Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee: WOLCS Chief Executive Officer
Debbera Peoples-Lee was appointed as WOLCS CEO in 2006, bringing with her a strong background in business operations, marketing, and management. Her experiences span local and national levels in the public, academic, and not-for-profit sectors. Upon taking the helm at WOLCS, Dr. Lee restructured the charter school’s administrative functions, creating two respective divisions to oversee business operations and academic management. Under her leadership, the charter school demonstrated a sharp increase in assessment scores stemming from state-mandated testing. Her professional affiliations include the American College Health Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, American Public Health Association, NAACP-Willow Grove Chapter, National Association of Health Services Executives, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Lee earned her Ph.D., in Public Health at Temple University and holds a Masters of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph’s University.
Sheila Royal-Moses: WOLCS Chief of Staff/Chief Academic Officer
Sheila Royal-Moses joined the WOLCS team in 2006 as the charter school's Chief of Staff. In that capacity, she has provided support to the CEO in the areas of leadership, budget management, strategic planning, professional development and policy development. She was appointed as Chief Academic Officer in 2011 after serving in an acting role for several years. Ms. Royal-Moses has a broad background in education, with experience in higher education, as well as K-12 public, private, and charter schools. Prior to coming to WOLCS, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of University Partnerships for the School District of Philadelphia, Vice President of External Affairs for Victory Schools Inc., Director of Business Development for Advantage Schools, Inc., Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine, Director of Enrollment Management for the Graduate School of Education at Eastern University, Director of Lower School Admissions for The Baldwin School and Assistant Director of Admissions for the Graduate School of Education at Columbia University. Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Education at Rosemont College. In her years as a public school administrator, Ms. Royal-Moses has primarily focused on bringing innovative approaches to urban public school organizational structures, along with innovative approaches to managing the core functions of urban school environments for the purpose of improving the quality of education and teaching in low performing schools. Ms. Royal-Moses received her BA degree from Temple University and her M.Ed. in Multicultural Education from Eastern University.
Michele Jones: Director of Development
Michele Jones joined the WOLCS team as Director of Development in 2014. In this role, Ms. Jones is a member of the school's administrative leadership team. She is responsible for leading the School's advancement program as adopted by the Board of Trustees. She is also responsible for developing and maintaining active and productive relationships with board members, donors and administration.
Ms. Jones has a broad background in research and development. Prior to coming to WOLCS, she served as Manager of Partnership Development and Community Relations for Fox Chase Cancer Center, Director of Development for Sacred Heart Manor, Director of Business Development for Cambridge Retirement Communities and Director of Utilization Management for the Institute of Pennsylvania. Through her work, she has become known as a leader, acquiring several citations and awards for her outstanding accomplishments.
Ms. Jones holds a Masters of Science Degree in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis, a Masters of Social Work Degree from Lincoln University, a Leadership Certificate from Temple University, and is currently a candidate for the Masters of Bioethics Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.