CFR Board Updates

Council for Relationships welcomes new board members, Krystal Dillard & Emmy Miller.

Krystal Dillard is Co-Director of Natural Creativity Center, Germantown’s Self-Directed Education Center.

Bio from Natural Creativity Center website:

Krystal grew up attending public school in Los Angeles, where her family chose to lie about their home address to give her access to a better school. Since earning her master’s degree in education from Marymount University and bachelor’s degree in English from Howard University, Krystal has taught in a variety of different school settings – public and private, regional and international – all of which placed special emphasis on literacy, inquiry-based education, and democratic approach.

She was deeply influenced by her time at Children’s Community School in Van Nuys, CA where she developed her understanding of progressive education, equity, inclusion, and descriptive practices. She is a sitting member of the board of The Institute on Descriptive Inquiry.

Krystal is a lover of children’s literature and poetry, hiking, and exploring. She meditates, practices yoga regularly, and has kept a writing journal since she was eight years old, which she says helped her survive her traumatic and chaotic childhood. Krystal is married to Marc, a Philadelphia native with a passion for comics, art, and storyboarding. They are Germantown residents and dive into the community, history, and culture of the neighborhood.

Emmy Miller is President and Co-Founder of Liberty Business Strategies LLC

Bio courtesy of Emmy Miller:

With over 40 years of experience in executive coaching, change and transition management, succession planning, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and strategic planning, Emmy understands the issues that senior executives face daily, especially in these difficult times, and is, therefore, able to steer them toward greater organizational success and personal influence.

Emmy’s clients have included leading global organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia encompassing diverse industries such as Pharmaceutical, Industrial, Financial, Legal, and Multi-Nationals (IMF and the World Bank).

Emmy currently serves on the Board of Bala Consulting Engineers, a large engineering firm serving the Northeastern US with offices from Washington D.C. to Boston. She has actively participated in helping Bala achieve growth both organically and through acquisition.

Emmy has served on the national board of HRPS, the Board of the Broad Street Ministry, and the Board of the Forum of Executive Women. She has been selected by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women as a member of the “Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women.”

Emmy was born in a DP camp following WWII and immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was 18 months old.

CFR thanks outgoing board member, David W. Brown.

David W. Brown is diversity advisor to the Office of the Dean at Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University.

Bio from Temple University website:

David was appointed to his current administrative position in 2019 following Klein’s selection as the recipient of the AEJMC Equity and Diversity Award in 2018. He is also an assistant professor in the college’s Public Relations Department and provides strategic marketing counsel to Temple’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership.

Outside of Temple, he was previously general manager of 900 AM WURD, Pennsylvania’s only Black-owned talk radio station. He was named a “Champion of Change” by former president Barack Obama’s administration for his community efforts and has frequently contributed to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Tribune, and Philadelphia Business Journal.

David served on the CFR Board of Directors starting in 2018. CEO Deb D’Arcangelo said, “We were so fortunate to have David serve a term on the CFR Board. He is a visionary with always-helpful perspectives on responding to opportunities and challenges and an amazing approach to working with others. We thank him very much for his wonderful service to our mission.”