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 2018-2019 school year are listed below:

  • Monday, September 17, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester; Agenda
  • Monday, October 29, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester; Agenda
  • Saturday, December 8, 8:30-12:30pm, TBD (Board Retreat); Agenda
  • Monday, February 4, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester; Agenda
  • Monday, March 25, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester
  • Monday, May 13, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester
  • Monday, June 17, 8:00-10:00am, 215 Sydney St, Dorchester

Stephanie Stamatos | Board Chair

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.

Nicole Chang | Vice Chair

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. 

Robert Harris | Clerk, Governance Committee Chair

Director of Professional Development, Hinckley Allen | Boston, MA

Robert Harris 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.

Bridget Adam

Sixth Grade Math Teacher and Co-Grade Level Leader, Boston Collegiate Charter School | Boston, MA

Bridget Adam is a 6th grade Mathematics teacher at Boston Collegiate Charter School’s (BCCS) Lower School.  She has been working at BCCS since 2003.  Bridget has participated in many of BCCS’s collaboration projects around the state and oversees the school’s Mathletes program and the annual trip to the Farm School in Athol, Massachusetts.  She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Bridget is married to Anthony Adam and has two lovely children, Stuart and Corrina.

Jose Brandao | Finance Committee Member

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 Brown 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.

Philip J. Carver | Development Committee Member

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.

Paul Gordon

Portfolio Manager, MFS Investment Management | Boston, MA

Paul Gordon is a Portfolio Manager at MFS Investment Management, a global investment manager.  Paul has 19 years of investment experience, and currently manages the MFS Growth and Mid Cap Growth products for retail and institutional clients.  He is a graduate of Babson College.

Nickie Norris

General Partner, New Heritage Capital | Boston, 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.

Ali Nuger | Development Committee Co-Chair

Manager, The Bridgespan Group | Boston, MA

Ali Nuger 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 Page 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 Skinner 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.

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.

Scott Utzinger

Partner, Crawford Fund Management, LLC | Boston, MA

Following 13 years in equity research and portfolio manager at Wellington Management Company and Fidelity Investments, Scott Utzinger 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.

Natalie Velasquez | Committee on Academic and Student Affairs Member

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

Natalie Velasquez is an Assistance Vice President at State Street Corporation where she manages strategic initiatives for the Enterprise Data Governance and Management group. Prior to this role, Natalie was a global project lead for an anti-money laundering transformation initiative across the entire enterprise. Natalie is a former Board Member of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) where she served on the Programming Committee for the Boston Chapter. Prior to joining State Street, she worked for BBVA in Madrid, Spain within their Talent Development group through the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos program. Natalie holds a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross.

Karen Walker Beecher | Governance Committee Member

Chief Operating Officer, The Bowdoin Group | Boston, MA

Karen Walker Beecher 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.

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.

Cindy Heredia

MFS - Boston, MA

Cindy Heredia is an Equity Research Associate at MFS Investment Management, a global investment manager in the Back Bay. In this role, she is responsible for supporting analysts and portfolio managers in identifying investment opportunities within the industrials sector. She became excited about getting involved with BCCS after listening to students’ experiences at the annual dinner. Cindy attended Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated with a B.A. in Economics in 2017.

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.

Charles Li

Clearvue Health - Boston, MA

Charles Li runs Clearvue Health, a health data start-up that leverages the latest data science technologies to improve the analysis and communication of clinical data. Dr. Li is also an active cancer researcher at Yale University, continuing his doctoral research on cancer genomics and clinical outcomes. Dr. Li received his A.B. in Biology from Washington University in St Louis and his M.D. from Yale School of Medicine.

Grant Manon

Berkshire Partners - Boston, MA

Grant Manon is an associate at Berkshire Partners, a private equity firm that invests in growth companies. He started his career as a management consultant for Bain & Company in Chicago, IL and Melbourne, Australia. He received his B.S. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2015.

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!

Chessye Moseley

Teach for America - Boston, MA

Chessye Moseley currently works on the Development Team for Teach For America Massachusetts. Prior to her work on the Development Team, Chessye worked for Teach For America’s National Recruitment and Admissions Team. She started her career as a corps member teaching middle school reading in Colorado. Chessye holds a B.S. in Government from Harvard University.

Mark O'Leary

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority - Boston, MA

Mark currently works for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) which owns and operates the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, The Lawn On D Powered by Citizens Bank, the Lot On D, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. and the Boston Common Garage. At the MCCA, Mark is responsible for implementing public relations and communications strategies to create and maintain a favorable image for the Authority. Mark serves as the Authority’s contact on all City of Boston developments, hearings, and shared information. After graduating from Boston Collegiate Charter School in 2011, Mark attended Westfield State University, where he earned a B.A. in Communication with a focus in Public Relations and Corporate Communication.

Lizzy Smith

Forrester Research - Cambridge, MA

Lizzy is a Client Executive at Forrester Research in Cambridge, MA. Lizzy is responsible for developing relationships with key business leaders within Fortune 100 companies to help develop their marketing and technology strategies. After graduating from Boston Collegiate Charter School in 2006, Lizzy attended UMass Amherst, where she earned a B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management in Marketing and minored in Sociology.