Our Team

Mission-oriented professionals who turn big ideas into reality.

Our team brings decades of industry expertise in finance, real estate, and services to help charter schools increase their impact. It is our honor to build hope for students nationwide.

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William D. Hansen

President/CEO

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S. Joseph Bruno

President/CEO-Emeritus

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Lance Helming

Chief Financial Officer

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Sherilyn Moore

Chief Impact Officer

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Tiphanie Edwards

Chief People Officer

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Michael D’Alessandro

General Counsel

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Allison Serafin

Chief of Strategy and Development

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Lauren Allen

Senior Director of Business Development

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Karen Swan

Director of Marketing

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Joshua Jomarron

Marketing Manager

(202) 591-1100 | Ext. 1802
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Adam Koonin

Events Manager

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Lori True

Executive Assistant
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Ellie Bonilla

Executive Assistant /
Office Manager

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Finance

Robin Odland

President of Finance

(202) 457-1989 | Ext. 1006
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Tim Merritt

Senior Vice President of Finance

(202) 457-1995 | Ext. 1102
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Cecila Walker

Chief Credit Officer

(202) 921-7260 | Ext. 1205
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Leda M. DiLeonardo

Loan Administrator

(202) 591-1111 | Ext. 1201
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Real Estate

Dru Damico

President of Real Estate

(202) 591-1105 | Ext. 3001
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Jerry Zayets

Senior Vice President of
Real Estate Development

(202) 591-1116 | Ext. 1303
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Elizabeth Barlow-Gupta

Director of Real Estate Development

(202) 457-1992
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Vanessa Rowan

Vice President of Finance

(202) 591-1103 | Ext. 1302
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Brady Hutchins

Director of Real Estate

(208) 562-7819
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Justin Little

Director of Real Estate

(215) 500-5848
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Iliya Krutko

Director of Impact Investments

(208) 821-1366
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Frank Garza

Assistant Project Manager

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Daniel Bileca

Impact Investment Analyst

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Sherece Gasaway

Paralegal

(202)591- 1119 | Ext. 1801
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Services

Richard Moreno

President of Services

(954) 317-1363 | Ext. 2001
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Curtis Fuller

Director of Charter School Operations

(727) 223-6391 | Ext. 2002
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Trisha Leitem

Director of Services

(850) 848-4757 | Ext. 2402
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Christine Mentis

Director of Governance Program

(754) 247-4333 | Ext. 2411
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Joan Walker

Business Manager Liaison

(954) 317-1367 | Ext. 2408
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Rafael Mestre

Financial Analyst

(786) 655-4955 | Ext. 2405
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Dana Vignale

Charter Support Manager

(786) 598-0455
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Kevin Lugar

Director of Accounting Services

(954) 317-1366 | Ext. 2404
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Mark Levine

Director of Finance: School Business Services

(954) 317-1364 | Ext. 2403
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Ali Reza Ehsani

Senior Accountant

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Najahla Lucas

Senior Accountant

(202) 921-6514
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Becky Jenkins

Financial Analyst

(202) 921-0910 | Ext. 1104
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Macarria Stovall

Accountant/Programs Coordinator

(954) 526-5525 | Ext. 2406
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Amy Parker

Staff Accountant

(954) 317-1365 | Ext. 2401
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Opal Thompson

Staff Accountant

(727) 223-6390 | Ext. 2407
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Arly Petttis

Human Resources & Payroll Specialist

(727) 300-3570
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Yamill Pascal

Human Resources & Payroll Specialist

(786) 891-3635
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Steven Dennis

Systems Developer

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Patrick Toepel

Senior Software Engineer
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Amanda Hamilton

Grant Specialist

(727) 314-6853
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Betsey Rhames

Human Resources and Payroll Specialist

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William D. Hansen

President/CEO

Bill joined Building Hope in October of 2022 as President and CEO. Bill has extensive experience in the corporate, government, investment, social impact, philanthropy, education, and public policy arenas. Prior to Building Hope, he was President and CEO of the Strada Education Network, where he created a $2 billion national social impact fund. Bill also served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education under George W. Bush and as Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget and CFO earlier in his career. In 2022, he was appointed to the State Board of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and he serves on the board of Green Street Impact Partners and several education-related boards, including The Jackie Robinson Foundation and Youth for Tomorrow.

