N5SRP is led by an active and engaged Advisory Board comprised of neighborhood, merchants, residents, and community partners. This knowledgable and committed group advises N5SRP’s initiatives and is the driving force behind the program’s mission and vision. Our Fall 2015 – Fall 2016 Advisory Board Members (in alphabetical order by last name):
Pastor Tim Bathurst – A long time Olney resident and Interim Pastor at New Life Church. Mr. Bathurst is also a residential realtor servicing Olney and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Marjarie Burnett – Olney resident, block captain and involved GPASS Board member. Ms. Burnett sat on the Steering Committee for N5SRP’s 2012 corridor revitalization plan for the southern section of the corridor.
Doreen Burrows – Owner of Alliance Realty Inc., located at 5700 N 5th Street. Ms. Burrows is an engaged and concerned merchant in the northern section of the corridor.
Alberto Carrasco – Owner of D’Classico Barbershop, located at 4947 N 5th Street. Mr. Carrasco assists N5SRP by providing meeting space for the Olney Business Association and merchant workshops.
Amanda Irizarry – A committed N5SRP volunteer and youth engagement partner. In 2014, Ms. Irizarry partnered with N5SRP to host a cohort of Philadelphia Youth Network interns out of N5SRP’s office.
Pastor Rod Kopp – Pastor of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Evangelical Church (5900 N. 5th Street) and member of the Korean Community Development Services Center’s Executive Advisory Board. Pastor Kopp also sits on the Olney Youth Arts Festival planning committee and allows N5SRP use of its fellowship hall for monthly Open Mic Nights.
Justin Lee – Former owner of Tommy’s Place Restaurant (5511 N 5th St) and current owner of Fern Rock Hardware, located at 5957 North 5th Street. Mr. Lee also served as President of the Olney Business Association from 2011-2012.
Ambrose Liu – Organizer of the Olney Youth Arts Festival and Olney Youth Choir Concert. Mr. Liu also partners with N5SRP to host its monthly Open Mic Nights.
Christina Patton – Head Librarian at the Greater Olney Branch of the Free Library. Ms. Patton continues to facilitate N5SRP’s longstanding partnership with the Greater Olney Branch by providing meeting space for community events.
Laurel Sweeney – Long time Olney resident and active member with Friends of Fisher Park. Ms. Sweeny is currently involved with coordinating community events with the Mural Arts Program’s studio located in Fisher Park.