Board of Directors

Rachel Amankulor

Ms. Amankulor is a long-time advocate for enabling greater high-quality educational opportunities for disadvantaged families. She is the former Director of PennCAN: The Pennsylvania Campaign for Achievement Now, a statewide advocacy organization working to enact commonsense reforms to ensure that every Pennsylvania child has access to a high-quality education.  Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, she worked as Assistant General Counsel at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, the largest and highest-performing charter school network in New York City, nationally known for eradicating both racial and income achievement gaps.

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Gretchen GenerrettDr. Generett is a Professor, Chair of the the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership and the Director of the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice at Duquesne University. She has served in various leadership roles including the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the School of Education at Duquesne University and the Community Partnership Fellow at the Center for Urban Education in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Generett has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes in the field of education.

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Allison McCarthyMs. McCarthy has devoted her entire career to working to achieve equity and excellence for all students. She spent seven years working at the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) in a variety of leadership positions, including Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Director of Academic Initiatives, and the Gifted and Talented Coordinator,  Since 2016, Ms. McCarthy has been working for Teach For America where she currently serves as a vice-president. She holds a Pennsylvania Teaching certification and Principal certificate.

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Thomas WalenchokMr. Walenchok is a licensed certified public accountant in Pennsylvania with more than 28 years of experience in public accounting. He is a partner at Baker Tilly, providing assurance and consulting services to clients in the public sector, including higher education, not-for-profit and governmental organizations. His prior board experience includes serving as treasurer and board member of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. and as treasurer for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School.

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George ChildsMr. Childs is a consultant and author who works on behalf of the Maplewood Foundation, a charitable organization deeply committed to providing high quality educational options to families in the East End of Pittsburgh. He is a successful entrepreneur, and is the author of Successful Sales without Selling Your Soul.

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Carey HarrisMs. Harris is a long-time advocate for children and an experienced non-profit leader in Pittsburgh. She served for 13 years as Deputy and then Executive Director of A+ Schools. Currently, she is the CEO of Literacy Pittsburgh, and is also the former executive director of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission where she worked to form successful public-private partnerships to advance access to high quality early learning. Ms. Harris serves on numerous state and local boards and committees. Most recently she was appointed to serve on the City of Pittsburgh’s Early Childhood Education Task Force.

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Robert JonesMr. Jones is a life-long resident of Pittsburgh’s Garfield community and a long-time advocate for youth in Pittsburgh. He is the President & C.E.O. of Brothers and Sisters Emerging (B.A.S.E.), a non-profit organization that serves as the umbrella agency for the Garfield Youth Sports Organization. B.A.S.E is a year-round organization offering after-school, summer camp, and mentoring programs to over 200 Pittsburgh youth. The mission of B.A.S.E. is to strategically advocate and connect youth and families to life sustaining resources. Mr. Jones also co-founded the Garfield Youth Sports Organization and serves as a volunteer football coach for the Garfield Gators.

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Erin StilingMs. Stiling is an experienced educator and educational consultant focusing on strategic planning, school effectiveness, whole-school improvement efforts, and literacy intervention. Prior to relocating to Pittsburgh, she served as Founding Director of Special Education and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at a middle school in Boston within the nationally renowned Uncommon Schools charter school network. She was part of the team that helped Uncommon Schools generate the greatest student academic gains of any large charter network.  Previously, Ms. Stiling taught elementary school in Chicago Public Schools. She also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education.

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Schedule of 2021-22 School Year Board of Directors Meetings

Board meetings are held at:

Catalyst Academy Charter School
7061 Lemington Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Note: 2021-2022 school year board meetings can also be accessed online via Zoom as healthy and safety conditions warrant. The meeting information is updated a few days before each meeting.

All board meetings begin at 6pm unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday August 3, 2021  (Zoom Meeting ID: 839 2321 3655)

Tuesday September 7th (Zoom Meeting ID: 839 2321 3655)

Reconvening 9/7/21 Meeting: Friday September 10th 8AM (Zoom Meeting ID: 892 0406 9473)

Tuesday October 5th

Tuesday November 2nd

Tuesday December 7th

Tuesday January 4th, 2022

Tuesday February 1st

Tuesday March 1st

Tuesday April 5th

Tuesday May 3rd

Tuesday June 7th

2021-2022 Board Finance Committee Meetings are held at 7061 Lemington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Online meeting information will be updated as health and safety conditions warrant.

Wed August 25 9:30-10. Zoom link:

Wed September 29 9:30-10. Zoom link:

Wed October 27 9:30-10. Zoom link:

Tues November 23rd 9:30-10. Zoom link:

Wed December 22nd 9:30-10. Zoom link:

Wed January 26th, 2022 9:30-10

Wed February 23rd, 9:30-10

Wed March 30th, 9:30-10

Wed April 27th, 9:30-10

Wed May 25th, 9:30-10

Wednesday June 29th, 9:30-10

2021-2022 Academic Committee Meetings are held at 7061 Lemington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Online meeting access information will be posted online as health and safety conditions warrant.

Monday August 30th – Cancelled

Monday September 27th, 5-6 PM

Monday October 25th, 5-6 PM

Monday November 29th, 5-6 PM

Monday January 31st, 2022, 5-6 PM

Monday February 28th, 5-6 PM

Monday March 28th, 5-6 PM

Monday April 25th, 5-6 PM

Monday June 27th, 5-6 PM