Mentoring Minds
That Matter

Since November 2020, Legacy of Hope has partnered with Philadelphia Schools to create student leadership programs which teach middle school students skills entrepreneurship, accounting & financing, communication, leadership, and coding.

Mentoring Minds that Matter is a student leadership program which provides students with the skills necessary to excel in all aspects of life, and then distinguishes itself from other programs by giving students an opportunity to strengthen their communities and support their neighbors through the practical application of newly acquired skills.

5 Pillars

Entrepreneurship

Finance & Accounting

Leadership

Communication

Coding

Global Leadership Academy - West

West Oak Lane Charter School

Global Leadership Academy - Southwest

Community Impact

Students become community leaders by using their newly acquired skills to provide support for cancer patients living in their neighborhoods via partnerships with Philadelphia businesses.

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In the 2022-2023 school year, scholars in the mentorship program, through fundraising efforts and newly acquired skills, began supporting a single mother of three who is being treated for colon cancer. Due to her illness and treatments which make her very sick, she has been unable to work consistently. Struggling to put food on the table each day became an almost untenable feat, the family’s home was in disrepair, and the mother was heartbroken that her children would likely wake up another year on Christmas with no presents. In early December, the patient’s social worker submitted an emergency referral to Legacy of Hope regarding the patient’s current living situation.

The scholars at each school quickly began utilizing their new skills to create plans, work with their administrators, and then execute their plans to provide relief for this local cancer patient and her family. To the credit of these young leaders, the family is now receiving healthy groceries delivered to their home, the mother and children received a car full of wrapped Christmas presents, and additional plans are being made to either make repairs to the patient’s home or relocate the family to a warmer and healthier location.

This student-led project is multifaceted and includes many interrelated aspects which must be managed concurrently such as creating budgets, business development, contract negotiations, business writing, good internal and external communications, and team management. The progress being made by this impressive group of students cannot be overstated, as they are beginning to master skills not often seen before the collegiate level and strengthening their community.

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Meet The Mentors

Quincy Harris

Media Expert

Leadership

Nia Andrews

RN, Entrepreneur

Communication

Mentorship Program Administration

Dr. Johnson-Booker

Dr. Peoples-Lee

Paul Kennedy

Lance Fleming

Quincy Harris

Michael Rowe

Nia Andrews

Gina Mancuso

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Michele Redrow

Michele is a Director on the Legacy of Hope board and also serves on the Executive Committee.

Gina Mancuso

Gina’s experience as the very successful co-owner of CoreFitness, LLC coupled with her expertise in planning special events makes her the perfect Vice President for Legacy of Hope. With energy, passion, and drive that makes her seem superhuman, Gina’s connection to our mission is a personal one.

“Both my father and my dear childhood friend were diagnosed with cancer within 3 months of one another. They were surrounded and supported by friends and family throughout their battle and until their passing. No one should suffer through a diagnosis alone and, without Legacy of Hope, some people would do just that.”

greg garber

Greg Garber is the director of Oncology Support Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

dr. kevin kelly

Dr. Kevin Kelly leads Legacy of Hope’s Scientific Review Board to seek out and support the most promising cancer research in Philadelphia using a merit-based system.  He is Jefferson’s Director of Solid Tumor Oncology.

David April

David is the founder of the Fishtown Beer Runners, an organization with chapters all over the world based here in Philadelphia.

joseph ruggieri, jr

Education: Bachelor’s of Science from West Chester University in Management and Finance

Bio: As a member of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.’s upper management team, Joseph brings a wealth of knowledge regarding finances, management, team-building and planning to the Legacy of Hope board. Joseph linked up with Michael, our President, and Wells Fargo began supporting Legacy of Hope annually.

“My father passed away from what started as Colon Cancer in 2015. Cancer is horrible and if there is something I can do to help others impacted I would want to be a part of it.”

mary chicorelli

Professional:  Mary is a certified city planner for Philadelphia, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association as well as the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Pro Bono Honor Roll First Judicial District of Philadelphia.

Bio: Mary’s insight into the legal world is invaluable to Legacy of Hope, both in keeping our daily operations moving fluidly as well as making connections for our patients and their families when needed.

“Michael reached out to me about 2 years ago through mutual friends. We worked together to help a woman with stage 4 cancer get her electricity turned back on after it was shut off during the winter. I’ve been 100% supportive of Mike’s vision since then.”

Kimberly S. Reed

An award winning international speaker, author, corporate trainer and diversity, equality and inclusion executive, nationally recognized thought leader, expert, strategist and advisor to some of the world’s most influential organizations in global professional services, health care, financial services, consumer products and pharmaceutical industries.

Kimberly is a seasoned leader in transforming organizations into high-performing enterprises and challenging leaders to live without limits, with more than 20 years of HR, talent acquisition, and diversity & inclusion experience; successfully turning around troubled diversity practices by designing, building, leading, and shaping high-performing cultures at global organizations with robust strategies, global employee development programs and enterprise-wide initiatives that have increased revenue growth and organizational brand eminence.

Dr. Claudia Capparelli, PhD

Affiliations: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Education: PhD, University of Calabria, Cosenza, Italy – 2011

Focus & Impact:  Focus on the role of the SOX10 transcription factor with regard to tumor cell heterogeneity and plasticity across multiple genotypes in melanoma. Investigating how SOX10 plasticity/heterogeneity affects the response to MEKi and anti-ErbB3 combinations in WT BRAF melanoma patients. 

Publications: Publications Link

Honors & Awards:

  • Legacy of Hope Merit Award

  • Outrun the Sun Melanoma Research Scholar Award

  • Unical Fellowship Visiting Scholar

  • International Pigment Cell Conference Travel Award

  • Best Poster Presentation, Ninth Annual Jefferson Post-doctoral Research

  • INPDAP Fellowship for Student Merit 

  • University of Calabria Fellowships for Student Merit 

Bryan Lathrop

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Maree Lavo

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Carol Sollenberger

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Rebecca Blinn

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Nia Andrews

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Dr. Qing Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Affiliations: The Wistar Institute, The Chen Laboratory, University of Maryland

Education: PhD,Immunology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, State University of New York at Buffalo (Dean’s Award for outstanding dissertation) – 2006

Focus & Impact:  Focus is on the molecular mechanisms of brain metastasis originating from primary tumors like breast cancer, and the interplay between cancer cells and the stromal cells that populate the brain microenvironment. 

Publications: Publications Link

Honors & Awards​:

  • Legacy of Hope Merit Award

  • Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy Award

  • Susan G. Komen, CCR Basic/Translational and Clinical application

  • The V Foundation for Cancer Research Award

  • Dissertation Research Award, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 

Michael Rowe

Awards:

Volatile Media Management’s Mover, Shaker, Changemaker Award – February 2017

Miles Mack Community Services & Leadership Honorable Mention – 2016 TJUH Emergency Department Technician of the Year, Physicians Choice Award – 2015

TJUH Emergency Department Technician of the Year, Physicians Choice Award – 2014

Bio:

With his free time so limited, Michael manages to fuse his work with his other passion: running. Whether it is with the Fishtown Beer Runners, our own Team Relentless Hope, or his closest friends, Michael can often be spotted on the streets of Philadelphia keeping himself fit and active.