Board of Directors

PAVE Schools

PAVE Schools is an organization whose primary role is to support PAVE’s educational and charitable purposes. Governed by a team of talented individuals, FOP is managing the development and construction of PAVE’s permanent school facility in Red Hook.

Patrick Sweeney, Chair
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PAVE Academy Charter School

PAVE Academy Charter School is governed by a diverse and experienced Board of Directors. All Board meetings are open to the public. Click here for the 2014 – 2015 PAVE Academy Charter School board meeting schedule. Please contact 718-858-7813 for more information.

Scott Whitworth, Chair
Scott is the founding partner of WM Capital Partners, a private investment firm in New York. Before starting WM Capital, Scott served as a Vice President with Goldman Sachs and, prior to Goldman, practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Scott received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. in Economics with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He chairs the PAVE Board and volunteers with Puppies Behind Bars.
Steve Olson, Treasurer
Steve is an individual investor and operator of small businesses. Steve graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Accounting. Steve, a Certified Public Accountant, worked in public accounting and was formerly the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Tiger Management LLC. He has been a member of the PAVE Board since 2010 and chairs the Finance Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Tiger Foundation.
Wally Bazemore
Wally has been a member of the Red Hook community since 1955. He is active in his community, especially with neighborhood schools and youth development organizations. Wally coached Little League and was a Scout Leader for many years, is the former President of the Red Hook Lions Club, and a founding President of MAD Dads. He was the first African-American male on the Community School District 15 School Board. In addition to his extensive community involvement, he also served his country in the Vietnam War. He is a founding member of the PAVE Board.

Rick Gerson
Rick is the founder and Chairman of Falcon Edge Capital, a global investment firm based in NY. Before starting Falcon Edge, Rick was a founding member and managing director of Blue Ridge Capital, an investment firm. He graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, where he received a B.S. in Commerce. He is a member of the Cleveland Clinic International Advisory Board and a founding member of the PAVE Board.

Dylan Glenn
Dylan is a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners. Formerly, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia. Dylan also served two years as Special Assistant to the President George W. Bush. He was a member of the National Economic Council team advising the President on various economic issues. Dylan received his BA degree from Davidson College in North Carolina. He has been a member of the PAVE Board since 2010.

Emily Stone Gelb
Emily is a Vice President of Regional Operations at Teach For America. Prior to her work at Teach For America, she was a New York City public school teacher and held leadership roles at Edison Schools and Kaplan K12 Learning Services. Emily received a BA in History from Harvard in 1999 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2005. She also was certified to teach 5-9 in Massachusetts in 1999 and New York. She is a founding member of the PAVE Board.

Elizabeth Burnett Taylor
Elizabeth manages Burnett Taylor Consulting, a financial consulting business for female investors. Before becoming a consultant, Elizabeth was COO of PioneerPath Capital, a division of Citadel Investment Group. Elizabeth received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Princeton University.

PAVE SE Raleigh Charter School

PAVE SE’s Governing Board is foremost committed to providing students from low-income backgrounds a rigorous education that will prepare them for college. While not personal residents of the Southeast Raleigh community, each board member has an important and diverse experience serving communities like Southeast Raleigh.

Spencer Robertson and Cooper Westendarp
PAVE RH’s founders, opened their doors in August of 2008 and created a high performing charter school with the same educational model as PAVE SE. This model has been implemented successfully in a community demographically identical to Southeast Raleigh. Cooper and Spencer will also serve as the two senior leaders of PCS, the management organization with which PAVE SE will contract.

Andrew Lakis
The Managing Director for Teach For America Eastern North Carolina, an organization that has made one of the most significant contributions to education equity in America. Andrew is also an experienced teacher from a school in a low-income neighborhood similar to Southeast Raleigh.

Kwan Graham
The Director of Parent and Charter School Advocacy at PEFNC. She has an extensive background empowering parents from across NC to become better advocates for their child’s educational needs. She was also one of eight Governor appointees to the North Carolina Public Charter School Advisory Council that recommended public charter school policies for adoption by the State Board of Education.

JB Buxton
PAVE SE’s Board Chair, is the former Senior Education Advisor to the NC Governor and has an extensive background in education, including understanding the dynamics and needs of communities like Southeast Raleigh.

Dexter Herbert
The Associate Executive Director of the SE Raleigh YMCA and oversees a number of programs and projects. Dexter began his career with the YMCA in 2001 as a Youth Director and created a mentoring program while increasing participation in afterschool programs. In 2003 Dexter became the Youth Director of Outreach and Teens but was quickly promoted to the position of Sr. Director of Community Outreach Programs in 2004.