The Urban Dove Board of Directors oversees the central Urban Dove organization, and is focused on growth, fundraising, and strategic planning. 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. Both boards are made up of caring, committed volunteers whose efforts help ensure Urban Dove carries out its mission.
|Mark Benerofe, Campgroup
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 Hone & Rogin
Steve Berger is a founding partner of Berger Webb Hone & Rogin 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, Mr. 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.
|PJ Englert, PricewaterhouseCoopers
PJ is a Partner in PwC's Asset Management practice in New York, specializing in alternative investments funds and managers. PJ has been with PwC since 2004. He has experience providing assurance and related services to a variety of alternative investment clients, including hedge funds, private equity funds, fund-of-funds, and related advisors and broker dealers. PJ is a licensed CPA in New York and is a member of the AICPA and the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants. PJ received his BS in Accounting from Villanova University.
|David D. Froelich, CVE North America
David Froelich is the Director of Solar Business Development at CVE North America, an international developer, owner and operator of renewable energy power projects. Previously he was 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, Mr. Froelich 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 Mr. Froelich was President of Gracedale Fabrics, Inc., a New York-based textile company. He was a strategy consultant in the Chicago office of The Boston Consulting Group and held positions in corporate finance for Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York and London. Mr. Froelich 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. Mr. Johnson received his B.A. in Economics and his MBA from Duke University.
|Carin Ohnell, Ohnell Family Foundation
Carin Ohnell a private investor with a focus on start-ups and real estate. Ms. Ohnell holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPH from Columbia University. Her professional experience includes working in Real Estate development in Atlanta, Strategic Planning at Foot Locker, and Finance at Greenwich Capital Markets. Most recently Ms. Ohnell worked in healthcare administration at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. Ms. Ohnell is passionate about education and taught 8th grade math for two years in a Stamford, Connecticut public school.
|Justin Oppenheimer, Hospital for Special Surgery
Justin 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, Coalition Space - Board Chair
Spencer Rothschild'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, Mr. Rothschild 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, Mr. Rothschild was tapped to become CEO and Partner of Coalition Space/MicroOffice, a boutique real estate investment firm with a focus on commercial coworking. Mr. Rothschild 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. Mr. Rothschild's immersive experience and knowledge in launching and managing technology solutions will help ensure Open Your Office's success. Mr. Rothschild 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 2012.
|Jim Shook, Dozen Digital
Jim Shook is an entrepreneur based in New York City. He currently advises and invests in early stage technology companies through his consulting business, Dozen Digital. Prior to starting Dozen Digital, Jim was the Chief Marketing Officer at a financial services company, and has experience in venture capital and investment banking. Jim earned his BA in Political Economy from Georgetown University in 2007.
|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.
|Heather Bushong, ICM Partners
|Patricia L. Charlemagne, Ed.D., J.D., STOKED Mentoring Inc.
Patricia is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Urban Dove Team Charter School. She 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 currently serving as the President of STOKED Mentoring Inc. She 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, a J.D. from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University, and a Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
|Andrew Ehigiator, UtterJargon Media, LLC.
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, Coalition Space
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.
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, and can be attended at either the Brooklyn school (1256 E. 21st St.) or Bronx school (671 Prospect Avenue) unless otherwise specified. 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:
This UD Team Board Meeting will take place virtually. To join, please use the following Zoom link at 6pm.