Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

All meetings are held at New Dawn Charter High School located at 242 Hoyt Street, between Douglass and Butler in Brooklyn, New York, on the 4th Tuesday of the month unless the school is closed. All meetings start at 2:30, unless otherwise noted.

July: July 26, 2016, Time Change: 12:30 p.m.

August: August 16, 2016 (changed due to school closure), Time Change: 12:30 p.m.

September: September 29, 2016, Time Change: 1:30 p.m.

October: October 25, 2016

November: November 22, 2016

December: December 20, 2016 (changed due to holidays)

January: January 24, 2016

February: February 28, 2016

March: March 28, 2016

April: April 25, 2016

May: May 23, 2016

June: June 27, 2016

Ronald Tabano, Chair


Ronald Tabano has over 40 years experience in education beginning his work as a 6th grade teacher, moving to teaching 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. 

Leslie Winter, Vice Chair


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.

George Crowley, CPA, Treasurer


George Crowley was the former CFO of Wildcat Services, Corp. a multi-million dollar not-for-profit until his retirement in 2005.  As part of his work there he was responsible for the filing of all paperwork for the conversion of the Wildcat Charter School from a DOE school to a charter school.  He has also been the Vice President of Finance and Operations at Laventhol & Horwath, a large, international accounting firm.  

Samir Souidi, M.S., Secretary


Samir Souidi currently works for the Population Council as a Senior Programmer and Database Developer with projects all across northern Africa. Prior to this he worked at Wildcat as the Senior Research Analyst and was involved in many aspects of the school, designing the school’s student data system, including the scheduling program for this very educationally diverse group of students. 

Darlene Anderson, Member


 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, & employment opportunities, youth development, family support services, health & wellness resources and housing linkage.

Anderson is a motivational speaker, personal and professional development coach, philanthropist and author of the autobiographical empowerment book titled, “Not Without A Fight: 10 Ways To Win When It Appears You've Already Lost”.

Esosa Ogbahon, Member

Esosa Ogbahon is an experienced educator dedicated to improving the lives of children. He currently serves as the principal at Beginning with Children Charter School 2.

Philip Weitzman, Ph.D., Member