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.

Yasmin Meah, Board President

Yasmin is the parent of three LCCS students and is a physician and a physician educator at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. There she has focused her career on serving vulnerable persons in healthcare. For 12 years, I have been the director of the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, a free clinic for the uninsured in which I not only serve vulnerable persons but train students in the care of the underserved. I have served on the Garden Preschool Cooperative Board as Member and Co-President for 3 years and on the LCCS Board as Parent and Founding Member for 4 years.

LCCS Board Member since 2015


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.

Shelley Skinner, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

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

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

Achal Agarwal, Board Trustee

Achal and his wife have two children at LCCS and his wife has been a class parent for the past six years. Prior to joining the board, Achal served on the school’s development committee, which is tasked with fundraising and has helped with special projects such as “Hour of Code” and “PI  day”. He has worked in the finance industry  - JPMorgan out of college and then he started a hedge fund -  for the last 19 years. He is particularly instrumental in helping the school in financial matters, such as refinancing the mortgage and prioritizing the budget. He is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Secondary School Committee, where he has been interviewing high school applicants applying to Penn for the past 10 years. He is also a Board member of StratusPrep, a company that provides test preparation and admissions counseling to students.

LCCS Board member since 2015

Tia Biasi, Development Committee Chair

Tia is Associate Director of Development and Alumni Director for Grace Church School, a Jr.K-12  independent school in Manhattan, where she has worked for more than 20 years. She is co-founder of Parents for Progress, an organization committed to engaging parents to support education in Jersey City public schools. Tia and her husband, Dan Ferrara, have two sons at LCCS.

LCCS Board Member Since: 2014


Bertram C. Okpokwasili has three children who attend LCCS. He runs  a law practice that focuses on Small Businesses, Business Formation, Trademarks and Copyrights, Contract issues, and criminal defense matters. He is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School and coaches baseball in the Roberto Clemente Little League and coach NFL play 60 flag football. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Rutgers School of Law.

He currently also serves on the Board of the Rutgers Newark Law School Alumni Association, and the Board of Directors of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is a former former Board member of the Jersey City Board of Education, where he helped vote for policies and to advance working strategies that helped focus on increasing student achievement, increase the amount of Advanced Placement classes, increase the amount of high school graduates, decrease the amount of drop outs and celebrate the hard working teachers in Jersey City. 

LCCS Board Member since 2016


Community Members - Members/residents of the "surrounding school

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


Bhavini Doshi

Bhavini A. Doshi, attorney-at-law, currently serves as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Jersey City, where she advises on a range of highly specialized legal and policy issues having city-wide impact, including "green" infrastructure improvements, large-scale environmental remediation, procurement, labor and employment, contract negotiation, commercial transactions and governance, and manages teams of engineers, consultants, architects, risk managers and policymakers.Between 2009-2012, Ms. Doshi served as member of the Board of Directors of Manavi, a New Brunswick, New Jersey non-profit organization providing culturally competent services to women, during which time she focused on improving Board governance and policies, and initiating programmatic activities around economic empowerment. Currently, she also serves on the Board for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the Eagleton Institute Alumni Board. She earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School, and is also an alumnus of Rutgers College, the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Institute of Women’s Leadership. She lives in Jersey City with her husband.

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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