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Glen Acheampong
Junior Data Engineer

Glen is responsible for maintaining, improving, and monitoring the data infrastructure for schools in the New Visions network. Prior to New Visions, he worked as a researcher for a nonprofit organization, conducting evaluations of in-school and out-of-school STEM interventions for young children and families. He also served as a fellow of the Graduate Education Diversity Internship with the American Evaluation Association. Glen holds an M.P.P. and an M.S. in global affairs from Rutgers University. 

Syntosha Allen
Program Coordinator

Syntosha is responsible for ensuring the smooth function of the New Visions Charter High Schools department while providing primary support in areas of State, Board and Parent Relations and Communications, as well as special events planning. Before coming to New Visions, she worked as a consultant helping schools brand their school space.  Syntosha was previously a member of the Replications Inc. team that opened more than 30 schools throughout New York City and Baltimore. She holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University.

Frandy Andujar
Full Stack Developer

Frandy is responsible for developing and maintaining software applications. Before coming to New Visions, he worked as a research assistant, helping with various technical tools and researching a variety of topics, including medical education and health disparities. He was also one of the organizers of the High School and Middle School NYC Science Bowl qualifiers. He holds a B.E. from The City College of New York, CUNY and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Computer Science.

Aruna Arjunan
Instructional Specialist, U.S. History

Aruna Arjunan has joined New Visions as an instructional specialist responsible for piloting and implementing New Visions' US History curriculum in multiple New Visions schools this academic year. Working with Gilder Lehrman, she will also implement a three-part workshop series for U.S. history and ELA teachers that blends literacy skills practice with history instruction. Prior to working at New Visions, she taught  in both neighborhood and magnet schools in Philadelphia for eight years. She holds a B.A. in cognitive science and economic history from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in secondary social studies education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Avgerinos
Deputy Director of User Experience

Chris is responsible for ensuring that all New Visions tools and applications set the industry standard for ease-of-use and efficacy. He has over ten years of experience working with startups that tackle behavior change in order to help people live healthier, more fulfilling lives through technology. He holds a B.Des degree from OCAD University in Toronto.

Toren Ballard
Resident Researcher

Toren supports the policy unit in qualitative and quantitative research to develop programs, apply best practices and assist in organizational projects. He previously worked at New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science III as a 10th grade global history teacher. He holds a Bachelor's degree in history from Connecticut College, a certification in secondary social studies, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in politics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ben Berger
Digital Assessment Assistant

Ben Berger works to expand and develop the digital foundation of New Visions' assessment tools including Quiz Banker and Mock Regents. In his previous position at New Visions, he served as a testing logistics assistant, after working as a community associate at East Brooklyn Community High School, a New Visions' transfer school, where he supported teachers and administrators. Ben holds a B.A. in statistics from Hunter College.   

Arella Blumenthal
Accounting Manager, CPA

Arella joined New Visions in 2012. She is responsible for facilitating and completing the monthly, quarterly and annual close for New Visions and its charter schools.  She oversees and assists in the creation of improved internal controls and processes within the finance department. Arella previously worked as the financial controller for the Girl Scout Council of Greater NY. She has worked with not-for-profit organizations for over ten years, both within the public and private sectors. She holds a B.S. in accounting from Yeshiva University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of New York.

Lorraine Boyhan
Director of School Support

Lorraine Boyhan joined New Visions in 2010. She is currently the Director of School Support for thirty New Visions Affinity schools located in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. She oversees services provided to these schools and is responsible for providing targeted support to a subgroup of eleven schools. While working at New Visions, Boyhan has served as a Network Leader, School Support Facilitator and Leadership Development Facilitator. Prior to joining New Visions, she served as the Director of Curriculum and Accountability for District 75, as a Local Instructional Superintendent for the NYC Department of Education and as the founding Principal of PS. 372K – The Children’s School. She holds a B.A in education from Hunter College and an M.A. in special education from Brooklyn College.

