Our people make Equality happen in the Bronx.
Kendra Barbour embarked on her journey with Equality Charter School in 2015, initially joining as HR Assistant, and currently serving as the Director of Human Resources. Kendra’s commitment and dedication have played a pivotal role in shaping the school’s Human Resources landscape. Kendra also oversees the Racial Equity initiative. Her advocacy, leadership and innovative approach to Human Resources have significantly contributed to the growth and success of Equality Charter School. Her dedication to creating a more inclusive, supportive, and efficient environment has left an indelible mark on the organization and continues to benefit the school community she serves.
Megan Benway is the Director of Strategic Programs. She began her work at Equality Charter School in 2017 as Executive Assistant. She oversees a talented team that manages our social media and parental/community engagement. Megan’s work includes Development, Grant Writing, Stakeholder Engagement, Alumni and collaboration on various projects across the organization. She is honored to serve our scholars and excited to see Equality soar to new heights.
Emily Collins began her work at Equality Charter Middle School in 2012 as a Special Education teacher. She now is the Director of Scholar Services at the high school where she oversees the Special Education department, English Language Learning department, Social Work and Pyscholgy department, and Reading Intervention program. Emily’s work is driven by her belief that all students, regardless of ability, should be able to receive access to a high quality education. She believes that all students can thrive when they feel welcomed, loved, and supported.
Anais Corpas, Director of Operations, born and raised in Harlem, NY. She began working with equality in 2022 as a Humanities teacher. She has worked in multiple positions from a teacher to Dean of School Culture and finally Director of Operations, which gives a unique perspective needed to be able to support our school with the knowledge on how operations impacts scholars, teachers, and staff on all levels.
Amrita Dennis began her work with Equality Charter High School in 2014 as one of the founding teachers and has since then held many positions to support teachers in their growth. Her laser-like focus on quality instruction, high expectations for all scholars, and unwavering support of Equality’s mission and vision has allowed her to serve the scholar population in an impactful way. She will continue to do so as Principal in 2024.
As Founder and Executive Director of Equality Charter School in the Bronx, NY, Caitlin Franco oversees the academic, personal and social growth of middle and high school scholars. Since opening the school in 2009, Caitlin has helped hundreds of scholars envision and work toward meaningful post-secondary pursuits.
After joining Equality in 2014, Migdalia’s new position as Director of Operations will provide scholars with the appropriate and positive models of behavior and help them to develop respect, self-regulation, self-confidence, and sensitivity as they learn and grow.
Amanda Huza, our Middle School Principal and a Bronx native and resident, strives to ensure each scholar feels the guidance and support that every child deserves. Since joining Equality in 2010, Ms. Huza has developed a dynamic and resilient team of educators and support staff dedicated to our shared priorities of safety, academic rigor and social-emotional wellness. Ms. Huza is proud and honored to serve the Bronx community.
Gene Johnson, our High School Assistant Principal, strives to ensure that our scholars see the greatness in themselves daily. His joy and passion for education is on display each and every day. Mr. Johnson prides himself on being not only a role model for our scholars but also a huge support system for their families and our staff. His goal is to change the world one child at a time! #BEGREAT
Jocelyn Kelly, our org-wide Director of Curriculum & Instruction, began working at Equality in 2014. She oversees a variety of departments and initiatives across the school divisions and relies on her talented team to get it all done. Jocelyn’s work includes: Special Populations, Reading Intervention, Social Work, Data, Professional Development, Academic Accountability, Racial Equity, Project-Based Learning, and Curriculum Development.
Brianna “Bri” McNeil joined the Equality Charter School Network in August 2023 as our Middle School Assistant Principal. She currently holds a B.A. in Psychology and Child Advocacy and a Masters of Social Work degree. Bri’s past work has included: servicing a variety of populations, mental/behavioral health fieldwork, psychotherapy, youth counseling, and DEIA implementation. Prior to joining our network she has served as a school Social Worker, Dean of Students, and a Director of School Culture and Family Engagement. Bri has worked directly with children, adolescents, and adults in the mental health field, this year marks her 10th in education. While her primary background is in Social Work, she brings an expertise in the field of school culture, restorative justice, and responsive classroom. Her philosophy is that school culture and academics must go hand in hand in order to truly prepare scholars to be resilient citizens while building their socio-emotional capacity. She is committed to ensuring that scholars, families, and staff feel seen, heard, and valued. Bri looks forward to building the foundation of what will be a legacy of commitment and excellence to the ECS Network.
Amanda Myers, our org-wide District Director of Operations, is an Arkansas native. She has been with Equality since its inception in 2009 and has an MBA as well as a degree in Education. She has worked in multiple positions from a teacher to AP which gives her the lens needed to be able to support our school with the knowledge on how operations impacts the scholars, teachers, and all staff on an academic level in the day to day. She leads an energetic, hard working team who is honored to be serving our staff, scholars, and their families so they can experience the best ECS has to offer.