(202) 457-1994

S. Joseph Bruno

President/CEO-Emeritus

Joe was Building Hope’s first hire in 2003 and has since overseen and directed all aspects of the organization’s operations. A certified public accountant, Joe has 50 years of accounting, finance, business, and management experience, including as a partner in two Big-4 accounting firms and as the CFO of a public company. He has not only expanded Building Hope’s reach (from Washington, D.C. to as far south as Florida and as far west as California) but its program offerings.

(202) 457-1993 | Ext. 1001

Lance Helming

Chief Financial Officer

Lance came to Building Hope in 2017 with significant experience as an accountant in the audit practice at Ernst & Young and in the transaction services practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers; a finance and strategic planning manager at National Express Corporation, a K-12 student transportation operator; and Director of Finance at LearnZillion, a K-12 education technology company. Lance has also served as a Board Director and Treasurer for Lee Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, DC. He is a CPA and holds Finance & Accounting and Masters of Accounting degrees from Miami University of Ohio.

(202) 591-1114 | Ext. 1003

Sherilyn Moore

Chief Marketing Officer

Sherilyn brings a diverse spectrum of educational, entertainment, and business leadership experience to her role of shining a light on Building Hope’s Impact. It is her honor to help expand educational opportunities for students nationwide by making connections and sparking growth in the charter school community.

She serves on the Minneola Charter School Board of Directors, the Turtle’s Nest Early Learning Center Board, and the Educational Growth Fund board. Her Master’s is in Creative Writing from University of Central Florida, and her Bachelor’s in is Finance from University of South Florida.

(310) 704-5295

Tiphanie Edwards

Chief People Officer

Tiphanie Edwards’ extensive professional experience includes serving in various educational capacities including teacher, academic dean, director of human resources, director of diversity, equity and inclusion and assistant head of school. Tiphanie’s portfolio has included human resources planning; compliance and regulatory management; talent recruitment; organizational development and performance management.

Tiphanie pursued undergraduate and graduate studies at Towson University. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Human Resource Development and a certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Tiphanie also received leadership training at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education through the Principals’ Center and was previously certified as an principal. Her human resources certifications include Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Tiphanie resides in Bowie, MD, with her husband, Mark and their three children.

202-991-8566 

Michael D'Alessandro

General Counsel

Michael plays a lead role in drafting and reviewing loan and real estate related documents, as well as serving as corporate secretary to handle corporate governance matters. He has been with Building Hope since 2014. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Duquesne University, and is a member in good standing of the Maryland Bar. He lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and his dog Barkley.

(202) 457-1992 | Ext. 1002

Allison Serafin

Chief of Strategy and Development

Allison Serafin brings experience, accomplishment and energy to her responsibilities at Building Hope. Allison has more than 20 years in the education field, including time as an elected member of the Nevada State Board of Education. She helped raise more than $40 million for IDEA Public Charter School in her hometown of Houston and was Domestic Portfolio Director at Dovetail Impact Foundation. Allison is a dedicated Peloton bicyclist. She earned a BS in Political Science at Texas Christian University and an MS in Social Work at the University of Texas-Arlington.

(202) 457-1999

Lauren Allen

Senior Director of Business Development

Lauren Allen brings nearly a decade of experience from the charter school realm to Building Hope Real Estate. Lauren started as a math teacher at Kenilworth Science and Technology School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and later served as the Director of Community Affairs. She facilitated the growth and expansion of Kenilworth, increased outreach to parents and families, and organized events that grew to attract thousands in attendance. Lauren graduated from the University of Rochester in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Studio Art. In 2020, Lauren completed a BS in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University.

(716) 799-3274

Karen Swan

Director of Marketing

Karen has over 17 years of leadership experience fostering collaborations, securing buy-in across organizational levels, and motivating teams in the education industry. Coupled with her degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, she is equipped with the knowledge and expertise needed to lead with a community-centered, relationship-building focus as Director of Marketing at Building Hope.

