Our Board

OUR BOARD

The Urban Dove Board of Directors oversees the central Urban Dove organization is focused on growth, fundraising, and strategic planning. Both boards are made up of caring, committed volunteers whose efforts help ensure Urban Dove carries out its mission. The Urban Dove Team Charter Schools Board of Trustees oversees all schools in the network, ensuring that our schools are well run, are faithful to their charter, and are providing an excellent educational experience to all of our students.

Urban Dove
Board of Directors

Mark Benerofe, Campgroup
Mr. Mark Benerofe serves as the Chief Executive Officer of CampGroup, LLC., and as a Principal of Benerofe Properties, a real estate investment firm. Prior to joining Benerofe Properties in 2004, he taught high school and coached basketball for ten years in the New York City public school system. Mr. Benerofe holds a Masters in Anthropology from Hunter College, a Masters in Education Administration from Baruch College and an Undergraduate Degree from Cornell University.
Steven A. Berger, Berger & Webb
Steve Berger is a founding partner of Berger & Webb and the head of its commercial litigation and employment practice groups. Mr. Berger has more than forty years' experience litigating complex commercial disputes.
Lawrence D. Ellman, Broadview Real Estate Partners
Larry Ellman is the Managing Partner of Broadview Real Estate Partners. He has more than two decades of experience in U.S. real estate investment, including debt, entity-level, joint ventures, direct acquisitions and CMBS. Prior to joining Berkshire, Ellman held senior leadership positions with Berkshire Real Estate Ventures, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Real Estate. Mr. Ellman received his B.S. in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Southern California and his M.S. Real Estate from MIT.
David D. Froelich, Cfuzz Associates
David Froelich is the president of Cfuzz Associates, offering consulting services related to renewable energy, water conservation and efficiency. He brings with him over 30 years of executive management experience in operations, strategy and finance. Prior to Cfuzz, David was the Director of Carports for SunPower Corporation, and Director of Business Development for Solaire Generation until Solaire was acquired by SunPower. Earlier in his career David was President of Gracedale Fabrics, Inc., a New York-based textile company. He held positions in corporate finance for Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York and London and was a strategy consultant in the Chicago office of The Boston Consulting Group.He earned his BA degree from Tufts University and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Henry Johnson, RBC Capital
Henry Johnson is currently serving as Managing Director for Mergers and Acquisitions at RBC Capital Markets. Prior to joining RBC, Mr. Johnson was Managing Director at Barclays Investment Bank from 2008-2013 and Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers from 2001-2008. Henry received his B.A. in Economics and his MBA from Duke University.
Gary Lieberman, West Side Advisors
Mr. Lieberman has 30+ years of experience in the mortgage and derivatives markets. He is the founding member of West Side Advisors and has served as President since its inception in 1997. Prior to founding West Side, he was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co. and President of Bear Stearns Investment Advisors. Mr. Lieberman received a B.A. from Emory University and a M.B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Justin Oppenheimer, Hospital for Special Surgery
Mr. Oppenheimer serves as the Senior Vice President, Strategy & Service Lines, at the Hospital for Special Surgery. In this role he leads enterprise strategic planning and execution, and manages hospital-wide initiatives for new partnerships, markets and services. Prior to joining Hospital for Special Surgery, Mr. Oppenheimer was a Senior Engagement Manager for Monitor Deloitte. Mr. Oppenheimer holds a MBA from Harvard University and a BA in Political Economy and Finance from Princeton University.
Spencer Rothschild, Barrio Foods LLC - Board Chair
Spencer's career began in hospitality where he built and managed two multi-unit hospitality companies: Main Street Restaurant Partners and Barrio Foods Consulting.  These companies initiated his passion for capitalizing on new technology. Recognizing the opportunity and necessity for technology within the industry, Spencer led his firms' engagement in multiple forward-thinking initiatives. These included recognizable brands, such as opentable.com, harri.com and avero.com, where he served as a beta tester/advisor. As an early adopter of both menupages.com and dinemarket.com, Spencer always valued use of data analytics to add efficiency to operations.In 2017 Spencer was tapped to become CEO and Partner of Coalition Space/MicroOffice, a boutique real estate investment firm with a focus on commercial coworking. Spencer immediately streamlined operations and built a team for opportunistic growth.  He introduced new technologies and expanded existing proprietary solutions before conceptualizing Open Your Office, an unprecedented network of  discovery, distribution and inventory management within the coworking and flexible space  sector of commercial real estate. Spencer's immersive experience and knowledge in launching and managing technology solutions will help ensure Open Your Office's success.
Spencer earned his BA in Economics and Political Science from Tufts University, and lives in Greenwich, CT with his two teenage children. He has served as the Chairman of the Board for Urban Dove since 2003 and has been a Board Member of Urban Dove Team Charter School since its inception in 2013.
Daniel L. Satterwhite, Houston Street Capital
Daniel Satterwhite serves as a principal at Houston Street Capital, LLC. After a decade of work with firms involved in real estate financing, development, and sales and leasing, he founded Houston Street Capital, LLC with his several partners. Under the leadership of Mr. Satterwhite and his partners, Houston Street Capital has sponsored and participated in the acquisition, development, and management of commercial and residential properties in New York, the Southeastern United States, South Texas, and Oklahoma City. Mr. Satterwhite holds an MS in Real Estate Development from New York University and a BA in finance and business administration from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Steve Swiatkiewicz, Midway Investors
Stephen Swiatkiewicz is an experienced real estate and commercial attorney. In addition, Mr. Swiatkiewicz is a founding partner of Midway Investors, LLC, which owns and manages multi-family and retail properties along the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Texas. He is also an investor and board member of several privately held companies, among them: a New York City based IT staffing company, an owner/operator of fifteen (15) summer camps based throughout northeast and midwest of the United States, as well as a New York City based proprietary school.