Lauren began her journey at Equality Charter School in 2014 as a Special Education Math teacher. Her dedication to supporting learners and commitment to excellence in teaching led her to the role she holds today as the Director of Scholar Services. In this position, Lauren oversees the Students with Disabilities program, English Language Learners program, Social Work department, and Reading Intervention program. Lauren is deeply invested in creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all scholars, and her leadership has had a positive impact on the lives of countless learners.
Khashminie began her journey at Equality in the Summer of 2017, as an 8th Grade Science and Living Environment teacher. Her passion has always been in Education and her goal is to foster a learning environment where all scholars are supported academically, socially, and emotionally. In this environment, data plays a key role in monitoring and evaluating the needs of each scholar. She believes that culturally relevant teaching and 21st-century skills are imperative as grounding goals to promote success. As an instructional leader at Equality Charter School, she is passionate about bringing these skills to current and future educators thereby creating scholar-centered approaches in all classrooms.
Our High School Principal, Favrol Philemy, began working at Equality in 2010. His candor and direct communication style is balanced by his intuitive and empathetic manner of delivery, making him a terrific support for scholars and staff throughout each day. Mr. Philemy’s ability to blend his long term strategic vision with his day to day actions increases the effectiveness of everyone in our community.
Equality’s Chief Financial Officer, Gabriel Park, heads up a team of passionate and inspired human resources and finance professionals, committed to ensuring every Equality community member has the tools needed to be highly effective in their roles: as scholars, parents, staff, vendors and other stakeholders.
Lisa was one of Equality Charter High School’s founding teachers in 2014. Since then, she has held a variety of roles – Spanish teacher, Department Head of Language and Electives and Director of Instruction for Humanities. Over the years, Lisa has proven to be an enthusiastic educator and building leader who works to energize students and staff, build strong relationships and cultivate a positive learning environment. She is super excited to continue supporting a talented team of teachers and to develop a culture of collaboration, innovation and joy.
Sheron Samaroo joined Equality Charter High School in 2016 as the 10th Grade Geometry teacher which she held for 5 years. In 2021, Ms. Samaroo moved to the middle school location as the Department Head of Mathematics and is currently one of the Directors of Instruction at Equality Charter Middle School. Her philosophy is that a teacher should enter into the classroom with only the highest expectations for each and every one of their students regardless of race, religion, etc. All students are unique and must have a safe educational environment where they can grow physically, emotionally, socially, and academically. It is her desire to help teachers create such an atmosphere where students can reach their full potential.
Equality’s Board of Directors are highly committed and passionate individuals who lend their time, finances, and talent to support the growth of our scholars. To attend a Board meeting, please refer to our MS calendar or HS calendar.
Aziza E. Anderson is an executive at Unique People Services, a NYC affordable housing real estate developer and social services nonprofit that serves special needs and low-to-mid income communities. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations and International Studies with honors from SUNY Fredonia (William J. Clinton Scholar) and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the Marxe School of Public Affairs, Bernard M. Baruch (National Urban Fellows). Aziza is a proud Bronxite and global citizen that has lived, worked and served in five continents. She values reflective life-long learning, quality health and education access, the arts, travel, nature, humor and enjoys spending time with her family.
Robin Dissin Aufses was most recently the Director of English Studies at Lycée Français de New York, in Manhattan,, where she also taught AP English Language and eighth grade English. Prior to that, she was the chair of the English department at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY, and, before that, an English teacher at Schreiber High School in Port Washington, NY. She
is a co-author of Literature & Composition, The Language of Composition, Conversations in American Literature, and American Literature and Rhetoric, all published by Bedford, Freeman & Worth.
Edison Bardowell is Chief Executive Officer at The Legacy Corporation, an educational and developmental programs provider to the school districts of NYC and Boston, MA. He is responsible for the overall management of Legacy through evaluation, planning and implementation of academic and recreational programs that serve thousands of students yearly. Mr. Bardowell is experienced in corporate and nonprofit governance structure and provides policy and governance support to several institutions. Utilizing his experience, Mr. Bardowell has focused on giving back to his community serving as a board member of: The Boy Scouts of America, SUNY-Invictus Prep Charter School trustee, and currently as board chairman at America SCORES New York. He is a avid fan of traveling, learning languages and supporting youth and schools.
Lisa is currently the interim Chief People Officer at Prospect Schools, a Kindergarten through 12th grade diverse-by-design charter network that serves over 1,800 students in New York City. In this role, she leads the talent, human resource, and employee relations team. Before joining Prospect Schools, Lisa served as the Managing Director of Operations at Harlem Village Academies, where she managed the network operations team, student enrollment team, and the Directors of Operations at all six school campuses. Prior to HVA, Lisa was a Director of Operations Manager with Uncommon Schools, where she trained the Directors of Operations and Operations Fellows at three Uncommon middle schools to ensure operational excellence. She began her journey in education when she joined Teach For America in New York City and was placed in a traditional public school in the Bronx as a sixth grade ELA and history teacher. Lisa received a B.A. from Cornell College with a triple major in politics, international relations, and women’s studies. She went on to complete her Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.
