Bill Green was appointed to the School Reform Commission by Governor Tom Corbett in January, 2014, confirmed by the Senate and took the Oath of Office in February, 2014. He served as Chairman from February, 2014 to March, 2015. Immediately prior to his appointment he served as City Councilman At-Large from 2008-2014. Bill focused his work in City Council on fiscal discipline, government accountability, the application of technology, and improving the quality of life for city residents. Prior to seeking public office, Bill Green established a successful career in the private sector. Before attending Auburn University, Bill traded options and futures in New York, London, and Amsterdam. He later obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In the years since, he has founded several businesses, represented top Fortune 500 companies and start-ups as a corporate lawyer, and served as President of VistaScape Security Systems. Bill is a Member of Green Law PLLC, Founder Homestead Smart Health Plans and SRC. Bill resides in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife, Margie, and their two children. A native Philadelphian, Bill is continuing his family’s strong commitment to public service: his father served as Congressman, Chairman of Philadelphia’s Democratic City Committee, and Mayor of Philadelphia, and his grandfather was a Congressman and Chairman of Philadelphia’s Democratic City Committee.
David Castro a graduate of Haverford College (1983) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1986). In 1993, following a successful career both in private practice and as a Philadelphia prosecutor, David was awarded a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program Fellowship. As a Kellogg Fellow he studied community leadership and its relation to improving quality of life. Based upon this work, working with his mentor and colleague Lynne Abraham, in 1995 David founded I-LEAD, Inc., a school for community leadership development that has served several thousand emerging leaders across Pennsylvania through its affiliation with Pennsylvania Weed and Seed, and its development of an accredited Associate Degree program in Leadership. David is also one of the founders of I-LEAD Charter School, a high school that combines leadership development with academic remediation serving at-risk high school age youth in the economically challenged city of Reading, Pennsylvania. In 2002, in recognition of David‘s work on behalf of Pennsylvania communities, he was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship, which he used to study leadership and its impact on economic and community development in Turkey. In 2009, in recognition of David‘s work in community leadership and education, he was named an Ashoka Fellow by the Ashoka Global Funds for Social Change. David is a teacher at heart, frequently consulted as a speaker, serving on panel discussions and contributing regularly via blogs and articles posted through the Ashoka network, the Kellogg Leadership Alliance and the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. David is the author of Genership: Beyond Leadership Toward Liberating the Creative Soul.
David Griffith, since July 2013, is the Executive Director of Episcopal Community Services of Philadelphia. With a legacy of tackling the impacts of chronic poverty in the Philadelphia region, ECS asks all individuals to look up, to challenge poverty, and empower individual choice and advocates that to make change in our community we must all be one on this issue. ECS addresses the self-identified needs of individuals and families by integrating data-driven research and implementing non-judgmental innovative best practices to deliver measurable impacts. He is the first non-clergy, non-MSW to head the organization in its 146 year history. He is an advocate for individuals and families in Poverty and believes strongly that the call to service along with the call for inclusion, diversity and the equal access to opportunity is core to the Episcopal faith tradition.
Dave is also Chairman of Modern Group Ltd an employee owned industrial holding company (A 70 year old firm, representing Hyundai forklifts and construction equipment, Generac generators, Bandit chippers, Terex and Konecranes and other leading brands as well as service, parts and rentals to all makes in the space), Chairman of Delaware Valley Floral Group (The largest wholesale florist in the US and #2 worldwide) , Director and Governance Chair of the J. J. Haines Company (The largest flooring wholesaler in the US), Chairperson of Verus Advisory Board ( a leading provider of data analytics in litigation support), and Manager of Mountain Laurel Spirits LLC. (Maker of Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey) He is also serves as a member of the IBM Midmarket Advisory Council. His nonprofit involvements are Vice Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Trustee and Governance Chair of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel of Philadelphia, Chairman of the McEwen Family Scholarship Trusts and Director of the Griffith Family Foundation.
