- Tamera Bolden, Houston, TX
- Cecilia Cunningham, Executive Director, Middle College National Consortium , Long Island City, NY
- Susan Doyle, Principal, Middle Early College @ Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
- Margaret Green, Principal, Mott Middle College High School, Flint, Michigan
- Nicholas Mazzarella, Principal, Brooklyn College Academy at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
- Joyce Mitchell, Member Emeritus/Director of High School Initiatives, Memphis City Schools, Memphis, TN
- Mattie Robertson, California
- Deborah Shanley, Interim Dean of School of Education, Lehman College
- Scott Springer, Denver, Colorado
- Matthew Trujillo, Principal, Olive Harvey Middle College High School, Chicago, Illinois
- Chery Wagonlander, Executive Director, The Center for Michigan Early & Middle College Partnerships
The Executive Board meets biannually at the winter and summer conferences. The Executive Board consists of the Executive Director, Dr. Cecilia Cunningham, and nominated representatives drawn from a pool of active member Principals/Directors, emeritus members, and/or host college administrators.
Power and Responsibility
The affairs and business of MCNC are managed and directed by the Executive Board, specifically to:
- Formulate, implement and supervise the operation of all programs of the Consortium and assist the various committees in carrying out such programs.
- Prepare an annual operating budget and manage and supervise the financial operation of the Consortium.
- Make recommendations to the Board of Directors on the membership policy of the Consortium and annual dues.
- Seek to obtain public understanding, acceptance and esteem for the Consortium, its purpose, programs and services.
Executive Board Members Bios
Dr. Cecilia Cunningham is the Executive Director of the Middle College National Consortium. She served as the Principal of Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College for 22 years until 2002. She is the co-founder of two other Middle College High Schools on LaGuardia’s Campus: The International High School and Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Art and Technology. In 1993, she founded the National Consortium of Middle College High Schools, a network of more than 30 Middle College High Schools located on college campuses that academically engage traditionally under-served students. She started her career as a math teacher and holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She has done professional development for new principals in New York City for 13 years and was the founder of the Bank Street Principals Institute. As the Director of the Middle College National Consortium’s Early College Initiative funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Kellogg Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Ford Foundation, she is responsible for starting 18 new Middle College-Early College High Schools and redesigning 12 existing Middle College High Schools to Middle College-Early College High Schools. She is the recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education Award, 2004.
Susan M. Doyle has been employed by the Buffalo Public Schools for the past thirty-two years. She attended State University College at Buffalo, receiving her B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education, M.S. in Special Education Learning & Behavior Disorders and a C.A.S. Degree in School Administration. Ms. Doyle taught emotionally disturbed 14-21 year olds for eleven years. She then moved on to School Administration, serving as an Assistant Principal in a Comprehensive High School for four years before being promoted to a Secondary Principal in a grade five through twelve magnet school, Buffalo Traditional, which accepted students from the entire District. Ms. Doyle served in that position for nine years.
In 2003, Ms. Doyle was asked to open the first Middle Early College High School in Western New York. Middle Early College High School is housed in an office building in downtown Buffalo and is partnered with Erie Community College and D’Youville College. The school is in its eighth year of existence.
Ms. Doyle was elected to the Executive Board for the Middle College National Consortium in 2007. She is also a member of the Secondary Principal’s Association in Buffalo, as well as serving on the Smart Scholars Advisory Board for SUNY.
Nicholas Mazzarella currently holds the position of Principal at Brooklyn College Academy, an Early College High School located on the Brooklyn College campus and the Annex site on Coney Island Avenue. Starting his tenure at BCA in 2005, Mr. Mazzarella has initiated several collaborations with: The Brooklyn College School of Education (Dean Deborah Shanely), Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), and the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). In 2009 he was awarded the John Goodlad Award from the NNER in Seattle Washington for his outstanding work as a leader in equitable education for all students. He has continued to participate in the following NNER Symposiums: Charleston, West Virginia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Normal, Illinois and Seattle, Washington. Mr. Mazzarella has attended the annual conference of the Council of Great City Schools for the past three years. On October, 2010, Council of the Great City Schools accepted his proposal entitled Peer Review – BCA Style which was presented in Tampa, Florida. He has participated at the MCNC student leadership conference and annual summer conference for the past five years.
From January 2001 to June 2005, Nicholas Mazzarella was the Principal of Park East High School, a small Alternative High School located in Manhattan. He was a founding faculty member at Hostos Lincoln Academy of Science on the campus of Hostos Community College from 1987 to 2001, In 1992, Mr. Mazzarella assumed the position of Assistant Principal at Hostos which he held until 2001.
