CPEA is led by a group of esteemed individuals with expertise in medicine, education, not-for-profit management, law and finance.

  • Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D. Board Chair A recognized leader in higher education, Dr. Bailey has served as an educator for more than 30 years with more than 24 of those years also serving as an academic administrator at several prominent institutions, while continuing to make numerous additional professional contributions. As Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Special Assistant for Community Partnerships to the President at Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Bailey has previously taught and served as Dean of professional schools at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Minnesota, and as Dean and Vice President of Columbia University’s Teachers College where she also served as Acting President. Through a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach, Dr. Bailey teaches, writes and utilizes participatory action research exploring topics spanning health and human services, leadership development, organizational behavior, inter-organizational strategic alliances, and social justice while also convening and contributing to the work of several professional associations. Dr. Bailey’s life-long commitment to service is further reflected in her leadership responsibilities on national and community-based boards of directors, advisory committees, and professional editorial boards. She is also the recipient of numerous professional and civic awards, including being honored as a Fellow in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation‘s National Leadership Fellowship Program and receiving the National Association of Social Workers Pioneer Award. As a first-generation college graduate, Dr. Bailey was among the first group of women to earn an A.B. from Lafayette College and went on to obtain a M.S. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from Case Western.
  • Stephen Burghardt, Ph.D. Board Member For more than 40 years, Dr. Burghardt has been a professor at the Hunter College (CUNY) School of Social Work, where he has focused on areas such as transformative leadership models and community-based action. A prolific author, researcher and an award-winning professor, Dr. Burghardt has also provided service to numerous editorial boards and professional societies. Dr. Burghardt approaches his teaching instruction with the philosophy of empowering his students to assist others. Additionally, Dr. Burghardt provides coaching to executives, municipal leaders and others regarding community engagement, leadership, strategic planning and communications. Dr. Burghardt received his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
  • Richard Friedman Board Member Mr. Friedman has served the public interest as an attorney throughout his 46 year-career. In addition to his professional experience as an attorney, he has extensive experience in nonprofit management. Beginning in 1996 until his recent retirement, he has served as managing attorney of Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), a federally funded nonprofit corporation that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in Philadelphia. In addition to focusing on the administration of the organization, he also aided in the representation of clients with respect to matters involving family law, housing, bankruptcy and public benefits. Prior to his work with PLA, Mr. Friedman served as managing attorney for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. Post-retirement he continues to provide legal services at PLA on a pro bono basis. Mr. Friedman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University.
  • Christopher Hawk, M.D. Board Member Dr. Hawk is a board-certified family medicine physician practicing in Washington state at St. Joseph’s community hospital and the Lummi Nation Tribal Health Clinic. He is also an assistant professor at the University of Washington involved in research and clinical education. Before medicine, he worked internationally on remote construction projects and, through his travels and volunteer efforts for health organizations, witnessed how disparities in wealth, education, and access to healthcare can negatively affect outcomes. Seeking a career that could contribute to addressing these disparities, Dr. Hawk entered the medical and educational professions. Dr. Hawk obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Washington.
  • Sheila McDevitt Board Member Ms. McDevitt has a wealth of experience in educational policy, business ethics and regulatory and corporate compliance. A former chair of the Board of Governors of Florida’s State University System, Ms. McDevitt recently concluded her long-term service on the boards of St. Leo University, Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc. (WEDU), and Hillsborough County Bar Foundation. She currently serves as an Emeritus Trustee on each of those boards. She also served on the Board of Directors and as chair of the compliance committee of Bay Cities Bank up until the sale of the Bank. Beyond her service to numerous educational, civic and professional organizations during her career, Ms. McDevitt served for many years as the senior vice president and general counsel of TECO Energy, Inc. A recognized leader in the Florida business community, Ms. McDevitt has been a member of the Florida Council of 100, has been inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame and received the Outstanding Contribution Award for Pioneering in Business Ethics from the University of Tampa. Ms. McDevitt received her undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University.
  • Theodore Polin Board Vice Chair Mr. Polin has more than 25 years of background as an attorney, accountant and advisor with broad experience in major transactions, financial matters and corporate governance, especially for healthcare entities and educational providers. Mr. Polin served as a partner for 15 years at the healthcare law firm of Epstein Becker Green. A former Certified Public Accountant, he also previously worked at KPMG LLP. Growing up as the child of a university professor and author, he learned from an early age the profound benefits of education in helping oneself and others, a particularly powerful tool in the healthcare field. Mr. Polin received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University and his law degree from the New York University School of Law. ​​​
  • Matthew Wootten Board Member Mr. Wootten brings more than 20 years of financial expertise and community engagement to UMA. Currently a principal of Marble Trail Financial in Vermont, Mr. Wootten helps his clients with investment management and financial planning. Previously, Mr. Wootten worked as a portfolio manager and member of the Investment Committee at Rock Point Advisors and as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. Preceding his career in financial services, Mr. Wootten served as a Peace Corps volunteer and manager of a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Nicaragua, where he helped farmers improve their standard of living by converting to sustainable agriculture. Mr. Wootten received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.​​