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.  

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Sarah Sandoval-Mohapatra

President

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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John Wesby

Vice President

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

Secretary

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

Treasurer 

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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Ankit Aggarwal

Member at Large

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.
 

Astrid Bharath-Pierce

Parent at Large

Astrid Bharath-Pierce has lived in Baltimore for seven years, and her family has been part of the PPPCS community for five years now. Astrid has served on HOPPP and the advocacy committee, and is now one of the founding members of the new parent group, Hekima. She is an ardent supporter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Soon, she will be finishing her degree in political science from Coppin State University. She aspires to develop or analyze policy with a focus on the disenfranchised communities in Baltimore City. In her free time, she has lobbied with Baltimore City schools for funding initiatives in Annapolis and campaigned in her city council district. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mother to four children: Ian, Adam, GiannaMarie, and Julianna, wife to small business owner and designer Wilbert, and together they are committed to serving their community. 

Chuck Conner

Member at Large

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.  

Aaron Fries

Member at Large

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.

Pat Irish

Member at Large

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.

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Tasha Johnson

Member at Large

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.

Char McLean

Member at Large

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.

Julie Neale Taylor

Parent at Large

Julie Neale Taylor joined the board as a Parent at Large, through Hands on Patterson Park Public, the school’s parent group.  She served as President of HOPPP for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 school years and has also held the positions of Secretary and Assistant Secretary.  Julie is a lifelong resident of Maryland, attending University of Maryland, College Park for undergraduate studies and University of Baltimore for graduate studies, ultimately receiving her MBA in 2004.   She has worked for Erickson Living in various roles since 2005, currently as a Lead Business Analyst in the IT department, managing a team of technology trainers. Julie, her husband Dave, and their two daughters live in the Abell neighborhood and both girls attend Patterson Park Public Charter School.  

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Natasha Perry

Teacher at Large

Natasha Perry is a Kindergarten teacher at PPPCS.

Paul Rishar

Member at Large

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.

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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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