Karin Annerhed-Harris joined the Alliance of Community Service Providers in 2013 as2013 as the Associate Director, responsible for collaboratingon with policy makers on a city, state and national level. Karin educates policy makers on the importance of providing strong and sufficient Human Serviceprograms for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Health and/or , substance useabuse disorders, and Children Services. Through collaborating with policy makers she assistsin implementing policy changes aimed to improve services,leading to improvedenhancedoutcomes. Karinplayed a key role inincreasing funding for Intellectual Disabilities Services in Pennsylvania in 2013. That year the majority of Human Services experienced a 10% cut under a Republican Governor;however Intellectual Disabilities received a $20M increase due in part to Karin’s hard work and persistence working side by side to educate legislators on behalf of the intellectual disabilities community. The following year Intellectual Disabilities services received another 10% increase by building upon the previous years momentum. Born in Sweden, Karin has travelled and lived in many countries throughout the world, which enables her to provide a nuanced global prospective to policy which brining brings a creative approach to provision of human services.
Peter Hotz is a seasoned entrepreneur, business leader, investor and mentor who thrives on supporting emerging healthcare businesses to achieve their potential. He has exceptional broad-based knowledge in the health care field, with distinctive experience in digital health, urgent care and retail medicine, integrated delivery systems, workplace health & wellness, ambulatory care practice management, pharmacy services, fitness & wellness, workers’ compensation, specialty managed care and international health care. He has comprehensive P&L and organizational leadership skills and background in business development and implementation, acquisition-driven and organic growth, corporate culture and human capital development and strategic and operational leadership in organizations ranging from startups to over $600 mm in revenues. Peter has a progressive history of driving results, mentoring leaders and board-level interaction in organizations ranging from start-ups to large public companies, including extensive involvement with PE/VC firms. Peter’s specialties include Business Development & Sales Management, Financial Advisory Services [M&A representation, Due Diligence, Business Plan Preparation], Interim & Turnaround Management, Strategic & Operational Consulting, Executive Recruitment.
Heather Falck is manager of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation where she develops, leads, coordinates, and engages in activities that support and promote the goals, mission, and strategic direction of the IBC Foundation. She manages $6 million in annual grant funding through IBC Foundation programs and initiatives that advance caring for the region’s most vulnerable, enhance health care delivery, and build healthy communities.
Jeff Hornstein, PH.D. is the Director of Financial & Policy Analysis for the Philadelphia City Controller and works on critical issues relating to Philadelphia's fiscal and economic health. In addition to data-driven analyses of issues including property tax reform and delinquency, the efficacy of tax incentive programs, the impact of charter schools on the finances of the Philadelphia School District, and the efficacy of the City's tourism and convention promotion entities, he is running two citywide initiatives on behalf of Controller Butkovitz. The Anchor Procurement Initiative aims to increase local jobs and economic activity by increasing local spending on the part of Philadelphia's major eds-and-meds institutions. The Retirement Security Initiative seeks to improve retirement security by creating a city-sponsored retirement savings plan for private-sector employers. Jeff is also active in civic life, currently serving on the board of Queen Village Neighbors Association and as Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition. As chair of the PCC’s Education Committee, he helped convene the Friends Of Neighborhood Education, a citywide network of community groups that support neighborhood public schools. He was a co-founder of the Philadelphia Public School Giving Circle, a donor-advised fund that provides small grants to disadvantaged neighborhood schools.
Kevin Leigh is Senior Director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management which is one of the nation’s top 10 wealth managers. Combining the strengths of a global financial leader with the care and commitment of a small firm, we draw upon leadership in all wealth management disciplines, offering an extensive range of resources that are customized to serve the unique needs of each client. Kevin is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor and international financial-services executive with 24 years of industry experience. Starting with capitalizing emerging growth companies to working with entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals on inorganic and organic growth strategies to realizing the value created in the sale of their business. At BNY Mellon I help those same successful people ponder what to do next and stay entrepreneurial while preserving the wealth they have created for themselves, their families and generations to come.
