Ryan Caster, Board Trustee- Treasurer, is a Certified Public Accountant who is the proposed Board Treasurer. Mr. Caster holds both a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and Accounting Information Systems from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Mr. Caster has been a practicing Certified Professional Accountant in the State of New York for more than ten years. Mr. Caster is currently a Senior Manager in the Audit & Assurance Department at Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C., specializing in the healthcare and higher-education industries. Mr. Caster also currently serves as the Board Treasurer for multiple not-for-profit organizations located within the City of Buffalo. Additionally, Mr. Caster is the current President-Elect for the Western New York Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Mr. Caster brings a strong background in accounting and finance, coupled with his extensive involvement serving local not-for-profit organizations in a leadership capacity.
Christine Mann, Board Trustee, Christine Mann serves as Chief Operating Officer at DENT Neurologic Institute, one of the largest Neurology private practices in the country with 430 employees and 70 clinical Providers. Ms. Mann manages and directs the day to day operations for the administrative and medical services required to support DENT operations. She also serves as the Director of DENT’s award winning Infusion Centers and as Director of Purchasing. She has a strong background in leadership, negotiations and marketing and has sharp analytical, planning, communication, and executive skills.
Ms. Mann is also founding partner of NeuroNet which now has two divisions to include a national GPO and a consulting division that provides educational resources and professional insight for health care practices, the pharmaceutical industry, and other medical organizations.
Ms. Mann is a nationally recognized speaker, consultant, and advisor for large biotech and pharmaceutical companies. She was recently appointed to the Board at the National Infusion Center Association. Her expertise in the management of infusion centers, sophisticated inventory and revenue cycle management has garnered national recognition and has helped DENT to be the first practice in the country to offer new ground-breaking neurologic therapies. In addition, she serves as a trustee on the board of REACH Academy Charter School and is an avid volunteer in her community for several non-profit organizations. She received a Women of Influence Award for ground-up development of infusion centers and under her direction, the DENT Infusion Center has recently received a national healthcare achievement award for quality, patient care, and patient satisfaction.
William Yelder, Board Vice Chair- Community Representative, brings community perspective to board governance. He is also a connection to community partners and advocates for the school. His experience as a past and current member of several community organizations such as Board Member of Citizen Action of New York, Member of PUSH Buffalo, and Member of Clean Air Coalition for Health/ Justice of Western New York. As community representative he will be the “go to” person representing the interests of the community surrounding REACH Academy Charter School. The Community Representative will work hard to forge partnerships with other community agencies and stakeholders and serve as their liaison to the Board. This representative will help direct continuing outreach and assist in the planning of regular events welcoming the community into our school.
Parent Representative (TBD), The purpose of incorporating a parent representative on the board is to ensure that there is always a parent stakeholder on the BOT and that parents have a way to connect to the governance of the school and that Board members have a window into the life and concerns of our parent community. This person will attend monthly Family Council Meetings to; report to the parent community on relevant board business; receive feedback from parents to communicate to the board; report any needs that the board may have that can be met by the parent body; assist in the planning of school events; and be in attendance at school events.