Josephine Reed-Taylor, Carleen Rhodes, and Sandy Santana were voted on Jeremiah Program’s governing board of directors at the organization’s December 11 meeting.
Josephine Reed-Taylor is Deputy Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, overseeing Georgia’s 28 technical colleges as well as the state’s Office of Adult Education and the Quick Start workforce development program. She is recognized for reorganizing the Office of Adult Education to provide greater access and make more comprehensive services available to the more than one million adults in Georgia who do not have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. Her previous experience includes positions as senior vice president of academic and student affairs, dean of educational services, and dean of students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Reed-Taylor has a doctor of education in educational administration and a masters of arts in educational administration, both from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of arts from Spelman College. She also attended the Institute of the Management of Lifelong Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Carleen Rhodes is president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, acting as the top steward of the organization’s human and financial resources. Prior to joining MN Partners in 2003, Carleen served as president of the Minnesota Children’s Museum. She previously was a partner in the national consulting firm of Bentz Whaley Flessner providing strategic and capital campaign counsel to universities, health care and cultural institutions across the country. Before that, she held fundraising positions at the College of Saint Benedict, Minnesota Private College Fund and the American Heart Association. Carleen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from St. Cloud State University. She serves on the boards of directors of Commonbond Communities, Generation Next and the Montessori Center of Minnesota, chairs the University of Minnesota Buckman Fellowship Board and co-chairs Heading Home Minnesota.
Sandy Santana is interim executive director of Children’s Rights. He joined the organization as chief operating officer in 2012. From 2006 to 2012, he served as Managing Director and General Counsel of Legal Outreach, a law-related college prep organization, where he was responsible for the organization’s overall management and strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining Legal Outreach, he served as a corporate associate in the Boston office of Goodwin Procter LLP (2004-2006) and in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP (2001-2004). His legal practice focused on international corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity matters. Mr. Santana received his B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.