Gavin Kerr is president and CEO of Inglis. He is a seasoned executive and values-based leader with demonstrated strategic insight and expertise in building high-performance teams. He is deeply committed to enhancing the independence of people with disabilities Gavin has held executive leadership positions at Mercy Health System, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, AssetTRADE.com, University of Pennsylvania Health System, PepsiCo and MONY Financial Services. His strong commitment to volunteerism and social equity began with his Peace Corps service in 1979. He is Co-founder of Ryan’s Case for Smiles, serves on the education committee for St. John’s Presbyterian Church and leads the Masters Development Program for Whitemarsh Boat Club. Gavin is also on the editorial board of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal and is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. His previous volunteer board associations include Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, the Bone Tumor Foundation, the Center for Adapted Sports and the Finance Committee of the PA Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care Task Force.
Laura Kind McKenna served as the Managing Trustee of the Patricia Kind Family Foundation from the fall of 1998 until January 2016. She continues to serve as a Trustee and Treasurer. The Foundation started by Laura’s mother Patricia Kind provides grants to health and human service organizations in the Philadelphia area. Laura is committed to the importance of Mission Related Investing for Foundations and individuals. She believes it is vitally important to link assets with mission and values and use all the available tools to make a difference. Over the past 15 years the Patricia Kind Family Foundation has invested more than 30 million dollars in the region through direct grants and program related investments. Laura is also Board Member of the van Ameringen Foundation, a philanthropic foundation focused on mental health needs, located in NYC and a member of Investor’s Circle Philadelphia. Laura has volunteered weekly as a nurse practitioner at the House of Grace Catholic Worker Free Medical Clinic in Kensington for over 20 years. Married for thirty-eight years to Marc Walsh McKenna, M.D, they have four grown children and five grandchildren.
John Moore is Executive Charimain at Impact PHL and is a Managing Partner of Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investing group in Philadelphia. Prior to working at Robin Hood, John worked at Seton Company as the Controller for North, Central, and South America. Seton Company is among the world's largest suppliers of automotive leather. Before becoming Controller, John was the Special Projects Manager where he did business acquisition and development, product pricing, and the implementation of company-wide strategic initiatives. In addition to his work with Seton, John spent eight years developing cardiovascular catheters for B. Braun Medical, Inc. John holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.
Joseph Pyle, MA, is the President of the Thomas J. Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. Mr. Pyle has more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health, serving eight years as a CEO at various institutions including MeadowWood Behavioral Health System, Northwestern Institute of Psychiatry, Malvern Institute, and Friends Hospital. Mr. Pyle joined Friends Hospital in 1999, and has served as part of the Hospital's executive team since that time. In 2004, he was named interim Chief Executive Officer; during his tenure, he worked with the Board of Managers to seek, evaluate, and select a joint venture partner that would preserve both the Hospital's patient care operations and continue the Board's nearly 200-year old mission. After the Board selected a partner, Mr. Pyle oversaw the legal transaction and guided the Hospital staff and community through the change process which culminated in June 2005. At the conclusion of the transaction, he was named Interim Executive Director of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, which was created from a portion of the assets of the conversion of Friends Hospital to a joint venture. As of September 2006, he was appointed President of the Foundation. Prior to his administrative positions, Mr. Pyle held various clinical positions including Clinical Director of Adolescent Services at MeadowWood Hospital and psycho-educational specialist at Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. He also held special education teaching positions in the Pennsauken, New Jersey and Montgomery County Intermediate Unit school systems. Mr. Pyle sits on several non-profit Boards: the Advisory Board for the Philadelphia Chapter of Outward Bound, the Board of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and as a member of the Flower Show Executive Committee, as well as the Board of the Family Planning Council. He also served on the Boards of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems and the Delaware Valley Health Care Council. A graduate of LaSalle University, Mr. Pyle holds a Master's Degree from Glassboro State College in School Psychology. He lives in Chester County with his wife and their two sons.
