Advisory group serves as sounding board for Alliance

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities has appointed six new members to its CEO Council. They’ll serve for the next two years, with the option for a second two-year term. 

This group, comprised of chief executives from Alliance member organizations, provides guidance and serves as a sounding board for the Alliance’s president and CEO. They voice the goals and challenges of the network, identify emerging trends and issues, and serve as ambassadors for the Alliance.

  • Heidi Brown, president/CEO of JFCS of the Suncoast in Sarasota, Florida
  • Andrea Durbin, CEO of Illinois Collaboration on Youth in Chicago
  • Christina Gullo, president/CEO of Villa of Hope in Rochester, New York
  • Rudolph A. Johnson III, president and CEO of Neighborhood House Association in San Diego
  • Adair Mosley, president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities in Minneapolis
  • David Siler, president & CEO of Families First in Indianapolis

“Our new council members bring a diversity of backgrounds, skills, experience, and wisdom to the Alliance as together we work to demonstrate the excellence, distinction, and influence of our strategic action network and advancing a healthy and equitable society,” said Alliance President and CEO Susan Dreyfus. “Their guidance, advice, creativity, and willingness to work alongside our staff and board of directors is deeply appreciated.”

About the New Members

Heidi Brown has been president and CEO of JFCS since 2017. She has extensive experience in working with older adults, previously serving as the CEO of a nonprofit senior living campus in Sarasota-Manatee and working for 16 years as executive director, senior executive director and regional director of operations with Sunrise Senior Living. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and master’s in social work from the University of Maryland Baltimore before beginning her career as a social worker.

Adrea Durbin, prior to becoming CEO of Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY), served as the organization’s policy and advocacy director and led the organization’s federally-funded capacity building initiative for youth service agencies in Chicago. Before joining ICOY, she worked for seven years in education and for eight years at Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center. Durbin has a bachelor’s in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s in social work administration from the University of Chicago.

Christina Gullo was named president/CEO of Villa of Hope in November 2010. Prior to joining the Villa, she served as executive vice president/COO of Catholic Family Center. Gullo is a 2008 recipient of the Up & Coming Businesswomen’s Award, 2005 recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award, and a 2014 Athena Award finalist. She has a master’s in social work from Marywood University and a master’s in business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Rudolph A. Johnson III was appointed president and CEO of the Neighborhood House Association in 2006, overseeing one of the largest human services organizations in San Diego County. Previously, he spent nine years working for the City of San Diego and eight years at the San Diego Convention Center—four of those eight years as general manager. He also serves as vice chair of the executive committee for the Congressional Black Caucus 21st Century Council and a member of the San Diego State University Alumni Board of Advisors and Eden Housing Board of Directors. Johnson has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Texas Southern University and a master’s in public administration from San Diego State University.

Adair Mosley was named the president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities 2017, previously serving as the organization’s chief innovation officer. Most recently, he led a $6.3 million-dollar capital campaign to develop a grocery store and wellness center, North Market, in North Minneapolis that revolutionizes the intersection of economic development, food and health care access. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and recently completed a certificate in human-centered design at Stanford’s prestigious Institute of Design.

David Siler became the president & CEO of Families First in 2016, previously serving as executive director of the secretariat (department) of Catholic Charities and Family Ministries for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for 12 years. Prior to this role, he was the organization director of St. Elizabeth Coleman pregnancy and adoption services. Siler holds a master’s in social work from Indiana University, an undergraduate degree in business, and is a licensed clinical social worker. For 25 years, he has been in and out of private practice, providing primarily marriage and family counseling. He currently serves on the 2019 Alliance National Conference Council.

View the full Alliance CEO Council roster online.