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 2, 2017

August: August 15, 2017 (changed due to school closure)

September: September 19, 2017

October: October  24, 2017

November: November 28, 2017

December: December 18, 2017 (changed due to holidays)

January: January 15, 2018

February: February 27,2018

March: March 20, 2018

April: April 24, 2018

May: May 22, 2018

June: June 19, 2018

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.  

Darlene Anderson, Member







 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, & 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”.

Philip Weitzman, Ph.D., Member


Among Dr.  Weitzman's many accomplishments, Dr. Weitzman was chief academic and regulatory affairs officer for an 850-student university campus with graduate and undergraduate programs in business, liberal arts, art and design.  He managed the academic budget and responsible for reconciling and achieving compliance with two often-conflicting legal and educational accreditation systems.  Dr. Weitzman was responsible for producing regional re-accreditation self-study and obtaining re-licensure.  Dr. Weitzman is also a licensed attorney and was an Administrative Law Judge , served on the NYC Environmental Control Board, from May 2007-present, is a Public Arbitrator,  on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, 2011-present, and was an Administrative Law Judge (part-time), for the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission and NYC Parking Violations Bureau, from 1985-1989.

Ms. Jane Y Sun, Member



Ms. Jane Sun has a M.S. in Applied Mathematics, from City College of New York. She is an experienced data analyst with excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities. Ms. Sun has experience in quantitative analysis and SAS programming. Ms Sun currently works for The Center for Educational Innovation in New York, NY as the Lead Data Engineer. In her current position, she has designed a powerful integrated software tool for schools and teachers. Ms. Sun also worked for the Human Resource Administration (HRA) of New York City New York, NY.  In HRA, NYC,  Ms. Sun worked as  Computer Support Specialist (Intern), she managed Information System, developed a database system of wireless and portable devices, and maintained  relevant database information and generated inventory reports.