JPS Solutions is committed to helping build better futures for children and youth. Since 2002, JPS Solutions helped charter schools, school districts and nonprofit organizations succeed.
JPS Solutions helps organizations build programs that improve the lives of children. JPS Solutions has raised more than $50 million in federal, state and private grants for school districts, charter schools and nonprofit organizations, and it has designed and overseen several federally-funded education reform initiatives including 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Community Technology Centers, the Partnership for Innovation in Compensation in Charter Schools (PICCS) and the national Network for Independent Charter Schools (NICS).
Meet our executive team:
Frank San Felice has over 45 years of experience in education. For more than 10 years, he was Program Director of several federally-funded programs including five federal Teacher Incentive Fund-supported programs in New York and New Jersey and the national Network of Independent Charter Schools. He has helped community leaders and organizations design charter school programs and prepare successful charter school applications. He has also helped charter schools work with their authorizers to amend their charters and have their charters renewed.
Frank was instrumental in the development of several successful federal Community Technology Center grant proposals and was a primary developer of two successful federal “Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology” grants awarded to major universities. He has served as an evaluator of several federal grants awarded to nonprofit organizations and public school districts and has advised public school districts, charter schools and educational nonprofit organizations on a broad range of educational and administrative topics.
For 12 years, Frank served as the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services for a New York State Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). He has been a social studies teacher, academic department chairperson, middle school administrator and special project director. While at BOCES, he was the primary architect and lead administrator for numerous competitive projects funded by state and federal grant programs as well as by NYNEX/Bell Atlantic (Verizon) and IBM. He has designed and coordinated numerous professional development projects as well as local and statewide educational conferences. He was instrumental in the design, development, implementation and operation of one of the first distance learning networks in New York State, and he was part of the team that evaluated the $50 million New York State Diffusion Fund.
Frank was a Trustee of the NY Center for Autism Charter School, New Dawn Charter School, and has served as President of the Dutchess County YMCA.
Wayne D. Jones specializes in program development, grant writing, strategic planning, charter school development, legal/government compliance and program evaluation. Wayne has helped to develop several K-12 charter schools. Wayne has also facilitated program development and school improvement initiatives for school districts, charter schools and educational non-profit organizations in New York City and across the nation.
Wayne has helped to establish more than a dozen independent charter schools. Wayne has worked extensively with community-based charter school developers and operators to establish innovative charter schools. Wayne has overseen the development of charter school applications that were approved by a variety of charter authorizers. Among these schools are the highly successful New York Charter School for Autism; the Challenge Preparatory Charter School, the East Harlem Scholars Academy Charter School and the recently authorized Renaissance Charter School II.
Wayne also worked with several charter schools to secure full and unencumbered charter renewals—including a “last-chance” high school for at-risk students who have failed or dropped out of school, a military-themed high school for at-risk youth run in partnership with the U.S. Navy, a charter school partnered with the government of Greece and the initial Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy charter school.
Wayne wrote or co-wrote proposals that secured more than $50 million in grants and government contracts for school districts, charter schools and not-for-profit organizations. He wrote proposals that won multi-million dollar grants for the Dallas Independent School District, the Hartford Public Schools and several charter schools. He oversaw the development of grant proposals that secured more than $40 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund. These grants supported school improvement programs in New York City, Buffalo and New Jersey. He also designed and secured $3 million in federal funding for a national initiative to support independent community-based charter schools.
Wayne has helped school districts, charter schools and nonprofit organizations design after-school programs and secure federal and state funding to support them. He helped more than 30 community-based and faith-based organizations obtain federal funding to support academic tutoring programs. He also designed and conducted program evaluations for numerous federally-supported educational programs including 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs, Community Technology Centers, magnet schools, Carol White Physical Education programs, federal counseling grant programs, Safe Schools initiatives and programs to support English Language Learners.
Wayne also oversaw a federal grant-supported national educational blog, and he designed and oversaw a national online “hotline” that provided fast, accurate and targeted information and advice to K-12 educators.
In addition, Wayne helped more than 40 faith-based and community-based organizations , public housing resident organizations and local chapters of national nonprofit in New York City, Buffalo (NY), Long Island (NY), Albany (NY) and Boston provide tutorial and after-school programs as become state-approved Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers.
