Gerald L. Santilli
President & CEO
Gerald Santilli, President of American Paradigm Schools, has a Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Rutgers University and Villanova University. A recognized leader in municipal and educational finance, he previously served as partner with Santilli & Thomson, LLC, a financial consulting firm specializing in schools and other nonprofits. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of Financial Services for the School District of Philadelphia.
In this capacity he was the district's chief financial officer and was responsible for accounting, budget, payroll, treasury operations, subsidies, auditing, grants, fiscal operations and all automated central financial systems. Before his tenure with the District, he was an administrator with the Bucks County Controller's office.
Mr. Santilli has always been active in community activities, including PTA president when his children were in elementary school, as treasurer, board of education member for his church and with various community organizations.
He is also known for his work early in the charter school movement in Pennsylvania, having implemented the program for the School District of Philadelphia including the establishment of several Philadelphia charter schools. He served as the Board Treasurer for LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden, NJ. Mr. Santilli is also the founder of First Philadelphia Preparatory and Tacony Academy Charter Schools.
Dr. Margery Covello
Chief of Staff
Dr. Margery Covello, Chief of Staff, has earned degrees from Fordham University including a BS in Finance, a MBA in Management and an Ed.D. in Executive Leadership: Administration and Supervision. She has vast experience in business and academic arenas. Most recently, she was the Director of Operations at Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School. This experience gave her an understanding of the direct experiential learning of students who will ultimately pursue higher education. Such an understanding is a priceless asset for those who want to understand academic needs and how education at all levels – primary, secondary, and higher – can address those needs. At Philadelphia Performing Arts she was part of a team of innovative educators who on a daily basis reimagined school not just as a place, but as a limitless state of mind where highly engaged students, in partnership with teachers as content experts and content creators, solved real world problems and explored issues for deeper understanding and meaning.
In the business world, she co-founded Pine Street Dermatology, a family owned and operated dermatology practice in Center City. With much teamwork, planning and ingenuity grew the business from 18 patients on day one to 26,000 patients 10 years later.
She held a variety of positions at Fordham University including Assistant Dean in the College of Business Administration, Director of Residential Life and the director of Fordham University’s international business program, a signature academic program that transformed the undergraduate business college and was an engine of growth for the college in enrollment, in reputation, and in ranking. Dr. Covello provided academic advising for some 300 undergraduate students, coordinated course and instructor scheduling, and taught in the program. The senior class selected her as teacher of the year in 2001.
She is SAP certified, Apple Teacher Certified, Google Educator Level 1 Certified and is frequently a guest chef at Ronald McDonald House.
Dr. Covello lives in Center City with her husband, Paul Marone, a senior investigator for V.E.T.S. and their twin 12 year old daughters, Lucy and Rose.
Scott Kramer SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Talent Officer
Scott Kramer is a Senior Human
Resources Executive with over 30 years of progressive experience in Line
Management and Human Resources Leadership. He has demonstrated success in
translating business strategies and designing and implementing value-based,
multi-domain HR initiatives focused on performance, organizational development,
workforce planning and cultural turnaround initiatives within corporate, health
care, e-commerce, education and manufacturing environments.
is a hands-on, results-oriented leader who leverages business metrics, employee
performance and management accountability in maximizing business results. In his
previous role as the Senior Director of Human Resources for CheapCaribbean.com,
Scott played a major role in the acquisition by Apple Leisure Group and Bain
Capital. Scott remained on the CheapCaribbean.com Executive Team post
acquisition. Scott was also an adjunct professor of Management at Rowan
University for over 8 years and has a published a book on 529 plans with Tate
Prior to starting with American
Paradigm Schools, Scott was the Vice-President and CHRO of Corporate Call
Center prior to their acquisition by The Results Group. Most recently, Scott
was appointed the Board of Director for PHILASOUP, a non-profit organization in
Philadelphia that offers micro grants to educators.
Chief Business Officer
Katie Santilli recently joined the American Paradigm School staff as Chief Business Officer.
Katie is a 2009 graduate of Drexel University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree. Prior to Drexel, Katie attended and graduated from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, earning an Associate of Science degree in Restaurant Management.
For the past six years, Katie has been employed at Santilli & Thomson as Operations Manager for a number of Philadelphia charter schools. Prior to this, she spent nine years at First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, where her duties included fundraising, overseeing student activities, and managing the school’s athletic program.
Chief Academic Officer
Ryan Scallon graduated magna cum
laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a
Bachelors of Science in Economics and a Concentration in Management. He then
received his teacher certification from Drexel University in Secondary
Mathematics. Ryan obtained
his Masters of Education in School Administration from the University of
Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.
joining APS, Ryan held
positions as the Principal of Hardy Williams Mastery Charter High School, the
Deputy Chief of Schools at Mastery Charter Schools, and Assistant
Superintendent of High Schools in Boston Massachusetts. He also worked in the
New York City School system in a variety of positions including Assistant
Principal, High School Principal, and Principal Coach.
resides in Lower Merion with his wife and children.