Board of Trustees

Experienced leaders serve on the APS board to ensure success in the organizational mission, to achieve and maintain academic excellence, to reduce persistent patterns of inequity, and to create culturally diverse and caring learning communities.

Ms. Josephine Chan, Board President

Josephine Chan Born in Hong Kong, Ms. Josephine Chan is the oldest daughter of seven children. She says, "We were very poor and life was tough but I had kind loving parents and siblings. At times, all we had to eat was some rice, since my father worked for a big rice importer. But we were a happy family, living in two tiny rooms in a public housing complex. I helped my mother with house work, babysat all five younger siblings and went to school. This helped my independence and people and time management skills."

Indeed, Ms. Chan’s skills have brought her a far way from her early life where she and her siblings worked all summer for one hundred dollars that was used to support the family. Along the way she has had meaningful work experiences that have inspired her creativity, work ethic and passion to help others.

As a young adult, Ms. Chan realized her dream of studying abroad when she came to the U.S to learn English and attended Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University). After graduating, she earned a position as Vice President of Production at Good Lad Clothing Company.  Ms. Chan is now owner and operator of the Philadelphia-based company, which manufactures children’s apparel. Good Lad also donates products and funding to APS programs. 
"All children are beautiful and sweet," Ms. Chan says. "I would love to help all to have a better life with a good solid future. We are one world."

Mrs. Tina Greene, Member

Tina Greene
Mrs. Tina Greene is currently an account executive at Good Lad Apparel Company. Mrs. Greene has held various positions from fashion merchandiser to fabric buyer in her 20 years with Good Lad. Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, she graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (now Philadelphia University) with a degree in Business Management.
Mrs. Greene shares her extensive knowledge by teaching retail management classes at Harcum College.

However, Mrs. Greene's commitment to American Paradigm Schools is not newfound. She's worked with Tacony Academy Charter High School on its prom dress drive and has attended Back to School nights at First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School.

Mrs. Greene has been married to her husband for 25 years and is very proud of her daughter, a student at Temple University.

Mr. Richard Ellis III, Member

Rick Ellis Mr. Richard Ellis III is originally from Wallingford, Pennsylvania and is now a resident of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University in 2008. Currently a Vice President of M&T bank, Mr. Ellis serves on the Regional Board for Playworks, Inc. of PA, is an active member of the Walnut Street Theater Young Leaders Council, and is a member of the Events Committee for the March of Dimes Annual Signature Chefs Event in Philadelphia. Rick and his wife, Nicole Ellis, Esq., are also active supporters of the Vetri Community Partnership.

Mr. Mark Piech, Member

 Vice President and Senior Banking Advisor, Mr. Mark Piech has provided  banking services to PNC's most complex wealth management relationships since he began at PNC Wealth Management in 1998. He specializes in creating innovative lending solutions tailored to high net worth clients and their families. His financial background helps in dealing with the business aspects of charter schools and their related organizations.
Mr. Piech also serves as president of the boards of directors for Frankford Valley Foundation for Literacy and Frankford Valley Foundation for Literacy II, which are companion organizations to First Philadelphia Charter School and Tacony Academy Charter School. Additionally, Mr. Piech has served on the Board of Directors for the Princeton Family YMCA since 2000 and is a past chairman of the Finance Committee.
Prior to joining PNC, Piech was a commercial lender and private banker with Mellon Bank in Philadelphia for 13 years. Throughout his career, he has served clients in Philadelphia, the overall Delaware Valley as well as Central and Southern New Jersey. Mr. Piech holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and Business from Lafayette College and he and his family are long-time residents of Yardley, Pennsylvania.

Rev. Peter Kountz, Member

Peter Kountz has been involved with school leadership and university teaching and administration since 1969. In addition to serving as Head of School/CEO for the Charter High School for Architecture + Design in Center City, Philadelphia for 10 years, he was president/CEO of two large independent schools in Pittsburgh, PA and in Brooklyn.  Kountz has served a number of universities and schools, including The University of Chicago and the University of Rochester.  Among other things, he has been a college baseball coach, run a University radio station, and was the first Curator of the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House. In his other lives, Peter is a musician, writer, and arts consultant, and he coaches professional musicians. He and his wife, Nanci, have three grown children and three grandchildren, and live in Philadelphia.

Kountz received his B.A. from Saint Meinrad College Seminary and his M.A. and Ph.D from The University of Chicago in the History of Culture.

Peter was ordained a Priest in the Diocese of Pennsylvania in June 2015.  His journey to the priesthood began very early with choir school and was kept alive by the Benedictines, Martin Marty and The University of Chicago, ecumenism, Joan Chittister, Thomas Merton, Fred Rogers. Henri Nouwen, and, most importantly, his wife and children.  He “Read for Holy Orders” at Virginia Theological Seminary under the direction of the Reverend Dr. Frank Wade. Peter is the Vicar of the 1823 historic parish, Saint Stephen’s, on 10th street in Center City.

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