Liz has been in the field of education for over 30 years as an educator, administrator, and teacher educator. Over the past five years, Liz has served as a consultant for the Binghamton University Community Schools (BUCS) initiative. Currently, she coordinates BU’s online Advanced Certificate Program in Community Schools and serves as the Director for the Central/Western Region Community Schools Technical Assistance Center.
Meg is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership at Binghamton University in New York where she also received my Certificate of Advanced Study in School District Leadership. She received her Master of Science degree in Special Education at Portland State University and went on to teach students K-12 with emotional, behavioral and multiple exceptionalities in both Oregon and New York. In addition to teaching, she has supported district implementation of multi-tiered systems of support as a PBIS coach and District Data Coordinator within the central New York region. Her work across the continuum of school services, and in collaboration with related and community services, contributes to her drive and passion to facilitate positive outcomes for all our students, as well as continue capacity building for families and communities, through the work of community schools. She currently lives in Ithaca, NY, and enjoys hiking the gorges and discovering all the waterfalls with her family and energetic retriever. She enjoys meeting all the hardworking districts and communities around the C/W NY region and building collaborative and supportive relationships with the CS-TAC.
Rebecca Christner, M.S.
Rebecca Christner, M.S., will serve as the Executive Director of the Eastern Region Technical Assistance Center. Rebecca has been involved in school district and community improvement efforts and in executing professional development and technical assistance to educators and school-based Family Resource Center coordinators for over 12 years on the Community Schools model Yale Schools of the 21st Century. Through monthly meeting with Family Resource Center coordinators, she has coordinated and delivered professional development on evidence-based programs and practices on family engagement, including addressing barriers and strength-based approaches to family engagement; engaging families of English Language Learners; engaging families in schools at the secondary level; community engagement; protective factors; the role of the Family Resource Center coordinator; early childhood development and educating the whole child; outcome and evaluation and how to identify and support program quality; evidence-based health services and programming; cultural competency; needs assessments; partnerships; and other community school-related topics.
Rebecca has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education.Rebecca actively serves on the Steering Committee of the New York State Community Schools Network of which she has been a member since its inception. She has honed her leadership skills in a variety of positions, most recently serving as the executive director of Rockland 21C and previously, as director of refugee programs for the non-governmental organization Church World Service for which she liaised with the Department of State and other federal departments as an official representative at meetings and an active partner in tackling complex national and international refugee and immigration issues. Rebecca also served as an adjunct professor for Nyack College.
Sephora Jean-Leger, MPA
Sephora Jean-Leger joined Rockland 21C as the TAC Manager in December 2018. She is responsible to assist the TAC Director in providing professional development and technical assistance in implementing and sustaining effective evidence based Community Schools programs and services for New York state School District’s in the Eastern Region. Sephora received a Master of Public Administration degree from Long Island University in 2015 and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business with combined concentrations in Finance and Management from the State University of New York at Albany. Sephora has experience and skills in the areas of community outreach, database management, program coordination and development, community integration and event planning. Sephora’s work in the nonprofit/public sector over the last seven years has given her the opportunity to develop a sense of passion and devotion to youth and community work.
Kevin John Coyne is the Director of the Community Schools Technical Assistance Center (CSTAC) at Fordham University. He leads all activities of the CSTAC’s work with new and existing schools in the New York City Region. The CSTAC provides guidance, support, professional development, and capacity building for leaders within schools and community-based organizations.
Prior to joining the CSTAC, Kevin served as an educator in the Diocese of Brooklyn for seventeen years. He was the founding principal of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy in South Ozone Park, where he established a community school-centered educational experience through the creation of multiple programs and external partnerships. Through collaboration with Crisis Management Systems, he provided cultural bias training for faculty and staff, as well as free parent workshops on anxiety and depression in teens. He extended the school day from 6 AM to 7 PM, maximizing student attendance, as well as providing a wide variety of academic support classes and student activities that emphasized social-emotional development.
Kevin earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as an M.S. in School Building Leadership from Saint John’s University in Queens, New York. He holds New York State Certification in School Building Leadership.
Peter Tinguely is the Resource Specialist for the Community Schools Technical Assistance Center (CSTAC) at Fordham University. Peter supports the Director providing customized technical assistance and professional development for school and community-based organization leadership.
Peter brings a wealth of experience in community schools to this position. He most recently served as the founding Community School Director at the High School for Health Careers and Sciences in Services in Washington Heights.
Working with Catholic Charities Community Services, Peter collaborated with school leadership to establish student and parent leadership programs, as well as building community partnerships with local universities, hospitals and the offices of elected officials. As a result of his efforts, the school’s graduation rate improved and the chronic absenteeism rate decreased.
Peter is a graduate of Lehigh University with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering, he is currently completing his M.A. in Psychology at the City College of New York.