Our People

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CQA is governed by a talented and dedicated board of trustees, and its faculty holds years of teaching and administrative experience in diverse K-12 public schools, including large urban district & charter schools.

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Trustees


Année Kim, Chair

Jon Blattmachr, Secretary
Baker & Hostetler LLP

Rick Ruvkun, Treasurer
 

Christine Algozo
Uncommon Schools

Pei Pei Cheng-de Castro
New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Sonia Park
Diverse Charter School Coalition

Steven M. Rabinowitz
Pryor Cashman, LLP

Vipul Tandon
Soros Fund Management

Executive Team


MICHELLE DALPIAZ

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining CQA in 2014, Ms. Dalpiaz spent 7 years directing finance and operations for the Riverhead Charter School. During her tenure there, she oversaw the financing and construction of a new 48,000 square foot school building. Before stepping into the nonprofit world, Ms. Dalpiaz managed the operations and financial administration for numerous Citicorp divisions. She is a graduate of Hofstra University.

ASHISH KAPADIA

School Director / Principal

Mr. Kapadia has been CQA’s School Director since 2014 and previously served as a member of CQA’s board of trustees. He is a lifelong public school teacher and administrator who began his career teaching social studies in the Bronx before founding University Prep Charter High School (formerly Green Dot New York Charter School) in 2008. Mr. Kapadia attended the University of Chicago, New York University, and Queens College.

MELISSA KINSELLA

Director of Advancement

Ms. Kinsella has nearly two decades of fund development and advancement experience in the nonprofit sector. She comes to CQA from both well-established New York City institutions like The Frick Collection Museum, School of American Ballet, and the Central Park Conservancy as well as newer and smaller organizations, including international education and youth- focused institutions.

Glenn Liebeck

Assistant Principal - South Campus

Mr. Liebeck has been with CQA since 2013. He comes to us as a lifelong educator who got his start in Teach For America. Glenn has been a teacher, school administrator, school start-up consultant, and leadership coach around the country for 20 years. He is the proud father of two and he attended Union College and UMass-Boston.

Dee-Ann Martell

Assistant Principal - North Campus

Ms. Martell has been CQA North's Assistant Principal since 2014. Ms. Martell attended the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania where she studied communications and Spanish as an undergraduate and remained to study education as a graduate student. Through her Master's degree program, she had the opportunity to teach abroad in Curacao before returning to New York. Upon returning she taught at parochial, public, and charter schools before obtaining her leadership certification from the College of Saint Rose.

THERESE PASKOFF

Operations Director

Mrs. Paskoff is CQA’s Founding Director of Operations and started with CQA in March 2012. Her career in education began at Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School where she served as the Director of Operations and Finance. There, she oversaw and managed all day to day operations and compliance with the school's authorizer and NYSED. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Mrs. Paskoff worked with The Wright Group, a division of McGraw-Hill after working in her family business.

Suyin So

Executive Director and Founder

Ms. So opened CQA in 2012 with a team of dedicated and visionary individuals interested in improving educational and life outcomes for children from non-English backgrounds. The daughter of Indonesian immigrants, Ms. So is a former journalist and licensed attorney. She graduated from Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center.

 

Faculty and Staff


North Campus
(Grades Five and Six)

Teachers
Jessica Magnusson
Heather Lanning
Lane McDonough
Victoria Fasullo
Jennifer Rosa
Jacquelyn Cipriani
Suziana McKay
Katiana Rosario
Scott Calhoun
Joseph Dujmovic
Tatiana Macio
John Papadimitriou
Ryan Solomon
Jesse Giardina
Kristen Ratchford
Sandra Rabago                                           

Coaches

Kerry Esty

Angel Geeng

Guidance Counselor
Sermania Arias

Operations Coordinator
Katherinne Castillo

Facilities and Technology Coordinator
Damil Canales

School Coordinator
Elizabeth Infante

South Campus
(Grades Seven and Eight)

Teachers
Colby Blake
Tatiana Pejkovic
Ashley Martinez
Darrell O'Neill
Rochelle Brown
Brianna Monzert
Gail Margulis
Kourtney Huffman
Eleni Papanikolau
Tina Williams
Geraldine Moise
Glenn Completa
Edgar Mera
Regan Marin
Brian Magone
Tabitha Sasso
Kesha Patel, Apprentice Teacher                        

Guidance Counselor
Purvi Ramkarran

Deans
Keneshia Maxwell

Peter Margulies

Special Education Coordinator
Maria Diaz

Operations Manager
Madelyn Guzman

Operations Coordinator
Anielka Gomez

Accountant / Finance Manager
Enika Frasheri