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Ellyn Jo Waller joins HNW board
May 9, 2022

Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D., as a member of its board.

Ellyn Jo is an advocate and educator who is engaged in civic as well as humanitarian efforts. She was a special education teacher in Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, and continues to advocate on behalf of students with special needs. She has devoted herself to education, women’s empowerment, and championing the fight against human trafficking, both domestically and internationally.

“The mission and vision of the program resonates with me,” Ellyn Jo said of Healthy NewsWorks. “As an educator, I know the importance of providing students with rich literacy engagement. Empowering participants with the ability to confidently communicate and think critically as they write will have long-term academic effects. I am happy to lend my expertise and network to the Healthy NewsWorks board as we continue to impact Philadelphia’s children through this stellar program.”

Ellyn Jo is president of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and a board member of Waldron Mercy Academy. She is a member of the United Negro College Fund Philadelphia Area Office Leadership Council and the Philadelphia chapter of The Links, Incorporated. 

Ellyn Jo is the partner in marriage and ministry of Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, the senior pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. She seeks to empower women through the Sisters in Christ ministry’s bi-monthly Bible Studies at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and monthly devotionals on the Under The Church Hat blog. Additionally, she leads the She’s My Sister ministry, which hosts an annual human trafficking awareness events that benefit the work of New Day to Stop Trafficking Program of the Greater Philadelphia Salvation Army and Hannah’s House LLC in Glassboro, N.J. 

“We are excited to have Ellyn Jo join our board,” said Marian Uhlman, executive director of Healthy NewsWorks. “Her advocacy for and devotion to education will be a benefit to our program and its participants.”

To learn more about the Healthy NewsWorks Board, visit our Who we are page.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.