Urban Achievers

Our Executive Team

John H. Finley IV John H. Finley IV A graduate of Groton School and Harvard College, the Rev. John H. Finley IV is the co-founder and head of Epiphany School. Mr. Finley has helped launch several other schools inspired by Epiphany’s example and has also been involved in many educational initiatives including the Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, the Nativity Schools Educational Network, Codman Academy Public Charter School, Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, MA, and Boston Scholars. He serves on several boards including the Harvard College Overseers Visiting Committee for the Memorial Church, the Harvard Episcopal Chaplaincy, and the Signet Society, as well as the Advisory Board of Forward Movement Publications. He is a trustee of the Stephen Phillips Scholarship Fund, which awards several million dollars a year in college scholarships. In his vocation as an Episcopal priest, he serves the parishes of St. Mark’s and the Parish of St. Mary’s, both in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and he is also affiliated with the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, MA. He lives in downtown Boston with his husband, Stan McGee, who is the policy director for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development in the Deval Patrick Administration.

logoDebby Green graduated with honors from Williams College and received her Masters of Education from Harvard University School of Education. Debby obtained a Masters of Education in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She worked as an assistant for Policy and Communications at the Office of Economic Development for Governor Michael Dukakis. She is also working with the Newton Schools Foundation, a group which enhances and supports public education by providing private funding for innovative programs in the Newton public schools, and the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, an organization which conducts programs educating and supporting caregivers in the art of compassionate care.

logoTony Green A graduate of Harvard College and has a master’s degree in planning from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He is managing partner of The Pinehills, a national award winning mixed-use community in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He is past chairman of the Neighborhood Development Council at the Urban Land Institute, and past Chairman of the National Council of the Housing Industry, National Sales and Marketing Council as well as the Institute of Residential Marketing at the National Association of Home Builders. Green has been a frequent lecturer at MIT, Harvard, the Urban Land Institute, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the EPA, among others.

jgrumThe Rev. Jennifer Grumhaus Daly Chaplain, Dean of Students and Co-Founder, Epiphany School, Dorchester, MA Mrs. Daly teaches English, heads the Music and Skills Departments at Epiphany, and is the Associate Deacon at St. Michael’s, Milton. She earned a B.S and her teacher certification from Boston College in Education and English and a Masters in Divinity at Episcopal Divinity School. She is the former Director of the English Program and Secondary School Placement at Nativity Prep. Mrs. Daly has worked extensively, counseling and advocating for urban youth, and has played a key role in building a strong community network to support Epiphany’s full-service programming.

Dr. Makeeba McCrearyRoxbury, Ma.  Founder and CEO of Abekam

Makeeba McCreary – Founder & Executive Director, AbekaM, Boston, MA BA in psychology from University of Massachusetts Boston, Masters Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Doctorate of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in Organizational Leadership and Educational Administration. She is Founding Partner and Executive Director of AbekaM, a non- profit whose focus is bringing resources to underserved youth, their families and communities, by supporting corporate responsibility in urban, marginalized communities. Much of her experience began with navigating the systems of juvenile justice, social service, foster care and public education. Makeeba has worked alongside academic professionals, district administrators and urban classroom teachers with the goal of improving the quality of leadership in public schools and non-profits.

Jonathan PondsTrenton, New Jersey. High school Principal

Dr. Jonathan Ponds – Elementary School Principal, Salemwood School, Malden, MA Dr. Ponds seeks to improve the motivation of at-risk students through policy initiatives and systems that will improve the likelihood that these students will successfully complete their K-12 education and become productive citizens. As Principal of Salemwood, he has lead a change from whole group instruction to a collaborative and cooperative instructional model, and he has been developing and implementing partnerships and relationships with parents, community organizations, and outside agencies to better serve the youth in our communities.

robinRobin Regensburg Co-founder of RainCastle Communications, Inc., a full service internet marketing and web design firm in Newton, MA. She has been in the marketing and public relations field for over twenty years. Robin has donated her expertise to non-profits including The Second Step, an organization that provides transitional housing and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their children; Habitat for Humanity Boston; and Friends of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In 2002, Regensburg was honored by the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council with their Contribution to Society Award. Robin serves on the Board of Newton Cultural Center. Robin studied film at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. and began her media career at CBS in NYC.

Carl ReidBrooklyn, New York, Professor at Roxbury Community College

Dr. Carl E. Reid – Dr. Reid has a BS in Biochemistry from Brandeis University and PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Tufts University, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Reid is Manager of Vertex Learning Lab. Prior to working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Reid was Professor at Roxbury Community College and Biology teacher at Boston Collegiate Leadership Academy. Dr. Reid strives to inspire and encourage inner-city children to explore science.

msanchezDr. Michelle Sanchez—Principal, Epiphany School Dr. Sanchez earned her B.A., M.Ed., and Ed D at Boston College. While at Boston College, she was in the Donovan Scholars Program for teachers committed to urban education. Dr. Sanchez completed her Ed.D. at Boston College in Educational Administration with a focus on strengthening the family and school partnership. She was a founding Math and Science teacher at Epiphany, has served as Vice Principal, and Director of the Summer Program.

peter-slavinPeter L. Slavin, MD, has been the president of Massachusetts General Hospital since 2003. From 1999–2002, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, which included over 1,700 physicians and employed nearly 1,000 of them. From 1997-1999, Dr. Slavin served as president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Before that, he did his training in internal medicine at Mass General from 1984–1987 and was senior vice president and chief medical officer from 1994–1997. Dr. Slavin graduated from Harvard College in 1979, Harvard Medical School in 1984 and Harvard Business School in 1990. Dr. Slavin teaches internal medicine and health care management at Harvard Medical School, where he is a professor of health care policy. He lectures widely on topics including quality and utilization management, the economics of teaching hospitals, and national health policy.

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