Chair: Ronald Tobano

Ronald Tabano has over 40 years of experience in education. He started as a 6th-grade teacher, then moved into teaching social studies and English Language Arts (ELA) at the middle and high school levels, and ultimately as an Assistant Principal. Mr. Tabano 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, Ronald Tobano continues his work as CEO and Principal of The Wildcat Academy. 

Vice Chair: Leslie Winter

Leslie Winter has held many 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.

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. Ms. Sun has also supported 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 also oversees the supervision of data engineers within her company and  has experience in quantitative analysis and SAS programming. 

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.
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; then, he joined the East-West School of International Studies as a U.S. History teacher.  While at East-West, he served as Model United Nations Advisor, Data Specialist, Sustainability Coordinator, and School Leadership Team member. Amit then became the founding Director of Operations at Urban Dove Team Charter School and transitioned into the role of Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and currently holds the role of School Leader at Urban Dove Team Charter School. 

Parent Representative: Darlene Anderson

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.


Board Meeting Information

Board meetings start at 2:30 p.m., and are held at 760 Dekalb, Brooklyn, New York 11216 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.