Lou Decree

Board President,

Lou DeCree joined Arch’s Ceded Reinsurance department in April 2007 as a Reinsurance Accountant assisting in the quarterly financial close process, statutory reporting and rendering of account statements to our reinsurance partners. In 2013, Lou was promoted to manage the Ceded Reinsurance Claims unit. In that role, Lou is responsible for advising reinsurers of certain types of losses, identifying potential reinsurance recoverables and expediting the collection of reinsurance recoverables. Prior to joining Arch, Lou worked for a national CPA/ Consulting firm for 7 years advising clients in the insurance industry. Lou is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Tosch Traylor

Vice President,

Tosch Traylor is a demonstrated achiever with 9 years of hands on experience in higher education focusing on Enrollment Management and Student Recruitment. He currently serves as an Admissions Recruiter for the Community College of Philadelphia which is primarily responsible for student outreach initiatives by developing and implementing strategies that serve to bridge student academic needs and goals with programs offered at the college. Tosch is an outgoing and articulate administrator that coordinates outreach activities, marketing strategies and strategic planning for college applicants that may include secondary schools, city and community agencies, external program initiatives and other targeted markets. It has been his goal to continue endeavors in community based education that embrace diversity and is committed to preparing students for the changing needs of business, industry and professions.

Chris Pienkowski


Chris Pienkowski is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Transit Systems, Inc., a nationwide logistics company. He is responsible for leading corporate strategy for the company and its divisions and subsidiaries. Prior to joining Transit Systems, Mr. Pienkowski’s career included serving as Legislative Director for a Philadelphia City Councilman, Vice President of Operations for TicketLeap, Inc., Co-founder and CEO of CoolSource Technologies, Inc., and strategy consultant to companies ranging from mid-size to Fortune 500. Chris is a lifelong Philadelphian and is very active in various community and volunteer organizations. He and his wife have three sons under the age of 10. Chris is a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Bachelor’s degree with dual concentrations in Management and Real Estate.

Jessica Martinez

Jessica Martinez, is a Philadelphia native, who joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 2003. She is currently assigned to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League. Prior to her current assignment she worked 13 years in the 24th District. She is currently a board member of Spanish American Law Enforcement Association, SALEA.

Alex Balloon

Member, aballoon@mast2.org

Alex Balloon is currently the Executive Director of the Tacony Community Development Corporation where he focuses on commercial corridor development and neighborhood revitalization.

Alex has been widely involved in a number of city-wide initiatives in the City of Philadelphia with respect to commercial corridors and neighborhood revitalization including the campaign to save and expand the city’s Storefront Improvement Program, modernize the city’s Business Security Grant Program, as well as other local regulatory reforms. Tacony was one of a handful of pilot communities across the United States chosen for the Main Street® Refresh Project funded by the Knight Foundation.

Prior to joining the Tacony Community Development Corporation in 2012, Alex worked in Main Street® consulting with a focus on commercial district and downtown revitalization as well as tourism across the United States.

Michael Capizzi Sr.

Member, mcapizzi@mast2.org

Mike Capizzi has been a firefighter for the City of Philadelphia since 2006 and is 11th ranked currently in the department’s rank for promotion to Lieutenant. Mike currently supports the parent groups and is also a local baseball coach and soccer coach for Lansing. Mike has 4 children and his wife currently works at MaST III as an RTI support specialist. Mike is willing to do anything to help the organization and support the community.

Katherine McFadden

Member, kmcfadden@mast2.org

Katherine McFadden is a motivated attorney with diverse experience in civil litigation with a focus on serious motor vehicle accidents, as well as in-house handling and evaluation of surety bond claims. She is currently employed as a Senior Surety Claims Examiner for Arch Insurance. Ms. McFadden graduated from Widener University School of Law and became a member of the Pennsylvania Bar in 2014.

Non Voting Members:

Karen DelGuercio
MaST Schools Network

John Swoyer
Chief Executive Officer

Scott Balara
Chief Schools Officer

Mike Thomson

Brigid Finn
Teacher Representative