Emily Bryan
Emily is Vanguard’s chief journey officer. Formerly, a senior director at EY Intuitive and Think Brownstone, Emily also brings her fundraising experience from Fairmount Ventures to JMB Award.

Rona Buchalter
Rona is the director of refugee programming and planning for HIAS-PA. Before taking this position, Rona was the founding director of Drexel's Fellowship Office. She's held numerous other positions in education as well, including instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College and board president at Independence Charter School.

Abigail Kopf
Abigail Kopf was a founding board member and is currently on sabbatical. She attended Julia R. Masterman High School and is currently studying at Hampshire College. Jill was Abigail's grandmother.

Kate Kopf
Kate Kopf was a founding board member and is currently on sabbatical. She attends Wesleyan University, having graduated from Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. Jill was Kate's grandmother.

Fran Melmed
Fran is the initiator of this award and the board president. She's also the founder and CEO of context, a communication consulting firm specializing in workplace wellness, and a Vetri Cooking Lab instructor for Vetri Community Partnership. Previously, Fran worked with Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt) as a management consultant. Jill was Fran's mother.

Rosina Miller
Rosina is the founding director of Stanford in New York. She was the former executive director of The Philadelphia Center and was a founder of Independence Charter School, a K-8 school in Philadelphia, where she also served on the board.

Paula Umaña
Paula is the project director of Single Stop at the Community College of Philadelphia. She was formerly the Pennsylvania program director with the Center for Progressive Leadership and the national capacity building coordinator for Esperanza USA.

Cameron Voss
Cameron is the project coordinator for the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation's Skills for Community-Centered Librarianship Initiative. Cameron was previously a program officer for American Paradigm Schools and the deputy director for Children's Literacy Initiative. She has worked in the fields of nonprofit human resources, fundraising, evaluation, and management.


Team Members

Tia Hall: Mentoring
Tia is a climate manager at Bartram High School, coming to the school after working as a program manager for the Philadelphia Education Fund Philadelphia Scholars program. During her time with the program, Tia helped establish its mentoring approach. She'll be helping us with the same.

Stephanie Malsbury: Financial Empowerment
Stephanie is a strategic account manager with Trion Group and a volunteer with Clarifi, a nonprofit dedicated to building financial literacy. Stephanie is bringing her financial cheerleading (as she calls it) to JMB Award, supporting recipients as they build basic money management skills.

Elena Shomos: College Search
A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Elena has been active in education advising and policy through engagements with EducationUSA and a Fulbright Fellowship in Albania. Most recently she served as a college and career advisor at West Philadelphia High School in a position facilitated through the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity. Elena is joining JMB Award to support recipients through their college decision-making process.

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