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.
Leslie Scott, Board Trustee- Secretary, has earned her law degree from American University, Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Biopsychology. Ms. Scott has extensive experience in the areas of legal research, legal writing, oral advocacy, special education law and criminal law. In her free time, Ms. Scott mentors at-risk inner-city youth, tutoring students in reading and writing, and volunteering at a drop in center for displaced lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Christine Mann, Board Trustee, Ms. Mann holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Canisius College in Buffalo and has just been named the Director for Infusion,Purchasing and Contracting Operations for The Dent Neurologic Institute. Previously, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of a medical practice, where she oversaw a staff of 45 and a $33,000,000 budget. Christine supervised the business, personnel and financial operations of the practice, which, in the 14 years she was there, had tripled in size. While operations and revenues had grown, Ms. Mann implemented a plan to reduce operating costs and maximize profits. Christine has previously used her business competence to lead sales and marketing programs in Eastern and Central Europe. Ms. Mann brings a strong background in leadership, negotiations and Human Resources to the REACH Academy CS Board.
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.