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Meet the Board

Rachel Collins Clarke (President)

Rachel Collins Clarke is the President of the West Poplar Neighborhood Association.  She moved to West Poplar with her husband in 2018 and since that time, she has been focused on finding ways to bring our community together for common good.  She hopes to see our neighborhood become a true village, have more trees, less litter, and a beautiful playground.  Outside of our organization, Rachel is a lawyer at Cozen O’Connor where she practices white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation.  Beyond her work as a lawyer and on WPNA, Rachel loves to do pretty much anything active and outdoors with her husband and young daughter.

Jim Tolerico (Vice President)

Jim Tolerico is the Vice President of the West Poplar Neighborhood Association. Jim has been living in West Poplar since 2014 and hopes to see like-minded people work together to make West Poplar a better place.  He wants to help neighbors develop connections and become committed to the community.  During his work day, Jim is a lawyer for State Farm.  Jim loves to spend his free time weed whacking the neighborhood and watching/playing sports.

Gerard (Jerry) Shoemaker (Secretary)

Jerry Shoemaker is the Secretary of the West Poplar Neighbors Association.  He has been living in West Poplar since 2013 and has been involved in WPNA since he first attended one of our monthly cleanups.  Jerry hopes to see the West Poplar neighborhood grow with the organization. Outside of WPNA, Jerry is an attorney practicing family law, and he loves to golf, play volleyball, and travel.

Michael (Mike) Kostic (Treasurer)

Mike Kostic has lived in West Poplar since 2012 and is the Treasurer of West Poplar Neighborhood Association.  Since moving to West Poplar, Mike has been involved in our neighborhood and hopes to continually improve the community for all residents.  Outside of our association, Mike is the director of operations at the Philadelphia Visitor Center.

Julie Featherman (Executive Board Member)

Juliene Featherman is in charge of social media, marketing, and WPNA's internship program.  Julie has lived in the neighborhood since 2002 and she has raised her two, now college-aged, daughters here.  Julie is one of WPNA's founding members and is particularly motivated to clean-up our streets and promote diversity within our community.  When she's not working on WPNA projects, Julie is the owner of the first organic salon in Philadelphia, Juju Salon & Organics, and she has recently started an interior design business.  In her spare time, Julie loves to be with her awesome daughters, husband and rescue chihuahuas, and to be at her home in Cape May Court House on the weekends.

Gary Clarke (Executive Board Member)

Gary Clarke, a resident of West Poplar since 2018, is one of WPNA’s founding Board Members and helps Jerry manage the organization’s corporate governance.  Gary joined WPNA to gather more people and resources to execute monthly neighborhood cleanups and to see how the West Poplar community can collectively improve the neighborhood.  Gary wants to see neighbors get to know each other and build bonds by working together and he enjoys seeing people feel empowered to change their environment through collective action.  When he’s not working with WPNA, Gary is a real estate attorney helping GoPuff expand its footprint across North America and also working on his own development projects around the city.

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