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.

Board meetings for the 2017-2018 school year are listed below:

  • Monday, September 18, 2017, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester; Agenda
  • Monday, October 23, 2017, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester
  • Saturday, December 9, 8:30-12:30pm, TBD (Board Retreat)
  • Monday, February 5, 2018, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester
  • Monday, March 26, 2018, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester
  • Monday, May 14, 2018, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester
  • Monday, June 18, 2018, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester (if necessary)

Scott Utzinger | Board 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.

Nickie Norris | Vice Chair, Development Committee Co-Chair

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.

Robert Harris | Clerk, Governance Committee Chair

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.

Haven Ladd | Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

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.

Jose Brandao | Parent

Vice President, Business Technology Risk, State Street Corporation | Boston, MA

Jose Brandao is a Vice President of Business Technology Risk at State Street Corporation a financial services firm in Boston. He is responsible for developing, directing, and managing the overall technology risk management program for the Investor Services Americas (ISA) business unit. Previously he also held roles at State Street in IT Regulatory Compliance, IT Operations, and Internal Audit at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Jose received both his B.S. in Finance & Management Information Systems and his MBA in High Technology Management from Northeastern University.

Sandra Brown, Ph.D., J.D. | Governance Committee Member

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.

Michelle Burnett | Development Committee

Vice President of Human Resources, Buildium | Boston, MA

Michelle Burnett is the Vice President of Human Resources at Buildium, an emerging growth  company specializing in web based property management solutions. Ms Burnett has over 20 years of Human Resources experience.  She is an active member in the high tech start-up community in Boston. In addition to her contribution to the tech community, she is an advocate for children with special needs and has served on multiple non-profit boards.  She is a graduate of Siena College

Phil Carver, Parent

Director of Community Relations, University of Massachusetts Boston | Boston, MA

Philip J. Carver is the Director of Community Relations at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He brings a long history of civic engagement to his work, where he serves as the university’s liaison to city, state, and federal government entities, as well as to members of the local community, promoting a symbiotic relationship with the university and its internal goals. He serves on numerous boards of community organizations with local and regional reach, including Work Inc., Dorchester Board of Trade, Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center, and New Market Square Business Association to name a few.   Phil attended UMass Boston and is a proud double Beacon, holding both bachelors and master’s degrees from the University.  He is married to Pamela Carver and is the devoted father of Logan, Chloe, and the Mighty Quinn.

Nicole Chang | Finance Committee Member

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. 

Ali Nuger | Development Committee Co-Chair

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.

Caroline Page | Finance Committee Member

Investment Professional, HighVista Strategies | Boston, 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.

Rod Skinner | Governance Committee Member

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.

Stephanie Stamatos | Governance Committee Member

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.

Prescott Taylor | Development Committee Member

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.

Natalie Velasquez

Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Data Governance and Management, State Street Corporation | Boston, MA

Bio forthcoming.

Karen Walker Beecher | Governance Committee Member

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.

Collegiate Council

The Collegiate Council is a group of young professionals in the Boston area who are passionate about education. The Council helps Boston Collegiate by fundraising for and administering the Edward M. Kennedy Scholarship for Alumni, educating their networks about what we do here, participating in the Career Symposium, and using their areas of expertise to help Boston Collegiate with data and other projects.

Dina Model | Co-Chair

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, MA

Dina Model is a manager in Business Planning & Analysis at Alnylam, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company leading the translation of RNAi into a new class of innovative medicines.  At Alnylam, Dina is responsible for the financial management of multiple drugs at various stages of development.  Previously, Dina worked in Business Development at Baxalta and in investment banking at Miller Buckfire, a division of Stifel Financial.  Dina received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.S. in Finance and a minor in Psychology from New York University.

Alyssa Schechter | Co-Chair

Empower Schools, Boston, MA
Alyssa Schechter is currently The Manager of Strategic Growth at Empower Schools, an education non-profit based in Boston. Previously, Alyssa was a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company helping for-profit and non-profit clients prioritize growth opportunities, use resources more efficiently, and tailor their organizational structures to align with their strategic goals.   She has also held strategy and human capital roles at Education Pioneers, Crescent City Schools, and FirstLine Schools.  Alyssa has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law (PPL) from the University of Virginia.

