Leadership

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 Charter School Board allows for up to 22 voting members and terms that rotate every three years.

Board meetings for the 2021-2022 school year are listed below.  If you would like more information about our Board of Trustees, including details about meeting minutes or a Zoom link to a specific meeting, please contact Bethany Franz at bfranz@bostoncollegiate.org.

2021-2022 Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

  • Monday, September 13th, 8:30 – 10:00 am via Zoom; Meeting Agenda
  • Monday, October 25th, 8:30 – 10:00 am via Zoom
  • Saturday, December 4th (Retreat), 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Monday, January 31st, 8:30 – 10:00 am via Zoom
  • Monday, March 28th, 8:30 – 10:00 am via Zoom
  • Monday, May 9th, 8:30 – 10:00 am via Zoom
  • Monday, June 13th, 8:30 – 10:00 am via Zoom

Nicole Chang | Chair

Financial and Operations Professional

Nicole Chang is a Financial and Operations professional with experience in both corporate and Non-profit companies. At her last 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. 

Jose Brandao | Vice Chair | Finance Committee Member | BCCS 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.

Robert Harris | Clerk, Governance Committee Chair

Director of Legal Practice and Talent Management, 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.

Prescott Taylor | Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Finance Director, MarcoPolo Learning | London, UK

Prescott Taylor is the Finance Director of MarcoPolo Learning, an edtech company focused on bringing STEM learning to Pre-K aged children around the world, where he leads all finance and back office functions.  Previously, he was Head of Finance at Cambridge Biomarketing Group, a biotech communications agency. Prior to CB, he served as SVP, Director of Finance for PR agency, Feinstein Kean Healthcare. In addition to five years at Boston-based Arnold Worldwide, 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.

Bridget Adam | Leadership Advisory Committee Member

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.

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

Associate General Counsel, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Troy, NY

Sandra Brown currently serves as Associate General Counsel at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Brown has over 19 years of experience in the high-tech, software, hardware, pharma, and life sciences industries. Previously, she served as Senior Legal Counsel at Nexthink Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. As Senior Legal Counsel, she represented North America and the global head of Intellectual Property with this multinational information technology systems management company that has offices in 10 countries. Prior, Dr. Brown served as Vice President of IP and Legal Affairs at Akili Interactive Labs Inc., a digital medicine company, where she oversaw the full range of legal services for the firm. 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, Dr. Brown 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.

Tanya Chakmakian

Senior Account Executive, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | Boston, MA

Tanya Chakmakian is a Senior Account Executive for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts working with cities and towns to manage existing health care programs, implement new programming as well as targeting pilot programs and emerging solutions.  As such, she is responsible for account meetings and account-related activities such as analytic presentations, funding analysis, member education, requests for proposals and information, operational assessments, tours, and client relationships.

Tanya is a graduate of Stonehill College and lives in Boston with her husband and their two sons.

Latoya Gayle | Development Committee Member | BCCS Parent

Executive Director, Boston School Finder | Boston, MA

As Executive Director, Latoya shapes the vision and mission of Boston School Finder while focusing on increasing access to education data and educational opportunity among parents, particularly families of color. She develops and maintains strategic partnerships with Boston School Finder’s partner organizations including districts, schools, funders, community organizations, policy makers and influencers, parents, and consultants. Through her work, Latoya advocates for educational policies and programs that will best serve Boston’s families.

Latoya is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Phenomenal Moms, a Boston-based organization that seeks equity by collaborating with schools and districts, community partners and other stakeholders. The organization aims to reduce educational, social and economic opportunity and achievement gaps by increasing engagement in schools and communities among parents and families of color.

Latoya lives with her family in Boston, and has three children who have attended or will attend schools in Boston.

Paul Gordon | Development Committee Co-Chair

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 first-generation college student and graduate of Babson College.

Bill Heiden | Development Committee Member

Retired Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Executive

William Heiden is an experienced pharmaceutical/biotechnology executive, having served as a chief executive and a board member in several public and private companies in the Boston-area over the last eighteen years until his retirement in 2020.  He spent the preceding fifteen years in leadership roles in the US and internationally at Merck & Co.. Mr. Heiden holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, a Master’s degree of International Management from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and a B.A. degree in finance from the University of Florida.

