Board of Trustees

The Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Board of Trustees is comprised of committed parents, educators, and business and community leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to support our young men in achieving success in college and beyond. 

Seventeen trustees serve on the board, including a parent representative and the school’s CEO. Each trustee serves on one of the board committees: Academics, Culture/Climate, Development, Facilities, Finance, Governance, and Strategic Planning. The board meets five times throughout the school year. Meetings are public and all are welcome to attend.

Trustees

Andrew Addis

Andrew Addis
Founder and CEO, R:sk Advisory

As a young college graduate, Mr. Addis learned risk management from the ground up, performing hundreds of risk assessments for businesses, successful individuals and families and guiding clients to clear, simple answers about the risks they face. He earned a spot on The Addis Group’s leadership team, and helped the award-winning company grow and prosper until its sale to BB&T in 2015.

Carrying on the family tradition of client focus and innovation, Mr. Addis launched R:sk Advisory in 2016 with the promise of hard work upfront, an in-depth assessment to identify the client’s specific risks and needs, and a fully customized solution to mitigate those risks.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Mr. Addis has long been active in local nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on the boards of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia, Kids Smiles, Surrey Services for Seniors, among other community organizations. A graduate of Gettysburg College and Episcopal Academy, Andrew resides in Wayne with his wife and two young children.

Joseph Conwell

Joseph Conwell
Managing Director, GPX Realty Partners

Mr. Conwell is a founding member of GPX Realty Partners and is responsible for acquisitions, development, and asset management of the firm’s real estate investments as well as developing and executing new real estate investment strategies. Additionally, he leads the firm’s brokerage and advisory activities.

Since 1989, Mr. Conwell has played a key role in acquiring, managing, and repositioning and selling over four million square feet of commercial real estate investments. Mr. Conwell also has extensive experience in advising both commercial tenants and property owners having spent over ten years with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm.

Prior to embarking on his successful real estate career, Mr. Conwell enjoyed a five-year professional football career with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and Philadelphia Stars of the USFL. Mr. Conwell holds a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis
Dean of Faculty, The Haverford School

Ms. Davis is a lifelong educator who currently serves as Dean of Faculty at The Haverford School. For some 40 years, she has taught English in both co-ed and single gender independent schools from Connecticut to Virginia. Her work as a teacher and administrator documents her experience realizing strategic visions, building curriculum, as well as, in developing and supporting teachers.

Ms. Davis earned her B.A. at Goucher College, M.Ed. at Johns Hopkins University, and M.A. at Middlebury College. She volunteers in a number of community and church organizations. Ms. Davis is an avid gardener, intentional hiker, and adoring grandmother.

Dr. James Diehl

Dr. James Diehl
Professor of Survey Emeritus, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Diehl’s background demonstrates a progression in responsibility from directing the research efforts for the Cardiac Division at Tufts University to being the Director of Clinical Operations at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston, an affiliate of Tufts. Additionally, while in Boston, he authored the certificate of need for the Lung Transplant Consortium for the State of Massachusetts. This effort involved coordinating a startup lung transplant program involving three universities, the state government, and four hospitals.

At Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Diehl functioned as Division Chief and was on the executive committee for strategic hospital planning. In this capacity he worked closely with the hospital administration and the team at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. At Thomas Jefferson University and Albert Einstein Medical Center he was Professor and Chief of a large Division of Cardiac and Thoracic surgery spanning both institutions. Dr. Diehl initiated successful new programs in surgical heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical assist devices, complex aortic surgery, minimally invasive cardiac and pulmonary robotic surgery, and endovascular valve replacement (TAVR).

As his interest in health care policy increased and healthcare reform began to shift attention to quality, cost, and medical errors, Dr. Diehl earned his MBA as a tool to understand and deal with the rapid changes occurring in the healthcare system.

