Rachel Beebe is a wife and mother of two elementary school-aged kids, Rachel has lived in Bed-Stuy for five years. Growing up in a rural Vermont town instilled in her the value of community and she’s seen that borne out in Bed-Stuy, where strong community ties are a big part of what make the neighborhood great. Rachel holds an MA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies and believes that is our responsibility to make our public schools great and to ensure that they provide all children with an excellent education.
Shana Cooper-Silas is wife to Earl Silas and mother to daughters Taylor and Kory ages 5 and 3 respectively, living out her dreams in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. When she is not nurturing her loved ones at home she is busy creating digital products and food experiences like Octavia’s opening soon on Malcolm X Blvd.
Shaila Dewan is a print journalist who has long covered issues of race, class, and inequity with a recent focus on criminal justice. She is a Bed-Stuy resident, the proud wife of Alex Kvares and the very proud mom of a 4-year- old rock star, Elon.
Imran Khan serves as a director and policy/programs advisor within the Mayor’s Office of Operations. In his current role, he works on design, implementation, and evaluation of Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) workforce, youth, and education development programs. Originally from Houston, TX, Imran currently lives in Bed-Stuy with his wife and two children.
Robin Lester Kenton is a government and non-profit communications professional focused on public engagement and interactive media. She is dedicated to bringing marketing expertise to District 16 schools to help them increase enrollment and attract local families. She lives in Bedford Stuyvesant with her husband, Will, and two sons, Simon and Teddy.
Virginia Poundstone As a visual artist, adjunct professor and bookkeeper, I bring set of useful skills to the table: financial record keeping, budgeting, and project/production management. I envision BSPC as an organization that helps strengthen the district’s public schools through strategic planning, fundraising and advocacy.
Anthony Shaw began his career in education in 2002 as an elementary school teacher at Public School No. 6 in Paterson, New Jersey. Since then Anthony has served in leadership, policy, and partnership development roles at both national and local non-profits focused on urban education, youth development, and programming for young men and boys of color. Anthony graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a B.A. in Political Science and later earned his Ed.M. in School Leadership at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He currently resides in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn with his wife Arlene and son Cullen.
Mica Vanterpool A Bed-Stuy native and Brooklyn Tech alumni, Mica is a mental health advocate for children and passionate about equity in education. She volunteers her time at The Speyer Legacy School, a K-8 independent school in NYC whose mission is to educate the advanced learner, and brings her resources and talents to The Brighter Choice Community School, a local public elementary school in District 16. When she is not volunteering her time in the community Mica enjoys spending time with her husband, watching her boys play lacrosse, baking, traveling, and gardening. To find out more, follow her on Instagram @myblackamerica
Neil Wynter Neil is passionate about the welfare of our District 16 children and will work to ensure that they get an equal shot! Neil started his career working at startup companies in the dot.com era and now works as an IT professional in the financial industry. Born and raised in Toronto (Tdot!), Neil, his wife and two kids have made Brooklyn their home for the past 10 years. A technology hub in Bed-Stuy is what he envisions. Let’s make it happen!