Board of Directors
Beth began her journey transforming students’ academic futures like many Phoenix teachers – as a corps member for Teach for America in downtown Los Angeles. Now more than 20 years later, Beth and her team have opened doors of educational opportunity for older student populations and other disenfranchised, under-served young people in Massachusetts. Since the launch of Phoenix Charter Academy in 2006, Beth has galvanized over 100 game-changing educators to serve 500 older, disconnected students across three schools. Under Beth’s leadership, Phoenix schools have empowered over 100 graduates – the majority of whom were never expected to graduate – to receive not only a high school diploma, but a college education. Beth is an alumna of Brandeis University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In each facet of her professional life, she advocates for educational equity for all young people. She recently served on Governor Baker’s transition team, as the Co-Chair of Governor Baker’s Education Advisory Committee. She also serves on the advisory boards of Mass Development, the Rennie Center, and Greater Boston Teach For America Alumni.
Thabiti joined Codman Academy Charter Public School in 2001 as the founding Humanities teacher and now serves as the Principal. During his time at Codman he has deepened his appreciation for the joint gifts of autonomy and accountability that charter schools offer and his investment in supporting the growth of all high quality public schools. Prior to joining Codman, Thabiti taught at the Beacon School in New York and at the International School of Panama. He is a recipient of the 2005 Milken Educator Award, the 2011 Lynch Fellowship for Boston school leaders, and the 2014 inaugural Silverberg Leadership Award. Thabiti holds a BA from Brown University and a MA from Teachers College Columbia University.
Kennedy is the Executive Director of City on a Hill Charter Public Schools, where he is responsible for managing City on a Hill’s existing schools in Boston and New Bedford as well as overseeing organizational growth. Prior to joining City on a Hill, he served as Associate Executive Director of Community Day Charter Public School; managed business operations as Managing Director of PUC Schools in California; led Environmental Charter High School in California; taught 3rd through 6th grade; and worked for more than 10 years providing technical sales and consulting services in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Kennedy holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Florida; a B.S. in psychology from Biola University; a M.Ed. from Fielding Graduate University; and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ron began his educational career as a residential counselor for St. Vincent’s Home and later taught science and mathematics in the Bellingham public schools. He completed his graduate work in the Sydney public schools and upon returning to the states, he served as the district science coordinator for the city of Taunton. For the past 6 years, he has headed the instructional leadership team at the Foxborough Regional Charter School.
Julia is the Founding Executive Director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School, which opened in September of 2004. Prior to joining the founding BArT team, Julia was a math teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School. She worked for six years at the Monitor Group, an international consulting company, with clients in the US, England, Israel and Bangladesh. Also at Monitor, Julia worked on the management team with significant responsibilities in human asset management.
- Amy Aaron, Administrative Coordinator, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School (2005-present)
- Alexandra Buckmire, Director of Unified Student Services, Boston Renaissance Charter Public School (2015-present)
- Stephen Furtado, Executive Director, Global Learning Charter Public School (2014-present)
- Caleb Hurst-Hiller, Head of School, Community Charter School of Cambridge (2016-present)
- Barish Icin, CEO, Pioneer Charter School of Science (2016-present)
- AnnMarie Little, Director of Special Education, Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School (2007-present)
- Greg Orpen, Head of School, Innovation Academy Charter School (2016-present)
- Jeanne Schultz, Executive Director, Hill View Montessori Charter Public School (2009-present)
- Todd Sumner, Principal, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School (2015-present)
- Shannah Varón, Executive Director, Boston Collegiate Charter School (2014-present)