- Board of Directors
Executive Director for Education Plus Health Julie Cousler Emig has spent her professional career working in Philadelphia to improve the health and social outcomes for the city’s most vulnerable citizens. As the Executive Director of Education & Health Innovations, she is working to bring the non-profit’s successful health and education programs to scale, with sustainable revenue models for growth and expansion. She grew the organization from one school based health center in 2013 to more than a dozen in 2016, expanding on the first center to serve the broader community in the Promise Zone of Mantua-Belmont. Through partnership with I-LEAD and host school-community partners, she is expanding options for Philadelphians to receive an affordable college degree in their own community. Ms. Cousler has served on numerous boards of directors in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania; she presently serves as trustee for the Seybert Foundation, and recently chaired the board of the Pan American Academy Charter School and served as board member since 2011. She has served on the Women’s Medical Fund Board of Directors and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence Ms. Cousler has earned a variety of prestigious awards for her work including the 2004 Forum Award from the Forum of Executive Women, and the 2006 Purple Ribbon Aware from Lutheran Settlement House for her domestic violence work. Beginning in 2009, she served as Senior Policy Fellow for the Stoneleigh Foundation addressing truancy and chronic absenteeism through cross-systems work with the City, and she served as Deputy Director for Concilio 2011 to 2014, the city and state’s oldest Latino non-profit organization, where she provided strategic vision and oversight to health and social services with responsibility for fundraising and development, and strategic communications and community engagement. Prior to this work she served as Vice President for Health at Congreso for ten years where she led a $5 million division of critical health services, she developed and enhanced programs for domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse, teen pregnancy prevention and parenting, HIV/AIDS, and family planning services. Ms. Cousler holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a licensed social worker. Paula Navas is the Finance Director for Education Plus Health. In this capacity she works with executive leadership and the board of directors to develop, implement and monitor financial management systems, procedures and policies to meet the organization’s goals and maintain accountability. Navas holds a professional degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, and Human Recourses. She also has a MSIS degree and over 20 year of experience in Finance. She has worked in financial leadership roles in the Non-Profit and For Profit industry for over twwenty. In addition, Ms. Navas holds a degree as Holistic Nutritionist – DHN and continues her education and professional growth in the health field.
Finance Director for Education Plus Health Paula Navas serves as the Finance Director for Education Plus Health. In this capacity she works with executive leadership and the board of directors to develop, implement and monitor financial management systems, procedures and policies to meet the organization’s goals and maintain accountability. Paula holds a professional degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, and Human Resources. She also has a MSIS degree and over 20 year of experience in Finance. She has worked in financial leadership roles in the Non-Profit and For Profit industry for over twenty. In addition, Paula holds a degree as Holistic Nutritionist – DHN and continues her education and professional growth in the health field.
Kevin Gold serves as Director of the Education Plus Health 21st Century After School Program. Kevin has worked as an Educator in Elementary, Middle and High Schools across Philadelphia, instilling educational value and life skills in every student he encountered. He has used his background in Education to teach core life values that applies both in and outside of the classroom. Kevin is also the founder of All the Kings Men, a youth empowerment organization that focuses on mentorship, community outreach and scholarship for young men ages 10-21. He has also begun to create The Edenton Project, an organization that adheres to the educational and social needs of the young community back in his hometown of Edenton, NC. He has developed his brand as a Youth Advocate and Motivational Speaker by hosting social media campaigns and serving as a guest speaker in many of the Philadelphia Public and Charter Schools. He is currently a member of St. James Pentecostal Church of Greater Mt. Zion Pentecostal Churches of America, Inc. where he serves as a Trustee, Co-Chair of the Youth Department and the Choir director. Kevin graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Pediatrician and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine Dr. Dione Cash is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine where she is also a practicing physician. She also currently holds the position of Associate Pediatric Clerkship Director. Dr. Cash received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1998, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003, a Bachelor of Biology from Spelman College in 1993. During her tenure as Attending Physician at Georgetown University Children’s Medical Center, she worked with the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic and the Community of Hope Medical Clinic where she developed her passion for grass roots community based care. Dr. Cash is the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career, including the Intramural Research Training Award from the National Institute for Health’s National Eye Institute, Temple University Children's Medical Center Blueprint Award, and the Teaching Excellence Award from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Cash joined the Board of Directors of Education Plus Health in 2017, after serving as collaborating physician to the School Based Health Centers for nearly five years.
