Board of Trustees
SCIAME is one of the founders
of the Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School and
currently Chair of its Board of Trustees.
Mr. Sciame is
Vice-President for Community Relations at St. John's University,
with campuses in Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, Oakdale and
Rome, Italy. In his current position, since 1994, he
interacts with all local civic and community groups in keeping the
communication levels open in terms of University related
activities. He is known for his keen awareness of
establishing lines of strong communication with community leaders,
and with all levels of municipal government as well.
An involved person in
his own community of New Hyde Park, NY, where he resides, Mr.
Sciame is involved with his church as a lector and is Chair of the
Board of Ethics for the Town of Hempstead, one of the three towns
of Nassau County.
A graduate of St.
John's University from its School of Education, Mr. Sciame
commenced his earlier years working from 1962-1994 in the areas of
registration, admissions and financial aid, which ultimately led to
his presidency of the NYS, Eastern Region and National Associations
of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
In addition, he has
been a local, state and national president of the Order Sons of
Italy in America and a national past chairman of its Commission for
Social Justice, which fights bias, bigotry and
MSW, CSW who was born, raised
and still currently resides in Bedford Stuyvesant is a Graduate of
Central State University and Fordham University.
Ms. Bramwell is
Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and is a founding member of
Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School.
Ms. Bramwell is
retired Psychological Counselor, tenured Assistant Professor
from City College Department of Special Programs, (SEEK Program).
She also taught a New Student Seminar for entering Freshmen and
Transfer Students and was responsible for a caseload of 200
students. Ms. Bramwell also chaired the S.E.E.K. Committee on
Course and Standing and served as the Assistant Coordinator of
In addition, Ms.
Bramwell served as Vice-Chair of District 16 School Board and as a
former NYC Commissioner of Human Rights as well as serving on
numerous Professional and Community Organizations.
JR. was born and raised in the
Sumner Projects in the same Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn
which serves as the home of Bedford Stuyvesant New
Beginnings Charter School.
Mr. Rivera is a
founding member of the Board of Trustees, a graduate of New York
City's prestigious Regis High School (1980), Pitzer College (1984)
and the Harvard Law School (1987).
Mr. Rivera has
practiced in the area of commercial litigation for over 20 years in
New York City. He is
presently affiliated with Rich, Intelisano & Katz, LLP, a law
firm specializing in the areas of construction law, securities
arbitration and general commercial litigation.
Mr. Rivera is married father of two and resides in Westchester
County, New York.
NESBITT is a Brooklyn native
of Jamaican descent. He is a husband and father
of two children 4 years old and 2 years old, born and raised in
Mr. Nesbitt has a BS
in English Education from NYU, MA in English Education with a focus
on Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia
University, and an MS in Political Science from the New School for
Social Research. His PhD in in Politics is in
interests and work involve educational programming and development,
with a focus on providing innovation, access and equitable
opportunities for faculty and students. This
work has spanned careers in both the private and public educational
sectors, with jobs at the Director level or above at Columbia
University, The NYC Department of Education, the New School
University, and currently at John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
CUNY where he serves as Director of Faculty Affairs and Academic
Integrity Office. His academic areas of interest
involve immigration and the state's role in supporting single
fathers to take more accountability and ownership over the lives of
their children. He loves traveling and any kind
of cheese almost as much as he loves urban education and the
SALVANT-MONDESIR was born in Queens and
raised in various communities in Brooklyn. She is a Kingsborough
Community College graduate with a scholarship from New York
University on the Community College Transfer Opportunity
Program. Also being former military wife, Marlena
has traveled throughout the United States and resided in Seattle,
WA and Atlanta, GA. She currently lives in Bedford Stuyvesant
with her husband and daughter whose a student at Bedford Stuyvesant
New Beginnings Charter School.
Marlena is currently
employed at Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) as a coordinator in
the Legal Affairs department. SNI owns and operated HGTV, DIY, Food
Network, Cooking channel and the Travel Channel. During her free
time, she volunteers as Girl Scout Brownie leader and enjoys
NIEVES has been a political
operative in New York City for over 25 years. He
has served as advisor and consultant to many campaigns and elected
officials across the city, state, and country.
