The K-20 Summit: Panelists
Dr. Darlyne Bailey
A recognized leader in higher education, Dr. Bailey has served as an educator and administrator for several prominent institutions, while making numerous additional professional contributions. Currently a Dean and Professor at Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Bailey has previously had these responsibilities at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Minnesota, and Columbia University (where she also served as Vice President and Acting President of Teachers College). Utilizing a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach, she teaches, writes and researches extensively on topics spanning health and human services, leadership development and organizational behavior, while also participating in professional associations and on boards of several nonprofit organizations. Dr. Bailey received her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College, Masters from Columbia, and Ph.D. from Case Western.
Dr. Belinda Miles
As president of Westchester Community College (WCC), Dr. Belinda S. Miles leads the largest college in Westchester County, New York serving more than 26,000 students annually. Since her arrival in January 2015, Dr. Miles’ leadership has resulted in increased graduation rates, the largest graduating class in the institution’s 70-year history, and membership in Achieving the Dream–the national reform network of community colleges committed to improving student success. WCC is SUNY’s first federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.
Dr. Miles is a board member at the Business Council of Westchester, the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board, the Westchester County Association Education Committee, and the Westchester Medical Center Healthcare Transformation Workforce Committee. Dr. Miles also serves on the American Association of Community College’s President’s Academy Executive Committee (PAEC), the American Association of Colleges and University President’s Trust, the National Junior College Athletic Association Presidential Advisory Committee, the Board and faculty at the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), and faculty at the Lakin Institute for Community College Leadership.
Dr. Howard Liebman
A visionary in the field of innovative online education, Dr. Howard A. Liebman is a nationally recognized educator and entrepreneur with experience in founding and leading successful public and private education-related enterprises. Dr. Liebman’s passion for education was first ignited as a math teacher in urban public middle and high schools, where he learned how to think outside the box in order to help students succeed. He went on to earn a master’s degree in clinical social work, during which time he delved into the social and psychological issues—termed “educational trauma”—facing many learners today.
Dr. Liebman has served as assistant principal and principal. He cofounded the University of Miami Online High School, and as CEO facilitated the rapid growth of the company, bringing on major partners including IMG Academies and Evert Academy. Dr. Liebman also founded Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the world’s first AdvancEd/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited, private online school district, which offers high school diplomas and career certificate programs for adults and older youth. Under his leadership, the district has launched many innovative high school programs, and forged groundbreaking partnerships with major corporations (e.g., Walmart, McDonald’s, Goodwill), public libraries (e.g., Los Angeles, Sacramento, Cincinnati, Fountaindale, State of New Jersey), state departments of corrections (e.g., Florida), workforce boards (e.g., Chicago, Seattle, NAWB), and non-profit organizations (e.g., National Urban League, Clinton Global Initiative).
Amelia Van Name Larson
Amelia Van Name Larson supports American Reading Company’s program design, with a special emphasis on District Partnerships and Accelerated Progress sites. She is also actively involved in new business development efforts. A dedicated and resourceful educator with 20 years of field experience, Amelia’s areas of interest include implementation of innovative solutions for the purpose of organizational development, continuous improvement and systems optimization, and new pedagogies for deeper learning, and social justice. She spearheaded the district-wide implementation of MTSS (RtI) as Supervisor of Student Services for Pasco County Schools prior to advancing to Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Services and ultimately Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement. Amelia has also served as an educational consultant, delivering professional development and supports to schools, districts, national organizations, and state departments of education nationwide.
Amelia received her early childhood teaching certification from Brazilian Baptist College, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of South Florida. She later earned a Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees in school psychology and a certification in PreK–12 Education Leadership from University of South Florida.
Bryan Contreras joined the KIPP Houston High School founding faculty team in the summer of 2006 as the founding Director of College Counseling. This position was the first of its kind within the network of KIPP schools, and the first college counseling department embedded in a KIPP high school. He was charged with the responsibility of building a college counseling department that would empower KIPPsters to make educated decisions about their college and career choices, and to ensure that all KIPPsters find their college match. Currently, Bryan serves as the Executive Director, KIPP Through College for KIPP Houston Public Schools. To date, Bryan’s team has helped 50% of their KIPP alumni complete their college degree in 6 years or less.
Beyond Bryan’s primary KIPP Houston Public School responsibilities, he also serves as a vital voice in KIPP Foundation’s national initiatives under KIPP Through College (college and career readiness) and helped to engineer 15 of KIPP Foundation’s 45 initial KIPP College Partners. He sits on a variety of advisory boards, including- the Woods Project, University Houston- Downtown’s Scholar’s Academy (STEM initiatives), Hispanic Scholarship Fund (Advisory Council- Houston), and National Research Center for College and University Admissions.
Carlton Smith is a Way Home Mentor with Children’s Village. The Children’s Village is a nonprofit charitable organization that specializes in working with at-risk youth in New York. The Children’s Village serves children, teens and families through a variety of innovative residential and community-based programs. With a belief that there are four keys to success: education, work, lifelong relationships and social responsibility. To that end, Children’s Village is passionate about education and have high expectations for students. The organization helps youth develop the attitudes and skills needed to enter the workforce successfully and assist many of them in beginning career-oriented employment. Children’s Village also assists students in developing and nurturing life-long relationships with family, friends and mentors. Finally there is an emphasis on social responsibility and insistence that students acquire the values and attitudes required for success in our communities.
Marvin Pierre is native New Yorker (born and raised in South Jamaica, Queens). He was recently selected as a Bridge Fellow with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), Marvin will focus his fellowship on developing an alternative education program called 8 Million Stories that seeks to upend the school-to-prison pipeline by supporting previously incarcerated boys of color as they re-enter school, and curbing unnecessary referrals from schools to the justice system in Houston, TX. Prior to, he served as the Assistant Principal at KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys in Houston, Texas. Marvin holds a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and a Masters in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston. Prior to joining KIPP Polaris, he served as the Dean of Students at Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn, NY. He was an Assistant Dean of Students at Summit Academy Charter School, and has also served as Director of Student Life at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School (Brooklyn, NY). Marvin also worked in the Investment Banking (Municipal Finance Group) at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Marvin is proud member of member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Marvin desires to co-found an K-8 for young boys of color.
Marilee Johns is a humanitarian and nonprofit professional dedicated to serving vulnerable populations. She is currently the resettlement manager at the International Rescue Committee in New York, where she oversees the New York City regional office’s refugee resettlement programs including case management, economic empowerment, health and wellness, and family reunification. Previously, Marilee worked at the International Institute of Buffalo, an affiliate of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, where she held various positions related to training, capacity building, community education, and direct client services for both newly arrived refugees and immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Marilee has her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University at Buffalo, and in May 2017 she will be graduating with her Masters in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College at the City University of New York. She is also a proud Americorps alum and completed her year of national service supporting children’s education as a City Year corps member in Washington, D.C.
Derek Apanovitch – Panel Moderator
Derek Apanovitch has been president of Ultimate Medical Academy since July 2015 where he is responsible for leading the faculty and staff of the Tampa-based nonprofit healthcare educational institution with a national presence. The first employee of the online campus, he joined UMA in 2008.
Apanovitch previously served as an executive director of Kaplan, Inc., a diversified education provider. Earlier, he was an attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell and a judicial clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
He holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.