Board of Trustees Information

New Dawn Charter Schools Board Members serve a two-year term and are automatically nominated for another year term every June. 

Board meetings start at 2:30 p.m., and are held at 760 Dekalb, Brooklyn, New York 11216 on the 4th Tuesday of the month. 


Chair: Ronald Tobano

Ronald Tabano has over 40 years of experience in education. Beginning his career as a 6th-grade teacher, he then moved into teaching social studies and English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels, and ultimately as an Assistant Principal. He then moved from the school environment to work for the community by creating job opportunities for struggling adolescents. He is a founding member of The Wildcat Academy, opened in 1992, The Second Opportunity School (SOS), which opened in 1997, and The New Beginnings School in 1999. Today, Mr. Tobano continues his work as CEO and Principal of The Wildcat Academy in New York City. 

Secretary: Amit Bahl

Amit Bahl began his career at the High School of Art and Design as a Social Studies teacher and then at F.H. LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts. After 5 years of teaching, Amit relocated to the war-torn region of Kashmir, India to teach for 6 months.  While there, he started a Model United Nations and a Student Government in the institution where he served. Upon his return from India, Amit joined the Heritage School in East Harlem as a Global History teacher and became the 9th Grade Team Leader. He then joined the East-West School of International Studies as a U.S. History teacher.  While at the East-West School of International Studies, he served as Model United Nations Advisor, Data Specialist, Sustainability Coordinator, and School Leadership Team member. Mr. Bahl then became the founding Director of Operations at Urban Dove Team Charter Schools and transitioned into the role of Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and currently holds the role of School Leader at Urban Dove Team Charter Schools.

Member: Jane Y. Sun

 Ms. Jane Y. Sun is the lead data engineer for The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) in NYC.  Ms. Sun has designed software tools for schools that explain business rules and regulations and analytical priorities.  She has provided an evaluation of data management policies, procedures and other documentation for software companies, the Federal Education Department, and the NYC DOE. She is a supportive advocate of school improvement through teacher evaluation and data analysis. She has experience with data-use training, software training, and setting growth targets for various schools. Ms. Sun oversees the supervision of data engineers within her company and has experience in quantitative analysis and SAS programming. 

Member: Jonathan Carrington

Treasurer: Katharine Urbati

Darlene Anderson, Parent Representative Emeritus

Darlene A. Anderson is the President and founder of Darlene’s Utopia, a company designed to motivate and provide resources for clients through coaching, speaking engagements, and events. Anderson is a motivational speaker, personal and professional development consultant, philanthropist and author of the autobiographical book titled, “Not Without A Fight: 10 Ways To Win When It Appears You’ve Already Lost”. She is the President & CEO of Utopia Network Inc., a New York community-based nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of services to the community; inclusive of economic enhancement, educational, vocational, & employment opportunities, youth development, family support services, health & wellness resources, and housing linkage through resources  for populations from low to mid-level income in New York City.


Leslie Winter, Vice Chair Person Emeritus

Leslie Winter has held a myriad of positions throughout his career. He was the former Executive Director of the Achilles Foundation, the Assistant Commissioner for Planning in the Division of Real Property in New York City, and the Director of Real Estate Programs for New York University’s Real Estate Institute.  Leslie continues to be involved in commercial real estate in New York City and is the president of two economic development not-for-profits. Mr. Winter retired from the New Dawn Charter Schools Board of Directors in 2019.