2019 Derby Judges
Fishtown Branch Manager
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union
Conor is the Branch Manager at PFCU’s Fishtown Branch and has been with PFCU for over 8 years. Having started in an entry level position, Conor worked his way up the ranks over the years and was actually a staff member of the Fishtown Branch when it originally opened back in 2013.
After a few brief stops at some of PFCU’s other locations, Conor is back in Fishtown. When he isn’t running around the branch over on Dauphin St., you can often find him roaming the neighborhood spreading the word of PFCU and its convenient Fishtown location.
Councilman Mark Squilla
First District Representative
Philadelphia City Council
Mark Squilla has represented City Council’s First District, a diverse and growing area that stretches along the Delaware River from his native South Philadelphia across Center City, Chinatown, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond since 2011.
Councilman Squilla’s life in public service began two decades earlier, when he brought his Whitman neighbors together to save their local park, Burke Playground. In 2008, his neighbors elected him Whitman Council President.
Councilman Squilla’s experiences as a community organizer, public servant, and family man have taught him that engaged neighborhoods are the key to Philadelphia’s future.
PA State Representative Mary Isaacson
Pennsylvania State Representative
Mary Isaacson was elected state representative for the 175th District in Philadelphia in November 2018, serving the areas of the River Wards along the Delaware River from Old Richmond to Queen Village and points in between including Chinatown and historic Washington Square.
Mary has worked her whole adult life on issues that impact her neighbors and communities of the district she now represents. Prior to becoming state legislator, Mary served 12 years as Chief of Staff for the late state Representative Mike O'Brien.
Mary resides in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia with her husband Chris and two children, Sophia and Oscar, along with their dog, Molly.
Adults Programs Specialist
The Franklin Institute
Adam is the curator of Science After Hours and other adult programs at The Franklin Institute Science Museum.
When he's not at the museum you can find him attending music festivals and concerts, sometimes presenting science content along the way, proving that no place is too strange to spread some science.
Christopher Wink is a Cofounder, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.
Catherine Sontag is Technical.ly's Events Director and has been overseeing and executing events in all of their markets since 2014. With an eye for detail and a sixth sense for what’s never been done before, Sontag has dedicated her career to creating new ways to surprise and delight event-goers.
Respecting the complexity and tactical acuity required for producing a successful event, Sontag revels in the details. Her detail-oriented methodology ensures that no stone goes unturned during the event production process.
The highlight of her time at Technical.ly thus far, has been conceptualizing and executing the standout 2018 event, Introduced by Technical.ly. She owns a home in East Kensington where her two cats reside (Twitter & Leo).
Vice President of Audience Engagement
Philadelphia Greater Cultural Alliance
Roberta joined the Cultural Alliance in March of 2018 as Vice President of Audience Engagement. She oversees the various marketing programs such as the Phillyfunguide, the discount-ticketing program, Funsavers, and various audiences building research initiatives. Before starting with the Cultural Alliance, Roberta worked at Settlement Music School as a Branch Coordinator for the Wynnefield location. When not in the office, Roberta enjoys knitting, reading, and volunteering for various social causes. She is a proud member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Pennsylvania Chapter, which she serves as the chair of the arts and culture committee. Roberta joined the Cultural Alliance in March of 2018.
Emily Costa Doñes
Community Relations Manager
Emily Costa Doñes serves as the Community Relations Manager of SugarHouse Casino, where she works to ensure SugarHouse is a great place to work, a strong economic engine for Philadelphia, and a dedicated community partner.
Outside of the casino, Emily is an active community leader serving on the boards of Fishtown Co. and the 26th Police District Advisory Council.
Originally hailing from Allentown, PA, Emily received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University and earned a Master of Science in Education from Lehigh University.
Emily spent her early career as an elementary school teacher, teaching second, fourth, and sixth grades. Prior to joining the SugarHouse team, she served as the Senior Event Manager of Cescaphe Event Group.
Board of Directors
Michael Morrison is the Vice President of the East Kensington Neighborhood Association (EKNA). He lives in Kensington with his wife, dogs and cat. He’s been an EKNA member for 5 years and Vice President for 2 years. He’s worked in the insurance industry most of his career, but is currently pursuing a new career in nursing.