Mission & Governance
We imagine a world with well-informed, engaged citizens who are motivated to make a difference. In partnership with our diverse faculty, staff, families and the greater community, Stevens Cooperative School students explore, question and communicate in ways that will inspire and shape the future.
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Stevens Cooperative School. Any parent can run for the Board of Trustees as long as they are a member in good standing. Parents can also nominate other parents for the role. Trustees frequently serve more than one two-year term and are encouraged to do so. It is hoped that after trustees have served some time on the board, they will take on an officer position. The officers of the board form its executive committee and include: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Vice Chairs of Development, Jobs, Membership and Strategic Planning. The board can also have up to four non-parents called 'Community Trustees.' This group may include educators, community leaders, alumni parents and local business people.
- Kim Lew, Chair
- Raghu Reddy, Vice Chair
- Becky Egan, Treasurer
- Ingrid Rasmussen, Secretary
- Jeff Adelson-Yan, Trustee
- Keith Barr, Trustee
- Amanda Boggs, Trustee
- Cassandra Bolz, Trustee
- Robert Fornes, Trustee
- Wykeum Gilyard, Trustee
- Djenaba Johnson-Jones, Trustee
- Jacqueline Khost, Trustee
- Maykool López, Trustee
- Eric Mackaluso, Trustee
- Gillian Emmett Moldowan, Trustee
- Peter Young, Trustee
Raghu holds a master’s degree in physics from New York University and a bachelors of science in aerospace engineering from Arizona State University. Raghu is a director at Deutsche Bank, where he has been for 15 years. Other positions include COO for a technology division and a research assistant in the Advanced Technology Group. Raghu and his family have made Jersey City their home primarily based on the desire to have their children be graduates of Stevens. Over the years, Raghu has come to realize the importance of the Stevens community and that parents are custodians of this community not just for their own children, but also for those classes which have yet to start school. Raghu has been on the membership committee for the last two years. His son, Sai, is in Stevens' Class of 2021, and his daughter, Siya, is in Stevens' Class of 2023.
Becky is a CPA with Egan Tax & Books Ltd, a firm she and her husband Tom own together; they provide accounting and tax services to individuals and small businesses. Prior to accounting, she worked in nonprofit education in Manhattan and the Bronx and holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, and Rutgers University. Originally from the midwest, she has lived in the New York City area since 2004, and the Egan family has been in Hoboken since 2008. Her son Thomas is in Stevens' Class of 2023, and her son Peter is Stevens' Class of 2025. When not doing taxes or playing with the kids, she can be found baking cookies, reading, running and taking lots of pictures.
Ingrid Rasmussen is Vice President, Finance and Operations/CFO of Heron Foundation, a national foundation and nonprofit with the goal of helping people and communities out of poverty. At Heron she oversees all Finance, IT, Human Resources, Facilities, and Operations functions, as well as a portion of the grantmaking portfolio. Prior to Heron Foundation, she was Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Helmsley Charitable Trust and VP of Finance/Controller at Nonprofit Finance Fund.
She is a Board member and Treasurer at Bronx House, a multi-service, community-based organization serving a variety of populations in the north Bronx, and a Board member at Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit social enterprise bakery and incubator that creates professional opportunities for immigrant women. She is also an avid cyclist.
Ingrid earned a Masters in International Development from American University and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University. Her daughter, Isabella, is in Stevens’ Class of 2024.
Jeff was elected a trustee of Stevens Cooperative School in April 2013. He is Co-Founder and President of Levelwing, a digital marketing firm named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. magazine. He is a partner in Third Prime Capital, a director in two early-stage companies, member of the Ad Council for the Association of Downloadable Media and was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. Jeff has two children. His son Luke is in Stevens' Class of 2020, and his daughter Delia is in Stevens' Class of 2022.
