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Our Board of Trustees

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.

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 teachers 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.

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.  


Katherine Smelas, Secretary

Katherine Smelas is an attorney and is the graduate fellow of the Justice Action Center at New York Law School.  She ran the Center’s Street Law program at Middle School 22 in the Bronx in 2011 and 2012.     

Janine Azriliant

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.