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Message from our Board President

Beth Jones

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter School’s (PCPCS) Board of Trustees, I welcome you to the PCPCS website. On the site, you’ll find loads of resources to help support charter schools and parental public school choices in Pennsylvania. I am honored to serve as this school year’s President of the Board, continuing the service to PCPCS I began in 2015 on our Advisory Council.

The PCPCS Board is an esteemed group of currently 13 accomplished folks, many of whom are educators, representing charter schools and charter-supporting organizations from across the Commonwealth. Our Board is called to protect public school choice in Pennsylvania and to advocate for enhancements to the current charter school law that will benefit the over 170,000 Pennsylvania charter school students, their families, and the charter schools in PA. 

It is a fascinating time to be in a leadership role with PCPCS! Charter school enrollment has grown tremendously over the past few years, with many families making a charter school their choice in public education for the first time during the pandemic and remaining with their selected charter school. Why did they stay? The reasons are as varied as the families across our state, but one commonality that binds them is that charter schools meet their children’s and their families’ needs. As PCPCS charts our post-pandemic course, we are working with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools to develop a strategic plan focusing on parent advocacy and a path forward for engaging with members and legislators. The Board, as am I, looks forward to sharing our new initiatives with our charter school community while continuing to protect and improve charter school opportunities in Pennsylvania.

Kind regards,

Beth Jones

PCPCS President

Board of Directors


  • President: Beth Jones, COO, Insight PA Cyber Charter and Founder/Former COO Collegium Charter School 
  • Vice President: Ashley DeMauro Mullins, Northeast Regional Director, Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • Secretary: Stephen Catanzarite, founding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center 
  • Treasurer: Dr. Reese Flurie, CEO, The Flurie Solutions Group, LLC


  • Bob Lysek, CEO, Executive Education Academy Charter School
  • Brian Hayden, CEO, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School
  • Dave Rossi, CEO, Esperanza Academy Charter Schools
  • Donna Lee Archer, CFO, Avon Grove Charter School
  • Guy Ciarrocchi, President, and CEO, Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry
  • David Hardy, founder, and former CEO, of Boys Latin Charter School
  • Dr. Andrea Coleman-Hill, CEO of Laboratory Charter School
  • Jim Smith, Founder, and CEO, Bear Creek Community Charter School 
  • Dr. Naomi Johnson-Booker, Founder and CEO, Global Leadership Academy 

Advisory Council:

  • Dr. Dara Ware Allen, Principal, and CEO, City Charter High School – Western Region
  • Dr. Doug Allen, CEO, Tidioute Charter School – Western Region
  • Jennifer Arevalo, CEO, and Director, Souderton Charter School Collaborative – Philadelphia Region
  • Yemele Ayala, Senior Director of Student Support Services, Aspira, Inc. – School Governance
  • Dr. Gina Guarino Buli, CEO, Renaissance Academy Charter School – Eastern Region
  • Dr. Kelly Davenport, Founder, and CEO, Freire Charter School Network  – Philadelphia Region
  • Aubrey Favors, CEO, Erie Rise Leadership Academy Charter School – Western Region
  • Dr. Marie George, CEO, Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School – Eastern Region
  • Dr. Renee Gordon, CAO, Charter School of Excellence – Western Region
  • Nicolle Hutchinson, Executive Director, and Instructional Coach, Gillingham Charter School – Eastern Region
  • Dr. Wayne Jones, CEO, Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship – Western Region
  • Adam Kenz, Board President, Vision Academy Charter School – School Governance
  • Dr. Malynda Maurer, CEO, Central Pennsylvania Digital Learning Charter School – Cyber West
  • Susan Mauser, CEO, Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School – Philadelphia Region
  • Ashley McGrath, Founding COO, Deep Roots Charter School – Philadelphia Region
  • Dr. Faye Pleso, CEO, and Principal, Gettysburg Montessori Charter School – Central Region
  • Doug Wessels, Chief Public Affairs & Accountability Officer, PA Virtual Cyber Charter School – Cyber East

Board Minutes: 

PCPCS October 2021 Board Meeting Minutes

Canceled January 2022 Board MeetingMinutes

March 2, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes.docx

March 28, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes .docx (2)

Minutes May 19, 2022 Board Meeting .docx

Minutes June 23,2022 Board Meeting

September 21, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes.docx (2)


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