Ali Nuger | Development Committee Co-Chair

Head of Boston Operations and Strategic Initiatives, Bain & Company | Boston, MA

Ali Nuger works at the management consulting firm Bain & Company as the Head of Boston Operations and Strategic Initiatives. Previously, Ali worked as a manager at both Bain & Company and 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. 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

Partner, HighVista Strategies | Boston, MA

Caroline Page is a Partner at HighVista Strategies, a boutique investment firm in Boston that manages 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 advisory and institutional sales & trading businesses.  She has a B.A. in economics from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

James Savarese | Development Committee Member

Investor and Board Advisor; Adjunct Professor, Babson College | Wellesley, MA

James Savarese is currently an adjunct professor as Babson College and an investor and board advisor to several early stage companies around the country.  James was the Chief Operating Officer at Wayfair, a global home furnishings company based in Boston.  James helped grow Wayfair from a start-up into a Fortune 500 company over a 12 year period from 2008 to 2019.  Prior to that, James was a senior executive of a supply chain services and software company, which he co-founded, grew and successfully sold over a seven year run.  James has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago.  James lives in Wellesley with his wife and two daughters.

Scott Utzinger | Governance Committee Member

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 is a Delivery Manager at Mulesoft where she is responsible for handling all aspects of the post-sale services engagement across a vast portfolio of customers and projects that vary in size, complexity, and industry domain across their entire lifestyle.

Prior to this role, Natalie worked at State Street Corporation where she managed strategic initiatives for the Enterprise Data Governance and Management group. 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 is a first-generation college student and holds a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross.

Karen Walker Beecher | Governance Committee Member

Advisor, The Bowdoin Group | Waltham, MA

Karen currently is an Advisor to several companies, including The Bowdoin Group where she served as its Chief Operating Officer since 2012, and led its transformation to become the 5th largest retained executive search firm in Massachusetts.  Prior to Bowdoin, Karen was Vice President, Sales Strategy and Global Operations at Pegasystems Inc., the leader in BPM and CRM software solutions, and where she led its global expansion from 130 to 400+ people in sales, alliances, product and operations.  Prior to Pega, Karen was the Chief Financial Officer and Head of People Operations for Boston Communications Group, Inc. (bcgi), a real-time transaction processing SaaS technology company. Karen led bcgi from VC-backed start-up through its IPO, growing to over 1,500 employees globally in 6 years.  Karen is a graduate of Boston College and serves as the Co-Chair of the Boston College Technology & Entrepreneurship Council.

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

Agios Pharmaceuticals | Cambridge, MA

Dina Model is an Associate Director in Financial Planning & Analysis at Agios Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company passionately committed to transforming the lives of patients with cancer and rare genetic diseases. At Agios, Dina is responsible for corporate finance and long range planning.  Previously, she held roles at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Baxalta. She started her career 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.

Grant Manon | Co-Chair

Meritage Group | San Francisco, CA

Grant Manon is an investment analyst at Meritage Group, a fundamentally-oriented investment firm. At Meritage, Grant is primarily responsible for direct investing in public markets. Previously, he was an associate at Berkshire Partners, a growth-oriented private equity firm. 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.

Hayley Bacon

Education Resource Strategies | Watertown, MA

Hayley Bacon is an Associate Consultant with Education Resource Strategies (ERS), a national nonprofit in Watertown, MA that partners with district, school, and state leaders to transform how they use resources to prepare every student for tomorrow. Before joining ERS, Hayley taught sixth grade math at Argosy Collegiate Charter School in Fall River, MA as part of Teach For America. Prior to that, Hayley worked at Altman Vilandrie & Company, a strategy consulting firm focused on the technology, media, and telecom industries. Hayley earned a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an Ed.M. in Curriculum & Teaching from the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.