Keith is currently Chair of the Space Committee, having joined the committee in 2012. Keith holds a Bachelors' Degree with Honors in Interior and Environmental Design and has practiced design, architecture and project management in Europe, Asia and the US. Projects delivered have ranged from not-for-profit to the 700,000 square feet Bloomberg Headquarters in NYC. His son Ashton is in Stevens' Class of 2021.
Amanda is a Managing Director on the Fixed Income Capital Markets team at Citi. She has responsibility for the origination and execution of investment grade bonds and related products for clients in various sectors with a primary focus on Utilities and Diversified Industrials. Additionally, she focuses on Green and Sustainable bond issuance and is captain of her college recruiting team. She has worked for Citi’s Fixed Income Capital Markets team since joining the firm in 2001. Amanda earned her B.A. in Environmental Policy and Government from Colby College. She and her husband, Tim, have three daughters at Stevens – Sophie, class of 2022, Sadie, Class of 2023 and Eloise, Class of 2026. They have been active members of the Cooperative since Sophie started at Stevens in the 2s program in 2010.
Cassandra is a Director in the credit products team of Barclays' Municipal Finance division. Previously she was Director, Portfolio Management for Public Finance at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, where she helped launch the Public Finance group. Prior to joining the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Cassandra worked at Jeffrey Williams & Co, a mergers and acquisitions and independent valuations advisory firm. Cassandra holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Cassandra served as a volunteer with the New York Junior League from 2006-2012 where she served as Treasurer for the Playground Improvement Project and then as a member of the Financial Literacy committee. Cassandra and Mike Diegnan, her husband, have two daughters, Adrianna and Fiona that are members of Stevens’ Class of 2025.
Robert is currently a Managing Director at Sandler O'Neill & Partners, where he has worked for 15 years advising community banks around the country. In addition he has raised financing for many schools across the country. His previous board experience includes the Port Liberte Condo board, which he served on for ten years. He and his wife, Danielle, have been active members of the cooperative for eight years, serving in many roles over the years. Their son, Robert, is in Stevens' Class of 2018, and their daughter, Jolie, is in Stevens' Class of 2021. Robert currently holds an MBA from Bernard Baruch College.
Wykeum currently serves as Managing Member of Jackson Oliver Capital Partners, a business accelerator and impact investor focused on providing strategic guidance and counsel to companies, organizations and entrepreneurs seeking to significantly impact the lives of people around the globe in a positive way—socially, educationally, physically and financially. Wykeum served as a member of the Board of Directors of East Atlanta Kids Club, a nonprofit, out-of-school time tutoring, mentoring and enrichment program for under-resourced girls and boys ages seven to 17. Wykeum holds an MBA from The S.C Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, an MS in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and a BS in Marketing from Hampton University in Hampton, VA and is a certified PMP®.
He and his wife Amy have three children, Simone, Stevens’ Class of 2022, Sydney, Stevens' Class of 2024, and Jackson, Stevens' Class of 2027.
Djenaba is the founder and CEO of Hudson Kitchen, a business incubator that supports food entrepreneurs. Prior to starting her company, she was the Digital Brand Development Director for W Magazine. She earned a Masters of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas. Djenaba was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. Previously, she served on the communications committee and as Parliamentarian. She also chaired the Harvest Festival in the 2008 and 2009 school years. Her son Mason belongs to Stevens' Class of 2016 and Leman Manhattan Prep’s Class of 2020 and her daughter, Nora is in Stevens' Class of 2020.
Jackie is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of business development and marketing experience. She is a co-founder of Yupi, which was acquired by Microsoft, and where she served as Director of Sales and Marketing for YupiMSN, Microsoft’s US Hispanic and Latin American internet platform. Jackie began her career at Young & Rubicam in New York, first managing client relationships and then pursuing new business. She was recruited from Y&RNY to join a team tasked with developing Y&R’s agency network across Latin America, a chapter that eventually inspired her to move to the start-up world. Jackie currently consults for Kitchen-8, a London-based innovation company. Her previous not-for-profit experience includes serving as Board Chair for Jersey City Children’s Theater. She and her husband, Greg Khost, are parents of Maeve, Stevens’ Class of 2022.