Eric Dobson

Eric Dobson
Outreach Coordinator, Fair Share Housing Center

Mr. Dobson is the Outreach Coordinator for Fair Share Housing Center, whose mission is to end discriminatory or exclusionary housing patterns. The Center’s focus is serving members of the community who are systematically deprived of the opportunity to reside in an environment which offers safe, decent, and sanitary housing near employment and educational opportunities. Mr. Dobson is a community organizer, outreach specialist, and social entrepreneur. He has extensive experience working with diverse audiences and communities, specializing in interfaith outreach.

Mr. Dobson is the Co-Founder of Open Communities LLC, a racial integration consulting firm that works to resolve simple and complex conflicts of race, ethnicity and socio-economics. He also founded a non-profit focused on youth development and education called Planting Seeds of Hope. In 2008, Mr. Dobson was recruited to join the Organizing for America staff to serve as the Pennsylvania Black Clergy Outreach Director for the Obama Campaign.

In 2006, Mr. Dobson was recognized by the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders with the highly regarded Community Service Award. He received the Champion of Diversity Award from the Courier Post South Jersey in 2007. Mr. Dobson is an Ordained Minister and studied Religion at Temple University. He is an avid biker, music-lover and chef. His partner in marriage and ministry is April Dobson with whom he parents four children Amber, Deione, Jazman and Jordan.

Isaac Ewell

Isaac Ewell
Founder and CEO, Onehunted

Mr. Ewell is a gifted relationship builder and master connector, who has utilized his skills to establish himself as an innovative social entrepreneur. As a visionary leader, he has figured out how to merge a diverse cross-section of industries to impact social change.

A graduate of Morehouse College (B.A., History) and Harvard University (Masters in Education), Mr. Ewell has taught high school history, worked as a designer for EdTech, been a corporate trainer and co-founded several networking/promotions companies and an independent record label. From 2004 to 2012 he worked for the Black Alliance for Educational Options, where he managed a multi-million dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that facilitated the creation of approximately 10 high quality schools in low-income communities across the country. Two years ago Mr. Ewell left the safety of a full-time job to launch his own company, Onehunted.

Onehunted creates online and in-person experiences that forge authentic connections between good people and good products/brands. Through live events, fresh editorial content, and ecommerce platforms, Onehunted empowers consumers to look good, do good, and feel good.

In addition to being the CEO of Onehunted, Mr. Ewell proudly serves on the boards of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia, Wissahickon Charter School, Jill Scott’s Blues Babe Foundatoin, and Big Picture Learning. Despite his many accomplishments, he is most proud of his role as a dedicated husband and father.

Steven Kempf

Steven Kempf
Founder, Steven Kempf Building Material Company

A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, Mr. Kempf was born, raised in and attended the schools of Lower Merion Township, just across City Line Avenue. Mr. Kempf holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from Saint Joseph’s University.

Mr. Kempf began his professional career working for his father’s building material supply business, the George F. Kempf Supply Company, located in Southwest Philadelphia. In fact, he comes from a family with deep entrepreneurial roots in Philadelphia. His grandfather, Winfield F. Kempf, was originally in the ice supply business in West Philadelphia during the early 1900’s. This business later became the W.F. Kempf Fuel Company located at 52nd and Jefferson Streets selling coal and eventually fuel oil throughout West and Southwest Philadelphia.

Mr. Kempf’s father, George, opened his building and material business in 1951 at the corner of 56th and Grays Avenue, later moving to 51st and Grays Avenue, and ultimately to 58th and Lindbergh. After spending almost 20 years with the company his father began, Mr. Kempf left to start his own company, the Steven Kempf Building Material Company. Since its founding in 1994 the company has operated from a state of the art facility located in Conshohocken. The company is focused on supplying building materials to major construction projects throughout the Delaware Valley and is known for providing extraordinary customer service to its contractor customers.

Albert Oehrle, Esq.