Sandy Festa Ryan RN, MSN, CPNP, FCPP,FAANP, FAAN is Vice President, Walmart Care Clinics leading efforts to support Walmart’s mission to deliver quality healthcare at an everyday low price. Responsible for all aspects of the clinic business. A strategic senior health care executive with more than 25 years of health care and leadership experience in various settings Prior to Joining Walmart, serving as the Chief Clinical Officer for CareCam Health Systems, a digital health company focused on using innovative mobile technology to drive decreased healthcare costs and improved clinical outcomes. Responsible for all clinical aspects in the development and design of a systems platforms to meet the needs of patients, providers and healthcare systems. One of six founding officers of pioneering retail health clinic operator Take Care Health Systems, which was acquired by Walgreens in 2007. Responsible for operational and clinical leadership of over 400 convenient care clinics nationally. At Walgreens she played an integral role in the development and implementation of integrated technology, quality assurance programs, and evidenced-based guidelines to create a consistent and unprecedented patient-focused experience for those who sought treatment. The first chief nurse practitioner officer of the convenient care industry. A highly decorated Air Force officer recognized for her leadership: recipient of the Nancy Sharp Cutting Edge Award by the American College of Nurse Practitioners; first NP inducted Fellow of Philadelphia College of Physicians; Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alumnus; Convenient Care industry recipient of the Loretta Ford Award. Sandra earned a B.S.N. Niagara University, and an M.S.N. from Arizona State University.
Steve Tremitiere is Founder and CEO of GrayHare Ventures. Steve has 30 years of experience in strategic business development across a wide range of industries with focus on health and technology and has extensive backgroun working with startups and new business inititives. Steve worked closely with Disney, FedEx, Delta, Southwest Airlines and others to pioneer early mobile technology innovations. Steve is the co-founder of Roberto's Kids, a non profit proviing sporting good to kis in the United States and Latin America, and serves on board for socially conscious organizations, inclusing WISER, a nonprofit school based in Kenya which holistically improves health, education, and economic outcomes for girls, particularly those orphaned by AIDS; SEEDS Together, a microfinance NGO in West Africa; and EveryoneOn, a national nonprofit committed to providing high-speed internet access to underserved populations.
Donald M. Tretola is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Program Development for Allies. He is responsible for supporting Allies mission throughout New Jersey and serves as liaison for our municipal, governmental, educational, religious, business, law enforcement, community and civic leaders. He began his Public Affairs career with PSE&G in 1971 and recently retired with nearly 38 years of service. After serving in the military, Don attended Saint Peter’s College graduating in 1976. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the ESGR Military Seven Seals Award from the Department of Defense, Man of The Year Award-Hamilton Area YMCA and Black History Month Community Service Award, National register’s Who’s Who In the United States, Community Award, presented by the Boys Town of Italy, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Leaders of Distinction Award, Community Service Award, presented by the Trenton African-American Chamber of Commerce, the Humanitarian Award from the American Heart Association and installed in the National Italian-American Hall of Fame. Don serves on numerous community based organizations including the College of New Jersey Advisory Board, Central Jersey Junior Achievement, Mercer County Community College Advisory Board and Saint Francis Medical Center. Don holds board positions throughout New Jersey including the Department of Defense Military and Veterans Affairs State of New Jersey Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, Middlesex County 200 Club, Middlesex County Chiefs of Police, Corporate Member New Jersey Police Chiefs Association, New Jersey State Police Memorial Association, New Jersey State PBA Widows and Orphans Committee, Greater Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, The ESGR Executive Board and the Honor Legion of Police Departments of New Jersey. Don Is the past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus
Frank Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, began his nursing career as the first male graduate from the Mercer Hospital School of Nursing. Today, he is the chief executive officer (CEO) of The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International, expanding and diversifying their scope of services and influencing healthcare on a global level. Along the way, Frank's career has been filled with unique experiences, all guided and influenced by his passion for learning (learning for himself and helping others learn), collaboration at all levels (one to one, between organizations, and between health- care professions), building relationships, and moving nursing forward in all practice settings.
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