Changing Lives Center

Our Leadership

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

The strength of the Changing Lives Center has always been its people. The meticulous selection and training of staff members has created a culture based on commitment to community-based support and respect for individual dreams. The corporate structure provides national support and local autonomy. Our decision to maintain one corporate entity nationwide and to centralize operational departments has proven to be valuable. Development, human resources, financial services, training and public relations support are all based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This allows executive directors to concentrate on more important issues such as people and programs. Our national team members maintain a piercing focus on the corporate mission through relationships with the people receiving services. This welcoming atmosphere allows employees at every level to honor individual triumphs and to understand the direct association between job performance and the quality of life for people with support needs. Employees are appreciated for the professional and personal talents they bring to their positions.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team is a key force in driving our mission, impact and goals. Their guidance and support is a crucial part of who we are as an organization. We’re proud to say that many of them have been an integral part of our communities for more than 10 years, and hopefully for many more.

Senior Executive Team

Nafis Hill

Chief Financial Officer

Tasha Freely

Chief Learning Officer

Quinette Bonaparte

Chief Operating Officer

Board of Directors

Yahya Rahman

Chief Executive Officer

Yvette Smith

Secretary

Steven L. Smith

Treasurer

Harold D. Williams, Jr

Chairman

Executive Directors

Priscilla St. Peter

Executive Director Of
Northeastern Region

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Executive Director of
Mid-Atlantic Region

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Executive Director of
Southern Region

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For more information, please contact Tasha Freely at (215) 869-7862

Tasha Freely, Chief Learning Officer for Changing Lives Center found her calling to support people with developmental disabilities more than two decades ago, after working in programs for children and adults throughout Philadelphia, PA. In 2022, Tasha founded Top Tier Training, Inc., an organization that helps corporations with the enhancement of the development and skills of its employees. Tasha is also the Founder of Choose 2 Rescue (that focus on training individuals in the art of CPR/First Aid) as well as Freely’s Fares (providing safe and affordable transportation to individuals with disabilities).

As the Founder and CEO of these companies, Tasha has built a large and diverse organization that provides a multitude of services to individuals throughout her community. With her new role with Changing Lives Center, Tasha will be supporting the organization and its participants in housing development, residential and employment services, development of social enterprises, fundraising/community awareness, and financial literacy. Over time, Tasha will help grow all the businesses that she is involved in to include services in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Tasha is a recipient of an associate degree in Behavioral Health. She is a certified Medication Administration Trainer, CPR/FA Trainer, a Quality Control Inspector as well as being certified in Conflict Resolution and De-escalation training.

“The world is changed by your example not by your opinion.”
-Paulo Coelho

Priscilla was born in Philadelphia and has been a community leader throughout the Delaware Valley for most of her adult life. Her family includes individuals with IDD and autism, in which she is a true lobbyist for their rights and independence. Priscilla has had a passion for working with individuals with disabilities to help provide a safe and secure life that encompasses choice, freedom of expression, and pursuit of happiness.

Priscilla’s professional life began in 1984 in the field of education. She taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and assisted new immigrants to the U.S. in navigating daily life in breaking down colloquial speech, understanding public transit, facilitating employment search, and decoding complex American culture. In1996, she began teaching students with special educational needs (including IDD, autism, and PDD-NOS). In 2005, Priscilla moved into the mental health and wellness field. She has held several roles throughout her journey to include: Department Manager, Compliance Director, Director of Employment Services, Program Specialist, Trainer, Incident Manager and now Executive Director.