Leadership

Paul Kappel, Jr.

Paul Kappel, Jr. – PresidentLeadership

Paul Kappel, Jr. has been involved in education for over 26 years. Paul initially joined Junior Achievement with the Georgia office in 1997 as the Middle Grades Education Director. In 1998, he was promoted to the position of Vice President, Education. In 2003, he was recruited to lead the programmatic efforts in the National Capital Area and eventually moved into responsibility for the operations and resource generation efforts as Executive Vice President. His last year of leadership in D.C. resulted in $2.3M raised and 35,000 students served. Paul started as President in Southeastern PA in August 2007. During his tenure in Philadelphia, JA has received five consecutive Summit Awards for operating excellence, the first in over 10 years. In 2011, Paul brought a long-standing JA tradition to Philadelphia, the JA Business Hall of Fame. In 2014, JA of Southeastern PA was honored with the organization's first Peak Performance Team Award, the highest honor given to an area office by Junior Achievement USA. The recognition was achieved again in 2016. In 2015 and 2016, he was a finalist for the Charles R. Hook award.

Prior to joining Junior Achievement, he worked for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania from 1990-1997 in the Student Life department. Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bloomsburg in 1989 and received his Master of Science in Human Resources in 1993 from the University of Scranton. Paul resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two children.

 

Laura Yohe

Laura Yohe – Program DirectorEducation

Laura joined Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania in October 2007. As Program Director, Laura focuses on strategic education partnerships and program strategy across the eight counties of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to her staff role for Junior Achievement, Laura serves as Co-President for the Pennsylvania Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy in a volunteer capacity.

Laura has been a staff member of Junior Achievement for eighteen years and holds her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park. Following her experience as the Assistant Director of Community Development at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA where she played a key role in individual fundraising and special events, Laura joined the JA Worldwide network as the Development Manager of JA of Greater Washington in 2003 and moved into the Montgomery County District Director position in fall 2006. Laura’s responsibilities included program implementation, operations, and educational and strategic partnerships. Since joining the JA Southeastern PA team, Laura has had a variety of roles from grant writing and special events to strategic partnerships, program development and strategy.

Laura resides in Springfield, PA with her husband and son.

Why JA?
"Every day at Junior Achievement I see the power of connection making a difference in the lives of young people. It is our passionate volunteers that help students to realize their potential - empowering them to achieve and giving them the tools to succeed! Students are curious about the real world outside of school - JA brings #adulting to life!"

 

Joy Isabelle

Joy Isabelle – Business Development ManagerDevelopment

Joy is responsible for relational resource generation - financial and volunteer support from business partners, community partners, and individuals - to further the mission of JA. She also manages events and communications for the organization. Joy enjoys connecting with others and sharing JA's impact.

Over the course of her 5 1/2 years with JA, Joy has worked in the NJ, DE, and Philadelphia offices occupying both program and development roles. She has a bachelor's degree from Stockton University, where she majored in Business Administration with a speciality focus in Hospitality Management. She lives in Northwest Philly with her husband and two cats.

Why JA?
"I'm passionate about helping young people reach their full potential and love witnessing their 'a-ha' moments! At JA, we aren't just inspiring students' tomorrows and connecting the classroom to the real world but we are helping our communities grow. We are strengthing the relationship between schools and the business world, helping to create a generation of students that are financially capable, work ready, entrepreneurially minded and confident about their future!"

 

Stuart Younger

Stuart Younger – Program CoordinatorEducation

Stuart is responsible for managing the operational needs of executing volunteer- led educational programs for JA. Among Stuart's many roles are providing technology support for volunteers, educators, and JA Staff and managing JA of Southeastern's PA's implementations of JA Company Program, an experience for High School students.

Stuart started his career with JA over four years ago, working his way up from an entry- level position. Stuart started volunteering and working with education non-profits dating back to high school, where he has worked with with educators, professional staff, volunteers, and directly with students in various roles. He has a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, majoring in Political Science. Stuart currently lives in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Why JA?
"I love being able to provide today's youth the tools to create and take advantage of opportunities in their future!"

 

Ann Durkin

Ann Durkin – Operations and Finance AssistantOperations

Ann is responsible for bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, financial reporting and other office duties.

Before coming to JA, Ann had a successful career in managing small businesses and their staff. Ann graduated from Rosemont College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She lives in Downingtown, PA with her husband and four children.

Why JA?
"As a parent, I understand that education is the foundation for a child's future development and is the road to their future success in life. I think it is really great that the programs created by JA teach children at a young age about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness."

 

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