Brooke Network Team 2019-2020

Brooke logo - white alt Copy Created with Sketch. Meet my team

Ms. Laura Merwin

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Mr. Jon Clark

Co-Director, Operations

B.A., Oberlin College
Jon Clark helped found Brooke Roslindale in 2002 and served as the founding middle school principal. He served in that role until 2011, when he transitioned to the role of Co-Director for the Brooke network. Prior to Brooke, he was a a founding teacher and math department chair at Boston Collegiate Charter School, and a 1992 corps member with Teach for America In New Orleans.

Ms. Kimberly Steadman

Co-Director, Academics

B.A., Harvard College; J.D., Harvard Law School; M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education
Kimberly Steadman joined Brooke in 2004 as a math teacher and professional development coordinator. Since then, Ms. Steadman founded Brooke's first elementary school and co-lead the expansion of Brooke from one campus to five. Ms. Steadman is currently serving as network Co-Director and hold responsibility for all academic aspects of Brooke. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Steadman taught 4th grade in DC Public Schools and 5th grade in Chelsea Public Schools.

Ms. Hagar Berlin

Chief Development Officer

B.A., Wesleyan University; M.Ed., Stanford University
Hagar Berlin joined Brooke in 2017 as the Chief Development Officer on the Brooke Charter Schools network team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Berlin had 15 years of fundraising and executive experience at national education non-profits, including Reading Partners, Summer Search and Jumpstart.

Mr. Mark Loring

Chief Operating Officer

B.S., Appalachian State University; MEd, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Mark Loring joined the Brooke network staff in 2017 as the Director of Network Operations. Mr. Loring is currently serving as Chief Operating Officer for the network. Before joining Brooke, Mr. Loring worked in a variety of educational roles across the country, including as a 4th grade teacher in the Louisiana Delta, a home school teacher in Redmond, WA, and as a Director of Operations in Lawrence, MA.

Ms. Yvette Philip

Chief Financial Officer

B.S., Bentley University, M.S., Bentley University
Yvette Philip joined Brooke in 2014, as the Associate Business Manager on the Brooke Charter Schools Network Team. Ms. Philip is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Philip spent 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.

Ms. Molly Cole

Brooke East Boston Founder

B.A. College of the Holy Cross; M.Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education
Molly Cole joined Brooke in 2011, as a 1st grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Cole was the founding principal at Brooke East Boston from 2012-2018. Ms. Cole is currently serving as Brooke East Boston Founder on the Network Team, assisting with Talent/Recruitment and special projects. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Cole was a 2007 Teach for America corps member in Eastern North Carolina and also taught with Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Allison Friedmann

Science Department Chair

B.A., Williams College; M.A.T., National Louis University
Allison Friedmann joined Brooke in 2004, as a middle school science teacher in Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Friedmann has taught middle school humanities and third grade. Ms. Friedmann is currently serving as the science curriculum lead for the network. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Friedmann taught science at a high school in Chicago through Teach for America and taught middle school math and science at Uphams Corner Charter School.

Ms. Nicole Grandinetti

Director of Talent

B.A., Suffolk University; M.A., Columbia University
Nicole Grandinetti joined Brooke in 2016 as a fifth grade teacher at the Roslindale campus. Since then, she also taught 4th grade and is currently serving as the Director of Talent Recruitment for the network. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Grandinetti was a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member in the Mississippi Delta and also taught at Achievement First.

Mr. Dan Harris

Director of Data

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.Ed., Rhode Island College
Daniel Harris joined Brooke in 2016 as eighth grade math and science teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Mr. Harris is currently serving as the Director of Data for the Brooke network of schools. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Harris taught middle school science at Gilbert Stuart Middle School in Providence, Rhode Island as a Teach For America corps member.

Ms. Sarah Holden

Director of College Success and Post Secondary Support

B.A., Wheaton College; M.Ed., Lesley University; CAGS, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sarah Holden joined Brooke in 2011 as the Director of the Office of High School and College Success. She currently serves as the Director of College Success and Post Secondary Support, working with Brooke alumni as they earn their college degrees. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Holden was the Director of Guidance for an area high school.

Ms. Cristie McGrath

Director of Student Support Services

B.A., Arizona State University; M.S., Pepperdine University
Cristie McGrath joined Brooke in 2005 as the Dean of Student Life at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. McGrath has served as the Director of Student Support. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. McGrath taught math at a middle school within the Boston Public School system and was a special education teacher at Toll Middle School in Glendale, CA.

Mr. Ivan Rudnicki

Computer Science Department Chair

B.A., Harvard University
Ivan Rudnicki joined Brooke in 2015 as the network's founding computer science department chair. Since that time, Mr. Rudnicki has overseen the development of Brooke's elementary and middle school computer science curriculum, led the growth of a four-member computer science department at Brooke High and Eighth Grade Academy, and served as a coach of the high school's FIRST robotics team. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Rudnicki co-founded and served as the associate director of a non-profit organization dedicated to offering technology and engineering enrichment programs for Boston-area youth.

Ms. Christine Davis

Accounting and Payroll Manager

B.S. and M.S., Emmanuel College
Christine Davis joined Brooke in 2017 as the Accounting and Payroll Manager on the Brooke Charter Schools Finance Team. Before coming to Brooke, Christine worked for Children's Services of Roxbury for 16 years in Non-Profit Finance Administration.

Ms. Elaine Morgan

Human Resources Manager

B.A., Northeastern University
Elaine Morgan joined Brooke in 2006 as a Finance Assistant. Since then Elaine has worn many hats in the HR/Finance Department. Before coming to Brooke, Elaine worked in HR for a Technology Company and raised two beautiful daughters.

Mr. Chuck Peters

Facilities Manager

Tewksbury High School
Mr. Peters joined the Brooke staff in 2005 as the building manager, supporting the building’s expansion into a full middle school and then the addition of the elementary school. Prior to coming to Brooke, Mr. Peters worked at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Brighton as its building manager and for the Wingate nursing homes.

Ms. Sadie Shea

Associate Teacher Program Manager

B.A., The College of William and Mary; M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Boston
Sadie Shea joined Brooke in 2012 as the Kindergarten Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Shea has taught kindergarten and second grade at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Shea is currently serving as the Associate Teacher Program Manager for the Brooke network.

Mr. Raul Ripoll Vera

Finance and Operations Associate Manager

B.S. Universidad Abierta Intercamerina; M.S. Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires 
Raul Ripoll Vera joined Brooke in 2018 as the Finance & Operations Associate Manager on the Brooke Charter Schools Network Team. Before coming to Brooke, Raul worked in Finance and Operations in different networks of Chilean Charter Schools.

Ms. Kate Wright Apfelbaum

Senior Communications Associate

B.A., Trinity College; MPhil, Oxford University
Kate Wright Apfelbaum joined Brooke in 2018 as a Senior Communications Associate. Prior to joining Brooke, she worked in research and communication for Education Resource Strategies, American Institutes for Research, and the Pioneer Institute.

Mr. David Jordan

Senior Development Associate

B.A., Colgate University
David Jordan joined Brooke in 2019 as a Senior Development Associate on the Brooke Charter Schools Network Team. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Jordan worked as a Project Assistant on the production of digital fundraising and advocacy campaigns for non-profits at Sanky Communications.

Ms. Trelani Law

Finance Associate

A.S., Bunker Hill Community College
Trelani Law joined Brooke in 2012 as Finance Associate for Network. She manages receipts, invoices, deposits, checks and purchase orders. Before coming to Brooke, she worked at a daycare for 12 years.

Join our team, apply today!