Ralph C. Bland currently serves as the CEO of NPFE and the Superintendent of Detroit Edison Public School Academy. He directs and manages the educational practices in teaching and learning and has been the visionary leader in obtaining the State of Michigan’s first charter school Blue Ribbon School recognition. Mr. Bland has led an inner city school with over 70% free and reduced lunch eligibility to earn continuous Skillman Foundation Good Schools, High Performing School recognition. He has over 20 years of educational experience as a mentor, coach, teacher, principal and superintendent.
Paris Hodge, C.P.A. serves as the organization’s CFO. She leads the finance and accounting functions for NPFE, as well as the NPFE schools. She directs and manages budget development, financial planning, cash receipts and disbursements, financial reporting and banking relationships. Paris is an accomplished financial executive who has over 15 years of solid school accounting experience.
Chief Academic Officer, Kimberly Motley-Bland, possesses over 20 years of school leadership and curriculum experience. As the founding principal of Detroit Edison Public School Academy, Kim created a sound academic plan to outperform the surrounding district and state averages on a number of indicators. She is responsible for developing the network’s curriculum, completing data analysis, providing professional development, and aligning supplemental instruction with state standards and the Common Core.