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.

Peg (Sickel) Casullo Hertrich

Development / Funding Committee

Strategic Diversified Acquisition Specialist

Alfred W. Zaher, ESQ

Development / Funding Committee

Partner and Chair of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads‘ Intellectual Property Department. He also serves as the firms Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer.

Board members

Dr. Monique Gary, DO., MSc, FACS

Development / Funding Committee

Medical Director, Cancer Program. Breast Surgeon at Grand View Health and Associate professor of Surgery at University of North Texas Health Science Center

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

Development / Organizational Committee

Senior Nursing Professional Development Specialist at The MetroHealth System (Cleveland, OH)

Michael Palladino

Educational & Awareness Committee

Adjunct Professor at CUNY Kingsborough in Brooklyn.

Dr. Andreia “נעמי” Pierce, PhD, MBA

Organizational, Education & Awareness Committees

Dr. Pierce is a business leader and published scientist who holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, and a Masters of Business Administration.

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 / Funding Committee

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

Advisory board

Nathan Irwin-Diehl

Education & Awareness Committee

School District of Philedelphia

Mary Spooner Rocca, MBA

Development / Chair Scholarship Program

Financial Consultant

Joseph M. Yeager, MBA

Education & Awareness Committee – Cyberbullying Expert

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 KIPP Charter School in 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.

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Meet our team

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


Meet our team