Joseph P. Watkins
President & CEO
Joe Watkins was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer by the Community Council Health Systems Board of Directors in March 2021. Mr. Watkins has spent more than two decades in healthcare as a board member with Lankenau Medical Center and Main Line Health. Besides hosting State of Independence on Lighthouse TV, he has been a political commentator for MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Al Jazeera as a former White House aide to United States President George H. W. Bush.
He was previously court appointed Receiver (Chief Executive) for the Chester Upland School District. Mr. Watkins served as a top aide to United States Senator Dan Quayle in the early 1980s. He also served University of Pennsylvania President, Sheldon Hackney as an assistant to the president before joining the White House staff of President Bush as Associate Director of Public Liaison. After leaving the White House, Watkins became an Equity Partner and Managing Director in an asset management firm with $3.2B AUM.
Mr. Watkins is a graduate of the Middlesex School, the University of Pennsylvania and the Princeton Theological Seminary. He pastored a church in Philadelphia for 23 years, serves on several boards and has received numerous honors and awards. He and his wife, Stephanie, are the parents of three married children and have six grandchildren. He is the author of the book “The New PC: Practical Consideration“ which is available on Amazon.
Natasha Boston has worked at Community Council for over 14 years. She began her tenure as an Assistant Teacher, and through opportunity, education, and perseverance she was appointed as the Director of Operations in 2018 and currently is the Vice President of Operations. Natasha holds an undergraduate degree in Education from Millersville University and an MBA from Strayer University.
Natasha is an accomplished professional with an extensive background in administrative and operational work within the mental health field. With a remarkable career spanning over two decades, she has dedicated herself to supporting and enhancing mental wellness for individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Natasha's journey began with a passion for helping others and a deep understanding of the importance of mental well-being. Throughout her career, she has diligently worked behind the scenes, ensuring the smooth operation of mental health facilities and organizations. Her exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to navigate complex administrative processes have made her an asset to every organization that she serves.
Over the years, Natasha has developed a profound understanding of the unique challenges faced by individuals seeking mental health support. She has consistently demonstrated empathy, compassion, and a commitment to providing a safe and inclusive environment for clients and colleagues alike.
Natasha's expertise extends beyond administrative duties. She actively collaborates with mental health professionals, contributing her insights to optimize workflows and improve the overall quality of care. Her dedication to fostering a positive, supportive atmosphere has earned her the respect and admiration of her peers.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Natasha is an advocate for mental health awareness and equality. She actively engages in community outreach programs, striving to reduce stigma and promote access to mental Health care.
Vice President of Operations
Alex joined Community Council Health Systems in July 2023 as Controller/CFO after consulting with the organization to provide financial services. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University and has 10+ years of experience in the fields of auditing, forensic accounting, litigation support and financial reporting and compliance. Prior to Community Council Alex oversaw financial reporting and compliance for US and International locations of a manufacturing company. Alex possesses a deep understanding of financial operations and a keen awareness of market trends.
Chief Financial Officer/Controller
Director of Human Resources
Karen Mellwig is the Human Resources Director for Community Council Health Systems. She graduated from Temple University Fox School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in human resources administration and a People First Certificate. Karen has over twenty-three years experience in Human Resources which has afforded her an endless opportunity to grow as an individual as well as an HR professional. She has a passion for improving employee experiences to afford them the ability to effectively service the clients and community we are charged to serve each day. Karen can work collaboratively with all levels of employees in all specialties (ie: administration, finance, building services, education services, as well as adult and child outpatient services). Her ability to follow ever-changing employment laws and regulations paired with her continued dedication to fairly serving her employer and employees at the same time has been critical in the ongoing evolution of Community Council’s continued success.
Chief Growth & Strategist Officer
Gina Sweet-Comrie began her career in Philadelphia after obtaining her BA in English from Penn State University. A NY native, she came to Philadelphia to attend Temple University while seeking a master’s in special education. Shortly following obtaining her Masters, Gina went on to obtain certifications in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from PCOM, and Trauma Therapy from Chestnut Hill College. Having exposure to both the mental health and educational industries has afforded Gina an opportunity to partner with over 20 school districts and 35 charter schools spanning several states. Gina holds dual certifications in Special Education and Special Education Leadership. She has dedicated over 20 years to Community Council, and over 15 years in leadership. Her unique balance of expertise, curiosity and perspective has aided in the development and customization of several specialized programs supporting students with exceptionalities. Always the teacher at heart, Gina has partnered with IIRP (Institute for Restorative Practices), where she has provided trainings to school staff and school leadership throughout the country for over the past 10 years. Most recently, Gina received an additional certificate in Sustainable Strategy and Disruptive Strategy through Harvard Business Online School. While her work gives her a great deal of joy, fundraising for programmatic and community causes is the most rewarding. It is fortunate that her passion and zest for fundraising has been cultivated through her active engagement in community services events as a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. However, above all, her proudest achievement, is being a mom to two teenagers and being able to apply what she has learned in their upbringing.