Board of Trustees

The Baker Board of Trustees oversees the strategic, long-term direction of the school and establishes goals and plans consistent with Baker’s mission and vision. There are up to 18 trustees who serve three-year terms, and contribute to both standing and ad hoc committees to address fulfillment of strategic goals. Our trustees are current and former parents, alumni and friends from the local community.

The day-to-day operations of the school are overseen by the Head of School, Carly Andrews, and her leadership team. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Board of Trustees at board@bakerdemschool.org.

Expression of Interest to Serve on Baker’s Board

If you wish to be considered for the Board of Trustees, please read the Board Expectations, complete this interest form and submit with any supporting materials to board@bakerdemschool.org.

Board of Trustees, 2021-2022

Christine DiBartolo – Chair
Shana Bernstein – Board Secretary
Kim Ptak – Treasurer

Ashuma Ahluwalia
Shana Bernstein
Christine DiBartolo
Stephanie Hentz
John Llanes

Colleen Mastony
Mohamed Nur
Gregg Pasternack
Kim Ptak
Mason Rocca
Alvin Tillery, Jr.

Committee Chairs and Committee Members

Internal Operations
Mason Rocca – Chair
Ashuma Ahluwalia
Christine DiBartolo
Kim Ptak
Mohamed Nur

External Relations
Collen Mastony – Chair
Shana Bernstein
Christine DiBartolo
Gregg Pasternack

Governance
Stephanie Hentz– Chair
Christine DiBartolo
John Llanes
Alvin Tillery, Jr.

Ashuma Ahluwalia

Ashuma is the founder of a career coaching practice that partners with individual, corporate, and non-profit clients to deliver high impact outcomes in the areas of career growth and leadership development. Prior to this role, she worked for McKinsey & Company, advising clients across the education, financial services, and consumer goods sectors. Ashuma has served as President of the Board at School for Little Children, an early education institution in Evanston, IL. She received a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Shana Bernstein, PhD

Shana is a Clinical Associate Professor of Legal Studies and American Studies at Northwestern University. She specializes in U.S. History, particularly comparative race and ethnicity and social reform movements. Before joining Northwestern University’s faculty, she was Associate Professor of History at Southwestern University in Texas. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has won fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the Huntington Library, among other institutions. Her first book, Bridges of Reform: Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles (Oxford University Press, 2011), reinterprets U.S. civil rights activism by revealing its roots in the interracial efforts of Mexican, Jewish, African, and Japanese Americans in mid-century Los Angeles. Shana received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Christine DiBartolo

Christine is Senior Managing Director and Americas Head, Corporate Reputation Practice of FTI Consulting Strategic Communications. Her professional experience includes public education campaigns, corporate social responsibility, and government relations. Earlier in her career, Christine served as an aide to former Attorney General Janet Reno. During this time, Christine also served as the spokesperson for the Civil Rights Division, addressing all media inquiries related to civil rights issues. Christine received a B.A. in Communications and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago.

Stephanie Hentz

Stephanie is the Director of Special Education at Niles West High School, District 219. In this role, her work focuses on meeting the needs of diverse learners, with a particular interest in decreasing the racial and disability predictors of educational achievement. Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and began her career as a School Social Worker. She earned her B.A. from Northwestern University, her Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams College at University of Illinois Chicago, and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

John Llanes

Highly motivated and energetic leader with over 14 years of practical hands-on and executive experience. Dedicated, with proven ability to build dynamic IT teams that successfully deliver business initiatives by leveraging advanced technologies. Collaborative in nature, love to roll up my sleeves with the team to resolve issues or to provide solutions that expand the firms capacity. John received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Northwestern University.

Colleen Mastony

Colleen is a communications strategist who currently serves as the senior director of media relations at the University of Chicago. In that role, she oversees a team that works with local, national and international media to distribute research news and institutional announcements, with the aim of bolstering public understanding of complex ideas and breakthroughs, advancing effective public policies and building the reputation of the university. Earlier, she worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years and wrote for the Palm Beach Post, the Chicago Tribune and Forbes magazine. She received a B.A. in psychology from University of Pennsylvania.

Mohamed Nur

Mohamed is Finance Director at Wolters Kluwer and spent the last 18 years working in finance with diverse companies. During his finance leadership, he led various global projects from financial strategy, business integration to organizational transformation. Mohamed received a B.B.A in Finance and Economics in from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Gregg Pasternack

Gregg is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Singing Classroom, Inc., an online resource for elementary music teachers. With a customer base that spans over 130 countries, The Singing Classroom is a worldwide leader in the music education field. Gregg built the company through extensive online marketing campaigns, with a focus on using Facebook’s advertising platform. He also manages the day-to-day operations of the company. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Gregg received a BA in Economics from Vassar College.

Kim Ptak, EdD

Kim currently serves as the Director of Operations for Glenbrook High School District 225. In this role, Kim leads all financial and facilities efforts, including budgeting, bidding, risk management, strategic planning, construction, accounts payable, and food and transportation services. Prior to employment at Glenbrook, Kim worked at Arthur Andersen as the Director of Finance and Operations. Kim has her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University.

Mason Rocca

Mason is a math teacher at Evanston Township High School. He recently completed his Masters in Education from Northwestern University and received a Fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Mason is a Baker alumni, class of 1992, and former professional basketball player who spent most of his 15-year career in Italy. Mason graduated with a B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.

Alvin Tillery, Jr., PhD

Al is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of American politics and political theory and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Al’s research in American politics focuses on American political development, racial and ethnic politics and media and politics. His research in political theory focuses on American political thought and critical race theory. His book Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy and Black Leadership in America (Cornell University Press, 2011) won the W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Al received a B.A. from Morehouse College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.