Learning Community Charter School

Learning Community Charter School
Board Bios

LCCS Board of Trustees

Founding Members - Founding Members are individuals whom the Board feels

exemplify the mission and spirit of the founders of the school.


Shelley Skinner, Board President. 

Shelley Skinner is the Executive Director of Better Education for the Better Education Institute (BEI). Prior to this, Shelley was the Deputy Director for Better Education for Kids (B4K) focusing on grassroots organizing and operations. Before getting involved in education advocacy, Shelley worked as a producer and international distributor of high quality children’s programming, most notably Thomas The Tank Engine.

As she had her own two children, and put down roots in Jersey City, NJ, she became aware of an overall lack of vision and leadership in many areas of government, but specifically in education. Shelley watched many young families struggle as hers does with the issue of teacher quality and limited school choices, the combination of which drive young families from urban centers.

In 2007, Shelley was named Jersey City Woman of Action for her work in education advocacy. In 2009 Shelley, Shelley ran a successful city Council election campaign where her candidate won 63% of the vote. Before joining B4K, Shelley served as the Director of Development and Community Relations for Learning Community Charter School.

Shelley was a member of Governor Christie’s Education Transition Team and currently serves as the Advocacy Chair on the board of The New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association. Shelley is a graduate of Pitzer College, and a native of Chicago, Il.

LCCS Board Trustee Since: 2010

Parent Members - Members are parents/legal guardians (of pupils enrolled in the

school at the time of appointment) who have been elected by the

parent/guardian(s) to serve as voting Trustees.

Tammy Walters, Board Trustee

Tammy has over 25 years experience in digital media production in television, content development, interactive e-books and app development. Walters has cofounded successful companies, managed production divisions and run large production pipelines in various digital studios. Throughout her career she has leveraged her passion for technology and love of content to convey brand messages that enrich and entertain children of all ages.

Tammy has worked extensively with such notables as Barnes & Noble, Disney, Sesame Street, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Tammy has been an LCCS class parent and volunteers on various committees and is new to the Board this year. She is a graduate of the Atlanta College of Art. She and her partner, Allyson are the parents of Beckett, an LCCS student.

LCCS Board Trustee Since: 2013

Mace Bell, Board Trustee

Mace has been an architect for over 25 years. He is currently employed in Strategic Planning and Project Management at Express Script in Franklin Lakes, NJ. He is a graduate of The Cooper Union, Chanin School of Architecture in New York, NY. Mace enjoys coaching his son’s soccer team and has been an integral part of the growth of the Jersey City Soccer Association. Mace and his wife Isabel are the parents of 4 children -- Nina, 2007 LCCS graduate; Madeleine, 2011 LCCS graduate; as well as two current LCCS students

LCCS Board Trustee Since: 2013

Brian Uy, Board Trustee

Brian Uy is the Co-Chief Operating Officer for Global Technology at Morgan Stanley. He has worked with Morgan Stanley since 1992. Brian holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to serving on the LCCS Board, Brian serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the York Street Project, a center for homeless and economically disadvantaged women and children that works to provide them with food, shelter, education, child care, counseling and advocacy. He lives in Jersey City with his wife, Doriot, and three daughters, all of whom attend LCCS.

LCCS Board Member Since: 2014

Bertram C. Okpokwasili has three children who attend LCCS. His law practice focuses on small businesses, business formation, trademarks and copyrights, contract issues, and criminal defense matters. He is a former adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School and currently is a baseball coach in the Roberto Clemente Little League and a football coach Jersey City Flag Football league. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Rutgers School of Law.


He has served on the boards of the Rutgers Newark Law School Alumni Association, and the Solo and Small Firm Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is also a former trustee of the Jersey City Board of Education, where he supported policies to advance student achievement, increase high school graduation rates, and celebrate the hard-working teachers in Jersey City.

LCCS Board Member since 2016 

Angela Bennett Glock 

Angela Bennett-Glock and her husband Neal have lived in Jersey City since 2005 and love raising their two boys in this community. From Los Angeles, Angela was raised by a special education teacher and developed a passion for advocating for all types of thinkers and students at a young age.

Angela has worked for education organizations for the last 15 years and is currently, the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for a philanthropy-funded, not-for-profit that is dedicated to helping teachers and coaches improve their instructional practices and integrate literacy skills across all disciplines. Angela also serves as a Board member for Jersey City Soccer Association, the largest youth sports program in Jersey City.

Board Member since 2017

Keith Donath, Board Trustee 

Keith Donath has been an active member of the Jersey City community along with his wife Melissa for the past 16 years.  They have three children who attend LCCS.  After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Salve Regina University in Newport ,Rhode Island, Keith has spent most of his career in the non-profit sector. His focus has been utilizing his skills in youth development and after-school programming. He has worked to develop and oversee quality after school programs in New York City.Prior to joining the Board, Keith has assisted organizing LCCS with ‘Pi Day’ and other special events. Keith Donath is honored to serve on the board of LCCS.  

Board Member since 2017 

Adam Irving, Board Trustee 

Adam and his wife, Lydia Irving have lived in Jersey City since 2007 and have two children enrolled at LCCS. Adam spent 10 years as a Private Banker for JP Morgan and The Bank of New York. He has served as Ward E Council Person Candice Osborne's Treasurer since 2013. Adam has a BA from Duke University and an MBA from The University of Virginia.  

LCCS Board Member since 2017


Community Members - Members/residents of the "surrounding school

community" appointed by the Board to serve as voting Trustees.


Colin Dunn

Colin Dunn is Vice President Finance and Corporate Secretary of Bel Fuse Inc., a worldwide electronics components manufacturer located in Jersey City since 1949. He has worked with Bel in Jersey City since 1991. Colin started his international career at Weyerhauser Company in 1972 as a Management Accountant. During the first six years of his career at Weyerhauser, he held financial management positions in the Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Colin received an MBA from Yale University, School of Management, in 1980 and received his Accounting Certificate from the Gordon Institute of Technology, Deakin University Australia in 1969. He is a CPA and Fellow of the Australian Society of Accountants.

LCCS Board Member Since: 2014

Sangeeta Ranade 

Sangeeta Ranade is the Director of Client Solutions with EnergySavvy, a cloud based software company transforming the way energy efficiency is delivered and quantified.  She leads business development for the Mid-Atlantic Region.  


Sangeeta also served as an elected Trustee to the Jersey City Board of Education from 2012-2015.  Jersey City is the second largest school district in the State of New Jersey with 28,000 students and a budget of over $650,000,000.  In 2014 she served as President of the Board of Education.  


Prior to EnergySavvy, Sangeeta spent over 15 years as a strategy consultant to the energy and public sectors.  She also worked in industry to optimize energy usage with the retail and real estate industries.  


Sangeeta holds an MBA and MS in Environmental Management from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BS in environmental engineering from Northwestern University.  She resides in Jersey City, NJ.


Teacher Member
- The teacher members are full-time teaching staff of the school, elected by the full-time faculty and approved by the Board.

Monya McCarty

LCCS Board Member Since: 2014

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