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The Board

Rev. DorethaWard, M.BA, M.DIV

Executive Director

Doretha Ward, a Philadelphia native, is a Professor at the Community College of Philadelphia who teaches Introduction to Business and Principles of Management. She also works as a full-time Pastor and is an advocate for the community of Lansdowne Avenue in the West Philadelphia area.



Karen V. Topping, M.Ed


Karen Topping Sills, a Philadelphia native, is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Philadelphia, and a Project Manager at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She has a deep compassion for uplifting her community by utilizing educational tools as a springboard. She lavishes opportunities to gain and share knowledge. Her motto is “we can improve our community if we change our mindsets”. She is also is a Board Member of CCP’s Biomedical Engineering Council and CHOP’s Center for Health Equity-Neighborhood Council. 


Karen Topping

Shaketia Sills, B.A.

Vice President

Shaketia Sills, a Philadelphia native, currently works as a Program Director for Southwest CDC’s after-school and summer camp program. Her goals and aspirations are to advocate for education by acting as a bridge to fortify resources and tools to underserved communities. Her most impressive and relevant achievements during Covid 19's tumultuous attack include but are not limited to: supporting  virtual learning in several Southwest and West Philadelphia Community schools. This included providing students with activities supporting social emotional learning and literacy. In addition to supporting the Philadelphia school district she also assisted/guided youth ages 12-19 during the pandemic crisis through BOOST’s summer Youth Work Ready program.



Ms. Jasmine Bullock, M.A.


Jasmine Bullock, a Philadelphia native, is the Senior Manager of Youth Programs at the Franklin Institute. Bullock primarily works with the Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) Program, a year-round youth leadership experience designed to involve students as an integral part of The Franklin Institute. PACTS provides a combinations of science enrichment, career development, mentoring, and leadership opportunities to diverse school-aged students in the Philadelphia region. Jasmine also manages the Franklin Ambassador Program, developing and delivering youth development and science curricula that guides students to be science communicators in their communities. Jasmine lives by the motto “to whom much is given, much is required.” Throughout her undergrad career, Jasmine volunteered at an after-school program in Orangeburg, South Carolina where she used her experiences from WINS to conduct science workshops with elementary and middle school aged children. She is currently an active member of Tau Gamma Delta Sorority, Inc. where she holds both local and national offices. Jasmine is also a board member for the West Park Cultural Center. In the future, Jasmine plans to continue to inspire youth to reach their goals through the sciences in both formal and community spaces. 



Mr. Kirk W. Goebel

Financial Secretary

Kirk Goebel, a native of the Greater Philadelphia Region, is an Employee of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). His goal is to teach and mentor interns in school for Biomedical equipment programs as well as help technicians in the Biomedical department in any way he can. His most relevant professional achievement is helping to design and set up new care areas of CHOP as the institution grew. From a personal standpoint, his achievements include being the head of trustees within Quaker meeting, guiding new scholarship programs and upgrading the meeting house infrastructure.


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