Board of Trustees

The BUGS Board of Trustees is a committed and experienced group of educators, professionals, community members and parents who bring a range of skills and knowledge necessary to meet the diverse needs of a young, mission-driven charter school.  Members of the group have experience in education, school operations, social work, start-ups, finance, law, human resources, marketing and project management.

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Meet the BUGS Board of Trustees:

Brooks Tanner (Chair) has worked as an investment banker for over 20 years with firms such as Citibank, Bankers Trust/Deutsche Banc and BNP Paribas.  He has also acted as Chief Financial Officer for several early-stage and mid-sized companies.  He is a former trustee and executive committee member of the National School Climate Center and a board member of Games for Change. He is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Business School.

Cathy Boeckmann (Vice Chair) is an executive coach and a partner at the learning and development firm Kenning Associates.  She specializes in interpersonal and leadership communication, helping individuals and organizations collaborate effectively. In this work she draws on 20 years of university teaching and business communication experience.  A parent of a former child at BUGS, Cathy is committed to supporting the school and serving the parent community, she also serves as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and on the Education and Accountability Committee.

Christine Kang (Treasurer) has extensive experience in logistics, strategic planning, and team management for a unique mix of organizations. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and was previously the Founding Director of Operations for BUGS. Prior to joining BUGS, she was a Director at the American Museum of Natural History, and she worked with several architecture and design firms. She earned a BA from Columbia University (majoring in Architecture, minoring in Economics), and holds a MID from the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as  pre-college degree in piano from Juilliard. Christine Chairs the Finance Committee.

Jackie Piccolo (Secretary) serves as the head of business development at RF|Binder, a leading communications and consulting firm, where she oversees all business development and marketing efforts for the firm. In addition, she works alongside the firm's CEO, Board of Directors, and executive team on strategic initiatives that will help position the firm for growth in an ever-changing marketplace. Prior to working in business development, Jackie managed marketing and communications campaigns for both start-up and Fortune 500 Brands across the food and beverage, wellness, and agriculture industries. She also has worked extensively with non-profits and foundations and has a deep passion for helping organizations and initiatives driven by social impact and sustainability, like BUGS. Through her experiences, Jackie brings a unique combination of expertise areas to the BUGS board, including growth strategy and business development, strategic planning, marketing and branding, communications, operations, and employee relations. Jackie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and received her Bachelors of Science in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. Jackie serves on the Finance and Governance and Nominating Committees.

Jamal Deek brings to the BUGS Board his financial expertise and a commitment to education and financial literacy. He is an investment banking professional currently in HSBC’s mergers & acquisitions group. Previously he acted in a similar capacity at Cain Brothers & Company, a boutique healthcare investment bank. He is a former trustee of Capital Community, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Austin, Texas that conducts basic personal finance lessons for under-served Austin individuals and increases awareness of predatory lending. Education is the most effective way to ensure long-term financial responsibility. Jamal holds a Master’s in Accounting and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Jamal serves on the Finance and Education & Accountability Committees.

Regina Fechter is Director of Business Development at Happy Family Brands, an Organic Food company. Previously she was a management consultant at Bain and Company. She brings to her board membership experience in strategic planning, data analysis and dashboards. Her interest in education was sparked during an internship with Uncommon Schools during Business School. She has both a passion for, and connections to, projects related to sustainability. She has an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BA from Princeton University. Regina chairs the Education and Accountability Committee.

Hallie lannoli has been on the faculty of Relay Graduate School of Education in NYC since 2015. Before joining Relay, she had been a teacher, special education coordinator and assistant principal in charter and district schools since 2000. Her focus of instruction and education has been with students who are identified as needing special education and/or students learning English as a new language. She currently teaches general education teachers how to be highly effective special education teachers on the Teaching Exceptional Learners team at Relay. Hallie earned her MA from Teachers College Columbia University and her BA from New College of California; she serves on the Education and Accountability Committee.

PTA Co-Presidents: As per BUGS's bylaws, the president or co-presidents of the BUGS Parent Teacher Association are permitted to serve on the BUGS board in an ex-officio capacity.  Parent Erin Walker currently serves in this capacity.