Corey Brown
Software Engineer

Corey Brown joined New Visions in 2009. He is responsible for engineering software solutions across the organization and the network of New Visions Charter High Schools. Prior to joining New Visions, Corey worked at Como Park High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

Kimberley Cambridge
Deputy Director, Community and Family Engagement

Kimberley joined New Visions in 2012. She plays a key role in brokering partnerships and developing school capacity to build and sustain partnerships and enrichment opportunities for students in New Visions district and charter schools as well as within the New Visions network. She also works collaboratively with the New Visions Charter High Schools instructional, leadership and operations teams to create bridges between curriculum, school operations, accountability and community engagement in service of student achievement. Kim brings over 20 years of experience working in the field of youth development and community building.  She holds a Master's in organizational change management from Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School.

Moraima Campanella
Office Manager

Moraima Campanella joined New Visions in 2004. She is responsible for managing office services, supervising the front-desk staff and planning organizational events. Prior to joining New Visions, she managed tenant services for Vornado Realty Trust and brings 15 years of experience in office administration and support.

Rafael Cando
Payroll Clerk

Rafael assists in preparing and processing semi-monthly payroll. His role also includes serving as a resource and contact for staff, answering basic payroll questions, as needed, and delivering effective and efficient HR communications and services. Before coming to New Visions, he worked for 13 years as a human resources info referral specialist (HRIRS) for a large non-profit organization in New York City.

Romina Carrillo Gutierrez
Continuous Improvement Coach

Romina Carrillo Gutiérrez joined New Visions in 2005. She provides support to school leadership teams in New Visions Affinity Schools in their use of data-driven decision-making. She previously served as director of the New Century High Schools Initiative. Prior to joining New Visions, she was the director of instructional improvement initiatives at the Boston Plan for Excellence in Education working in partnership with Boston Public Schools.  Her previous experience includes over 30 years as a bilingual teacher, instructional coach and assistant superintendent in urban school districts in San Diego, San Francisco and Oakland, CA respectively; as a professor in teacher education at Brown University, and an instructor in educational leadership and sociology programs at Mills College, Hobart & William Smith College and Harvard University. She earned her B.A. from San Diego State University and an Ed.M and Ed.D. in educational leadership from Harvard University.

E. Lydell Carter
Senior Post Secondary Partnership Manager

Ernest Lydell Carter joined New Visions in 1999. He provides professional and technical expertise to parents and other stakeholders in New Visions schools. He previously served as a leadership development facilitator at New Visions and led the charter school assistance center. Prior to joining New Visions, he served as director of the educational talent search at Aspira of New York and deputy director of the "I Have a Dream" Foundation. He holds a B.A. from SUNY Binghamton.

Nicole Charette
Instructional Specialist, ELA

Nicole is responsible for continuing to create and provide feedback on the evolving high school ELA curriculum. Prior to New Visions, she was a founding staff member, the former English department head, and most recently, the director of teacher development at MESA Charter High School. She began her teaching career in Baltimore City as a Teach for America corps member and taught at the pilot Democracy Prep Charter High School, where she contributed to the composition of the English curriculum for the network. Nicole holds a B.A. in English literature from Loyola University in Maryland and a M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University. 

Elizabeth Chatham
Instructional Specialist

Libby is responsible for supporting science teacher teams in integrating discipline-specific literacy strategies aligned to the Common Core. She previously served as the founding science teacher of a New Visions high school. She holds a B.S. in ecology and zoology from the University of Florida, an M.A. in secondary science education from Teachers College, and a graduate certificate in the supervision and administration of schools from Johns Hopkins University.

Markisha Chong
Data Analyst

Markisha contributes to the processing, analysis, and presentation of data for schools in the New Visions network. Before joining New Visions, she worked as a student researcher, examining trends in teacher labor supply, during her studies as a graduate student at University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she served as an academic advisor at Gear Up 4 LA. She holds a B.A. in international development studies  from University of California, LA, and an M.S. Ed. in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Julia Chu
Full Stack Developer

Yan (Julia) Chu is responsible for developing and maintaining software applications for the New Visions Data Portal and the New Visions suite of Google cloud based applications, CloudLab Add-ons. Prior to joining the organization in 2017, she worked as a consultant, providing web development services in the manufacturing industry.  She holds an M.S. in materials science engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a B.S. in metallurgy engineering from Shanghai University. 

