Match Central Office Team
AYOBAMI ARIWODOLA I NETWORK OPERATIONS director & deputy to coo
Ms. Ariwodola was born in Nigeria but moved to New York City in her early teens. She attended University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she earned a degree in Biological Sciences. Upon graduation, she decided to accept the opportunity to work at Match as a tutor. Her experiences that year sparked her interest in School Operations. In her free time she enjoys running, reading and watching Korean dramas.
Jennifer Berylson Block | General Counsel
Ms. Block joined Match in March 2012 as the General Counsel. Previously, she worked at the law firm of Goodwin Procter LLP from 2005-2012, as a member of the Private Equity group, primarily focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, corporate governance matters and the representation of early-and later-stage growth companies. She also represented a large number of not-for-profit clients and played a large role in the firm's pro bono initiatives. Ms. Block received her B.A. from Williams College in 2001 and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2005. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.
Sheri Cheng I Director of Data Management and Analytics
Ms. Cheng has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Ocean Engineering from MIT, and a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University. She started her career in education as an algebra teacher at East Boston High School and as a 7th grade science teacher at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill. After receiving her MBA, she worked in edtech startups at the LearnLaunch campus in downtown Boston. Most recently, she has served on the operations team as a Director of Technology and Director of Special Projects at Roxbury Prep High School. When she is not staring at spreadsheets for work or for fun, Ms. Cheng enjoys singing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Richard Dragon | Controller
Mr. Dragon is a Boston native who has been a CPA since 1992. Mr. Dragon is a 1990 graduate of Bryant University. His practical accounting and auditing background comes from working in the Providence office of Ernst and Young LLP from 1991 to 1995, and at a local Providence firm from 1995 to 1997. He then became self-employed in order to self-publish a book on R.I. history and remained on his own until becoming involved with Boston charter schools in 2004.
SEREE FOFANA I IT MANAGER
Ms. Fofana is from Boston, MA. She graduated from Simmons College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Before joining Match, Ms. Fofana taught preschool and prekindergarten at the M.I.T David H. Koch Technology Childcare Center. Previously, she worked as a technology assistant for five years in the Information Technology Department at Simmons College.
Orin Gutlerner | Chief academic officer
Prior to his role as the CAO of Match Schools, Mr. Gutlerner was the founding Director of the Match Teacher Residency and Sposato Graduate School of Education for eight years. Before that, he spent five years at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education working to re-shape the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program and acting as a guest lecturer in the Graduate School. Before his work at Harvard, he oversaw Alternative Teacher Recruitment and Training programs for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Mr. Gutlerner holds a Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Tobey Jackson | Chief talent Officer
Mr. Jackson is originally from Providence, RI. He has a Bachelor's degree from Brown University and a Master's degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. After teaching middle school science and math in independent schools, Mr. Jackson joined Boston Collegiate Charter School as a founding science teacher. He later served as the school's middle school director/principal for seven years. Most recently, Mr. Jackson has been an educational consultant, including working with Boston Collegiate Charter School and Match on facility acquisition and renovation.
Rachel Johnson | Director of records and Enrollment
Ms. Johnson is a New Jersey native who graduated from Rutgers University with a concentration in Sociology and Anthropology. Ms. Johnson moved to Boston in 2011 and has been at Match ever since! In her free time Ms. Johnson enjoys spending time with family, playing ultimate with friends and taking long, meandering walks through the Arnold Arboretum with her dog.
Michael Kerr I Chief of Staff
Mr. Kerr is a Massachusetts native and has been an educator since 2008. After teaching at an independent school, Mr. Kerr helped launch UP Academy Boston, a turnaround school in South Boston, where he co-led the school as its Director of Operations. He has also held diverse leadership roles in a number of other Charter Management Organizations, including YES Prep and Achievement First. Mr. Kerr holds a BS in History from Stonehill College and an MAT from the Smith College.
Stig Leschly | Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Leschly is the CEO of Match's related entities -- Match Public Charter School, The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, and The Match Foundation, Inc. Prior to joining Match, Mr. Leschly was the founder and managing partner of the Newark Charter School Fund. The fund supported the charter school sector in Newark, NJ and advanced reform of Newark's public school system during the first term of Mayor Booker. Prior to his work in Newark, Mr. Leschly was a full-time lecturer at Harvard Business School where his teaching and research focused on entrepreneurship and education reform. In the late 1990's, he was the CEO and founder of Exchange.com, an early competitor to eBAY.com that was acquired by Amazon.com. Mr. Leschly has a BA in Comparative Literature (Summa Cum Laude) from Princeton University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Laura Mahajan | Director of Coaching, Match Teacher Residency
Prior to her role in designing the MTR program, Ms. Mahajan was a Social Studies teacher in the KIPP middle school in Harlem, NY. She began her career as a Match Corps tutor, and holds her Master of Arts in Teaching from Teachers College at Columbia University, and an A.B. from Princeton University.
Amy Shatten I accounting and budget manager
Ms. Shatten holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, a Master of Accounting from Rutgers University, and CPA and CFE licenses. Prior to joining Match, she worked in the forensic accounting and audit practices at Deloitte & Touche and as a senior examiner at FINRA. Outside of Match, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, watching classic movies, walking around Boston, and cheering for the Michigan Wolverines.
EMILY STAINER I DEPUTY CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER
Ms. Stainer joined Match to support school leaders in delivering exceptional student outcomes. She came to Match Public Charter School to be part of building an exceptional pre-K to 12th grade experience for Boston students. Prior to that she worked at UP Education Network developing programming and instructional coaches for six turnaround schools in Massachusetts. Emily previously served as the Head of School for Alma del Mar Charter School in New Bedford, MA. She started her education career at Citizen Schools in 2002 through the National Teaching Fellowship program and then served in variety of local, regional and national team roles. She has also served youths at City Year Columbia and the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. Emily graduated from Brown University and later earned a Masters of Education from Lesley University.
david steefel-moore | operations director & deputy to Chief operating officer
Mr. Steefel-Moore is Operations Director and Deputy to the COO. Prior to joining Match's Operations team, he worked in a variety of roles related to education reform, public health, and political advocacy, and was a member of Match Corps IX at Match High School. He holds a B.A. from Carleton College and an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Ashley Danoff Sweeny | Director of Grants and Compliance
Ms. Sweeny graduated from New York University in 2002 with a B.A. in International Relations, Italian, French, and Japanese. She also received a M.A. in Sociology of Education from Boston University in 2004. Ms. Sweeny was a member of Match Corps 1 at the Match High School.
DAN TURCO I SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Mr. Turco graduated from Fairfield University and began his life in the classroom as a Fulbright English teacher in Germany. After he returned, he taught special education at Community School 211 in the Bronx, NY as a Teach for America Corps member. While teaching in New York, he received his master's degree from Hunter College in special education. Before coming to Match in 2013, Mr. Turco was a learning specialist at KIPP Academy Middle School. Mr. Turco and his wife welcomed their first child, Leila, in July 2013.
Nnenna Ude | Chief operating officer
Ms. Ude is a Boston native who attended Boston Latin School and then Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, she majored in Psychology and devoted a significant amount of her time to advancing minority recruitment initiatives. Since her graduation from Dartmouth, she has worked in education and hospitality, including helping to run her family's restuarant. She considers it a privilege to be able to serve students and families from her city and is committed to helping our students succeed in and out of the classroom. Ms. Ude served as the Director of Operations at Match Middle School for two years.