Meet Our Board

Our organization’s mission is to find new strategies for dealing with the challenge of homelessness.

Catherine Farrell, PhDBoard President

Cathy is currently employed by Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) as a Director in US Medical Affairs. She has been a volunteer for Dawn’s Place and Laurel House, and is a long-time Board member of Lansdale AAUW. As a leader within her church, she promoted efforts to combat hunger and homelessness. Cathy feels that housing is a basic human right and she is excited to try the Tiny House village model in Philadelphia.

Lisa M Keenan

Lisa is a real estate appraiser in Philadelphia. Lisa has been involved in the real estate industry for over 30 years and has witnessed the security and happiness of having a place called home. The Sanctuary Village project spoke to her because she wants to work to provide that security to others.

The Reverend Violet Cucciniello Little

Rev. Little serves as Pastor and Developer of The Welcome Church, a founding partner organization of Sanctuary Village. Pastor Little is also one of the founders of the Homeless and Justice Ministries Network in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and currently serves on its Leadership Team. In addition, she has been a national Racial Justice Advocate and Trainer for the Women of the ELCA and is a regular contributing writer for Gather magazine. Pastor Little hopes to use her experience as a pastor and psychotherapist to bring wholeness, healing, and hope to the world.


Cheryl McCoy, PhD

Cheryl is a VP in Oncology at Bayer Pharmaceuticals). She has been involved with a variety of faith-based programs to provide food, services and shelter for the homeless population in Detroit, MI and Hertfordshire, England. She has participated in a project to help build bottle schools with the non-profit Charity Hug It Forward and for the non-profit Charity ABPD to help wipe out childhood malnutrition in Guatemala.


Christopher W McMullin, Esq.


Christopher lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two young children and works as an attorney with the Center City firm Kent & McBride, P.C. Chris hopes to use his involvement with Sanctuary Village to build a sustainable resource to combat homelessness in the city that he calls home.

The Reverend Serena Sellers - Board Treasurer

Rev. Sellers serves as Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Harleysville.  She has had a long interest creating a world where all people live with dignity. Pastor Sellers has worked with numerous organizations that attempt to provide for basic human needs, and build beloved community. She currently serves on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Lutheran Synod Anti-Racism Team, and works with the Shepherd’s Shelf community food pantry.


The Reverend Toneh Smyth, LSW - Board Secretary


Rev. Smyth has a master’s degree in Health Service Administration and Social Work. She is the Canon for Mission for the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Rev Smyth has over 16 years’ experience working in the non-profit industry, and has worked as a program director for residential programs for adults with mental disabilities, a case manager for homeless veterans, for a veteran’s transitional housing organization, and shelters throughout Philadelphia promoting the integration of mental health/addiction services into housing initiatives.



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