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Conservatory Lab Charter School Board of Trustees
Reverend Dr. Gregory Groover (Chair) is passionate about education, is the father of two children who both attended BAA and Berklee. He is very knowledgeable about BPS and is a former chair of Boston’s School Board, and the Pastor at the Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dorchester, where he lives.
Lynn Cetrulo (Vice Chair) has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Art History, University of Michigan. MA in Social Work, Simmons College with a degree in Psychiatric Social Work. Advanced training and certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has a deep background in volunteer work, including serving as a trustee in several other organizations in Boston and Cambridge, where she lives. She has a strong background in development, governance, and strategic planning.
Robert Grinberg (Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee) was educated at the Wharton School and received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Currently retired, he founded and ran three national travel companies. He is a partner in Bluestone Company, a real estate investment management firm, and is on the boards of several other companies. He lives in Chestnut Hill.
Martha Kleinman (Chair of the Governance Committee) is originally from West Hartford, Connecticut. She received a BA degree from Adelphi University, where she graduated magna cum laude and later received a degree superieur from the Universite de Dijon, France. Her career in development includes serving as Dean of the 10 person development office at Walnut Hill School and later as a consultant with The Wayland Group. She has also been an entrepreneur, having launched a successful catering business while her two children were young. Always very interested in children’s education, she was a volunteer for 7 years at a Boston public school in the South End as a reading tutor with a program called Generations. Other volunteer activities have included membership on the Boards of NTSAD, (National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association,) and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, helping them establish a development effort. Her husband, Ron Kleinman, is Physician in Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston. They have three granddaughters and one grandson.
Gary F. Gut (Conservatory Lab Foundation, Chair of the Facilities Committee) is a former strategic consultant with Bain & Company, and has been a serial entrepreneur for over 25 years. Throughout his career he has provided mission-driven leadership to multiple organizations through thoughtful, data-driven analysis. Most recently, he was president & CEO of the Boston Foundation for Sight, a pioneering nonprofit serving patients with complex cornea disease. Gary has long been passionate about local education, having served as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, and as a trustee and member of the Advisory Board of The Advent School in Boston. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and attended MIT and SUNY Buffalo. Gary lives in Boston with his wife Patricia Casale. Both are ardent fans of jazz, classical and opera music.
Erika Sanchez (co-chair of Education Committee) is a lifelong Boston resident who is passionate about the success of Conservatory Lab students because her children attend Conservatory Lab. She is an active member of the Family Action Network (FAN) which helps organize events for example picnics and intergenerational workshops that get other families acquainted with the school, fundraisers for specific projects, and the annual Scholastic Book Fair which promotes reading by making it possible for students to own their own books.
Dr. Lisa Wong (co-chair of Education Committee) is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School and a pediatrician at Milton Pediatric Associates. She is a violinist and Past President of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra and currently a Board member of Massachusetts Cultural Council, co-founder of the Committee on Arts&Humanities at Harvard Medical School and member of the Boston Arts Consortium for Health. She has a particular interest in El Sistema, arts in health and arts integration in education and and in 2012 published the book Scales to Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine.
Ceferina Murrell is the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of the Governor of Massachusetts. Murrell formerly served as the Chief of Staff for Senator Nick Collins and his predecessor Linda Dorcena Forry. She worked as the Communications Manager of the Mayor’s Office for Women and Girls. Murrell holds a BA in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross. As a lifetime Dorchester resident, she is a passionate advocate for Conservatory Lab students.
Katharine M. Pell (Founding Board Chair, Lifetime Trustee Emerita) was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Conservatory Lab when the school began and was inducted as a non-voting Lifetime Trustee Emerita on September 24, 2019. She was Chairman of the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission in the Dukakis Administration. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Harvard School of Public Health. She lives in Boston. While not a musician, she sang in the Bryn Mawr chorus and has a lifelong love of music. She is particularly interested in the inter-relationship of music and learning.
Katherine H. Sloan is President Emerita of Massachusetts College Of Art And Design, where she served as President for over 15 years. Kay has been a board member of numerous educational and cultural organizations, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Arts Academy, the New England Commission of Higher Education, and the National Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. She has served as a visitor on college and university accrediting teams at both the national and regional levels. Kay holds a Doctor of Arts Degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in Jamaica Plain.
Shonnese Devon Grant was born in North Carolina and raised in Palo Alto, California. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies and Political Science from Duke University, she made her way to Boston where she would earn her Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Boston University. Shonnese has worked as an educator in the public school setting for over 10 years and has 3 children who have been educated in public school, charter school, and through the METCO program. She has been actively involved in each of her children’s education and has held governing roles including: Governing Board Co-Chair, Governing Board Secretary, METCO Parent Group Treasurer and membership on various school site councils.
J. Curtis Warner, Jr. born in Philadelphia, PA is an education consultant specializing in strategic partnerships and community-based non-profits with a focus on the arts. He occupied a number of posts at the internationally acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts over a 25-year period. He joined the college as Assistant to the President for Education and Community Partnerships and finished his tenure as the Associate Vice President for Community and Government Relations. In 1976 and 1986 respectively, he graduated with a Music Education degree from Berklee and a Master’s in Education Administration from Cambridge College. An active drummer and performer, he began his career as an educator in 1975, when band leader/professor Ran Blake asked him to design and teach a course on rhythmic improvisation at New England Conservatory of Music.
Sandy Yeung is part a Family Action Network representative and a Conservatory Lab parent. She is a lawyer specializing in immigration and family law with over 10 years of professional experience. Sandy earned a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1998 and a law degree from Boston University School of Law in 2003.
Christina Simpson is the founder and principal of Christina Simpson Law, whose mission is working hard for the success of their clients by deploying creative, practical, and effective solutions. Simpson brings experience working with individuals, businesses, non-profits, and higher education. We are thrilled to have add her entrepreneurial service to Conservatory Lab’s board of Trustees.
Tom Sands is the president of Beverly Addison Hospital on the North Shore. He is a native of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science from Morehouse College and his MBA/MHA from GA State University. He is a Fellow and board certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives and is also a Fellow of the Advisory Board Company. Tom has served on a number of community boards and organizations including the United Way of Central GA, Urban Development Authority (Macon, GA), 100 Black Men and The Tubman Museum. He is married to Michelle (Rodgers) and they have two adult sons.
Susan Keller has worked in the real estate business for over 40 years, having retired from Harvard University Housing in January 2020, where she was involved with Graduate Student and Faculty Housing for 30 years. As a result, she has experience in financial operations, real estate development and facility management. Prior to her real estate experience she was Co-Director of a Montessori School for 5 years where she developed a passion for education and learning. She also is on the Board of Family Nurturing Center which is located on Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. This program offers education and support for families in the area. Susan has an interest in the support and education for children in Boston.
Jane Feinberg is founder & principal of Full Frame Communications, a consulting practice focused on communications and change management. Much of her current work is helping school districts better serve neurodiverse students. Jane began her professional life as a television developer, writer, and producer for programs including MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, American Experience, Frontline, and PBS specials on Amelia Earhart and the Honorable Thomas P. O’Neil, Jr. Jane’s work directing a statewide public service campaign about youth won the Service to America Award and launched her into work in the social sector. Jane has consulted to numerous non-profit and governmental organizations, served as Director of Communications for Boston Public Schools and Senior Associate of Frameworks Institute, a communication think tank based in Washington DC. Jane holds a Master’s Degree in journalism and will obtain a Ph.D. From Antioch University in 2021.