Harold Levy, Chairman of the Board
For almost 3 years starting in 2000, Mr. Levy was New York Schools Chancellor. During his tenure, he started the much-emulated Teaching Fellows program for career changers and initiated a math initiative that resulted in the largest one-year gain in standardized test scores. He also started a number of small, innovative schools, including New York’s first new specialized high schools in 35 years. In partnership with the UFT, he tripled the size of the Chancellor’s District, the highly successful program that rehabilitated failing schools without closing them. He led the system during the 9/11 attacks and in the aftermath found transitional space for displaced schools, secured counseling for students and staff, and returned affected schools to service. A lawyer, he was Director of Global Compliance and Associate General Counsel of Citigroup, where he organized the company-wide compliance effort after the merger between Citicorp and Travelers Group, which he helped negotiate. He was also Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Kaplan, Inc., at the time a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company, where he started Kaplan University’s online School of Education. Today, Mr. Levy is Managing Director and heads the education practice of a family office that invests in early stage capital investments with a socially transformative mission. In 2010, US Education Secretary Arnie Duncan appointed him to the Committee on Measures of Student Success. He is also a member of several corporate and philanthropic boards. A graduate of Cornell and Oxford, he holds honorary degrees from Baruch, St. Francis and Bard colleges, and has received numerous awards and honors.
Kevin McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer, MetSchools, LLC
Mr. McCarthy has served as a senior officer of MetSchools since January, 2007 and has been its CEO since May, 2013. He is an experienced Senior Executive, having served at three different education companies over the past ten years. He has a multi-industry background, international experience, and has worked in both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses. Mr. McCarthy holds a Master of Business Administration from NYU and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University.
Susan Slater, Director of HR and Payroll, MetSchools, LLC
Ms. Slater joined MetSchools in April of 2013. Previously, she headed the HR function at a wealth management and investment banking firm. She oversees all aspects of Human Resources including benefits, payroll, and employee relations. Her role includes acting as liaison between MetSchools and its entities regarding communications and work flow. Susan is a native New Yorker, and earned an MBA in Finance from NYU and a BA in English from SUNY Albany.
Cathy Makropoulos, Director of Montclare Children’s Schools
Ms. Makropoulos joined Montclare Children’s School as Director in July 2016 after an international search. For the past 23 years, Cathy has been an educator of preschool and elementary school students as well as Principal at ACS Athens Elementary School, an American school in Greece. She is a certified International School Administrator with a Bachelor of Arts degree from LaVerne University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Cathy served as a member on the committee of Institution-Wide-Accreditation of the Middle States Association (MSA). Additionally, she was selected to be a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Early Childhood in 2010 and has remained an active member of this committee.
Roberta Palumbo, Director of Aaron School
Ms. Palumbo joined Aaron School in July 2012 after a nationwide search, involving a cross-section of members from the Aaron community. She came to Aaron School from Dore Academy; a K-12 special needs program in Charlotte, NC where she was Head of School. Ms. Palumbo is a past president of LDA of Charlotte, member of Women’s Executives, and is a School Accreditation Chair with SAIS/SACS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Queens University, NC, and a Master of Arts in Education from University of Phoenix.
Tina McCourt, LCSW, M.S. Ed, SAS, SDA, Director of Rebecca School
Ms. McCourt founded the Rebecca School in 2005 and has been its Program Director since its inception. Prior to coming to the Rebecca School, Ms. McCourt was the Program Director at the Early Intervention Center of Brooklyn. She first began attending DIR® trainings in 1994 and has continued to participate in the annual Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL) conference for the last 8 years. Ms. McCourt holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a Master’s degree in Education from Baruch College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hunter College.
Gina Farrar, PhD, Head of Schools, Williamsburg Northside Schools
Dr. Farrar has been working with MetSchools for the last 18 years as a Clinical and Educational Leader. She joined WNS in August of 2013 as its Head of Schools. Dr. Farrar received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, her Doctorate in Psychology from the Derner Institute, Adelphi University and her School Administrative Certification from the New York State Education Department.