Board of Trustees
Kalimah Fergus Ayele
Kalimah Fergus Ayele has over 20 years of experience as a school leader and secondary science educator in both US and International public and private schools. She began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, East Africa and has also taught in South Africa, Lesotho and most recently, Egypt. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Stanford University, Master of Arts in Secondary Science education at Teachers College Columbia University, Master of Science in School Administration from the College of Saint Rose and most recently, an Ed.M in Organization Leadership through the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College Columbia University. She currently teaches Upper School science at The Spence School in NYC.
Jeanette Betancourt is the Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop. She leads and directs all U.S. Social Impact Sesame Street research-based, early care and education initiatives including areas in school readiness, health habits, food insecurity, incarceration, military families’ transitions, resiliency, literacy, special needs (autism), and other areas impacting vulnerable young children and the key adult influencers in their lives. She also is the developer of high impact bilingual traditional and new media initiatives. Dr. Betancourt received a BA from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, an MA in Speech and Language Pathology from Hofstra University, an MS in Bilingual Reading/Special Education from St. John's University, and an EdD in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Betancourt has been a Board Member since 2003 and is in her 3rd year as Board President.
Manu Bhagavan, PhD
Manu Bhagavan is a specialist on modern India, focusing on the twentieth-century late-colonial and postcolonial periods, with particular interests in human rights, (inter)nationalism, and questions of sovereignty. He is a Professor of History at Hunter College, serving as an undergraduate advisor in the History Department. Mr. Bhagavan has previously served as Chair of the interdisciplinary Human Rights Program based at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.
Richard Bogle is an attorney with almost thirty years of experience in civil litigation. He is currently a Senior Trial Attorney at Nationwide Insurance where he is involved in civil litigation, general liability, and complex New York State Labor actions, among other areas. He received his JD from Fordham University School of Law and his BA from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Bogle has been a Board Member since 2013.
Melissa Chin is the President/Education Director and Founder of Kid Krazy Preschool/Daycare in Astoria, Queens which has been serving students since 2000. She has an MA in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. Ms. Chin has been a Board Member since 2001.
Olubunmi Emigli is a Customer Sales and Marketing Manager with United Print Group Inc. Prior to joining this company in 2014, she worked for 13 years with firms such as Schulte, Roth and Zabel LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP and McGuire Woods LP. She has an LLB Bachelor of Law from Anglia Ruskin University in England. Ms. Emigli has been a Board Member since 2014.
Maura Fitzgerald is the Senior Director of Human Resources at Helen Keller International where she leads the global Human Resource functions of this international nonprofit dedicated to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition in the world. Prior to this, she was Director of Administration at Doctors without Borders-USA. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Ms. Fitzgerald has been a Board Member since 2009.
Charles Guadagnolo is a Project Manager with Toll Brothers, a real estate development firm specializing in building residential projects nationwide. Prior to joining Toll Brothers in 2013, Mr. Guadagnolo was President of his family real estate development business that focused on residential real estate projects. Previously, Mr. Guadagnolo was Vice President in the operational side of Bear Stearns. He has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Baruch College. Mr. Guadagnolo has been a Board Member since 2013.
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