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Board of Trustees

Every charter school is governed by a Board of Trustees that holds the school's charter and is responsible for ensuring the financial well-being of the school, hiring the school leader, and adhering to the terms of the charter's accountability plan. The Boston Collegiate Board allows for up to 18 voting members and terms that rotate every three years.

Karen Walker Beecher

Chief Operating Officer, The Bowdoin Group. Boston, MA.

Karen is the Chief Operating Officer at The Bowdoin Group, an executive search firm focused on delivering custom recruitment solutions for the innovation economy.   She joined in 2012 and oversees operations, finance and human resources – all with a focus on operational excellence and employee engagement to support the firm’s continued growth. Prior to Bowdoin, Karen was Vice President, Sales Strategy and Global Operations at Pegasystems Inc. Karen also spent 13 years at Boston Communications Group, as Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Executive, where she helped grow the company from a start-up to a publicly held enterprise. Karen holds a BA in Accounting from Boston College. Karen serves on the Executive Committee of the Boston College Technology & Entrepreneurship Council and has also been involved in several non-profit initiatives, including co-chairing events to raise funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and providing program support to Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business Graduate Career Center.

Sandra Brown, Ph.D., Esp.
VP, Intellectual Property/Legal Affairs, Akili Interactive Labs, Inc. Boston, MA.
Sandra overseas the legal affairs and formulates intellectual property strategy for a medical device startup company that is developing clinically-validated cognitive therapeutics, assessments, and diagnostics that look and feel like high-quality video games. She has extensive experience in procuring domestic and international intellectual property protection in fields such as computer hardware and software, medical devices, bioinformatics, and videogames. Prior to joining Akili, she practiced at an international law firm and as in-house counsel at Hewlett-Packard Company. Her doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) involved applying spectroscopic techniques to study carbon nanotubes and other nanotechnology, conducting polymers, semiconductor materials, and biological systems. Dr. Brown earned her law degree from the Fordham University School of Law, her Ph.D. in Physics from M.I.T., and a B.A./M.A. in Physics from Hunter College of the City University of New York. Governance Committee.

Nicole Chang

Business Manager, Education Development Center. Waltham, MA.

Nicole Chang is a Financial and Operations professional with experience in both corporate and Non-profit companies. At her current position as a Business Manager at Education Development Center (EDC), her focus is on budget creation and monitoring, as well as contract compliance to monitor contracts/awards issued to EDC as well as those contracts and awards that EDC subcontracts.  Her expertise is in Business financial and administrative operations.  She is a graduate of Tufts University and has an MBA from Babson College. Finance Committee.

Robert Harris
Director of Professional Development, Hinckley Allen. Boston, MA.
Robert is responsible for all activities related to the training and development of lawyers and paralegals on issues of professional capability and client service at Hinckley Allen. His primary focus is to manage training initiatives for all Practice Groups and to develop, implement, and oversee training and development programs that grow and enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of our attorneys. He graduated from Boston University School of Law, and received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. Governance Committee.

Haven Ladd, Treasurer
Partner, The Parthenon Group. Boston, MA.
Haven Ladd is a Partner with The Parthenon Group in Boston. Mr. Ladd joined the firm in 1997 and is a member of the firm’s Education Practice.  Mr. Ladd focuses on strategic issues facing companies and schools in the U.S. education market. Mr. Ladd received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He received his M.B.A., with distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he was a Tuck Scholar. He serves on the boards of the National Dropout Prevention Network and The Landing School, an independent college in Arundel, Maine. Finance Committee.

Rob Lawrence
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, LogMeIn. Boston, MA.

Rob Lawrence recently joined LogmeIn as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, a publicly held Boston-based software company. Previously, he served as the VP of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning at Skillsoft, Inc., a leading provider of on-demand training and e-learning solutions for global enterprises, government and education agencies, and small- to medium-sized businesses. Prior to Skillsoft, Rob was a Senior Principal at The Parthenon Group, where he focused on advising clients in a variety of industries, including K-12 public education, for profit higher education, private equity, and consumer driven businesses. He has a B.A. in American Studies from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.Development Committee.

Cheryl Lubin, Clerk

Business Consultant. Newton, MA.

Cheryl has over 20 years of operating experience in large, public and small, private healthcare technology companies across multiple medical specialties. Cheryl has served on the Board of Directors and in executive management roles; her expertise includes strategic marketing and commercialization, business management and business development. Cheryl is currently consultant and advisor to VC groups, portfolio managers, and emerging medical technology companies. Development Committee.

Nickie Norris

General Partner, New Heritage Capital. Auburndale, MA.

Nickie Norris is a General Partner at Heritage, a middle market private equity group focusing on equity recapitalizations for family- and founder-owned businesses.  Ms. Norris has over 12 years of investment experience in private equity including all aspects of sourcing, managing and closing new transactions.  She is active on a number of portfolio company boards and works closely with company owners and management teams to achieve mutually agreeable growth and exit opportunities.  Prior to her private equity career, she worked in the investment banking industry.  She is a graduate of Cornell University. Finance Committee.

Ali Nuger

Manager, The Bridgespan Group.  Boston, MA

Ali is a manager at The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit consulting firm that helps nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness, and accelerate learning.  Previously, she was a Manager at the management consulting firm Bain & Company.  Ali has a B.A., magna cum laude, in Chinese Language and Literature from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Development Committee.

