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Class of 1989


Andreas Gaynor, Class of 1983Andreas Gaynor 


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WHS Activities: Student Council Secretary (11, 12); Representative (9-12); Basketball (9, 11, 12); Football (9-12); Lacrosse (9-12); Key Club (9-12); Library Aide (12); Varsity Club (9-12)

Post-Graduate Achievements: Graduate, University of Virginia; earned full athletic scholarship to play football at the University of Virginia; national restaurateur and entrepreneur; Founder and Head Coach, TribzLacrosse; Head Coach, University High School in Irvine, California


Carmina Taylor

 

Carmina Taylor

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Carmina Taylor is a passionate advocate and community leader who has dedicated her personal and professional life to supporting and empowering others. As a Wissahickon Alumnus, Carmina served her Class of ’89 classmates by leading the effort to name the high school Audion after their Principal Henry Van De Water as a class gift for their 20th Anniversary. For the 25th Anniversary, she had the local municipalities designate a Class of ’89 Day and, for the 30th anniversary, contributed to the completion of a memorial copper sculpture for a classmate, which is now featured in the WHS art room courtyard.

As a consultant for the past four years, Ms. Taylor has led the Montgomery County Cultural Proficiency, Race & Equity Student Ambassadors program in eight school districts. She has made a significant impact on various communities across the Commonwealth, focused on educational equity.

Embracing community focused leadership, Ms. Taylor became an Organizational Development Practitioner, earning a second graduate degree at Temple University. She is currently the Director of Campus and Community Engagement at Thomas Jefferson University, where she compliments the rigorous student academic experience by initiating community outreach initiatives, service learning projects and civic engagement activities.

In September 2022, Ms. Taylor was honored at President Biden’s United We Stand Summit Against “Hate” as a National Uniter for her relentless community outreach across Pennsylvania to combat hate and misunderstanding. In February 2023, she become the first Vice President of Strategic Projects for the International Organization Development Association, a global network of professionals fostering healthy and effective change within organizations and communities. In April, Ms. Taylor was nominated and then selected as a Bezos Family Foundation Educator Scholar, an award that afforded her the opportunity to actively participate in the Aspen Institute Big Ideas Festival.

Ms. Taylor is the founder of the “We Can’t Wait” PA Statewide Coalition, named after Martin Luther King’s first book, where he stated that justice needed to be demanded not asked. She is also the founder of The Movement for Black and Brown Lives of Montgomery County, a group that focuses on health disparities, educational equity policies and juvenile justice.

Ms. Taylor is a proud Citizen University Civic Saturday Fellow and Citizen Redefined Mentor, where she seeks to inspire all Americans in active citizenship for the greater good of the community.