theVillage Names New President and Chief Executive Officer

Board of Directors appoints current Interim President and CEO Michael Kellerman


ROSEMONT, Pa. (July 26, 2018) – The Board of Directors of theVillage, a nonprofit organization offering trauma-informed care to children and families in the Greater Philadelphia region, today named Michael Kellerman as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after completing an extensive search. Kellerman, an experienced nonprofit executive who is currently serving as the organization’s Interim President and CEO, brings 17 years of leadership, strategic planning, development, and marketing experience to theVillage and will transition to his new role immediately.

“After witnessing the strong impact Michael has already made on the organization in a short period of time, our Board of Directors has great confidence in our future with Michael on board in a permanent capacity,” said Paul Bergsteinsson, Chairman of theVillage Board of Directors. “Given the rapidly changing environment of child welfare and behavioral health, we searched for a leader with experience in strategic planning and change management. Michael’s leadership skills will serve us well and will be invaluable in guiding us, as we look to build on our legacy while focusing strategically on those avenues that will best serve vulnerable children and families in our communities, providing them with hope and healing.”

During his time as Interim President and CEO, Kellerman improved the organization’s financial performance, strengthened programs and service delivery, and reached out to cultivate relationships with key constituencies of theVillage. Looking forward, Kellerman will build on the rich history of the organization, and work to innovate and improve programs and services on both the Rosemont and Southwest Philadelphia campuses, as well as foster strong relationships with funding and regulatory agencies, local government and current and prospective community partners.

Prior to his work at theVillage, Kellerman served as a strategy consultant for several nonprofits, including Esperanza, Ballet Austin and KUT, Austin’s NPR affiliate. He also served as Director of the Center City District Foundation in Philadelphia where he helped develop the Rail Park and other high-profile projects. He held the position of Director of Philanthropic Partnerships for The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he developed core program strategies and funding partnerships for the organization’s global environment initiatives. He also held roles as senior consultant for Corcoran & Company, focused on social sector consulting, and Vice President of External Relations for Austin Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, he has lectured at the University of Texas at Austin on social entrepreneurship and impact investing as an adjunct professor.

TheVillage formed an Executive Search Committee in January 2018 and conducted a vigorous search process to find the successor of long-standing President and CEO, Darlene Hewett, who retired in 2017 after more than 40 successful years with the organization.

About theVillage

TheVillage is a dynamic nonprofit organization that supports children and families impacted by trauma in the greater Philadelphia area. It exists to help prevent child abuse and neglect and, when they occur, to offer hope and healing. The role of theVillage is to build healthier families. This in turn leads to more stable communities. TheVillage is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and utilizes the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care.

TheVillage employs a range of programs and services, including residential programs, outpatient behavioral health, foster care and adoption services, out of school time programs, in-home case management services, outpatient services, community-based programs and more. For more information about theVillage, visit

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