Monument Academy Public Charter School

Board of Directors

Tycely Williams



Tycely Williams, Regional Chief Development Officer, Red Cross, has raised and managed more than $69 million dollars for nonprofit organizations.  Prior to this position, she was Association Director of Major Gifts for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, and before that she founded and led a professional services consulting company for six years. Over the past 18 years, she has served as a Director of Development for two health and human services organizations, the Artistic Director of two community-based dance studios, and the Executive Director for a nonprofit organization founded by a Fortune 500 Company.


Tycely holds an Executive Masters in Leadership from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.  A Cum Laude graduate of Wake Forest University, Tycely possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with distinguished departmental honors and a minor in Journalism.


Tycely serves on the governing boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington Metro Chapter and Calvary Healthcare.


What Excites You About Monument Academy:

I am honored to stand with the visionary Emily Bloomfield, lock hearts with the Monument Academy Board of Trustees so we may partner with compassionate parents and devoted teachers to create a safe place for children to learn, laugh and love. The strikingly beautiful smiles of our parents, teachers and children excite and inspire me.


Favorite teacher:

I loved every teacher; my mother and father were teachers. My high school debate coach Ms. Marilee Dukes tops the lists of teachers I loved. Ms. Dukes taught me to dream. She would say, “Tycely stop paying attention to me and pay attention to you….look out the window and dream child, prepare to become who you want to be and do what you’ve yet to see.”




Todd Bentsen



Todd Bentsen is Associate Vice President for Communications at Georgetown University Medical Center, overseeing strategic communications with external and internal audiences. Prior to Georgetown he held communications leadership positions with national health and science organizations, including the Society for Neuroscience and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Originally from central Illinois, Bentsen is a 25-year resident of Washington where he resides with his son and daughter, who attend a DC charter school.


What excites me about Monument Academy:

As an adoptive parent, I am keenly aware of inequities some of our children face in education, health and overall wellbeing. I am thrilled to be part of a new school that seeks to support and nurture kids who are among our most vulnerable.


Favorite teacher:

Ms. Rappel, my Advanced Placement English teacher, had us performing college level work as high school juniors and seniors. As perplexed as I was at times by her demanding assignments, it was thrilling to meet the challenges.




Lisa Bernstein



Lisa Bernstein is an education consultant specializing in literacy in high poverty communities. She currently leads the literacy effort to champion teachers by leveraging their time and improving student learning outcomes through the development and production of digital resources as well as the training of educators nationally in ELA instruction aligned to the Common Core State Standards. She co-founded the Teachers Institute in Washington, D.C. that provided citywide professional development to K-8th grade teachers in reading and writing instruction in partnership with Teacher’s College, Reading and Writing Project. Ms. Bernstein has taught/coached at elementary and middle schools throughout the D.C. area and was a graduate school adjunct instructor at American University. Ms. Bernstein serves as a regional judge for the White House Fellows program, as a member of the Children’s National Medical Center CNAPPI board and on the Math for America DC board. Ms. Bernstein received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Simmons College, a general course degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a master’s degree in teaching from American University.


What excites you about Monument Academy:


I am excited to join the Monument Academy board to support its worthy mission by lending my skills and expertise.  


Favorite Teachers:


I have had many great teachers, so it’s hard to pick!  In college I had an economics professor who took an interest in me and worked hard to convince me to study at the LSE, which turned out to be one of the most formative experiences in my young adult life.




Dr. Lisa Cullins, M.D.



Lisa M. Cullins, MD is the Training Director for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program and the Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Cullins is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Cullins completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in Los Angeles, CA and her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, NY. Dr. Cullins has devoted most of her career to training and education, community psychiatry and systems of care, in particular, working with children and adolescents in the child welfare system and other underserved populations. Dr. Cullins has had the privilege to be a physician leader and clinician educator in multiple treatment settings ranging from academic, tertiary care hospital facilities to one of the largest child community mental health providers in the State of California (Corporate Medical Director, EMQ Families First Children & Family Services). Throughout her career, Dr. Cullins has been a staunch advocate for quality and access to care for children and families and has been an active participant in American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) as current Co-Chair of Workforce Committee, Adoption and Foster Care Committee Member and Secretary of Regional Organization, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Society of Greater Washington (CAPSGW).


Most recently, prior to Dr. Cullins’ current position at Children’s National Medical Center, she was the Director of Psychiatric Services at the Jewish Social Services Agency (9/2011-5/2013). From May 2009 through June 2012 she was the Training Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program, Georgetown University/Adventist Behavioral Health and Division Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Adventist Behavioral Health.




