Key Partners

Together we create the Chester Made partners who nurture and guide this creative project.

PA Humanities

In 2012, led by Executive Director Laurie Zierer, PA Humanities undertook a profound change in its strategic direction, embracing their role as a leader in advocacy and new cross-sector partnerships, using the arts and humanities as a tool for change in Pennsylvania. PA Humanities believes the humanities inspire people to make a difference and come together to advance cultural diversity, economic vibrancy, and an equitable society. Its work is grounded in people, connecting Pennsylvanians to each other through stories, ideas, and experiences that can change lives and transform communities. PA Humanities champions and redefines the role the humanities play in educating citizens and strengthening community. Its programs create pathways for learning and creativity, spark dialogue and civic engagement, and encourage diversity of expression.


Chester Digital Story Advisors

Advisory Board members bring their unique special relationships, talents and competencies to help achieve Chester Digital Storytelling (CDS’s) mission to promote social change and enhance the well-being and preservation of the history of Chester. Advisory Board members serve as a resource to CDS on all matters concerning the Chester community.

Current Advisors:
  • Jean-Pierre Brice, Founder, CMPRadio.Net
  • Amanda Johnson, Founder, Visions Video Pro
  • Stefan Roots, Founder, Chester Matters Blog
  • Twyla "Ms. T" Simpkins, Founder, Yes We Can Achievement & Cultural Center

Chester Made Mentors

Chester Made Mentors support our ongoing community-centered work that embodies the legendary city slogan “What Chester Makes, Makes Chester.” Mentors attend monthly meetings with other mentors and project partners, seek out and provide guidance for resident-driven projects, and contribute to the Chester Digital Story project through recruitment and training new storytellers.

Current Mentors:
  • Rev. Hilda M. Campbell, Pastor, Siloam United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Bigga Dre, Artist and Producer
  • Amanda Johnson, Founder, Visions Video Pro
  • Ricky Taylor, Author and Speaker, Making a Change Group
Amanda Interviews David

Project Staff

Here’s a quick look at some of the amazing PA Humanities staff members who make up the Chester Made team.

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