Chief Clinical Officer, Take Care Health Systems, Walgreens Sandy Ryan is Chief Clinical Officer for CareCam Health Systems where she oversees all clinical aspects of the company. Prior to joining CareCam, Ryan was one of six founding officers at Take Care Health Systems and was the first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry. At Take Care Health Systems, Sandy led nearly 1,500 board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants who practice at over 400 Take Care Clinics at Walgreens drugstores in 35 markets in 19 states. Ryan oversaw clinical and operational leadership for the business while working closely with Walgreens’ chief medical officer in such areas as clinical governance, research, and quality initiatives. Ryan 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 seek treatment at Take Care Clinics. Ryan also led efforts on legislative issues that prevent access to care while promoting the role and visibility of the nurse practitioner. Ryan served as chair of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Convenient Care Association (CCA), the industry’s trade organization, where she was instrumental in developing the CCA’s Quality and Safety Standards and implementing a third-party certification process for these standards. To address the educational needs of nurse practitioners in the convenient care industry, Ryan helped to orchestrate the first-ever Retail Clinician Education Congress, fostering camaraderie, enhancing education and support within the NP community for the emerging model of healthcare. Ryan has over 25 years of healthcare and leadership experience in various clinical, management, and leadership settings. She is a highly decorated Air Force Officer and is a nationally certified nurse practitioner. Ryan’s experiences as an Air Force nurse corps officer include working as a clinician, charge nurse, and director of ambulatory services in inpatient and outpatient settings. Ryan has been recognized for her leadership as the recipient of the Nancy Sharp Cutting Edge Award by the American College of Nurse Practitioners; as the first NP inducted as a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians; through her inductions as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow; and by the Convenient Care industry for her contributions to NP practice. Ryan earned a B.S.N. in Nursing from Niagara University, and an M.S.N. from Arizona State University.
Co-founder, President, and CEO, I-LEAD, Inc. David Castro is a Latino Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Haverford College, which he attended through a minority (Reid) scholarship. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1986, Castro worked as a civil litigation attorney at the law firm of Pepper, Hamilton, & Scheetz, where he specialized in complex litigation and civil racketeering cases. In 1991, he joined the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he assisted District Attorney Lynne Abraham in creating the Public Nuisance Task Force, the first inter-agency enforcement program of its kind targeting crack houses and nuisance liquor establishments. Castro served as the first Chief of the Task Force under District Attorney Abraham. During this time frame, Castro also served as President of the 5,000-member Young Lawyer’s Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, where he coordinated the implementation of more than fifty volunteer programs serving the public and the bar. In 1995, he joined the Ridge Administration as the Director of the State’s Weed and Seed Program helping challenged communities combat crime and poverty by combining law enforcement and community development strategies in targeted, high crime communities. Castro has special expertise in the field of leadership education and program development and evaluation. In 1993, he was awarded a Fellowship in the Kellogg National Leadership Program; a three-year leadership program awarded each year to a group of young leaders working across the country to make a difference in their respective communities. Castro devoted his Fellowship to the study of community leadership development and its relation to improving community quality of life. Based upon his work in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and through the Kellogg Fellowship, Castro and District Attorney Abraham founded I-LEAD, Inc. in 1995. In January 1999, Castro left the Weed and Seed Program to develop the I-LEAD organization on a full-time basis while serving as the General Counsel and National Litigation Director for the Center for Community Interest (CCI). Castro is the architect of I-LEAD’s leadership development curriculum synthesizing leadership skills and theories on the interpersonal and system levels with instruction regarding the public (government) and private (marketplace) sectors to equip community members as savvy and effective change agents. In 2002, in recognition of his work on behalf Pennsylvania communities, he was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship. In 2005, at the behest of trainees and in partnership with Harcum College, Castro translated the leadership development curriculum into a full Associate’s Degree program accredited by Middle States and initiated the community-based delivery of higher education for working adults through what is now the ACE (Achieving College Education) Program. Beginning with an initial cohort of twenty students at one community based organization, now 350 working adults are earning Associate’s Degrees at twelve community partner locations across southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2009, Castro was named an Ashoka Fellow by the Ashoka Global Funds for Social Change, a global association of the world’s leading and effective social entrepreneurs, for the development, successful implementation, and scalability of the ACE College program’s sustainable business model to address the educational and leadership deficit in challenged communities. A teacher at heart, Castro is frequently consulted as a speaker, serving on several panel discussions and contributing regularly to blogs via the Ashoka network and the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal.
Senior Director of Community Based Services at PHMC and Executive Director for The Workforce Institute Wendy-Anne Roberts-Johnson has over 15 years of non-profit leadership experience at the program, organization, and systems level in Philadelphia. She has managed out of school time (OST) programming for K-12th grade youth, has orchestrated use of technology to support data management and quality improvement, and conducted program evaluation at various levels. A passionate believer that education is a key factor in life success, Wendy-Anne has led efforts to incorporate academic content into OST settings. Wendy-Anne holds a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University. In her role as Senior Director of Community Based Services at Public Health Management Corporation, she is primarily charged with oversight of program, fiscal, and data management functions for three City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) initiatives – the OST Initiative that provides 180 OST programs serving 18,000 youth annually, the DHS Parenting Collaborative that provides parenting education to over 4,000 parents annually, and the Emergency Funds that support families with urgent needs. In addition, she has oversight of PHMC’s 21st Century Community Learning Center OST programs which serve over 200 middle school youth in south and southwest Philadelphia. In her role as Executive Director for The Workforce Institute, a leading workforce development non-profit in Philadelphia, she has led efforts to strengthen curricula delivery, instructor support, student supports, student experience, and employer partnerships, ensuring that the clients served – many of whom have experienced barriers to employment and education – receive a superior education that makes them competitive in the workplace. Wendy-Anne is actively involved in her church community, serving as Board Treasurer, as a member of the Missions Council and the Women’s Advisory Board, as well as co-leading a weekly program for 4th to 5th grade girls.
