(HARRISBURG, PA) – The Board of Directors for Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania (CISPA) is thrilled to announce that Jenna Lewis, Esq. has been appointed as the Interim President and State Director, effective immediately. Lewis will oversee the CISPA State Office and continue to build upon the steady foundation created over the last several years.
Lewis, previously serving as Vice President, will assume this role succeeding Ryan Riley. This transition will allow the new State Office and Central Pennsylvania affiliate leadership to capitalize on their extensive network of key relationships and continue to work toward addressing the dropout crisis for the State of Pennsylvania.
“Since joining CISPA, I’ve had the privilege of working with a talented and compassionate staff and a group of dedicated partners,” said Lewis. “This work is important and impactful,” Lewis continued, “and I look forward to building upon this organization’s established foundation, empowering students and their families to achieve a bright and positive future.”
The Board of Directors presented Ryan Riley with the honor of President Emeritus. This honor comes in recognition of his accomplishments during a time when he led significant organizational growth, national recognition, and accreditation. “Ryan’s tremendous contribution and leadership created countless opportunities for us to grow and reach more students across the Commonwealth,” said Damian Zamias, Chairman, CISPA Board of Directors.
“We are so thankful to our leadership team for executing a great transition,” he continued, “we look forward to Jenna’s leadership and continuing with the strong foundation provided by Ryan.”
In addition to Lewis’s new role, Jessica Knapp will continue to serve as the Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Affiliate, overseeing the long-term strategic success and direction of the affiliate, as well as development, partnerships, and communications efforts. Knapp works closely with the CISPA State Office and the communities in which the Central PA affiliate serves including Lancaster, York, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Cambria Counties.
CISPA is dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and achieve in life. Serving nearly 50,000 students in the state of Pennsylvania, CISPA connects kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed and to ensure that all kids have what they need to realize their potential.