an education that engages students with culture & community

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees
Folk Arts – Cultural Treasures Charter School
Board of Trustees

1023 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123



Heather Davis-Jones, Secretary

Heather is a fiber and mixed-media artist. She has been a lecturer, teaching artist and an Artist-in-Residence. Her work has been collected and exhibited in the United States, Canada and Europe and she has degrees from Florida A&M University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Ms. Davis-Jones has also worked in development at several non-profit organizations. Ms. Davis-Jones is also the parent of a FACTS student.

Xin Sheng Simon Liu

Simon graduated from the law department of the Beijing People`s Literature Correspondence University in 1987. Within the new Fuzhou immigrant community in Philadelphia, he was one of the earliest organizers and founders to initiate the organization of the Fujian community. Currently, his community posts include: Board Chairman / Founder of the Fujian Fraternal Association of PA; Chief of Counsel / Founder of the Changle Association of Philadelphia, USA; and Board Chairman / General Adviser / Founder of the Asian American Senior Association of PA.   Simon is fluent in Fuzhou, Cantonese and Mandarin and proficient in English. His strengths are in planning and organizational skills.

Selina Morales

Selina is the Director of the Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP). Her work has resulted in numerous exhibitions, public programs, and documentation projects. Before joining PFP in 2010, Selina worked at Traditional Arts Indiana, taught folklore in universities and conducted folklife research in a range of settings. She received her MA in Folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2009 and is completing a dissertation on public folklore practice. She has served on the Cultural Diversity Committee and the Nominating committee for the American Folklore Society, and has served on numerous panels related to local and regional folk and community arts.

Ed Nakawatase, Chair

Ed is a social change activist with many years of experience including work with SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee), the anti-Vietnam War movement, anti-poverty movement.  He retired from AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) in 2005 where he coordinated Native American programs nationwide for 31 years. He is the president of the board of Asian Americans United.

Neeta Patel

As a founder of FACTS, Neeta brings a deep commitment to its vision and mission. She also brings hand-on experience, having served as FACTS’ inaugural Operations Officer where she developed and directed all of FACTS’ non-instructional programs. Neeta has over 25 years of experience working as an advocate and organizer in Philadelphia’s immigrant and refugee communities; she served as Asian Americans United’s first full time staff, founded the Refugee Communities Coalition of Philadelphia at SEAMAAC, and served as a refugee education coordinator at HIAS in PA. She is currently employed at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Neeta earned a BA from Haverford College and a MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Rebecca Rathje

Rebecca Rathje is the Director of Development and Communications at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. She earned her B.A. in Social Science from the University of Michigan and holds a Certificate in Fundraising from the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University’s School of Business. Rebecca has over 25 years’ experience in non-profit fundraising and management, and is the mother of a FACTS student.

Laurence Tom

Rev. Laurence Tom serves on the pastoral team at the Chinese Christian Church & Center in Chinatown, Philadelphia. He seeks to renew neighborhoods through community-based strategic initiatives and has a passion for next generation leadership development incorporating creative processes, entrepreneurial mindsets and spiritual frameworks. Laurence studied graphic design, urban planning & public policy at Rutgers University and a MDiv from Biblical Theological Seminary. He speaks regularly at conferences, most recently at The Justice Conference as well as the National Constitution Center’s Civility and Democracy Conference featured on C-Span discussing the role of the church, faith, and dissent in our American democracy.

Ted Wong, Vice Chair

Ted is a Science Specialist and Assistant Professor at Community College of Philadelphia, where he provides academic support services and oversees biology tutoring. He has degrees from Stanford University (B.S and Ph.D.) and from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (M.F.S). He has expertise in science education, interactive online learning, and program assessment. He is a teacher, programmer, biologist, and the father of a FACTS student.


Meetings for the

2016-2017 Fiscal Year

All meetings begin at 7:00 pm and are held at FACTS at 1023 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Members of the public are invited to attend all FACTS Board of Trustees meetings.

July 20, 2016; August 17, 2016; September 21, 2016; October 19, 2016; November 16, 2016; December 21, 2016; January, 18; 2017; February 15, 2017; March 15, 2017; April 19, 2017; May 17, 2017; June 21, 2017

FACTS Board Agenda – February 15 2017