Mary Schuler is an experienced and result-oriented Special Education teacher and tutor with close to 40 years of experience in the special education field. Obtaining her B.A. in Elementary Education from the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her M.A.in Special Education from Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Schuler taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, 5th grade, and Special Education on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Crownpoint and Thoreau, New Mexico. While tutoring learning problem children, one-on-one, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she discovered that solving learning problems isn’t accomplished by just requiring the students to do more school work. After working with a number of public school students for over a year, three times a week for an hour at a time, she realized that having them accomplish just one year of growth during that time would just not be enough; they would have to “live” with her the rest of their lives! She convinced the parents of those students to enroll their children in the Learning and Rehabilitation Center, run by Brother Lucian Wingate, in Santa Fe, and convinced Brother Lucian to hire her as a teacher. Brother Lucian trained her to implement the Delacato Crawl and visual training into her work with the students. These same students, as a result, jumped two and three years in their learning! Since that time, Schuler has used alternative methods of teaching, seeking remediation of causes, rather than just doing more school work. Moving to Caldwell, Idaho, she taught a self-contained Special Education classroom for students ages 9 to 14 for four years. Besides tutoring individual students in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, she taught potential teachers and interested parents two classes: Tutoring Phonics for Reading and Spelling and Tutoring Math Using Manipulatives, using textbooks written by herself. These classes were offered through the University of Idaho, Teacher Education Program. Schuler has always been interested in education and innovations in education. She has continued her own studies, attending colleges in Minnesota, Idaho, and Washington, accumulating numerous credits beyond her M.A. She has studied alternative teaching methods, including Mortenson Math and the Learn-To-Learn Program offered in Seattle, Washington. Schuler has a Kindergarten-12th grade Educationally Handicapped teaching certificate in Washington State, in Idaho, and a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate, Special Education N-12, issued December 2010.
has over 20 years of experience in executive management. He has built and led one of the largest and most nationally recognized human services organizations, founded and governed two charter schools, founded a nonprofit to scale high-impact social enterprises (including school based health centers and high school/college access and completion pipelines), and founded a social sector innovative thinking management consulting organization. From 2000 – 2010 Nicholas was President of Congreso de Latinos Unidos (Congreso), where he transformed the organization from a traditional social services agency into a comprehensive children and family-oriented human services nonprofit by integrating behavioral health, education, and primary health care into the service model. Under his leadership, Congreso was one of just six national leadership investments ($5 million) from Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to demonstrate multi-service organization impact on young people aged 16-24. As a result of this investment, he created a first-of-its-kind performance management system to measure organizational effectiveness for over 50 service lines and 17,000 clients/customers that would later be used as a model for Social Solutions’ Efforts To Outcome (ETO) to scale in nonprofits nationally. He served as a member of the National Alliance for Effective Social Investments that led the nation on integrating Social Impact Indicators into nonprofit best practices. Currently, he is CEO/Principal of Social Innovations Partners, which publishes the Social Innovations Journal and manages the Social Innovations Lab ™. Nicholas is also a member of Education and Health Solutions where he invests and supports the scaling and replication of high-impact models and social enterprises. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government and teaches at the Wharton School, and serves on many regional boards of directors, including foundations, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies.
Tine is known as a social entrepreneur and successful policy advocate who has started several national and global social and public innovations in the health and human services sectors. For the past two decades she has also been instrumental in positioning advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioners as primary health care providers globally. She is internationally known for her work in successfully directing the policy strategy for the consumer-driven retail clinic movement that has taken the country by storm, as well as the nurse-managed health clinic movement that uses nurse practitioners as primary care providers to increase accessible, affordable, quality care for all. Tine is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Woods Services, and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Public Health Management Corporation (www.phmc.org), the largest nonprofit public health organization in Pennsylvania. As part of her COO role, Tine also served as CEO of the National Nursing Centers Consortium (www.nncc.us), a nonprofit organization supporting the development of over 500 nurse-led health clinics serving more than 2.5 million vulnerable people across the country in urban and rural locations. Additionally, she serves as the founding Executive Director for the Convenient Care Association (www.ccaclinics.org), the national trade association of over 1,800 private-sector retail clinics. The retail clinic industry, recognized by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen as a disruptive health innovation, currently provides basic health care services to 20 million people annually across the country.