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.
Michael Zisser, Vice Chair
Jon Blattmachr, Secretary
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Rick Ruvkun, Treasurer
Diverse Charter School Coalition
SCI Partners LP
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(Grades Five and Six)
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
(Grades Seven and Eight)
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
Carina De Castri- 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
Angelina Marinello- Algebra 1 IDS
Kesha Patel, Apprentice Intervention Teacher
Special Education Coordinator
Accountant / Finance Manager