Administration

The photo shows a happy graduate with CEO Graig Weiss.

Senior Leadership Team

Graig Weiss, Chief Executive Officer
Graig Weiss joined Foundation Academy Charter School in 2009 as the Middle School Principal.  After serving in that role for several years and leading the expansion of the lower grades, Mr. Weiss became the Chief Executive Officer in 2014. 

Prior to joining Foundation, Mr. Weiss served as the Founding Middle and High School Principal at Cap Cana Heritage School, an English immersion private school in the Dominican Republic. A 2003 Teach for America corps member, Mr. Weiss taught Math and Science in the Bronx and the Dominican Republic prior to becoming an administrator and was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2007. Prior to entering the education field, Mr. Weiss worked in the financial services sector with Cambridge Associates, LLC in Boston, MA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Scranton.

 

Mr. Jonathan Hofmann, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Hofmann joined Foundation Academy Charter School in July 2018 as the Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to joining Foundation Academy, Mr. Hofmann most recently worked at Success Academy Charter Schools as a Manager of Talent, managing the staffing of school-based leadership roles across the network.  A 2013 Teach for America corps member, Mr. Hofmann taught Literacy and Science in the Arkansas Delta at KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School. After completing his TFA corps commitment, he served as the founding Dean of Students and Head of School Operations at EAGLE College Prep in St. Louis, Missouri.  Mr. Hofmann is a West Windsor, NJ native and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.

 

Christopher Lessard, School Business Administrator 
Mr. Lessard joined the Foundation team in 2009 as School Business Administrator. He currently also serves as the School Business Administrator at the Frankford Township Board of Education, the Freedom Prep Charter School, and the Queen City Academy Charter School. Previously he has served as School Business Administrator to several other New Jersey charter schools.  Mr. Lessard continues to serve as Treasurer of School Monies and administrative consultant with multiple established and prospective charter schools throughout New Jersey. He is a graduate of Bentley University where he received his B.S. in Business Management.

 

Tara Pepe, Senior Director of Finance 
Mrs. Pepe joined Foundation Academy Charter School when it opened in 2007.  Having served in a variety of roles during the first few years of the School, Mrs. Pepe has now been leading the finance and enrollment teams for several years.  Under her leadership, the School has secured nine consecutive perfect audits with no findings or recommendations.  Prior to joining Foundation, Mrs. Pepe worked as an In-home Therapist for the Community YMCA in Ocean County, New Jersey.  Prior to that, she served as the School Social Worker at Trenton Community Charter School.  Ms. Pepe graduated with Highest Honors with a B.A. in Social Work from Muhlenberg College, and she earned her Master’s in Social Work (M.S.W.) from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Sheria McRaeChief Academic Officer & Interim Middle School Principal 
Mrs. McRae joined Foundation Academy Charter School in 2010 as a 6th-and 7th-Grade English Teacher.  After serving as a teacher and then Dean of Instruction for three years, Mrs. McRae became the Middle School Principal in 2013 as a part of the organization’s expansion project.  In 2017, Mrs. McRae went on to become Foundation’s Chief Academic Officer, with a focus on Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction.  Prior to joining Foundation, Mrs. McRae was a Teach for America Corps member in Newark, New Jersey where she taught 3rd-, 5th-, and 6th-grade English four years. Mrs. McRae holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, a Master of Arts in School Counseling from Montclair State University, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University.

 

Melissa Campbell, High School Principal 
Ms. Campbell joined Foundation Academy Charter School in July 2018 as the Middle School Principal.  Prior to joining Foundation Academy Charter School, Ms. Campbell worked at Young Scholars Charter School in Philadelphia for fourteen years as a teacher, instructional dean, and then as principal.  Under Ms. Campbell’s leadership, Young Scholars Charter School was Philadelphia’s “highest-performing charter middle school serving students in high poverty.” Ms. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education & Biology from Rider University, a Master of Arts in Education from Gratz College, and earned her Principal certification with the RELAY Graduate School of Education. 

 

Nicholas Courtney, Intermediate School Principal 
Mr. Courtney joined Foundation Academy Charter School in 2014 as an Intermediate and Middle School Instructional Dean.  After spending two years serving as a Dean, Mr. Courtney became the Intermediate School Principal in 2016.  Prior to joining Foundation, Mr. Courtney worked as a Manager for Teacher Leadership Development for Teach for America in Philadelphia served as a United States Fulbright Scholar in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and taught High School Physics for two years in Kona, Hawaii.  Mr. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston College in Boston, MA, a Master's in Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Master's in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston. 

