Board of Trustees

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School nameThe Board of Trustees of Prospect Hill Academy is charged with the overall governance of the school, ensuring that (a) the school is faithful to the terms of its charter; (b) the academic program is a success; and (c) the organization is viable. Furthermore, the Board is responsible for establishing broad policy goals that align the operation of the school with its mission, providing fiduciary oversight of the school’s operations, and supporting long-range strategic planning to ensure the school’s future.

Committees of the Board of Trustees currently include Governance, Finance, Human Resources, Academic Affairs, Development, and Family Engagement. In any given year, task forces may be created to address other strategic issues. Officers of the Board are nominated by the Governance Committee and are elected by the full Board each year.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Angela F. Allen
Angela F. Allen
Head of School/CEO, Prospect Hill Academy
Member since 2015
Ex-officio member
Dr. Angela Allen became the Head of School at Prospect Hill Academy in 2015. Dr. Allen has 25 years of experience in education that spans from Kindergarten through college. She started her career as a math teacher in Atlanta, GA and has since worked at Shady Hill School, the Boston Public Schools, and most recently the Brookline Public Schools where she served the past ten years as the K-8 Math Curriculum Coordinator and then as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.
Dr. Allen attended the University of Georgia (BBA) and Emory University (M.ED), and also holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University.
Karl Balan
Karlantoine Balan
Director, Strategic Advisers, Inc. at Fidelity Investments
Member Since 2011
Member of Academic Affairs and Enrollment Committees

Karlantoine Balan is a Director at Strategic Advisers, Inc. (SAI), where he focuses on Business Strategy and Execution. Prior to joining SAI, he completed the General Management Apprentice Program—a two-year rotational leadership development program—at Fidelity Investments.

Karlantoine earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, as well as his Masters in Business Administration from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Matthew Brewster
Matthew Brewster
Director, Next Street Financial
Member since 2016
Treasurer of Board of Trustees
Chair of Enrollment and Finance Committees

Matt is a Director at Next Street, an advisory firm that provides advice and capital solutions to revitalize communities, grow businesses, create jobs, and deliver financial and social returns to partners. Matt works with institutional investors, asset managers and philanthropists to design and implement innovative solutions that accelerate the flow of impact capital into enterprises, projects, and communities. Matt also helps small and mid-market enterprises grow and scale by delivering rigorous advisory solutions including market sizing and segmentation, customized financial and profitability analysis, and organizational management.

Prior to Next Street, Matt worked at Cambridge Associates in the Global Investment Services practice, where he provided investment consulting and advisory services to colleges and universities, foundations, and families with assets ranging from $100 million to $2 billion.

Matt earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College. As a first-generation college student, Matt is passionate about providing access and education opportunity for all.
Karen L. Daniels
Karen L. Daniels
K-12 Administrator, Retired
Member since 2017
Chair of Academic Affairs Committee

Recently retired from working at Mass Insight Education, Karen Daniels works as a school leadership coach for school principals. At MIE she served as Engagement Manager for the Boston area middle schools, working with both school leaders and leaders and teachers to drive improvement. She also served on the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education Board.

Prior to joining Mass Insight, Karen served as Executive Director for Step UP, a multi-university collaboration with Boston Public Schools and the mayor’s office. Prior to this in 2004, she worked in Chicago as Mid-South Regional Director for Ren2010. She has been a school principal for grades K-12 in Boston and Brookline, Mass. She counts her proudest moments as an English teacher in Boston where she taught middle and high school students.

Karen holds a B.A. in English from Boston College, a M.A. in English, and is presently pursuing her doctorate degree in Education Leadership from UMass/Boston. She currently resides in Hingham with her husband, Harry.

Pam Dickinson
Pam Dickinson
Director of External Relations and Strategic Engagement, Shady Hill School
Member since 2018
Member at large

Pam has 25 years of demonstrated leadership in schools, nonprofits and business enterprises. Before joining Shady Hill, she consulted on advancement, board governance, public purpose and leadership development at various area schools. She has held numerous leadership positions on school and non-profit boards including Shady Hill, Beacon Academy, Prospect Hill Academy and The Foundation to Be Named Later.

Her first career was in private equity and she continues to invest in early stage companies, particularly those backed by female entrepreneurs. She is a graduate of Williams College and has four daughters, all graduates of Shady Hill and Noble & Greenough.

Jennifer S. GalaJennifer S. Gala
Portfolio Director, Harvard Business School
Member since 2019
Member of Academic Affairs and Governance Committees

Jennifer is a lifelong learner with over 20 years of progressive management experience in higher education. She is passionate about transformational education experiences and access to education, at all levels and stages. Her expertise is in the areas of executive education and student programming; research grant administration, strategic relationship management; operations management and financial management; and delivery of high‐profile engagements. She has an aptitude for strategic thinking, prides herself on a global perspective and is most comfortable in a multicultural environment.


