Angela Marks M.Ed
Angela graduated from University College, London with a degree in Latin and Greek. She received her Master’s in Education and Pennsylvania Reading Specialist certification from Cabrini University. She is a Wilson Reading System® Dyslexia Practitioner and is a Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist accredited by the International Dyslexia Association.
Before founding Reading Allowed, Angela spent 14 years working as a Reading Specialist and a Learning Specialist in Philadelphia.
Michael Gary is the head of Friends Select School. Prior to this appointment, he served as director of admissions at Phillips Exeter Academy. Before joining Exeter, Michael served as director of admissions at The Peddie School, where he also taught economics. He also served as associate director of admissions and director of multicultural affairs at Pomfret School.
Michael received a BA from Trinity College in Connecticut and a Master of Education from Harvard University. Michael also serves on the boards of Trinity College, the Independent Trust, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. He is the founder of Inner City Lacrosse and former board member of both Pomfret School and The Association of Boarding Schools.
Valerie Brand Pipano
Valerie Brand Pipano lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Law.
Valerie currently serves on the Education Security Committees at Society Hill Synagogue. She is the mother of two sons.
Cathryn L. Kaufman
Dr. Zell Kravinsky
bought his first investment property in 1978 for less than $10,000. He built a portfolio of apartment buildings in the following years while studying and then teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his involvement in larger commercial properties by purchasing 1m square feet of department stores and distribution centers leased to a discount retailer in the American Midwest. His portfolio has included Walmart stores, AT&T office buildings and call centers, Cargill meat packaging plants, Johnson Controls manufacturing plants, drug stores, retail centers, hyperscale data centers, corporate campuses, and similar high-credit double- and triple-net leased properties, as well as apartment communities both small and 1,000+ units. He is currently the general or managing partner in approximately 1,500 apartment homes and the majority investor in 1.5m SF of corporate office, industrial, and retail space.
Dr. Kravinsky is recognized as a philanthropist for having given most of his wealth away in the early 2000’s, as well as being one of the first Americans to donate a kidney to a stranger. In his bestselling book “Giving”, President Bill Clinton praised Dr. Kravinsky’s activities in philanthropy. Dr. Kravinsky holds two PhDs from the University of Pennsylvania, and served on the board of directors at both the Ohio State University Foundation and the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.
Natalie Wiltshire joined KIPP Philadelphia in 2009 and serves as KIPP Philadelphia’s COO. In this role, Ms. Wiltshire manages all business operations for KIPP Philadelphia, a network of six public charter schools that educate students in North and West Philadelphia. Ms. Wiltshire oversees all financial management, real estate development, fundraising, technology, and human resources. During her tenure at KIPP Philadelphia, Ms. Wiltshire has led KIPP Philadelphia’s expansion efforts from 390 students to over 2,700 students and most recently led the organization through a strategic planning process in 2020 to create the roadmap for the next ten years.
Under Ms. Wiltshire’s leadership, KIPP Philadelphia has raised over $10 million to date in private and public fundraising for capital projects and secured more than $20 million of capital financing.
Prior to joining KIPP Philadelphia, Natalie was the Director of New York Operations for Achievement First, overseeing school operations in Brooklyn, NY. Natalie earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Natalie and her husband, Larry, have two sons, Hayden and Mason.
Meredith is an Underwriter at PNC Bank, where she supports financing needs of corporate clients within diverse industries in the Philadelphia / Southern New Jersey geographic area. She was formerly a Relationship Manager at PNC from 2004 – 2013, and held a similar role at The Bank of Nova Scotia from 1994 – 2004. Meredith received a BA from The University of Northern Iowa in 1990 and an MBA from the University of Rochester in 1994.