Caroline Page

Investment Professional, HighVista StrategiesBoston, MA

Caroline is an investment professional at HighVista Strategies, an investment firm in Boston that manages endowment assets for institutions and private investors. Previously, she was a management strategy consultant at Bain & Company and spent a number of years at Goldman Sachs in various client advisory and institutional sales & trading businesses.  She has a B.A. in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Finance Committee.

Aliza Samuels
Vice President, CareGroup Investment Office. Boston, MA.
Aliza serves as the Vice President of Non-Marketable Securities for CareGroup/Combined Jewish Philanthropies.  Aliza is responsible for all private equity and real asset exposure.  Prior to joining the CareGroup/Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Aliza held research roles on the Real Assets team at FLAG Capital management, a fund of funds, and on the Private Equity team at Hall Capital Partners, a multibillion dollar global consultant to high net worth families, foundations and endowments. Aliza has also held roles direct investment roles at Parmenter Realty Partners, a real estate private equity fund, and Caithness Energy, an alternative energy investment vehicle for a high net worth family. Aliza received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Finance Committee.

Alice Sansone, Vice Chair
Vice President and General Counsel, MC10, Inc., Lexington, MA
As a member of the executive leadership team, Alice oversees the legal and human resources functions for an exciting startup company that develops body worn diagnostics systems that that unite consumer design with clinical-grade sensing to deliver actionable health insights. She has spent her career counseling high tech companies on complicated intellectual property issues, commercial negotiations, manufacturing and supply chain matters, merger and acquisition activity, and corporate growth and strategy.  Prior to joining MC10, she was the General Counsel of Kiva Systems, which pioneered disruptive robotic automation technology in the material handling industry, and was acquired by Amazon for $775M in 2012.  Prior to Kiva, Alice was counsel to Avid Technology, a publicly traded media company that delivers innovative digital non-linear editing technology to the film and television industry. Prior to her time at Avid, Alice served as General Counsel to four emerging technology companies based in New Hampshire, and began her career in private practice at a major Boston law firm.  Alice earned a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Wellesley College, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and studied Political Philosophy at the University of Oxford. Finance Committee.

Rod Skinner
Director of College Counseling, Milton Academy. Milton, MA.

Rod is currently Director of College Counseling at Milton Academy. In his 30+ years in secondary education, Rod has worked at schools in MA, CT, CA, and FL. During those years he has coached; taught English, European history, and ethics; chaired curriculum committees; and served as a faculty trustee, Dean of Students, and Principal. Rod has also chaired the Admission Practices Committee for the National Association for College Admission Counseling and served on the Board of Directors for the Common Application. Currently, Rod teaches on the faculty of the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions, chairs the Oversight Committee at The Mountain School in Vershire, VT, serves on the advisory board of the University of Chicago, and presents at regional and national conferences. Rod holds an A. B. from Harvard College and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Governance Committee.

Stephanie Stamatos
Head of Human Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners. Boston, MA.

Stephanie Stamatos is the Head of Human Capital at Thomas H. Lee Partners (THL), a private equity firm focusing on growth-oriented businesses, headquartered principally in North America, across three broad sectors: Consumer & Healthcare; Media, Information Services and Technology; and Business & Financial Services. Ms. Stamatos is responsible for providing leadership and executing human resource strategies in the areas of talent acquisition and succession planning, talent management and development, organizational planning, and employee engagement. She has over 20 years of experience in strategic human resource roles spanning the financial services sector. Prior to joining THL, she held global leadership roles at Grantham, Mayo, van Otterloo, Silver Lake Partners, and Fidelity Investments. Ms. Stamatos is a graduate of Bates College with a B.A. in Economics. Governance Committee.

Prescott Taylor
Director of Finance, Cambridge Biomarketing Group. Cambridge, MA.

Prescott Taylor is the Director of Finance at Cambridge Biomarketing Group, a boutique communications agency focused on rare and orphan disease markets, where he leads all financial facets of the firm. Prior to joining CB, he served as SVP, Director of Finance for Feinstein Kean Healthcare, a PR agency also focused on the healthcare industry. In addition to five years at Boston-based Arnold Worldwide, and stints at various other professional services firms, Prescott spent three years as VP, Capital Planning at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the Boston-based K-12 educational publisher. He earned a B.A. in economics from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Finance Committee.

Scott Utzinger, Chair

Partner, Crawford Fund Management, LLC. Boston, MA.

Following 13 years in equity research and portfolio manager at Wellington Management Company and Fidelity Investments, Scott became a co-founding partner of Crawford Fund Management, an alternative investment management firm, where he leads the firm’s client activities.  Scott started his career as a strategic management consultant for New England Consulting Group and Booz Allen & Hamilton.  Scott did his undergraduate studies at The University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A.S. in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, both summa cum laude.  Scott holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.  He also serves on the board of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Development Committee.


Board Meetings


Board meetings are held at Boston Collegiate at 215 Sydney Street in Dorchester (some exceptions may occur).

Monday, September 12, 2016: Agenda

Monday, October 24, 2016: Agenda

Board Retreat: Saturday, December 10, 2016: Agenda

Monday, February 6, 2017: Agenda

Monday, March 20, 2017: Agenda

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

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