The 21st CCLC Advisory Board will support the Pennsylvania Department (PDE) of Education in moving the 21st CCLC program forward to most effectively help students access high-quality afterschool experiences. By representing grantees’ interests and providing feedback to PDE, the 21st CCLC Advisory Board will encourage best practices, effective resources, and training for afterschool programs.
Rosemary Anderson, Ed.D, is the director of Afterschool Programs for Propel Schools serving 13 sites. With more than 35 years of classroom teaching, her past credentials include: grant writing, development of 21st CCLC sites in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, previous chair-the WV Commission for Professional Teaching Standards, WVDE Peer Observer of 21st CCLC sites, former delegate to the Third World Congress of Education International, 6 years on the NEA Board of Directors, and WV Teacher of the Year finalist. She recently received the APOST Individual Advocacy Award, is on the Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative Executive Committee, co-chairs the PSAYDN State Steering Committee and serves as Chair of the Pennsylvania Department of Education 21st CCLC State Advisory Board.
Christian Holland is the Senior Director for Episcopal Community Services Out of School Time Educational Initiatives and Programs. He is a highly functional, visionary leader and strategic professional with over 20 years of human services/educational experience. Christian has a history of repeated success in turnaround operations and is a respected administrator with a reputation for high performance. He has oversight of all 21st Century Community Learning Center cohorts. Christian has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts and two Master’s Degrees; one in Divinity and one in Business Administration, where he finished with honors. He is an active member of his community, serving as Chairperson for Oasis Prayer & Recovery Centers and Ministries, International Volunteer Team Leader/ Endorser of the Council of Accreditation, and a member of PSAYDN and the Philadelphia OST Coalition. He is currently serving as Vice-Chair on the Pennsylvania Department of Education 21st CCLC Statewide Advisory Board.
Amelia Contreras, M.J., is the Program Director of the “Gettysburg Global Learning” Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center in Gettysburg, PA. As a program director, Amelia is responsible for overseeing the operations of the program in seven schools, program implementation, family services, parent involvement, community relations and partnerships development. Amelia’s experience in afterschool programs can be traced back to 1998 when the concept of these services was new in the Adams County area. She designed an exclusive program for parent education and involvement tailored to the specific needs of families in the community. As a result of her work within the community, Amelia founded the first Hispanic American Center in Gettysburg. Amelia is a native of Miguel Auza Zacatecas Mexico. She earned a degree in accounting and office management from the Catholic Academy of Maria Regina Zacatecas, a Law Degree from the University of Coahuila and a Masters of Jurisprudence in Business and Corporate Law from Widener University Delaware Law School.
Heather Daily, M.Ed., is the 21st Century Development Specialist/District Grant Writer for Pottstown School District as well as the Grants Manager for the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Heather began her career specializing in at-risk youth education while living on an Army base in Baumholder, Germany where she was the first overseas recipient of the School Age Credential. In 1999 she joined the team at the Phoenixville YMCA (now Philadelphia Freedom YMCA). Following that she became the Executive Director of Building A Better Boyertown, the Before/After School and Summer Camp Director for LifeSpan School and Daycare and the Chief Development Officer for Olivet Boys & Girls Club. Heather is working towards a Master of Public Administration at West Chester University and holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. Heather lives in Pottstown, PA with her husband Matthew and their two cats, Fergus and Nero. In her downtime she enjoys paddle boarding, working in her flower beds, going to the beach and traveling.
Alfred Essandoh is the Program Director of Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA). He has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience including program, finance, operations and strategic planning. As Program Director he is responsible for demonstrating the vision and mission of OCCCDA to staff, interns, volunteers and the larger community. He led a funding acquisition for a community needs assessment and created the Oxford Circle Literacy Enclave. Alfred has executed and managed complex programs with multiple ongoing projects. He is credited with implementing an innovative education program encompassing over 10 projects for K- 12, converting a decline in student participation to a 40% increase, resulting in improved academic performance and an increase in parental involvement. Alfred is an active member of PDE’s 21st CCLC Advisory Board. He serves as Board secretary of Adisadel College US Foundation. As a former Board member of Youthbuild Philadelphia, he helped coordinate implementation of their strategic plan. Alfred has a Master’s degree in Economic Development from Eastern University and Executive Education certification in Driving Organizational Performance as well as in Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Non-profits, from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
Christine Haslett is the 21st Century Grant Project Manager for the Warren County School District. In this capacity since 2013, she oversees the Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC programs that serve four Warren County School District sites and one site at the Tidioute Community Charter School. Christine is responsible for managing staff, budgeting, reporting, and planning and developing curriculum and activities. Christine earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Gannon University and a K-6 elementary education teaching certificate from Edinboro University. After fifteen years working in the field of engineering, she spent eight years as a substitute teacher and two years as a third-grade language arts daytime tutor. In her community, Christine has served as the president of the Young Mother’s Study Club, the president of the Warren Band Boosters and a committee chairman for Troop 8 of the Boy Scouts of America. She is currently serving on the Pennsylvania Department of Education 21st CCLC State Advisory Board.