 

Natasia Shuford, Primary School Principal
Ms. Shuford joined Foundation Academy Charter School in 2016. Prior to joining Foundation, Ms. Shuford was an Assistant Principal of Instruction at Mastery Charter School. In 2014, she served as the Assistant Principal of Student Support at KIPP Philadelphia Charter School. Ms. Shuford was a 2003 Teach for America Corps member in Baltimore, Maryland where she taught 5th and 6th grade for four years. She continued to teach for an additional six years before moving into administration. Ms. Shuford holds a Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Shuford received her Principal Certification through Philly PLUS (Philadelphia Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools).

Board of Trustees

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Allan Kehrt, Board President

As one of the founding partners of KSS Architects, Allan has crafted KSS into a place where architectural dialogue thrives, young architects grow and learn, and serious design work is accomplished.  As an emeritus partner, he continues to consult with the firm's partners and carry on the tradition of design excellence he helped established with fellow founding partner Michael Shatken, AIA, LEED AP.  Working in close collaboration with his fellow partners he explores design issues that reinforce his client's values and aspirations and uses those explorations as the basis for design solutions.  For Allan, the process of turning a blank sheet of paper and ideas into an enormous and tangible entity is extremely rewarding.  Under Allan's leadership, KSS has accumulated more than 80 design awards.
 
In his role as emeritus partner, Allan acts as a resource and trusted adviser to the firm.  Having established an atmosphere and process of collaborative design at the office, he continues in this tradition by involvement in critique, which is integral to the process of design at KSS.  Allan was named a Fellow to the American Institute of Architects in 2001 and actively participates in the education of others in design.  He currently serves as Adjunct Faculty for the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Allan received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.
 
 
Anne-Mindy Fernandez-Sheinbaum 
Mindy is currently the Director of Human Assets for Leadership for Educational Equity, an organization aimed at developing public policy leaders working to close the achievement gap in the United States. Prior to this role, she was the founding Director of Alumni Affairs for Teach For America, Greater Philadelphia for five years. Prior to joining TFA on staff, Ms. Fernandez- Sheinbaum served as a Special Education Teacher at an International School in the Dominican Republic. From 2000 to 2005, she served as a Project Coordinator for Covering Kids and Families in New York City and Project Coordinator for The Student Poverty Reduction Outreach Program (SPROUT) with the Children’s Defense Fund of NY. From 2004 to 2005, Ms. Fernandez-Sheinbaum served as a Faculty Advisor/ Adjunct Lecturer, overseeing the learning, academic and professional progress of Master of Social Work students concentrating in Community Organizing and Program Planning. Prior to this work, Ms. Fernandez-Sheinbaum taught K-5 Special Education as a Teach For America Corps Member. Ms. Fernandez-Sheinbaum received her B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She also received a Master in Social Work and a Certificate of Field Instruction  (SIFI) from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York, NY.
 
 
Todd W. Kent, PhD
Todd is Director of Teacher Certification and a lecturer for the Program in Teacher Preparation at Princeton University. He teaches the program’s introductory course and supervises student teachers in the areas of math, science, and social studies. Dr. Kent began his teaching career at the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland where he taught science at the middle and high school level for nine years, coached several sports, headed the science department, and then served as principal of the high school division. He currently serves as secretary for the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is also a member of the Accreditation Panel for the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. He has been published in the areas of educational technology, content pedagogy, and case methodology. Dr. Kent has a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and earned his doctorate from the University of Virginia in educational evaluation.
 
 
Grecia Montero, Secretary and Treasurer
Grecia serves as the Director of Recruitment in the Office of Admissions at the College of New Jersey. In this role, she specializes in the recruitment of students of color and other students who are underrepresented at the college. Previously, Ms. Montero served as the Assistant Dean of Admissions at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Ms. Montero is a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admissions Counseling. Ms Montero received her B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
 
 
Jessica Gamble
Jessica serves as Assistant Registrar for Scheduling in the Office of the Registrar at Princeton University. Her primary responsibility is managing all aspects of Academic Scheduling including event scheduling. She works with the Registrar and Deputy Registrar when necessary on special projects and fulfilling the mission of the Registrar's Office. Previously, Ms. Gamble worked for Starr Commonwealth in Michigan as an Evaluation Technician. Ms. Gamble received her B.A. in Public Administration from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ms. Gamble is a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Ewing, NJ; a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated - Trenton Alumnae Chapter and a member of International F & A.M. Masons & Order of the Eastern Stars. Ms. Gamble is also the proud parent of a daughter who was a member of the Foundation Collegiate Academies graduating class of 2015!
 
