WCNA Executive Officers & Board Members

Executive Officers 2022-2023

Dee DukesPresident. Dee is a community leader, educator in the school system and 30+ years of professional business experience. Dee attended all neighborhood schools and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph’s University.

Dee is the founder & CEO of WCNA and serves as the current and 1st President of the non-profit organization. WCNA serves the needs of the 16,000+ neighbors by strengthening the quality of life and providing resources to assist the entire Wynnefield community. 

Dee was raised in Wynnefield in the 1970’s, moved away in the late 80’s and after many years, returned to the family home in the early 2010’s. Dee loves the generations of family who continue to call Wynnefield their home after many years and warm friends and family who often return to reminisce of special times.

Derrick HowieVice President. Derrick has been a Wynnefield resident for over 50 years.

Derrick is a Board member and Chairs the Neighborhood Preservation Committee. He partners with non-profit organizations and corporations and works as a team with other WCNA Board members to ensure that the needs of the Community are met.

Derrick loves the Wynnefield Community and feels grateful to live in this historical Community. He shows his gratitude for living in Wynnefield by serving the neighbors of Wynnefield.

Administrator/Secretary – Responsible for supporting the Executive Officers and providing assistance to the WCNA Committees / leadership teams, and is vitally important to the overall management of the organization.

Finance Manager/Treasurer – Responsible for overseeing the management and reporting of all WCNA financial affairs, financial literacy, accurate record keeping, etc. and preparing budgets that support WCNA’s goals, objectives and mission.

Board & New Members 2022-2023

Gilda Johnson – Political Education Gilda is a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner in two (2) private practices, one in Ardmore and one in South New Jersey.

Gilda is a Board member and Chairs the Political Education Committee with Dee Dukes and serves on the Zoning and Health & Wellness Committees.

Gilda’s family moved to Wynnefield in 1967. She lived outside of PA for about 10 years but moved back to Wynnefield in 2001.

Gilda loves the beauty of the trees and the homes, the closeness to Center City and the suburbs. Through her work with WCNA, she hopes to contribute to keeping Wynnefield a welcoming neighborhood for families.

Njemele Anderson – Zoning / Land Development. Njemele is a proud Wynnefield resident. She is an educator and has worked in the field of education for 16 years.

Njemele is a Board member and Co-Chairs the Zoning Committee with Dee Dukes. Njemele joined WCNA because Wynnefield is special to her. She wants to assist in continuing the legacy of this awesome community.

Njemele was born in Wynnefield and has lived here on and off for over 50 years. She has a deep love for Wynnefield. In her heart, Wynnefield is the most beautiful place to live.

Denise Anderson – Zoning/Land Development. Denise has lived in Wynnefield for 40+ years and loves her neighbors, family and long-time friends.

Denise is a Board member and serves as a member of the Zoning Committee. Denise joined WCNA in the fall of 2021 and welcomed the opportunity to get involved and learn more about Zoning matters, support her Community and make a difference.

Denise is dedicated, dependable and supports WCNA and other annual events in the Wynnefield Community.

Sheila Wilson – Zoning. Sheila is a long-time resident of Wynnefield. Her family moved to the Community in the 1960’s when the neighborhood was attractive to working families and business owners.

Sheila is a Board member and serves as a member of the Zoning Committee. Sheila joined WCNA in 2021 and the Zoning Committee to advocate for responsible land development and homeownership for new neighbors who want to raise their families in a friendly, suburban-like neighborhood, convenient to Center City and surrounding counties.

Sheila is a dedicated Community leader and block captain for the 5200 block of Arlington Street or over 20+ years.

Crystal Culler – Communications. Crystal is a Temple University graduate, (Communications Major/Linguistics Minor), retiree from the federal government in Public Health, currently employed by the Philadelphia School District and is a caregiver for her elderly mother. Crystal enjoys gardening, swimming and traveling.

Crystal is a Board member and Chairs the Communications Committee. Crystal also assists with Chairing responsibilities of the Social Media Committee and serves on various other WCNA Committees. She joined WCNA to help restore and maintain a safer and more sustainable Wynnefield.

Crystal has been a resident of Wynnefield since 1970, left in 1993 and returned in 2021. Crystal loves being raised in Wynnefield because of the standard of living that is engrained here as well as the abundance of trees & greenery.

Ronald & Sharon Ryan – joined WCNA in the fall of 2022, with an interest in supporting the WCNA Registered Community Organization in the community where they now reside.

Carol Gary – Membership & Recruitment. Carol is a long-time resident of Wynnefield. Her family moved to the Community in the 1960’s when the neighborhood was primarily Jewish Americans.

Carol is the Chair of the Membership & Recruiting Committee with assistance from other Board members to carry out delegated tasks.

Carol was a block captain for many years for the 5400 block of West Berks Street. She is a wonderful people person and is loved by many of her family, neighbors and friends.

Dorris Harris – joined WCNA in the spring of 2023, with an interest in supporting our Zoning, Grants/Fundraising and Neighborhood Preservation Committees.

Roselyn King Miller – joined WCNA in the spring of 2023, with an interest in supporting the WCNA Registered Community Organization.