Board of Trustees

The Philadelphia School is a Pennsylvania non-profit membership corporation whose Members consist primarily of parents of currently enrolled students. Members elect a Board of Trustees, who are charged with oversight of the organization. Trustees are unpaid volunteers and can be current or past TPS parents, TPS alumni, or individuals from outside the TPS community. The primary responsibilities of the Board of Trustees include strategic planning, ensuring financial sustainability, adopting and amending Bylaws, and hiring the Head of School.  The Board of Trustees is committed to transparency, accountability, and active communication with all constituencies of The Philadelphia School.  



The Board of Trustees undertakes many efforts to sustain and improve our school and maintains standing committees. With the exception of the Governance Committee, all committees include both board members and other interested members of the community. 

  • Advancement: Supports initiatives that assist the school in meeting its fund-raising goals
  • Building: Supports the care of the school’s physical plant and growth initiatives
  • Communication: Supports efforts to improve communication between the school and its constituencies
  • Community Partnerships:  Helps build and maintain relationships with the neighborhood and broader Center City community
  • Diversity: Supports efforts to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive community
  • Finance: Assists in the preparation of the annual operating budget and oversight of the school’s investments and audits
  • Governance: Designs and implements the rules governing the Board of Trustees and nomination of trustees and officers

The Board of Trustees is always looking for interested volunteers to contribute to its activities. Please click the "Get Involved" button below and let us know how you'd like to help. 


Current Trustees

President: Jennifer Rice
Current and Alumni Parent

Senior Vice President: Derek Jokelson
Current and Alumni Parent
Managing Partner, Jokelson Law Group, P.C. 

Treasurer: Melody Damis
Alumni Parent
Self-employed, Tax Preparer

Secretary: Ken Young
Current Parent
Partner, Dechert LLP

Jane Ahn
Current and Alumni Parent
Partner, Ahn + Robinson Studio

Michael Berman 
Current Parent; Alumnus ‘84
Senior Vice President, The Strategy Group

Christine Chisholm
Current Parent
Teaching Coach, Catapult Learning

Jacob Cooper  
Alumnus '99
Vice President, Michael Salove Company

Maia Cucchiara, Ph.D
Current Parent, Former Teacher
Assistant Professor, Temple University

Gemina Gianino
Current Parent; TPSA President
Educational Consultant

Latasha Harling
Alumni Parent
Talent & Recruitment Strategist, ACE Group

Jane Lawson-Bell
Alumni Parent
Principal, Lawson Bell Architects

Mark Liddy
Current Parent
President, Mediclaim

Charles Loomis
Alumni Parent
Principal, Charles Loomis Chariss McAfee Architects

Susan Harkness RegliPh.D
Current and Alumni Parent
Human Factors Scientist, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Kate Riccardi
Current Parent
Freelance Photographer

Alyssa Rickels 
Current and Alumni Parent
Child Development Specialist, Hall Mercer Child and Parent Center, Pennsylvania Hospital

Nina Rivera
Current and Alumni Parent
Attorney, US Environmental Protection Agency

Erica Salvi
Current Parent
Independent Project Management Professional

Paul Saint-Amour
Alumni Parent
Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

James B. Waddington, III
Current Parent
Educator, Camden City School District

Mollie Weinstein-Gould (alumni representative)
Alumna '97
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania

Mitchell Young
Current Parent
Sales & Market Development, Risk & Payment Group, TARGUSinfo


honorary TRUSTEES

Robert S. Adelson 
Alumni Parent
Managing Partner, Osage Ventures

Jack F. Adler, Jr. 
Founding Parent; Alumni Parent
Business consultant. Investing and management service

Robert Altman
Alumni Parent
President and CEO, WMHT Educational Telecommunications

Lynne M. Berman 
Founding Parent; Alumni Parent; Current Grandparent
Potter; retired social worker

Peter Berman, M.D. 
Founding Parent; Alumni Parent; Current Grandparent
Neurologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Hope A. Comisky, Esq. 
Alumni Parent
Attorney, Partner and Professional Responsibility Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Sandra Dean 
TPS Principal Emerita
Educational Consultant

Daniel Diadul
Alumni Parent
President, Management Manufacturing, Foodline Piping Products Co. 

Paul Dry
Alumni Parent
Publisher, Paul Dry Books

Marianne Ruby Emmett, M.D. 
Alumni Parent
Reproductive Endocrinologist, Ruby & King MDs 

Philip E. Franks, AIA
Alumni Parent
Principal architect, Philip Franks Architects

Frank Gould  
Alumni Parent
Health Consultant, Public Health Management Corporation

Leonard M. Klehr, Esq. 
Alumni Parent and Current Grandparent
Vice Chairman, Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P.

Philip B. Korb, Esq. 
Alumni Parent
Attorney, Partner, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP

Dale Penneys Levy, Esq. 
Alumni Parent
Artist and Retired Attorney

Jean F. Mason III
Alumni Parent
Retired Business Executive

Caroline M. Simon
Founding Parent, Alumni Parent, and Current Grandparent
Attorney, Center on Professionalism