Communities In Schools is a respected national voice for students. Over the years, through five presidential administrations, our position has been clear: Every child needs and deserves the resources that make the difference between a graduate and a dropout. It is everyone’s job to ensure every student’s success—which means schools, parents, businesses and the community as a whole must work together.

Our board of directors is an integral part of why Communities In Schools of Philadelphia has been so successful. This group of community leaders not only endorses the mission and vision of CIS, but also uses their experience and influence to open doors, garner support and offer guidance to create an even better organization for future generations.

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia Board of Directors

Joyce B. Harrison, Retired
Assistant Superintendent, Office of Senior High Schools, School District of Philadelphia

Martin Nock
President & Chief Executive Officer, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.

Joseph Devine, Esq., Spector Gadon & Rosen P.C.

Wanda Bailey Green
Director, Non Degree Education & External Affairs, Eastern University

Devon L. Starks
Senior Vice President, Citizens Bank


Sidney V. Smith, Jr.
Partner, Newmark Knight Frank Smith Mack

Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr.
Former Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Amachi Advisor, Public/Private Ventures

Kim B. Staudt, Retired
Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

The Honorable Levan Gordon, Retired
Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of PA

Kelly A. Thornton
Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Cassandra Jones, Ed.D.
President & CEO, Next Step Associates, LLC

Glenn Ellis, Sr.
President, Strategies For Well Being, LLC

Rasheedah Phillips, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services

Kimberly J. Gholston
Vice President, Human Resources, Jefferson University Hospitals

Cyndi A. Bolden
Regional Staff Representative, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania Board of Directors


  • Chairman of the Board: Damian Zamias, Chairman, Zamias Services
  • Vice Chairman: John Malady, Managing Partner, Malady-Wooten
  • Treasurer: Pat Macko, Belco Community Credit Union
  • Secretary: Thomas Carey, Consultant
  • Immediate Past Chairman: Reid Carpenter, Council of Leadership
  • Ron Cowell, President, Education Policy Leadership Center
  • Dave La Torre, Founder, La Torre Communications
  • Frank Fischer, SVP Relationship Management, Members 1st Federal Credit Union
  • Nicole Conway, EVP & General Counsel, Vartan Group, Inc.
  • Matt Zieger, President & CEO, Team Pennsylvania Foundation
  • Una Martone, President, Leadership Harrisburg
  • David Kerr, Regional Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T Pennsylvania
  • Kim Staudt, Retired, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
  • Marcy Park, Market manager, Pittsburgh South, Walmart, Inc.
  • Nathan Mains, President & State Director, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania