board of trustees

The Board's responsibility is to ensure that NCSH remains faithful to its Charter, complies with all relevant legal requirements, and remains viable financially. The Board has final authority for all policy and operational decisions of NCSH.

Ruth Meyler

President

A former lawyer for Levi Strauss & Co, where she retired as Deputy General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel. Ruth has been involved with charter schools for fifteen years. She was Chief of Staff at Gateway High School, the first charter high school in California, and was one of the founding trustees of Leadership Prep Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Patricia Soussloff

Vice President

Patricia is a former corporate lawyer who also has experience working with disadvantaged families to help them get access to special education. She is the Board President of Partnership with Children, a not-for-profit organization that provides at-risk children with the social and emotional support they need to cope with the circumstances that impact their ability to learn in school.

Adam Rashid

Treasurer

Adam is a former financial analyst in the alternative investment industry. He volunteers as a Big Brother to a teenager in the Bronx.

Gail Brousal

Gail was the Head of the High School at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn for thirty-five years. She also taught fourth and fifth grade language arts classes and is currently leading English conversation groups with English language learners at the Brooklyn Public Library. Gail was a founding member of the Board of Trustees at Leadership Prep Charter School where she chaired the Education Committee.

Derek Fleming

Derek is a Harlem resident and Director of Business Development for the Marcus Samuelsson Group which owns and operates restaurants around the world. He is also a partner in the Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem. Derek has worked as a manager of the Harlem Empowerment Zone and helped develop a number of new real estate projects and job opportunities in Harlem.

Brian Hamilton

Brian is a partner at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he focuses on U.S. and cross-border mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions. He was resident in the Firm’s London office for three years, where he was deputy head of the European Mergers and Acquisitions Group, returning to New York City in 2010.

Jefferson E. Hughes, Jr.

Jeff spent more than 30 years at Merrill Lynch in a variety of operating and management roles, including as the firm’s Managing Director and Chairman for Latin America and Canada and as Head of the Global Relationship Management Program. He presently serves as a Consultant and Advisor to the Olayan Group; Partner and Director of Capital Formation Group (Boston based financial planning firm); Board Member of Family Capital Trust Company (Boston based trust bank); Board Member of Merrill Lynch Ventures LLC; Board Member of KECALP Inc. (ML Private Equity Funds); and Partner of NewSmith Capital Partners. In addition, Mr. Hughes is the Board Chair of the Nature Conservancy on Long Island and a Trustee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He is a past Trustee of the Hotchkiss School.

Justena Kavanagh

Tena is the director of the Asian art gallery, Koo New York. She spent many years as an editor and archivist in the Chinese Works of Art Department at Sotheby’s and is a former junior high school teacher. In addition to serving on the boards of several Westchester organizations, she has restored more than a dozen historical houses.

Allison Mayne Peters

Allison is the Associate Director, Special Projects and Operations for Columbia Business School's Office of External Relations and Development. Prior to work in higher education, she spent several years in hospitality and event planning at American Express, Per Se and Oceana. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she spent twelve years as a professional musical theatre actress. Allison is the mother of a current second-grader in the ASD program at NCSH. She is currently serving a second term as President of the NCSH Parent Association.   

Andrew J. Popper

Andrew is a photojournalist and photo editor. His work has been widely published in local and national print media, and he has nineteen years’ experience as a picture editor for US News and World Report, and most recently Business Week magazine. He is the parent of a child with special needs.

Arthur Sadoff

Dr. Arthur Sadoff is a special education educator and a NYS certified speech pathologist for the past 42 years. He received his Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1982. Dr. Sadoff worked for the NYC Department of Education for 33 years as a teacher and as the Chairperson of the Committee on Special Education in school district 14. After retirement, Dr. Sadoff joined the NYC Charter Center as their special education consultant and was instrumental in helping charter schools set up their special education programs. One of the outcomes of his work at the Charter Center was the establishment of the NYC Special Education Collaborative, which is a membership organization and provides ongoing special education support to the member charter schools.

Nicole Scanlin

Nicole is the Director of Development, Special Events for Project Renewal, an organization that empowers homeless men and women in New York City to rebuild their lives with renewed health, homes and jobs. Prior, she worked in development at Child Advocates in Houston, TX raising money for abused and neglected children and as public relations executive focusing on consumer, healthcare and non-profit accounts.

Cliff Schneider

As a transactional lawyer serving a wide range of clients, Cliff takes a cross-disciplinary approach to his practice by focusing on a variety of areas of law including general corporate law, corporate governance, governmental and regulatory affairs, real estate and the constantly-evolving internet, e-commerce and social media legal landscape. Cliff advises entrepreneurs from entity formation through exit, represents small and mid-sized businesses as their outside general counsel, provides counsel to real estate investors and businesses on their acquisition and disposition of real estate and represents charter schools, educational service providers and education/community-focused not-for-profit organizations throughout their lifecycle.