Board of Trustees
Chair, Ronald Tobano
Ronald Tabano has over 40 years experience in education beginning his work as a 6th-grade teacher, then moving to teach social studies and ELA at the middle and high school levels, eventually becoming an Assistant Principal. Following this, he worked in the community creating job opportunities for struggling adolescents and was a founding member of both Wildcat Academy, which opened in 1992 under the NYC DOE and the first Second Opportunity School (SOS) in the Bronx which opened in 1997. Mr. Tabano also started the first New Beginnings School in 1999 in Queens. He marshaled Wildcat Academy through the charter conversion process in 2000. Today as CEO/Principal of Wildcat, Mr. Tabano is responsible for a budget of $9.5 million and a staff of 54.
Vice-Chair, Leslie Winter
Leslie Winter is the former Executive Director of the Achilles Foundation, the Assistant Commissioner for Planning in the Division of Real Property in NYC and the Director of Real Estate Programs for NYU’s Real Estate Institute. He is involved in commercial real estate in NYC and is the chairperson or president of two economic development not-for-profits and sits on the Boards of two others.
Member, Jane Sun
Ms. Jane Y. Sun is the lead data engineer at the The Center for Educational Innovation in NYC. In her position as lead data engineer, Ms. Sun has designed powerful integrated software tools for schools and teachers that explain business rules and analytical priorities. She has helped schools consolidate school data and thereby resolving any data issues resulting from the consolidation of school data and data errors. She has provided evaluation of data management policies, procedures and other documentation requested by software companies, the Federal Education Department, and the NYC DOE. Ms. Sun has also supported school improvement through teacher evaluation, assessment data analysis, and the use of data. She has also conducted and supported data-use training, software tool-use training, and growth target setting as requested by various schools. Ms. Sun also oversees the supervision and work of data engineers in her company . Among many other technical abilities, Ms. Sun has excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities, has experience in quantitative analysis and SAS programming. Ms. Sun holds a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from City College of New York of the City University of New York and a B.A. in Mathematics from the Tianjin Normal University, 1994, Tianjin, China.
Member, Darlene Anderson
Ms. Darlene A. Anderson is the CEO of Utopia Network Inc. a New York City community based nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of services to the community; inclusive of economic enhancement, education, vocational, and employment opportunities, youth development, family support services, health & wellness resources, and housing linkage.
Ms. Anderson is also motivational speaker, a personal and professional development coach, a philanthropist and author of the autobiographical empowerment book titled, “Not Without A Fight: 10 Ways To Win When It Appears You've Already Lost."