Board of Directors

The Board of Directors at The Greene School is very active in supporting the mission of the school. The Board through its direct contributions and fund raising efforts provides the additional funds needed to make many of the student expeditions possible. The Board also brings in resources from the community. Some of these resources are from the Green Industry; some are from our civic institutions. By connecting these people to the school and the students to these people we continue to build on the mission of the school to create both educated stewards of our environment but also good citizens. The Board also oversees and helps formulate all policies that are material to the operations and academics of the school. By having various committees we are able to let members utilize their strengths where most needed. We are fortunate to have a diverse group of board members including some with great experience and advanced degrees in education.

Amy K. Pratt, DVM is a founder and President of the Board of The Greene School. As a veterinarian and small business owner, she has knowledge of business and personnel management. She is interested in education as a mother of a son who has attended both public and private schools, in the pursuit of the best setting for a child with unilateral hearing loss. Dr. Pratt has family in the agriculture and forestry business, and with her interest in animals, sees a need for more people from different backgrounds to understand the interconnectedness of humans with the natural world around them

Jennifer Sherer, PhD does research in education and urban school reform. Through the University of Pittsburgh, she teaches courses for teachers, administrators, and central office staff from districts throughout the country. She has a PhD from Northwestern University in Learning Sciences. As a parent of four children and a former elementary school teacher (public and private), she views education from both the professional side and personal side. To The Greene School Board of Directors she brings teaching experience, expertise in leadership practice and systems reform, and a passion for teaching and learning. Jen serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors.

Laura Clavette, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from San Diego State University and has worked in various hospital settings. She is the mother of 3 children and has been very active in the PTA of her children's elementary school, mainly focusing on coordinating enrichment programs for the students. She currently has two students at TGS- one son a senior and one son a freshman. Her daughter is in 5th grade.  Laura is an active member of the PTSO and serves on the fundraising committee. She believes in a strong home- school connection and parental support for students to succeed and  strives to achieve that at The Greene School.  You can find her handiwork on our website as well as on our facebook and twitter page.  Laura is one of the Founders of The Greene School and serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors.

Joel LaSalle, CPA is a senior associate at a CPA firm in Providence, RI. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Professional Accountancy from Bryant University. Joel grew up in a rural town in CT where his parents raised horses. He has always been connected to the natural world and sees the importance of this connection. He has a passion for the outdoors and has worked on volunteer projects with The Nature Conservancy of RI. To the Greene School Board, he brings knowledge of accounting and financial reporting for not-for-profit entities.  Joel serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors.

Christa Andrews  holds a degree in Science of Radiography with certifications in Mammography, CAT scan, and Bone Density.  She is a mother of four children; two have graduated from the public school system and are enrolled in college.  Her daughter is a sophomore and her son is a freshman both enrolled in The Greene School.  Knowing that all children do not fit into the main stream of learning, she has a passion for school reform especially for children who do not learn in traditional ways.  Christa is one of the founders of the Greene School and active member of the PTSO.  She has a passion for learning new things and setting good examples for her children which is why she is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Business Administration.  

Paul Morse is a former independent school teacher. He is also an insurance executive and a small business owner. Paul is able to help with financial and personnel management decisions. Additionally as a father who has had three children go through both private and public schools he has had direct experience in what works well in each environment and what does not. Also a long time student of education and education reform he offers many insights into student learning and policies to encourage student involvement and engagement.

Admiral Dick West, US Navy, (ret), served on several ships and was Commanding Officer of  three, served three tours in the Pentagon and four tours in Rhode Island in a 35+ year military career. After retiring from the US Navy, he served as President/CEO of a non-profit in Washington, DC, for six years, promoting federal policy and investment in ocean research and education and representing most of the larger universities in the US and Canada to include the University of Rhode Island. He has an undergraduate degree in science and math from the University of Rochester and holds three masters degrees.  He serves on five non-profit Boards and consults on ocean policy and non-profit management.

James Constantine is an environmental engineer with over 20 years experience in industrial and commercial environmental compliance and consulting. He is currently employed by Amgen in West Greenwich, RI, where he is director of site’s Environment, Health and Safety programs, and is chair of the Amgen Rhode Island Environmental Sustainability Council. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He also holds an MBA from Drexel University. Jim is a Registered Professional Engineer. To the Greene School Board, James brings an industry perspective, a passion for environmental sustainability, and a desire to share his experiences.

Kelly Presley holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island and is the Executive Director of the Westerly Land Trust, a non-profit land conservation organization.  She has extensive experience in wetland ecology, forestry and wildlife management and as in leading a non-profit, has expertise in fundraising, programming and community outreach.  As parent of three children, Kelly has come to recognize the importance of teaching environmental appreciation and stewardship to the next generation and has witnessed firsthand that all children do not learn by the same methods.  In pursuing a more rewarding and engaging high school environment for her children, she found the Greene School and now has two sons enrolled there.  Kelly joined the Board of the Greene School in order to help fulfill its mission that resonates so well with her own values.

Kurt Teichert is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Assosciate Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Brown University and Critic in Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design. He teaches courses and advises students on sustainable design envionmental stewardship, urban infrastructure, and transportation technology and policy.  Brown established an environmental education and advocacy initiative in 1990 that links student research and education efforts with university operations to implement programs that reduce negative environmental impacts.  Kurt came to Brown in 1992 to support that initiative.  He has been involved in research, design, and construction of high performance educational facilities for over 20 years.  Teichert is a member of the Steering Committee of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Assosciation RI Chapter, and is a founding member of the NE Campus Sustainability Consortium.  Prior to coming to Brown, Kurt served as Research Associate and Facilities Manager at New Alchemy Institute. 

David Mitchell Ph.D. is currently a professor at URI in the college of Business Administration as a member of the marketing faculty.  For the previous ten years, he was the academic dean for the college of Business at Johnson and Wales University where he was on the business faculty for his first five years at JWU.  His area of academic expertise and publication is experiential education and reflection.  In addition to being a member of The Greene School Board of Directors, he is a member of many non-profit organizations.  He is an advisory board member of the Seamen's Church Institute in Newport, RI. He sits on the board of Delaware North Corporation ( a world class organization whose holdings include the Boston Bruins and the TD garden).  He is the father of a son, Conor, who will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Creative Advertising from Johnson and Wales University.

Gayle M Jendzejec CLU CFS CEP RFC CCPS CTS has been involved in helping students and families plan prepare and pay for college for more than 28 years. She is the owner of several businesses and has experience in financial and personnel management as well as strategic planning.  Gayle has 4 children with 2 graduating from the Greene School.  Her children’s passion for the Greene School had an impact on her wanting to see the Greene School become the premier charter school in RI.  Gayle believes that the mission, commitment and community that the Greene School embodies is the direction that education should be moving towards.

 Dean Burdon received a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Florida specializing in Accounting. He founded Tameracq Partners, Inc., a mergers and acquisitions firm, in 2001. Before Tameracq Partners, he spent four years as owner and president of Eagle Consulting Group, Inc. Prior to his experience in investment banking and business consulting, he was the Chief Financial Officer of a corporation whose subsidiaries included a home heating oil company and a value-added distributor of dental supplies, equipment and service. He was the controller of an international and domestic household goods moving company. He began his career with a Big Four international certified public accounting firm. He holds his CPA licenses in the state of Florida and Rhode Island and has his real estate broker’s license in Rhode Island. He is a member of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He lives in Warwick with his wife Pam and he is the father of three: Melissa, Jessica and Levi Burdon.