The handful of folks who came together in dismay after the November 2016 election have grown into a multiracial, multigenerational leadership team known as the BLT. The BLT works to create an organizational framework that lets members and volunteers engage in meaningful and effective work.
Nonprofit projects and events coordinator, Celine Schrier serves as the first paid organizer for Berks Stands Up after serving as a volunteer on the BLT. She has also worked as field canvass lead with Pennsylvania Stands Up.
Current BLT Members
Chris Ellis is a labor activist with SEIU Local 668, Pennsylvania’s social service employees union representing 20,000 workers in all counties in the state, and leads BSU’s housing justice campaign.
Xiomara Guerrero is a passionate advocate that was instrumental in our support of residents of Franklin Manor as they were being unjustly evicted from their homes over the winter.
Risa Marmontello, a board member of Berks Nature for 12 years, including two years as chair, manages membership development and fundraising.
Bri Tyson is a published poet and writer, blogger, ambassador for No Black Girl Left Behind, and one of four principal members of @DearRDG, a podcast highlighting news, pop culture, and life in Reading, Pennsylvania. She often serves as a spokesperson for Berks Stands Up, speaking out on racial and gender justice. She is running for Reading City Council District 1 in November 2021.
A strategic communications professional and lifelong activist, Jane Palmer was the founder and former director of Berks Stands Up. She serves as a BLT advisor and board chair of the Pennsylvania Stands Up Institute.