensive experience studying the social ecology of neighborhoods, crime concerns, violence and gangs. Her research interests include evaluation of community-based anti-violence programs; prisoner reentry, and the relationship among the built environment, violence, fear and community health. She has recently completed three studies examining the association among fear, incivilities and physical activity. She has been the principal investigator on dozens of externally-funded grants, which most recently include a study examining how personal social networks influence desistance from gangs, and a study that describes how victims of street crimes seek help through both formal and informal sources.

Her research has been published in the journals Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Experimental Criminology, The Sociological Quarterly, Journal of Public Health Policy, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Research on Social Work Practice. For more information on her publications, see: http://www.cla.temple.edu/cj/faculty/caterina-roman-2/

She holds a Ph.D. in sociology and justice, law, and society from American University.

Dr. Mary Washam

Dr. Mary Washam

Dr. Mary Washam, Bishop at Hope Christian Tabernacle Philadelphia and Peter Harris, Philadelphia Police Chaplain 22nd District, are Prayer Coordinators for our Prayer Conference Call the first Monday of every month at 5:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call 641-715-3200 Access Code 1073998# to join us.