Christopher Bees

Smartsheet, Boston, MA
Christopher Bees is a Client Development Manager at Smartsheet, a leading SaaS platform for managing and automating collaborative work. Prior to joining Smartsheet, Chris had worked with several different software startups in the Boston-area and started his own mobile application business in 2014. Chris graduated with a B.A. from Wake Forest University with a major in Economics and minors in Political Science and Environmental Studies.

Jessica Benjamin

Evertrue, Boston, MA

Jessica Benjamin is the Marketing Communications Specialist at EverTrue. She joined the Council after hosting BCCS students at Cone Communications through the winter internship program. Jessica graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in communications and political science. She was a member of the Katrina Class – the class displaced by Hurricane Katrina in their Freshman year. She returned to New Orleans six months after the storm and participated in many volunteer opportunities to help get the city back on its feet.

Haley Brown

Cambridge Associates - Boston, MA

Haley Brown is an Investment Associate at Cambridge Associates, a leading global investment firm serving non-profit institutions, pension plans, and private clients.  She is part of the firm’s Endowments & Foundations group, focusing primarily on the investment portfolios of university endowments, as well as foundations and other non-profit organizations.

Colin Cinder

Cambridge Associates - Boston, MA

Colin Cinder is an Investment Associate at Cambridge Associates, a leading global investment firm serving non-profit institutions, pension plans, and private clients.  He is a member of the pension practice, but works with a range of client types including pensions, endowments, foundations, and corporate funds.  Colin attended Boston College, where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics in 2015.

Caroline Estill

Parthenon-EY - Boston, MA

Caroline Estill is in her first year as an Associate at Parthenon-EY, a global strategy consulting firm based in the Financial District.  At Parthenon-EY, she has primarily focused within the firm’s Education Practice.  Caroline graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Government and Arabic.  While at Darmouth, she was a member of the women’s rowing team.  In addition to her work with BCCS, she volunteers with Inspire, a non-profit consulting group that focuses on education and youth development organizations.

Ashley Hlastava

Wayfair - Boston, MA

Ashley Hlastava is an analyst on the Global Strategy and Operations team at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm.  Previously, she spent three years in Bain’s Human Capital group, where she led a number of projects focused on culture and retention, helping the company maintain its position as a “Best Place to Work.”  In addition to working with BCCS, she is an active volunteer with Main Street Partners, a non-profit small business accelerator.  Ashley is a graduate of Boston College.

Kate LeClair

RA Capital Management - Boston, MA

Kate is a manager at RA Capital Management, a healthcare crossover fund based in Boston’s Back Bay.  At RA, she is primarily focused on managing investor relationships and operations.  Previously, she worked at HighVista Strategies and Cambridge Associates in Boston and at an investment bank in San Francisco.  In addition to her work with BCCS, she volunteers in the pediatric unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She received a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University.

Meryl McLellan

Cambridge Associates - Boston, MA

Meryl McLellan is a campus recruiter at Cambridge Associates, a leading global investment firm serving non-profit institutions, pension plans, and private clients.  In this role, she partners with target universities across the U.S. to attract and recruit top talent to join the firm.  Previously, Meryl spent three years at John Hancock, where she held positions in both Investments and Global Recruiting.  Meryl is a graduate of the University of Maine.  After volunteering at a BCCS student engagement event, Meryl became invested in the mission and is excited to serve on the BCCS Collegiate Council!

Jason Tedeschi

Century Equity Partners - Boston, MA

Jason Tedeschi is an associate at Century Equity Partners, a middle market private equity firm focused on investing in financial services companies.  Prior to joining Century, Jason was a Senior Manager in the Corporate Development group at Wayfair, a publicy traded internet company.  While at Wayfair, he was involved with mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, and investor relations.  Previously, Jason held technology investment banking positions at Cowen & Company and AGC Partners.  Jason earned his B.A. from Trinity College with a double major in Economics and Public Policy & Law.

Sarah Wooden

Analysis Group - Boston, MA

Sarah Wooden is an Associate at Analysis Group, an economic, financial, and strategic consulting firm.  She works across industries with a focus on financial institutions and healthcare.  Previously, she worked as a Senior Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates, where she advised endowments, hospitals, and non-profits on their investment portfolios.  Sarah received her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2016 and holds a B.A. from Bucknell University.