Karen’s background in commercial real estate, and marketing, along with her passion for excellent education, led her to own and operate Montessori schools and launch public charter schools to make a difference in the lives of families and communities. She is committed to ensuring all students have access to high-quality educational opportunities.

(407) 473-9022

Joshua Jomarron

Assistant Marketing Associate

Joshua E. Jomarron is current Undergraduate at the George Washington University majoring in Political Science in hopes to make the world a better place. As a charter school alumnus, he brings a diverse insight to how we serve our students and is an exemplary example of our impact at Building Hope.

He also serves as President of Key to Knowledge, a small nonprofit missioned to improving education in developing countries, that served over 450 students in Honduras, Cuba, Venezuela, Guatemala and Puerto Rico.

(202) 591-1100 | Ext. 1802

Adam Koonin

Events Manager

Adam is responsible for building and expanding relationships with charter schools in the Northeast Region. He provides support for growing school campuses, through direct development and client engagement. Prior to joining Building Hope, Mr. Koonin was a National Relationship Manager, serving some of the largest public-school districts with procurement and expansion projects. He is an alumnus of the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

(954) 645-8071 | Ext. 2410

Lori True

Executive Assistant

Lori is a seasoned administrative professional with over 27 years of experience supporting senior and C-level executives. She is the executive assistant to CEO, Bill Hansen.

With a passion for helping others, Lori is eager to bring her expertise to the organization to assist in furthering Building Hope’s mission.

Elizabeth (Ellie) Bonilla

Executive Assistant/Event Manager

Ellie brings over 25 years of administrative experience to her role at Building Hope. Her varied skill sets in organization and communication as well as attention to detail have been used in several diverse industries especially in educational environments. She has a special connection to children of all ages and wants to see them succeed.

In addition, she has shared her knack for event planning with family and friends for years and is excited to put that to use in a professional setting.

Ellie likes to apply her creativity to crafting and decorating projects in her spare time.

(202) 457-1999

Robin Odland

President of Finance

Robin leads Building Hope Finance’s effort to provide charter schools with tailored, cost-effective facility financing options. He has vast experience in structured finance and in working with non-profits. He began his career in commercial real estate, financing over $3 billion worth of real estate across the US. He also leveraged this background to bring innovative financial structures to non-profit organizations, including Charter schools. Robin divides his time between Washington, DC and Philadelphia. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

(202) 457-1989 | Ext. 1006

Tim Merritt

Senior Vice President of Finance

Tim is responsible for financial reporting and operations for both Building Hope Finance and Building Hope Services. He came to Building Hope in 2015 with over 15 years of experience accounting, finance, and operations. A certified public accountant, Tim has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and an MBA from University of Maryland University College. He is married with four children and lives in Upper Marlboro, MD.

(202) 457-1995 | Ext. 1102

Cecila Walker

Chief Credit Officer

Cecilia Walker, Chief Credit Officer, joined Building Hope in February 2020. Ms. Walker oversees all aspects of credit risk assessment and credit management control for the organization. Cecilia began her career in the banking industry. In 2003, Ms. Walker transitioned into the impact investing arena and she has held positions of leadership at the Fannie Mae Foundation, Fannie Mae, Opportunity Finance Network and the Calvert Foundation. Ms. Walker is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

(202) 921-7260 | Ext. 1205

Leda M. DiLeonardo

Loan Administrator

Leda joined Building Hope in 2016. As loan administrator, she is responsible for maintaining compliance on loans and real estate transactions. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oral Roberts University and has extensive experience in the banking and health care industries, and started her professional career as a Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.

(202) 591-1111 | Ext. 1201

Dru Damico

President of Real Estate

Dru is responsible for oversight and management of all Building Hope Real Estate investment opportunities in educational facilities. He joined Building Hope in 2015 with 20 years’ experience in community-based development; real estate; and construction of charter school, retail, and entertainment projects. He has been an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Rowland Hall School. Dru holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Fairfield University.

