IFSI-USA: List of Board Members

Phyllis Katsigris Spinale holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wellesley College.  She has worked in investment banking, management consulting and as a Strategic Planning Associate and Marketing Director at Staples, Inc.  She has served as the head of multiple committees in the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club, a non-profit community organization as well as a teaching volunteer at Bates Elementary School.  Phyllis feels strongly about equal educational opportunities for all children and is active in Boston’s METCO program.  She has seen IFSI-USA in action and is passionate about the excellent opportunities IFSI provides immigrant children and their families.  She resides in Wellesley with her husband, Paul and has 3 children.

Dr. Regine Philippeaux-Pierre has over 17 years of experience in the field of education. She began her career in higher education and later became a teacher in Boston where she taught high school mathematics. Later, she worked as a researcher and program manager at the National Center for Restructuring Education Schools and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. From that role, Dr. Pierre moved on to manage a large project for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to revamp their professional development system. Currently, Dr. Pierre manages the Excellence for All initiative at Boston Public Schools.  She has expertise in instruction, professional development systems, policy implementation, and project management. Dr. Pierre earned a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Teachers College, a Masters in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelors of Science from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Angie Castera is the Director of Human Resources for the North American division of Navitas Limited, a global industry leader in international education. Angie possesses over twenty years of human resources and organizational development experience, sixteen of which have been as the Chief Human Resources executive, where she is responsible for all aspects of human resource management.  This includes designing and directing human resource activities to meet the organization’s strategic and business goals.  She’s worked for national and global organizations in the industries of Hospitality, Transportation and Academia.  

 

The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Angie is passionate about the development of people.  Her expertise includes helping businesses identify the strengths of their people and how to make the most of their resources, while helping individuals identify and cultivate their strengths, thereby empowering them to reach their full potential in their jobs and careers. 

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Angie volunteers her time at a local church, assisting with HR related activities such as staff search and placements, coaching and advising on interview skills and much more. Angie is a former board member of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. 

Sophia Boyer taught middle and high school for fifteen years before venturing into instructional coaching. As an instructional coach Sophia works in a variety of schools whose administrators have requested coaching services or professional development supports for  teachers. 

 

Sophia is experienced in humanities instruction, ESL teaching, program administration, teacher training,curriculum development, professional development and program planning and evaluation.  Sophia was born in Haiti, educated in the U.S. and currently resides in Cambridge. She earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology/History from Regis College and postgraduate degrees in Human Development and Urban Education from Wheelock College.

Nora Dowley-Liebowitz  started her career in education as a high school teacher in Washington D.C. area schools for three years. Her passion for education led her to enroll at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she received her Master's in Education with a specific interest in Risk and Prevention.  While in graduate school, she began her work in Boston Public Schools supporting under-resourced students at the Clarence R. Edwards Middle School in Charlestown.  She has more recently served as and administrator at the Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, MA--first as the Dean of Enrichment and College Advisor, then as Dean of College and Alumni.  

 

Currently, Nora is Executive Director of the Achieve Program which partners with families to empower motivated students from underserved Boston communities to close the opportunity gap through programming, tutoring and mentoring relationships. Nora manages all aspects of the Achieve program, including staff supervision, budgeting, and student recruitment. Nora is professionally committed to provide mentoring and support that underserved students need to achieve their academic and personal goals and to become successful lifelong learners.  Nora lives in Roslindale with her husband and son.

 

Dianne Bryce Bronk is an Associate Principal Scientist working with Merck Research Laboratories in Boston, where her research is focused on treatments for neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Dianne has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over two decades, investigating the therapeutic target areas of schizophrenia, addiction, depression, and autism spectrum disorders.

 

An active volunteer, Dianne is passionate about engaging the next generation of scientists, previously running a community program to introduce science experiments at the elementary school level, and more recently through mentoring intern and co-op students at the college and post-bac level. While living in Connecticut, Dianne served on the board of directors for The Light House, a non-profit that serves the needs of individuals with disabilities by providing early education, residential and transitional services. Dianne earned a Masters of Arts in Biology from Brown University and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology from Brandeis University. She is inspired by the people of IFSI-USA and the timeliness of its mission in supporting immigrant families. Dianne resides in Jamaica Plain with her husband Brian, and their adult children live nearby in Boston and in Southeastern CT.