Kurt Haglund



Haglund is a Managing Director at a large real estate advisory firm, Jones Lang LaSalle. Mr. Haglund has more than 30 years of experience in real estate, design and business advisory services, and provides strategic, financial, and real estate transaction structuring advice, especially to clients who are in the midst of transformational changes.   Previously Mr. Haglund started a niche strategy consulting firm and was a partner in a large architecture firm in roles that included Assistant to the Chairman, Director of the firm’s Washington office and worldwide Director of Corporate Services.


Mr. Haglund has worked with a wide range of clients, including education clients (George Washington University, Catholic University, BASIS education, GEMS education, University of Maryland, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Teach for America), corporate clients (Discovery Communications, Media General, SAIC, Six Flags, The Atlantic Council, Wells Fargo, The American Red Cross, Arbitron, Revolution and The Case Foundation), and public sector clients (NASA, DHS, ICE, U.S. Army, USAR, FBI, CIA, MCC, USAID).

Mr. Haglund received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, his Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and two undergraduate degrees from Iowa State University. He has been married for over 25 years with three children (14-22), and has been active on a variety of not for profit boards for over 20 years.


What Excites You About Monument Academy:

It is exciting to work with Emily Bloomfield, her staff, the amazing members of the Board of Trustees, and the hundreds of people in the community who will be needed to help children overcome challenges that were not of their making. I look forward to someday seeing Monument’s graduates achieve personal success they never thought possible.


Favorite teacher:

I have many favorite academic teachers, and cherish each one for various reasons. My favorite teacher, though, is Don May, my high school swim coach who taught me the value of perseverance, hope, humor, perspective, and honesty. He never gave up on us, and taught me and generations of other boys how to be “good men”.




Shawn Hardnett



Shawn Hardnett knows well the challenges of the communities that he serves. Of the 29 boys that grew up on his block, 17 went to prison, 3 are dead, 5 graduated from high school while only 1 – Shawn – finished college. After 7 years teaching in the very middle school that he graduated from, he went on to the foundation of two schools with KIPP, including their first single-gender academy. He then moved on to our nation’s capital to engage the ed reform movement where the greatest educational needs exist. There, he has served as Leadership Coach, Director of Charter Leadership Director for Program Delivery with New Leaders Incorporated. As Chief Academic Officer, first at Friendship Public Charter School and currently with Center City Public Charter School, he has significantly raised the profile of both organizations while presiding over significant academic gains and increases in the number of their schools achieving the important distinction of Tier One as measured by the Public Charter School Board of DC.


What Excites You About Monument Academy:

The vision and mission of Monument Academy is near and dear to my heart and completely aligned with my own personal mission to do work that makes like easier for those who have it so much harder than I do, to create opportunities for people, young people in particular to ascend to their greatest heights and to see that the path that they took to get there was an essential part of that ascension.  


Favorite Teacher:

Mr. Wolfe - High School Science.  Mr. Wolfe loved science and even though I didn’t, he made me love science and made science love me back.  He was a teacher who saw the greatest potential in me - even when I had yet to see it within myself.  I have gone far beyond what we both had ever dreamed and still, he is not surprised. 




Brian Jones



Brian W. Jones is a Senior Vice President of Strayer Education, Inc., a private sector provider of postsecondary education services, and Senior Managing Director of Strayer E2B Solutions, which provides education services to the company’s corporate clients.



Prior to joining Strayer, Mr. Jones co-founded and served as president of Latimer Education, Inc., an early stage venture-backed company partnering with an historically black college to provide high quality online postsecondary education solutions to African American working adults.

Before co-founding Latimer Education, Jones served as Senior Counsel to the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dow Lohnes PLLC (now Cooley LLC), where he advised education companies, investors and institutions.



Mr. Jones previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of College Loan Corporation (CLC), a leading privately-held education finance company.

Prior to joining CLC, Mr. Jones served as the U.S. Department of Education's General Counsel (2001-2005), a Senate-confirmed presidential appointment. As General Counsel, he served as principal adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige on all legal matters affecting Department programs and activities.



Mr. Jones currently serves on the board of directors of College Loan Corporation and chairs the board of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. In addition, he served for six years on the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB), the sole authorizer of the 60 charter schools in the nation’s capital. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the PCSB’s Chair.

Jones earned a BSBA degree from Georgetown University and his JD degree from the UCLA School of Law.


What Excites You About Monument Academy:

I'm excited to be on the Monument board because we are setting about to fill a critical need in the city, by serving a population of kids who have too often been left on the margins of education "reform." We aim to prepare these kids who face such steep challenges — often in the shadows — for a life of service to themselves, their families and their communities.