As Portfolio Director at Harvard Business School (HBS), she currently oversees the Healthcare and Strategy executive education program portfolios. Prior to joining HBS, Jennifer was the Associate Director for Executive Education and International Programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Jennifer has also served as the Program Director for the Center for International Development at Harvard, and before that, as Program Director for Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School.


In addition to her professional work and her PHA Board of Trustees role, Jennifer is the founding treasurer for the Savoyards of Boston, the scholarship chair for the Purdue Alumni Club of Greater Boston, and an ESL tutor with Project Literacy. Jennifer attended Purdue University (BA) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (M.Ed). She is the recipient of Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Award for Excellence.



Laurens Goff
Laurens Goff
Co-Founder & General Partner, Stone-Goff
Member since 2015
Clerk of Board of Trustees
Member of Facilities and Finance Committees

Laurens Goff is a co-founder of Stone-Goff Partners and has over 15 years of private equity investment experience. Laurens began his career in the investment banking division of Furman Selz LLC. He subsequently joined Hampshire Equity Partners, a middle market buyout firm where he spent over eight years sourcing, executing, and managing private equity investments. Past investments include companies in the specialty retail, consumer products, education and leasing industries. He founded Goff Management, a predecessor partnership to Stone-Goff in 2007. Laurens earned a BS in Finance at Boston College.

Laurens currently serves on the boards of NAS Recruitment, The Greene Turtle Franchising Corp, The Channel Company, Centerline Communications and Citi Trends (NASDAQ: CTRN).

Susan J. Goldstein
Susan J. Goldstein
Partner, Pressman & Kruskal
Member Since 2012
Member of Family Engagement and Governance Committees

Ms. Goldstein is a partner at the law firm of Pressman & Kruskal. In addition, she is the proud parent of two PHA graduates.

Susie Istock Hanlon
Susie Istock Hanlon
Senior Communications Strategist, Voya Financial
Member since 2010
Member of Development, Enrollment and Finance Committees

Susie works in the Retirement Services business of Voya Financial partnering with large corporate customers to drive improved retirement outcomes. She is a Communications Strategist that reviews benefit plan structures, participant behaviors, product adoption, demographic drivers, media influence and more, to develop and measure communication and education programs. Susie has worked in the financial services industry for over twenty years at State Street Corporation, ING U.S. and most recently, Voya.

Susie has been affiliated with PHA for more than a decade working to provide students a wide array of out-of-school time opportunities to help prepare them for college and beyond. She participates on the Development Committee and Foundation. Susie holds a B.A. from Purdue University and a M.A. from Boston University. She resides in Ashmont (Dorchester) and is involved with other local non-profit organizations.

Jeffrey R. Kushner
Jeffrey R. Kushner
Senior Advisor
Member Since 2015
Chair of Board of Trustees
Chair of Development Committee
Member of Governance and Finance Committees

Jeff Kushner applies the knowledge garnered in a twenty-year career in Finance to efforts in the Not-for-Profit and Social Impact spaces. He has a particular interest in ventures that take aggressive and novel approaches to social justice and to closing the opportunity gap.

Mr. Kushner serves in leadership roles in a number of ventures including as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School. He is also Board Chairman of GRIT Inc., a Boston based social venture that designs and builds mobility devices. Jeff serves as a board member at Social Venture Partners, a Venture Philanthrophy organization with focus on early and growth stage not-for-profits. Jeff is also a member of Town Meeting in Brookline, Massachusetts where he resides with his wife and daughters. In addition to these roles, Mr. Kushner is an active angel investor and mentor, working with diverse organizations such as Launchpad Venture Group, Harvard Ilab, and Social Innovation Forum. Mr. Kushner is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Program at Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media, and Design.

Prior to receiving his MPA from the Kennedy School of Government in 2014, Mr. Kushner held a number of leadership roles in the financial services sector, most recently serving as the CEO of BlueMountain Capital, Europe. Mr. Kushner also holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York and a BA in History from the University at Albany.

Jane Moncreiff
Jane Moncreiff
Independent Consultant
Member since 2018
Member of Enrollment and Development Committees

Jane Moncreiff has spent over 15 years helping non-profit institutions. From 2009-2017, she served as the first Chief Investment Officer of CareGroup/Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Prior to CareGroup, Jane was a managing director at Cambridge Associates where she advised elementary schools, secondary schools, arts institutions and families on their investment programs. Jane began her career at JP Morgan, working there for over a decade in the London and New York offices.

Jane has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Shady Hill School and currently sits on the investment committees of both the Fresh Air Fund and Boston University.

Jane and her husband live in Watertown and have two grown children.

