Board of Directors

The role of the Board of Directors is to believe in and be an active advocate and ambassador for the values, mission, and vision of PPPCS, Inc. PPPCS, Inc.'s volunteer Board of Directors is made up of diverse Baltimore City residents who use their personal expertise and experience for the benefit of PPPCS. The Board of Directors includes representation from two key stakeholder groups, with two Parents-at-Large and two Teachers-at-Large. Each member of the Board is fit, and a value or skill add to the non-profit and its operating schools.


Our Board of Directors meet the third Wednesday of every other month from 7-9pm in the Science Lab.  The meetings are open to the general public and we encourage parents, students, and community members to attend and let your voices be heard.  



Sarah Sandoval-Mohapatra

Sarah Sandoval-Mohapatra  lived in the Patterson Park Neighborhood for eleven years, just around the corner from PPPCS. She has served on the PPPCS Board of Directors since 2014.  During this time she chaired the school's 10th Anniversary Committee, served as Vice President and now as President.  Before becoming a PPPCS Board Member, she volunteered with our school’s ABC Crew.  Her mornings with PPPCS’s elementary students were always a highpoint of her week. After graduating from Stanford University, Sarah came to Baltimore in 2000 as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member and taught middle school social studies. In 2002, Sarah earned her Masters in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University.  After four years as a teacher, Sarah then worked as a program manager for TFA in Baltimore, successfully partnering with City Schools and MSDE on teacher certification and hiring. In 2013, Sarah served as the Strategy Advisor for TFA Baltimore’s Alumni School Leadership Initiative.  Currently, Sarah is a stay at home mom to her three young children, Phoenix, Oscar, and Frida, and along with her husband, Pramit, is committed to serving Baltimore’s students and community.  

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Vice President

John Wesby

John Wesby is the Executive Producer of Ad Sales Production and Creative Integration at BET Networks. He is an active resident of South East Baltimore, where he has served on the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee, Baltimore City Civilian Review Board, Board of Directors of the Friends of Patterson Park. John, his wife Melissa, and their three children are proud residents of the Patterson Park Neighborhood community.  

Since joining the Patterson Park Public Charter School, Board of Directors in 2012, John has served the board as Vice President, Chair of the Development Committee, and member at large on the Advocacy, and Governance committees. 


Candace Caraco

Candace has lived in the Patterson Park neighborhood since 2005 and has served on the board since 2014. Her career in higher education has included working with boards, which was good practice for being board secretary and serving on the Governance Committee. She holds a doctorate in English and is an assistant provost at the University of Baltimore. Her current lifelong learning projects include learning Italian and Spanish.


Chris Scott

Christopher Scott, along with his wife Dana, has lived in the Patterson Park Neighborhood since 2004. They have one son, Charlie, who attends PPPCS. Chris has worked throughout his career on sustainable communities and education working as the finance manager for the League of American Bicyclists and as a financial analyst for Baltimore City Public School Systems. He currently works as Research Service Analyst at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Chris has a strong background in non-profit and governmental financials with expertise in grant and donor giving. Chris and his wife have enjoyed watching the school blossom from an idea to a flourishing neighborhood institution in their years in the neighborhood and are excited to have their son as a PPPCS student.

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Member at Large

Ankit Aggarwal

Ankit Aggarwal is an Assistant Vice President and lead manager of business intelligence within the Global Distribution division of T. Rowe Price, the organization responsible for the firm's institutional business worldwide. Ankit has 14 years of industry experience, all of which have been with T. Rowe Price. He holds a BA in economics from UMBC, and an MBA in International Business from Loyola University Maryland.

Ankit lives in Southeast Baltimore with his wife Alexis and their two children, Zoe and Max (who are both proud to be a part of the PPPCS student body).

Ankit currently serves as a member at large of the finance committee and is committed to serving the needs of the community that he and his family are proud to call home.

Member at Large

Marlon Amprey

Marlon Amprey is a Maryland native, currently working in Baltimore. He is a University of Maryland, George Mason University and University of Pennsylvania Law School graduate, with experience teaching, as a lead teacher at The Seed School of Maryland, and advocating for communities of color. Currently, Marlon is an Associate with Venable LLP. During Marlon’s free time, he can be found serving as a Big Brother in Baltimore with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake.

Teacher at Large

Bess Hanley Aquila

Bess Hanley Aquila joined the PPPCS community four years ago as a Special Educator. Bess earned a BA in Political Science from Villanova University in 2005 and graduated from Loyola University of Maryland with a Master’s in Educational Leadership this year. Bess has fully immersed herself in the PPPCS. In her first year, she started a middle school girls’ lacrosse team. As the Special Populations team chair, Bess works to ensure that all students get the support that they need. She lives nearby in Hampden with her husband, John and their new son, Carl.

