Board of Trustees
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...
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 ...
Frank Aldridge works in the Special Projects group a Geller & Company servicing large multi-national clients with a comprehensive range of financial services, including strategic CFO consulting, financial reporting and accounting, tax advisory, investment management, information technology and integrated wealth...
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...
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 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...
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 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 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...
Robyn Epps serves as the Amber Kingsbridge parent representative on the Board of Trustees. Ms. Epps is a Staff Development Coordinator “Adult Educator” for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Epps works directly with the development and education of more than 3400 employees, students, WOC’s, contractors, residents and fellows.
Li’Esha is the Chief Financial Officer at New Heights Academy Charter School and has expertise in financial management and charter school compliance. Ms. Garcia has been managing nonprofit finances for over a decade and has focused specifically on charter finances for the last eight years. She enjoys spending time and creating memories with her son, traveling the world, and listening to 90’s Hip Hop & R&B music.
Lindsay Long is an Associate Vice President, Global Philanthropy at Faircom New York, and comes with expertise in fundraising, branding, and development. She has more than a decade of experience in research, fundraising, and communications. She leads teams in development audits, integrated strategic planning, prospect research, and personalized strategies to advance donor relationships for nonprofit partners across various sectors and geographies. Ms. Long...
Timothy Day is the Chief Operating Officer at Mount Sinai West Hospital. Mr. Day has over 30 years of experience in New York City’s health care. He started his career working with Columbia University School of Nursing, continued on as an assistant professor of nursing, then Vice President of St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, and now is in his current role at Mt. Sinai...