Bella Vista Neighbors Association Board of Directors

Eugene Desyatnik, President
Brandy Bones, VP, Treasurer
Michelle Deutsch, Secretary
Claudia Archer
Laura Burtner
Janet Elfring
Dennis Hallda
Mark Kasten
Lee O’Neill
Ali Perelman

Eugene Desyatnik, President
Eugene Desyatnik lives on the 700 block of S 8th Street with his wife, three children, and the family cat. A relative newcomer to Bella Vista, Eugene has been a resident of Center City for the past 12 years, being involved in various local organizations during that time, dealing with public safety as well as historic preservation.

He is also currently serving as President of a local IT professional organization, the Philadelphia DAMA chapter, a 501(c)(3) vendor-neutral meetup, focusing on hosting educational events on topics of interest to the data management profession, as well as VP of Historic Congregation B’Nai Abraham in nearby Society Hill, focusing on historic restoration and stewardship of the majestic yet aging building.

Professionally, Eugene has been working for an eBay subsidiary for the past six years, helping design databases for such e-commerce components as cart and checkout, order management, payment processing, and fraud detection systems. Prior to that, he has held similar data-driven positions at various financial services firms.

Brandy Bones, VP, Treasurer
Brandy Bones moved to Bella Vista in 2010. She works at ICF, a strategic consulting firm, where she assists state and local governments design and implement affordable housing, urban revitalization and disaster recovery programs and projects. She is BVNA”s Treasurer and heads up the Beautification Committee. She graduated from the City of Philadelphia’s Citizen Planning Institute in 2014. Brandy is also the Board President of Project HOPE, a health center for the homeless in Camden and volunteers at Mighty Writers El Futuro located in the Italian Market.

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.

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 organization committed to reforming the city’s political system. 3.0 supports independent-minded candidates running for municipal office and advocates for good government and reform, with a bias for data and best practices.

A Philly native, Ali earned her PhD in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. As a graduate student, she served as a Legislative and Policy Research Fellow in City Council. She holds an AB from Princeton.

Ali lives with her wife and son in Bella Vista, where she is a Democratic Committeeperson in the 2nd Ward, 23rd Division. She is on the board of Greensgrow Farms, Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, and The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement.

A fanatic about litter, garbage, and recycling systems, Ali wants to help her neighborhood get and stay cleaner.


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.