Our Team

Together, we collaborate to close the achievement gap for all the scholars in our network. 

Network Team
Our Board
Brooke Roslindale Team
Brooke Mattapan Team
Brooke East Boston Team
Brooke Eighth Grade Academy Team
Brooke High School Team

Network Team

Mr. Jon ClarkEmail Mr. Jon Clark
Co-Director, Operations

Co-Director, Operations

B.A., Oberlin College

Mr. Clark founded the original Brooke Roslindale middle school in 2002, and he served as school principal until 2011. Currently, he serves as Network Co-Director. Before coming to Brooke, he was a founding teacher at South Boston Harbor Academy (now Boston Collegiate Charter School) where he also served as math department chair for four years. Mr. Clark also taught junior high school math for two years in Belle Chasse, Louisiana and worked as a researcher for a professor of International Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Clark was a 1992 Teach for America corps member.

Ms. Kimberly SteadmanEmail Ms. Kimberly Steadman
Co-Director, Academics

Co-Director, Academics

B.A., Harvard College; J.D., Harvard Law School; M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ms. Steadman joined the Brooke staff in 2004, where she served as a lead teacher, math teacher, and professional development coordinator. She then spent the next school year planning and founding the original Brooke Roslindale elementary school, which opened in August of 2006. Ms. Steadman served as elementary principal from 2006 until 2011; during which she also taught third and fourth grade reading, third grade math, and sixth grade math. Prior to joining Brooke, she worked as a fifth grade teacher for the Chelsea Public Schools and as a fourth grade teacher in Washington, DC. Ms. Steadman was a 1997 Teach for America corps member.

Ms. Hagar BerlinEmail Ms. Hagar Berlin
Chief Development Officer

Chief Development Officer

MA in Education, Stanford University; BA in English, Wesleyan

 

Hagar joined as Brooke’s new Chief Development Officer in September 2017. Hagar has more than 15 years of non-profit leadership and fundraising experience, focused entirely on programs that provide high quality education interventions for students from low-income communities. Most recently, Hagar served as the Vice President of Development for Reading Partners, a national literacy program, where she oversaw the effort to raise more than $25 million annually.  Before joining Reading Partners, Hagar was the Executive Director of Summer Search San Francisco and, before that, she was a Development Director for Jumpstart’s West Coast region.  She has an MA in Education from Stanford University and a BA in English from Wesleyan University.

Ms. Molly ColeEmail Ms. Molly Cole
Brooke East Boston Founder

Brooke East Boston Founder

B.A. College of the Holy Cross; M.Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ms. Cole joined the Brooke East Boston team as founding principal after teaching first grade at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Cole taught first grade as a Teach for America corps member in North Carolina and second grade at a Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia. She earned her Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.

Ms. Sadie SheaEmail Ms. Sadie Shea
Associate Teacher Program Manager

Associate Teacher Program Manager

B.A., The College of William and Mary

Ms. Shea joined Brooke Mattapan as the kindergarten Associate Teacher. Originally from Virginia, Ms. Shea received her undergraduate degree in English from William and Mary. After teaching in Brooke Mattapan, she is excited to be a part of the associate teacher program leadership team.  

Ms. Allison FriedmannEmail Ms. Allison Friedmann
Science Department Chair

Science Department Chair

B.A., Williams College; M.A.T., National Louis University

Ms. Friedmann joined Brooke Roslindale in August 2004. This will be her third year as the network science department chair. While at Brooke, she has taught science in a variety of grades from first through eighth. She has also taught third grade self-contained and sixth grade ELA/social studies. Before coming to Brooke, she taught fifth/sixth grade math and science for two years at Uphams Corner Charter School and science for two years at a public high school in Chicago. Ms. Friedmann was a 2000 Teach for America corps member.

Mr. Ivan RudnickiEmail Mr. Ivan Rudnicki
Computer Science Department Chair

Computer Science Department Chair

B.A., Harvard University

Mr. Rudnicki joined Brooke Charter Schools in 2015 as the organization’s founding Computer Science Chair, tasked with overseeing the development and implementation of a comprehensive computer science curriculum for the three Brooke campuses. He brings to this position more than 12 years of experience in educational technology and curriculum development, having co-founded and served as the Associate Director for a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering technology-focused academic enrichment programs for Boston-area youth.

Ms. Yvette PhilipEmail Ms. Yvette Philip
Finance Director

Finance Director

B.S., Bentley University, M.S., Bentley University

Ms. Philip joined Brooke Charter Schools as the Associate Business Manager after spending 10 months as the Education Pioneers Data Analyst Fellow at Building Excellent Schools. Prior to her fellowship she was a Senior Financial Analyst at Liberty Mutual and Audit Senior at Deloitte and Touche. She received both her B.S. in Corporate Finance and Accounting, and M.S. in Accountancy from Bentley University. This year, she returns to Brooke as the Finance Director.

