The Board

CNCS Board of Directors  2017-2018


Kuana "Nikki" Burriss


Kuana Holley-Burris is originally from Northern Virginia. Despite being in the Baltimore area for almost 20 years, she still considers herself a Virginia girl stuck in a Maryland world. Kuana and her family have been a part of the City Neighbors community since Opening Day. Her eldest child was a part of the very first CNCS graduating class! She currently has one child attending City Neighbors Charter School. Previously, Kuana has served on the Board as the Director of Accountability.  Always excited to serve City Neighbors, Mrs. Holley-Burris is currently the Vice President of the Board, and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Kuana is a proud alumni of Baltimore City Community College and Morgan State University. Kuana, her husband, Ben, and their 3 children reside in the Waltherson neighborhood.


Liz Zogby

Vice President and Director of Inclusion and Accountability Committee


Charlotte Saylor

Director of Accountability                  


Jenifer Agnes

Treasurer/ Director of the Finance Committee

Jenifer Agnes has owned and run a small business with her husband for the last 13 years. She is currently enrolled at the University of Baltimore pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Human Resource Management. Jenifer has 3 children and has been an active parent at City Neighbors for 6 years.


Winifred Winston

Secretary and Director of the Communication Committee


Stanlee Brown

Director of Building Committee


Elizabeth Sterner

Director of Community Relations Committee

Elizabeth Sterner, a traveller at heart. She has made roots in Baltimore and receives great joy out of watching the city grow and blossom. Charm city is a great place to grow up! She joined the CNCS family in 2014 when her daughter entered kindergarten. Currently, she is on the adjunct faculty at Howard Community College teaching adult sewing classes.  She has a background in the city arts scene having worked for Baltimore School for the Arts, music studio Clean Cuts Music in Hamden, and showing her work in local art shows. She is dedicated to CNCS growing in their community in the school and out in the city. Along with heading up the Community Relations Committee, she often runs an after school club. She lives with her husband and two children in Glenham-Belhar.



Director of Fundraising Committee


Jessica Kohnen

Director of the Classroom Parent Committee

Jessica Kohnen has been working in the non-profit sector for nearly two decades, with a consistent focus on improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Jessica has led two non-profit organizations, Evergreen Health Care and Playworks Baltimore, in the role of Executive Director, and has held a number of other roles in various nonprofits, including Baltimore’s Safe and Sound Campaign, the Family League of Baltimore, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Vassar College, and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Jessica’s son, Patrick, is a 7th grader at City Neighbors Charter School – the 2016-17 school year is his 6th year at the school. Jessica serves on the board of CNCS as the Director of the Classroom Parent Committee and also serves on the fundraising committee. She also actively participates in volunteer fundraising each year via a 140-mile weekend bike ride for Moveable Feast. Jessica lives with her family in Oakenshawe.


Peter Redrgrave

Teacher Representative



Student Council President


Kate Seidl


Kate Seidl has been a progressive educator for more than 25 years and will continue in that tradition as principal.  Kate arrived at City Neighbors in 2006, hired by the founding teachers as the Reading Specialist and Librarian.  In the decade that followed, she collaborated with all staff to foster excellent teaching and learning of reading and writing and also served on dozens of committees as parent and teacher, helping to co-create the City Neighbors Charter School model as it stands today.  Kate has a BA from Brown University and Master's degree from Bank Street College of Education.  She is a certified special educator and is enrolled at Johns Hopkins University for coursework in School Administration and Supervision.


Bobbi Macdonald     

Executive Director, City Neighbors Foundation

The City Neighbors Foundation supports and operates 3 public charter schools:  City Neighbors Charter School (2005), City Neighbors Hamilton (2009) and City Neighbors High School (2010).  At City Neighbors schools, students, teachers and parents learn through project based learning, use the arts to teach, and create together schools where every student is “Known, Loved, and Inspired.”  The City Neighbors Foundation seeks to disseminate best practices and provide forums that allow urban educators to redefine public education.  How do we do this work?  With joy.  With a vision of children as capable, loving and creative. 

Mrs. Macdonald serves on the Board of Directors of Hamilton Bank and is a founding member of the Coalition for Baltimore Charter Schools and the Baltimore Education Coalition.  She lives in Baltimore City with her husband and three children. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois in Human Development and Family Ecology, and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in Curriculum and Instruction.  A lifelong advocate for grassroots organizing for building strong communities, Ms. Macdonald was recently selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as one of 16 leaders from across the country for the 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellowship.  


Mike Chalupa          

Academic Director, City Neighbors Foundation

Mr. Chalupa serves as the Academic Director of all three City Neighbors Schools.  Recently he served as the school leader of City Neighbors Charter School for eight years  where he served to create an environment rooted in the vision and mission. Mike’s work included educational leadership, staff evaluation, hiring, curriculum development, facilitating collaboration, solidifying administrative and policy structures, and serving as the primary liaison with central bureaucracy. Prior to serving as the Principal of City Neighbors Charter School and Academic Director for the City Neighbors Foundation Mr. Chalupa served as the Executive Director of the GreenMount School from 2000 – 2005 and Dean of Students for St. John’s Episcopal school from 1996 – 2000. Mr. Chalupa has also served as a classroom instructor and program coordinator. Mr. Chalupa has earned his MA of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his BA of Arts in English and History from Georgetown University graduating magna cum laude. He is also the parent of three children.

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