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 brings a depth of experience in learning and educational leadership to the Central/Western CS TAC team. In addition to classroom teaching, she has supported district implementation of multi-tiered systems of support as a PBIS coach and District Data Coordinator within Central New York. Her work across the continuum of school services, and in collaboration with related and community services, supports hardworking districts and communities around Central/Western New York.
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.