Mr. Raul Ripoll VeraEmail Mr. Raul Ripoll Vera
Finance and Operations Associate Manager

Finance and Operations Associate Manager

B.S. Universidad Abierta Intercamerina; M.S. Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires 

Raúl’s life has been marked by journeys. He was born in Chiloé, an island located in the south of Chile but raised in the south of Argentina. At the age of 17, he moved to Buenos Aires to pursue his Bachelor degree in Business Administration. Then, he did a certified postgraduate course on Local Development and Social Economy and finally a Master of Science in Project Evaluation.

He has worked with non profit organizations since the year 2002. While living in Argentina, he volunteered in several Non Profit Organizations and at the same time he worked at a Nuclear Plant Operator.
In 2014, he moved to Santiago de Chile with his family and worked as a Financial Analyst and later as Operations Director at different Chilean Charter School Networks. In the year 2018 he joins Brooke Charter Schools as Operations and Finance Associate Manager.

Ms. Cristie McGrathEmail Ms. Cristie McGrath
Director of Student Support Services

Director of Student Support Services

B.A., Arizona State University; M.Ed., Pepperdine University

Ms. McGrath joined the Brooke staff in 2005 as the Dean of Student Life, and she is currently serving as the Director of Student Support. Prior to joining the Brooke staff, she served as the Math Coordinator and sixth and seventh grade Math teacher at a Boston public middle school. She also served as special education department head and taught special education classes at Toll Middle School in Glendale, CA.

Mr. Mark LoringEmail Mr. Mark Loring
Director of Network Operations

Director of Network Operations

B.S., Appalachian State University; MEd, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mr. Loring joined the Brooke staff in 2017 as the Director of Network Operations. Before he joined Brooke, Mr. Loring was the founding Dean of Operations at Spark Academy, a turnaround middle school in Lawrence, MA. While at Spark, the staff was able to move the school from a level 4 to a level 1 rated school. Prior to his time in school leadership, Mr. Loring taught 4th grade in Redmond, WA and down in Tallulah, LA. Mr. Loring was a 2010 Teach for America corps member and a founding corps member for TFA’s Louisiana Delta region.

Ms. Jessica KnightEmail Ms. Jessica Knight
Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist

BS and MS from University of New Hampshire in Occupational Therapy

Ms. Knight joined Brooke after working at Children’s Hospital Boston and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she provided occupational therapy support and participated on a number of multidisciplinary evaluation teams. She will be providing individual and small group OT support to Brooke scholars. 

Ms. Sarah HoldenEmail Ms. Sarah Holden
Director of the Office of High School and College Success

Director of the Office of High School and College Success

B.A. Wheaton College; M.Ed. Lesley University; CAGS in School Counseling, University of Mass Amherst

Ms. Holden has been the Director of the Office of High School and College Success at Brooke since August 2011. Prior to Brooke, Ms. Holden directed the guidance department at Beach High School, an alternative high school in Watertown. Before starting her career in school counseling, she was a campus director and program manager with Citizen Schools, a national leader in out-of-school time programming.

Ms. Nicole GrandinettiEmail Ms. Nicole Grandinetti
Director of Talent Recruitment

Director of Talent Recruitment

M.A., Columbia University; B.A., Suffolk University 

After graduating from Suffolk University in 2010, Ms. Grandinetti began her teaching career as a Teach For America Corps Member in the Mississippi Delta. She later became a teacher, grade level chair, and curriculum fellow at Achievement First in Connecticut and Rhode Island. After teaching fourth grade at Brooke Roslindale, Ms. Grandinetti is thrilled to recruit new teachers to join the Brooke network!

Mr. Dan HarrisEmail Mr. Dan Harris
Director of Data

Director of Data

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.Ed., Rhode Island College
 
Mr. Harris is excited to be a part of the Brooke Mattapan team as an eighth grade science and math teacher!  After graduating with a degree in Neuroscience from Dartmouth, Mr. Harris taught sixth and eighth grade science in Providence, Rhode Island as a Teach For America corps member. Before becoming the Director of Data, Mr. Harris taught eighth grade math and science at Brooke Mattapan. 

Ms. Christine DavisEmail Ms. Christine Davis
Accounting and Payroll Manager

Accounting and Payroll Manager

B.S. Business Administration & M.S. Management, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
 
Mrs. Davis joined the Brooke team as an Accounting and Payroll Manager on September 18th, 2017.  Prior to joining Brooke, Mrs. Davis worked for Children’s Services of Roxbury where she worked in Non Profit Finance and Administration for 16 years.  Mrs. Davis is excited to be part of the Brooke HR and Finance Team!

