Norman (Sandy) McCulloch Chairman of the Board

Norman E. McCulloch, Jr., after graduating from Dartmouth, joined Microfibres, Inc., a textile fabrics manufacturer founded by his father in 1926. He has since served as a director of numerous organizations including Fleet National Bank, Narragansett Capital Corporation, Mt. Attitash Lift Corporation (chair). McCulloch chaired the Rhode Island Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations with assets of $500 million. A member of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees for 13 years, he served as its Chair from 1986 to 1988. McCulloch was a founding father of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth and has served as Chair since inception in 1982.
The McCullochs helped found the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives at Mount Holyoke College.

Mr. McCulloch has been very active at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1963 (President 1966-71).

In 1992, the McCullochs established McAdams Charitable Foundation, a family foundation whose primary focus is on educational issues, especially at the public, primary and secondary school level. Grants from the Foundation reflect the McCullochs’ conviction of the importance of a more effective public school system.

Kristine Frech Vice Chair


Kristine Frech, discovered her passion for education while studying at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She learned about Teach For America and the opportunities she could have to make a difference in the world of education.  Kristine grew up watching her mother dedicate herself to teaching and from an early age she understood the importance of education.  Kristine studied sociology, minored in English and earned her Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Xavier University.

Since joining Teach For America in 2008 Kristine has been very motivated to end education inequity and to continue developing our country's education system.  She has seen great success in her career which has progressed from Program Director at YouthBuild of Northern Kentucky to Vice President of Skyward.  At Teach For America she is focused on teacher leadership development, assessing short and long-term priorities and developing a diverse team.  Kristine has received various awards for her dedication such as Outstanding Teacher of the Year, from Teach For America where she is now Executive Director in Rhode Island.

Dr. Michael Magee

Dr. Micheal Magee, is the CEO of Chiefs for Change. Prior to working at Chiefs for Change, he co-founded and was CEO of the Rhode Island Mayoral Academies (RIMA). Before starting RIMA, for a dozen years, Mike taught American literature and philosophy at Haverford College, Wheaton College, and the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2004, his book, Emancipating Pragmatism, won the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Studies. In 2007, Mike went on hiatus from academia to help found and direct Mayor Daniel McKee’s Office of Children Youth and Learning in Cumberland, RI. In 2008, he and Mayor McKee founded RIMA. He is a 2013 Pahara Aspen Education Fellow. Mike holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from the College of the Holy Cross.

Dr. Jenny Chan Remka

Dr. Jenny Chan Remka, is the Assistant Superintendent of the Woonsocket Education Department.  She has experience in the classroom as she taught in the Providence School System, however in more recent years she has been an Educational Leader.  Currently, Dr Jenny Chan Remka is an Adjunct ESL Professor at the Community College of Rhode Island and Assistant Superintendent.  She received her Doctor of Education from Johnson & Wales University and Master in Administration from the University of Rhode Island .  She believes "Success depends on continuous improvement mindsets".

Dr. Jenny Chan Remka has been recognized for her work and received the Community College of Rhode Island Squire Award.  She is also affiliated with various organizations including, Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association and Rhode Island Association of School Principals.  Dr. Jenny Chan Remka has successfully implemented programs associated with New England Basecamp including Summit Personalized Learning.  In addition to program implementation she has also conducted professional development presentations including Introduction to Cultural Competency.

Dr. Sandra Forand

Dr. Sandra Forand, formerly part of our Advisory Council is now a member of our board.  She earned her Doctor of Education from Northeastern University in 2012.  Dr. Sandra Forand has since worked as a Master Mentor Evaluator and Educator Quality Fellow for the Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.  Currently, she is the Assistant Superintendent for the East Providence School District.  Dr. Sandra Forand is skilled in Educational Leadership, Curriculum Development and Staff Development.

Michele Bouchard Board Secretary

Michele Bouchard, has hand-on classroom experience in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She has full-time classroom teaching positions at Northern RI Collaborative and St. Raymond's School in Providence.  She currently works in North Smithfield schools as a Middle School Special Educator.  Michele's bachelors degree is from Rhode Island College where she studied Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education.

Clinton Aneni Board Treasurer

Clinton Aneni, is an experienced Financial Analyst at Mckinsey & Company.  He is a graduate of Providence College and has prior experience in the management consulting industry.  Clinton has strong financial skills as well as experience in Portfolio Management, Microsoft, Excel and Data Analysis.

Jessica Waters

Jessica Waters, has extensive experience within education and is dedicated to innovation.  Her focus has been on personalized learning and lessening education inequality.  Jessica has leadership aspirations and has been recognized for her dedication, receiving the 2013 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year award and 2012 Peter McWalters Professional Educator Award.

Since then she has been Principal at Skip Nowell Leadership Academy in Providence, RI.  Here, she has been providing professional development, evaluating the instruction process to increase best practices and enact change.  Jessica also supported Next Generation Learning Partnerships at Rhode Island Mayoral Academies (RIMA) as Director.

Her background centers around secondary education.  She graduated from RI College with a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry.  Jessica has also been educated on Educational Leadership and Administration and is a part of various educational and leadership committees.

Gina Picard

Gina Picard, is an Executive Director of Middle Schools for Providence Public Schools.  Gina has experience working in the primary and secondary education industry.  She currently is the executive director of School Transformation and Innovation.  Her responsibilities include monitoring schools progress by implementing performance monitoring systems and collecting data to determine professional development needs.  Gina is skilled in Educational Assessment, Educational Technology and Behavior planning.  She has a background in the classroom, experience as a Providence Public School Principal as well as leadership roles including Providence Public School Supervisor for K-12 Literacy and Social Studies.  Additionally, Gina earned her Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in Educational Leadership and Administration, General from University of Rhode Island.