Mary Zagar Brown
Corridor Development Manager: Mary manages community development projects in the Visitation Gateway Neighborhood. She coordinated the Visitation Gateway Neighborhood Planning process and now oversees implementation of the plan, including the development of affordable senior housing, community open space, and mixed-use development. She worked as a planner and GIS Analyst for a Pennsylvania land trust and worked in community development in Boston. She has a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and completed a year of service in Atlanta as a Jesuit Volunteer. She completed her undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Maryland.
Corridor Improvement Coordinator: Clayton works in the Visitation Gateway Neighborhood, overseeing corridor maintenance activities, recruiting volunteers, and assisting with community organizing efforts, such as developing a neighborhood town watch. Clayton was instrumental in getting the Visitation Gateway Neighborhood designated as a "litter-free zone" by the City of Philadelphia. In addition he is active in Philadelphia's Weed and Seed program. He is thought of in the neighborhood as a good-will ambassador, building invaluable relationships with businesses, residents, and local stakeholders.
Community Development Manager: Kimiko works on adapting underutilized Archdiocesan properties for the potential conversion into affordable senior housing. Currently she is managing the development of Nativity B.V.M. Place senior housing, a former parochial school in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia. Previously she worked in historic preservation and project management in Washington, DC. She has also worked internationally as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and a research fellow at the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai, India. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Virginia.
Br. Joseph Dudek, S.T.
Non-Profit Development Manager: Brother Joseph Dudek, S.T., a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, has been a director of non-profit community organizations for over 30 years. A graduate of Loyola University and Milltown College, he has an abiding commitment to marginalized people and communities. He has served as Executive Director of Fatima Community Center in Cleveland, Ohio and of Hospitality House of Philadelphia, Inc. In 2004 he established the Sacred Heart Family Center in Camden, MS and in 2006 supervised the construction and program development of a spiritually-based wellness center serving recovering addicts in Baltimore, Md. As Nonprofit Development Manager for our office, he strives to address community challenges by forging creative partnerships with local service providers and religious organizations. He has been honored by both the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, with its Apothaker Award for service in the cause of justice, and the Philadelphia Medical Society, with its Benjamin Rush Award for contributions to public health.
Suzanne O'Grady Laurito
Project Developer: As project developer, Suzanne develops housing, facilities, and social service programs to enhance the community and to respond to the needs of underserved populations. Prior to working for OCD, she worked with Catholic Social Services, administering child welfare programs and Mercy Hospice, a shelter for women and children. She holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College and a Master of Social Service specializing in Advocacy, Planning and Program Development from Bryn Mawr College.
Neighborhood Maintenance Worker: José works in the Visitation Gateway Neighborhood, assisting with corridor and neighborhood maintenance and overseeing improvements to community gardens and vacant lots. What some would consider work to clean the community is a passion that José enjoys. A long-time community resident, José and his wife are active members in their community and serve as neighborhood block captains. If you drive by his home you will see how proud he is of his culture, his community, and his landscape.
John M. Wagner
Director: For over 35 years John has worked on behalf of marginalized people and neighborhoods, first with the City of Philadelphia and then with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Raised in South Philadelphia and a graduate of Temple University, John has created supportive housing opportunities for the elderly, the homeless, those with mental illness, and those with HIV/AIDS. His many successful projects have included the Good Shepherd Program, McCauley House, Norris Square Senior Housing, Visitation Homes, the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center, and St. John Neumann Place. John is presently working with his staff on the development of Nativity B.V.M. Place, St. Francis Villa, the rehabilitation of St. Monica Manor, developing a service plan for Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, and Senior Adult Daycare. John's passion flows from his strong commitment to the social mission of the Church, belief in servant leadership, and desire to build up the Kingdom of God.