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Our Board

John Callahan, Chair

John (Jack) Callahan is a business owner and entrepreneur in NYC in the area of real estate development and construction compliance. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business.  He is currently a member of the  NYC Building Code Development Committee and of the Larchmont NY Zoning Variance Board and a representative on the Mamaroneck School District Audit Committee.

Jumaane Saunders, Vice-Chair

Former Principal of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Mr. Saunders was the Principal since 2013 and before that, he was the Director of External Programming at the School at Columbia University, earlier in his career, he was the Curriculum Consultant in Kaplan Inc.

Linnet Tse, Treasurer

Linnet Tse served as a trustee on the Mamaroneck Union Free School District’s Board of Education from 2003-2012, two of those as president. She was formerly a financial executive at PepsiCo, responsible for business planning and analysis. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  

Janine Azriliant, Secretary

Janine Azriliant is an attorney and Administrative Law Judge for New York City's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH).  She is also a mediator for the Southern District of New York and an arbitrator in the State court system, as well as a volunteer counselor for the City Bar's Monday Night Law program where she provides individuals with free legal consultations.  Ms. Azriliant received her B.A., cum laude, from Lehigh University and a J.D. from New York Law School, where she was also a member of its Law Review.

Charmone Adams

Charmone Adams is an Advisory Senior Manager with Grant Thornton LLP and is based in the New York Office. Since joining the firm, Charmone has been working closely with many financial institutions. He has over 13 years’ experience in financial services and in alternative investments and his portfolio comprises US and UK based companies. In recent years, his focus has been on providing clients with guidance on key technical accounting and risk matters. He holds a BSc. in Business Administration from Central State University and an M.B.A. and MSc. from Franklin University. He also holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license with the state of New York and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He currently serves on the Board as the Treasurer for Blacks on Wall Street, Inc. (BOWS).

Christian Bannerman, MD

Dr. Bannerman is Regional Director for Medical Education and Quality Assurance at Island Medical Management and attending Physician at South Nassau Communities Hospital.  Dr. Bannerman is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Medical Director of Urgent Care at Queens Hospital Center.

Sarah Fuentes

Sarah Fuentes is a veteran NYC educator and entrepreneur. Born and raised in the Bronx, she returned after college to teach as part of Teach for America. Since then, she spent 20 years in education as a teacher, coach and Assistant Principal. She holds two MAs in Education and Leadership from Bank Street School of Education. She is currently an education consultant and coach with Blue Engine and started her own business Math Mini-Lessons during the pandemic to help students reach their fullest potential in math and is also launching a new financial literacy program for students age 9-17 in 2022. 

Richard Marsico

Richard Marsico is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Justice Action Center at New York Law School.  He is a graduate of Fordham College and Harvard Law School.  After law school, Marsico worked as a clerk to a federal district court judge and then in the Bronx Neighborhood Office of the Legal Aid Society, where he specialized in representing tenant associations.  Currently, Marsico teaches education law courses at New York Law School and is publishing a book on special education law in 2014.  He served as a trustee on the Mamaroneck Union Free School District Board of Education from 2005-2011.

Denis O'Rourke

Denis O’Rourke has retired from 35 years as a social studies teacher and department chair in the Mamaroneck school system and was an adjunct professor of education and social studies at Manhattanville College  School of Education from 1989 to 2012. He has also worked as a writer and reviewer of social studies texts for Prentice Hall and Benchmark Educational Publications and was a social studies coach and consultant at five New York City charter schools from 2010 to 2020.

Daniel Sang

Daniel Sang is an expert in education as a former Vice-Principal and Chair of the History Department and a Yale and Columbia Law graduate. He is part of our Finance and Governance Committees.

Socrates Solano​

Parent of CHSLSJ Scholar.