Maykool López is the Trade Commissioner and North America Regional Director of the Export Promotion Agency of Costa Rica in New York (PROCOMER), supporting and driving the initiatives of Costa Rican companies in the U.S., creating strategic government and private partnerships to strengthen bilateral trade, develop go-to-market strategies and provide market research to medium and large companies. He was listed as Top Executive serving the U.S. Midmarket Companies by CRN Magazine during 2015 to 2017 and serves as an active speaker in the Global Affairs program of New York University. Maykool served as an active member of the LEO club, the youth organization of the Lions Clubs International, in Costa Rica. He holds a B.A. in Economics and a MSc. in Economics with emphasis in Business Economics from the University of Costa Rica, and a MSc. in Management of Technology and Business Innovation from New York University. Maykool and Elidia, his wife, have been active members of the cooperative for six years and have two sons, Nicolás, Stevens’ Class of 2025, and Lucas, Stevens’ Class of 2027.
Eric is a Vice President in Human Resources at ADP where he leads the People Analytics team, providing analytics and insights to all levels of the organization. Before joining ADP in 2016, he spent 16 years in HR at UBS supporting Analytics & Compensation. Eric holds a dual BA in Psychology and Organization Studies from the University of Michigan. At Stevens’ Eric has served on the Equity Faculty/Staff Subcommittee and is currently on the AIM Steering Committee. Eric and his wife Ailee have two children in Stevens, Greyson in the class of 2025, and Rhys in the class 2027.
Gillian is a Counsel at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP. Her practice focuses on executive compensation and corporate governance. Gillian advises companies, executives and directors on federal securities law, tax, employee benefits and general employment-related matters, including those arising in mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities offerings. Before joining Shearman, Gillian was a Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardell LLP and a Special Counsel at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Gillian has been an active member of the cooperative, serving on the Membership Committee for two years. Prior to going to law school, Gillian was a not-for-profit development professional. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Barnard College and received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. She has two children - Rachel, Stevens' Class of 2024, and William, Stevens' Class of 2026.
Peter is currently a proprietary trader at Koyote Capital. Previously, he worked as a senior trader at Diamondback Capital and as a sales trader at Citigroup and J.P. Morgan. Before his career in finance he served in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Captain. Peter was a member of the Head Search Committee at Stevens and currently serves as Chair, Head of School Evaluation Committee, and on the Audit Committee. Peter and his wife Keita have two sons, Peter III (PJ) in Stevens' Class of 2015, Robert (Robby) in Stevens' Class of 2019, and a daughter Kaci in Stevens' Class of 2022.
Francesca Acocella graduated from Stevens in 2005 and currently serves as our alumni board member. Francesca is a Law Clerk to a family court judge in Newark, New Jersey. She earned her J.D. at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with internship experiences in LGBT rights, women's rights, and civil liberties and received her B.A. in political science from Wellesley College.
Henaz Bhatt joins our Board after years of experience committed to her work on both diversity, equity and inclusion as well as acupuncture, meditation and traditional medicine. An experienced facilitator and trainer, Henaz served for four years as the Director of Diversity at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ and has been a Program Manager at the American Conference for Diversity. She currently serves as a founding Board Member of the Roots Project, an organization that is dedicated to allowing youth to explore pieces of their identities and feeling whole as crucial to creating a more equitable and just society. Henaz is a licensed and practicing acupuncturist with degrees in acupuncture and traditional medicine.
Dave Carty is an alumni parent of Clare (Class of 2015), Caroline (Class of 2011) and Max (Class of 2011). While a member of the Cooperative, Dave served as Treasurer of the Board from 2001-2013. Since 2013, he has been the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Kent Place School where he is responsible for facilities, transportation and food services. Dave has a BA from Colgate University, a MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a certificate, Global Education Competency from Columbia University Teachers College.