Brooklyn Prospect Board of Trustees
Cherry Ann Richards
Cherry Ann Richards is a Nanny Care/Child Care Provider.
Cherry Ann has been a Child Care Provider for the past 12 years. She provides a caring and nurturing environment for the children she attends to. On a daily basis, Cherry Ann cares for four young boys between the ages of 2-6 years. Her ‘crew’ consists of three brothers and one single male toddler.
Cherry Ann’s duties include teaching and training the two-year-olds. She spends her days working with her youngsters helping them to acquire basic skills such as letter recognition, number recognition, and identifying colors. They do art and science activities which help to stimulate their minds. In the afternoons, Cherry Ann collects the four and six-year-olds from school. Once at home, she assists them with homework and prepares and feeds them dinner. They spend time reading before bedtime. Cherry Ann enjoys her position and looks forward to working with her youngsters as they age.
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.
Gravelle Pierre is a Portfolio Manager at Schottenfeld Group – Koyote Capital.
Prior to joining Koyote Capital, Gravelle served as Chief Investment Officer and Founder of Iron Harbor Capital Management, a multi-asset investment firm. Before launching Iron Harbor, Gravelle was a currency and interest rate trader at Goldman Sachs.
In addition to holding a MBA from the Sloan School at MIT, Gravelle holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy-West Point, a M.S. in Organization Leadership from Central Michigan University, and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Jill Inbar (Chair)
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.
Joanne, who is an Afro Latina from Washington Heights, is currently the Senior Associate Director of Multicultural & Global Programs at New York University (NYU).
She directs an array of programs and services to support students with career exploration, planning, and development. She maintains relationships with campus, employer and global partners to expand the professional prospects of NYU students. Joanne previously lived abroad for 7 years and worked in learning and development. Her higher education experience in the areas of admissions, recruitment, enrollment management, and operations includes Columbia University, INSEAD Business School, Murdoch University and St. Thomas Aquinas College. Joanne has an MA in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, a BA in Architecture from Barnard College, a Professional in Human Resources Certificate from the HR Certification Institute and is fluent in Spanish.
Michael Echenberg, who grew up in Montreal, lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two children, both of whom have attended Brooklyn Prospect Charter School since kindergarten.
Michael received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Harvard University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, where he served as a Trustee of the Harbus Foundation.
Michael’s professional experiences range from serving as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company to serving as a public company CFO at Care.com. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Industrious, a role that he once held at WW (formerly Weight Watchers).
Michael’s community involvement has also included work with the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, the Prospect Park Alliance, and AIDS Community Care Montreal.
Michelle Ramírez is a physician specializing in pediatric intensive care.
She practices in the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone Medical Center and divides her time between the clinical care of the sickest pediatric patients, teaching and training future physicians and conducting clinical research. Michelle was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland United Stated to complete her undergraduate studies at Tufts University in Medford, MA. She returned home to begin her medical education at the University of Puerto Rico and then went on to Florida for her general pediatrics residency training at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, before settling down in New York to complete her training in pediatric critical care at the Weill-Cornell/New-York Presbyterian Hospital. In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria to her native Puerto Rico, Dr. Ramírez joined a new formed non-profit organization founded by female physicians. She is currently the Disaster Relief Director of said organization, Puerto Rico Rise Up, where she continues to work with low income and in need communities on the island.
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.
Sara Keenan is the Managing Director of the Charter Network Accelerator, a national program that supports leadership teams of small charter networks in building the foundation they need to grow with quality.
Sara joined Achievement First in 2008 and worked there for 5 years as the VP of Leadership Development. In that capacity, she managed the professional learning for principals, created leadership pipeline programs, and strengthened the network’s talent strategy and practices. Before working at Achievement First, Sara was a high school English teacher in Wisconsin, a middle school English teacher in Chicago, and a coach, supporting New York City teachers on integrating technology and media into their classrooms. Sara is an alum of Education Pioneers and the Broad Residency. She received her undergraduate degree in English Education from the University of Wisconsin and a masters degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. Sara and her husband, Vance, live in Brooklyn with their two kids.