Tianya Coachman
HR & Payroll Systems Developer

Tianya is responsible for supporting the design, development and maintenance of systems for the HR Team. Before coming to New Visions, she worked for five years as a human resources assistant at the Natural Resources Defense Council supporting the director and deputy director of HR. She holds a B.A. in English from Spelman College.

Allison Cohen
Director of Data Analytics

Allison joined New Visions in 2012. She is responsible for providing data analysis and reporting to support data-driven decision-making within the organization.  Prior to joining New Visions, Allison worked in various youth development, research, and advocacy organizations in both the non-profit and public sectors in New York and San Francisco.  She holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor's in sociology from Emory University.

Amy Cohen
High Schools Team Lead

Amy works with a portfolio of NYCDOE Community Schools to implement a set of New Visions data tools and develop the reliable organizational processes that ensure all students have the best possible chance of graduating from high school. Prior to New Visions, she served as a deputy campus director in charge of regional academic programming with Citizen Schools--Massachusetts.  She was previously a high school teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Muhlenberg College.

Jomary Collado
Student Recruitment Associate

Jomary is responsible for assisting the community and family engagement department with the student admissions and lottery process for the 10 New Visions Charter High Schools. Before coming to New Visions, she worked as a case worker with Mercy Drive where she managed over 100 cases and supported the work of direct support professionals. She previously served as an outreach coordinator with Community LinkED, supporting schools in their student recruitment efforts.  She holds an Associate's degree in liberal arts and science from Bronx Community College and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in speech pathology at Lehman College.

Craig Cutler
Database Administrator

Craig is responsible for improving the New Visions data warehouse efforts and data automation. Previously, he served as the director of technology at Eventra, a software-as-a-service (SAAS) company, where he led a team of engineers and developers in improving applications and infrastructure. Prior to Eventra, Craig was the manager of integration services and imaging for Multiplan, a health insurance company. Craig holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hofstra University.  

Vernon David
Senior Program Officer, Charter Network Assessment

Vernon is responsible for overseeing the charter network's system of assessments; developing assessment data reports; and coordinating network assessment policy and implementation. He joins New Visions from the Academy for Environmental Leadership where he served as a mathematics teacher and testing coordinator.  He holds a B.S. in engineering, electrical concentration from LeTourneau University and three Master's degrees: Master of Engineering, Electrical Engineering from CUNY, Master of Science in teaching, Secondary Mathematics from PACE University as well as a Master of Education, school building leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Mel DeBottis
School Culture Data Manager

Mel provides guidance and support for the development of data and tracking systems for New Visions Charter High Schools. He also facilitates check-ins regarding discipline, culture, and attendance. Prior to joining the New Visions central office, Mel worked for a number of years at New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II as a special education teacher, Advanced Placement English literature teacher, associate director of special education and associate director of data, testing, and programming. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Binghamton University in English-creative writing and a Master's of Science in teaching exceptional adolescents from Fordham University, where he was part of the school's TRIPP Scholarship Program.

Danielle Del Valle
Charter Teacher Residency Project Director

Danielle is responsible for providing professional development and support to residents, mentors and program leads in the charter teacher residency program. Prior to this role, she was an assistant principal at New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities, overseeing the social studies department, programming/scheduling, and online blended learning courses. Before joining New Visions, she was an English teacher for nine years, as well as a program chair, curriculum coordinator and mentor in high schools throughout the Bronx and Harlem. Danielle was a NYC teaching fellow and holds a B.A. in English and studio art, with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies from Binghamton University. She also holds an M.S. in secondary English education from Lehman College and an advanced certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.

Nadine Dillon
Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications

Nadine Dillon joined New Visions in 2011. She oversees marketing and communications efforts for New Visions and its network of ten charter high schools. Her work includes streamlining messaging for internal and external audiences,  the development of content strategies for web and print publications, marketing, media relations, public and community engagement, advocacy efforts, branding and positioning. She previously served as communications and development manager for the Beginning with Children Foundation and provided communications services to a charter school and faith-based organization in Brooklyn. She holds a B.A. in communications and media studies from Fordham University.

