About Us


The Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA) serves the residents of York City, PA in the area bounded by Ridge Avenue on the East, Duke and King Streets on the West and South, and Arch Street on the North. NENA strives to improve the quality of life for residents through youth, hunger, and educational initiatives.



Chrystal Sexton-McEachin

Chrystal Sexton-McEachin

NENA was established as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization in 1996, operating a food pantry located in the Pine Street Center at the corner of East Philadelphia and North Pine Streets. In 2005 – 2006, the Children’s Home of York began occupying this building. At the same time, the local United Methodist Church Conference dissolved the charter of Christ’s Hope Community Church and gifted its building at 216 Chestnut St to the Northeast Neighborhood Association. This property has operated as NENA’s home up through the present. Chrystal Sexton-McEachin, NENA's first director, was a neigbhorhood resident who was instrumental in founding both Christ Hope's Church and the Northeast Neighborhood Association. For more than 20 years, she worked tirelessly for her community. Regretfully, she lost a brave battle with cancer in April 2017.



Darlene Leonard

Darlene Leonard

Darlene Leonard is the current Director of Community Services.  A York native who graduated from the University of Maryland, Darlene worked for 23 years as a case manager for the Community Progress Council in York.  She also served for 12 years on the Advisory Council for York County Children, Youth and Families and for 51/2 years on the board for Communities That Care of York County.  Dedicated to both her family and her community, Darlene will divide her time between NENA and providing childcare for young family members.

Darlene will generally be available on Mondays from 9 am – 2 pm and Tuesday through Thursday from 4 – 9  pm.  To reach her, please phone Chrystal’s Place at 717-845-5641 and leave a message or send her an email at dleonard@nenayork.org.

Board of Directors

Cecilia Keesey, Chair 

Pat Steidler, Vice Chair                           

Michael Boyd, Secretary/Treasurer

Gladys Achenbach

Shonna Fells

Marilyn Hake

Greg Hardy

Edwin Sexton

Kathy Taylor

Larry Taylor

Kent Vandervort

Marilou Yingling

The official registration and financial information of the Northeast Neighborhood Association, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.