Board of Trustees

The BUGS Board of Trustees is a committed and experienced group of educators, professionals, community members and parents who bring a range of skills and knowledge necessary to meet the diverse needs of a young, mission-driven charter school.  Members of the group have experience in education, school operations, social work, start-ups, finance, law, human resources, marketing and project management.

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Meet the BUGS Board of Trustees:

Brooks Tanner (Chair) has worked as an investment banker for over 20 years with firms such as Citibank, Bankers Trust/Deutsche Banc and BNP Paribas.  He has also acted as Chief Financial Officer for several early-stage and mid-sized companies.  He is a former trustee and executive committee member of the National School Climate Center and a board member of Games for Change. He is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Business School.

Cathy Boeckmann (Vice Chair) is an executive coach and a partner at the learning and development firm Kenning Associates.  She specializes in interpersonal and leadership communication, helping individuals and organizations collaborate effectively. In this work she draws on 20 years of university teaching and business communication experience.  A parent of a former child at BUGS, Cathy is committed to supporting the school and serving the parent community, she also serves on the Education and Accountability Committee.

Angela Ortiz (Secretary) is an experienced employment attorney, having advised employers of all sizes in employment disputes, employee relations matters and best practices in complying with all areas of employment law. Most recently, Angela has focused her practice on advising nonprofit organizations that serve low income communities. Since 2014, Angela has been the Assistant General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit with a mission to make the Bronx a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant place to live. In addition to her work as a Trustee of BUGS, Angela serves on the Board of Trustees of JobsFirst NYC, which is dedicated to improving opportunities for out of school, out of work young adults in New York City. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She was admitted to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin, and is licensed to practice in New York. Angela lives in Brooklyn with her family and for many years was actively involved in the Parents' Association at her children's school, having held several leadership positions. Angela Chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee.

Christine Kang (Treasurer) has extensive ​experience in logistics, strategic planning,​ and team management for a unique mix of organizations. She ​is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and was previously the Founding Director of Operations for BUGS. Prior to joining BUGS, she was a Director at the American Museum of Natural History, and she worked with several architecture and design firms. She ​earned a BA from Columbia University (majoring in Architecture, minoring in Economics), ​and ​holds an​ MID from the Rhode Island School of Design, ​as well as a​ pre-college degree in piano from Juilliard. Christine Chairs the Finance Committee.

Will Staton is a 2008 graduate of Washington University, and a former history teacher. After teaching in Memphis, TN, Will moved to New York, and spent five years working in public charter schools, most recently as the Assistant Director of Recruitment for Democracy Prep. He is now an independent and freelance educational consultant, and is thrilled to be part of the amazing team at BUGS. Will serves on the Education and Accountability Committee.

Blake Sturcke is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Encore Renewable Energy, a commercial and community-scale solar energy company. Prior to joining Encore, Blake co-founded Turning Earth, an organic waste recycling and clean energy company. Earlier in his career, Blake worked for 15 years for leading global investment banks as a capital markets and corporate finance banker to high-growth companies in the U.S., Asia and Latin America. Blake is a member of the Advisory Board of 118 Capital, a New York-based impact investing organization catalyzing economic, social and environmental impact in the Americas. Blake received his MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, and his BA in Economics from Bucknell University. Blake is the Chair of our Fundraising Task Force. 

Regina Fechter is Director of Business Development at Happy Family Brands, an Organic Food company. Previously she was a management consultant at Bain and Company. She brings to her board membership experience in strategic planning, data analysis and dashboards. Her interest in education was sparked during an internship with Uncommon Schools during Business School. She has both a passion for, and connections to, projects related to sustainability. She has an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BA from Princeton University. Regina chairs the Education and Accountability Committee.

Hallie lannoli has been on the faculty of Relay Graduate School of Education in NYC since 2015. Before joining Relay, she had been a teacher, special education coordinator and assistant principal in charter and district schools since 2000. Her focus of instruction and education has been with students who are identified as needing special education and/or students learning English as a new language. She currently teaches general education teachers how to be highly effective special education teachers on the Teaching Exceptional Learners team at Relay. Hallie earned her MA from Teachers College Columbia University and her BA from New College of California; she serves on the Education and Accountability Committee.

Jose Luis Orbegozo is a director and producer of documentary films related to human rights, environmentalism, immigration, education and a range of community issues. He is currently the Producer of the Short Docs Web Series, and Associate Director of Community Programs, at CUNY TV. Jose Luis is also a BUGS parent and serves on the Education and Accountablity Committee. 

PTA Co-Presidents: As per BUGS's bylaws, the president or co-presidents of the BUGS Parent Teacher Association are permitted to serve on the BUGS board in an ex-officio capacity.  Parent Desiree Cassese currently serves in this capacity.