BVNA Board of Directors

Eugene Desyatnik, President
Eugene Desyatnik lives on the 700 block of S 8th Street with his wife and three children. At BVNA, Eugene’s focus includes public safety, transportation, external communications, insurance, and general constituent services. He also serves on the Friends of South Street Mini Station, Friends of Palumbo Park, and the Meredith School Advisory Council.

Professionally, Eugene is a data and solutions architect focused on the e-commerce and financial services vertical. Currently, he works at Radial helping design back-end for microservices that handle cart and checkout, order management, payment processing, and fraud detection systems.

Mark Kasten, VP
Mark lives off S 8th St with his wife, his son and his terrier. As Vice President, Mark helps plan the general meetings, and attends to neighborhood concerns. Mark has co-led the efforts to update our bylaws, administers the accounting of our annual activities reports to the city, and takes point on coordinating sponsorships for the print and electronic newsletters as a value proposition to neighborhood and regional businesses.

Professionally, Mark represents corporations and individuals in government investigations, regulatory enforcement matters and white-collar litigation. As part of his pro bono practice, Mark has represented indigent criminal defendants in federal prosecutions and undocumented immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.

Michelle Deutsch, Secretary
Michelle has lived on the 800 block of Kater Street since 2013. She grew up in the UK, came to Philadelphia for work, and stayed for the love of Bella Vista and South Philly. She spent several years in consulting before moving over to pharmaceuticals marketing, and reverse-commutes to her job in the suburbs using a combination of Septa and the long-suffering family Prius. Michelle’s husband is a keen member of the Bella Vista Futbol (soccer) Club and works locally for the Kimpton Hotel Group.

David Yu, Treasurer
David lives with his husband on S 11th Street. In a matter of months, David has injected efficiencies in our accounting and donor tracking, diversified our asset allocation strategy, and produced analytics to help the board
make more informed, data driven financial decisions. David also manages BVNA’s sweeping contract with ACAM. His professional background is in specification design, preservation and remodel, and he brings with him prior non-profit board service experience, with the flexibility to tackle special projects as they arise.

Claudia Archer
Claudia has lived on the 900 block of League Street since 1991. A professional caterer, she was first attracted to Bella Vista by the vibrant 9th Street market, local bakeries, specialty groceries, and diverse restaurants, but stayed because of the wonderful community.

Claudia has been involved with the Philadelphia public schools, the Bel Arbor Tree Farm and Community Garden. She is a PMBC block captain, Friend of Bardascino Park, bocce player, and former president of the Palumbo Soccer Club. Claudia hopes that every Bella Vistan who wants to be involved finds BVNA the best way to connect.

Dennis Hallda
Dennis has spent most of his career living and working in Philadelphia and has resided in Bella Vista for 12 years. A seasoned professional in design and architecture, he is currently leading the real estate team; The Hallda Group in center city.

Dennis began his career teaching architectural design moving on to director of hotel design at a Miami based firm. Most recently he has held Senior Design Management positions with both ARAMARK Design and TD Bank Real Estate, providing design and project management oversight on projects throughout the global footprint of each company. The US Green Building Council has recognized his extensive experience in sustainable building design with LEED AP accreditation. He has also been awarded the NCIDQ certification, recognizing his achievements in the design field.

Along with being a BVNA Board Member Dennis is also a member of the BVNA Zoning Committee and the Crosstown Coalition. He has participated in the Big Brother Program for many years and is a Fringe Arts volunteer.

Ali Perelman
Ali Perelman is the Executive Director of Philadelphia 3.0, a nonprofit focused on reforming local politics and City Council in Philadelphia. She is on the Board of Directors of Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, Greensgrow Farms, and The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Education. Additionally, she is a member of the Forum for Executive Women and a Democratic Committee Person in the 2nd Ward, 23rd Division. Ali is the co-Chair of the BVNA Beautification Committee, where she directs her fanaticism about litter, garbage, and recycling systems. Ali lives on the 600 block of S. 9th Street with her wife and son.

Jason Sandman Jason is a father, husband, educator, and climate entrepreneur. He has resided in Bella Vista since 2018, previously living in Graduate Hospital where he sat on the local Registered Community Organization’s zoning committee. He is actively involved both as a PMBC block captain, and a PHS tree tender in Bella Vista, and can often be found in and around the market with his son Felix who prefers a tasty Gleaners blueberry muffin. 

Jason has a masters degree from Philadelphia University in Sustainable Architectural Design. He is the Co Founder of Climate Dads, a national community of male caregivers who lead by example. He is a 2020 Waldzell Leadership Institute Architect of the Future, a 2016 HIVE Global Leader Fellow, and a 2014 StartingBloc Fellow.  Originally from Buffalo, NY, Jason begrudgingly still routes for his Bills and Sabres, is always on the lookout for a proper Buffalo Chicken Finger Sub, and enjoys playing soccer when he can. 

Joseph Alkus

Joe actually jumped in to lend his time and his expertise to  BVNA , before he even finished closing on his house in Bella Vista, and has been a reliable and indispensable presence ever since.  Mr Alkus hosts and moderates the monthly Police Service Area (PSA1) community safety meetings, providing information on last month’s crime trends and statistics, and diligently capturing non police issues from neighbors, from street lights to potholes to dangerous construction, and taking them back to numerous other city agencies, such as L&I, PPA, Streets, OTIS, PECO, CLIP, and many others, with whom he has built lasting relationships.  

 In addition, he also joined the district-wide crime prevention and advisory group, the 3rd District Police Advisory Commission (PDAC).  Joe Alkus has generously applied his 35 year law enforcement background in developing various crime prevention literature and strategies.  He has hosted narcan training, personally demonstrating the proper use of the overdose reversal medication, helped produce job fairs to onnect young adults with opportunities, and helped provide some of his students from Temple with internship and job opportunities.

Joe also helps with our signature events, such as coordinating the sales and delivery of our annual Night at the Phillies, tabling at the Italian Market to help connect neighbors to services and raise awareness of our civic, to playing Santa in collecting toys for kids during holiday drives. 


Fredric “Ric” A. Hayman, Advisor Emeritus
Ric has been a resident of Bella Vista for over 20 years. As a founding member, Ric has been a very active volunteer in Bella Vista Town Watch and its recent re-branding as Bella Vista Neighbors Association.  As Treasurer, Ric also handles financial and IT support for Bella Vista Neighbors Association, Friends of the South Street Police Mini-Station, and Friends of the Charles Santore Library.

Ric is the managing partner of Provident Technology, providing outsourced information technology services to small businesses in the Philadelphia area. Ric volunteers IT support for these community organizations as he continues to enjoy his ongoing relationship with the police, the library and the Bella Vista community.