Board of Trustees

Below you will find a listing of our board members, our board meeting dates, and associated documents. Please note that all board meetings begin promptly at 6:00pm at Heketi Community Charter School.


Jamie Knox is a partner at DLA Piper. His finance practice assists borrowers and lenders in the structuring of acquisition financings and refinancings of existing indebtedness, and encompasses the full range of corporate finance alternatives for both investment-grade and below-investment-grade borrowers, including syndicated credit facilities, high yield and investment grade bond offerings, asset-based financing, mezzanine financing, debtor-in-possession financing and debt private placements.

Jamie, in his corporate practice, has represented NYSE-listed public companies on an ongoing basis, providing advice concerning acquisitions, securities offerings, corporate governance, disclosure and securities regulations.

Jamie’s clients have included many of the largest investment banks, public and private companies, private equity funds and hedge funds. He has worked with companies in many industries, among them consumer products, REITs, health care and life sciences, technology and industrial chemicals.

Jamie is chair of DLA Piper’s New York Finance group.


Edwin Cespedes is a consultant and practice leader in the market research, strategy and customer engagement areas with over 8 years of experience in his field. He has worked with clients in USA, Latin America, and Africa in numerous industries including healthcare, energy, retail and technology.

He received his BS from Universidade Positivo, his BLA from Harvard University and his MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Edwin is passionate about education and empowerment of Hispanic communities. He is also a commercial pilot and in addition to flying, his interests include winter sports and martial arts.


As Director of Operations at Charter School Business Management, Tina is involved in managing key internal systems- both at a strategic and operational level. This includes building upon and creating efficient systems and processes and serving as an experienced charter school operations resource to CSBM team members.

Prior to joining CSBM, Tina was the founding Director of Operations at Mott Haven Academy Charter School for five years and prior to that role, she was an Associate TV News Producer in Washington, DC for five years. She currently serves as a Founding Board Trustee for Heketi Community Charter School.

Tina holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, and a Bachelor of Science In Journalism from Howard University.


Glory Carrion-Gomes is the Mathematics Department Chair and 6th grade Mathematics teacher at The American Dream Charter School. She has been teaching at Dual Language elementary and middle schools in the South Bronx and in Harlem for the last 12 years. Glory’s family immigrated to New York City from the Dominican Republic when she was 6 years old. Due to her parents lack of knowledge about the New York City public school system, Glory learned to navigate her educational options on her own, which played a large role in her future as an educator. Glory is very passionate about empowering and creating life-changing educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.

Glory obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University at Albany, a Masters of Education from Mercy College, a Masters in Mathematics from the City College of New York, and is currently working on a Masters in School Leadership at Hunter College. Glory enjoys cooking, reading, brain teasers, and traveling with her family.