Staff

Tom Cruz

Tom Cruz

Tom is involved in building and maintaining all data systems across the Great Oaks network. He comes from the private sector, where he’s been involved in initiatives to consolidate & analyze data to make smart, strategic decisions. Most recently, he was working on wireless technology development at Intel. Tom is a graduate of Stevens Institute […]

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Benjamin Chan

Benjamin Chan

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Lauren Perkins

Lauren Perkins

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Lori Morillo

Lori Morillo

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Megan Benay

Megan Benay

Megan Benay is the Director of Inclusive Education at Great Oaks Foundation where she leads the work to support schools across the network to improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and other special populations. Prior to joining Great Oaks, Megan supported the education program at the Carnegie Corporation of New York as a […]

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Hector Calderón

Hector Calderón

Hector Calderón is the Co-founder and former Principal of El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice.  El Puente was the first community-based organization in New York State to create a Human Rights public school and is a nationally-recognized model for culturally responsive and community-driven education.  Mr. Calderon was a member of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic […]

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Riley Hasson

Riley Hasson

Riley supports Fellowship recruitment efforts across the Great Oaks network. Prior to this role, she completed two years of service at Great Oaks Bridgeport as an ELA Fellow and a Corps Leader. She graduated from the University of Connecticut where she studied Political Science and Urban and Community Studies. If you’re interested in learning more about […]

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DJ Hartigan

DJ Hartigan

DJ leads the programming, training, and impact of the 270 members of the Great Oaks Fellowship. Before joining the Great Oaks Foundation team, DJ worked as the Fellowship Director for Great Oaks – NYC, leading AmeriCorps members in personalizing the educational experience for more than 350 students. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University […]

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Josh Thomases

Josh Thomases

Josh oversees academics, recruitment and tutorial for the Great Oaks Foundation. His responsibilities also include oversight of GO’s teacher development partnerships with NYU/Steinhardt and Relay. He began his career in education as one of the founding teachers at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, one of the first public schools in […]

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Rachelle Ozuna

Rachelle Ozuna

Rachelle supports our Fellowship recruitment efforts and is a proud Lehman College graduate. She is also a CUNY Service Corps & CUNY Cultural Corps Alumni. She is passionate about helping Great Oaks continue to create positive impacts on both the communities and students it serves.

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Timberly Wilson

Timberly Wilson

Timberly works with the Executive Vice President to support the implementation of evidence-based curriculum, manage assessment practices, and promote data-driven instruction at Great Oaks. Timberly is a highly experienced instructional leader, curriculum developer, and educational trainer who has worked with adolescent and adult learners for over twenty years in the New York City and Georgia Public […]

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Sarah Graves

Sarah Graves

Sarah supports development initiatives across the Great Oaks network. Prior to this role she served as an ELA fellow and AmeriCorps member at Great Oaks-Bridgeport. She graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in English Literature.

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Scarlet Nuñez

Scarlet Nuñez

Scarlet supports operations work across the Great Oaks network. Prior to this role, she served Great Oaks – NYC as a Fellow during the 2015/16 school year and spent ten months in Quzhou, China as an English teacher. She graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies.

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Brian Alvarado

Brian Alvarado

Brian Alvarado (GO- BPT Fellowship ’15) primarily supports fellow recruitment, interviewing hundreds of candidates yearly. Additionally, he supports alumni relations, and is a active contributor to the marketing team. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University in 2015. When not at the office, he is a frequent performer of Opera, […]

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Michael T. Duffy

Michael T. Duffy

Michael oversees the strategic direction for the Great Oaks Foundation and its network of schools. Prior to establishing the Great Oaks Foundation, Michael held several leadership positions including serving as the Director of the New York City Department of Education’s Charter School Office. Michael has long been a champion of education, formerly serving as the […]

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Dianna Yeung

Dianna Yeung

Dianna manages AmeriCorps compliance for the Great Oaks Fellowship across the Great Oaks network. She comes to this role having completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps member with City Year New York. Prior to her current role, she served as the Development Associate at the Great Oaks Foundation. Dianna is a graduate of […]

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Ivan Rodriguez

Ivan Rodriguez

As a part of the Operations and Development team, Ivan is responsible for unearthing resources and partnerships in the communities Great Oaks serves, to push the mission forward and support our families. Prior to joining Great Oaks, Ivan spent years in education teaching English in Gyeongsan, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan, and also spent time […]

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C.J. Ingersoll

C.J. Ingersoll

CJ is responsible for attracting, interviewing, and coordinating interviews with candidates for the Great Oaks Fellowship. He is a graduate of Washington University and volunteers his time as a coach and mentor with Harlem RBI.

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Vanessa Ceas

Vanessa Ceas

Vanessa oversees the talent & recruitment team and is responsible for all HR matters across the school network. She has extensive experience working with both district and charter school finances, and she is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.

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