(202) 591-1105 | Ext. 3001

Jerry Zayets

Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development

Jerry Zayets is responsible for managing the development and construction process for BHRE. In conjunction with his team, he manages acquisition, entitlements and project management, pre-construction, and construction management. He also advises schools on site selection, construction management, and project affordability. Prior to joining BHRE, Jerry was the Director of Acquisitions and Development for Capital City real estate, where he implemented large-scale mixed-use development projects. He is a graduate of University of Maryland and holds a master’s degree from its School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. For more than 5 years Jerry has served on the Board of Trustees for Creative Minds International, a public charter school in Washington, D.C.

(202) 591-1116 | Ext. 1303

Elizabeth Barlow-Gupta

Director of Real Estate Development

Elizabeth Barlow-Gupta is a leader who brings people, ideas and operations together. With a career marked by diversity across industries, delivering in challenging environments and success through relationships, her experience guides organizations with fresh direction focusing on working beyond obstacles.

Elizabeth comes to Building Hope after managing a commercial construction firm specializing in construction management and design-build projects. Previously she held leadership positions in the mining industry both in the United States and Australia with key accomplishments in operational excellence and communications.

Elizabeth holds a BS in Anthropology from the University of Utah. Government Politics and Journalism. She has two courageous young boys and considers their growth and development her greatest accomplishment.

Elizabeth has served on The Board of Directors of the Salt Lake City Library System, Seeds of Peace, The Governor’s Mansion Artist Series, and held various positions on committees with community organizations.

(202) 457-1992

Vanessa Rowan

Vice President of Finance

Vanessa has worked in tax consulting, compliance, and a variety of other accounting and operations roles for non-profit organizations, including arts and educational institutions. She has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and dance from Muhlenberg College and a Master’s of Accounting with a tax emphasis from the College of William and Mary.

(202) 591-1103 | Ext. 1302

Brady Hutchins

Director of Real Estate

Brady Hutchins is the Director of Real Estate at Building Hope. He started his career as an intern for a commercial construction company in Eagle, Idaho, and on his first day of work, met Dru Damico, Building Hope’s President of Real Estate. Hutchins completed the construction of five schools in three years before leaving Idaho and joining Damico’s team in 2020. He finished 11 school projects in his first two years and has seven more on the books for 2023. Hutchins earned a B.A. in Construction Management from Boise State University in 2017.

(208) 562-7819

Justin Little

Director of Real Estate

Justin works with charter schools to plan, design, construct and occupy facilities. Prior to joining Building Hope, Justin was a Project Manager at a general contracting company, where he managed new construction and renovation projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Morgan State University.

(215) 500-5848

Iliya Krutko

Director of Impact Investments

Iliya joined Building Hope in May 2022. Previously, he worked as an ESG and Sustainability Associate at Bridge Investment Group, and as a Fixed Income and ESG Product Analyst at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Iliya graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Financial Economics. Additionally, Iliya is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charterholder since August 2022.

(208) 821-1366

Frank Garza

Assistant Project Manager

Frank Garza is an Assistant Project Manager with Building Hope. Prior to joining Building Hope he worked for a home builder in Austin, Texas as an Operations Coordinator where he helped with pre-construction needs and company processes. He graduated from Texas A&M University in December of 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in University Studies – Global Arts, Planning, Design and Construction Concentration. Along with a Minor in Business and Facility Management.

(512) 910-1982

Daniel Bileca

Impact Investment Analyst

Dan joined the Building Hope Real Estate team in April of 2023. Coming from a family of educators and having lived on various school campuses for most of his life, he is no stranger to the importance of facilitating accessible, quality education. As a 2022 graduate of Bates College, Dan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Philosophy.

Sherece Gasaway

Paralegal

Sherece is the Paralegal to Michael D’Alessandro, Building Hope’s General Counsel. She came to Building Hope in 2018 with a background in the real estate and title insurance industries.

(202) 591- 1119 | Ext. 1801

Richard Moreno

President of Services

Mr. Moreno is President of Building Hope Services, LLC and is a registered Municipal Advisor. Mr. Moreno oversees the daily operations of Building Hope’s financial advisory, back office and support services. Mr. Moreno has been involved in over $2 Billion in charter school financings. He holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and a BS in Finance with honors from the University of Florida.. With over 19 years of CFO experience with various business enterprises including serving as a CFO for a National Bank. He also has served as Chairman of the Florida School of Excellence Commission, and is currently a member of the Florida charter School Appeal Commission.

