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



Martin Chan, Treasurer

Martin is a Certified Public Accountant. He runs his own CPA firm in Philadelphia’s Chinatown and has served over 1000 clients since 2001. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and has over 20 years of accounting experience.

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, Chair

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

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, Vice Chair

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.

Amanda Thai

Amanda is an attorney at Cozen O’Connor, where she focuses her practice on civil litigation, including products liability, toxic torts, premises liability, commercial claims, and negligence claims. Amanda earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Gender & Sexuality Studies, cum laude, from New York University. Amanda has previously assisted local nonprofit organizations with their fundraising and sponsorship efforts, and is an active event organizer for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.

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.



All meetings begin at 7:00 pm and are held at FACTS at 1023 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Board of Trustees Meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month: July 19, 2017, August 16, 2017, September 20, 2017, October 18, 2017, November 15, 2017, December 20, 2017, January 17, 2018, February 21, 2018, March 21, 2018, April 18, 2018, May 16, 2018, June 20, 2018

Members of the public are invited to attend all FACTS Board of Trustees meetings.



  • Development Committee meets the second Monday of each month at 12:30 pm at the offices of Cozen O’Connor, 1650 Market Street/Philadelphia, PA.
  • Governance Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm at FACTS.
  • Finance Committee meets the Friday preceding the monthly Board of Trustees meeting at 8:30 am at FACTS.

(Committee meetings are sometimes cancelled; please call 215-569-2600 to confirm that the Committee meeting will be held)



FACTS Board Minutes-July 19 2017

FACTS Board Minutes-August 16 2017

FACTS Board Minutes -Sept 20 2017

FACTS Board Minutes-Oct 18 2017

FACTS Board Minutes-November 15 2017

FACTS Board Minutes-December 20 2017