Emily Bloomfield is founder and CEO of Monument Academy—a Washington, D.C., public charter weekday boarding school targeting youth who are involved in the foster care system. In this capacity, she led the design of the school, the charter application process, and the subsequent launch of the academy, overseeing recruitment of the Board and the Principal, and execution of the implementation plan. Ms. Bloomfield has a deep understanding of the public school sector from years of serving on the D.C. Public Charter School Board, and as an elected member and president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, an MPA from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Masters in Economics from Oxford University.
Joslyn Hills, LCPC, MA
Joslyn Hills, LCPC, MA, is a psychotherapist and educational consultant in the Washington, D.C., area. Trained in Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Ms. Hills has developed curriculum for teaching mindfulness, integrative health and social skills in D.C. area schools. Ms. Hills is on staff at the Meyer Treatment Center and has completed clinical Training at the Washington School of Psychiatry. She received an MA in clinical counseling from The Johns Hopkins University, and a MEd in Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision from University of Maryland, College Park.
Carrie Chimerine Irvin
Carrie Chimerine Irvin is the CEO and co-founder of Charter Board Partners, a non-profit focused on improving the quality of public education, especially for underserved children, by strengthening the governing boards of public charter schools. Her work has been featured in national publications, and in 2013, she delivered a TEDx talk about her organization’s innovative work. Ms. Irvin has an extensive background in educational policy and public school reform. She was a consultant for Education Resource Strategies, held a leadership position at New American Schools, worked as a policy researcher and analyst at Policy Studies Associates, and taught eighth grade at the American School in Japan. She recently chaired the Board of Trustees of the National Child Research Center, a model preschool in Washington, D.C. Ms. Irvin holds a master's degree in educational policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor's degree from Brown University.
Bruno J. Anthony, PhD
Bruno J. Anthony, PhD, is a child clinical psychologist, deputy director of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, and professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Georgetown University. He also serves as vice chair of Research for Pediatrics and director of Research for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Georgetown University/MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and is a senior researcher in Community Clinical Research for MedStar Health Research Institute. Dr. Anthony is widely published and has led a number of large-scale studies on the prevalence of behavioral and emotional problems in children. He previously worked at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and directed the University of Maryland’s Center for Attention and Developmental Disorders. Dr. Anthony received his PhD in developmental psychology at Columbia University, completed post-doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin, and a fellowship in child clinical psychology at the Yale Child Study Center.
Matthew Biel, MD, MSc
Matthew Biel, MD, MSc, is the chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center and associate professor of clinical psychiatry and pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Biel’s clinical interests include child development, trauma and resilience, mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and psychiatric care of children with medical illnesses. He is widely published and has been involved in research addressing access to mental health care for underserved populations, trauma and resilience, and family factors in mood and anxiety disorders. He also serves as the training director for the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Georgetown. Dr. Biel received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his medical degree and Masters in community medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed residency and fellowship training in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine.
Linda Delaney is a partner with Delaney McKinney, a family law firm dedicated to working on behalf of families of separation and divorce. Ms. Delaney has extensive experience working in child custody matters involving families with complex individual and family matters. Her practice is also devoted to children and adults with special needs, including mental health and substance abuse issues. Ms. Delaney also serves as president of the Maryland Chapter of the Association of Conciliation and Family Courts, an international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. Ms. Delaney is also a Board Member of School the World, a non-profit organization working to make quality education accessible to all children living in rural villages of Central America. Ms. Delaney, a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, received her undergraduate degree from New York College and her law degree from the Antioch School of Law.
Allison Fansler is president and chief operating officer of KIPP DC—a network of 17 high-performing schools serving low-income students in Washington, D.C. In this role, Ms. Fansler manages all business operations including financial management, talent management, external affairs, real estate development, fundraising, human resources, and performance management strategies. At KIPP DC, Ms. Fansler has led the strategic planning for KIPP DC’s expansion efforts to grow from serving 575 students to more than 6,000, and developed the business plan for network growth, including expansion to early childhood, elementary, and high schools.
Prior to joining the KIPP team, Ms. Fansler worked at the United States Department of Treasury as a special assistant to the chief of staff. She received a BA in Spanish from the University of Virginia, an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and successfully completed the Broad Residency, a nationwide education leadership program.
Lauralyn Lee is a higher education consultant, and works with university leaders on a wide range of issues. She has a long affiliation with Georgetown University, and developed and launched its Office of Community Engagement. Today Ms. Lee serves as senior advisor to the president for Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives. She has been actively engaged in the D.C. non-profit community and serves on the boards of directors for Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School and the Catalogue for Philanthropy, works regularly with the Bishop Walker School for Boys, and Critical Exposure and serves on the executive committee of the parents association at Beauvoir Cathedral Elementary School. A lawyer by training, Ms. Lee served for many years in Georgetown’s Office of University Counsel, ultimately as the university’s senior lawyer for issues related to student life, athletics, academics and welfare. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and Duke University School of Law.
Gail Schonfeld is a founder and director of the Risa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being of underserved youth in Washington, D.C. The fund provides support through grants to organizations that promote the arts, athletic enrichment and improved access to mental health services for young people with limited opportunities to these experiences. Ms. Schonfeld previously served as director of the Institute for Rehabilitation and Disability Management at the Washington Business Group on Health. She has served on a number of community advisory boards, and is currently on the Community Foundation’s Sharing Committee for the National Capitol Area.
William Licamele, MD
William Licamele, MD, is a retired child and adolescent psychiatrist who practiced for more 38 years. He was also a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, served as the director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Georgetown University for nearly 14 years, and was director of the Georgetown University Tourette Syndrome Clinic. During more than three decades of caring for the psychiatric needs of children, Dr. Licamele was named “Top Doctor” a number of times and has served as a volunteer for multiple organizations advocating for the needs of children. He is a Life Fellow for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and professor emeritus of the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a graduate of Georgetown University of Medicine, and completed his psychiatric residency and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.