Brooke Network Team 2023-2024

Ms. Kimberly Steadman

Network Co-Director

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-led the expansion of Brooke from one campus to five. Ms. Steadman is currently serving as network Co-Director and holds 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.

Mr. Jon Clark

Network Co-Director

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. 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.

Mrs. Suki Cintron

Chief People Officer

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M. Ed, Boston University
Suki Cintron joined the Brooke network staff in 2023 as our Chief People Officer. Before joining Brooke, Mrs. Cintron worked for over 24 years in a variety of educational roles across the country, including as a Director of Student Services and School Culture in Albany NY, Chief Operating Officer of University Prep in Rochester, and most recently as Regional Superintendent of Operations at Uncommon Schools- Roxbury Prep in Boston.

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. Cristie McGrath

Chief of Student Support

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.

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 in an advisory role to the Brooke East Boston leadership team. 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

Director of Science

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. Braelan Martin

Director of Special Programs

B.A., Wheelock College; M.Ed., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; MBA, Western Governers University
Braelan Martin joined Brooke in March of 2020, as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Roslindale. She now serves as the Director of Special Programs for the Network. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Martin worked for 3 years as a K-2nd grade special education teacher in a substantially separate classroom for students with social and emotional challenges.

Ms. Katie Megrian

Director of English Language Arts

B.A., Bates College; M.Ed., Bank Street College of Education
Katie Megrian joined Brooke in 2006 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Megrian served as a second, fourth, and fifth grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale and founding K-8 principal of Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Megrian is currently serving as the Director of English Language Arts for the network. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Megrian was a 2004 Teach for America Corps Member, where she taught Middle School in the South Bronx, New York.

Mr. Ivan Rudnicki

Director of Computer Science

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.

Mr. Doug Shaughnessy

Director of Data

BSBA, Northeastern University
Doug Shaughnessy joined Brooke in 2020 as Director of Data for the Brooke Network Team. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Shaughnessy worked in project management at Clean Harbors Environmental Services and corporate finance at GE Aviation and Keurig.

Ms. Dareon Stacker

Director of the Associate Teacher Program

B.A., Denison University; M.A., Northeastern University
Dareon Stacker joined Brooke's Network Team as the Director of the Associate Teacher Program in 2023. She previously was the Middle School Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Stacker started at Brooke Roslindale as an Associate Teacher in 2015, has taught sixth grade Math and Science at Brooke's Roslindale and Mattapan campuses, and worked as a Mentor Teacher. Before Brooke, Ms. Stacker worked with the Dudley Promise Corps, Generation Teach, and Breakthrough Collaborative New Orleans.

Mr. Raul Ripoll Vera

Director of Finance and Operations

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. He now serves as the Director of Finance and Operations. Before coming to Brooke, Raul worked in Finance and Operations in different networks of Chilean Charter Schools.

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.

Mr. David Jordan

Development Manager

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. Elaine Morgan

Human Resources Manager and Title IX Coordinator

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

Ms. Heaven Aguirre Aldana

Finance and Operations Coordinator

B.S., University of Massachusetts Boston; M.S., University of Massachusetts Boston
Heaven Aguirre Aldana joined Brooke in 2022 as an Office Coordinator at Brooke East Boston. She now serves as the Finance and Operations Coordinator. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Aguirre Aldana was working at Massachusetts General Hospital as a BFT Administrator.

Ms. Jayne Fritz

Data and Enrollment Coordinator

B.S, University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.A, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jayne Fritz joined Brooke in 2023 as the Data and Enrollment Coordinator. Prior to Brooke, Jayne was a preschool special education teaching assistant in Needham and Athol-Royalston Public School Districts and directed a Youth Choral Group.

Ms. Trelani Law

Accounts Payable Coordinator

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.

Ms. Vonnie Orellana

Digital Media and Communications Coordinator

B.A., Emmanuel College
Vonnie Orellana joined Brooke in 2022 as the Digital Media and Communications Coordinator on the Brooke Network Team. Before coming to Brooke, Vonnie attended Emmanuel College where she ran the HUELLAS (Helping Unite Emmanuel Latinos Lead & Achieve Success) organization and worked in the Information Technology Department.

Ms. Kat Brysh

Math Curator

B.S., Miami University in Oxford Ohio; M.Ed., Ursuline College
Kat Brysh joined Brooke in 2011, as a founding 1st Grade Teacher, at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Brysh taught 1st Grade as a founding teacher at the East Boston campus, served as an Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan and East Boston, and as the interventions coordinator at Brooke East Boston. She is now the Math Curator for the Brooke Network Team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Barnes taught 1st Grade at Excellence Boys School in Brooklyn and Kindergarten at Lighthouse Academy in Cleveland.

Ms. Heidi Deck

Math Curator

B.S., Vanderbilt University, M.Ed., Vanderbilt University
Heidi Deck joined Brooke in 2014 as a second grade teacher at Brooke East Boston. Since then, she founded the fourth grade team at Brooke East Boston and taught fourth grade for three years. She completed an instructional fellowship during the 2017 - 2018 school year. Ms. Deck has also served as the assistant principal for third through fifth grade at Brooke East Boston. She is now a Math Curator for the Network Team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Deck had five years of teaching experience including third grade, special education, and ELL teacher leader at Fulton Elementary in Aurora, Colorado.

Ms. Tara Chalifour

Math Curator

B.A., Colby College
Tara Chalifour joined Brooke in 2017 as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher. Ms. Chalifour is currently serving as a 7th grade math and science teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Chalifour was a Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and a 5th grade math teacher at Roxbury Prep and was a 6th grade math teacher at Match Charter School.

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