Meet our Board of Trustees

Brigitte Bentele is an educator who spent her career teaching mathematics, supporting new teachers, and assuming administrative duties, primarily at Trinity School in Manhattan. She spent summer vacations volunteering at schools in Uganda, South Africa, and India and continues to do so at other times of the year since her retirement. Brigitte received a BA in mathematics from Earlham College, a Master in the Arts of Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and took postgraduate courses at Teachers College/Columbia University as a Klingenstein Fellow. Brigitte joined the TBCSC Board in 2015 and is Secretary of the Board and Board Academic Committee Chair.  

Sydney Blair is a long-time educator with broad and complex administrative experience leading alternative programs and schools in the New York City Department of Education. She led Passages Academy, an educational program serving court-involved youth, and Project Quest, a $5M federal grant program for English Language Learners and teacher certification. Sydney joined the Board in 2018 and she serves on the Board Academic and Facilities Committees.

Joanne Carris is an experienced educator with broad knowledge in special education and bilingual education. Joanne spent 12 years as a Learning Specialist in the New York City DOE designing and implementing literacy programs, training teachers, and providing one-on-one instructional support to students with special needs. In 2008, Joanne founded, and is currently the CEO of Premier Tutors, a professional service that provides expert tutors to work with students in individualized learning and guidance to enhance academic achievement. Joanne authored a book about students with learning differences entitled Ghosts of No Child Left Behind and co-authored a chapter in Teacher Evaluation: The Charge and the Challenges. Joanne earned a BA at the University of Michigan, MAs in Special and Bilingual Education, Philosophy of Education at Bank Street College and a PhD in Education at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Joanne joined the Board in 2017 and she is a member of the Board Academic and Development Committees.

Hoi Hayden Chan is a 25-year Treasury Finance professional and former trader with financial experience in the areas of higher education, insurance, global commercial banking, risk management on a major stock exchange, and financial institution client relations. His expertise in liquidity and cash management, equities, options, and foreign exchange has guided his career in the finance sector, most recently to New York University as Global Banking & Cash Management Treasury Manager. Hayden graduated from Baruch College in New York City with a BBA in Accounting, recently joined the Board in 2020, and serves on the Finance and Governance Committees.

Bruce Greenwald has been a Senior Managing Director of AEP Capital LLC and its predecessors (AEP) since 1989.  AEP is a specialized investment/merchant banking firm located in New York. Prior to joining AEP, Bruce was a partner with Arthur Young & Company (a predecessor of Ernst & Young) where in addition to managing the tax services provided to several of its largest clients, he served as the firm’s Northeast Region Director of Taxes and was a member of the firm’s National Tax Operating Committee. Bruce was a founder of the Greenwald Professional Development Grant Program under the auspices of the Montclair Foundation for Education Excellence in Montclair, NJ.  Bruce currently serves as a director of Crème de la Crème Inc. and has served as a director of a number of portfolio companies held by AEP as well as various philanthropic organizations. Bruce received a BS in Business Economics and an MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester. Bruce joined the Board in 2009 and is the Treasurer and Board Finance Committee Chair, and serves on the Facilities Committee.

Krista Hammond is a business professional with 25 years of experience in the Luxury Beauty industry. She has led the marketing teams in International Beauty companies in global events, communications and strategic planning. Her strong background in international business development led her to work in many countries around the world. Krista was born in Australia, graduated with a degree in International Business and a minor in Japanese Language, where she started her career in Education in the Beauty industry. Krista now calls New York City home and was recently honored by the Australian/American Association as a successful Australian Business Women with an International career. She is currently a volunteer with Artworks NYC, teaching Art History in New York Public Schools, and studying at the Teachers College/Columbia University completing an Advanced Certificate in College Advising. Krista joined the Board in 2019, and currently serves on the Governance Committee and is the Development Committee Chair.

