Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Jill Inbar lives in Brooklyn with her husband Tomer and their three children, all of whom matriculated in 6th grade and either attend or have graduated from Brooklyn Prospect Charter School. Since becoming a Brooklyn Prospect parent in 2010, Jill has been an active member and leader of the Parent Student Teacher Organization (PTSO), and first served as a member of the Brooklyn Prospect Board of Trustees in an ex-officio capacity as President of the PTSO.
Jill grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and earned her B.A. with a double major in History and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University before earning a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law, cum laude. Previously, Jill practiced as an attorney at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler in New York and D.C. and at Shea & Gardner/Goodwin Procter in D.C. She has extensive experience in areas including corporate governance and regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and commercial contracts and also complex commercial litigation. Jill serves on a number of nonprofit boards and is an avid photographer currently studying photography at the International Center for Photography and privately with various instructors.
Chief Product Strategy Officer
Co-founder of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Luyen Chou is the Chief Product Strategy Officer at Pearson Education. In this capacity, he is responsible for the company’s global product portfolio strategy.
Prior to this role, he served at Pearson as Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, and Chief Product Officer for the K-12 Technology group. Luyen joined Pearson in 2011 through the acquisition of Schoolnet, a US software provider of data-driven curriculum and assessment solutions 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. He also served as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Learning and Teaching, a research organization affiliated with The School and Columbia University.
Prior to working at Columbia University, Luyen was Founder, President, and CEO of Learn Technologies Interactive, Inc. (LearnTech), a New York-based company that develops innovative educational software tools and applications.
Luyen has a long history working with technology in the classroom, having served as Director of the New Laboratory for Teaching and Learning at The Dalton School in New York City, and as a high school history and social studies teacher. 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.
Executive Director, Technology Division
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, serving as Chief Operations Officer of the Fusion Cybersecurity Team.
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 Morgan Stanley’s Foreign Exchange Division 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 nonprofits and startups in New York City. 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. Christine also worked as an NYC DOE high school math teacher in the Bronx, and spent over seven years as a process improvement and organizational 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 and continues to run the digital media and merchandise company, ONLY IN. 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 served on the board of Partnership With Children, and tutored through EveryBody Wins for over 10 years.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Sam Koch is a Litigation Associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he maintains a diverse practice with an emphasis on complex civil litigation and white collar criminal and regulatory defense.
He also dedicates significant time to pro bono matters and has made numerous appearances in Family Court, Immigration Court and Housing Court. Prior to joining Kramer Levin, Sam clerked for 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, Associate Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, and a volunteer teacher at a juvenile detention center. Before 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 School, Sam holds an M.S. in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from Pace University and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Northwestern University. Sam served on the Board of Directors for the California Law Review, and currently is a member of the Education and Law Committee and Charter School Subcommittee of the New York City Bar Association. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.
David Von Spreckelsen
Toll Brothers, Inc.
David Von Spreckelsen is the president of Toll Brothers City Living, New York, a division of the luxury home builder Toll Brothers that he started in 2004.
David’s responsibilities include identifying and acquiring sites, managing design and construction of buildings, and marketing and selling 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, as a Senior Real Estate Analyst for Guardian Life, and as a VP for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. David holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, an MUP from Hunter College, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Richmond. He 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. He lives in Brooklyn.
Director of Development & External Affairs
A lifelong New Yorker, Jilian Cahan Gersten is the Director of Development and External Affairs at Brooklyn Arts Council, a 50+ year-old organization dedicated to supporting the arts and artists throughout the borough.
Her prior experience includes work in various programming and fundraising roles at LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, BRIC, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, The After-School Corporation (TASC), Theatre for a New Audience, The New Victory Theater, and Ballet Tech. She is a founding board member of Headlong Dance Theater in Philadelphia, PA, in addition to serving on the board of Ballet Tech; was previously on the board of Danspace Project; and has served as a panelist for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and New Jersey After 3. She is also a trained chef who, following a stint as an assistant instructor at the International Culinary Center and an apprenticeship in the south of France, worked in the pastry kitchen at Bouley restaurant. Jilian received her Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Wesleyan University, where she majored in College of Letters, an interdisciplinary program combining literature, philosophy, and history. She resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.