Board of Trustees

Bridge Preparatory Charter School’s Board of Trustees provides oversight and support to ensure the success of the organization in achieving our mission and remaining committed to our charter.

The Board operates efficiently and effectively through designated committees, which report at monthly meetings open to the public. Board meetings are currently held monthly at the school building.

Rose Kerr, Chair

Chair. Director of Education – Office of the Borough President, James S. Oddo

Rose is one of Bridge Prep’s co-founders and currently serves as the Director of Education for Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. Rose has a proven track record in new school development and is the Founding Principal of the Staten Island School for Civic Leadership (SISCL). She has also served as an Assistant Principal and classroom teacher throughout her decades in the New York City school system. A Staten Islander, Rose won the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters for her innovative Triad teaching model at SISCL, and was a featured speaker on “How to Create Effective Schools” hosted by world- renowned educator and author Harry K. Wong.

Committees: Executive; Academic

Laurel A. Wedinger-Gyimesi, Esq.

Partner – Barry, McTiernan & Wedinger, P.C.

Laurel currently serves as a managing partner at the law firm Barry, McTiernan & Wedinger and is a former member of Community Education Council 31 and trial attorney. She is a mediator and advocate with in-depth knowledge of the special education process and how effective schools operate. Laurel is a Staten Islander and advises the Board on legal matters.

Committees: Executive; Governance and Board Development

Maria Casale - MS, SBL-SDL, CM/AOGPE, CM/IDA, NBPTS

Founder & Owner – Leap Tutoring Academy Corp.

Maria is the Founder and CEO of LEAP Tutoring Academy, which works with children who are dyslexic or struggle with literacy. LEAP has locations both on Staten Island and in Manhattan. Maria has deep and relevant experience in education and literacy, and is certified in Orton-Gillingham, AOGPE and Lindamood-Bell. She has permanent certification in New York State as a Reading Specialist and working with children with varying academic needs. Maria is a Staten Islander that has worked as a teacher, reading specialist, Assistant Principal and Director of Intervention Services for the NYCDOE.

Committee: Academic

Dr. Amy Margolis, PH.D.

Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology – Columbia University

Amy is currently an Associate Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University, where she has been developing studies and conducting research to target the structural basis of learning disabilities since 2010 Amy is also the Director of Neuropsychology Services at the Brooklyn Learning Center, and provides comprehensive assessments and treatment programs for children with learning disabilities and attention disorders. Amy created a pediatric neuropsychology-training program with post-doctoral training opportunities. Amy has a Ph.D and M.Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.

Committees: Academic

Laura Timoney

Deputy Director of Education – Office of The Borough President, James S. Oddo

Laura is one of Bridge Prep’s co-founders and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Education for Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. She is a former member of Community Education Council 31, where she chaired the special education committee. Laura is a Staten Islander with a deep knowledge of the public school system and special education, having been a parent and student advocate for many years. Laura is also an executive search consultant at Viacom, where she has worked for the past 10 years and has over twenty years of experience in recruiting talent for major corporations.

Committees: Executive; Governance and Board Development

George Winn

Founder – The Winn Group

George is the Founder of The Winn Group, LLC and provides business development and relationship management in global financial services, healthcare and education. Prior to founding his firm, George was the acting CFO/COO for Lavelle Prep Charter School from start-up through the first year of operation. George has also worked at Equinox Capital Management, Nordea Investment Management and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. George has a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University and a MBA from Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Committees: Executive; Finance

Victoria Cerullo

Director of Business Strategy & Engagement – Bloomberg LP

Victoria is currently the Director of Strategy and Engagement in the Data Analytics & Integration division at Bloomberg LP and has held roles within Bloomberg Intelligence and on the company’s philanthropy team as well. Victoria previously served as Chief of Staff to the NYC Parks Commissioner and from 2007-2013 , held various roles in the Administration of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, including in the Office of City Legislative Affairs and as the Staten Island Director in the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit. Additionally, she was part of a team assembled by Mayor Bloomberg to handle Superstorm Sandy recovery for Staten Island. Victoria is a Staten Islander that is an active member of the local community, and currently serves on the board of the Freshkills Park Alliance and as Chair of Governor Cuomo’s Living Breakwaters Citizens Advisory Committee.

Committees: Executive; Finance

Frank Santarpia

Senior Advisor – Office of the Borough President, James S. Oddo

Frank had been an entrepreneur and real estate investor for four decades before deciding to devote himself to public service in 2009. As CEO and COO for a number of companies in a variety of industries, Frank has many years of financial experience to assist his Bridge Prep committee. He is a Staten Islander for more the 35 years, and through his continuing work as Senior Advisor to Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, Frank has a thorough knowledge of city government and its various agencies.

Committee: Finance

Family Association Representative

TBA based on results BPFA elections