Our Staff

Nancy Peter Claire Perry
Karen Okigbo Stephanie Waller
John Price III Katelyn Moga
Lauren Puzen Yumeng Zuo

Nancy Peter, Ed.D.

Nancy Peter attended the University of Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Ecology, Behavior, and Husbandry, and her Master of Education degree in Instructional Leadership. She is also a certified elementary teacher, secondary science teacher, and instructor in PAKeys’ Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System. Dr. Peter recently received her Doctor of Education Degree, from the University of Pennsylvania, in "Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum."

Nancy Peter is the Founder and Director of The Out-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC), and Co-Founder of the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative (PYSC). From her origin in the field of environmental education, Nancy Peter worked as the School Programs Coordinator for Amherst’s Hitchcock Center for the Environment, as Director of Education at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences, and as Curriculum Manager for the Fairmount Park Commission. Her interest in underserved youth and experience with multiple afterschool programs led to her position as Senior Policy Specialist for Youth and Afterschool in Philadelphia’s Office of Children’s Policy. Prior to working at the OSTRC, Dr. Peter worked in Philadelphia’s Best Practices Institute as their After-School Project Manager.


Karen Okigbo
Research Coordinator

Karen recently completed her Masters degree in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, she received her B.A. in Political Science from Princeton University as well as two minors in African Studies and Near Eastern Studies, followed by a Masters in Sociology from North Dakota State University. Even though she now lives in the City of Brotherly Love, she continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors, Marketing Committee, and the Executive Committee for the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.

Karen is absolutely thrilled to be joining the ranks of the OSTRC as the Research Coordinator.


John Price III

John Price III
Project Coordinator

John Price III is a certified Administrative Support Professional with more than 15 years of experience strengthening the work and efficiency of university-based organizations. He graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in General Studies, concentrating in Music Industry. As Project Coordinator, John oversees several projects which provide resource development and access for more than 400 regional and national OST organizations. Prior to his time with the University of Pennsylvania, John supported service-driven public relations on behalf of several departments at Drexel University.

Being a part of the OSTRC team was so nice, he had to do it twice! As a former OSTRC Communications Coordinator, John was instrumental in reviving and executing the monthly Peer Networking Meetings, serving the needs of over 1,000 professionals from the OST community.

His current passion and affiliations are geared around creatively engaging youth through faith-based music and arts. Born and raised in West Philadelphia, he spends most of his days actively involved in a community outreach capacity. John serves diligently in several church ministries and aspires to be a strong role model for his friends and little sister.


Lauren Puzen
Alliance for a Healthier Generation HOST Manager

Lauren Puzen recently completed her Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Health from Temple University. Her areas of study included management and planning for social work and public health programming and evaluation, health policy, with specific interest areas in childhood obesity, nutrition and physical activity. Lauren's passion for reducing childhood obesity began at the University of Scranton, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Since then she has worked in positive youth development programs promoting nutrition and physical activity. Most recently Lauren has been working as a Program Specialist with the Public Health Management Corporation on the Get Healthy Philly initiative developing, piloting, and implementing the Healthy Living Guidelines in Out-of-School Time. She is excited to continue her work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation towards ending childhood obesity in the City of Philadelphia. The Out-of-School Time Resource Center serves as a centralized host site for Lauren’s position as Healthy Out-of-School Time Manager for Philadelphia.


Claire Perry
Up2Us Program Manager

Prior to Up2Us, Claire completed a two-year Fellowship as Program Director at PeacePlayers International-South Africa, a peace building and leadership development non-profit who teaches basketball to at risk youth throughout the KwaZulu Natal province. Previous to South Africa, Claire served an AmeriCorps year with Boston's tennis and literacy program, Tenacity, and volunteered at Keene State College as an Assistant Women's Basketball Coach. Claire studied at Cornell University, where she captained her fourth and final year of Varsity basketball. While at Cornell, she interned at Harlem RBI as a Coach and Teacher for RBI’s summer program, REAL Kids.

Throughout her tenure at Up2Us, Claire has served as the Program Officer for Coach Across America programs throughout the country. As Up2Us provides more hands on support to all 700+ members, Claire will now serve as the main point of contact for the Mid-Atlantic Up2Us region and looks forward to collaborating with the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative to provide capacity-building workshops and coach trainings. Outside of her time at Up2Us, Claire continues to coach basketball at the local, high school, and AAU levels throughout the tri-state area.


Stephanie Waller
Work-Study Student

Stephanie Waller is a 2014 candidate for the Masters of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) at the University of Pennsylvania. Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 2010 with a minor in African and African-American Studies. Prior to joining the team at OSTRC, she worked at the Job Opportunity Investment Network in Philadelphia, supporting their workforce development and communications activities. At Penn, Stephanie is also involved with the Leaders in Education Advocacy and Reform Network (LEARN), an interdisciplinary group of graduate students committed to improving Philadelphia public education.



Katelyn Moga
PYSC Work-Study Student

Katelyn Moga is a 2014 candidate for the Masters of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) at the University of Pennsylvania. Katelyn received a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from Westminster College (PA) in 2012. Prior to her time with at Penn and the OSTRC, she worked as an outreach intern for Garfield Community Farm in Pittsburgh. Outside of classes, Katelyn enjoys biking and is a member of the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia. She is also excited to serve as an advisor for the Penn chapter of her national sorority.





Yumeng Zuo
Research Intern

Yumeng Mong Zuo recently received her Master of Social Work degree from theUniversity of Pennsylvania. Before that, she received her B.A. in Communications from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Mong's areas of interest include Education Policy, Immigration Policy, and Women and Children's Health. Before joining the OSTRC, Mong worked at the Salvation Army and Lutheran Children and Family Services, as a student social worker.