Mr. Swiatkiewicz received a Juris Doctor degree from New York University Law School, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. Mr. Swiatkiewicz is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

UD Team Charter Schools
Board of Trustees

Heather Bushong, ICM Partners
Coming soon!
Patricia L. Charlemagne, Educational Alliance
Patricia brings a deep legal background with a commitment to economic justice advocacy and education innovation. She has over 15 years of legal, entrepreneurship, non-profit management, charter school governance, and instructional experience in higher education in NYC. Patricia is excited about the powerful opportunity to contribute to closing the experience gap for students in the South Bronx through community-based efforts and partnerships. Patricia is serving her third year as the Executive Director of Areté Education. She is also a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Urban Dove Team Charter School, a Brooklyn-based alternative high school for over-aged and under-credited students. Patricia holds a B.A. in African American Studies and Government from Wesleyan University, an M.P.S. in Africana Studies from The Graduate School of Cornell University and a J.D. from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University.
Andrew Ehigiator, UtterJargon Media, LLC.
Andrew is the newest member of Urban Dove Team Charter Schools Board of Trustees, helping to oversee operations. Andrew graduated in 2007 from Widener University with a B.A. in Management Information Systems. After graduating, Andrew worked at Lighting by Gregory as Information Technology Systems Manager for over 9 years, managing their web presence and technical operations. In 2009 Andrew founded UtterJargon Media LLC, a consulting firm that provides guidance and management assistance to small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Today, Andrew works as Head of Digital at KK & Jay Supply Co. while also managing his own company.
Patrick Fagan, New York City Department of Education
Patrick is a Founding Board Member of Urban Dove Team Charter School and has served on the board for over 6 years. Patrick received his M.B.A. in Finance/Management at CUNY-Baruch College – Zicklin School of Business. He then worked as Chief of Operations at Urban Assembly school from 2006-2011. Afterwards, he began working at the NYC DOE first as Network Leader for 4 years and then moving into his current position as Deputy Cluster Leader/Chief Operating Officer, which he has been working in for over 5 years. Patrick is a seasoned executive leader with the ability to embrace, drive and implement strategic objectives within complex, multi-dimensional organizations during organizational change – providing direct guidance and leadership to both instructional and operational staff.
Michael Grandis, Tantalus Systems - Board Chair
Michael Grandis' practice focuses on corporate transactional work and he serves in a general counsel role, as management advisor and contract negotiator, for several middle market companies. In addition to mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments, his experience includes SPAC deals, divestitures, mezzanine debt transactions, joint ventures, recapitalizations and financings. His practice also includes intellectual property and licensing matters, employment agreements, complex commercial deals, corporate governance and other day-to-day general corporate matters. In addition, Mr. Grandis counsels a variety of professional services firms in connection with ownership transition issues, restructuring, management succession, financing, and general business advisory services. Mr. Grandis handles domestic and international transactions for clients in a broad array of industries, including technology, real estate, health care, financial services, energy, entertainment and media, logistics, internet gaming, advertising, fashion and apparel, camping and recreation, restaurants and telecommunications.
