Board of Trustees

<featured_image /> <image_title /> <summary>The members of The American Dream School Board of Trustees</summary> <published_date>1800/01/01</published_date> <body><p class=""><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: black;">Luz Maria Rojas,&nbsp;<span style="background: whitesmoke;">Board Chair</span></span></strong></p> <p class=""><span face="Tahoma, sans-serif" color="black" style="font-size: 13px;">B.A. in History, Boston College; M.S. Ed. in Childhood Education, Hunter College; Ed.M in Educational Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University. &nbsp;Luz Maria joins the American Dream Team with an impressive list of bilingual teaching experiences. As the lead teacher of the ESL program in an intermediate school in New York City, Luz was a staple at/of the intermediate school where she played an active role for six years. Luz Maria was a bilingual teacher of both math and social studies as well as being a crucial member of the School Leadership Team, the Language Allocation Policy Team and the Comprehensive Educational Plan Committee. &nbsp;Luz Maria moved on to teach at a charter school in the Bronx before accepting an assistant principal position at a transfer high school in Queens. &nbsp; Prior to becoming a teacher, Luz utilized her bilingual skills as an assistant media planner at McCann-Erickson.</span></p> <p class=""><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-size: 13px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; color: black;"><br> <strong>Roselin Espinal<span style="background: rgb(249, 249, 249);">,&nbsp;</span><span style="background: whitesmoke;">Vice Chair</span></strong><br> </span><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; color: black;">Roselin Espinal was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. &nbsp;At the age of thirteen, along with her parents, she migrated to the United States to live in New York City in a predominantly working class, poor Dominican neighborhood. &nbsp;She understands the educational and transitional challenges faced by immigrant students as she herself did not speak nor write English as she entered the New York City public school system. &nbsp;As a former ESL student, Roselin has first-hand experience of the complexities of assimilating a new culture including its language. &nbsp;She would like to take this opportunity to be part of the Board for The American Dream School to help accomplish its mission by utilizing both her professional skills and educational experience as an immigrant.&nbsp;Roselin received a B.A. in 2000 from Binghamton State University of New York with a double major in Financial Economics and Spanish Literature. &nbsp;She has been in the financial industry for the last 13+ years, having worked for major financial corporations such as JPMorgan Chase and Lehman Brothers. &nbsp;She is currently a Vice President at Credit Suisse in their Latin America Private Banking division, where she utilizes her bilingual skills with offshore high net worth individuals.</span></p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: 13px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; color: black;"><br> Angelo Cabrera,</span></strong><strong><span style="background: rgb(249, 249, 249); font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; color: black;">&nbsp;</span></strong><strong><span style="background: whitesmoke; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; color: black;">Board Member</span></strong></span></p> <p class="" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><span face="Tahoma" style="font-size: 13px;">B.A. Political Science, Baruch College; M.A. Public Administration, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (MSPIA) - Baruch College.&nbsp; Having immigrated to the United States at the age of 15, Angelo has first-hand experience and understanding of the many complex barriers minority youth residing in NYC face today. Since he was a teenager, Angelo has been committed to public service and has volunteered at several non-profit organizations. He has also worked very closely with CUNY officials and the office of the Mexican Consulate and many other government institutions to engage the Mexican community in several initiatives through target outreach strategies. Angelo is a CORO Alumni 2011, through the NY Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and trained at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in organizational leadership. He is the founder and current Board of Director of Masa, an organization that aims to help students during after-school hours in Mott Haven, the community in which he lived. He is currently member of the Mexican Initiative for Deferred Action (MIDA) research team at Baruch College. He has work very extensively creating educational opportunities for Dreamers in the USA and returned Dreamers in Mexico.</span></p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: 13px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration-line: underline; font-family: Tahoma; color: black;"> <div><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br> </span></div> Zuleika Martinez</span></strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; color: black;">,&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="background: whitesmoke; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; color: black;">Board Member</span></strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size: 13px;"> <span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; color: black;">Bio coming soon!<br> <br> </span><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Tahoma; color: black;">Patricia Simon</span></strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Tahoma; color: black;">,&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="background: whitesmoke; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; color: black;">Board Member<br> </span></strong><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; color: black;"> <span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">B.S Social Work, York College; MSW Social Work, Touro College.