FACULTY & BOARD

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Faculty

Board of directors

 

FACULTY BIOS

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Carol M. Troha  |  Director

You can't get past the door of CHP without getting to know Carol. She's most parents' first point of contact and she knows well what it's like to be that parent. Her son Mikey was in CHP's two-year-old program in 1992 when the...  
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Kristin Brady  |  Asst. to director / board administrator

Kristin first arrived at CHP in 2008 as a mom. After running the cleaning crew, helping chair the Spring Fair, and serving on the Board of Directors, she is delighted to join the staff as the Assistant to the Director and Board...
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Nancy Dean-Hunt  |  Art Specialist

Art Specialist Nancy Dean-Hunt brings to CHP her passion, dedication and training in visual arts and early childhood development where she introduces students to visual arts as a means of exploring their thoughts, feelings and...
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Stacy foote  |  administrative assistant

Stacy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/English Literature from Baruch College in New York City.  She spent the early portion of her career working as an event planner on Wall Street.  For seven years she worked in this fast...
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janie greene  |  operations manager

Janie has been at CHP since September 2006, keeping the school running smoothly and efficiently.  After graduating with a Masters in Social Work from New York University, she spent several years working in family day care and...
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Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hershon  |  Teacher

Elizabeth Hershon received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and later a Masters from Hunter College in Early Childhood Education.  Throughout her career, she has combined a passion for creating art and teaching.  Starting out ...
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Chloe Katz  |  Behavioral Support Teacher

Chloe was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated with a BS in psychology from Boston University.  She went on to receive a dual Master's Degree from Bank Street College of Education, where she specialized in  ...
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Sandra Lambert  |  Assistant Teacher (Volunteer)

Sandra joined CHP as an Assistant Teacher in 1997. Before CHP moved into its new location, Sandra was a paid employee.  During our big fundraising push in 2004 to purchase the new school, Sandra decided to no longer work for ...
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Juliet Rose  |  Assistant Teacher

Before joining CHP as a teaching assistant in 2006, Juliet worked as a nanny for what seems like all her life.  Juliet has worked for many families over the years and has enjoyed watching "her" kids grow up.  Juliet received her ...
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Caroline Ryburn  |  Drama Specialist

Caroline is CHP's creative drama/movement specialist.  Her teaching approach is interdisciplinary, weaving improvisation, narrative pantomime, movement/dance, music/song, and interactive storytelling together in set group ...
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Sonia Tavares  |  Classroom Manager

Sonia joined CHP in 2012 as an Assistant Teacher.  In the fall of 2015, she was promoted to Classroom Manager, coordinating the daily staffing and scheduling at CHP.  Previously she worked as an Assistant Teacher for 11 years at ...
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Christy Yin  |  Teacher

Christy was born and raised in California and moved to Southern California for college  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts and Educational Studies from University of California, Irvine.  She moved to New York ...
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rebecca zola  |  music specialist

Rebecca Zola is a performing musician, educator, and composer originally from Lexington, Massachusetts.  She has performed with her band, Zolaband, and with other musical groups around New York City, New England, and internationally in Switzerland at the Bern International...
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BOARD BIOS

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stefany morris  |  president

Stefany is mom to alum Adeline, a kindergartner this year, and little brother Michael, who returns to CHP in the 3s program.  Stefany is grateful for the talented CHP staff and is proud to be part of the uniquely collaborative community of CHP parents.  This is her third year on the Board, having previously served as Vice President and as Director of Parent Jobs.

 
 
 

kim kremer browne  |  vice president

Kim is mom to daughters Ella and Grace, both CHP graduates, and son Jack, who returns to CHP this year for the 3s program.  Kim has served on the Board for three years as the Director of Community Events.  This year, she transitions into the role of Vice President, bringing with her valuable experience from past years on the Board as well as from her former career as a teacher.  She looks forward to another great year as part of the CHP community.