Davis Bolster

Berkshire Partners | Boston, MA

Davis Bolster is an Associate at Berkshire Partners, a private equity firm that invests in growth companies. He started his career as an aerospace engineer for The Boeing Company, working on commercial aircraft and launch vehicles in Charleston, SC and Huntsville, AL. Prior to joining Berkshire, he was a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Boston, MA. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering in 2014.

Tim Devlin

State Street Corporation | Boston, MA
Tim is a Consultant with the Alpha Professional Services Organization at State Street Corporation. Tim works with institutional investors to design and implement services and products to improve upon their capabilities.
Tim graduated from Boston College in 2016.

Brad Gaffin

Roivant Sciences | New York, NY

Brad Gaffin is a Senior Consultant at The Bowdoin Group, an executive search firm that specializes in leadership and strategic roles with growth stage companies across BioPharma, Digital Health, FinTech and Software. His focus is on recruiting executives, leading networking initiatives and externally communicating Bowdoin’s service offerings with potential clients.

Brad earned his B.A. in Educational Studies from Colby College. Brad actively volunteers with organizations such as Year Up and Big Brother.

Carrie Goodrich

DoorDash | Boston, MA
Carrie Goodrich is a Manager on the Strategy and Operations team at DoorDash. In this role, she focuses on improving Dasher logistics to create a better experience for Dashers, Consumers, and Merchants.
Carrie is passionate about democratizing access to quality education and has been involved with various non-profits that focus on this mission, including Year Up, Let’s Get Ready, and America Reads and Counts.
Carrie currently lives in Boston and received her B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin Colleges.

Jeremy Harchelroad

The MITRE Corporation | Bedford, MA

Jeremy is a Lead Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst at The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that works in the public interest across government, industry, and academia by operating federally-funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). Jeremy applies his expertise in understanding threats, evaluating risk, and identifying mitigation opportunities to lead cross-disciplinary teams in developing new cyber defense and related capabilities. Prior to MITRE, Jeremy held multiple roles in the Executive Branch of the U.S. federal government where he focused on technical and regional analysis of issues critical to US interests. Jeremy received his M.A. in Philosophy and Social Policy from American University and his B.S. in Mathematical Physics from Case Western Reserve University.

Cindy Heredia

Republic | San Francisco, CA

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 is a first-generation college graduate, earning a B.A. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College.

Eric Jordan

Harvard University Office for Dispute Resolution | Cambridge, MA

Eric Jordan is an Associate in Harvard University’s Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR), where he investigates alleged violations of Harvard’s Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy. Before joining ODR, Eric worked as both a litigation and corporate associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, NY, and he taught language arts, reading, and U.S. history at Burnett Middle School in San Jose, CA, as a Teach For America corps member prior to that. Eric received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2014 and a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University in 2009.

Parth Khare

Bain & Company | Boston, MA

Parth Khare is a management consultant at Bain & Company, a global management consultancy. In this role, he helps large companies solve their pressing strategic and operational challenges. He received his B.S. in Finance and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Chessye Moseley

Empower Schools | Boston, MA

Chessye Moseley serves as the Senior Manager of Higher Education at Empower Schools and works on initiatives and innovations that have the potential to profoundly increase equitable access and success in higher education for students in Massachusetts and beyond. Prior to her work at Empower, Chessye worked at Teach For America in a variety of roles at both the national and regional levels. She began her career as a middle school reading teacher in Colorado and holds a BA in Government from Harvard University.

David Moyer

McMahon Associates | Boston, MA

David Moyer, PE is a Transportation Engineer at McMahon Associates in Boston, Massachusetts. In this role, he is responsible for transportation engineering projects including multi-model roadway design, traffic analysis and signal design, development of traffic management strategies, and public transit projects. David grew up in southern Maine and graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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.

Aishwarya Roy

State Street Corporation | Boston, MA

Aishwarya Roy is an Alpha Implementation Analyst for the Global Exchange division of State Street Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. In this role, she is responsible for creating client solutions and executing implementation of the industry’s first ever front-to-back client servicing platform.

Aishwarya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree at Babson College.