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Joyce Miller, longtime CPS partner, named among Philadelphia Minority Business Leader honorees

Congratulations to Joyce Miller, dedicated CPS partner and former Trustee, for her recognition as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Awards honorees.  Joyce is the Managing Principal of J. Miller & Associates, a public accounting firm dedicated solely to serving nonprofits’ varied business needs.  Joyce says she “ sees her firm’s work as a way to help nonprofits achieve their missions, whether that may be providing housing for vulnerable people or advocating for social and political change.”  Joyce has served as a crucial member of the CPS family for many years, developing business practices and advocating for the financial health of our school community.  Congratulations Joyce on this much-deserved recognition.

CPS Welcomes New Director of Advancement and Trustees

Community Partnership School recently appointed Deana Frank as Director of Advancement.

Frank joins CPS after serving as director of development for Mural Arts Philadelphia. A Baltimore native, Frank led the launch of the BIC Educational Foundation, served as director of the Elijah Cummings Youth Program and managed a city-wide college scholarship and grant program for the CollegeBound Foundation.

She is a member of the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Class of 2020, and serves on the board of trustees of Samuel Ready Scholarships Inc., and the Philadelphia Black Giving Circle.

Frank holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

In addition, the Community Partnership School announced the addition of six new members to its board of trustees:

Sherry Coleman – Ms. Coleman is a Partner and Senior Manager of Retained Search – Independent, Charter, and Higher Education at Storbeck, Pimental & Associates in Media, PA. Ms. Coleman is an expert in educational leadership and has extensive experience with independent schools in the Delaware Valley.

Jocelyn Hillman – Ms. Hillman is returning to the Board of Trustees to serve as Board Chair Emeritus.  She has worked tirelessly for more than 15 years to help CPS realize its vision, and served as a founding member of the Board of Trustees, and later as Board Chair.  Beginning in 2014, Ms. Hillman led efforts resulting in CPS’ relocation to a new building and positioned the School for broadened impact.  CPS’ growth over time is very much the result of Ms. Hillman’s unwavering and influential leadership.

Carolyn Korman Jacobs – Ms. Jacobs returns to the CPS Board of Trustees having previously served, while also being an active classroom volunteer.  Ms. Jacobs is also a Partner in Korman Ventures, as well as a certified yoga instructor with Always Flex!

Rebecca Lehr – Ms. Lehr is a Math Coach and Consultant with the Philadelphia School District, bringing with her multicultural approaches to a 21st-century classroom.

Thomas Needham – Mr. Needham is the Headmaster of Hill Top Preparatory School in Bryn Mawr, a day school serving students with diagnosed learning disabilities.  Mr. Needham has previously served as a trustee of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, founded the Heads of Small Schools Association – Delaware Valley, and served as a consultant for various museums across the U.S. on training and accessibility for children with learning differences.

Kimberly Wilson – Ms. Wilson is the Hand Hygiene Program Manager at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is a Community Partnership School parent.  Ms. Wilson is also a member of The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and has previously served as a Board Member of The Brewerytown/Sharswood Community Civic Association.

CPS Trustee named Executive Director of Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia

CPS would like to congratulate Keisha Jordan, a member of the CPS Board of Trustees, on her new appointment as Executive Director of Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia. Keisha has been an exceptional leader in education and nonprofits in Philadelphia, and is committed to promoting equitable access to education for students from under-resourced communities in our region. We are thrilled to continue to work closely with Keisha in her new role. To learn more about the work Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia does to support students in our area, please visit https://www.csfphiladelphia.org/

CPS leaders to facilitate a conversation around equity and inclusion

On Wednesday, February 19th, Eric Jones (CPS Head of School) and Jocelyn Hillman (Former Chair of CPS Board of Trustees), with the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative, will lead a conversation entitled “Good Intent vs Intentional Execution: Establishing an Authentic, School-Wide Culture of Equity and Inclusion”. This session will use the question above as a guidepost for administrators and educators seeking to move beyond good intent to intentional execution around diversity. For more information, click here to register.

Board Member Haley Samsi in Leadership’s Keepers 2020

Haley Samsi, a vice president of operations at the coffee chain, Saxby’s, has been named to Leadership Philadelphia’s Keepers class of 2020. Leadership Philadelphia’s intention is to recognize accomplished young professionals in tech, economic development, social entrepreneurship  and local government and connect them with one another at team building events throughout the year. Haley, and others, will also be introduced to leaders in the Philadelphia community. Congratulations, Haley!

Community Partnership School honors Charisse Lillie at Leadership Luncheon

Anne Wilmerding, Justice, Charisse Lillie, Amber and Eric Jones

Charisse is a trailblazer for women in Philadelphia. After a distinguished legal career, she ultimately served as Executive Vice President of the Comcast Foundation. She has played an essential role as a supporter of philanthropy in Philadelphia and as a mentor to young professionals. 

In a packed room in our new building, attendees were treated to speeches by Head of School Eric Jones, alumni who are now seniors at Girard College and Springside Chestnut Hill, Board Member, Trina Gary, and our honoree, Charisse Lillie. 

If you are interested in learning more about CPS, please contact our Advancement Office. Thanks for your support!

Boyds and King Saladeen Partnership to Benefit CPS!

Missy Dietz, King Saladeen, Alex Gushner, Eric Jones, Kent Gushner


CPS was thrilled to attend the unveiling of a new billboard designed by the artist and West Philadelphia native King Saladeen for Boyd’s in downtown Philadelphia. We look forward to our partnership with Boyd’s and King Saladeen. We are so proud to have Saladeen as a role model for our students. Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate!

See the article in Billy Penn.


CPS Trustee Helps Bring Environmental Education to Our Neighborhood

An advocate for the CPS community and for the neighborhood we’ve called home since our beginning, CPS Trustee Tonetta Graham has been involved with another significant project to benefit the people of Strawberry Mansion. Through her work as President of the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation, in cooperation with Audubon of Pennsylvania and Outward Bound, she helped bring the Discovery Center to the area around the East Park Reservoir in Fairmount Park.

The article linked here discusses how the project came about and includes her perspective on how it benefits this community.

The gallery of photos, from the opening days, give a sense of what the Discovery Center looks like on the inside.