A graduate of Northwestern University and Yale Law School, Wayne has more than 30 years of experience helping public school districts, charter schools and nonprofit organizations. In the 1990s, he was Vice President of a political consulting firm that advised and raised funds for the campaigns of national elected officials.
Dr. Arthur H. Pritchard has more than 46 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit public school, and charter school project management. He is an expert in strategic planning, team-building, school safety, violence prevention programming, including bullying, and Board of Trustees development.
Dr. Pritchard taught at the college level for 28 years. During that time, he developed and managed 14 Eisenhower Grant-funded programs for college-school district partnerships and two federal school violence prevention grants. He assisted universities and school districts in the development and evaluation of strategic plans, Comprehensive District Education Plans, professional development plans and grant-funded academic initiatives. He secured two major U.S. Department of Education grants for model drug prevention programs and co-designed the Dutchess County Summer Scholars Program for gifted and talented high school students. He also created the Dutchess County Academy for Environmental Science and developed adventure-based experiential education programs for adults and youths. He also served as a trainer for the Northeast Regional Center for Schools and Communities, which provided anti-bullying and drug prevention services. During his teaching and administration experience at Dutchess County Community College, he created and implemented a series of adventure and cultural experiential education experiences based on training with Outward Bound, Inc. and the National Leadership School (NOLS). He also successfully obtained and facilitated a federal Carol White Physical Education project.
Since co-founding JPS Solutions in 2000, his work has focused on direct support for school districts and charter schools, including preparing their annual Consolidated Applications for federal Entitlement funding and their Accountability Plan Progress Reports. He facilitated or co-facilitated the creation of several successful charter school applications and renewals, including charter renewals for all of the Carl Icahn Charter Schools. He has participated in several federal grant-funded programs including multiple Teacher Incentive Grant projects and the national Network of Independent Charter Schools.
Dr. Pritchard was instrumental in the creation of an educational support program, which is being implemented at the Universidad Del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile, and the transfer of “Data Culture” characteristics and procedures for the community of Colina, Chile. He also developed a School Certification procedure for Chilean schools.
He has served as a member of the Imagine Me Leadership Charter School in Brooklyn New York and he also served as a trustee on the Rhinebeck (NY) Central School District Board of Education, the Dutchess County (NY) BOCES Board of Education, and The Hyde Park (NY) Central School District. On those boards, he served as President and Vice President in addition to being an elected member.
Meet our consultants:
Dr. Lloyd Jaeger has been training and developing educators, personnel, leaders, teams, and boards of directors, organizations and community groups for four decades. His extensive career includes leading schools and school districts, teaching at the school and university levels, and serving as a Board officer for many public, private and not-for-profit entities at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Jaeger’s consultancies and workshops have included strategic planning, data-driven school improvement, teacher and principal evaluation, coaching for improved practice, arts-in-education, interdisciplinary instruction, and curriculum development. Clients have called him a strategic thinker, possessing a mastery of language and an uncanny knack for helping organizations and staffs to take an honest look within. Colleagues often refer to him as a master coach and an invaluable facilitator. Lloyd looks forward to collaborating with you to extend the effectiveness of your staff, assess and evolve the coherence of your programs, prepare for and achieve compliance with applicable regulations and grant requirements, and improve your students’ results.
Dr. Jaeger earned a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and three advanced degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. For eleven years, he was a member of the New York State Board of Regents Professional Standards and Practices Board, and was its co-chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee.
Morgan Williams-Bryant is a dynamic motivational speaker, former college educator and professional trailblazer in Western New York. A proud native of the City of Buffalo, her thought-provoking, eye-opening messages of self-empowerment, sisterhood and leadership has awakened the spirit of her students, staff and audiences since the age of 15.
She has shared her expertise and poetic prowess on topics ranging from personal and professional development to spirituality at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Medaille College, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services – Buffalo Field Office, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Eastern Region and National Conferences and dozens of churches throughout the Buffalo and Niagara Falls region including her church home, Elim Christian Fellowship under the leadership of Bishop T. Anthony Bronner. Morgan’s prolific gift of “spoken word” has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker, lecturer and guest spokesperson for various community service organizations, high schools, public awareness campaigns and youth outreach initiatives. Her strong stance on addressing issues relevant to the importance of a higher education, the responsibility of African American women in leadership roles, and the impact of negative images and lyrics on youth, has brought audiences to their feet and empowered both young and old to seize the moment, develop a growth plan and realize their full potential.
