Meet Our Team
Michael is the Executive Chair of Schools That Can which he has developed since 2005 into what is now the largest network in the country of high-performing and high-potential urban schools serving low-income students nationwide. He has been deeply involved in urban education since 2001 and served until recently as Board Chairman of the Trey Whitfield School in East New York, Brooklyn for over ten years. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Board of Regents at the Da Vinci Schools in L.A., is the Co-Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Center for Global Affairs, and is Chairman of M2C Group. Read more…
Jordan joined Schools That Can as a Development Associate in Spring 2015. A Miami native, Jordan developed an interest in urban education while working for Shearwater Education Foundation in St. Louis, MO. Jordan holds a BA in Political Science and Applied Macroeconomics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Public Service degree from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Jordan’s diverse social sector experience includes donor prospect research and proposal writing, his area of focus with Schools That Can.
Development Committee Co-Chair
Kate Del Priore
STC NYC Executive Director
STC Chicago Executive Director
Mary W. Klein
STC Philadelphia Co-Chair;
Validation Committee Member
Brian is a Development Co-Chair for STC and the Co-Founder, Executive Co-Chairman, and Managing Partner of HighBrook Investment Management LP, a real estate investment fund. Brian started his real estate career at Morgan Stanley. He served on the Board of Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn. Brian has a BA from the University of Wisconsin.
Kate Del Priore is the STC NYC Executive Director, formerly the Director of 21st Century Initiatives & Partnerships. A Teach For America alumna (Philadelphia Corps 2006), she has experience in both the education and private sectors. Kate started her career as a middle school math teacher in Philadelphia public schools, followed by a 4-year role as a middle and high school math teacher and instructional coach with Mastery Charter Schools. Kate earned her B.S. in Political Science and Communications at Northwestern University and M.S.Ed. in Urban Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more…
After serving as a volunteer co-chair for three years, Jennifer L. Husbands, Ph.D. joined the staff of Schools That Can as the founding Executive Director of STC Chicago in August 2014. In this role, she will build and strengthen the Chicago network and also lead specific cross-city initiatives for STC. Most recently, Jennifer was the inaugural Director of the AUSL Institute, where she built a consulting practice within the Academy for Urban School Leadership that delivered advisory services to schools, districts, CMOs, and other organizations interested in AUSL’s approach to turning around chronically low-performing district schools. Read more…
Mary is a Regional Council Co-Chair in Philadelphia and a Board Member of STC. Formerly, Mary was a School Administrator in Philadelphia.
National Director of Growth;
Validation Committee Leader
Casey is committed to ensuring that all children have access to high quality educational opportunities and to empowering children with the skills, knowledge, and internal drive to determine their own path to success. This passion began to develop as an undergraduate student at Pomona College, where she studied education policy and psychology. Read more…
Terri Milsap joined as STC Newark Executive Director in Summer 2014. She is a Chicago native and moved to NJ in 2013. She began her career as a high school English teacher at Thornton Township High School. Her experience as an administrator includes the following: Principal of The Academy of Communication and Technology Charter School, Founding Principal of The Chicago High School for the Arts, and most recently, a NJ Department of Education State Turnaround Principal Coach. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Illinois State University, a B.A in Secondary English Education from Governors State University, and a M.Ed in School Leadership from Concordia.
Development Committee Co-Chair
Wendy is an educational and social justice leader dedicated to the work of serving urban communities. For the last 16 years, her work has focused on issues related to low-income youth and their families in both the out-of-school and in-school arenas. In the last 12 years, she has served as the ED for both The Children’s Storefront and The GO Project. She holds a C.A.S. in Educational Administration from Steinhardt School of Education, NYU, an Ed. M. in the Sociology of Education with a concentration in Educational Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University, a M.A. in Elementary/Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. from Oberlin College. She also completed the Institute for Not-for-Profit Executive Level Program at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. Along with STC, she is also a trustee for The Children’s Storefront and Summer Steps.
Kyle Ryan is the accounting manager of STC. He is also a senior accountant at Con Edison, the energy utility of the New York metropolitan area. Kyle graduated with a BA in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Kyle holds an active CPA license in New York and Minnesota.
Development Committee Co-Chair
Elizabeth Trongone is a Development Co-Chair and Board Member of STC. She is also the senior marketing manager for e-commerce driven men’s apparel brand, Bonobos. Elizabeth’s work with e-commerce brands started while at Harvard Business School where she was an MBA Intern for Birchbox and consulted for e-commerce companies Moda Operandi, Threadflip and Of a Kind. Prior to that, she was a Business Development Manager at global advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Brown University.
Director of Communications and Marketing
Stephanie Whited is the Director of Communications & Marketing for STC living in Brooklyn, NY. Since joining the Executive Team in May 2010, her contributions have grown to include website development and management, marketing, videography, and social media coordination. She holds a BA in Psychology from NYU and is an actor and published poet.