 
 
 

jaime caldwell  |  director of community events

Jaime is the mom of alum Katie, now a first grader, and little brother George, who joins CHP's 2s program this year.  A former publicist, Jaime will serve as the Board's Director of Community Events.  Previously, Jaime has served on CHP's community events and alumni committees.  When she's not at CHP, Jaime is the Girl Scout Troop Leader for her daughter's neighborhood Daisy Troop.

 
 
 

magda cruz  |  board member at large

Magda Cruz is a returning member of the CHP Board of Directors - she first served in 2005 when her daughter, now in high school, attended CHP at the old Union Street location.  A member of the Board that managed purchasing CHP's current space, she served on the parent team that was instrumental in securing a permanent home for our school.  She currently serves as the Member at Large, bringing with her both a long-standing support of the school and a wealth of legal expertise.  A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Magda is an attorney who specializes in appeals and complex litigation in the real estate field.  She has also served as a member of the Housing Court Advisory Council, Women in Housing and Finance, and the NYC Rent Guidelines Board.  Magda is also passionate about music education and the need to support and expand youth performance opportunities, especially in underserved communities.  She is a member of the Board of the Brooklyn Youth Music Project.

 
 
 

lauren goldberg  |  Director of fundraising

Lauren is mom to 4 year old Liv and 2 year old Macie, sisters who will attend CHP together this year. Lauren served in a leadership role for CHP's Fall Auction last year, and now joins the Board as Director of Fundraising.  Previously, Lauren spent 14 years as Founder and CEO of Lauren Merkin Handbags.

 
 
 

jamie kaplan  |  director of facilities

Jamie is the father of alum Harper, now a first grader, and newcomer Marlowe, who joins CHP's 2s program this year.  Jamie joins the Board as Director of Facilities, having previously served on, and led, CHP's parent cleaning crew.  When he's not at CHP, Jamie works as the Director of Research at CBS Sports. 

 
 
 

molly rayo  |  secretary

Molly is mom to Hunter, currently in the 4s program, and Ainsley, a future CHP'er.  She joins the Board for the first time this year after having served as an integral member of the Community Events committee and as CHP's supply shopper.  Molly is excited to give back to CHP by serving on the Board as CHP has already given so much to her family.

 
 
 

Aimee Rudic  |  Director of Parent Jobs

Aimee is returning to the Board for her second year as Director of Parent Jobs.  Daughter Mayfair is a CHP graduate entering kindergarten, and little sister Harlow joins CHP in the 2s program.  Aimee has loved meeting the community of amazing parents at CHP and looks forward to supporting them in their cooperative jobs this year.  Prior to becoming a mom, Aimee was a graphic designer and art director for over 10 years in busy Manhattan.  During that time, she received a second degree in Textile and Surface Design from FIT.  She now enjoys two of her greatest passions other than being a parent:  creating fine art and designing textiles.

 
 
 

rebecca felsenthal Stewart  |  director of alumni relations

Rebecca is mom to Noah, a proud CHP alum entering first grade, and Charlotte, who returns to CHP's 4s program this year.  Rebecca joins the Board as the Director of Alumni Relations.  As a member of the alumni committee for the past two years, she was instrumental in drafting CHP's first ever alumni appeal.  Before becoming a mom, Rebecca worked as an editor at magazines including Parents and American Baby.  She now writes parenting and health stories for magazines and websites.

 
 
 

lindsay knaak stuart  |  director of website, marketing and technology

Lindsay is mom to alum Ellie, who heads off to kindergarten this year, and son Hugo, who returns for CHP's 3s program.  Last year, Lindsay managed the successful redesign of CHP's website and marketing strategy.  A former advertising and fashion executive, Lindsay now owns and operates her own body care product line.  She brings her expertise to CHP as Director of Website, Marketing and Technology.

 
 
 

brandon zimmerman  |  Treasurer

Brandon is the dad of alum Cole, who ventures to kindergarten this year, and little brother Logan, who will be in CHP's 3s program.  Brandon joins the Board as Treasurer after having served on CHP's Fall Auction Committee for the past three years.  He brings to the Board both his professional expertise as an analyst for Bank of America as well as a wonderful commitment to the school.