Morgan served as Program Manager of the Youth and Family Services Department and in 2007, was promoted to the Director of Youth Services for the Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. During her tenure, Morgan successfully administered nearly $3 million dollars in grant funding for youth programming and in 2008, took the reigns as Chair of the CAO Education Task Force, raising over $50,000 in scholarship funds for college-bound high school and GED students.
In 2012, Morgan was appointed to Deputy Commissioner for Erie County’s Youth Services Division where she was responsible for the Secure Juvenile Detention Center that houses youth offenders from across New York State. In that position, she also directly supervised the Erie County Youth Bureau which provides over $1.7 million in funding to non-profit organizations, 11 municipal Youth Bureaus and 32 towns and villages throughout the County. Additionally, Morgan’s oversight included all Non-Secure Juvenile Detention Centers which aim to prevent youth from being placed in secure lock-up, the Juvenile Delinquent Services Team and the Family Services Team, both of which provide preventative services to youth of Erie County.
Morgan’s career ascent continued in late 2013 as she was most recently appointed to serve as the Senior Vice President for Community Engagement & Member Services with Girls Scouts of Western New York, managing and implementing programs for over 20,000 girls and adult members.
A devout Christian, Morgan is a dedicated member of the Elim Christian Fellowship where she serves on the Pastoral Care Ministry.
Andrew Verdon has over four decades of experience in education as a middle and secondary school science teacher, adjunct college instructor, school district and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) administrator, senior administrator at a Washington, DC-based scientific and educational non-profit, and consultant with JPS Solutions in support of charter schools and charter school applicants.
With expertise in instruction, curriculum and assessment development and data analysis, Andy developed and implemented competitive grant-funded and other-funded programs at the school district, regional consortium, and national levels. His work led to competitive grants of more than $50 million from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the New York State Education Department, and private sources including the Mobil and Dyson Foundations. He developed Consolidated Applications for school district federal entitlement funding and as a member of the JPS Solutions team, charter school applications, renewals, and a principal and assistant principal evaluation program.
Andy has served in professional societies in elected and appointed positions at the state and national levels, as a grant reviewer for the NSF, program advisor and grant reviewer for the NYSED, written, edited and co-directed joint projects with the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In addition to his published articles, he has written a lead section for a middle-school science text, led the development and publication of national-level policy documents and a best-selling college-level text, convened writing conferences throughout the country, developed an educational forum for congressional staff on Capitol Hill, and coordinated programming for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching sponsored by the White house and funded by NSF.
Mary Grace Eapen helped to establish more than 20 charter schools in New York City, New York State and New Orleans. Her work also resulted in the successful charter renewal of over 10 charter schools in New York and New Jersey, the raising of almost $10 million in public and private sector grants for nonprofit organizations and charter schools, and the development of an educational leadership training program for aspiring inner-city Catholic grammar school leaders.
A graduate of Yale University with a degree in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Economics, Mary Grace began her career in corporate and public finance at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York (now JP Morgan Chase). An opportunity to spend six months at the Bank’s Charitable Trust Fund provided her with a window into the nonprofit world as she worked with senior Program Officers in evaluating grant requests from local, national and international nonprofit organizations in the areas of healthcare, education, international aid and arts and culture. Moved by the work of the charitable organizations that the Bank was funding, she left Wall Street and focused her career in the education nonprofit sector where she spent almost 20 years leading highly regarded nonprofit organizations and founding successful programs of her own, including a charter school in the Bronx. As Executive Director of these organizations, Mary Grace had responsibility for successfully overseeing their overall program and fiscal management, and she built a solid reputation as a highly prolific fundraiser within the private philanthropic community.
For the last almost fifteen years, Mary Grace has brought to bear the depth and breadth of the skills, experience and relationships gained from her leadership of nonprofit organizations to the clients of her independent consulting firm, TIER Consulting Services LLC. Nonprofit organizations, charter schools and charter management organizations seek her expertise in such areas as fundraising including writing private and public (federal, state and local) grant applications, program development and evaluation, charter school development including writing charter applications and charter school renewal applications, board development and training and strategic planning. As a consultant, Mary Grace continues to positively impact some of the most underserved in society through her work with the myriad of charter schools and nonprofit organizations who seek her advice and support to strengthen them in carrying out their important missions.