President and Chair of the Governance Committee
Mrs. Fothergill has over a decade of experience in organizing, advocacy, policy analysis, and project support. Mrs. Fothergill is a founder of City Neighbors Charter School and currently has one child that attends the school. Since December of 2008 Mrs. Fothergill has served as the Director of the Baltimore Student Attendance Campaign. Previously, Mrs. Fothergill served as an Education Advocate for the ACLU of Maryland. She is also the co-founder of the Baltimore Education Coalition, an organization of twenty-five non-profit organizations and 40 schools. Mrs. Fothergill has a BA in Government and Public Policy from the University of Baltimore and is the parent two Baltimore City Public School students.
Vice President and Chair of Inclusion and Accountability Committee
Ms. Kezar is a Program Manager in Child Psychiatry running multiple programs at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for the past twenty-six years. She has two children attending CNCS and has chaired the Fundraising Committee three years ago as well as the Inclusion & Diversity Committees for the past two years. Ms. Kezar has participated on the Citywide Special Education Advocacy Committee for a number of years, provides direct services at schools and shelters, teaches at the college level and sits on numerous Boards. She holds degrees in higher education from St. John's College, University of Chicago & Johns Hopkins University.
Director and Chair of the Accountability Committee
Mrs. Zogby is a trained information specialist with a MS in library and information science. She has done considerable work as a consultant for McGraw Hill. As the Accountability Chair she has led a transformation of how City Neighbors supports its parent volunteers and is the parent of two City Neighbors school students and one that is one the way.
Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee
Mr. Noble is the Principal of REN Consulting Services, and has expertise in financial consulting for small businesses, manages accounting systems, develops financial reporting systems, plans budgets and provides support for the development of long term strategic planning. Prior to opening his financial consulting business Mr. Noble served as Vice President of First USA Bank from 1989 – 1997 and managed a credit card portfolio of $36 billion. He also served as Operations Manager for Citicorp/Citibank. Mr. Noble has a BA from the University of Maryland.
Secretary and Chair of the Communication Committee
Ms. Stokes is a parent of an alumni, and a 7th grader and a 4th grader at City Neighbors. She serves as Secretary of the Board and as a member of the Governance Committee. Ms. Stokes supports the House of Ruth, Maryland, an organization committed to serving victims of abuse helping woman and children rebuild their lives.
Director and Chair of the Facilities Committee
Mrs. Lyles is the Owner Freedom Car Local Transportation Company since 1991 and over 20 years experience, business management, logistics, IT and finance. She is a founder of City Neighbors Charter School and has one student who attends the school. Ms. Lyles received her BA from University VA in Religious studies and MBA from the University of Chicago.
Director and Chair of the Community Relations Committee
Ms. Brown is a professional customer service provider and currently serves as a para-educator at City Neighbors Charter School. She supports scheduling, planning, student support and organization for the City Neighbors Middle School. She is also the parent of two City Neighbors graduates. She has experience data management, and producing reports and is currently working toward a BA at Morgan State University in Information Systems/Business Administration.
Director and Chair of the Fundraising Committee
Amanda Gursky has over a decade of experience in the hospitality/event industry. She has been a sales manager, designer of events, and owner of a catering business. Amanda has a BS in Business Management and currently is starting her own business. She has two children, one who attends City Neighbors Charter School the other is a 5 ½ month old baby.
Director and Chair of the Organized Parent Group
Mrs. Engram is the leader of our Organized Parent Group which works with parents in every grade to facilitate classroom and school communication and school culture. Mrs. Engram is an Assistant Manager at a Banking Center and is pursuing her BS in Finance and Math.
Director and Teacher Representative
Ms. Pendred is a third grade teacher at City Neighbors Charter School. Prior to teaching for City Neighbors she was an Associate Teacher of second and third grade at the International School of Trieste in Italy. Ms. Pendred has an BS in Elementary Education and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She also has a minor in humanities and theater.
Student Council President
Mr. Townes is a strong member of the City Neighbors community, he ran for election on a platform of bringing the student voice to the Board of City Neighbors, and representing his classmates for changes that would effect the quality of life for City Neighbors Students.
Principal and Academic Director
Mr. Chalupa has served as the school leader of City Neighbors Charter School for seven years his responsibilities include holding the school to its vision and mission, educational leadership, staff evaluation, hiring, curriculum development, facilitating collaboration, solidifying administrative and policy structures, and serving as the primary liaison with central bureaucracy. Prior to serving as the Principal of City Neighbors Charter School and Academic Director for the City Neighbors Foundation Mr. Chalupa served as the Executive Director of the GreenMount School from 2000 – 2005 and Dean of Students for St. John’s Episcopal school from 1996 – 2000. Mr. Chalupa has also served as a classroom instructor and program coordinator. Mr. Chalupa has earned his MA of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his BA of Arts in English and History from Georgetown University graduating magna cum laude. He is also the parent of two children.
Mrs. Macdonald is a passionate, dynamic leader and advocate for public school children and their families. She is a successful school designer who is dedicated to relationships, outcomes, and innovative environments. Mrs. Macdonald is the founder of all three City Neighbors Schools and the City Neighbors Foundation. She is alsoa co founder of the Baltimore Charter School Coalition a place where charter schools join together to develop policy recommendations dedicated toward ensuring that Baltimore’s public education landscape remains charter friendly and supportive. Mrs. Macdonald is the parent of three children two of whom attend City Neighbors Charter School and one who recently graduated. Mrs. Macdonald has a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Ecology from the University of Illinois, Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from College Park, Maryland.
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