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Board of Trustees
2015-16 Brooklyn Prospect Board of Trustees
Luyen Chou (Co- founder, chairman) Chief Product Officer, Pearson K-12 Technology
Christine Burke, formerly a member of the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School founding administrative team, is currently an Executive Director in the Technology Division at Morgan Stanley. Prior to this role she was a Talent Management Officer, Chief of Staff, Chief Operations Officer, Head of Executive Communications, and program/project manager within the Institutional Operations and Wealth Management Operations Divisions, and co-established the Client Connectivity group within the Foreign Exchange Division at Morgan Stanley in New York and London. As an independent consultant Christine has conducted strategy development, risk management and executive coaching assignments with fortune 100 companies as well as non-profits and start ups in NYC. She co-founded and has taught the New York City Charter School Center Start Right program for operations and finance staff at new NYC charter schools. She has been an NYC DOE high school math teacher in the Bronx, and spent over seven years as a process improvement and organization restructuring consultant in manufacturing, financial services, aviation and telecommunications industries at Coopers and Lybrand in New York and Sydney, Australia. Based on her love of photography, travel, and the written word, Christine founded the media company, Only In, LLC, which provides a platform for creative people to celebrate favorite places around the world.
Christine has a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and has completed extensive coursework at Teachers College towards master degrees in Elementary Education and Education Leadership. She is the daughter of a career educator, has been on the board of Partnership With Children, and tutored through EveryBody Wins for over 10 years.
Anne Burns, a founding board member, is currently Lower School Director of the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. Formerly the Executive Director & Head of School at the Harlem Day Charter School in Manhattan, Anne brings to us a wealth of school governance and practical school administration experience. From 2004-2006 Anne served as Principal and Head of The School at Columbia University where she was critical in growing their new school program. Prior to her stint at Columbia, Anne served for 17 years in a variety of roles at The Brearley School, including that of teacher, Lower School Head, and Assistant Head of School. After completing degrees from Colgate University and Lesley College, Anne began her career in education at Friend's Central School in Philadelphia. She is a much sought after speaker and facilitator at educational and leadership conferences. Anne has served on a number of educational boards in addition to that of Brooklyn Prospect and has most recently been involved with the planning and design of Avenues, a new school whose Manhattan campus opened in the fall of 2012.
Elizabeth Varley Camp, a founding board member, is President of Phare Capital Inc. and co-Managing Member of Alpha Investment Holdings, a Manhattan based investment firm. Ms. Camp has had nearly 30 years of experience in the private equity industry, at firms including Healthpoint Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, Gibbons, Green, van Amerongen, and Morgan Stanley. Ms. Camp serves on the corporate Board of Advanced Oilfield Services, Inc. She formerly served on the Board of six other companies; the Advisory Board of 22 private equity funds; and was a Trustee of two non profits.
Ms. Camp received a B.A. cum laude from Williams College, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. She resides in Manhattan with her two children.
Luyen Chou, Chair of the Board of Trustees and co-founder of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is the Senior Vice President, Product Strategy at Pearson, responsible for management of the company’s global product portfolio, product strategy, and product development life cycle. Prior to this role, he served as Chief Product Officer for the K-12 Technology group, and was responsible for K-12 platform and enterprise software product management and development. Luyen joined Pearson in 2011 as a result of the acquisition of Schoolnet, a leading provider of software for K-12 school districts and states.
Before joining Schoolnet in 2006, Luyen Chou was the Associate Head of The School at Columbia University – an independent K-8 laboratory school on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. Prior to that Luyen served as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Learning and Teaching, a research organization affiliated with The School and Columbia University, and was also as Founder, President, and CEO of Learn Technologies Interactive, Inc. (LearnTech), a New York-based company that develops innovative educational software tools and applications.
His career also includes a stint as Director of the New Laboratory for Teaching and Learning, and high school history, philosophy, and multimedia teacher at The Dalton School in New York City, where he collaborated on the development of a number of innovative computer-based and traditional curriculum projects, including an award-winning curriculum on New York City during the Civil War.
