Every school begins with a thought that someone wants more for students. The PALCS Founders spent hours and hours completing paperwork to apply for the charter to open PA Leadership Charter School. The founders consisted of 5 members, all of whom wanted to make a difference.
Dr. James Hanak is a founder and the first CEO of Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School.
Founded and directed non-profit organizations since 1971.
Directed Doctor of Ministry Degree Program for Pastors – Leadership Training Center, Philadelphia.
CEO of a Pennsylvania cyber charter school in 2002.
Former Chief Executive Officer of PA Leadership Charter School, 2004 – 2022.
Speechwriter and presenter on dozens of topics to various churches and civic and political groups. Developed weekly TV talk show “Viewpoint, LSP,” produced in several Philadelphia area studios and on location; charged with hosting this dynamic counter-discussion group.
Served on the High Flight Foundation’s advisory board – Founder and Chairman Col. James Irwin, Moon Astronaut.
Contributing columnist to the Philadelphia Inquirer and the National Educator. Published nationally over 500 times in 51 newspapers and periodicals. Placed first in the Montgomery Newspapers Freedom Edition Essay Contest for essay on “U.S. Constitution Founded on Timeless Principles” – July 1987.
1986 to Present: Senior Systems Consultant with BAE Systems, an aerospace, engineering and software services firm. Provide consulting services to clients concerning software development and quantitative analysis.
1983 to 1986: Senior Associate with CACI Inc., a market research, software services and management consulting firm. Participated in financial system design, testing and implementation. Participated in financial system and supply chain training.
1979 to 1980: Adjunct Professor, Pennsylvania State University. Taught quantitative methods in operations research and operations management.
1974 to 1983: Systems/Operations Research Analyst and project manager at Navy Ships Parts Control Center, a federal supply chain agency.
Past position – Hardware Engineer with UNISYS, providing high level engineering hardware and software support for ES7000 Intel based mainframe family
Patents related to work include Data Compression / Decompression apparatus, built-in load board design for performing high-resolution quiescent current measurements and circuit for measuring quiescent current
Founded a start-up Regional ISP called Saferefuge.com, providing dial-up ISP services and Website hosting to personal and business accounts, as well as small business and home networking and PC repair services