Dr. Cara Stillings-Candal | Chair
Chair: CEO Support Committee
Member: Finance Committee, Governance Committee, Development Committee
Dr. Cara Stillings-Candal is Director of Educational Opportunity for the Foundation for Excellence in Education (Excelined). In this role, she conducts research and analysis on policies that foster better educational opportunities for all students and works with states to pass informed legislation. She is also a senior fellow in education policy at Pioneer Institute in Boston. Cara has worked in the field of education for twenty years as a high school teacher, a curriculum and large-scale assessment specialist for the Riverside Publishing Company, a research assistant professor at the Boston University School of Education, and a founding team member at a national, not-for-profit teacher training organization. In her role as researcher and educator at Boston University, her work focused on domestic and international policies affecting educational opportunities for low-income students. Cara is the author of numerous articles and several books. Her most recent book, The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation, is an analysis of the charter school movement in Massachusetts. Cara holds a B.A. in English literature from Indiana University, an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and an Ed.D from the Boston University School of Education.
Member: Academic Excellence Committee, CEO Support Committee
Jacqueline Bennett works as an independent consultant, supporting several education organizations with their human capital, professional development, and management needs. In her previous full-time role at the nonprofit Education Pioneers, Jacqueline led talent placement for the northeastern United States region and oversaw local partnerships and leadership development efforts. Prior to this, Jacqueline worked for the early education nonprofit Jumpstart, where she focused on recruiting, training, and coaching college students to close the opportunity gap for preschool students. Jacqueline also previously worked as a Fellow at Los Angeles Unified School District and taught second grade in Clark County School District as part of Teach For America. Jacqueline graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a degree in Educational Equity and Theater and received a Master’s of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also participated in two years of graduate study of Urban Schooling at the University of California, Los Angeles. When not working, Jacqueline participates in community theater, goes on adventures with her husband and dog, and cheers on her favorite sports teams.
Jack S. Gearan is an attorney and Shareholder in the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, an international law firm of more than 2,200 lawyers in 41 locations. He concentrates his practice in the areas of Labor & Employment and Litigation, where he represents public and private companies, non-profits and public institutions in labor and employment and business disputes. In addition to representing clients in litigation and the courtroom, Jack provides counsel to senior management and human resource personnel on various employment law and compliance issues. Jack is also regularly called upon by clients to conduct outside investigations of sensitive personnel issues or threatened legal actions. Further, Jack advises clients regarding employment law in connection with various corporate transactions. In addition, Jack is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section Steering Committee and the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program. Jack holds a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Jack lives outside of Boston with his wife and two children.
Member: Academic Excellence Committee, CEO Support Committee
Bio coming soon!
Jeff Jablow | Vice Chair
Member: Governance Committee, Development Committee
Jeff Jablow is City Year’s Chief Education Strategy Officer, where he oversees organization-wide strategy, leads education partnerships, policy and evidence-building and the development and spread of innovative school design practicesJeff has been with City Year since 2005 when he joined the organization to lead the creation of City Year’s five year strategic plan. Since then, Jeff has played a lead role in evolving City Year’s focus to strategically deploy to low performing schools to address the nation’s dropout crisis. Jeff has lead the growth and development of Diplomas Now since its founding in 2007 and helped to direct the effort to win an Investing in Innovations (i3) grant from the US Department of Education. Prior to joining City Year, Jeff worked as a strategy consultant with Cambridge Strategic Management Group, Ernst and Young Consulting, and The Bridgespan Group. Jeff also worked at Ma Afrika Tikkun, a community and youth development nonprofit in Cape Town, South Africa. Jeff has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Accounting from the University of Michigan. Jeff currently resides in Boston.
Melisa Lemire | Clerk
Chair: Governance Committee
Melisa Lemire is a Sr. Project Manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. She has been responsible for executing lean transformations across the entire organization and helping Senior Leaders achieve strategic objectives, engage employees, and increase customer satisfaction. Prior to this role, Melisa was a Financial Analysis Manager for the International Finance unit. She is multilingual and is a strong advocate of education as she believes that it’s a vital key to success. Melisa is a graduate of Framingham State University with a B.A. in French and International Management. She also holds a Masters of Science in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University.
Dr. Gary Morton
Chair: Development Committee
Member: CEO Support Committee
Dr. Gary Morton is a Director within the Corporate Philanthropy division of Liberty Mutual; an insurance company that generates over almost $40 Billion in revenue annually. He currently oversees one of the best in class employee charitable giving programs – Give with Liberty; Over the past 12 years, this program provided over $175 Million to over 10,000 charities impacting countless lives around the world. He has been with Liberty Mutual for over 15 years and held various finance roles in Personal Insurance Finance, Product Management, Reinsurance Operations, Commercial Insurance Underwriting and Operational Reporting prior to his current role. He is also the past President and CEO of the National Black MBA Association. He is a proud dad of two beautiful children, an amazing husband, and also a die-hard Patriots football fan.
Andres Tejeda Soto | Treasurer
Chair: Finance Committee
Member: Academic Excellence Committee
Andres is currently a SAP / HANA Systems programmer at Attunity (A division of Qlik Tech) in Newton, MA where he specializes in developing software. Andres received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University in 2006 and has been working professionally in his field of study for the last 13 years. Andres also invests in real-estate both residential and commercial with multiple properties under management. Outside of work, Andres volunteers with the Massachusetts Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation (MA HOBY). A 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and develop a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. In addition to work and volunteering, Andres is an avid aviation enthusiast and has held a private pilot’s certificate since 2008. Andres is currently working on his Instruments Flight Rating (IFR) and has a goal of one day being a Certified Flight Instructor so that he may teach flying to a new generation of pilots. Andres decided to join the City on a Hill board because he believes that a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is the key to success for students in the 21st century and the City of Boston specifically. As a Latino with a success story due to a STEM education, he is well positioned to represent the interests of students while serving on the board.
Kevin T. Taylor
Kevin is the Chief Executive Officer of City on a Hill, and is an ex-officio non-voting member of the City on a Hill Board of Trustees and an ex-officio voting director of the City on a Hill Foundation. Kevin joined the City on a Hill Team in 2018 from KIPP Massachusetts where he was Chief Operating Officer with management responsibility for multiple facets of the organization including finance, operations, general counsel, technology, facilities and real estate teams, as well as human resources, recruitment and talent. He was actively involved in the advocacy and growth efforts for the region. Kevin has also served as Treasurer of the Massachusetts Charter Public Schools Association and Vice-President of the Boston Charter Association. He was previously the Director of Finance for Achievement First, where he was responsible for budgeting and forecasting for AF’s New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island schools and the network office and leading AF’s “scaling with excellence” finance initiatives, including implementations of an automated accounts payable system, online credit card and personal expense reimbursement tool, online budgeting and forecasting portal and fixed asset software. A former news reporter, Kevin majored in political science and mathematics at Tuskegee University. Though he now pastors a congregation in Hartford, CT, he is the immediate past pastor of the oldest African-American church in New Bedford. Indeed, Kevin sees education as a form of ministry and the civil rights movement of the 21st century and is working tirelessly to close the achievement gap, increase literacy, and impact education for students of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Chair: Academic Excellence Committee
Bio coming soon!