Now Accepting Applicants for our
2020 Board of Directors!
2020 Board of Directors!
At Rock to the Future, we work hard to prepare the next generation for every stage! We’re a ten-year old nonprofit that provides free music education and academic support to children and youth who might otherwise not have access to these services. We’re looking for enthusiastic and qualified individuals to join our Board of Directors to help guide us on this journey! Specifically, we’re looking for interested individuals who:
- Believe in the power of music to change lives and strengthen schools and communities;
- Bring skills or talents that will help us advance our mission (e.g., accounting/finance, education / teachers, youth development, counseling, fundraising and resource development, legal, marketing, community activism, etc.);
- Can attend and actively participate in Board and committee meetings (average one per month); and
- Will actively participate in fundraising activities and special events.
At Rock to the Future, we also are committed to fostering diverse perspectives and recognize that individuals’ perspectives are shaped by a host of factors, such as their race, ethnicity, physical ability, age, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, and other personal and professional experiences. Individuals who identify as a member of historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in joining our Board, please email your letter of interest and a resume to Ed Ghisu, the Chair of our Nominations & Governance Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, Tudor Consulting, Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting
Pamela Tudor is a recently retired, award-winning executive coach and organization development consultant whose firm Tudor Consulting helped clients turn vision into action in the areas of leadership, change management, diversity and inclusion, and emotional fitness. Pamela provided services to large and small organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors for 25 years. In 2013 Pamela was voted the Delaware Valley Consultant of the Year.
Pamela is now and has always been an artist whose works express her concern for our beautiful planet. Her works are exhibited locally and nationally and can be seen on www.pamelatudor.com. She lives in Center City with her husband and is an avid gardener, hiker, traveler and lover of music, dance and theatre.
Chief Financial Officer, The Enrollment Management Association
Christine Ostrowski is a Finance Executive currently employed at the School District of Philadelphia. She obtained a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Philadelphia University and a Masters in Business Administration from Drexel University. Christine is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia.
Christine’s began her accounting career in the for-profit industry. After obtaining years of progressive experience, Christine pursued a professional change that aligns with her personal values and commitment to her community and began her work in education. Her experience ranges from HigherEd, Vocational Training and Elementary Education Administration. She is a lifetime learner who believes education improves lives and creates opportunities for both the individual and society.
In addition to Christine’s technical accounting and systems knowledge, she is a creative problem solver, innovator and agent for change. She has been an early adopter of new technologies to improve business processes. Christine has the ability to not only identify a solution but implement it as well.
Secretary & Engagement Committee Chair
Chief Strategy Officer, Brolik
Matthew is a partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Brolik, a Philadelphia based marketing agency. He is also a published author and expert in the marketing industry, having shared his knowledge in articles for Forbes, Huffington Post, Pr Daily and many other publications both online and off. Matt earned a Music Engineering and Production degree from Drexel University, which has led him to a number of scoring, mixing and engineering projects, as well as an ownership stake in a small Germantown-based recording studio called Sleepless Sound Studio.
Governance Committee Chair
Associate General Counsel and Chief Investment Counsel, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Ed Ghisu is Associate General Counsel and Chief Investment Counsel at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest philanthropy that focuses on health and healthcare issues in the United States. Prior to RWJF, Ed worked in private practice at several Philadelphia firms, most recently Ballard Spahr. Ed grew up in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia and lives in Doylestown with his wife, Jessica, and their collective gang of four troublemakers (Alyssa, Luca, Lydia, and Michael).
Program Committee Chair
Research Assistant & Professor, The Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Kushol Gupta, Ph.D. is from The University of Pennsylvania, where in addition to his role as Research Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine, he also helps direct The University of Pennsylvania Band (the marching/pep band) and its ongoing outreach activities, including a high school summer camp and high school honor band days. Kushol plays the trombone and the tuba, and is an avid music arranger.
Syndication Program Delivery, Comcast Corporation
Ken Anderson is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in financial information that levers the business. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic financing partners, and establishing governance boundaries, Ken earns a seat at the table wherever he serves.
He has worked for Comcast for the past 6 years starting as a project manager and eventually being promoted to Director. Currently, as Director, Syndication Program Delivery at Comcast, Ken oversees the delivery of Comcast X1 suite of products to their international partners in Canada. He has led the successful deployment IP based TV and the next generation of in-home Wi-Fi.
Ken holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Rosemont College, Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from LaSalle University, and a PMP. He sits on the leadership board of the Comcast Running Club and has completed the Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) board program. He also spends his free time mentoring middle school and high school children in Philadelphia, and volunteering with. Ken has also been a running leader with Students Run Philly Style for 4 years with Laura W Waring Middle school and Academy at Palumbo high school.
Jameel O. Farruk
Director of Sales, Municibid
Jameel is the Director of Sales at Municibid, a Philadelphia online auctions company which helps state and local governments, and schools to monetize their surplus assets. In addition to working with RTTF, Jameel has spent the last eight years working with a foundation and hospital system to provide women and children with healthcare in East Africa. Jameel has a strong background and passion for music and education. He previously worked for an education technology company which provided video based assessment software to music and dance programs for primary and secondary educational institutions. Jameel has also spent time as a lecturer in media and marketing at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business.