Luyen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard College and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University Teachers College.
Luyen has served on the board of directors of MOUSE, The Teachers Network and Black Rock Forest; and on advisory boards for numerous education organizations, including the New York City Department of Education and Harlem Day Charter School. He, his wife and two children are residents of Park Slope.
Melissa Draper is the Operations Lead for Towers Watson Metro New York offices where she supports the Managing Consultants and Account Directors. Melissa oversees the Operations Team in the client development group and ensures the Managing Consultants have the financial, marketing and communications and business information to effectively run the business while providing services to clients.
Prior to rejoining Towers Watson, Melissa was an independent communications and marketing consultant where she worked with clients to develop, plan and execute strategic marketing and communication strategies in various industries.
Melissa began her career with Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson), as a Communications Consultant. She worked with clients on human resources communications including health care, change management and pension plan redesign.
Melissa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Writing from Loyola College of Maryland. She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and daughter, Helen, a student at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School.
Stacey Hightower is the Chief Operating Officer of Group E within the DAS Group of Companies, a subsidiary of Omnicom with more than 16 years of financial and operational consulting experience. Stacey previously worked for LM+Co, a boutique advisory and restructuring firm and additionally spent nine years with AlixPartners, a global turnaround and restructuring advisory firm. Stacey has been an advisor to CEO's, Boards, and Private Equity Investors.
Stacey is a returned Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya where he worked with an NGO primarily focused on micro-credit lending to women’s groups. Stacey received his B.S.B.A from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.B.A. from Yale University School of Management. He, his wife, and two sons reside in Clinton Hill.
Pearl Rock Kane, a founding board member, holds the Klingenstein Family Chair at Teachers College, Columbia University where she is a professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership and the director of the Klingenstein Center. In that role she developed four successful, innovative programs for teachers and administrators. Prior to coming to Teachers College Pearl was a teacher and administrator in public and private schools in Michigan, Massachusetts and New York. She serves on several Boards including Editorial Projects in Education, which publishes Education Week; Uncommon Schools, a charter school management organization that manages 24 schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts; and, the United Nations International School where she chairs the Academic Policy Committee. Pearl is editor of The First Year of Teaching: Real World Stories by America's Teachers, Independent Schools, Independent Thinkers and The Colors of Excellence: Hiring and Keeping Teachers of Color in Independent Schools. She has published numerous articles on leadership, diversity, governance, and the attraction and retention of teachers. She received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and an award for the promotion of international education from the European Council of International Schools. Pearl holds a master’s degree from Smith College and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.
The mother of four children and grandparent of six, Pearl lives with her husband in Manhattan and spends lots of time with family.
Sam Koch is an associate in the litigation group at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP where he works on a variety of criminal and complex civil litigation matters. Sam also maintains an active and diverse pro bono practice. Prior to joining Kramer Levin, Sam served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barry T. Albin of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Sam attended law school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the Managing Editor of the California Law Review. During law school, Sam also volunteered as a teacher at a juvenile detention center.
Before attending law school, Sam taught second and third grade at River East Elementary School (P.S. 37) in East Harlem, New York as a Teach for America corps member. In addition to holding a J.D. from Berkeley Law, Sam holds an M.S. in Childhood Education from Pace University and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Northwestern University.
Sam has served on the Board of Directors for the California Law Review. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Kristin Bresnahan.
Kevin Mole is a Principal in the New York City office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he advises Fortune 500 clients on corporate strategy. He has over ten years experience working with the financial services sector in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the U.S., and is currently a core member of BCG's Financial Institutions Practice Area.
Prior to BCG, Kevin spent four years as a finance professional in investment banking at UBS in New York City. There he specialized in M&A (closing $8 billion in transactions) and capital-raising (participating in 32 successful capital markets assignments, representing over $12 billion in transactions).
Kevin currently lives in Williamsburg with his wife. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and earned his Bachelor's Degree, magna cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis.