Albert Oehrle, Esq.
Private Attorney

Mr. Oehrle was born in Philadelphia on September 19, 1940. He is a graduate of The Haverford School (Class of ’58), Williams College (Class of ’62), and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Class of ’65). He is a lawyer and has been in general practice in Norristown since 1965. Prior to starting his practice, Mr. Oehrle was a lawyer in the District Attorney’s office for five years. He is a member of several local clubs, including The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia. He is also a talented pianist. 

Matthew Schuh

Matthew Schuh
Vice President of Global Business, GLOBO Language Solutions

Mr. Schuh is the Vice President of Gobal Business GLOBO Language Solutions and a founding partner at The Earnings Group, U.S., a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm. Prior to joining GLOBO, Mr. Schuh led the growth of a venture-backed, healthcare consumer-focused technology company into one of the country’s largest and most innovative service providers to health systems and their patients. His experience includes working with health systems, insurance companies, advertising agencies and creative production companies in the U.S. and Mexico.

Mr. Schuh received his A.B., cum laude, in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, and received a Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. He and his wife, Phoebe, live in Northern Liberties with their two children.

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith
Senior Vice President, Office of Institutional Advancement, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Stephen Smith, senior vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement, has 25 years of experience in all phases of development. He has held development positions at The College of New Jersey, Columbia University and Villanova University prior to joining Jefferson in 2002. Mr. Smith began his professional career at the United States Naval Academy and has earned his bachelor’s degree and Master of Education Administration degree from Temple University.

Mr. Smith is a member of the Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). From 1994-1998 he was the President of the Temple University Young Alumni Association and during that time he served on the student affairs committee of the Temple University Board of Trustees.

Patrick South, CFA

Patrick South, CFA
Managing Director and Co-Founder, SRS Capital Advisors

Patrick South is the managing director and co-founder of SRS Capital Advisors. He oversees the management of the firm and focuses on Investment Solutions, Business Development, and Client Service. He also serves on the Investment Committee. Prior to founding SRS, he was a Vice President at Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. At Hirtle Callaghan, Mr. South was responsible for client service and business development in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. He counseled a broad group of clients that included individuals and families, foundations, endowments, pension plans, and non-profit organizations. For those clients, he designed, structured, and implemented customized and comprehensive investment portfolios to best meet their specific goals and objectives. Prior to joining Hirtle Callaghan, Mr. South worked in the Private Client Services Group at Lehman Brothers in Chicago, where he was responsible for asset allocation and securities selection advice to individual clients. He began his career in sales and marketing at U.S. Steel.

Mr. South holds a B.A. in American Studies from Cornell University and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia. Mr. South is married with two children.

Dr. Noah Tennant, Ex-officio

Dr. Noah Tennant, Ex-officio 
Chief Executive Officer, Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia

Dr. Noah Tennant has been an educator and administrator for nearly twenty years. He received his undergraduate degree in English Education and Linguistics from the University of Delaware, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tennant began his career in education in New Jersey as a teacher in the Westfield School District. There he rose to the positions of Assistant Principal and then Director of Guidance. For five years, Dr. Tennant was Principal of Haddonfield Middle School, where he established an exemplary record of achievement as a school leader. Dr. Tennant joined Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia in 2011, serving first as Principal of the High School and now as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Tennant is a Neubauer Fellow and was recognized by Philadelphia Style Magazine as a “face of Philly’s educational future”. He resides in New Jersey with his wife Amanda and three children.

William Thorkelson, Chair

William Thorkelson, Chair
Managing Director, Wealth Management Group, Bryn Mawr Trust Company

Mr. Thorkelson operates and manages an independent, stand-alone investment advisory practice. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee of The Haverford School. He is also a member of the Investment Committee of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Foundation and the College Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University. In the past, he has served as Trustee of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Haverford School.

Mr. Thorkelson earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and his BA from Denison University.  