(954) 317-1363 | Ext. 2001

Curtis Fuller

Director of Charter School Operations

Curtis leads the Charter Support Unit, providing operational assistance to help charter schools improve efficiencies. He was formerly the principal of a high-performing public charter school in Florida. Curtis holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and a bachelor’s in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

(727) 223-6391 | Ext. 2002

Trisha Leitem

Director of Services

Trisha joined Building Hope in 2019 with a background as an educator and school administrator. She enjoys assisting charter schools in moving toward their missions and visions. Trisha has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She lives in Florida and dedicates her free time to her husband and two daughters. She also loves music and has performed on piano at the United Nations (both Vienna and New York), St. Petersburg Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, and best of all, in schools for children.

(850) 848-4757 | Ext. 2402

Christine Mentis

Director of Governance Program

Christine has served as an educator, school administrator and executive director of a system of four charter schools in the state of Florida. Throughout her career she has helped with all phases of charter school operations ranging from the writing of the charter application to the successful replication of a high-performing charter school. She joined the Charter Support Unit in 2021 with a desire to support charter schools meet their mission and goals for student success. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida International University and a master’s degree in Reading Education from Nova Southeastern University.

(754) 247-4333 | Ext. 2411

Joan Walker

Business Manager Liaison

Joan is a charter school business manager, covering areas such as financial accountability, policy and quality control. She is also a grant writer, and serves as an AdvancED (Cognia) Charter School Accreditation Team Member at the PreK to High School level. Joan began her career teaching business administration and accounting principles, then worked in the charter school system as a technology coordinator, systems administrator, human resource generalist, and National Lunch Program Director. In her free time, she works as a freelance graphic artist.

(954) 317-1367 | Ext. 2408

Rafael Mestre

Financial Analyst

Rafael oversees the budgeting process for charter school clients in Florida. Prior to joining Building Hope in 2017, he spent 25 years running investment portfolios for various banks in Miami. Rafael has a degree in Finance from Florida International University. He lives in Miami with his wife and 3 children.

(786) 655-4955 | Ext. 2405

Dana Vignale

Charter Support Manager

With over 20 years of experience teaching and leading in public, charter, and independent schools, Dana is well aware of great practices in education and school operations. In her roles as Executive Director for district-managed charters at Miami-Dade County Public Schools as well as Director of Finance and Human Resources of a network of seven schools in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Dana has gained experience providing start-up, educational, operational, and financial support services to portfolios of charter schools while respecting the independence, autonomy, and unique missions of each school. Dana is eager to bring her expertise to the Charter Support Unit to provide technical assistance, professional development, and a menu of services to charter schools throughout Florida.

Dana holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Secondary English Education from Florida International University as well as a Master’s degree in Private School Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

(786) 598-0455

Kevin Lugar

Director of Accounting Services

Kevin manages business transactions for public charter schools in Florida. He is an active CPA. His background includes leadership in the medical staffing, environmental services, and investment sectors, with expertise in budgeting, accounting, finance, and business administration. Kevin has helped start-up companies to grow and become competitive and helped mature companies to maintain their high standards. He has a Finance Degree with a risk management concentration from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Florida State University.

(954) 317-1366 | Ext. 2404

Mark Levine

Director of Finance: School Business Services

Mark’s work with Building Hope Services includes financial reporting; representing the organization and its partner schools at school board meetings; joining school representatives to attend workshops on grants and other financial programs; and advising schools in accounting, business, and other professional aspects that draw on his many years of experience as CFO for a publicly traded company. He is a graduate of American University and attended NY Law school.

(954) 317-1364 | Ext. 2403

Ali Reza Ehsani

Senior Accountant

Ali has 19 years of experience in the accounting and finance sector and has worked for well-known international organizations including USAID and UNDP. Ali Reza is a candidate for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation and holds two bachelor’s degrees, one each in finance and civil engineering.

