2021-2022 Meetings, Officers, & Committees
Families, ICS staff, community members, and the general public are welcome to attend any board meeting. There is a public comment period scheduled at each meeting. Meetings begin promptly at 6pm unless otherwise noted. Please arrive by 5:55.
President – Mehreen Zaman
Vice President – Virgil Sheppard
Secretary – Danae Mobley
Treasurer – Allison Kelsey
Communications & Development
Policy & Advocacy (ad hoc)
Discipline Committee (ad hoc)
Sharon is a proud parent of three ICS students. She is a consultant, and marketing and customer experience expert, inspired by helping nonprofit and for-profit organizations grow by focusing on improving client, partner and customer engagement.
Most recently, Sharon was a Senior Specialist for Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm, where her team helped schools, nonprofits, and global businesses build best practices in fostering stakeholder commitment. She managed the curriculum for executive clients to help drive successful outcomes for their businesses. Prior to joining Bain & Company, Sharon was a Director at Wharton Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she designed innovative customized programs with blended learning methodologies.
Sharon graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in psychology and earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business. She has served on several Boards of Directors given her passion in creating meaningful experiences for students, parents, education administrators, teachers, and business executives who can contribute to their communities and build global thought leadership.
Justin Csik is a corporate attorney at the law firm Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP in Philadelphia, PA, where we has practiced law since 2014. Mr. Csik represents corporate clients, alternative entities and not-for-profit organizations across a variety of industries and concentrations, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and a wide range of commercial and business matters. Specifically with regard to not-for-profit entities, Mr. Csik advises clients on a variety of corporate governance and operational matters unique to public charities and private foundations. Mr. Csik also serves as the co-chair of the Not-for-Profits Entities Industry Concentration at Klehr Harrison.
Mr. Csik is a 2008 graduate of Rutgers Law School—Camden, where he served on law review. Prior to that, he graduated from Villanova University, magna cum laude, with dual degrees in accounting and economics. Mr. Csik is also an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society.
SYLVIE GALLIER HOWARD
2021-2022 Parent Seat
Sylvie Gallier Howard is Founder & CEO of Equitable Cities Consulting, a practice focused on expanding the field and impact of inclusive, equitable economic development. Sylvie Gallier Howard has extensive experience leading organizations and diverse teams in the non-profit, private and public sectors. In her most recent tenure as Acting Commerce Director and as a cabinet member of Philadelphia’s City government, she spearheaded strategic planning and implementation processes for the City in areas of inclusive growth, workforce development, equitable entrepreneurship and economic recovery. Prior to joining government, Sylvie spent her career in the non-profit sector and running her own small business, where she provided guidance to non-profits and social enterprises working in areas such as education, social justice, economic development and immigration. Sylvie has also served as the Executive Director of two community-based non-profits in Philadelphia: The Northwest Fund and The Empowerment Group. At the Empowerment Group, Sylvie started Philadelphia’s first bilingual Spanish-English entrepreneurship training program. She has a B.A. in International relations from Barnard College of Columbia University and an M.A. in Sociology from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Ecuador – a graduate school started by the United Nations Development Program to promote development in Latin America. Sylvie is fluent in Spanish and French.
2020-2021 Parent Seat
Danae Mobley is the Principal/Founder of Populum – a user experience and marketing consulting firm. Her work focuses on amplifying the impact of individuals and organizations making positive contributions to education, design and technology.
Ms. Mobley has previous professional experience as an educator and urban planner, working for nonprofits and local government agencies. Her work has resulted in the implementation of large scale sustainability and neighborhood planning initiatives in Philadelphia and New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University and Master’s Degree in City & Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.
Allison is Senior Program Manager at the Philadelphia Education Fund where she administers the nonprofit’s Philadelphia Scholars and Last Dollar Scholarship programs. Prior to PEF, Allison was a communications, program development, and events consultant whose clients included nonprofit education and economic development organizations. She volunteers as a mentor to a West Chester University student through the Philadelphia Education Fund’s Philadelphia Scholars program, as a host to international professionals on learning visits to Philadelphia through Citizen Diplomacy International, and a block captain in her Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Allison has a BA from Brown University and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.