Ms. Trelani LawEmail Ms. Trelani Law
Finance Associate

Finance Associate

Ms. Law worked in a daycare for twelve years in Brookline as an Infant, Mixed, Toddler Teacher. She joined the Finance team in 2012 as a Finance Associate managing the receipts, purchase orders, invoices and checks for the Network. She also provides any customer service questions for all staff.

Ms. Elaine MorganEmail Ms. Elaine Morgan
Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager

 

Ms. Morgan has worked for Brooke for over ten years, coordinating accounts payable, and most recently administering staff benefits. Prior to joining Brooke, Ms. Morgan worked at Bull HN Technology managing benefits and 401k programs for their staff.

Ms. Isabella CucchiEmail Ms. Isabella Cucchi
Senior Development Associate

Senior Development Associate

B.A., Wesleyan University

Ms. Cucchi serves as Brooke’s Senior Development Associate after spending four years at Reading Partners, a national nonprofit organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to elementary school students reading below grade level. At Reading Partners, Isabella served two years as an AmeriCorps Site Coordinator at Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School in the Bronx, and then joined the Reading Partners New York staff team as Special Projects Manager, supporting the region in a fundraising and operational capacity.

Ms. Kate Wright ApfelbaumEmail Ms. Kate Wright Apfelbaum
Senior Communications Associate

Senior Communications Associate

MPhil, Oxford University; B.A., Trinity College 

Prior to joining Brooke, Ms. Apfelbaum focused on research and communications for Education Resource Strategies and served as the Peters Fellow for Education Policy at the Pioneer Institute. Her research has focused on the social, economic, and educational impact of school choice, school system transformation, and the equity of state funding formulas.

Board of Directors

Mr. LaRoy Brantley

Meketa Investment Group, Principal

LaRoy brings close to 20 years of experience in financial management to Brooke.  A Principal at Meketa Investment Group, his consulting work includes investment policy design, asset allocation modeling, public markets manager due diligence, and fund performance analysis, among others. In his previous  role at Cambridge Associates, he provided investment guidance to endowments, foundations, and individuals, with oversight of over $5.0B in assets. He also spearheaded his firm’s outreach to minority-owned businesses. Earlier in his career, he taught Classics for seven years at Roxbury Latin School. He played Varsity football and track and played professional football with the New England Patriots. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T.

Mr. Alex Finkelstein

General Partner, Spark Capital

Alex is a General Partner at Spark Capital and joined the firm at its inception. He has led Spark’s investments in 8D World, Altius Education, Linkwell, OnSwipe, peerTransfer, and Wayfair. He also led Spark’s previous investment in 5min Media (acquired by AOL). Prior to joining Spark, Alex was the creator and producer of a number of television shows and Internet properties that he sold to major networks, including FOX, E!, Discovery, ITV1 (U.K.) and Yahoo. Previously, Alex was a Principal at Seed Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm that was formed in partnership with Softbank. Before joining Seed Capital Partners, Alex was an Associate at Grandbanks Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm that was also formed in partnership with Softbank. Alex also worked at Cambridge Associates, where he served as a Senior Venture Capital Research Associate and Senior Consulting Associate. He holds a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College. Alex joined the board in 2012.

Mr. Jacob Grossman

Chair, Brooke Schools Foundation Board

The Grossman Companies, Inc.

Prior to joining The Grossman Companies, Jake worked for five years at BayNorth Capital, a real estate equity firm in Boston. Jake previously worked at Cushman & Wakefield where he was involved in a variety of institutional real estate transactions totaling more than $2.5 billion. He is actively involved with the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP), The Roxbury Latin School, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Jewish Big Brother Big Sister. He earned his B.A. at Brown University.

Ms. Joanna Jacobson

Managing Partner, Strategic Grant Partners
President, One8 Foundation

Joanna Jacobson is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Grant Partners, a venture philanthropy organization that is both a foundation and pro-bono consulting firm. She is also the President of the One8 Foundation.  Previous to this, Ms. Jacobson’s career was in private industry where she held senior management and marketing positions in turnaround businesses including the President of the Keds Corporation and SVP Marketing and Product Development at Converse Corporation. Earlier in her career, she worked at Colgate-Palmolive in product management and worldwide new product development. She has also taught at the Harvard Business School and was a partner in Core Strategy Group, a marketing strategy consultancy.

Ms. Jacobson earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. She serves on the advisory board of EdLabs, and the boards of Youth Villages & YV MA, Edward Brooke Charter School, HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and Unlocking Potential Education Network.

