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The Allentown City Council Members

Cynthia Mota, Council President

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Cynthia Mota was appointed to Allentown City Council in January of 2012, and brings a fresh, community service-based vision to her role as a Councilwoman and serves as a voice for all of Allentown.

Cynthia, who is of Dominican descent, moved to Allentown and attended Harrison-Morton Middle School. She is a proud graduate of Dieruff High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Spanish from East Stroudsburg University. She received a Master of Arts Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.

Cynthia began her career in human services while still in college, working as a mentor while studying at East Stroudsburg. After receiving her Master’s Degree, she worked as a Peer and Youth Counselor and a Tutor in the Highline School District in the Seattle, Washington area.

Cynthia then returned to the Lehigh Valley where she continued her work with adults, children, and families as a Family Counselor, Case Manager and Clinical Director for several area Community Service Organizations including NHS Human Services and the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Cynthia states: “I am what Allentown is today. We are a diverse community that can accomplish great things when we all work together. ” Her years of experience working with all ages in the human services sector as a counselor and coordinator provides her a unique connection with her constituents that helps her to better understand their concerns and needs.

Cynthia lives in Allentown with her husband, Alani, and their three children Ylaila, Alani Jr., and Cyani.

Ed Zucal, Council Vice-President

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Ed has been a resident of the city since 1986. He is a graduate of Northwestern Lehigh H.S.1976.

Ed attended Penn State University. He is a Graduate of the Allentown Police Academy.

Ed retired in 2016 from the Allentown Police Department as a Sergeant in Charge of the Department’s Traffic Division. He was also the Department’s Hit and Run Investigator, DUI Coordinator and Child Safety Seat Technician. He was a member of the PA DUI Association. He was also certified as an Expert Witness in Accident Investigations in both Criminal and Civil Court in the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

During Ed’s 24 1/2 year career with the Allentown Police Department he never used a sick day.

Ed has also worked for the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office as an Investigator since 1995. He is certified as a Delegate with the American Board of Medical Death Investigators.

Ed also graduated from Southern Career Institute in 1988 as a Para-Legal.

Ed currently works as a Security Guard with the Allentown School District at Jefferson Elementary.

Ed resides with his wife Teri and three children Justin and twins Austin and Chelsea. He also has two step-sons William and Branden and numerous grandchildren.

In his spare time he enjoys taking his 1963 Chevy Bel Air to car shows and riding motorcycles.

Candida Affa, Councilperson

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Candida Affa is a small business owner who dedicates her free time to volunteering and knows what it takes for businesses to succeed and for Allentown to thrive.

The owner of Candida’s Bar in Old Allentown for 35 years.

Co-founded Fighting AIDS Continuously Together (FACT) of the Lehigh Valley in 1986 and has raised more than $2 million to support individuals and families affected by HIV.

Tutors and started programs that teach children how to keep their neighborhood clean and get good grades in school.

Vice Chair of the Allentown Parking Authority Board of Directors, serves as a member of the city’s Disruptive Conduct Board of Appeals and the Blighted Property Review Board.

Affa has lived in the City of Allentown for over 45 years and married her partner, Kim Danish of 25 years in December 2014.

Cecilia Ce-Ce Gerlach, Councilperson

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Ce-Ce is currently a therapist at a mental health organization in Center City Allentown and has worked in this capacity for the past 3.5 years. 

Taught at the Children's Home of Easton for five (5) years.

Volunteered and worked at the Allentown Boys and Girls Club during college and accepted a position with them as Outreach Director after graduation.

Graduated from Cedar Crest College in 2008 with a degree in Elementary Education.

Served on the Allentown School Board from 2011 - 2019, Vice President for 2 years, served as co-chair for Education Committee for 8 years, Policy Committee for 4 years.

Community Activist who has fought for local hiring in the downtown development, community benefits, affordable housing and supporting our homeless population.

First-time homeowner in center city Allentown.

Served on numerous boards and commissions including the Human Relations Commission, Parks and Recreation, Baum School Board of Trustees, Muhlenberg College Board of Associates, LCTI Joint Operating Committee, Allentown Library Board.

Daryl L. Hendricks, Councilperson

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Hendricks is a native and life-long resident of the City of Allentown and attended Allentown Public Schools. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lehigh County Community College where he was admitted to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In addition he has completed numerous degree courses from Muhlenberg College’s Wescoe School, along with various training and leadership development courses throughout his 38 year law enforcement career retiring as a Captain from the Allentown Police Department. In 1972 he was one of the original members of the newly created Police Cadet Program for the Allentown Police Department.

Daryl currently serves as 1st Vice President on the Board of Directors for “Dream Come True”, a local non-profit organization that grants dreams for seriously, chronically and terminally ill children in the Lehigh Valley. He formerly served for many years as a member of the Lehigh County Children and Youth Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the Lehigh County Child Advocacy Center. He was elected into the Union Terrace Hall of Fame as a Former Youth Baseball/Basketball Coach where he served for over ten years.

Daryl resides with his wife Marlene. They have two sons, Jeremy and Christopher (both graduates of the Allentown School District) also residing in Allentown.

Daryl is an avid bicyclist and enjoys riding through the scenic Lehigh Parkway.

Natalie Santos, Councilperson

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Born in Bronx, New York and raised mostly in both Bethlehem and Allentown, Natalie has lived in Allentown since 2010. She graduated from Dieruff High School in 2018. Santos graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in December of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Sociology. Natalie is of Dominican descent and is bilingual. In 2020, she was inspired to take action and run for council by the Black Lives Matter protests she participated in hosted by local organizations. She understood that one of the most effective ways to create change is by being in a position of power and inspiring other young voices to do the same. Natalie hopes to start her career in therapy and eventually become a licensed ABA therapist for people on the autism spectrum. Natalie is the youngest person so far to be elected on to Allentown City Council at the age of 21 years old.