Steven Ujifusa

Steven Ujifusa
Business Historian

Mr. Ujifusa is a historian and a published author. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal name his first book, A Man and His Ship: America’s Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the SS United States (Simon & Schuster), as one of the 10 best nonfiction books of the year. His second book, Barons of the Sea: And Their Race to Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship, was published in the summer of 2018. Mr. Ujifusa has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, and numerous other media outlets. He lectures on American business, urban, and maritime history at venues around the country, and is a frequent contributor to the urban history website PhillyHistory.org. Mr. Ujifusa is also the author of the official corporate history of Airgas, Inc.

A native of New York City and raised in Chappaqua, New York, Mr. Ujifusa received his undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and a joint masters in historic preservation and real estate development from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of the Independence Seaport Museum and the Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia. Mr. Ujifusa is also a rowing members of the University Barge Club and a signing member of the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia. He resides with his family in Philadelphia’s historic Cedar Park neighborhood.

Elaine Wells

Elaine Wells
Chief, Internal Control Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs Insurance Center

Ms. Wells, a proud parent of multiple Boys' Latin Warriors, is the Parent Representative on the Board of Trustees and an active member of the school's Extended Family Network. Ms. Wells is the Division Chief of the Internal Control Staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs Insurance Center and has worked for the United States Government in multiple capacities for over 3 decades.

Ms. Wells currently serves as a member of the Parent Leadership Team for the TeenSHARP College Readiness Organization at Rutgers University Camden and as the executive director for the S.T.A.R.S program, a girl's empowerment and social justice mentoring program, and has served on the advisory board for the Equal Opportunities for Families organization. In addition to Boys' Latin, Ms. Wells has represented parents on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Zhang-Sah Martial Arts Center, Academy for Early Learning Child Care Center, the Young Men and Women in Change Foundation, and the Greater 69th Street Wildcats Football Organization. She is a Philadelphia native, TEDx speaker, parent advocate, community activist, and staunch supporter of excellent educational opportunities for ALL of Philadelphia's children. 

Wesley Wyatt, Treasurer

Wesley Wyatt, Treasurer
President and CEO, dfYOUNG

Wesley Wyatt is President and CEO of dfYOUNG, an international logistics provider to large multinational corporations and foreign governments. Under Mr. Wyatt’s leadership, dfYOUNG has developed into a multinational supply chain management firm with a strong focus on technology. He has held this position since 2003. Prior to dfYOUNG, Mr. Wyatt was in sales and project management for Wyatt Incorporated, which is a large family-owned specialty construction firm. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and a graduate of Villanova University. Mr. Wyatt resides with his family in Haverford, PA.

Walter Zimolong, Esq.

Walter Zimolong, Esq. 
Attorney, Zimolong Law LLC

Mr. Zimolong is an attorney with over fifteen years of experience representing commercial enterprises. He has successfully litigated hundreds of cases on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, developers, and other planned community associations in state and federal court, before private arbitration panels, and before the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor. He boasts an undefeated jury trail record.

For the past five years, Mr. Zimolong has been continuously named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars List for Construction Litigation, a distinct honor as less than 2.5% of lawyers in the state are named to the list. He is a Construction Lawyers Society of America (CSLA) Fellow. He is the past Chairman of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Real Property Section, Construction Law Subcommittee; a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors; and a frequent author and presenter on issues facing the construction industry. Mr. Zimolong’s articles on legal issues have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Construction Executive Magazine, Legal Intelligencer, and Connecticut Law Tribune. Mr. Zimolong received both is B.A. and J.D. from Villanova University.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Schedule

During the 2019-20 school year, the Board of Trustees will convene at 4:00PM in our Administration Building located at 339 N. 63rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19139 on the following dates:

October 10, 2019
December 11, 2019
February 5, 2020
April 1, 2020
June 10, 2020

Contact Information

Meetings

Board meetings are public and all are welcome to attend. If you are interested in speaking at a board meeting, please complete the form below by 5:00pm the Monday prior to the meeting. Please note that each speaker will be given three minutes to address the board.