Amal is a life long New Yorker and a product of the New York City education system. Amal graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, CUNY and later, Harvard Law School at Harvard University. She is currently a senior associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Amal has dedicated her free time to social justice issues, particularly those pertaining to education; and looks
forward to contributing to a future in which each kid has an equal education, and opportunity to succeed.
Has three decades of experience in the financial services industry and has held executive positions including Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and President. He was a senior member of the team that founded a financial services subsidiary of a larger insurance company and six years after inception, he helped execute the subsidiary’s initial public offering. His
financial markets experience includes managing billions of dollars of bond offerings and commercial paper issuance, as well as structuring fixed income, currency, and credit derivative agreements. In 2010, Mr. Hubbard transitioned to teaching at the Rutgers Business School in New Jersey, where he is an Assistant Professor of Management. He has taught courses in management, strategy, and entrepreneurship. He is passionate about helping students prepare for success in the business world and he has taught over 5,000 students to date. Since 2010, Mr. Hubbard has been a member of the Board of Trustees for Equality Charter School. He is honored to help support Equality in its mission of providing the best educational opportunity for all students to help them prepare for college, career, and life success. Mr. Hubbard also serves on the Board of Services for the Underserved (SUS) and is Board Treasurer. SUS provides essential treatment, rehabilitative, employment, and housing services for over 30,000 New Yorkers. Mr. Hubbard is a graduate of Brown University (B.A. Mathematical Economics) and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA).
As an independent financial advisor, Ardian Hasko provides investment advice to large institutions, non-profit organizations, qualified retirement plans, and high net worth individuals and families. Ardian was among the first of 500 financial professionals in the country to be awarded the Certified 401(k) Professional designation from the Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education. Prior to joining B. Riley Wealth Management in 2015, Ardian was a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management from 2012 to 2015. Before that, he served as a financial consultant with Pension Partners. He has more than 14 years of industry experience. Ardian proudly gives back to the community through many philanthropic organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees at Equality Charter School in the Bronx, Ardian donates his lunch time on a weekly basis to the Animal Care and Control Center in New York City where he cares for and walks abandoned and abused dogs. Ardian proudly holds the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Len Gilbert is currently Chief Operating Officer at dPrism, responsible for building out the company’s digital transformation and advisory services and scaling the company’s external business and internal capabilities. Before joining dPrism in 2015, Len was the VP and Head of Business Development at Yodle and he previously served in executive roles at LexisNexis, S&P Global, and Barnes
& Noble/ BN.com. Len graduated Magna Cum Laude from The College of William & Mary with a BA in History. Outside of work, Len currently serves as an advisor for EdTech startups and is a mentor for Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA).
Born and raised in New York City, Erika comes from a family of realtors. As a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, with 20+ years in the finance and real estate industries, she
brings skills unparalleled when working with her real estate clients.
Erika has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and an MBA in Business Administration. Her skills in finance give her a unique insight into negotiating deals for her clients.
Serving on the board of a charter school and Chairwoman of a book club committee, Erika is very active in her community and has a passion for working with children. Her background has
earned her real-life experience in sales that make her uniquely suited to serve real estate buyers and sellers.
Roberta is currently the Middle School Academic Dean at Convent of the Sacred Heart. While at Sacred Heart she had the pleasure of writing a curriculum for the fifth grade that focused on identity, equity, and diversity. Before joining the CSH, she worked at the Galloway School in Atlanta as Upper School Assistant Principal. There, Roberta chaired the committee that totally revamped the Senior Project Program into a researched-based inquiry project rooted in the English curriculum. While in Georgia she also founded and Directed a People of Color in Independent Schools Chapter for the Atlanta area. Currently, she co-directs PoCIS NY, an organization whose mission is to support professionals of color in New York independent schools through professional development and networking. After completing undergraduate work at Columbia University with a major in English, Roberta completed her M.Ed. at Harvard School of Education in Human Development and Psychology. Throughout her nineteen-year career in schools, Roberta has held various roles including Director of Admissions and Dean of Students. Currently, she lives in Riverdale with her three children and husband.
Jim is a partner in the Capital Markets Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he has practiced law since 1987 and leads the firm’s securitization practice. A native of Connecticut, Jim is a long-time resident of New York City, having attended Columbia College as an undergraduate and (following a brief foray in journalism) New York University School of Law before
beginning his professional career at Skadden. His interests include history, business and sports, particularly baseball and the New York Yankees
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