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Who We Are

Better Tomorrows provides case management services and impactful community programming to low-income adults, seniors, children, and youth.  Our staff have offices located within the affordable housing developments, allowing for direct access to the populations we serve. 
Our proximity means that our staff are better able to provide convenient, cost-effective, and outcome-driven programming. 

Better Tomorrows' Board of Trustees

John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Board

The Michaels Organization, Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Purcell, Treasurer of the Board

The Michaels Organization, CFO & Treasurer

Dr. Bruce Johnson, Secretary of the Board

The Michaels Organization, Educational Consultant

Walter Kubiak, Trustee

Mission First Housing Group, Retired CEO

Marge DellaVecchia, Trustee

PS&S, Vice President

Jake Jones, Trustee

The Arc Gloucester, Chief Executive Officer 

Representative Sharon Har, Trustee

House of Representatives, Hawaii State Legislature/Michaels Development Affordable, Consultant 

 

Our Leadership Team

Annie Foster
New Business Development Consultant
Director of
Fund Development
Director of External Communications and Partnerships

Melanie Chase

Director of
Finance
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Strategic Partner for
Better Tomorrows
Pat Schwartz
President and
Executive Director
Executive Coordinator
Director of
Impact and Service Delivery

National Office Staff

Alicia Velasquez

Regional Social Service Coordinator Lead

Anni Peterson

Director of
Hawaii Operations

Cynthia Wilson

Administrative Assistant

Deloris Westmoreland

Sr. Associate Director

Derrick Kirce

Regional Associate Director

Diane Young Johnson

Sr. Associate Director

Ed Rodriguez

Regional Associate Director

Lauralee Brown Markus

Associate Director
of California

Marionne Fernandez

Regional Associate Director

Neil Maruszewski

Data System
Manager

Rita McGill

Accountant

Our History

Better Tomorrows became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit  in February 2013. The multi-service organization now supports over 20,000 low-income youth, adults, and seniors in 121 affordable housing communities across the country.
The heart of Better Tomorrows’ work began in 1989 when an affordable housing owner and developer Mike Levitt invested in a new approach to property management for low-income communities.
Levitt saw an opportunity to rethink traditional affordable housing management when working with housing manager Jackie Jones.  Jones, who had an extensive background in Human Services before entering the property management field, realized that affordable housing communities provided an excellent platform for delivering impact-driven programs and services to vulnerable families, youth, and seniors with few resources available to them. 
With Mike Levitt’s support, Jackie used her knowledge of social services combined with her management work to build a supportive community that fostered resident empowerment. 
 
Encouraged by Jones’ previous successes, Mike Levitt named her the founding director of his newly formed Social Services Department, and together they replicated this success at properties throughout Mike’s real estate portfolio. He was committed to making Jones’ social services philosophy a standard for his properties. His commitment meant dedicating significant resources to the national expansion of individual resident case management and uniquely designed community programming. 
As the department grew, programming advanced to include vocational and computer training. Corporate partnerships and organizational liaisons were established to advance the department’s vision. Some more notable partners included Temple University, PNC Bank, UPS, and many local businesses.
With aspirations of continuing the legacy of Jackie Jones and Mike Levitt, Better Tomorrows remains committed to providing affordable housing residents with the resources to facilitate strong communities, healthy lifestyles, economic stability and educational success.