Board of Trustees

Ms. Sandra Farmer, Board President

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

Her nonprofit career includes five years as Regional Manager for the Delaware Valley area at Benova Corporation, the Health Choices of PA provider for Medicaid insurance. In the corporate environment, Ms. Farmer worked for 20 years in sales and marketing at Safeguard Business Systems of Fort Washington, PA and Dallas, TX. She performed significant distributorship development and management roles as National Client Development Manager covering five U.S. regions, and as Regional Distributorship Development Manager covering territories from Nova Scotia to Southern Florida.

On an ongoing basis, Ms. Farmer provides independent marketing and consultant services for the online health company, Our Health-Our Lives, LLC, (, a website is designed to provide women with up-to-date information to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health.

She earned a B.A. Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School, and also obtained a certificate in nonprofit executive management from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Ms. Farmer completed advanced studies in internet marketing at LaSalle University. She also performs education project management services for a Philadelphia based technical institute that focuses on training in skilled trades.

Mrs. Barbara Saunders, Vice President

Mrs. Barbara Saunders, Vice President 2014122214254398_image.jpg

Mrs. Barbara Saunders' interest in public education began with her involvement as chairperson of the Parents' Association for the School District of Philadelphia’s Head Start program. During her affiliation with Head Start, Mrs. Saunders participated in a partnership with University Of Pennsylvania to develop a functional study tracking the success of Head Start students.  She has also participated in the decision-making process in many aspects of Head Start, including renaming sites, opening new sites, qualification criteria, hiring procedures, and even disciplinary issues.

Mrs. Saunders' human services career includes work in a supervisory capacity at several agencies. She supervised several Community Living Arrangements (CLAs) at Lynch Community Homes of Montgomery Co. (now KenCrest), and she also supervised a sheltered workshop program for individuals who were hearing and vision impaired at Overbrook School for the Blind.

Mrs. Saunders is passionate about children having access to a quality public education. She feels both honored and privileged to serve on the board for several schools within American Paradigm Schools. She is a proud parent of two children – both who are alumni of First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, the first American Paradigm School.

Mrs. Anita Kaiser-Vega, Secretary

Anita Kaiser-Vega
Mrs. Anita Kaiser-Vega a Senior Veterans Service Representative at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her work includes processing claims for disability compensation, providing one-on-one mentorship and training to new employees. This requires requires to maintain up-to-date on Federal Laws and Regulations set by Congress.
In her former role as Legislative Assistant for State Rep. John J. Taylor, R-Pa., Mrs. Kaiser-Vega worked with Juniata neighborhood community members to resolve problems ranging from issues with a drivers license to acquiring birth certificates to abandoned cars. During her six years with Rep. Taylor, she organized the first Hispanic Community Fair and assisted in outreach efforts to the Hispanic community.
She is a 2011 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Psychology and Social Science.

Mr. Miguel Diaz, Member

Mr. Miguel Diaz, Member 20141222142735730_image.jpg Mr. Miguel Diaz came to Philadelphia at age 13, and has lived in Kensington and Allegheny neighborhoods for 22 years. Mr. Diaz's first civic engagement was in high school with the Special Olympics, as a coach at Douglas High School.  Since high school, he has worked for Special Olympics in various capacities. In 1995, he was voted the Special Olympics National Coach of the Year for Special Olympics, and President Bill Clinton presented his award. Mr. Diaz has since served as a traveling speaker on behalf of Special Olympics including to the World Games in Canada and Greece.

A block captain since age 21, Mr. Diaz is President of the Kensington Town Watch and is member of the advisory board to the 24th Police District, East Division. For 15 years, he has also been a member of The Simple Way, an organization which helps to build and improve the neighborhood. Mr. Diaz was on the original School Advisory Committee which selected American Paradigm to manage Memphis Street Academy Charter School, where his niece and nephew attend.  As a single parent, he understands the pressures and realities of raising a child. 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.

Mr. Pablo Mateo, Member

Mrs. Tracey McKnight, Member

Tracey McKnight

Mrs. Tracey McKnight, a Philadelphia native, has worked as a teacher’s aide for the School District of Philadelphia since 2009.

Prior to working for the district, Mrs. McKnight worked for three years at Allied Barton (now Allied Universal). She’d previously worked as a CNA after graduating from the nursing programs at Community College of Philadelphia and Advanced Career Training. She’s a proud graduate of Edison/ Faeira High School.

Mrs. McKnight lives with her husband, and two daughters. She says, “My girls have been my motivation and inspiration for coming back to school. I am trying to inspire them to know that it’s never too late to go back to school and ultimately to get what you want in life.”

Ms. Michelle Campellone, Member

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