Wanda Morales, NYC Department of Education
Wanda Morales has been an educator in New York City since 2005, when she was on the team that founded the Department of Education's first bilingual sixth through 12th grade in New York City. During her time at this school, her passion for providing education to NYC school students was ignited and she earned her Masters of Science, Educational Leadership degree. Armed with her Masters Degree, Ms. Morales decided to walk into the world of charter schools and became the Founding Director of Operations at an elementary school in the South Bronx. The years she spent at this charter school convinced her to lend her voice to an additional school and, in 2013, when asked to join the Board of Directors for a transfer high school in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn; she proudly accepted. Adding another Bedford Stuyvesant school to her service, Ms. Morales is the current Director of Operations at BSNBCS. With just over ten years in education, Ms. Morales continues to proudly serve NYC students by helping them to achieve their academic goals.
Spencer Rothschild, Barrio Foods LLC
Spencer Rothschild is the founder and president of Barrio Foods LLC, with a proven track record of creating and consulting for multi-unit hospitality businesses over the past twenty years. Following his graduation from Tufts University, Mr. Rothschild became a partner at Main Street Restaurant Partners (MSRP) where he launched some of Manhattan's most successful restaurants, including Union Pacific, Rain, Main Street, Calle Ocho, Django and BLT Prime. In 2007, he introduced Barrio Foods, opening and operating enormously popular restaurants such as Barrio and Yushi, as well as re-launching the world famous Copacabana Nightclub Supper Club. Mr. Rothschild also started the program, Barrio Goes to School, where students spend the afternoon at one of his properties learning about food service operations, regional ingredients and cooking techniques. He sits on the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce and the Prospect Park Visitor Services Committee and is committed to giving back to his community.
Kevin Turton, 718 imaginations, Inc.
Kevin Turton has served on the Board of Trustees at Urban Dove Team Charter School for over 3 years. Kevin received his B.A. in International Relations, Dean's List at CUNY City College. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor at Brooklyn Law School. Afterwards, Kevin began working as Chief Operating Officer at Mission Critical Services, a multimillion dollar regulatory consulting firm, where he continues to work today. Since beginning his work there in 2012 he has ventured into 718iMAGiNATiONS, LLC, where he oversees content language for digital branding campaigns and is Principal and Shareholder of 90210 Talent, serving as mentor for professional talent. Kevin is a seasoned professional, providing expertise to UD Team's board in the areas of student achievement, performance standards and in overseeing monthly budget reviews.

UD Team Charter Schools
Board of Trustees Meetings

Meetings of Urban Dove Team Charter School's Board of Trustees and its committees are open to the public and held in accordance with the New York State Open Meetings Law; members of the public are encouraged to attend. All meetings begin at 6:00pm unless otherwise noted. Meeting dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so please check back for the most current information. Click on a meeting date below to see the corresponding minutes:

2019-2020 Meeting Dates & Minutes

July 30th, 2019

 

August 8th, 2019

 

September 17th, 2019

 

October 22nd, 2019

 

November 19th, 2019

 

December 17th, 2019

January 14th, 2020

 

February 11th, 2020

 

March 17th, 2020

 

April 21st, 2020

 

May 19th, 2020

 

June 24th, 2020

For previous years' minutes, please click here.

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