Meet our board of trustees

We’re fortunate to have an effective decision-making board that is focused on strengthening our organization in many different ways. They perform some of the most important tasks of our organization, support our work in the community, bring necessary resources for better performance, advise on legal or other matters and help with fund raising.

Our National board members have important duties and responsibilities requiring time commitment, particular skills, talents and resources. Their responsibilities fall into five fundamental areas.

  • Establishing the Organization's Mission, Vision and Direction
  • Ensuring the Financial Sustainability of the Organization
  • Ensuring the Existence of Sufficient and Appropriate Human Resources
  • Supervising Organizational Operations
  • Ensuring Effective Community Relations

If interested in knowing more about us or joining our esteemed board, please contact us.

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Executive Officers

Kati 'Jazz' Gray-Sadler

Founder & Board President, Chair Marketing & Communications /Development Committee

President - Gray-Sadler Enterprises, Inc.- Business Services Consultants specializing in Business Development, Marketing and Branding. Producer - LesBe Real Media, News outlet.  Advisory Board PHLDiversity a Division of Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Dr. Marc Baxter, Ph.D.

Board Vice President, Marketing & Communications 

Committee | Leadership Coach (ICF), Patented Inventor, Public Speaker - Empowerment Unlimited, LLC

Nathan Irwin-Diehl
Nathan Irwin-Diehl

Advisor - Education/Awareness Committee

Administrator - Philadelphia Public Schools

Brian Long, CPA

Development / Finance Committee

Chief Financial / Operating Officer & Board Member of NetQuest Corporation.


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Board members

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Dr. Monique Gary, DO., MSc, FACS

Development / Finance Committee

Clinical Associate Professor at Penn Medicine


Katrina Y. Kelley, MSN, MHA, RN, CEN

Development / Organizational Committee

Nursing Professional Development Specialist


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Desiree Peterkin-Bell

Marketing & Communications Committee

CEO, DP Bell & Associates.


Rachel Glory Smith

Education & Awareness Committee

Event Planning & Social Media Specialist

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Ruth D. Smith, LSW, Ph.D. Candidate

Chair Education & Awareness Committee

Psychotherapist - Comprehensive Counseling LCSW. Professor - Monroe College School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Barbara Wesley, MD., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G.

Development / Finance Committee

Medical Officer and Senior Regulatory Scientist in the Division of Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs at the United States Food and Drug Administration

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Peg (Sickel) Casullo Hertrich

Marketing & Communications / Development Committee

Strategic Diversified Acquisition Specialist

Advisory board

Jasmine R. Boothe

Education & Awareness Committee

Consultant - Organizational Development - Higher Learning for College Bound Students

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Kyle Carter
Kyle Carter, Ph.D. Candidate

Education & Awareness | Organizational Committees

Program Director of Intellectual Disabilities - Devereaux

Mary Spooner Rocca, MBA

Development / Finance Committee

Financial Consultant

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Joseph M. Yeager, MBA

Education & Awareness Committee

Joe is the founder of Safety Net of PA, LLC, which works with schools and community groups to promote better cyber safety in the greater Philadelphia area.

Terry Young, MBA

Education & Awareness Committee

Terry is an ELA and Social Studies Educator with the School District of Philadelphia.


Dr. Linda Spooner, JD., MD., Scholarship Program

We Invite you to learn more and support the Dr. Linda Spooner, JD., MD., Scholarship Program by contacting us.


Meet our team

We're fortunate to have some of the best people dedicating their time, energy, and expertise to our cause.