Rick Heath is the Elementary Project Director for the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Consortium program operated by the Everett Area School District. All school districts and the charter school in Bedford County participate in this consortium-based program. During Rick’s career in education, he has served as both a teacher and school administrator in various positions within school districts and intermediate units. His positions include: Special Education teacher (elementary and secondary), Supervisor of Special Education, Elementary Principal, High School Principal, Director of Education and Acting Superintendent. Rick holds PA certifications in Special Education, Supervisor of Special Education, Elementary Principal and Secondary Principal. It is his goal as a member of the 21st CCLC State Advisory Board to provide input and expertise that will assist both grantees and the PDE in providing quality after school programs for all of Pennsylvania’s students.
Megan Lafferty holds the title of Director of Administration for the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP). She manages the day-to-day administrative and business affairs for PAEP. PAEP manages three 21st CCLC cohorts that deliver the STEAM After School Program in 14 different schools during the school year and summer. Megan graduated from the University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a concentration in Ballet and from Drexel University with a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration. Her roots in dance have allowed her to continue to contribute to the world of dance through her teaching and have grounded her in becoming a professional in the world of non-profit business. Megan has over 25 years of teaching experience and 20 years of non-profit experience. As a member of the Advisory Board, Megan appreciates the role she serves as a representative of 21st Century grantees across the state that work tirelessly to serve students.
Kathy Monko has served for the last 11 years as the Director of Early Childhood, School, and Community Services for the ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 in Indiana, PA. She serves in numerous capacities including supporting four 21st CCLC program sites in two school districts. Prior to this position, Kathy served as Program Coordinator and Prevention Specialist with ARIN IU for 15 years. She began her career in the classroom as an elementary teacher. Kathy has a Master’s degree in Counselor Education and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is happy to be a part of the Advisory Board in contributing the perspective of 21st CCLC rural programs.
Kimberly Pattley is the 21st CCLC Project Director at Lower Bucks Family YMCA in Bristol Township School District for the past 9 years. The 21st CCLC program serves students in six school district buildings. Prior to this position she was Assistant Program Director at Morrisville School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program. Kimberly has many years of management experience with 21st CCLC project writing and management. She serves as a member of the Advisory Board and values the participation as a representative of the state’s grantees.
Sue Sheehan is the vice president of Respective Solutions Group, Inc. (RSG). As a Cresson native, her interests have always been in assisting the communities of the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. She started her career in out-of-school time services in 2006 working for a small, community-based non-profit, rising through the ranks to eventually become the executive director. When the opportunity arose to form a new organization that could focus more specifically on the changing needs of the local youth and schools, Sue jumped at the chance to help establish RSG. For the last 7 years, RSG has been fulfilling their mission of creating learning environments and supporting school professionals through resources that make a difference in education.
Stacie Titus is the Executive Director of Child care at the Bradford YMCA. She is the administrator for the 21st CCLC grants operated by the YMCA in 3 different school districts in McKean County. Stacie started her career as a program director for the 21st CCLC cohort 7 grant. With her passion for education and serving youth, Stacie continued to grow her career at the YMCA while still being fully involved in 21st Century Community Learning Centers. She finds serving on the advisory board a rewarding experience. And considers it a privilege to be able to continue creating enriching programs for youth, representing other grantees while also providing feedback to PDE. Stacie is a mother to four-year-old quadruplets and enjoys spending time with them and her family and friends. She likes to be active and is involved in her community.
Laura Worman works for the Allentown City School District, Pennsylvania’s third largest urban district, managing one of their Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Cohort 9) grants. In October 2013, Laura began her career in 21st Century as a Teacher in the district’s Cohort 6 program. She continued to grow within the program leading her into her current Project Coordinator role. Throughout the years, she has helped oversee various 21st Century cohorts and schools to strengthen the programs. In her personal life, Laura most enjoys spending time with friends and family which include her husband and active toddler. She also enjoys going to the beach, taking walks, reading, and cheering on Penn State. As a member of the Advisory Board, Laura is excited to use the knowledge she has gained to support PDE and 21st Century grantees as we continue to best serve students.