&nbsp; Patricia Chery was born to immigrant parents from Haiti and understands the difficulties families have gaining access to services in general but specifically when they do not speak the native language. Since the age of 16 years old Patricia has been involved in helping her family gain access to the community through translation and advocation. Patricia has always understood the need to support those who are underserved and has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for over 10 years. She has held several workshops within her community and provides support through the Brooklyn Family Support Committee to families who need assistance with accessing services through Office of People with Developmental Disability (OPWDD).&nbsp; Patricia has worked closely with other non-profit organizations in coordinating events that are geared towards empowering the community. She has received a Military Fellowship Scholarship and was awarded with Excellence in Field Education and assists with fundraising efforts within her community and in the Church. Patricia is currently working at Block Institute as a Community Needs Coordinator and she is also a Mental Health clinician at Young Adult Institute.<br> </span><br> </span><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Tahoma; color: black;">Robert Vargas,&nbsp;<span style="background: whitesmoke;">Board Member&nbsp;</span></span></strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; background: whitesmoke; font-family: Tahoma; color: black;"><br> </span><span style="background: whitesmoke; font-family: Tahoma; color: black;"></span> </span> <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" color="#222222" style="font-size: 13px;">B.A. in Accounting, Saint Peter's University - Jersey City, NJ; MBA in Finance, Seton Hall University - South Orange, NJ; Real Estate Finance Certification, Baruch College - New York, NY</span></p> <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span color="#000000" style="font-size: 13px;"><strong><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"></span><br> </strong></span></p> <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" color="#000000" style="font-size: 13px;">Robert Vargas was born and raised in the Washington Heights area of New York City.&nbsp; His parents met in New York and both immigrated from the Dominican Republic. His mother was a High School teacher in Santo Domingo and his father was a lawyer and politician. He has a diverse financial background including financial reporting, underwriting new real estate developments, portfolio asset management, and&nbsp;property management. Robert has been in several roles with nonprofits and for profit companies.&nbsp; He served as Real Estate Controller at L&amp;M Developers where he supervised the financial management activities.&nbsp; He was the Real Estate Development Director for Services for the Underserved (SUS) where he negotiated many deals with for-profit developers.&nbsp; During his tenure at SUS, Robert successfully secured the funding and managed a large pipeline of new housing projects from initial construction to certificate of occupancy.&nbsp; He is currently the Director of Asset Management for Volunteers of America - Greater New York and is the owner of a real estate development company, RAV Development.</span></p> <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" color="#b00000" style="font-size: 13px;"><br> </span></p> <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">He is a member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), a member of the NYC Rent Stabilization</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;Association, and an active&nbsp; member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).</span></span></p> <span style="background: whitesmoke; font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma; color: black;"><br> </span></body> <link_of_current_page>/cms/One.aspx?portalId=2551018&pageId=2617633</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Board of Trustees</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2018/04/07 02:11:00</pageLastModified> </data> </div> </div> <script type="text/javascript"> //<![CDATA[ function OpenFileExplorerDialog(txbClientId) { var wnd = $find("ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_ctl10_ExplorerWindow"); wnd.SetUrl("/cms/FileAdministration/RadWindowFileExplorer.aspx?clientId=" + txbClientId + '&AddELockerPaths=true'); wnd.show(); } //This function is called from a code declared on the Explorer.aspx page function OnFileSelected(fileSelected, clientId) { var textbox = document.getElementById(clientId); textbox.value = fileSelected; } //]]> </script> <div id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_ctl10_ExplorerWindow" style="display:none;"> <div id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_ctl10_ExplorerWindow_C" style="display:none;"> </div><input id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_ctl10_ExplorerWindow_ClientState" name="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_ctl10_ExplorerWindow_ClientState" type="hidden" /> </div> </div></div></div> <!-- This portlet must appear after any React portlets on the page. --> <div id="divReactPortletCSS"></div> <script> $(document).ready(function () { loadReactPortlets('/common/JavaScript/resourcelibrary/ReactPortlets'); }); </script> </div></div></div><div class="clear"></div></div></div></div></div><div id="footer"><div class="inside-padding"><div class="schoolName">The American Dream School</div><div class="address">510 E. 141st Street, 4th Floor, Bronx, NY 10454</div><div class="phone">Phone 718.585.3071<span class="fax-n">| Fax <span class="footer-fax">718.292.9354</span></span></div></div></div><div class="credits"><div class="inside-padding"><span id="ctl00_lblCompany" class="label_skin_corporation">Website by <a href="http://www.schoolmessenger.com/school-website-design/" target="_blank">SchoolMessenger Presence</a>. © 2018 West Corporation. 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