Imagine Pennsylvania has a team of dedicated professionals who provide support to the schools we operate and the families we serve. The team brings a broad and diversified set of skills and experience to our work, enabling us to be creative and dynamic in meeting needs, solving problems and creating opportunities in partnership with students, parents, educators and community members.
Carolyn Davis, Academic Achievement
Carolyn is a Leadership and Academic Coach. Prior to working with the Imagine Pennsylvania team, Carolyn served as the Principal at Propel Andrew Street High School in Pittsburgh. She was previously the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Propel Charter School, the Principal at Weil Accelerated Learning Academy, the Principal at East Hills International Studies Academy, the Principal at Madison Elementary School, and the Assistant Principal and Co-Principal at Carmalt School, all in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Carolyn has a Doctorate in Administration and Leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She previously earned a Bachelors of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the Hampton Institute in Virginia, a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from California University of Pennsylvania, and her Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Carolyn is affiliated with several faith-based and community development organizations. She is on the Pennsylvania Education Committee for the NAACP of Pittsburgh. She received the New Pittsburgh Courier Women of the Year 2010 Women of Excellence Award and she was a National Association of Black Professional Women 2011 Honoree.
Danelle Conner, School Development
Danelle is a Regional Education Specialist. She was previously a Technology Education and PIMS Administrator, and an Elementary Teacher at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School. She has served as Lead Preschool Teacher at MUSA/Little Lambs Daycare and as Early Childhood Education Adjunct Instructor and Guest Lecturer at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Danelle is a certified teacher with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She has a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in Psychology from St. Francis University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary Education) from Chatham College. Danelle is completing her Doctorate in Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, “Voice of Choice” examines the choice of Charter Schools by African American Parents. Danelle is published in the New Teacher Advocate and Literature, Writing and the Natural World and has presented at several national conferences. She is Founding Member of the R.E.A.C.H Program for African American boys in Pittsburgh, Coordinator of the Olweus Bullying Prevention program and Coordinator and founding member of the National Elementary Honor Society Chapter, which acknowledges academic excellence and student leadership.
Dennis Minzer, Economic Sustainability
Dennis is the Regional Finance Manager. He has held several accounting and finance positions before joining Imagine Pennsylvania. He was the Controller at FamilyLinks, Inc.; Financial Reporting Manager at People Natural Gas Company; and Controller at Pennsylvania Culinary Institute; all in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also previously held accounting and auditing roles at AES Corporation, Washington Gas, Mirant, and Argy, Wiltse & Robinson. Dennis has a Bachelor of Science Business Administration Degree with a major in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the VA Institute of CPA’s, and is pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania. Dennis is a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, and is a soccer coach and board member for the Holy Trinity Athletic Association in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania.
Mubuso Zamchiya, Parent Choice
Mubuso is Regional Director for Imagine Pennsylvania. He was previously founder and CEO of Create Education Solutions, a company that worked to improve quality education in Africa. He is also co-founder of the BOOST Fellowship, a Zimbabwe nonprofit organization that helps university students prepare for life beyond the classroom. Mubuso was previously an Investment Officer with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), where he supported energy, renewable energy and recovery and restructuring efforts investments in Brazil, Costa Rica, Liberia and Uganda. Prior to IFC, Mubuso was a Project Developer of hydroelectric and gas power plants, and later Director of Special Operations in the Treasury and Corporate Finance Department at AES Corporation, based in Arlington, Virginia. He earlier worked as a Strategic Analyst at Barclays Bank in London evaluating the company’s stock broking, limited liability partnerships, mortgage banking and African banking portfolios. Mubuso has an LL.B (Hons) in Law and an LL.M in Commercial and International Law from the University of Bristol. He read for an M.Phil in Development Studies at Wadham College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Roy Gamse, Shared Values
Roy is the Executive Vice President of Imagine Schools responsible for Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington DC. He is an experienced executive in the fields of environment, youth development, education, and business. He is responsible for ten Imagine Schools campuses in DC, MD, and PA and future campuses in VA. He served as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC and was awarded the top civil service award by President Carter in a Rose Garden ceremony. Roy was the founding president of Earth Force, a youth environmental program that helps students understand environmental issues and take action to address them in their communities (Earth Force has partnered with ECS). He was president of Youth Venture, which helps entrepreneurial teenagers start new sustainable community-serving ventures. He has also been senior vice president of MCI and several other telecommunications companies. He has a B.S. from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School focused on nonprofit management.