Leadership

Dante M. de Tablan, MSW
Dante M. de Tablan, MSW
Dante M. de Tablan is executive director and co-founder of the Ben Franklin Center for Community Schools which aims to provide proof of concept that community schools as resource hubs can transform neighborhoods. Dante has developed wraparound services for students and families in Brooklyn/Curtis Bay through public, private, and social sector partners that include capital improvements, mental health, health, family stability, early childhood development, teen parent support, learn-to-work coordination, and workforce development programs. Dante believes that to improve the life course of children, families, and communities, stakeholders need to develop upstream, two-generation interventions. Dante holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, and is completing his Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

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Heather Chapman, LCSW-C
Heather Chapman, LCSW-C
Heather Chapman is co-founder and deputy director of the Ben Franklin Center for Community Schools. Heather graduated from the University of Virginia with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. She obtained her Masters of Social Work Degree from University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2004.

She currently oversees the Ben Center’s day-to-day operations and has served as mental health clinician at Ben Franklin High School since 2011. Heather supervises master of social work interns from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She also leads the attendance and student support teams at Ben Franklin High School. These teams facilitate solutions to address chronic absenteeism, suspensions, and other issues experienced by students. Through her social work interns, Heather combines individual-, group-, and community-level interventions that utilize Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Attachment framework. Through these interventions, there has been a 60% reduction of depressive symptoms among students in the program. Attendance at the school has increased from 71% to 83% and student suspensions have decreased. Heather created and spearheads BENFEST, the Ben Center’s annual community festival which brought out 400 community members in 2015 and 800 in 2016. Heather also helped to craft/create and now oversee the United Way Family Center.

In addition to her work at the Center, she also serves as a Governor appointed member of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services State Advisory Group, a field instructor for University of Maryland School of Social Work and Social Work Faculty for the LEAH training at John Hopkins University where multidisciplinary leaders in the field of adolescent health are trained – focusing on disproportionate minority health.

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Otis M. Buckson, Jr., MHS
Otis M. Buckson, Jr., MHS
Otis M. Buckson, Jr. is an experienced Human Services Administrator, whose dedicated much of his career working with adult learners, youth, and return citizens. More recently, his focus has been fatherhood, workforce development, and fragile families’ initiatives.

Currently, Mr. Buckson serves as Director of the United Way Family Center, where he oversees three initiatives, including Workforce Development, Family Services, and Child Development. Throughout his professional career, he has impacted many families in Maryland through his work of advocating for family stability and financial freedom.

Mr. Buckson earned his bachelor degree in Elementary Education, from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. He holds a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration through a collaborative program at the University of Baltimore & Coppin State University, in Baltimore, MD.
Anyone looking to contact Mr. Buckson, can reach him by contacting the Ben Franklin Center for Community Schools at 410-246-4486 or via email.

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Kelly Oglesbee, M.Ed.
Kelly Oglesbee, M.Ed.
Kelly Oglesbee is the Community School Coordinator at Benjamin Franklin High School. Kelly graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She earned a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University in 2007. Kelly has been a Community School Coordinator in Baltimore City since 2008.
She currently oversees the integration of the community school strategy at Ben Franklin. Community schools in Baltimore City focus their work in six areas; youth development, enhanced academics and enrichment, health and social supports, family engagement, community development, and college and career. Kelly is also a member of the Curtis Bay Baltimarket team, and serves on the Baltimore Good Neighbors Coalition and the Masonville Cove Citizens Advisory Council
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