Our Team Makes All The Difference.

Our faculty, trustees, and directors are the heart and soul of our school. They bring immense energy and talent each day and unwavering commitment to ensuring that every student who walks through our doors is prepared for success. Meet the women and men that make Boston Preparatory Charter Public School a wonderful place for students and teachers, alike. 

"I like that teachers have expectations for us and that we are expected to not only get into college but succeed once there."

- Thomas Smith,

Class of 2019



School Leaders:

Middle School, High School, and College


Sharon Liszanckie

Executive Director

Sharon Liszanckie joined Boston Prep as the Executive Director in 2012, bringing with her a commitment to the school’s mission to prepare all students for success in college and lifelong ethical growth.  With a focus on research and development, Ms. Liszanckie helps ensure the school is continuously growing and improving. Prior to joining Boston Prep, Ms. Liszanckie was a management consultant with the Bridgespan Group and Bain and Company.  She also served as a middle school math teacher in Wellesley, MA and Connecticut.  Ms. Liszanckie holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Eileen Callahan

Chief Academic Officer

Eileen Callahan joined the Boston Prep team in 2015, bringing with her extensive experience in the charter school sector.  Ms. Callahan guides the development of Boston Prep's rigorous, engaging college preparatory curriculum.  Prior to joining Boston Prep, Ms. Callahan served as Director of Leadership Development at Building Excellent Schools, cultivating leaders of high performing schools.  Ms. Callahan also has experience as both a teacher and school leader at Boston Collegiate Charter School.   She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Fordham University as well as an Ed.M. from Harvard University.


Adam Dobberfuhl

Middle School Principal

Adam Dobberfuhl has been a member of the Boston Prep faculty since 2006.  Over his time with the school, he has served as a science teacher, science department chair, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Ethics and Instruction, and now brings his years of expertise to his role as Middle School Principal.  Prior to joining Boston Prep, Mr. Dobberfuhl was a science teacher at the Harbor Middle School in Dorchester.  Mr. Dobberfuhl holds a B.S. from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. from Boston University.

Christopher Cook

High School Principal

Boston Prep welcomed Mr. Cook back as a member of the faculty in 2015.  Mr. Cook originally joined Boston Prep in 2007.  During his four years with the school, he served first as a building substitute and moved into the roles of history teacher and Athletic Director.  He then served as the High School Principal at the Community Charter School of Cambridge for three years before returning to Boston Prep.  Bringing that experience with him, he now serves as Boston Prep's High School Principal.  Mr. Cook holds a B.A. from Northeastern University and an M.Ed. from Harvard University.


Mike Lester

Director of Student and Family Life

Mike Lester joined Boston Prep in 2006.  He served as Boston Prep’s Dean of Students for eight years before moving into his current role as Director of Student and Family Life.  In this role, Mr. Lester helps develop a strong school community that supports students’ ethical growth and engages families, students, and teachers as partners in the educational process.  Prior to joining Boston Prep, Mr. Lester served as the Associate Dean of Support Services at the Steppingstone Foudation.  Mr. Lester holds a B.S. from Tuskegee University and a M.Ed. from Simmons College.

Mindy Wright

Director of The Persistence Project

Mindy Wright became a member of the Boston Prep team in 2007.  In her time at Boston Prep,  Ms. Wright has served as a history teacher, history department chair, and Director of Graduate Support.  In her current role, Ms. Wright coordinates our integrated supports and services for students and families across grades 6 through 16 to ensure students are prepared to get into college, enroll, persist, and graduate.  Prior to joining Boston Prep, Ms. Wright was the social studies department chair at the Epiphany School in Dorchester.  Ms. Wright holds a B.A. from Colby College and an M.Ed. from Boston College.