 

Ms. Lauren Kushman

Independent Consultant

Lauren Kushman is an independent consultant who provides strategic support to philanthropies and nonprofits. Most recently, Lauren was the Director of Financial Strategy and Planning at Lawrence Public Schools. Lauren previously managed NewSchools Venture Fund’s Boston Charter School Fund, supporting several growing charter school organizations. Lauren began her career as a high school science teacher at North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, New Jersey. Lauren holds a BA in chemistry from Princeton University and an MBA and Education MA from Stanford University.

Mr. Charles H. Ledley

Analyst, Highfields Capital Management
 
Charles H. Ledley is an Analyst at Highfields Capital Management. He joined Highfields in May 2010 and serves as a generalist focused on special situations. Prior to joining Highfields, Mr. Ledley was a partner at Cornwall Capital, a private investment firm focusing on special situations across a wide array of asset classes. Prior to joining Cornwall, Mr. Ledley was a consultant at Bain & Company. Previously, he worked for Golub Associates; at the time, a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and growth capital investments. Mr. Ledley serves on the boards of directors of Democrats for Education Reform and Pig Iron Theater Company. Mr. Ledley received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts cum laude from Amherst College.

Devita McConnell

Office of the Chief Legal Counsel, Forms Manager

Devita McConell was born, raised and educated in the Dorchester section of Boston.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1990.  Upon graduation, she began attending and actively volunteering at Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan. Throughout her 25 years at the church, she has served in many ministries, including GED Preparation for adults and running the tutoring program for the children of the church. Ms. McConnell currently leads a young women’s ministry named, LADIES (Living As Determined Individuals Empowered to Succeed) whose mission is to prepare young ladies to be awesome women of God. Ms. McConnell and her husband, Stanley, are proud Mattapan residents and the parents of two Brooke alumni. 

Mr. Scott Oran

Board Chair

Founder and Managing Director, Dinosaur Capital Partners

Previously, Scott served as Executive Director of Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for its real estate investing activities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic United States. Earlier in his career, he was Partner and Regional Director of TA Associates Realty, Vice President of Fleet Bank in Boston, and Director of Acquisitions for Unihab. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University and and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Scott joined the board in June 2010.

Thomas O’Rourke

Bain Capital, Principal

Tom O’Rourke is a Vice President at Bain Capital within the firm’s North American Private Equity division.  He has experience investing across a variety of industries, including the healthcare, consumer/retail, and media sectors.   Prior to joining Bain Capital, Tom worked at Goldman Sachs within the firm’s Private Equity Group.   He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated with an AB in Economics from Princeton University.    

Tom is passionate about reforming the country’s education system to close the achievement gap.  Prior to joining Brooke Charter School’s Board of Ambassadors, he served on its Alumni Committee, which focuses on ensuring Brooke alumni graduate from a four-year college or university and are career-ready.  Previously, he served as an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellow, where he worked as the Facilities Turnaround Manager at UP Education Network, a school turnaround organization.  He has also volunteered on the Director’s Council of Excel Academy, an East Boston charter school.  In addition to his work with Brooke Charter School, Tom currently serves on the Board of Urban Improv, a Boston-based non-profit focused on youth development and violence prevention through improvisational theatre.

Trevor Rozier-Byrd

State Street Bank and Trust Company, Vice President and Counsel in the Global Markets Division

Trevor is a Vice President and Counsel in the Global Markets Division of State Street Bank and Trust Company.  Prior to joining State Street, Mr. Rozier-Byrd’s was a Senior Associate at WilmerHale where his practice focused on domestic and international corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and public and private capital markets transactions. Mr. Rozier-Byrd also represented companies and entrepreneurs in connection with a broad range of start-up company matters. Mr. Rozier-Byrd received his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 2010, and his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College in 2005. Mr. Rozier-Byrd is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, a member of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Executive Committee.

Board of Ambassador Members

  • Richard Albert, Boston College Law School
  • Marvin Cine, Goulston & Storrs
  • Ryan Duffy, The Baupost Group
  • Nicole Eduwensuyi*, Breakthrough Collaborative 
  • Imran Eba, Action Potential Venture Capital
  • Adam Foss, Prosecutor Integrity
  • Jeff Joseph, Massasoit Community College
  • Andrew Locke, Essex Hydro Associates
  • Luisa Peña Lyons, Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Divya Mani, Transcend Education
  • Keishalee Shaw, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Zachary Sokoloff, Harvard Business School
  • Sydney Swain, Cartrawler
  • Taisha Sturdivant, Klein Hornig
  • Christine Vincenti, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation
  • Ray Xi, Bain Capital

*Brooke Alumnus

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