Candice Olson, a founding board member, is the co-founder and co-CEO of The Fullbridge Program, a new category of education that prepares high school and college graduates worldwide for the global workplace. The program features teachers from every leading business school as well as industry leaders, and features all of the leading trends in high-end hybrid education models. In addition to developing new businesses at Time Warner and American Express, she is the founder of a successful media company, iVillage, still the leading online community for women. In recognition of Candice’s business contributions, she was awarded an Emmy for prime-time documentary television programming, the Matrix Award for contributions to online media, and the MIT Institute Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership, where she taught entrepreneurial leadership. She has spoken on many topics at the Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics, the World Economic Forum at Davos, MIT, Stanford, and many other venues. Candice served on the Board of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in NYC and has taught at Regis and BB&N. Candice was active in training and supervising instructors and in developing innovative new programs in outdoor education at Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School from 1973-1981.
Candice, who has a B.A. from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard, is married and lives in Harvard Square with her husband, Peter, who is the former CEO of Random House, the co-CEO of The Fullbridge Program, and teaches at Harvard Business School. They have seven children, three adopted from other countries.
David Von Spreckelsen is a Division President with Toll Brothers, Inc., where he started the City Living Office in 2004. David oversees the company’s acquisition and development activities in New York City as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island. At Toll Brothers, his responsibilities include everything from identifying and acquiring sites, managing design and the construction of buildings, and ultimately marketing and selling the residences.
Prior to joining Toll Brothers, Inc., David was the Director of Real Estate Development for Silvercup Studios where he managed the development of affordable housing and re-zoning efforts in Queens. He has also served as the Director of Corporate Real Estate for CBS Corporation, a Senior Real Estate Analyst for Guardian Life and a VP for the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
David holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MUP from Hunter College, and a BA in Economics from the University of Richmond. David is a licensed real estate broker in New York State, former Chairman of the Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable, and a former Co-Chair of the Land Use and Landmarks Committee of Brooklyn Community Board #2.
James Bernard, a Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance responsible for legislative, communications and strategic initiatives for the State of New York is also a community activist and nationally recognized leader on issues of popular culture, race and political action. A member the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, James is also a business development consultant for National Heritage Academies. James founded two leading hip-hop magazines, The Source and XXL, and has written about popular culture for the New York Times, the Village Voice and Entertainment Weekly and co-authored The Book of Rock and Rap Lists. In the 2004 election cycle, he founded and ran the Hip-Hop Civic Engagement Project, the country’s third largest nonpartisan voter registration drive, as well as the National Hip-Hop Political Convention, which brought 7000 activists to Newark. James is the former executive coordinator of the Project Forum on Race and Democracy, a project of the Rockefeller Foundation, and has served on the Independent Judiciary Screening Panel, which selects nominees for the New York State Supreme Court on behalf of the Democratic Party. He was a commissioner for the National Criminal Justice Commission, whose report, The Real War on Crime, was a national bestseller.
Janice Savin-Williams will be serving on the advisory board. She is a Co-founder and Senior Principal of The Williams Capital Group L.P. Established in 1994 by Mrs. Savin-Williams and husband Christopher, Williams Capital is a full service investment banking firm that serves institutional investors and corporations worldwide in the fixed income and equity capital markets. Over the past five years, Williams Capital has ranked among the top 20 most active underwriters of U.S. investment grade corporate debt and; has served as lead or co-manager on over 600 public debt and equity offerings with a total face amount of over $800 billion. Extremely active in the New York City civic and not-for-profit landscape, Mrs. Savin-Williams received The African American Heritage Award by The City of New York, the Partnership with Children’s 2004 Ann Vanderbilt Award and the 2004 Business Leadership Award of the New York State Supreme Court. She has served on the board of both community and professional associations, including Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and North General Hospital. She currently sits on the board of directors of several not-for-profit organizations including The Fresh Air Fund, Women In Need and NAACP-ACTSO. Additionally, she is on the advisory board of Partnership with Children and a Corporate Club member of the Roundabout Theatre Company. She also serves on the board of directors of ISI, Inc.