JONATHAN & SHELLINA Marshall
As a couple and individually Jonathan and Shellina have found themselves in many situations where they have mentored students young and old. From Jonathan’s experience working with families from varying backgrounds in social work and beyond, to Shellina’s counseling of youth and families, it is clear that they have a heart for young people.
Jonathan earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Eastern University and transitioned into working with youth as a mental health social worker for over 10 years in Delaware County. Shellina also graduated from Eastern University with a degree in Youth Ministry and two minors in Psychology and Communications. In his current work, back at Eastern University, Jonathan has the opportunity to help shape the minds of those seeking higher education and wanting to go into the education field, something he hopes to pass on to the scholars at A Better Chance.
Shellina also graduated with a Masters in Counseling from Westminster Seminary and applies this to her work with children, youth, and families and through her counseling work in the larger Delaware County area.
Jonathan and Shellina hope to bring their unique gifts of counseling, mentoring, organization skills and love for education to ABC but even more so, are excited at the opportunity to impact the lives of the scholars.
Jonathan and Shellina have two young boys, Isaiah (9) and Elijah (7) and as a family some of their favorite things to do are having random dance parties, playing ultimate family full board bingo (yes that’s a thing) and just hanging out together.
Kelsie Canty is a West Philadelphian native. She has received degrees from Temple University and Eastern University in English, Criminal Justice, and Multicultural Education; She is currently in the pursuit of a degree through Hampton University’s Educational Management program. She is currently a middle school teacher with the School District of Philadelphia. She is excited to be rejoining the ABC program after living in New Orleans for the past two years. Kelsie loves a good musical, great food, and a well-written movie/book.
Soleil is currently in her second year at the ABC house as a Resident Tutor. She graduated from Immaculata University in 2017 and is currently working as a Medical Assistant. Soleil is also a part-time student aspiring to go into the medical field. She enjoys helping the scholars with their biology and chemistry homework. When she’s not working or studying, she likes to spend time with her family, read books, and watch movies.
Alex Schmidt is our resident English and writing tutor. He graduated from West Chester University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English: Writing, where he was a certified writing and biology tutor for three years. Alex also works at Edge of Cinema Productions as a videographer and editor. He has a passion for literature, media, and the performing arts, and has been performing all his life.
Brenda Johnson is starting her fourth year at Radnor ABC as the House Chef. Born in South Carolina, Brenda decided to move up to the Coatesville/Downingtown area in 1983 after graduating high school because she fell in love with the area when she would visit family during the summer and “wanted a change” from life in SC. Brenda has spent most of her career in the restaurant and food service industry — catering, kitchen prep, food service, and lead chef. We are lucky to have her at the Radnor ABC House! Brenda has two grown children, Ashley and Ray, Jr. When not working at the Malvern Retreat House or Radnor ABC, Brenda enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading, movies, walks in the park, church, bible study, and occasionally hosting parties.