The Rebel Ventures Board informs, supports, and advocates for the Rebel Ventures mission, vision, and values.



Daniel Merin

Board Chair

Daniel Merin works in the School District of Philadelphia Office of School Climate and Safety and serves as the Secretary for Rebel Ventures.

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Dimitri Pappas 


Dimitri Pappas has worked for over 15 years in the food industry and is currently the founder/owner of Orchard Solutions, which advises businesses in the food industry.

Sophie Bryan


Sophie Bryan is a Senior Manager within the Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Board Members

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Charles Reyes

Charles Reyes is the Community School Coordinator at Murrell Dobbins High School.

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Tim Scott

Tim Scott is a Financial Processor at Vanguard. As an 8th-grader in 2010, Tim also co-founded Rebel Ventures.

Jane Kauer

An anthropologist by training, who studies food/eating and other social behavior Dr. Kauer taught college for many years. Presently she is a board member at Rebel Ventures.

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Melanie Silva

Melanie Silva is a proud Latinx woman who has worked in the film and video industry for over 15 years as a director, producer and editor. She is now the Co-Founder of Afresh Collective, a video production company with the mission to bring together diverse talent to tell authentic stories that celebrate our collective voices.
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Leland McGee

Leland McGee is a lawyer and educator. Adding value to others’ lives is his mission.