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Teresa brings extensive experience to Uplift – she has worked in healthcare settings with terminally ill families, launched innovative programming around environmental health advocacy, led a program at NJ State Department of Education, and served in social service organizations throughout the region. Teresa earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Temple University and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. She has completed fellowships with the Hispanic Women’s Leadership Institute at Rutgers, the Environmental Leadership Program, and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) Climate Stewards Education Project. Her family hails from Puerto Rico.

Teresa joined Uplift in 2015, after working in a variety of settings, demonstrating a passion for building stronger neighborhoods and families. Teresa has served as the lead clinician for Uplift’s Northeast site and supported South Philly grief groups. As Special Populations Coordinator, she conducted outreach to immigrant communities to offer grief support and workshops. Teresa has been instrumental in creating new approaches to services and implementing efficient processes at Uplift while also providing guidance to clinical staff and interns.

What Uplifts You?
The light in children’s eyes – including my son’s.  I have enjoyed making 25 international trips in 3 continents, sampling new foods, practicing different languages, and interacting with many cultures.  I enjoy reading historical fiction, learning new skills, and eating dark chocolate (Equal Exchange Raspberry) and ice cream all year long (current favorite is Alden’s organic Midnight Cherry Chip). 

Email: teresa@upliftphilly.org
TEL: 267-437-3123 x 18