Paul Libretta is an experienced legal and management professional with a successful career in international banking and financial markets. His expertise is grounded in legal and business matters, including acquisitions, capital markets, asset management, strategic partnerships, corporate governance, regulatory affairs, compliance, and litigation management, as well as data privacy and security. Paul previously worked in private practice for two corporate law firms in New York City, was General Counsel for Credigy, a specialty finance company, and is currently a corporate lawyer for the National Bank of Canada, as Head of Legal and Compliance for U.S. operations. Prior to his legal career, Paul served his country in the U.S. Army achieving the rank of Captain. He graduated with a BS from U.S. Military Academy, at West Point, and obtained a JD, with honors, from Brooklyn Law School. Paul joined the Board in 2019, and serves on the Facilities Committee and is the Chair of the Governance Committee.

Jane Ehrenberg Rosen has spent her entire career in education as a teacher, a curriculum director and a principal in outstanding public and independent schools in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Most recently at Trinity School in Manhattan, she restructured the Middle School. As Director of Instruction, K-12, in the Fairfield Public Schools (Fairfield, CT), she led faculty, administrators, and parents in creating a structure for curriculum development. Prior to that in Briarcliff Manor Public Schools (Briarcliff Manor, NY), she restructured the Middle School. As a consultant, Jane coordinated and led the program for Learning Leaders, a nonprofit organization that places volunteers in New York City public schools and wrote the organization’s history. She also consulted for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and created and implemented a K-12 educational program for a newly created refugee camp school at Wahliniby in Ethiopia. Jane earned a BA in History at Northwestern University, MAs from Stanford and Pace Universities, together with an EdD from Teachers College/Columbia University.  Jane authored the original charter for The Bronx Charter School for Children and has been on the Board since the school was chartered. She is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and sits on the Academic, Governance and Development Committees.

Mark A. Samuel is an attorney who represents clients across a broad range of industries, including real estate, hospitality, and media. He is currently Of Counsel at Burgher Gray LLP. Mark’s principle areas of focus are Complex Litigation and IP and Technology, with an emphasis on the use of blockchain technology, regulation of cryptocurrencies, and cybersecurity. Prior to Burgher Gray, Mark worked in private practice, and the corporate law departments of Chicago Insurance Company and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Mark earned a JD from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Arlington. Mark joined the Board in 2020.

Nicole Schmidt is a Managing Partner, co-founder of Oberon Securities, LLC, and member of Oberon’s management committee, bringing more than 22 years of entrepreneurial experience and leadership to the firm.  She spearheads Oberon’s consumer and retail group and is actively involved in the firm’s TMT practices. Prior to co-founding Oberon in 2001, Nicole was a partner in Kentech Ventures, a software incubator. Nicole is a lawyer; she earned her JD at New York Law School and a BA in political science at New York University. Nicole joined the Board in 2018 and serves on the Development and Facilities Committees. 

Suellyn P. Scull is an outstanding educator who taught science subjects and served as the Upper School Head, Associate Head of School, and Interim Head of School at Trinity School in Manhattan. Suellyn became involved in developing charter schools when she joined The Learning Project, where she served as Director of Academic Affairs, which opened the first charter school in New York City, the John Reisenbach School. She served as a vestry person at Trinity Wall Street and is on the Board of Explore Charter Schools, Inc, as well as part of the national leadership team of All Our Children (AOC) which works to combat educational inequality in public schools.  Suellyn is a native of Australia and prior to her career in education, she was a pharmacist. She earned a BSc degree in Pharmacy from the University of Queensland (Australia). Suellyn joined the Board in 2016 and until recently, was head of the Board Governance Committee that oversees school policies, together with recruitment and onboarding of new Board members. She is also a member of the Board Development Committee.

Laurence Slous is the founder of Slous Law Group LLC. Larry practices in the areas of corporate law and commercial real estate in New Jersey and in other parts of the United States.  He is on the Advisory Board of Investors Bank. Larry attended Cornell University, where he graduated with a BS degree, majoring in industrial and labor relations. He also graduated from New York University School of Law. Larry was born and raised in the Bronx. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and taught in the New York City Public School System while attending law school. He is President of the Board of Trustees of Family Service League, Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit specializing in family and sexual abuse counseling in Essex County, New Jersey. Larry joined the Board in 2010, is currently the Vice President of the Board, Head of the Facilities Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee. 

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