Board of Trustees
The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School Board of Trustees is responsible for governing the school and holds the charter for the school, as granted by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary & Secondary Education.
The Board of Trustees defines the mission of the school, develops school policies and changes them when appropriate, hires qualified personnel to manage the school’s day-to-day operations and holds them accountable for meeting established goals, and formulates a long-range plan and charter school Accountability Plan to ensure the school’s continued stability.
In addition to its many other responsibilities, the Board must ensure that the school is complying with all of the state and federal laws that apply to the school and that the Board itself is operating in accordance with the rules set out by all applicable Massachusetts laws and regulations. Finally, the Board is responsible for operating the school in accordance with its charter and with any approved amendments to its charter.
The members of the BRCPS Board of Trustees understand their role in leading the school is a special privilege, and take these duties with the utmost level of respect. Board members work closely with school leadership to ensure the school is meeting its obligations to the families, and providing the best possible education to our students.
In School Year 2017-2018, the full BRCPS Board of Trustees will meet every other month, on the third Wednesday of the month, from 8:00am – 10:00am. Committees of the Board will meet during the intervening months; the dates and times for committee meetings will be posted here as they are determined. The full Board of Trustees will hold its Annual Meeting in June.
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the school. Board meetings are open to the public, and members of the public are welcome to make a statement to the board during Public Comment section at the beginning of each meeting.
The SY2017 – 2018 Board Meeting Schedule is listed below. Meeting agendas will be posted at least 48 hours prior to each scheduled meeting. Meeting minutes will be posted after they have been approved by vote of the board.
Meetings are held at the school, 1415 Hyde Park Ave.Hyde Park, MA
SY2017-2018 Board Meeting Schedule:
September 20th, 8:00-10:00
November 15th, 8:00-10:00
January 17th, 8:00-10:00
March 21st, 8:00-10:00
May 16th, 8:00-10:00
June 21st, 8:00-10:00 (Annual Meeting)
Important Board Documents
Board of Trustees, Current Members:
Edwine Alphonse (Treasurer)
Edwine Alphonse is an Accounting manager with Circle Internet Financial Inc. Ms. Alphonse has over ten years of combined experience in public accounting (Big 4) and industry. She is experienced in different industries such as financial services, asset management, health, life science and technology. Ms. Alphonse graduated from the University of Ottawa, with a Bachelor of Commerce Specializing in Accounting degree in 2006. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts and Ontario, Canada. Ms. Alphonse was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015.
Lupita Bispham (Vice Chair)
Lupita Bispham was born and raised in Jamaica Plain, Boston. She attended the Boston Renaissance Charter School for middle school and afterwards attended Boston Latin School. She went on to attain her Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. Lupita has lived in Boston most of her life and looked forward to providing legal services to her community once graduating law school and being admitted to the Massachusetts bar. After being a Law Clerk for the Juvenile Courts for two years, she decided to pursue a career in juvenile criminal defense work. She first began working with adults at the Roxbury Trial Court, which she continues to do, and is now providing criminal defense for indigent juveniles in both Dorchester and Boston Juvenile Courts. Prior to law school, most of her work experience was with children and young adults. As an alumna of the Boston Renaissance and advocate for children and youth in the community, Lupita hopes to be of great support to the school. She was elected to the BRCPS Board of Trustees in March 2015.
Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga (Parent Representative) is an active BRCPS parent and the Founding Executive and Artistic Director for OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center in Roxbury, MA. Founded in 1994, OrigiNation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performance arts and educational organization which promotes leadership, civic responsibility and self-improvement among young people between the ages of 5 and 18. Mrs. Dibinga is also the president of ShapeUp with Shaumba, an organization founded in 2012 to help fight childhood obesity and help young people find their voices through several different outlets such as dance, writing, health & wellness workshops, and discussion groups. Mrs. Dibinga has many credits to her resume such as author, artistic director, choreographer and facilitator for numerous programs and schools throughout the city of Boston. She has received many awards such as the 2012 NAACP Image Awards and the 2006 BRCPS Living Legends Award. Ms. Dibinga graduated from the University of Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2006 and was elected to the Board of Trustees in December 2015.
Aaron Kesler (BRCPS Staff Representative) attended the University of South Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography in 2004 and his Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Social Science Education in 2007. Originally from Florida, Mr. Kesler moved to Boston in 2010 and has been teaching at BRCPS since that time. He currently teaches 6th grade as a special educator, in an inclusion classroom. In his free time, Mr. Kesler enjoys traveling, photography, music, and cooking.
Brian Keith was elected to the BRCPS Board of Trustees in November, 2017. Mr. Keith is a resident of Roxbury, and was a candidate for the Boston City Council, District 7. Brian is the President of his local neighborhood association, and an active community advocate in Roxbury. A professional in the aviation industry, he is Vice President for Sales at SkyJet, a commercial charter jet company headquartered in Boston.
Senam Kumahia (Chair)
Senam Kumahia joined Carpenter & Company as a consultant for the new Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans in 2017. Prior to Carpenter and Company, Senam was a Senior Consultant at KAGE Growth Strategies, a consulting firm focused on developing diversity and inclusion strategies for large real estate development projects. There he worked on a number of large hotel and mixed-use projects throughout Boston. Prior to KAGE, he was an associate at JLL Boston where he focused on business development and investment opportunities in the New England region.
Senam is from Boston and has extensive involvement in the city. He is a Board Member at the Greater Boston YMCA Huntington Avenue, and Board Member at Artists for Humanity. Senam was named to Boston Business Journal’s 2016 40 under 40 list, and in 2015 he was selected to be a member of Mayor Walsh’s ONEin3 Council. He was also selected to be part of the 2015 class of the executive leadership program, LeadBoston. Senam received a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College.
Fred Lowery is Senior Vice President of Thermo Fisher, President Life Sciences and Laboratory Products Groups. Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science, helping its customers make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer. Thermo Fisher Scientific is a $20 Billion company with 68,000 employees globally.
Mr. Lowery joined Fisher Scientific International in 2005, prior to its merger with Thermo Electron Corporation. At Fisher Scientific Mr. Lowery led the Operations at the Molecular BioProducts business and the transformation of the Fisher Scientific Products New Product Development process. He later led the Chromatography Consumables business and the Life Science Research business as the VP/GM. He was promoted to President of Laboratory Consumables in 2011 and Senior Vice President and President of Laboratory Products in 2014.
Prior to joining Fisher Scientific in 2005, Mr. Lowery held various roles at Maytag Corporation in marketing, business development and global procurement. Prior to joining Maytag, Mr. Lowery held various positions in product engineering and operations at General Motors and Delphi Automotive Systems.
Mr. Lowery is a father of four and a native of Knoxville, TN. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He also holds a Masters of Science degree in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute of Engineering and Management).
Kelly Williamson (Clerk)
Kelly Williamson is a tax lawyer at the public accounting firm, McGladrey and a graduate of Boston University School of Law. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 and has spent time working with various institutions and programs that are committed to promoting the education of Boston’s children since moving to Boston in 2010. Most recently, she has worked with the after school program at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain and has volunteered with “We the People,” an educational curriculum and competition that promotes civic engagement and awareness in elementary through high school students.