Member at Large

Chuck Conner

Chuck Conner and his wife Courtney have been residents of the Patterson Park Neighborhood since 2013.  In 2018, Chuck was appointed as the Chief Legislative Officer for Baltimore County Executive John "Johnny O" Olszewski, Jr.  In this role, Chuck serves as the Executive's primary liaison to the Maryland General Assembly and Federal Delegation to Congress.  Chuck most recently served as the Deputy State Director for United States Senator Chris Van Hollen.  Chuck served as the Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party during the 2016 campaign season.  Chuck has also served as an aide to House Judiciary Chairman Luke Clippinger, who represents Patterson Park neighborhoods and also as Director of Stewardship for the non-profit, Thread.  He earned a J.D. from the Charleston School of Law, a M. Div. from Duke University, and a B.A. from Davidson College.  Chuck and Courtney can usually be found enjoying the park and all that Baltimore has to offer whenever they have free time. They both love the beach and spend time surf fishing in South Bethany Beach, DE.  

Member at Large

Aaron Fries

Aaron Fries has lived in South East Baltimore since 2003 and in the Patterson Park neighborhood since 2008. He enjoys participating in neighborhood events in and around Patterson Park with his wife, Shannon, and son, Mack.  Aaron is a New York City native and, as a graduate of the New York City public school system, is a firm believer in a strong public school education. His commitment to empowering communities through neighborhood schools is second to none. Aaron works in the safety and security industry.  Aaron joined the Board after working with the Spring into Art committee in 2015.

Member at Large

Pat Irish

Pat Irish manages T. Rowe Price’s Correspondence department. Prior to working in financial services, Pat taught English III and AP language and composition at Carver Vocational Technical High School in Baltimore City. Pat earned a B.A. in English from Boston College, an M.A. in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Georgetown University. He and his fiancé, Allison, live on N. Belnord Ave. with their cat, Jackson.


Teacher at Large

Risa Joab

Risa Joab joined PPPCS in the fall of 2018 as a first grade teacher. Risa earned a BA in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies from Smith College in 2012, after which she moved to Baltimore City to become a City School’s Teacher. Then in 2018 she graduated from Loyola University of Maryland with a Master’s in Educational Leadership. As a member of the DEI Committee, Risa works to ensure PPPCS offers support, safety, and community for all students and teachers.


Member at Large

Tasha Johnson

Dr. Tasha Johnson, her husband Robert, and their two cats (Georgia Lynn and Buddi) are proud residents of the Washington Hill community of Southeast Baltimore.  Dr. Johnson is originally from Louisiana but has called Baltimore home for the last 13 years.  She is a Harvard and NYU educated professional with international and domestic experience in teacher education, leadership development, and educational strategy.  At her leisure, she is an avid cook and gardener, specializing in Southern foods and container planting.  Dr. Johnson is a passionate advocate of social justice for all students, ensuring that all children have access to a high quality education.  To the Patterson Park Public Charter Board, she brings a wealth of skills as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, and educational strategist.

Member at Large

Liam Knott

Liam Knott is a project manager for the APi Construction Company, a nationwide specialty contractor.   Liam has served in a variety of construction leadership positions since joining APi Group, Inc. in January of 2008.  Knott is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a B.A. in American History.  Prior to joining the APi Group family, Knott served five years as an officer in the United States Army and was deployed twice as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Liam is a member at large of the PPPCS Board of Directors and serves on the finance and facilities committees.  He lives in Canton with his wife Ashley and their children Nora and Sean.  

Member at Large

Char McLean

Charletta is a Baltimore native, currently residing in the Cedarcroft community in northeast Baltimore, with her two sons. Charletta began volunteering at Patterson Park Public Charter School in 2016, lending her professional expertise in Human Resource Development and Management. Charletta attained her Bachelors in Business Administration at Towson University in 2004 and returned years later, earning a Masters in Human Resource Development. She has served on the Board since February 2018 and has worked and held HR roles in the non-profit sector for over 18 years, including the Family League of Baltimore.  Charletta is animatedly known as the “HR Guru”. She is passionate about the growth and success of the Patterson Park Public Charter School community and the many other students served by the charter school communities in Baltimore, Maryland.  When she’s not engaging with her energetic sons, Charletta likes to shop, read, counsel, listen to music and spend time with her life partner, family & friends.

Member at Large

Paul Rishar

Paul Rishar lives in Baltimore with his wife Kate and their daughters, Ivy, Alice and Lena. He holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an MBA from University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business. Paul spent 5 years as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, serving in Florida and Maryland and has over 10 years of commercial banking experience in the Baltimore/Washington area. Paul is currently a Senior Vice President for BBVA Compass.


The mission of Patterson Park Public Charter School, Inc. is to empower the school community - through a whole-child educational approach in a diverse, community-centered learning environment - to be stewards of an equitable future. 




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Baltimore, MD 21224

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