Board of Trustees

North Star Academy is governed by a ten-member Board of Trustees, in accordance with the school’s charter.

Ten trustees are appointed for two-year terms, and two trustees are elected members of school Parent Councils, who serve one-year years.

Rick Rieder (Chair), CIO of Fixed Income & Head of Global, Allocation Investing, BlackRock
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Secretary), Chief Schools Officer, Uncommon Schools
Nicole Bearce, Vice President & Chief Litigation Counsel & Assistant Secretary, Spectrum Brands Holdings
Ravi Bellur, Managing Director, Tarsadia Capital
Lawrence Evans, Managing Director, Citigroup
Thomas Redburn, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler PC
Scott Sleyster, Executive VP & COO, International Businesses, Prudential Financial
James Verrilli, Senior Dean of Faculty Development, Relay Graduate School of Education
Doug McNeely, Managing Director, BlackRock
Ezdehar Abuhatab, Assistant Professor, Essex County College (Parent/Guardian Representative)     
Steven Creekmur, Investor Services Manager, JGM Fund Services (Parent/Guardian Representative)
Trisha Scipio,
Administrative Affairs, DLJ Communications Group


 Karin Gerald, Senior Director, North Star Academy                                                 Juliana Worrell, Chief Schools Officer K-8th, Uncommon Schools
 Serena Savarirayan, Assistant Superintendent, North Star Academy
 Kelly Dowling, Assistant Superintendent, North Star Academy
 Michael Mann, High School, Head of School


Board minutes from previous years can be found here.

All meetings run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


Aug. 24 via Zoom at 6 p.m.
Sep. 21 via Zoom at 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 (Special Meeting) via Zoom at 5:15pm
Nov. 16 via Zoom at 6 p.m.
Dec. 7 via Zoom at 6 p.m.


Jan. 25 via Zoom at 6 p.m.
Mar. 15 via Zoom at 6 p.m.

May 17 via Zoom at 6 p.m.
June 21 via Zoom at 6 p.m.

Consistent with CDC guidelines and Governor Murphy’s executive order, the North Star Board of Trustees meeting will be held remotely via Zoom. Meetings are open to the public. Members of the public can join at 6 pm via video.

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