Trecia Reavis
Trecia Reavis
Co-Founder and Executive Director at Eartheaded Customer Solutions
Member since 2010
Vice Chair of Board of Trustees
Chair of Family Engagement Committee
Member of Enrollment Committee

Trecia Reavis, Founder and current Chair of PHA’s Family Engagement Board Committee, has over 20 years’ experience in training and development, corporate logistics and managing learning events.  She possesses extensive planning, writing and strategizing skills with a passion for teaching and building cultural bridges. Trecia is the Executive Director of LAP, a learning program, for foreign students held at Harvard University and helps support small, minority owned businesses.

Trecia has an ALB from Harvard, with a focus on Humanities. She also has completed ALM studies in International Relations at Harvard, Social Entrepreneurship and Technology at City Vision University, and HBX Core Program Certificate At Harvard University Business School.

Michael Rubenstein
Michael Rubenstein
Founder at PathAdvisor
Member since 2018
Member of Governance Committee

After 25 years as Founder, Director and CTO of CambridgeSoft Corporation (CS), followed by a successful sale of CS to a Fortune 500 company, Michael now directs his efforts toward social entrepreneurship in the Greater Boston area. In 2014, He was a fellow in Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative.

Currently, in addition to developing a new platform for young people to identify and pursue opportunity, Michael serves on the boards of Beacon Academy and Prospect Hill Academy. Beacon Academy provides a transformational year between 8th and 9th grades to promising, motivated and hard-working students from Boston and surrounding urban areas. Michael is also a mentor at Year Up, which provides professional training and internships for high school graduates.

Madelin Santana
Madelin Santana
Assistant Director Marketing and Global Programs, Executive Education and International Programs, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Member since 2018
Member of Academic Affairs and Family Engagement Committees

Madelin is passionate about business development and relationship management and has an extensive history of working in matrix environments, building strategic relationships, and partnerships. In her current role as Assistant Director at Harvard University, her passion is demonstrated by a proven track of establishing strong connections with city leaders, private and public sector stakeholders, from around the world, working on issues of housing, urban planning, energy, healthy cities, and digital transformation. With over 15 years of operational management experience, Madelin has managed marketing initiatives and more than one hundred core projects for corporations in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia for the past 10 years, including: Harvard University, Boehringer Ingelheim, Promeco, Citizens Financial Group, Avery Dennison, and Raytheon.

Madelin champions advocacy and legislation to promote well-being, financial security, and equal opportunity at school settings for children who are either on the Autism Spectrum or who have an Individualized Education program (IEP) in Massachusetts. Due to Madelin's own “journey” in which education played a key factor in overcoming poverty, she spends most of her time inspiring children to pursue a goal of continued and higher education. Since 1998, one of Madelin's main community volunteer efforts is with Hope Worldwide New England. She is responsible for coordinating fundraising initiatives for the Framingham Food Pantry to help emergency food assistance to local families. Due to the compelling economic situation in Central America and her own personal experience, she is particularly involved in helping desperately poor communities by providing outpatient medical and dental care.


Marc SaundersMarc Saunders
Director of Operations at Cambridge Youth Programs, City of Cambridge
Member Since 2015
Member of Academic Affairs and Family Engagement Committee

Marc Saunders is a passionate supporter for education and youth development. Marc has worked in the space over the years at YouthBuild USA, Tufts University’s Lincoln Filene Center, Boston Partners In Education, and City On A Hill Charter School supporting educational innovation and improvement for the lives of young people. Marc believes that full educational attainment and closing the achievement gap remains one of the greatest equalizing factor for justice and equality in America.

A proud Cambridge College and Boston University graduate, Marc grew-up in Cambridge and still lives and works in this “great, open-minded and dynamic city.” In his view, parent engagement is a critical part of the solution, so while his son attended Prospect Hill Academy, he served as co-chair for the PHA Family Advisory Board, and later joined the Board of Trustees. Marc currently serve as Vice Chair and truly believes “we need each other to get this done.”

Ian ScottIan Scott
Senior Strategist, TNTP
Member Since 2019
Member of Academic Affairs and Development Committees

Ian supports the design and launch of new TNTP partnerships nationally, acts as a strategic advisor to systems leaders, and currently oversees several engagements focused on human capital and school leader development. His recent work spans more than fifteen states in both urban and rural settings. Ian previously led TNTP’s Indianapolis Teaching Fellows program and oversaw the recruitment, training and development of over 200 new teachers working in critical need subject areas throughout the state. He has also led partnerships with several districts focused on school transformation, leadership development, recruitment and retention.
Ian became a special education teacher through TNTP’s Texas Teaching Fellows. He taught students with emotional disabilities and received the Austin I.S.D Rising Star Award. Ian graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Arabic and Political Science.
Tom WayeTom Waye
Chief Administrative Officer/ HR Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Member since 2017
Member of Enrollment and Human Resources Committee

Honorary Trustees

Karolyn Belcher
Paul Blackborow
Ellen Davidson
Salim Kabawat
Mary Nice-Hodorawis
Parviz Parvizi
Alan Steinert, Jr.
2019-2020 PHA Board of Trustees Meeting Calendar
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