Board of Trustees

Board President - Ms. Sandra Farmer

Board President - Ms. Sandra Farmer  20141222142426952_image.jpg Sandra Farmer is a professional sales and marketing executive with varied professional and leadership experience. She has successfully directed multiple new initiatives and work force programs, as well as created for-profit and non-profit relationships in the business community in Philadelphia County and the surrounding suburban counties.

Her non-profit career also includes 5 years of experience with Benova Corporation, the Health Choices of PA provider for Medicaid insurance, as a Regional Manager for the five county area.

In the corporate environment, Farmer had an extensive 20 year history sales and marketing background with Safeguard Business Systems of Fort Washington, PA and Dallas, TX. She performed significant distributorship development and management roles in the capacity of National Client Development Manager (5 U.S. regions) and Regional Distributorship Development Manager covering territories from Nova Scotia to Southern Florida.

The on-line health company, Our Health-Our Lives, LLC, ( receives independent marketing and consultant services from Ms. Farmer on an ongoing basis.
This website is designed to provide women with up-to-date information to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health.

She received a B.A. Degree from the University of PA - Wharton Business School and also obtained a Certificate in Non-Profit Executive Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Advanced studies in Internet Marketing were completed at LaSalle University.

Sandra Farmer is a leader, motivator, and inspiring individual.

Vice President - Mrs. Barbara Saunders

Vice President - Mrs. Barbara Saunders  2014122214254398_image.jpg

Ms. Saunders' interest in public education started many years ago when she was actively involved in her children’s education by being The Chairperson of the Parents’ Association for the School District of Philadelphia’s Head Start Program. During her affiliation with The Head Start program, Ms. Saunders participated in a partnership with Univ. Of Penn to develop a functional study of Head Start students and how to tract their success, she has also been involved in the decision making process on just about every level of the Head Start, including renaming sites, opening new sites, qualification criteria, hiring procedures, and even disciplinary issues. Ms. Saunders work experience are in the field of Human Services, of which she worked many years in a supervisory capacity at several different agencies, including: Lynch Community Homes, of Montgomery Co. (Kencrest) where she supervised several CLA (community living arrangement) and she also worked for a division of Overbrook School for the Blind, supervising a sheltered workshop program for individuals who were hearing and vision impaired.

Ms. Saunders is passionate about children being able to receive a quality public education. She feels both honored and privileged to be able to serve on the Board for several schools of The American Paradigm Schools. Ms. Saunders is a proud parent of two children – both who are alumni of First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter, the first American Paradigm School.

Secretary - Mrs. Anita Kaiser

Secretary - Mrs. Anita Kaiser  20169268588450_image.jpg Mrs. Anita Kaiser is a Legal Administrative Specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She assists Veterans and beneficiaries applying for compensation and pension benefits. In addition she provides general information including eligibility criteria and the application process regarding dozens of benefits provided by the federal and state Department of Veterans Affairs. She also verbally verifies income information with Department of Public Health and Social Security Administration.

Prior to assisting Veterans and beneficiaries she worked closely with the Juniata neighborhood attempting to solve all types of problems ranging from issues with a drivers license to acquiring birth certificates to abandoned cars as a Legislative Assistant for State Representative John J. Taylor. She was employed with Representative Taylor for six years. During that time she organized the first Hispanic Community Fair and assisted in outreach efforts to the Hispanic community.

She is a 2004 graduate of LaSalle University and is completing her degree in Psychology/Social Science from Penn State University. Her goal is to become a Child Psychologist. Anita looks forward to some day making a difference in the lives of children who need some extra support.

Mrs. Kaiser is married to Robert Kaiser and they have three beautiful children: Gianna, Robert, and Isabella.

Member - Mr. Miguel Diaz

Member - Mr. Miguel Diaz  20141222142735730_image.jpg Miguel Diaz came to Philadelphia at age thirteen and has lived in Kensington and Allegheny Streets for twenty-two years. Miguel was first involved in civic giving through the Special Olympics, while he was in High School. He served as a coach at SA Douglas School. Since High School, he has worked for Special Olympics in various capacities. In 1995, he was voted the National Coach of the Year for Special Olympics and received that award from President Bill Clinton. Since 1995, Miguel Diaz has served as a traveling speaker on behalf of Special Olympics including to the World Games in Canada and Greece.

Mr. Diaz has been a block captain since the age of twenty-one. He is President of the Kensington Town Watch and is member of the advisory board to the 24th Police District, East Division. He has been a member of Simple Way for fifteen years, an organization which helps to support kids. As a single parent, he understands the pressures and realities of raising a child. Mr. Diaz’ niece and nephew attend Memphis Street Academy Charter. Mr. Diaz was on the original School Advisory Committee which selected American Paradigm to manage the school. Mr. Diaz states that although he has had an opportunity to move out of Kensington, he is proud to stay because of his work with the children.

Member - Mr. Pablo Mateo

Member - Ms. Tracey McKnight

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