Favorite Teacher:

Mr. (Tony) Rotondo, my 11th grade English teacher, changed my life by changing the way I think about literature. The thrill he brought to reading and interpreting great books ignited in me a lifelong joy in the discovery in words of the many facets of human experience.




Jennifer Leonard



Jennifer Guste Leonard guides and supports organizations whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families. Her successes are largely around setting bold organizational goals and developing the framework and culture to achieve them.


Ms. Leonard served as the Interim Deputy Mayor for Education for the District of Columbia under Mayor Vincent C. Gray, after serving as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor.   She also founded and directed a non-profit focused on access to high quality health services and education and was the first to serve as the special education policy advisor and coordinator for Mayor Adrian Fenty.


Ms. Leonard possesses a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, as well as an MBA, a BS and a BA from Louisiana State University (LSU). She is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia (DC). She resides in DC with her husband and three children.


What Excites You About Monument Academy:

I’m excited about using top talent and tremendous passion to serve a population that needs and deserves our attention and to provide it in a manner that has yet to be done in DC.  We have the opportunity to do extraordinary work and set a new bar for serving at-risk youth.


Favorite Teacher:

My favorite teacher was Ms. DeLaHoussaye, my government and history teacher throughout high school.  She challenged our class on a daily basis to think about how to best work with and utilize government to serve ALL people in the United States.  My senior year in high school, our class came to Washington, DC representing the state of Louisiana for a Constitution Competition.  I couldn't wait to come back to live and work here.




Faye Levin



After stepping back from the practice of corporate law to raise my children, I found myself increasingly drawn the non-profit sector and have been invited to sit on several boards. In addition to serving on the Board of Monument Academy Public Charter School, I currently chair the board of the Edmund Burke School and serve on the board of Washington Hebrew Congregation.   I have also served a six-year term on the board of Georgetown Day School and the regional board of the Anti-Defamation League. On each of these boards I have been a member of the Executive Committee, and have played an active role in developing effective governance policies and practices. At Burke, I have also chaired the Search committee for the new Head of School, and served on the Governance, Advancement and Finance committees.


What Excites You About Monument Academy:


I am excited by the opportunity to serve Monument’s diverse and wise board, made up of members cognizant of the appropriate role for a board and able to bring to bear the skills and talents to steward an institution designed to meet the needs of a particularly under-served population.


Favorite Teacher:

My very favorite teacher was Mrs. Weisman (in fourth grade) – she let me hide my novels in my desk and read while she was talking and the class was working – I loved reading.




Charles Moore



Charles Moore is Senior Product Manager at Capital One Labs, where he leads teams to create innovative products and services.  Prior to Capital One, Charles was the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LightPath Apps, Inc., which created web applications to help people thrive when planning for life's most important events. Before that, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and served leading organizations in government, education, and health care on a range of strategic and operational issues.

Charles serves on the boards of EdFuel and the Monument Academy Public Charter School and on the Young Professionals Committee of the DC Education Fund.  He graduated from Harvard College and earned a MBA (with honors) and a MA in Education from Stanford.

What Excites You About Monument Academy:

Monument Academy is exciting because we will serve students who are most in need, with a curriculum and program that specifically addresses their academic, social, and emotional needs.




Tosin Ogunyoku King



As a teen, Tosin Ogunyoku King began working with former juvenile offenders after emancipating from foster care in California. With her foster parents and advocates support, Tosin graduated magna cum laude, earning a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. Encounters with youth from low-resourced communities led Tosin to pursue opportunities to advocate for children and families in domestic and international contexts, including as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. Tosin obtained a Masters in Social Work from The Catholic University of America with an emphasis on macro systems. As a “data junkie” Tosin promotes organizational capacity development to strengthen program outcomes through data-driven decision making and practice wisdom. Currently, she provides oversight, monitoring, and technical assistance to community-based programs delivering specialized child welfare services to foreign-born children. Tosin and her husband reside in Bowie, MD and look forward to parenting biological and foster children in the near future.


What Excites You About Monument Academy:

Monument Academy offers the nation a model for excellent education and care for children that are not well understood in our society. I am excited to be a part of a group of leaders that priorities holistic strategies to promote education through social and emotional development of students and the communities that surround them.


Favorite Teachers:

During my primary years, school was a haven for the physical and emotional safety that I did not have at home. My peers often teased me for not having many clothes so I was surprised and happy when my teacher gave me a new winter coat. The positive attention I received from my teachers allowed me to focus on and enjoy learning, knowing the adult in the room cared and took a personal interest in me.