Dr. Lillian Hernandez has devoted her career to addressing equity issues related to the education of children. During her forty years in education, Dr. Hernandez advised on policies and supervised the development of curriculum in all the major NYC languages. She also oversaw the implementation of educational research and the development of assessments and learning standards for English Language Learners in NYC schools. Lillian has served as the Director of the Bilingual/English as a Second Language Teacher Leadership Academy at Bank Street College of Education and as Project Manager of the GEAR UP Middle School Initiative at Lehman College, CUNY. She has also been an education consultant at Columbia University’s Teachers College of Education, Long Island University, Westchester Purchase College Campus and Bank Street College of Education. Presently, Lillian is the Director of the English Language Learners Program Evaluation Toolkit Project focused on improving instruction and services for English Language Learners throughout NYS and is an international keynote speaker and presenter for audiences who instruct speakers of languages other than English
Lori Levine is the Senior Vice President of Head Start Services. Lori oversees Acelero Learning’s family and community engagement, health and wellness and assessment and planning efforts. She coordinates with the Education team to assure that all of the Service Areas integrate interventions that will work to close the educational achievement gap. Lori brings extensive background in public health, family support and organizational and systems change to her role. Lori has also served as Borough Commissioner of Child Protection for New York City’s Administration for Children’s Service and as the deputy director of Columbia University School of Public Health’s National Program Office for Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-free Communities.
Dr. Carlos Monteagudo
Carlos Monteagudo is a social entrepreneur and public sector psychiatrist focused on the motivators of social change, social movements, and political leadership. He is currently founder and CEO of CrowdSolar, which aims to combat climate change by marshaling student organizers nationwide to crowdgrow and crowdfund local community solar projects. In 2007, Carlos was awarded a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship to study the "inner life of leaders" and applied his findings to cofound SEED (Solutions for Economic Empowerment and Dignity), a nonprofit consulting firm focused on organizational and leadership development within the public and government sectors (www.SEEDimpact.org). For 25 years, Carlos has been practicing public sector psychiatry. He was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. He is Board certified in Adult, Forensic, Geriatric and Addiction Psychiatry. He completed his residency at Harvard Medical School. Carlos holds an MD, MPH, BA and BS from the University of Illinois
Tom Roepke is an educator with thirty years of experience. For the past fifteen years he has been teaching at a NYC public school in East Harlem and has been an active participant in the Inner Resilience Program since 2002. Tom is a certified Waldorf teacher and taught at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC from 1990-97. He has a masters degree in special education from Hunter College and a masters in early childhood education from Antioch New England. His interests include exploring the use of imaginative play, wonder, and love in education.
Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon's latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), Love Your Enemies (2013), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995). For more information about Sharon, please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com