Anna Dizon
Human Resources Business Partner

Anna joined New Visions in 2013. She is responsible for supporting hiring needs at New Visions. Previously, she spent 12 years working at the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, serving in a variety of school and office based roles, most recently, as the assistant human resources manager, where she oversaw the hiring process for 300+ staff, annually, spanning approximately 80 NYC DOE schools. Anna is currently pursuing her master's degree in early childhood education from St. John's University.

Debrann Dukes
Receptionist

Debrann Dukes joined New Visions in 1992. She provides front-desk, facilities and office services support. Prior to joining New Visions, she worked at CNA Insurance Company as an underwriting assistant.

Kevin Duncan
Systems Developer

Kevin is responsible for working with internal and external stakeholders to design, develop, and maintain effective software solutions. Prior to his current role, he spent three years as an intern in various roles with the New Visions technology unit. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Fordham University.

Kerrianne Eames
Senior Graphic Designer

Kerrianne is responsible for conceptualizing and implementing visual design solutions in support of New Visions programming and fundraising efforts. Most recently, she served as manager of graphic design at Teach for America (TFA), where her accomplishments included leading the design of merchandise and marketing strategy for TFA's online store, and leading the creative design of TFA's multimillion-dollar fundraising events. She holds a bachelor's in visual communications from Farmingdale State College, SUNY.

Jason Eiben
Full Stack Developer

Jason is responsible for developing and maintaining software applications. Prior to joining New Visions, he was a founding teacher at KIPP NYC College Prep.  He holds a B.A. in English language and literature from The University of Chicago, an M.S. in education from Lehman College and certificates in front-end development and Python for data science from Thinkful.  

Jeanne Eng
Director of Technology

Jeanne Eng joined New Visions in 2004. She manages daily technology needs and is responsible for the administration, maintenance and management of the computer and telecom infrastructure. Prior to joining New Visions, Eng managed a technology program that focused on assisting the nonprofit sector to plan and implement strategic and programmatic use of technology. She holds a B.S. in business administration from SUNY Buffalo.

Jamie Esperon
Continuous Improvement Coach

Jamie Esperon is responsible for supporting the continued implementation of New Visions' leadership and team development programs, particularly CLASS (Collaborative Leadership Advancing School Success) and TALENT (Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Team). She has over 20 years of experience, as a teacher, counselor, dean and administrator. Before joining New Visions, Jamie was the founding principal of New World Preparatory, a 6-8 charter school dedicated to serving immigrant children in Staten Island. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in Special Education both from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Isabella Fante
Strategic Data Facilitator

Isabella works with a portfolio of NYC DOE district schools to implement New Visions data tools and develop reliable organizational processes to help students graduate from high school. Before coming to New Visions, she worked as an assistant director at a Bronx middle school where she helped to implement a community schools model. She previously served as a corps member with City Year San Jose. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Fordham University and a master's in public administration from the City College of New York. 

Kim Ferguson
Talent Acquisition Manager

Kim is responsible for spearheading the HR talent acquisition team, with a key focus on teacher hiring across New Visions charter and district schools. Most recently, she worked as the recruitment and admissions program officer for the New Visions teacher certification team. Before coming to New Visions, Kim served as school director at Magnet Theater. Kim holds a B.A. from Florida State University in creative writing and is currently working on her M.P.A. with a focus in nonprofit administration at Baruch College. 

Andrew Fisher
Support and Systems Administrator

Andrew is responsible for managing and maintaining several core technology systems and services at New Visions, as well as working with our G-Suite Coordinator to facilitate schools' adoption of the G-Suite platform.  Before coming to New Visions, he spent over 10 years supporting and implementing technology for the New York-based architecture firm Davis Brody Bond.  He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Binghamton University.

Julia Forman
Continuous Improvement Coach, Transfer Schools

Julia works with New Visions transfer school principals and leadership teams to support the design and improvement of core school systems.  She rejoins New Visions, where she previously worked as program officer of systems implementation and reporting for charter schools, after two years at NYC Outward Bound Schools, where she oversaw postsecondary success. She began her career as a postsecondary advisor in a transfer school in Manhattan and has served in various roles at CUNY, including high school college success manager, testing coordinator, and programmer through Queens College and College Now director at NYC College of Technology.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in urban education & creative non-fiction from Eugene-Lang College and a Master's degree in education policy from NYU.