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.

Trustees

Michael Zisser, Vice Chair

Jon Blattmachr, Secretary
Baker & Hostetler LLP

Rick Ruvkun, Treasurer
 

Année Kim

David Nitkin
Transcend

Sonia Park
Diverse Charter School Coalition

Bruce Saber
DLA Piper

Vipul Tandon
SCI Partners LP

Catherine Tse

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.

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

School Director/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

Principal - North Campus

Ms. Martell has been at CQA Northsince 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
Stephanie Morefield- 5th Gr. ELA
Heather Lanning- 5th Gr. ELA
Lane McDonough- 5th Gr. Math
Victoria Fasullo- 5th Gr. Science
Jennifer Rosa- 5th Gr. HSS
Jacquelyn Cipriani- 5th Gr. IDS
Suziana McKay- ELL support
Katiana Rosario- Intervention
Scott Calhoun- 6th Gr. ELA
Jessica Magnusson- 6th Gr. ELA
Sara Wolf- 6th Gr. Math
John Papadimitriou- 6th Gr. Science
Ryan Solomon- 6th Gr. HSS
Jesse Giardina- 6th Gr. IDS
Kristen Bopp- Special Education
Stephanie Marchetti- Special Education
Jacquelyn Hartman - ELL support
Lauren Burgos, Apprentice Intervention Teacher


Assistant Principal
Angel Geeng

Dean
Kerry Esty

Guidance Counselor
Sermania Arias

Operations Manager
Katherinne Castillo

Operations Coordinator
Melisa Areiza

South Campus
(Grades Seven and Eight)

Teachers
Allison Jones- 7th Gr. Reading
Vincent Ricco- 7th Gr. Writing
Amy Koven- 7th Gr. Math
Darrell O'Neill- 7th Gr. Science
Rochelle Brown- 7th Gr. HSS
Brianna Monzert- 7th Gr. IDS
_____- Special Education
Kourtney Huffman- ELL Support
Eleni Papanikolau- ELL Support
Tina Williams- Special Education
Vianey Camela- 8th Gr. Reading
Zeinab Imam- 8th Gr. Writing
Sarah Thurmond- Algebra 1
Regan Nguyen- Earth Science
Brian Magone- 8th Gr. HSS
Tabitha Sasso- Algebra 1 IDS
Kesha Patel, Apprentice Intervention Teacher                        



Assistant Principal
Keneshia Maxwell

Dean
Peter Margulies

Guidance Counselor
Purvi Ramkarran

Special Education Coordinator
Maria Diaz

Operations Manager
Madelyn Guzman

Operations Coordinator
Anielka Espinosa

Accountant / Finance Manager
Enika Sopiqoti

Finance Associate
Emily Abreu