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
 

Année Kim, Chair

Jon Blattmachr, Secretary
Baker & Hostetler LLP

Rick Ruvkun, Treasurer
 

Sonia Park
Diverse Charter School Coalition

Steven M. Rabinowitz
Pryor Cashman, LLP

Bruce Saber
DLA Piper

Vipul Tandon
Soros Fund Management

Catherine Tse

Dr. Alexander Tsui

Michael Zisser

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
Jessica Magnusson
Heather Lanning
Lane McDonough
Victoria Fasullo
Jennifer Rosa
Jacquelyn Cipriani
Suziana McKay
Katiana Rosario
Scott Calhoun
Stephanie Morefield
Sara Wolf
John Papadimitriou
Ryan Solomon
Jesse Giardina
Kristen Ratchford
Stephanie Marchetti
Maria R. Diaz
Lauren Burgos, Apprentice Teacher


Deans
Kerry Esty
Angel Geeng

Guidance Counselor
Sermania Arias

Operations Manager
Katherinne Castillo

Operations Coordinator
Anielka Espinosa

South Campus
(Grades Seven and Eight)

Teachers
Allison Jones
Tatiana Pejkovic
Amy Koven
Darrell O'Neill
Rochelle Brown
Brianna Monzert
Gail Margulis
Kourtney Huffman
Eleni Papanikolau
Tina Williams
Vianey Camela
Glenn Completa
Sarah Thurmond
Regan Nguyen
Brian Magone
Tabitha Sasso
Kesha Patel, Apprentice Teacher                        



Assistant Principal
Keneshia Maxwell

Dean
Peter Margulies

Guidance Counselor
Purvi Ramkarran

Special Education Coordinator
Maria Diaz

Operations Manager
Madelyn Guzman

Facilities and Technology Coordinator
Damil Canales

Accountant / Finance Manager
Enika Frasheri