 
Patrick Hall
Patrick was born in the city of Birmingham, in the great state of Alabama.  He and his wife, Patricia, now live in New Jersey's capital city of Trenton.  They are the parents of five children and they have three grandchildren.  Patrick graduated from Trenton Central High School, Mercer County Vocational Technical School, and he graduated in the top of his class from The Cittone Institute and The Windsor School of Technology.  Patrick has owned a swimming pool service for the past five years and has been exploring the commercial transporting industry for the past year.  Having grown up without a father, Patrick is very dedicated to being a positive role model for our youth.  He demonstrates this as he is a Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and by being a mentor for Leadership of Trenton.  He himself has been mentored throughout his life and is determined to "pay-it-forward".  He has taught hundreds of children how to swim as he was the Manager of the Trenton City Pools for more than 20 years.  Patrick currently serves on five Trenton organization boards, chairing two of them.  He helps to mentor over 40 children per week for Men For H.O.P.E. of Trenton.
Patrick is committed to keeping Trenton safe and to expanding opportunity for every Trentonian.  These beliefs are what led him to become an original Guardian Angel of Trenton in 1981.  That commitment is reflected in an agenda that emphasizes pride in Trenton.  He is committed to the people of Trenton, committed to a greater and brighter future, and committed to the growth and potential of New Jersey's Capitol City.
 
 
Jacqueline Griffith
Jacqui grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Barnard College. She has a graduate degree from Bryn Mawr College in clinical social work, and worked in a variety of inpatient hospital units, notably at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as community treatment centers in Philadelphia and Allentown. She completed additional graduate work at Pittsburgh. Most recently she worked in admissions at Princeton University. In 2008 she finished a Masters of Letters from Drew University.
Married with two children, 20 and 24, she has lived in the New Hope/ Solebury area since 1993. Over that period she has been active in a variety of community organizations including the Phillips’ Mill, Trinity Church, Buckingham Friends School, and Bowman’s’ Hill Wildflower Preserve. She is currently on the Board of Phillips’ Mill and the Preserve, as well as the New Hope Library. She remains active with Barnard and is currently on their graduate fellowship committee. She and her husband David have a strong affiliation with the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia, as well as several national non-profits.
 
 
Stephen Silverman
Steve grew up in Willingboro, NJ and attended Case Western Reserve University where he majored in Philosophy. After college and prior to attending graduate school, he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps where he commanded a Hawk Missile Battery. He was discharged from active duty in 1976 and entered graduate school. He received an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the Graduate School of Business at The University of Chicago (now called Booth) and commenced upon a career in investment management. From 1983 until he retired in 2002 he managed several equity mutual funds - aggregating to $11 billion - at Merrill Lynch Asset Management. The most notable of which, The Merrill Lynch Pacific Fund, was ranked as the best performing of all US mutual funds for the 10-year period ending in 1993. Upon his retirement from Merrill he managed a small (peak assets about $1 billion) long/short equity hedge fund called Ironbound Capital Management. He and his wife (also a Chicago MBA) have lived in Cranbury, NJ since 1985. Their three adult daughters live in New York City.
 
 
Paris McLean
Paris, a native of Bordentown, NJ, currently resides in the city of Trenton. Prior to his professional career, Paris attended Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ, graduating in 2000. He matriculated to La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA where he was a dual major studying Elementary (K-8) and Special (K-12) Education, graduating in 2004.
 
During the fall of 2004, Paris returned to Princeton Day School (Pre-K-12) where he remained for an 11-year career. During this time, he served as a 2nd Grade Lead Teacher, Lower School Curriculum Coordinator, Chairperson of the Community and Multicultural Diversity Team, and Head Varsity Basketball Coach. Starting in 2013, Paris attended Columbia University Teachers College Klingenstein Center. Paris completed this program and graduated with a Masters of Arts degree in Private School Leadership.
 
In 2015, Paris was appointed as the Head of Lower School (K-4) at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart (K-8) located in Princeton, NJ.  His role includes faculty development, curriculum management, and enhancing the overall academic, social, and emotional scope of the program. 
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