Karen DelGuercio is a retired educator who was previously employed by the School District of Philadelphia for 30 years as a High School and Middle School Principal, as well as a regional superintendent. Founder of MaST Community Charter School, Mrs. DelGuercio currently serves as its Board President. She is also a Member Emeritus of the First Philadelphia Charter School for Literacy and serves on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools. Additionally, Mrs. DelGuercio is a founding member of two new charter schools and conducts workshops on Charter School Board Development across the country.
Rachael Karas of Oley joined the Board in 2016. With a Master’s in Education, Rachael brings more than 20 years of experience in a much-needed area of expertise, Special Education. She is currently working as an independent consultant to families and their school districts to help students be more successful.
Linda Gotlieb has spent the past 43 years in the educational arena as a teacher, curriculum supervisor, school administrator and regional superintendent. Ms. Gotlieb was a founding member of the Charter High School for Architecture and Design and has served as Board President of MaST Charter School II. She has been a consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education and has worked as an administrator of a non-profit organization that assisted charter schools from start-up to post-implementation. Ms. Gotlieb is a speaker at national conferences around the country on charter school related issues.
Michael Kelly, of Bucks County, has a BS from St. Joseph University’s Haub School of Business. With fifteen years’ experience in the healthcare industry, primarily working with nonprofit entities, Mike brings this much needed experience with him. He and his firm currently work with over fifteen Pennsylvania and New Jersey Charter Schools. He is well versed in ACA Compliance, Claim Resolution, Renewal Negotiation, Consulting, and HRISA Administration, in both the fully insured and self-insured markets. Michael and his firm believe in the cyber school model as demonstrated with their present day clients. His vision, as a Board Member, is to see Agora become a leader in the cyber school community.
William (Bill) Nolan, was a surgical nurse before retiring. He presents a strong figure in education, serving as the parent founder of MaST Community Charter School and has been involved in the structure of the school since the first day. Bill had two sons go through the MaST program and worked to improve aspects of the school’s educational program. At MaST, Bill serves on the Facilities and Discipline Committees.
Linda Ringer-Deas, has always been inspired by Maya Angelou's quote,“When you learn, teach; when you give, get.” A native Philadelphian, Linda was educated in the Philadelphia schools. After receiving her BS and MS, she worked for the School District of Philadelphia as a teacher, program coordinator, and coach. Over her 35 years of experience, Linda has worked at the school and district levels to develop program procedures and implemented career and college prep programs for students through work-based learning and college experience programs. In addition, she has mentored teachers in classroom management, instructional strategies, and student preparation. Linda has also provided professional development for principals.