Our Board


Abby Attias

Vice President

(ex-officio; non-voting) Ph.D., English, Rutgers University; B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton. Managing Director, Curriculum & Training Design of the Center for Supportive Schools, Princeton, NJ. Former international consultant for diversity training and organizational communication; former teacher of university and high school English.

Sherry Barr

Vice President

(ex-officio; non-voting) Psy.D., School Psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University; B.A., Psychology, Millersville University. Managing Director, Operations & Evaluation of the Center for Supportive Schools, Princeton, NJ. Visiting faculty member, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University. New Jersey-certified school psychologist. Previous co-investigator for a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded study, Enhanced Peer-Based Interventions During the Transition to High School. Project director for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded project to replicate and evaluate a teen sexual health peer education program in rural communities in North Carolina.

G. Frits Besselaar


M.A., Real Estate Development and Finance, Columbia University; B.A., International Relations, University of Richmond. President, OmniVest Group, LLC, Princeton, NJ. Alumnus of Princeton Day School’s Peer Leadership Program, class of 1983.

Fatimah Burnam-Watkins

M.A., Secondary Education, John Hopkins School of Education; B.S., Political Science and Afro-American Studies, University of Maryland. Senior Vice-President of Executive Leadership & Learning, Teach For America. Board member, KIPP New Jersey, BRICK Avon Academy Schools, and Someone’s Daughter. 2012 Power Woman in Education, Freeholder’s Association. 2013 Fellow, Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship.

Lea Crusey

Master’s in Public Policy, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago; B.A., Claremont McKenna College. Founder, Allies for Educational Equity. Former middle school teacher working with high-needs students; served in various capacities in the public, private, non-profit sectors. Alumnus of Princeton High School’s Peer Leadership Program, class of 1999.

Andrew Ferrer


M.B.A., Harvard Business School; A.B., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Principal, General Atlantic, New York, NY. Board of Directors, Too Faced Cosmetics (Irvine, CA) and Zimmermann (Sydney, Australia).

Stacey Herndon

M.B.A., Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; A.B., Politics, Princeton University. Vice President and Senior Institutional Client Advisor, PNC Institutional Advisory Solutions, Washington, DC. Works with non-profit organizations to invest and manage assets. Board of Directors, National Education Association Foundation.

Daniel F. Oscar


(ex-officio), A.B., Philosophy, Princeton University. CEO of the Center for Supportive Schools, Princeton, NJ. Founder and leader of several schools and not-for-profit organizations, including Teach For America. 

R. Christopher Owens

J.D., Columbia University Law School; B.A., Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought; Psychology, Amherst College. Vice President and Counsel, TD Bank, N.A., Mount Laurel, NJ. Leadership Council Member, World of Money, New York, NY.

Karen Anne Smith

Masters in Business Administration, Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bachelors in Science, University of California. Chief Financial Officer, UMassFive College Federal Credit Union, Hadley, MA. Chartered Financial Analyst.

Matthew Weymar

B.A., School of General Studies, Columbia University. Teacher, Lewis School of Princeton, Princeton, NJ. Former Wall Street portfolio manager. Co-founder, S.S. Columbia Project.

Karen Valencia Wright


B.S. in Business Marketing and Management, Cornell University. Director, Finance & Operations, Citi Foundation. Formerly with The Learning Project, a start-up educational management organization, and Goldman, Sachs & Co.