Gregory David (Board Chair) – A career-changer teacher-leader, Greg is currently a Fourth Grade Head Teacher at Bank Street School for Children, where he has taught for seven years. Greg also co-founded JCC Manhattan’s Gift of Math, a free public-school after school math support program, and served as Founding Teacher for five years at two Upper West Side elementary schools. Prior to entering education, Greg spent seventeen years in business, as an entrepreneur, investment manager and financial journalist, and served on several non-for-profit Boards. Greg holds Masters Degrees from NYU in English and from Bank Street College in Childhood Special and General Education. He received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, as well as BA in English, at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude in 1992.
Robert Green (Board Treasurer) – Bob Green has supported and worked in community organizations in Washington Heights for 20 years. He is a Board Member and Audit Committee Chair of Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union. He has developed financial systems and led teams for Brown Brothers Harriman, New York Board of Education, Bankers Trust, Andersen Consulting, and others. He has an MBA from Columbia University. Bob is also a longtime musician and music educator, and his programs have been presented by Carnegie Hall Education/Weill Music Institute (1990-2008) and Lincoln Center Institute/Education (2002-2016). He has performed in 12 countries, 24 states, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space, and on PBS.
Andrea Profili (Board Secretary) – Andrea’s musical journey began in Panama at the age of six on violin and guitar. At 18 she moved to the U.S. to study at Converse College, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Master of Music in Music Education. In 2011, Andrea graduated from the El Sistema Fellowship at the New England Conservatory, a highly selective program designed to serve postgraduate musicians and music educators pursuing careers that connect music, youth development, and social justice. After completing the Fellowship, Andrea relocated to New York City to co-found the Washington Heights Inwood (WHIN) Music Project with her classmate David Gracia. She also serves as the Executive Director Orchestrating Dreams and as the Artistic Director of the American Youth Orchestra. Andrea has worked as conductor and teaching artist at Upbeat NYC, Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Opportunity Music Project, MindBuilders, and Multicultural Music Group. Additionally, she has consulted with MYCincinnati, Austin Soundwaves, and UpBeat NYC.
Kenneth Grover – Kenneth Grover has been involved in education for more than 45 years in many different capacities. For the past 15 years, he has been an instructor, program director, and Chair of the Educational Leadership Department at Bank Street College. Prior to that he worked for more than 30 years in the New York City Department of Education as an Instructional Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, principal, and teacher. Currently he is working with different organizations as an independent educational consultant focusing on leadership development. Kenneth has a Professional Diploma and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from Hofstra University.
Ivonne Norman – Ivonne Norman, Esq. is a Senior Associate at Harris/Law in New York City. As a civil litigator she is dedicated to representing clients injured due to medical malpractice and general negligence. Ivonne received her Juris Doctor Degree from New York Law School. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Ivonne is a Board Finance Committee Member. She is also a founding Board Member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Orchestrating Dreams, Inc. Ivonne is a native Spanish speaker who has continuously been a supporter of the social advancement of immigrant communities, particularly Hispanics in low-income neighborhoods. She has volunteered with the CUNY Citizenship Now! Program and participated in pro-bono events sponsored by AILA and the Justice Action Center at New York Law School. Ivonne has also served as member of the New York City Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Dr. Melissa Randazzo – Dr. Melissa Randazzo, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Adelphi University, where she directs the Neurocognition of Communication Disorders Laboratory. Her research utilizes neuroscientific methods to investigate the problems faced by individuals with disabilities. Melissa brings her expertise as a speech-language pathologist with specialization in language disorders in bilingual children to the WHIN Music Community Charter School.