Board of Directors

Beyond the Bars’ Board of Directors play a pivotal role in both shaping the vision of the program and overseeing that it is carried out. The board is made up a mixture of leaders from all different parts of the city with different careers. One constant is that they are leaders who are driven to provide a strong program for our youth.

Board of Directors

Rollo Dilworth

Chairperson of the Board

Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of Music Education and Therapy at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA.  In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, Dilworth conducts the “Singing Owls” Campus/Community Chorus. His choral publications can be found in the catalogs of Hal Leonard, Colla Voce, and Santa Barbara.  His primary objective is to use choral music as a tool to address the social-emotional needs of youth, enabling them to make good decisions, set goals, express their emotions in positive ways, and be productive citizens in their communities.  Beyond to the Philadelphia area, Dilworth maintains active engagement with urban youth choral programs in Illinois, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and New York.

Khalia Robinson

Co-Vice Chairperson of the Board

Khalia Robinson: Upon watching the public school system change over the years, Khalia knew after graduating from Clarion University of Pennsylvania that she would have to get involved in keeping the arts in education. From this thought came opportunities to work with WUSL Power 99’s ‘28 Schools in 28 Days’, and co-creating the event ‘Putting The Neighbor Back In The Hood’ with WPEB 88.1 community radio.
These days, Khalia works as a Program Director for Philadelphia’s premiere literacy non-profit agency Mighty Writers, and does consultations and workshop facilitations for her start-up virtual community center, The1st Day Of Destiny.

Kevin Brown

Co-Vice Chairperson of the Board

Kevin Brown  is a dynamic community organizer through West Philadelphia’s People’s Emergency Center. Whether it is organizing programming for youth and Powelton Village residents, facilitating spaces for different community organizations or serving on Neighborhood Advisory Committees Kevin is a busy individual.  

Deep Shah

Co-Vice Chairperson of the Board

Deep Shah is a Philly born native who grew up in the far Northeast area of Philadelphia and currently resides in Francisville. Deep graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelors of Science with majors in Accountancy and Management Information Systems. Deep is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Pennsylvania and has worked as a tax consultant at KPMG for over two years.

Christine Gallagher

Leader of Grant Operations/Secretary

Christine Gallagher, MA, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist who received her Bachelor of Music (2012), Bachelor of Music Therapy (2013) and Masters of Music Therapy (2015) from Immaculata University. Finding a passion for community music therapy, she has facilitated group sessions for professionals and clients in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Jamaica.  She has presented at national and regional music therapy conferences, with a focus on her community music therapy work, as well as written three scholarly articles published by Music Therapy Perspectives.  At MusicWorks, she is currently the Assistant Director of Music Therapy,  providing  music therapy services to children, adults, and seniors with developmental delays, special needs and those needing emotional support in individual and small group formats. Christine has developed a strong musical foundation and functional use of harp, piano, percussion, voice and guitar in the clinical setting. Her mission is to use the power of music and her empathetic counseling competencies to help her clients grow to meet their fullest potential.

Jondhi Harrel

J. Jondhi Harrell, JUST LEADERSHIP FELLOW USA 2016, is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) in Philadelphia. TCRC offers comprehensive services for prisoners and formerly incarcerated people in the areas of re-entry, pre-entry, and advocacy. He plays a leadership role in numerous organizations, including the National Committee of Alternatives to Violence Re-Entry Program, the Formerly Incarcerated and Families Working Group of Decarcerate PA, the Coalition against Mass Incarceration (CAMI Philly), the Re-Entry Coalition of Philadelphia and the Quaker Network to End Mass Incarceration. Jondhi is co-founder of the Transitional Services Coalition and the BLOC Party (Build Lobby Organize Campaign), the movement to forge returning citizens of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania into a cultural, social, political, and economic coalition. He is a frequent guest lecturer on the topics of Mass Incarceration, Social Injustice, The New Underground Railroad, and Re-building Black America at universities, colleges, churches, organizations and community events. Jondhi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Management from the University of Phoenix and is a Master’s in Social Work candidate at Temple University.

Pat Cassidy

Music Outreach Fundraising Director

Pat Cassidy is a touring member of the Districts, a Philadelphia based band that has performed at festivals and venues across the world. PAt has used his connections within the greater Music Community to set up various fundraising opportunities such as benefit shows and Live Track EPs.