Introducing New Philadelphia Board Members

College Possible Philadelphia is pleased to welcome three new members to our growing site board.


Cassandra Bell – Joined September 2018

Cassandra Bell is M&T Bank’s Charitable and Community Relations Manager for the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey market, a position she has held for the last six years. In this role, she is responsible for building partnerships with the community, cultivating relationships with non-profit organizations like College Possible, and manages M&T Banks’s visibility in the community. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Chestnut Hill College.

College Possible Philadelphia’s work aligns with Cassandra’s belief in the unlimited potential of our future leaders. “College Possible provides tremendous support to young scholars by helping them to navigate the college process. I look forward to helping our future leaders and their families understand that with effort, dreams can come true.”


Dave Schrader – Joined September 2018

For more than 20 years, Dave Schrader has worked in multimedia, journalism and public relations all across the U.S. Currently, he serves as the Public Relations Manager for NRG Energy’s Eastern Retail division. Dave earned his bachelor’s degree in communications, with a concentration in broadcast journalism and a justice minor from American University.

Dave was introduced to College Possible Philadelphia through his work at NRG. College Possible was one of three organizations to compete in an online voting campaign for a chance to win $100,000 from NRG. College Possible came in second place with $20,000. “I’ve been very impressed by College Possible’s leadership and board. Combine that with my passion for improving primary education and access to college made joining College Possible an honor.”


Judith Himes – Joined October 2018

Judith Himes has had an extensive career working with a wide range of organizations in the fields of internal affairs, higher education, and law and social justice. Her educational background is equally impressive with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Smith College, a master’s in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law.

Judith wanted to join College Possible’s board because of the people who make up the organization. “This past summer and into the fall, I had the unique opportunity to learn more and more about College Possible. With each meeting…my enthusiasm to join College Possible’s site board grew.  Now, I am delighted to be a board member and, as asked, I am providing the College Possible community a brief review of my professional background and my thoughts on ways I might contribute to the continued success of College Possible.”

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