Under the Pennsylvania Charter School Law, the governance of ICS-West is the responsibility of its Board of Trustees (BOT). The BOT has authority to make decisions regarding the operation of ICS-West, including budgeting, curriculum, facilities, and operating procedures, as well as the employment of both professional and nonprofessional employees.
We will strive to ensure that the ICS-West Board will include members from ICS-West families, from the neighborhoods we serve, from ICS in Center City, as well as the representatives from the broader Philadelphia community. Terms will be staggered to ensure continuity.
The BOT meets regularly, and meetings are open to the public. Minutes from all BOT meetings are archived. To learn more about the Board, review the ICS-West bylaws.
You can contact the boards president Gloria Shabazz directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gloria Shabazz is the CFO of International Biscuits & Confections, a privately held company located in Medford, NJ which markets and distributes specialty food products from all over the world. She has worked for several large corporations including IBM, Colgate Palmolive, and Campbell Soup Company. While at Colgate, she spent a year living and working in Puerto Rico. In 1998, she and her husband founded JASTECH Development Services, a 501c(3) non-profit organization which runs the Overbrook Environmental Education Center (OEEC) and the Overbrook Arts Center. JASTECH’s mission is to preserve our natural environment, improve public health, and promote personal enrichment. Gloria is the proud parent of son, Ali, who is in the Spanish Immersion program at ICS. She and her husband Jerome have a blended family which includes 5 sons. Gloria and her family reside in the Overbrook section of the City. She joined the ICS Board of Trustees in 2011.
Rodriguez is a seasoned community activist and organizer, currently serving with EnrollAmerica, which identifies uninsured Philadelphia in need of coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Previously, Rodriguez was Executive Director of the Action Alliance of Senior Citizens of Greater Philadelphia and, under Mayor Ed Rendell, he served as Assistant Director of the Philadelphia Empowerment Zones. Additionally, Rodriguez served as an AIDS educator at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, an Executive Vice-President of the Alliance for Retired Americans, and Associate Editor of the weekly Community Focus/Enfoque Comunal, the largest bilingual newspaper in Pennsylvania. Rodriguez also currently serves as a Commissioner of the City’s Civil Service Commission.
Dyana Reid, born, raised and educated in West Philadelphia has worked in the Child Welfare field for over 20 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Delaware State University and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Administration and Social Planning at Temple University. Dyana currently serves as the Community Liaison for Turning Points for Children, Community Umbrella Agency #9 which is the lead agency identified by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services to provide in-home services, foster care, adoption /reunification services and prevention services in West and Southwest Philadelphia.
Dyana is a staunch advocate for the educational empowerment of children and families with a highlighted background in School Social Work and School based Behavioral Health. She previously served as the School Social Worker for multiple urban schools located in Southwest Philadelphia. In addition to her extensive work as an educational advocate, Dyana served as a behavioral health pioneer during the early implementation of school based therapeutic services within the School District of Philadelphia. Dyana is also active in several advocacy and community service organizations and was elected by peers to serve on the Delaware County Intermediate Unit Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council. In 1997, Dyana received the Big Brother/Big Sister Association of Philadelphia “Achievement Award” for outstanding accomplishments and serving as an exemplary role model. Dyanabelieves that “every youth can rise above their circumstances and live a life of purpose and fulfillment.”
Rachel M. Keene is an Associate General Counsel for Navient, the nation’s leading loan management, servicing and asset recovery company, where she is responsible for providing regulatory advice to the businesses that she supports. Prior to joining Navient Spahr, Ms. Keene was a litigation associate with Ballard Spahr LLP, where she represented companies in various aspects of commercial litigation, employment practices, corporate investigations, and compliance matters. Prior to Ballard, she served as an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.
Ms. Keene is a 2004 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and 2009 graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law. While at Temple Law, she served as the Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association and was a member of the Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society due to her ongoing commitment to public interest in the Philadelphia community. Ms. Keene also volunteered at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, advising and assisting indigent clients in child custody and support matters and helping victims of domestic violence obtain protection from abuse orders. She was named one of the 2012 Next Generation of Women Leadership: Rising Stars.
Jere Paolini is a local artist, small-business owner, and professional childcare provider with nearly 20 years of experience in human and social services. Throughout Philadelphia, he has served individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs in a number of capacities, including, most recently, as a Behavior Specialist. He currently provides quality childcare for local families with infants and toddlers, and runs a full-service multimedia boutique specializing in photography, videography and writing services. In addition, he has volunteered with organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Stand Up for Kids, which seek to improve the lives of underserved children in Philadelphia.
As a member of the ICS-West Board, Jere seeks to engage with his neighbors and surrounding community to build a school culture that is nurturing, empowering, and reflective of the neighborhoods it serves. He lives with his wife just a few blocks from the school, and they look forward to the opportunity to send their first child to ICS-West.
Tarae Terry-Vice President
Tarae Terry has a wide-array of experience in the field of higher education to include but not limited to supporting, developing and facilitating curriculum development, program development, program/project management and professional development for faculty, staff and students. In addition to her education administration experience she has also facilitated at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level at a variety of institutions. She facilitates courses around leadership, human resource development and management, communication and professionalism and serves as research/dissertation advisor, chair and mentor.
She earned a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Management: Human Resource Development from Drexel University and Masters of Science Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership: Adult Learning and Training from St. Joseph’s University.
Tarae has also served on several professional committees as a peer-reviewer for journals and conferences that support education innovations.
She currently lives in the ICS-West community with her husband and children. She is the proud parent of an ICS graduate. She has also served as her neighborhood’s secretary and facilitator for a youth basketball league on teamwork and collaboration.
Tyesha Miley-Bio To Come