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 by-laws, 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/Communication: Supports initiatives that assist the school in meeting its fund-raising goals and that improve communication between the school and its constituencies and the broader community

  • Building: Supports the care of the school’s physical plant and growth initiatives

  • 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: Derek Jokelson
Alumni Parent
Managing Partner, Jokelson Law Group, P.C. 

Treasurer:  Zach Klehr '92
Current Parent
Executive Vice President of Fund Management, FS Investments

Secretary: Ken Young
Current Parent
Partner, Dechert LLP

Anita Andrews
Current Parent
Director, Analytics Practice, Magento Services

Michael Berman '84
Current Parent
Senior Vice President, The Strategy Group

Jenny Bogoni
Current Parent
Executive Director, Read by 4th

Christine Chisholm
Current and Alumni Parent
Teaching Coach, Catapult Learning

Jacob Cooper '99
Vice President, MSC Retail

Jeff Donnon
Current Parent
Chief Financial Officer, First Round Capital

Henry Fairfax
Head of School, Revolution School

Chip Finney
Current Parent

Holly Flanagan
Current Parent
Managing Director, Gabriel Investments

John Jackson
Current Parent
Dean of Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Latasha Harling
Alumni Parent
Talent & Recruitment Strategist, ACE Group

Mollie Henderson (alumni representative)
Alumna '97
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania

Jane Lawson-Bell
Alumni Parent
Principal, Lawson Bell Architects

Marc Mannella
Retired Executive Director of the KIPP schools in Philadelphia

Kate Riccardi
Current and Alumni Parent

Erica Salvi
Alumni Parent
Independent Project Management Professional

Becca Shapiro
Current Parent
Sales Manager

JJ Shirley, Ph.D.
Current Parent; TPSA President
Managing Editor, Journal of Egyptian History

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


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, and Current Grandparent
Potter; retired social worker

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

Gina Marie N. Moore
Current and Alumni Parent
Principal, AJO

Jennifer Rice
Current and Alumni Parent

Harry M. Roth
Alumni Parent
Partner, Cohen, Placitella, Roth P.C.

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