- Board of Directors
Need in Deed, Executive Director
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Villanova School of Nursing
Executive Director for Internal Communications, Strategy and Content at Comcast Corporation
Senior Auditor at EisnerAmper
Need in Deed, Executive Director Wendy Johnson is the Executive Director of Need in Deed in Philadelphia working to improve the education of students grades 3–8 in Philadelphia’s traditional public and charter schools. Prior to this leadership role, Wendy-Anne served as the executive director for the Workforce Institute, an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Temple University and experiences that include roles at the Out of School Time Project, the Parenting Collaborative, the Emergency Fund, and Philadelphia Safe and Sound, Wendy-Anne brings more than 15 years of involvement in student engagement, curriculum development, program design, and fund-raising.
I-LEAD, CEO 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.
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.
Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Villanova School of Nursing Dr. Sunny Hallowell is Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Villanova School of Nursing, and board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Since receiving her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, she also earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Hallowell is the author of numerous publications in her field. She is passionate about Advance Practice Nursing leadership and was honored when selected to serve a two-year term as a Jonas Health Policy Scholar with the American Academy of Nursing (’14) on the Expert Panel on Breastfeeding. She also recently completed her term as the President of the Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) (’15). Dr. Hallowell welcomes the opportunity to solve health care issues using an interdisciplinary team-based approach and invites students into a classroom environment that encourages critical thinking, creativity and active participation.
Executive Director for Internal Communications, Strategy and Content at Comcast Corporation Kera Armstrong is the Executive Director for Internal Communications, Strategy and Content at Comcast Corporation in Philadelphia. She leads a communications team that is responsible for leading successful transformation initiatives and developing and implementing enterprise-wide strategies that engage and inspire employees to be Comcast brand ambassadors. Prior to this work she was Senior Director at Ceisler Media where she worked with for-profit and non-profit corporations large and small to execute bold and successful social media and marketing strategies, as well as government affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Saint Joseph’s University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Senior Auditor at EisnerAmper Eli Silverman, LLP, is a Senior Auditor at EisnerAmper since 2014 where he works with his team to audit financial statements for public and private company clients using generally accepting auditing standards. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He also serves on the Harbonim Dror Camp Galil board of directors and finance committee in Ottsville, Pennsylvania and previously served on the Make to Include board of directors in Philadelphia as well as a number of social action committees in his community. Silverman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 2014 from the College of New Jersey, School of Business.
Executive Director, Education Plus Health
Finance Director, Education Plus Health
Director of 21st Century Programming, Education Plus Health
Executive Director, 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 Plus Health, 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.
Finance Director, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of 21st Century Programming, Education Plus Health Todd Pride serves as Director of 21st Century Programming and Team Leader for the Education Plus Health 21st Century After School Program at Building 21 High School. In this role he is working to advance student outcomes and opportunities through education and health integration. Pride is also the Managing Partner and Lead Coach of the Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoors Partners organization, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA and Southern Lancaster County, PA serving a 5-state footprint of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Central & S.E. Penna. and Southern NY. The organization has introduced over 11,000 youth to fishing, hunting, wildlife education conservation and related outdoors activities ranging from elementary, middle, high school and college students in suburban, rural and a large number in urban communities. Pride has been a competitive bass fisherman for over 15 years having won seven season championships and is an avid bass angler and deer hunter. He currently lives in Nottingham, Chester County, PA and is a native of Overbrook Farms in Philadelphia, PA. He is an alum of The Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, PA) and Temple University’s Fox School of Business (Economics and Marketing) (Phila. PA). He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Friends of FDR Park (Phila, PA), Member of the Board of Managers of Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, PA) and a Board Member of the MLK Community Organization of Greater Kennett.