Board of Directors:

Joanna Otero-Cruz, Deputy Managing Director, City of Philadelphia – Chair, Designee of the Managing Director
Robin Ackerman
Adam Corbett, VMD
Sandra Jones, Esq
Bobby Henon, City Councilman 6th District
Colena Johnson-Kemp, DVM
Dayna Villa


Staff Leadership:

Susan Russell, Executive Director
Audra Houghton, Director of Operations
Hillary Herendeen, VMD, Medical Director
Tara Schernecke, Director of Field Services
Adam Bates, Director of Community Services


Board Meetings

The ACCT Philly Board of Directors meet once a month for either a closed board meeting or open public session. Meeting minutes from both sessions are available on this webpage in the section below.

2018 Board Meeting (Private) Schedule

Time and Location:
6 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, Room 1450
1401 John F Kennedy Blvd

  • January 22nd
  • March 19th
  • May 21st
  • June 18th
  • July 16th
  • August 20th
  • September 17th
  • October 15th
  • November 19th
  • December 17th


2018 Public Session Schedule

2018 dates will be updated as the sessions are scheduled.  Current scheduled sessions are:

  • April 16, 2018 – Open Annual Meeting

Time and Location:

7:00pm – 9:00pm, at Concilio.  141 E Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124.

** MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD **  ACCT Philly’s annual meeting will be April 16, 2018.  Due to the recent changes in board members we felt we needed just a little more time to make sure all board members are on the same page and up-to-date on events. We hope everyone involved understands the need to move the meeting back a couple of weeks.  In the meantime please feel free to send any questions or concerns to, and we will promptly respond.

Agenda: The Open Annual Meeting will take place from 7:00pm9:00pm. Meeting notes will be prepared and responses to any unanswered questions or issues will be posted to the ACCT website within 10 days of the meeting.

ACCT Philly Attendees: At least one board member and members of the ACCT Executive Team will attend the meetings.

Process:The Board welcomes questions from the public ahead of the meeting, which can be sent to  We appreciate the public’s feedback, questions and concerns, and will do our best to address them during the Open Annual Meeting. Due to our two hour time limit, however, please understand that not all emailed questions may be addressed during the meeting.

Any person who would like to speak must sign in and include their e-mail address. Commentary will only be heard in order of sign up and each person will have no longer than 5 minutes, this will allow approximately 14 people to speak.

Any individual that starts yelling, threatening the staff, cursing, or becoming belligerent will be asked to leave. All commentators with minor concerns will be directed to address concerns with Vincent during open office hours or through e-mail if they cannot be answered on the spot.

The board will commit to sending a recap and answer to questions that no answer was immediately available for.

Other Opportunities: Individuals may also discuss items during the Executive Director’s regularly scheduled open office hours which are every 3rd Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or through email.

Board Minutes, Reports and Presentations

Public Session Minutes

April 16th, 2018 Public Board Meeting – Q & A

The ACCT Board appreciates the members of the public who took the opportunity to come to come to our Open Annual Board Meeting on Monday, April 16th.  We heard many great questions, and have taken the time to answer the questions we could not cover during the meeting.  The Questions and Answers are available below.

Board Meeting Questions and Answers



Board Bylaws