Deborah Miller


Deborah Miller is an entrepreneur and investor in early stage venture capital companies. She founded the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Academy Charter School in West Trenton, New Jersey, which was the first public boarding school to be chartered in the United States. In addition to the Say Yes to Education Inc. Board, Ms. Miller serves on the Trustees Council for Women, and the Committee for Undergraduate Financial Aid at the University of Pennsylvania. For over a decade Ms. Miller ran her own consulting company in the fashion industry advising both American and foreign companies on the United States fashion market. She handled projects of a wide range from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and India, to European countries such as Italy, England and Germany. She is a graduate of the College for Women at the University of Pennsylvania, and has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Miller is married to attorney William D. Zabel, they have three sons.

Our Team

George A. Weiss is the chairman of Say Yes To Education, Inc., a national non-profit foundation committed to opening access to post-secondary education for high poverty youth.

Neil Goldberg is President/CEO Raymour & Flanigan Furniture & Holdings. He graduated from Syracuse University School of Management in 1975 with a B.S. in Accounting.

Jane Toll worked for many years as a teacher and then as a custom home builder. She funded, ran and lived a program to support 60 inner city kids from third grade through college.

Sol H. Pelavin was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institutes for Research.

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Ahmeed Turner, Executive Director

Dana Lyons-Canty, Officer, Scholarship and Student Support