Board of Trustees

  • Soledad Hiciano
    Board Chair

    Soledad Hiciano, Board Chair, Amber Charter Schools Ms. Soledad Hiciano has served on the Board in different capacities since the school’s founding in 2000. Ms. Hiciano has served as the Executive Director of La Asociación Comunal de Dominicanos Progresistas (ACDP) or Community Association of Progressive Dominicans since 2006, a highly respected community...

    John Gutierrez
    Vice President

    John Gutierrez, Member, Amber Charter Schools John A. Gutiérrez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY. He is a historian of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands, he specializes in the history of Cuba and specifically the history of...

    Frank Aldridge

    Frank Aldridge, Treasurer, Amber Charter Schools Frank Aldridge is Vice President of strategy and corporate development at Tradeweb Markets LLC, a leading firm in operating electronic over-the-counter fixed income and derivatives marketplaces. Mr. Aldridge began his career at Ernst & Young LLP in their Financial Services Office where he worked...

    Amador Centeno

    Amador Centeno is the Vice President of Facilities Management & Campus Services at Columbia University Medical Center. He oversees the portfolio that includes: in Capital Projects, Maintenance, Operations, Housing, Finance and Administration, Compliance, Public Safety, Student Health Services, Dining and Catering, Library Services, and ...

    Vasthi Acosta

    Vasthi R. Acosta, Member, Amber Charter Schools Vasthi Reyes Acosta is the Executive Director of Amber Charter School. Dr. Acosta was hired at Amber in 2007 as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In 2008 she was appointed Head of School/Principal, a position she held until 2014 when she became...

    Kelly Combs

    Kelly Combs

    Kelly Combs is an architect & designer with Gensler, joining the NY office in 2004. She leads teams on technical and aesthetic design in the education practice area for higher education and K-12 facilities as well as specialty spaces such as Innovation Labs, Co-working workplace, and Maker Spaces...


    Dr. Miguelina Germán

    Dr. Miguelina Germán, is a clinical psychologist and researcher, with over 15 years of experience treating children, family and adults and evaluating clinical intervention programs. Dr. Germán is currently the Assistant Director of the Pediatric Behavioral Health Integrated Program (BHIP) at Montefiore Medical Group (MMG), which has integrated pediatric behavioral health providers...


    Elena Goldberg Velazquez

    Trustee Elena Goldberg Velazquez, Esq., works in the Law Department, in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, and First Department as the Principal Appellate Court Attorney. Previously, Elena worked at Soto, Sanchez and Negron, LLP where she handled civil litigation. Elena is active in the Puerto Rican Bar Association...


    Mercedes Minaya

    Kinsgbridge Parent Representative

    Ms. Minaya is the Parent Representative for Amber Kingsbridge on the Board. She is a Project Coordinator for the Design and Construction department at Loews Hotels and Resorts. She started as a Human Resources Assistant in 1998. Ms. Minaya has a Bachelor of...

    Shawnte Lorick
    East Harlem Parent Representative

    Shawnte Lorick serves as the Amber East Harlem parent representative on the Board of Trustees. Ms. Lorick is a U.S. Probation Officer Specialist at the U.S. District Court. She is a licensed social worker. Ms. Lorick has a Master’s Degree in social work and a Master’s Degree in...

    Bradley Olsen

    Bradley Olsen

    Bradley Olsen is a Managing Director at CIBC Commercial Banking, with proven skills in developing strong trusted adviser role for clients. Bradley has earned a reputation as a result driven, highly motivated strategic thinker...


    Jenna Pantel

    Jenna Pantel is the Chair of the Education Committee on the Amber Board. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the College of Arts and Sciences. She then graduated magna cum laude with her Juris Doctorate...

    Brian Quillin
    Teacher Representative

    Brian Quillin is the Teacher Representative on the Board. He joined the Amber faculty in 2013 and has worked as a Tutor, Teacher Assistant, and Teacher. He is currently the Music and English as a New Language intervention Teacher for Amber Kingsbridge. Brian’s undergraduate degree is from SUNY Fredonia...