Teachers and Staff

Leadership Team

In addition to the school leaders profiled above, our leadership team is rounded out by the following individuals:

Michaela Crowley, Director of Human Capital
B.A., Boston College; M.Ed., Boston College

Graham VanderZanden, Director of Strategic Projects
B.A., University of Washington; M.P.P., Harvard University

Curriculum & Instruction Team

Laurie Bacon, ELA & Classics Department Chair
B.A., Pitzer College; Ed.M., Harvard University

Katie BraymillerScience Department Chair
B.S., SUNY Geneseo; M.Ed., Boston College

Monique DeBarros, Director of Targeted Intervention and Differentiation
B.A., Boston University; M.S., Simmons College

Julie Duran, Math Department Chair
B.S., Boston University, M.A.T., Boston University

Brandon Springer, History Department Chair
B.S., University of Colorado; B.A., University of Colorado

Molly Stone Gerrity, Director of Special Education & ESL Director
B.A., Williams College; M.S., Mercy College


Lisa Moskowitz, Latin Teacher
B.A., Virginia Tech

Kevin Ouellette, Latin Teacher
B.A., Boston University

Jacqueline Stephenson, Latin Teacher
B.A., Georgetown University; M.S., Johns Hopkins University

English Language Arts Department

Kevin Black, Middle School ELA Teacher
B.A., Providence College; M.M., New England Conservatory

David Blitzer, Middle School ELA Teacher
B.A., Williams College

Annie Gaburo, Middle School ELA Teacher
B.A., Colgate University; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Bruce Kapteyn, High School ELA and Ethics Teacher
B.A., Boston University; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Tara Shuman, High School ELA Teacher
B.A., Bowdoin College; J.D., Suffolk University Law School

Stefany Tomlinson, High School ELA and Ethics Teacher
B.A., Spelman College; M.A., University of Massachusetts - Amherst

History Department

David Berkley, High School History Teacher
B.A., Dartmouth College

Maggi Gregory, High School History Teacher
B.A., Bennett College

VaLonda Harris, Middle School History Teacher
B.S., Harvard University

Terrance Jefferson, High School History Teacher
B.A., Emmanuel College, M.F.A., The New School

Andrea Tempesta, Middle School History Teacher
B.A., Providence College

Math Department

Jeffrey Angelico, Middle School Math Teacher
B.S., Salve Regina University

Leeanne Dillmann, High School Math Teacher
B.S., Emerson College

Emily Dodge, Middle School Math Teacher
B.A., Middlebury College; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Brittney Jean-Louis, High School Math Teacher & Director of 9th Grade Academy
B.A., Dartmouth College; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Ryan Vermette, High School Math Teacher
B.S., Bentley University; M.S., The Johns Hopkins University

Science Department

Tess Bernhard, High School Science and Math Teacher
B.A., Princeton University; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Veronica Gentile, Middle School Science Teacher and Director of New Staff Support
B.A., Boston College; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Marlene Moxness, High School Science Teacher
B.A., University of Minnesota; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Caitlann O'Dell, Middle School Science Teacher
B.S., University of Pittsburgh; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Marilyn Onwunaka, Middle School Science Teacher
B.A., Boston College; M.A., Boston University

Support Services Department

Rachel Adams, Middle School Support Services Teacher
B.A., tufts University; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Nereida Cheney, Middle and High School ESL Teacher
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston; M.A., Simmons College

Hannah DiCocco, Middle School Support Services Teacher
B.A., Mount Holyoke College

Gabriela Diller, High School Support Services Teacher
B.A., Boston University; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Sara Marx Dorman, Middle and High School Reading Specialist & Support Services Teacher
B.S., Boston University; M.Ed., Simmons College; M.S., Wheelock College

Julie Driscoll, Occupational Therapist
B.S., Boston University; M.A., University of Southern California

Gabrielle Edouard, Middle School Support Services Teacher
B.A., Wheelock College

Michelle Gabor, High School Support Services and Math teacher
B.A., Northeastern University; M.Ed., Simmons College

Brian Harvey, Middle School Support Services Teacher
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston; M.Ed., Lesley University

Ashley Johnson, High School Support Services Teacher
B.S., Suffolk University; M.Ed., Lesley University

Aron Neesman, High School Support Services Teacher
B.S., University of Nebraska - Omaha; M.J.Ed., Hebrew College