Mr. Nieves has been instrumental in the election of state and city
representatives, borough presidents, congressional members, and
judicial candidates. Among those he has served
are former Speaker Gifford Miller, Majority Leader Joel Rivera,
Assemblyman and former Bronx Democratic leader Jose Rivera, former
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, former Speaker
Peter Vallone, former Assemblyman Nelson Denis, former City Council
Member Adam Clayton Powell, and a host of other elected
Most recently, he
served as Senior Advisor to the Majority Leader of the New York
City Council. Prior to his work at the Majority
Leader's office, Mr. Nieves served as Deputy Chief of Staff and
Director of State Affairs to the Speaker of the City Council,
serving as the liaison between the Speaker and all 51 Members of
the City Council. Within his capacity as
Director of State and Federal Affairs, he served as the liaison
between the New York City Council and the Governor's Office of the
State of New York, and the New York State
Legislature. Mr. Nieves was the principal
lobbyist for the New York City Council concerning all State related
matters. Before serving as Director of State
Affairs, Mr. Nieves was the Deputy Director for Council Services,
where he was responsible for overseeing the administrative
functions and budget of the New York City Council and Council
Prior to joining
government, Mr. Nieves was principal and owner of Nieves
Associates, a consulting firm that was instrumental in advising and
consulting many candidates and elected
officials. He also served as advisor to the
government of Puerto Rico. Among Latino elected
officials, Mr. Nieves is renowned for his expertise in political
strategy, public policy, and election law. Mr.
Nieves is hailed by many as one of the top Latino political
operatives in New York.
RUSSO, a native of
Brooklyn, not far from Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter
School, is one of its founding members and is currently Chair of
the Education Sub-Committee.
Ms. Russo is the
Director of Pre-Admission Programs at St. John's University and
Associate Director of the Science & Technology Entry Program
(STEP), which is a New York State Education Department co-sponsored
program for 7-12 graders who are African-American, Hispanic,
Alaskan and Native- American who have been historically
underrepresented in the STEM-L fields. At the University she is
responsible for five programs, which reach out to more than 4,000
junior high and high school students in the five New York City
Boros, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and New Jersey.
Ms. Russo has a
Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, permanent New
York State Certification in teaching Kindergarten - Eighth grade, a
Master of Science Degree as a Reading Specialist for elementary and
secondary students, a Master's degree in Counseling and a
Professional Diploma in Counseling/High Education.
During her thirty
years in the field of education, she has taught at the elementary,
junior high and college levels, concentrating mostly on the
Language Arts area. She has tutored children of all ages and levels
in English, Social Studies and communication/ study skills. She has
also taught adults in a General Equivalency Diploma Prep Program.
She has conducted workshops for students, parents, teachers and
Ms. Russo has served
in many leadership positions for elementary, secondary and college
associations and has been and will continue to be an advocate for a
quality education for all.
THEODORE-GREENE is deputy commissioner
for external affairs at the New York State Division of Human
Rights. In this role she works to promote the Division, which has
the distinction of being the first state in the country to enact a
human rights law. Leticia is responsible for managing and directing
the Division's statewide outreach and education plan, special
projects and media activities.
Prior to joining the
Division, Leticia served as vice president of public affairs at the
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. In this role, she was
responsible for the development and execution of the organization's
public, media, government relations and marketing
activities. Leticia has also served as the Senior Press
Officer for the New York City Council and a reporter for WNYC
Radiowho also contributed to National Public
Leticia holds a
Bachelor's in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal
Justice of the City University of New York and a Master's from
Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In
addition to various community activities she sits on the
boards of the Brooklyn Public Library and Bedford Stuyvesant
New Beginnings Charter School. A native New Yorker Leticia spent
much of her childhood in Trinidad, West Indies the birthplace of
her parents. She has three brothers and proudly resides
with her husband Winston and their
in beautiful Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.