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

Devon L. Starks
Executive Vice President, National Capital Resources, LLC

Nyne Sellers
Interim President, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.

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

Kelly A. Thornton
Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Kim B. Staudt, Retired
Partner, PriceWaterhouseCooper


Denise Rogers
Regional Staff Representative, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

Kimberly J. Gholston
Senior Director, Human Resources, Jefferson University Hospitals

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

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

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