Founders and Directors

Wendy Palmer, Co-Founder and Co-Director

Wendy Palmer has worked for 25 years in the non-profit sector, developing and managing mentoring, scholarship and ancillary programs to benefit youth in underserved Philadelphia communities. She participates with the Russell E. Palmer Charitable Trust, which is dedicated to assisting in-need youth and families through education.  Ms. Palmer has a Masters Degree in Counseling.

Dr. Nancy Peter, Co-Founder and Co-Director

Nancy Peter, Ed.D., is the Director of Penn’s Out-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC), which promotes out-of-school time (OST) student achievement by enriching staff and programs. She has has a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania, is a certified science teacher, and is a professional development instructor in the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS). Dr. Peter's professional background is in environmental, science, museum, and informal education.

Dr. Jason Wingard, Co-Founder

‎Jason Wingard, Ph.D., is the Managing Director & Chief Learning Officer at Goldman Sachs. Until recently, Dr. Wingard was Vice Dean of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He also engaged in teaching, research, and consulting projects for the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. He is Founder and Managing Partner of The Zoeza Group, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational strategy, leadership development, and business planning for executive clients across sectors.

Steering Committee

Jim Britt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation

Terry Dougherty, Executive Director, Philadelphia City Rowing

Tina Sloan Green, Executive Director, Black Women in Sport Foundation

Stephen Gregg, Executive Director, SquashSmarts

Chris Hanlon, Executive Director, Beat the Streets

Kenny Holdsman, President, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education

Joe Kelly, Program Director, Playworks Philadelphia

Heather McDanel, Executive Director, Students Run Philly Style

Salvatore Sandone, Master Instructor and Chief Operating Officer, Zhang Sah Martial Arts