The 21st CCLC Advisory Board supports the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) 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 Advisory Board encourages best practices, effective resources and training for afterschool programs.
Advisory Board Members
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 and 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.
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.
Yolanda Haywood Gross
Yolanda Haywood Gross is the Youth and Family Education Administrator at The Salvation Army Harrisburg. She is the Director of the Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Roller Enrichment Academy in Steelton-Highspire School District. She is a certified Trauma-Skilled Schools Model Facilitator with The National Dropout Prevention Center. During her 12 years at TSA Harrisburg, she has served as a Facilitator, Curriculum Developer and Coordinator and with 24 years of experience working in the Greater Harrisburg Area with families, women and youth, she had the opportunity to share with thousands of students from kindergarten – high school. Yolanda has a passion for learning and empowering and is currently seeking a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership to further the enhancement of people and programming. She enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband and spending time with family and friends.
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 afterschool 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 is the Director of School to Community Program at River Valley School District. Prior to this position, she served for 11 years as the Director of Early Childhood, School, and Community Services and for 15 years as Program Coordinator and Prevention Specialist for the ARIN Intermediate Unit 28. 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.
Dr. Vicki Ryan is the Federal Programs/Student Services Coordinator for the Greater Johnstown School District. Overseeing the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants in the school district is just one of her programs to manage. She started her career as an elementary teacher, then moved to a reading specialist role, an instructional leader, and a building administrator for middle school followed by elementary school before holding her current position. With a master’s degree in early childhood and a doctoral degree in reading and literacy, Dr. Ryan has devoted her career to maximizing student success. As a member of the Advisory Board she will continue to impact students in a positive way.
Pantea Shademani, M.A., is the Program Director of the 21st Century SHINE Afterschool Program in Wayne and Pike Counties at the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance. With a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Pantea started her career working with at-risk children and adolescent and their families. She moved to Pennsylvania from California in 2015 to focus on trauma specific therapy with children and adolescents before transitioning to her role as a Program Director in 2019. She has more than 13 years of experience working with nonprofit mental health and at-risk populations and is excited to be a part of the Advisory Board.
Steve Strange is the Executive Director at East End United Community Center. He oversees two 21st CCLC grants that span over four school districts in the southwestern Pennsylvania area. Steve started with 21st CCLC as a program director in May of 2019 for the cohort 9 grant. He is passionate about afterschool and summer school programming and feels this type of learning is a key component to the educational process. Steve is very happy to be a member of the 21st CCLC Advisory Board. He is happily married with two sons. In his free time Steve enjoys golfing and watching sports and is a proud Penn State alum.
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 its mission of creating learning environments and supporting school professionals through resources that make a difference in education.
Kristen White is the Lead Coordinator at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29, managing the Schuylkill Achieve Afterschool Program. The 21st Century Programs are currently serving students in 9 different districts across Schuylkill County during the school year and summer. Kristen holds a degree in Education which has helped her grow into the role she holds today. Kristen is excited to serve on the advisory board and collaborate with others’ successes, especially because of the challenges her programs face being in a rural setting. Kristen is married and a mother of 2. Her kids keep her active and on her toes at all times. She enjoys running, spending time with her family and being outdoors. She also enjoys being active and 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.