Dolph Paulsen, Speech Language Pathologist
B.A., University of Massachusetts - Amherst; M.F.A., Florida State University; M.S., MGH Institute of Health Professions

Zachary Yakubian, Middle School ESL Teacher
B.A., University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The Persistence Project

Aaron Canto, College and Alumni Counselor
B.A., Boston College

Fina Fontes, College and Alumni Counselor
B.A., Northeastern University

Enrichment Team

Patrick Foran, Art and Digital Literacy teacher
B.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Eric Tabb, Enrichment Teacher & Athletic Director
B.S., Virginia State University

Health and Counseling Team

Amy Abair, Social Worker
B.A., Pine Manor College; M.S.W., Boston College

Gabe Garza, Psychology Intern
B.A., Williams College; M.S., University of Massachusetts, Boston

Jennifer McGrail, School Nurse
B.S., University of New Hampshire

Kathryn Richter, School Nurse
B.A., Regis University (CO); R.N./B.S.N., MGH Institute of Health Professions

David Wolff, School Psychologist
B.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., Kent State University

Operations Team

Bertholyn Alexandre, Associate Dean of Students
B.S., Framingham State University

Amy Chen, Director of Data and Analytics
B.S., Columbia University

Kelly Crockett, Front Office Manager
A.A., Victor Valley College; A.S., Victory Valley College

Andrew Doherty, Instructional and Operational Support
B.A., Providence College; M.Ed., Fitchburg State University

Marquisse Henry, Associate Dean of Students
B.S., Franklin Pierce University

Zoe Kurtz, Instructional and Operational Support
B.A., Vassar College

Tyler Martin, Director of Finance and Facilities
B.A., University of Maine; M.B.A., Northeastern Univesrity

Giovany Morales-Ramos, Director of Information Technology
B.S., Wentworth Institute of Technology

Danielle Pape, Director of Grants and Communications
B.S., Vanderbilt University; M.Ed., Vanderbilt University

Anders Peterson, Director of Development
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.Ed., Harvard University

Vanessa Shiu, Director of Systems and Operations
B.S., Stanford University; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education

Lucie Torrey, Director of Systems and Operations
B.A., Middlebury College; M.E.T., Sposato Graduate School of Education


Boston Prep Board of Trustees

Amelia Cheers, Secretary

Residential Program Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services


Bill Clark, Co-Chair

Senior Managing Director of Leadership Giving, Dartmouth College


Mark H. Culliton, Ex-Officio

Chief Executive Officer, College Bound Dorchester, Inc.


Josh Johnson, Trustee

Principal, Berkshire Partners


Andrew Kaplan, Trustee

Vice President, Bain Capital


Jermaine Myrie, Trustee

Vice President of Business Development, uAspire


Tom Olivier, Treasurer

Managing Director, Pacific Crest Securities

Tamara Olsen, Trustee

Partner, Bain & Company


Cynthia Paris Jeffries, Trustee

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, Newton Public Schools


Jonathan Talley, Trustee

Facilities Supervisor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Trial Court


Arivee Vargas, Trustee

Associate Director and Compliance Investigator, Vertex


Jim Washington, Trustee

Director of Admissions: Outreach and Visitor Programs, Dartmouth College


Raquel Webster, Co-Chair

Senior Regulatory Counsel, National Grid


Hans Ziegler, Trustee

Senior Managing Director, Bernstein Global Wealth Management


The Preparatory Foundation Directors

Jeremy Benedict, Director

Director, Bain & Company

Bruce E. Buxton, Director

Former Headmaster, Falmouth Academy

Tamar Dor-Ner, Director

Partner, Bain & Company

John L. Grandin, President

Fundraising Consultant

Charlotte Johnson, Director

Vice-President, Scripps College

Scott McCue, Director

Dean, Sposato Graduate School of Education

Preston D. McSwain, Director

President and Founder of SJM Fiduciary Advisors, LLC

Carolyn Osteen, Director

Retired Partner, Ropes and Gray LLP

Carol M. Taylor, Clerk

President, cmt Associates