Jameel has been playing music since he was a fourth grader and considers himself a beneficiary of in school and afterschool music programs. Jameel owns his own record label and continues to write and release his own original music at Jameel Farruk Music. In his leisure time, Jameel enjoys being with family and friends, traveling as often as possible, supporting local music acts, and rooting for his alma mater, Indiana University, in college basketball.
Staff Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Natasha served as a Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow at Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project from 2016-2017, where she developed a toolkit to improve representation for girls in the adult criminal justice system. Previously, she worked directly with young people as a residential treatment and detention counselor, a juvenile probation officer, and a reintegration worker for adjudicated youth.
Natasha is a life-long resident of Philadelphia and was educated in the Philadelphia School District where she was introduced to music education. She played the clarinet and was a member of the Philadelphia School District’s All City Music program. She continued her music studies throughout her undergraduate and graduate school tenures and is classically trained in vocal performance.
Natasha is a proud graduate of University City High School and holds a Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University of PA, a Master of Science from Saint Joseph’s University and a Juris Doctor from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.
Operations Strategy Lead, Vertex Inc.
J.B. is a veteran of the global technology industry, with leadership roles in strategy, sales, operations, and consulting. Most notably, he has traveled around the globe as a business development executive and has been the CEO of an IT Services consulting firm here in Philadelphia. J.B. has a Business and Economics degree from Lafayette College, where he played football and rugby, as well as played keyboards in several bands. Active in his church (Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon PA), he has been President of the Board of Trustees and led both annual and capital campaigns. In addition, he gives his time to several non-profits in the Montgomery County area. J.B. plays bass in a band and continues to play piano when he can.
Paul K Johnson, MBA
Assistant Professor, Marketing and Management at Montgomery County Community College
Paul K. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management at Montgomery County Community College. He also teaches Entrepreneurship and helped/launched several startup businesses. A native Philadelphian, Paul grew up in West Philadelphia and earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration from Drexel University. Paul enjoyed a career in corporate sales and now enjoys his role in higher education. He serves as a volunteer and board member for several organizations throughout the Delaware Valley including youth baseball coach for over 30 years.
Organizational Development Manager, FS Investments
Alyssa Quintana leads the Organizational Development function at FS Investments where she builds and integrates solutions to increase employee effectiveness and engagement. Music has always played an important role in her life and she continues to write her own music and sing in her company band. She is driven to help others realize their full potential and feels connected to RTTF’s mission to do that through music education.
Assistant Director of General Accounting, School District of Philadelphia
Ed Rogalski is the Assistant Director of General Accounting at the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), the eighth largest school district in the United States, serving over 200,000 students. A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Ed grew up in the Port Richmond neighborhood, where he still lives with his wife Jen and son “Little Eddie.” He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Actuarial Science and Masters of Science in Accounting and Financial Management from Temple University. When not working or changing diapers, Ed enjoys taking guitar lessons, watching the Phillies, and spending time with his family.
Health Planning & Promotion Coordinator, Chester County Health Department
Meghan Smith is originally from New York, moved to Philadelphia from Washington, DC in 2015 to pursue her Master's in Public Health at Drexel University. She now works as the project coordinator for the West Philly Promise Neighborhood, a U.S. Department of Education grant focused on improving education, health and wellness outcomes for youth and their families in West Philadelphia. Meghan connected with Rock to the Future as part of the Young Involved Philadelphia Board Prep Program. She was immediately drawn to the organization because of her deep love of music and belief that music education is critical to building confidence and fostering emotional expression in youth. She lives in the Spruce Hill neighborhood of West Philadelphia and can often be found at one of the many local coffee shops reading her latest book club selection, buying flowers at the farmers market, or making the slow trek home from her kickboxing gym.
Sherry Tanksley, MS, MA, MFT
Social Worker, Alliance For Progress Charter School
Sherry Tanksley is a native of North Philadelphia, growing up in the Strawberry Mansion/Fairmount Park section of the City. Sherry was educated in the Philadelphia School System (Hill Elementary School and Strawberry Mansion Junior/Senior High School). As an adult, Sherry returned to the academic setting to further her education at Eastern College where she obtained a BS in Organizational Development, Saint Joseph University where she acquired a MS in Organizational Development and LaSalle University where she obtained a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, all while working full time. Sherry has over six years of experience in the profession of family therapy and social work and has an extensive background working in various leadership roles in workforce development. Sherry has always had a natural “ear” for music (hearing every instrument playing) and enjoys singing songs by some of her favorite artists such as Chaka Kahn, Natalie Cole, Pattie LaBelle, and Whitney Houston to name a few.
Director of External Communications, TNTP (The New Teacher Project)
Jacob Waters is a policy, public affairs and communications professional and former Philadelphia classroom teacher. With experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, he works with families, nonprofit organizations, media, legislators and foundations to support the creation and implementation of effective and equitable strategies and policies. He lives in South Philadelphia with his fiancée and a lot of musical instruments and recording equipment, and is fortunate to be a short bike ride from 76ers home games.
Radio Host and Producer of WXPN 88.5FM Kid’s Corner
Farber Family Foundation
Principal, MOR Wealth Management
Professor Pooch, Music Industry Guru