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Ratna Bindra, President – Ratna has more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She is very excited to be a part of this important organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the Croton-Harmon schools. Ratna and her husband, Raja, moved to Croton last year along with their two children, a 4rd grader and 2st grader, both at CET.
Rachel Wimpee, Vice-President – Rachel is a project director and historian of gender, culture, and philanthropy at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow. She holds a Ph.D. in French Literature and French Studies from New York University and taught language and the humanities for a decade. Rachel and her blogger husband Seth decided to move to Croton in 2009 for the community, creativity, and natural beauty. Their children are now in first and fourth grade.
Dorothy Sonnenburg, Treasurer – Dorothy graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Economics – Operations Research. Currently the CFO of CooperKatz & Company, Inc. she has over 18 years’ experience in finance, HR and operations. Dorothy and her husband, Jeremy, have lived in Croton for nearly 11 years; she has 3 children – one in PVC, one in CET and one eager to attend CET next year!
Genevieve Holcomb, Secretary – Genevieve holds a B.A. in English from Barnard College and has worked as a writer and editor in educational publishing. She moved to Croton in 2002 and enjoys raising three children—one in CET, one in PVC, and one in CHHS—in this vibrant and creative community. After working on and attending CHEF events over the years, she looks forward to joining the board and learning more about its mission to support innovation in our schools
Jacqui Brabants — Jacqui holds a BS in Business Management from Binghamton University, an MBA in Finance and Marketing from NYU and a certification as an executive coach from Columbia University. For 22 years, she worked at Bloomberg L.P in various roles including software developer, product manager, chief of staff, and security and risk manager. Recently she moved to Cigna where she directs User Experience and Business Optimization within Information Management. Jacqui and her husband, Matt, moved to Croton in 2010 with their two daughters who are currently attending PVC and CET. She looks forward to bringing her technical skills as well as her creative side to help CHEF continue to promote excellence within our school district.
Denise Clerkin — Denise has a BS in Business from Marist College and an MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut. She has worked in the banking industry for over 20 years in various roles, predominately focused on risk management and project management. She is currently employed at Bank of America as a program manager for counterparty credit risk. Denise and her family have resided in Croton for 18 years. Her daughter graduated CHHS in 2016 and attends college; her son attends PVC. Denise will utilize her project management skills, leveraging them in the areas of technology and developing the online presence for fundraising. She looks forward to joining the group and working together to continue to expand the important role CHEF plays and what it brings to the community and our children.
Richard Eberhardt — Richard hold a BS in Computer Science and an MBA in management from Fordham University. He brings 20 years of Information Technology experience in higher education. He has experience with infrastructure design and deployment, project management, and organizational change management. Richard and his wife Lauren moved to Croton 10 years and they now have two children attending CET. He is excited to join CHEF and is looking forward to help bring technology and innovation to the Croton schools.
Samantha Glatzer — After graduating from Ithaca College with a film and photography degree, Sam moved to LA to work in the film industry. But being a native of Brooklyn, she missed the cold east coast winters and pushy New Yorkers and returned to the city to work in production, making commercials for several years. It was there she realized the perfect alchemy of her experience and passions — production and advertising — to become a creative recruiter, where she met her current partner, Lori. In 2001, Sam and Lori opened Sam & Lori Associates. Sam moved to Croton in June of 2011 with her husband and two young daughters. They now have three daughters, a yellow Labrador, a cat and chickens. She feels a deep connection and sense of community in Croton and want to use her skills to help raise awareness and funds to help the school district.
Robyn Levitt — Robyn has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in various industries and is currently the Global Head of Human Resources at Tower Research Capital. Robyn and her husband, Andy, moved to Croton in 2008 and have two daughters who attend PVC. She is thrilled to serve on the CHEF Board and leverage her managerial and organizational skills to help strengthen academic excellence throughout the school district.
Jessica Roppa — Growing up in Queens, New York, Jessica fully appreciates the sense of community she feels here in Croton-on-Hudson. With three young children benefiting from our schools, she is excited to join the CHEF board. A graduate of Binghamton University, Jessica has spent the bulk of her professional career as an account manager at strategic and graphic design agencies, managing the business between clients and the internal design team. In addition to some of the more industry-specific and task-oriented skills that come with that, Jessica easily connects with people and looks forward to working with the board, the schools, and the extended community.
Allison Lehr Samuels — Allison is on the faculty at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in the area of Entrepreneurship and is a Field Mentor at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship. She co-founded the college’s pop-up makerspace and is the Director of Baruch’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She has extensive experience working with faculty on curriculum design and developing faculty development workshops that foster interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as online and hybrid learning. She’s lived in Croton since 2009 with her husband and two children and welcomes the opportunity to work with the teachers and the community to build educationally rewarding experiences.
Using math games and manipulatives funded by CHEF, 3rd graders at CET can have fun while gaining a deep understanding of math concepts.