Eleanor Sharpe is a Deputy in the Department of Planning and Development, responsible for the Division of Planning and Zoning. She oversees the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC), the Historical Commission, the Art Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Her oversight includes being the Executive Director of the Planning Commission, where her duties include working with City Council, City Agencies, and civic and community organizations to implement the recommendations of Philadelphia2035, the city’s comprehensive plan; aimed at improving the city’s built environment. Sharpe has a bachelor of architecture from Howard University and a master’s in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Sheppard currently serves as the National School Partnership Director for City Year Incorporated, where he is responsible for developing strategies and resources that help strengthen school partnerships in the 28 City Year partner cities. Prior to serving in this role, Virgil served as the Managing Director of Impact for City Year Philadelphia where he oversaw the design, implementation, and evaluation of City Year’s Whole School Whole Child Model, as well as the partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. Mr. Sheppard came to City Year from the School District of Philadelphia, where he served in a variety of roles, including Response to Intervention Specialist and the Comprehensive Student Assistance Process/Behavioral Health Liaison. A native of Philadelphia and a product of the School District of Philadelphia, Virgil is a proud graduate of Temple and Cheyney Universities and he enjoys coaching and mentoring youth in his spare time.
Jo Tiongson-Perez is a proud ICS parent and an advocate of art, education, and community impact.
With an MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific (Manila, Philippines), she holds a 12-year track record in launching marketing campaigns for global brands in corporate and cultural sectors. Currently, she serves as Director of Marketing and Social Media at the Barnes Foundation, renowned for its art collection and mission of transforming lives through the arts. In this role, she leads strategy, implementation, and analytics of the institution’s integrated marketing communications plan.
Jo is also personally drawn to initiatives that drive social change. In 2011, she founded a socially responsible baby line called Punypixel, which supported causes such as Cradles to Crayons, Little Kids Rock, and Room to Read. In 2014, she initiated ICS’ participation in the Barnes Foundation’s K-8 art education program. In 2015, she served as an NBC10/Telemundo62 21st Century Community Review Panelist to award $100,000 to three non-profit organizations making an innovative impact in the Philadelphia region.
As a parent board representative, Jo is committed to ensuring that Philadelphia families continue to gain from the strengths of the ICS community.
Gina Toppin is a practicing attorney in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Her practice primarily focuses on family and immigration law. Gina represents both mothers and fathers in a wide variety of family law matters. She regularly appears in court to advocate for her clients in child custody, child support and divorce cases. As counsel to small businesses, Gina also advises the companies on developing practices and procedures which will ensure their compliance with various local, state and federal laws and regulations.
Gina graduated from Georgetown University with a major in French and a minor in Spanish. To improve her language skills, she lived in several French cities as well as Quito, Ecuador. She received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Gina has a deep commitment to participating in Pro Bono Legal Services and other community service programs. She demonstrates this commitment by regularly attending the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia events where she educates the public on their rights in addition to accepting cases for low income Philadelphia residents. Lastly, Gina serves as a Committee Person in the 30th Ward of Philadelphia.
Mehreen Zaman joined the ICS Board in 2016. She holds a B.A. (Urban Studies and Sociology) and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Mehreen tutored and mentored at-risk youth in Syracuse, N.Y. and Philadelphia through high school, undergrad and law school. She also participated in programs aimed at educating youth in Philadelphia about Islam and Muslims in America.
Mehreen started her legal career representing Philadelphia children in abuse and neglect cases as a Staff Attorney at the Support Center for Child Advocates. She then practiced Labor and Employment law at Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia from 2010 to 2012. She then practiced White Collar Defense law at Post & Schell in Philadelphia from 2012 to 2016. In June 2016, Mehreen left private practice and is currently the Director of Investigations at Endo Pharmaceuticals in Malvern, P.A. Mehreen continues to represent Philadelphia children as a Volunteer Attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates. She has lived in Philadelphia for 16 years.