(202) 457-1988

Becky Jenkins

Financial Analyst

Becky joined Building Hope in February 2020 with a background in municipal bond finance. In her previous work as an analyst for a national investment banking firm, she helped structure financings for charter school and local government clientele. Her work involved all facets of the capital debt market financing process, from preparation of bond documents to coordinating rating agencies, bond insurers, and legal counsels, leading to successful closings for dozens of public finance clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate from Robert Morris University and is a registered Municipal Advisor Representative.

(202) 921-0910 | Ext. 1104

Macarria Stovall

Accountant/Programs Coordinator

Macarria has over 13 years of experience in the accounting and finance industry.  She started her career as a Financial Account Analyst, by measuring the financial risk of new and existing clients while maintaining a diverse accounts receivable portfolio.  Macarria has also served as a Senior Accountant with primary responsibilities of reconciling bank statements and maintaining compliance of operations.  She is currently assisting with bonds accounting here at Building Hope.  Macarria has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of South Carolina and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Strayer University.

(954) 526-5525 | Ext. 2406

Amy Parker

Staff Accountant

Amy is a Staff Accountant, offering back office support services from the Ft. Lauderdale, FL office.  She is a veteran of the United States Air Force that joined the team in 2014 and has over 22 years of Accounting experience. She has 5 children, and has seen first-hand, the benefits of charter schools.

(954) 317-1365 | Ext. 2401

Opal Thompson

Staff Accountant

Opal is a Florida-based staff accountant with our back-office services team. She came to Building Hope in 2016 with over 18 years’ experience working in Finance and Accounting. Opal is also a business teacher and holds a bachelor’s degree in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University. She has three children, the youngest of whom attend one of Building Hope’s partner charter schools.

(727) 223-6390 | Ext. 2407

Arly Petttis

Human Resources & Payroll Specialist

Arly is a Human Resources and Payroll Services Specialist. She has 15 years of experience working in the charter school sector in the areas of Data Management, Human Resources, Payroll, and Front Office Management. She is a Florida native and a mom of 3 children who attend charter schools in the Tampa Bay area. Arly is eager to bring her expertise to Building Hope.

(727) 300-3570

Yamill Pascal

Human Resources And Payroll Specialist

Yamil has 9+ years working in Human Resources and Payroll. She graduated from Florida International University with a Hospitality Management degree. While in college, she was an America Reads tutor working with elementary children and completed an internship in Human Resources. In her spare time she loves traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

(786) 891-3635

Steven Dennis

Systems Developer

Steven is a Developer who maintains and builds online services and websites.  He has a degree in Networking from Rose State College with 10 years of development experience.  He has previously worked for the State of Oklahoma DHS Finance Department as a Developer building tools to help care for young people.

Patrick Toepel

Senior Software Engineer

Patrick Toepel is an experienced senior software engineer known for his expertise in architecting efficient solutions. Patrick brings two decades of technical expertise to every project. He has worked in large fortune 500 companies and small boutique businesses helping him understand the importance of collaborative experiences, wearing many hats, and being able to explain the technical to the non-technical. He is a forever student,  comes from a long line of tinkerers, and is always open to a discussion around anything tech.

Amanda Hamilton

Grant Specialist

Amanda joins our team at Building Hope as the Grants Specialist. She brings a well-rounded skill set in Grant Management with over 5 years of grant experience at the LEA level. With over 15 years in various roles at her previous school district in Wyoming, Amanda has a vast knowledge and love for supporting staff and children in education. Amanda now lives in Florida and is excited to bring her talents to Building Hope. She enjoys exploring the endless activities in Florida with her family and looks forward to making many memories.

(727) 314-6853

Betsey Rhames

Human Resources and Payroll Specialist

Betsey joined Building hope in 2023 with 6 plus years of experience in Human Resources and Payroll. She is excited to work with the various school administrators assisting them in all of their H.R. and Payroll needs. She has a bachelor’s degree in recreation management and youth leadership. She is married with four daughters and 11 (soon to be 12) grandchildren. She enjoys spending her free time with her growing family.

(352) 251-3663

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