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Power moves: New board members at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Juvenile Law Center, and PICC

October 8, 2020 Category: FeaturedPeople

1. Four new board members join Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) announced that four local professionals have been appointed to its board of directors and will serve a three-year term:

  • Amy Bartosh is a senior investment advisor with PNC Institutional Asset Management. Bartosh is a chartered alternative investment analyst and a chartered financial analyst (CFA). She is a member of the CFA Institute, and the CFA Society of Philadelphia. She also volunteers with Back on my Feet Philadelphia. Bartosh holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree from Drexel University’s Lebow College of Business.
  • Marcia Gelbart is the senior director of communications for community impact at Comcast. Before joining Comcast, Gelbert worked as a journalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Palm Beach Post, and The Hill. She is the past chair of the Philadelphia Foundation’s Steering Committee for the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council, and previously served on the board of governors at Valley Youth House. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Rochester and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.
  • Keima Sheriff is the assistant dean of student programs at Montgomery County Community College. Sheriff is also founder of the Institute for Balance and Restoration. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Albright College, a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, and a doctorate from Immaculata University.
  • Marsha Wesley Coleman is the director of learning and development at Friends Services Alliances (FSA). She also serves as an adjunct professor at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Before joining FSA she worked with the School District of Philadelphia, Collaborative Leadership Project, KPMG and Black Entertainment Television (BET) in various capacities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and master’s degrees from PCOM and Penn State.

2. Juvenile Law Center appoints four new members to board of directors.

In late September, the Juvenile Law Center announced the appointment of four new members to its board of directors:

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  • Khaliah Ali is a fashion designer, author and humanitarian who lives in Delaware County. She speaks and writes in support of Juvenile Law Center’s fight for children in juvenile facilities. Her father is boxing legend and social justice activist Muhammad Ali. “I am so honored to serve on Juvenile Law Center’s board,” Ali said via the announcement. “I am honored to help curate my father‘s legacy through such a laudable cause.”
  • R. Daniel Okonkwo is an attorney and public policy expert with experience in the nonprofit sectors. Okonkwo is VP in the Office of Nonprofit Engagement at JPMorgan Chase & Co, where he is responsible for building relationships with key stakeholders and grantmaking in the Mid-Atlantic region. “The organization has been at the forefront of the work to ensure that young people are protected from unjust treatment in the various systems that impact their lives,” he said. “I look forward to supporting their work on behalf of young people across the country.”
  • Robert P. Parker joined the Rothwell Figg law firm, in 2013, following 14 years as a partner at Paul, Weiss. He is ranked among Washington, DC’s Super Lawyers in the area of IP litigation. He is the past chair of the  National Council for Adoption.“Too often, children and teens become lost in the juvenile justice system — civil and criminal,” he said. “I am delighted to join Juvenile Law Center’s efforts to ensure that no more juveniles get lost in our courts or in their placements.”
  • Eli Segal is a partner at the law firm of Troutman Pepper, where his practice focuses on representing journalists in First Amendment matters; colleges and universities in the unique legal issues that they encounter; and other businesses and individuals in the full gamut of commercial litigation. He is co-chair of Troutman Pepper’s First Amendment and Newsroom practice group. “I volunteered at Juvenile Law Center years ago during college and law school and am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute again to the organization’s vitally important work,” Segal said in the announcement.

3. Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition names two new board members.

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) recently welcomed two new members to its board of directors:

  • Simanti Lahiri is the program coordinator of student civic engagement in the Office of Civic Engagement at Rutgers University, Camden. Lahiri holds a master’s degree from the University of London, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research examines the ways that social movements can effectively create change as well as fundamental questions of political belonging and citizenship. The daughter of immigrants from India, Lahiri has volunteered to register new citizens with PICC in Philadelphia for the past number of years.
  • Nyamal Tutdeal is director of equity and inclusion at CORA and an adjunct professor at Arcadia University. Before joining the CORA, Tutdeal was PICC’s political director. A former refugee from South Sudan, Tutdeal is the co-founder of the NyaEden Foundation. She served as an international classroom educator at the Penn Museum, and as gambling specialist and coordinator with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) with the City of Philadelphia.

4. Bread & Roses Community Fund names its 2020 Tribute to Change honorees.

Bread & Roses Community Fund announced it’s 2020 Tribute to Change honorees in September, to be acknowledged at a virtual event on October 13. According to the announcement, the three individuals and three grassroots groups being honored are notable for pursuing “radical visions for a bold new future, taking decisive action, and making what John Lewis referred to as ‘good trouble.’”

The honorees are:

  • Samantha Rise — Emerging Leader Award. Rise is a Black gender-expansive performer, teaching artist, and activist and currently serves as program director for Girls Rock Philly.
  • Robert Saleem Holbrook — Trailblazer Award. Holbrook is the executive director of Abolitionist Law Center, a law firm dedicated to ending class- and race-based discrimination in the criminal legal system, and is a co-founder of Human Rights Coalition.
  • José de Marco — Paul Robeson Lifetime Achievement Award. De Marco is an AfroLatinx queer man living with HIV who has been organizing with ACT UP Philadelphia for 25 years to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV.
  • Philadelphia Community Bail Fund — Victory is Ours Award. Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is an abolitionist, Black-led, feminist, volunteer-run organization established in 2017 to end cash bail and pretrial detention. Since their founding, they have purchased the freedom of 483 people by posting more than $3 million in bail.
  • Asian Mosaic Fund — Robin Hood was Right Award. Asian Mosaic Fund is an all-volunteer giving circle that supports community-based organizations that are led by and serve Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in Greater Philadelphia. Since their founding in 2010, they have made $213,000 in grants to more than 30 organizations.
  • Philadelphia Black Giving Circle — Robin Hood was Right Award. The Philadelphia Black Giving Circle was launched in February of 2018 and to date has provided $145,000 in grants to 17 Philadelphia Black-led and Black-serving organizations. Their mission is to leverage collective resources from diverse donors to support nonprofit organizations undertaking impactful work in the Black community.

5. Philly high school math teacher receives Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago.

Sister Alice Hess, I.H.M., a mathematics teacher at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia, was recently recognized by the University of Chicago with its Outstanding Educator Award.

She was nominated for the award by one of her former students who is a freshman at the University of Chicago.

Hess has taught math for 50 years and has received a number of national awards. She is a national Presidential Awardee, Tandy Technology Scholar, and two-time national Mary Dolciani Scholarship recipient. Additionally, she was honored as Outstanding Mathematics Teacher by the Institute for Operations Research and The Management Sciences and was chosen by USA Today as one of the top 20 educators in the nation.

In 2008, Hess was one of five teachers across the nation named a United States Department of Education 2008 American Star of Teaching.

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