Nicholas Mazzarella received his BS degree from Long Island University, MS degree from Long Island University, and his MS degree in Educational Administration from Pace University. He has held positions as Adjunct Lecturer at Long Island University, Hostos Community College and Brooklyn College.
Joyce C. Mitchell is currently the Academic Director of High School Initiatives and provides oversight for eight low performing schools in Memphis City Schools. Ms. Mitchell’s scope of work has expanded to providing leadership to the turnaround and transformational schools in the local Achievement School District. As high school initiatives’ director, she coordinates P-16 initiatives, forges university and community partnerships, and establishes innovative programs. She also works directly with schools’ leadership teams and the district’s cross functional teams to redesign high schools into career academies and smaller learning communities. Mrs. Mitchell facilitates the implementation of effective research-based strategies to improve student achievement. Additionally, she coordinates the district’s premier dual enrollment program where students from all secondary schools have the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school through multiple university partnerships. With extensive experience in MCS as a Spanish/English teacher, professional school counselor, bilingual instructional supervisor, and director, Mrs. Mitchell has provided a laser focus on college access and equity, college readiness, articulation, intervention programs, career and postsecondary planning.
Mrs. Mitchell was the founding principal of Middle College High School at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Tennessee where she served as principal for 18 years. She is a charter member of the Executive Board of the Middle College National Consortium, which has a successful history of opening and providing technical assistance to middle/early colleges. She is a national presenter on high school redesign, smaller learning communities, early colleges, dual enrollment, and guidance and support services. Working collaboratively with the Memphis’ community partners, Mrs. Mitchell has provided extensive leadership in career and college readiness initiatives, middle colleges’ replication, systemic change, and educational reform.
Mrs. Mitchell holds masters degrees in Educational Administration and Supervision and Guidance and Counseling Services from the University of Memphis and Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Siena College.
Dr. Deborah Shanley was appointed Dean of the School of Education at Brooklyn College in 1998. Prior to coming to Brooklyn College she was Dean of The School of Liberal Arts and Education at CUNY/Medgar Evers College. Her work with multiple college and community constituencies earned her a Humanitarian Award from the CUNY Consortium for the Study of Disabilities and the Medgar Evers College Worker Education Program. Dean Shanley brings to the Brooklyn College School of Education a passion for improving teaching and learning in the public schools, as well as an activist perspective on teacher education renewal. Her current work focuses on creating collaborations and partnerships with New York City schools and cultural institutions as vehicles for extending teacher preparation beyond the walls of academia. Under her leadership the School of Education at Brooklyn College has partnerships with the American Museum of Natural History, the Lincoln Center Institute Teacher Education Collaborative, and The National Parks of New York Harbor Education Center. She is the Chairperson of the Governing and Executive Board of the National Network for Educational Renewal and Chairs the Deans group for The Council of Great City Schools.
Scott Springer has worked for Denver Public Schools for the past 30
years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, Executive Director for
Post Secondary Pathways, CTE and Arts and currently as principal of
CEC Middle College. Mr. Springer helped develop the CEC Middle College
of Denver when he was first appointed principal in 2005, which is now
one on the most successful high schools in the Denver Public Schools,
serving over 90% first generation college-bound students.
Dr. Chery Wagonlander is the founding and current principal of Mott Middle College, a Genesee Intermediate School District, Mott Community College collaborative, in Flint, Michigan. The high school is celebrating its twentieth year as a multi-district full servicing middle/early college. Chery is the director of both the technical assistance center for Michigan Middle and Early Colleges located on the campus of Mott Community College and the recently formed Michigan Early Middle College Association (MEMCA). In addition, she has a long history serving in the role of a Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) coach to new middle and early colleges across the country.
Having earned a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan, a Specialist Degree from Oakland University and a Doctorate Degree from Eastern Michigan University, Chery has specialized in dropout prevention through high school reform. She successfully lead Mott Middle College through the process of re-designing into an early college high school, while motivating and coaching other Michigan middle/early colleges.
Prior to middle/early college positions, Chery worked as teacher, drama director, counselor and administrator for the Flint Community Schools and The Valley School, giving her both public and private school experience. She has also taught multiple courses for Ferris State University and Eastern Michigan University.
Chery shares her passion for education with her art educator and practicing artist husband Fred. They have two adult children: son, physician John Wagonlander and daughter, retail manager Katherine Wagonlander. Her latest passion has been enjoying the delights of grand parenting her first grand child Ella and tackling the challenge of “boomer yoga”.