Learning Community Charter School

Learning Community Charter School
Board Bios

LCCS Board of Trustees

Founding Members - Founding Members are individuals the Board believes 

exemplify the school founders' mission and spirit.

Angela Bennett Glock, Board President. 

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 Vice President 

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. 

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.

Nikhil Puri, Board Trustee

LCCS Board Trustee Since: 2019. 

Marisa Gerke, Board Trustee 

Marisa has been a resident of Hudson County for more than half her life, and lives in Jersey City with her husband, Tom and daughter, Camille.

Marisa’s background is in educational administration and has mostly worked in communities with diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. As Director of Operations, Marisa worked for a non-profit organization serving primarily income eligible individuals and families of Hudson County for several years. Currently, Marisa is employed with the New York City Department of Education, as Program Evaluator for the Division of Early Childhood. The focus of Marisa’s work has been and continues to be, helping individuals thrive and succeed.

As a board member, Marisa welcomes the opportunity to support LCCS in its mission to help students become engaged global citizens.

LCCS Board Trustee since 2019. 

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 

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

Paula Mahayosnand, Board Trustee

Paula and her husband, Adam Stein, are parents to two LCCS students. They have been married for 12 years and Jersey City residents for just as long. Always active at LCCS, Paula was a PTO representative for PreK and Kindergarten, and also enjoyed volunteering for Ms. Jaffrey's musical productions. The family serves as stewards for the neighborhood's Little Free Library, which was gifted through the organization's Impact Fund.

Paula is currently a Vice President for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation at Exchange Place and has spent the past 22 years in the financial services industry, including working at JP Morgan Chase in retail banking, investments, and IT systems. At SMBC she currently manages the Japanese Research Institute's Quality Assurance group in information technologies. She earned her BA from Marymount College of Fordham University with a dual major in English literature and Journalism and has a certificate in Advance Systems Managing Production, which focuses on organizational operation and capacity control from AMS. 

LCCS Board Member since 2018

Community Members - Members/residents of the "surrounding school

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


Colin Dunn, Board Treasurer 

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. 

Elizabeth Cain 

Elizabeth Cain has spent her career specializing in solution based approaches for community building, economic development, and branding areas based on their existing assets. With over a decade of experience, Elizabeth specializes in urban development, events, marketing, and placemaking. As the Executive Director of the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District, Elizabeth spearheaded the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza, restaurant row and Groove on Grove.

During her time as the Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for Jersey City; Elizabeth planned and executed the Art & Studio Tour as well as the Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival that was attended by more than 150,000 people. Cain has also been a local small business owner for the last 8 years. She and her husband have grown Hazel Baby & Kids and Hound About Town to 3 locations, servicing the region with curated selections for pet owners and parents. Elizabeth knows what truly drives change and action in our community-- and it’s not mastering the marketing flavor of the week. It is connecting with the local people you are trying to help and communicating your understanding back to them.

LCCS Board Member Since: 2018

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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