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Ted Sharp, M.Ed., Interim Executive Director


Presently, Ted is serving as the Interim Executive Director of Learning Prep School, located in West Newton, Massachusetts. Prior to this he served as Interim Head of Beijing City International School. He earned an A.B. from Gettysburg College, majoring in American and Chinese History and earned his M.Ed. at Bridgewater State University in History and Educational Leadership. Ted engaged in advanced graduate study at Harvard University, concentrating his focus on Educational Leadership and Ethics. He has also received a Fellowship at Oxford University in the U.K. and at Cornell University.

Ted has been a Professor in the International Master’s Degree Program at Framingham State University for 18 years. This program offers the opportunity for expatriates and foreign nationals teaching in American International Schools to earn a Masters’ degree in Teaching or in Educational Leadership. The program has over 30 sites around the world. He has served as Headmaster of three independent schools, two international schools (Brazil & China), and was Superintendent of two public school systems. Ted served as Assistant Dean of the School of Education at Boston University and during that time chaired the Management Team for the Boston University/City of Chelsea Schools Partnership, the most comprehensive educational reform initiative to date in the United States.

Ted also served on the senior staff of former U.S. Secretary of Education, William Bennett as Executive Assistant, Deputy Undersecretary for Intergovernmental & Interagency Affairs where he had oversight responsibilities for the ten office of the U.S. Department of Education. He represented the Secretary of Education at events and meetings at home and abroad. He has served as a consultant on projects for the National Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as serving as a consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation program at Montpelier, the former residence of President James Madison in Virginia.

Presently, Ted serves on the Board of Trustees of North Yarmouth Academy and the Maine Humanities Council. He has worked as a consultant with educators and education ministries in Europe and the Middle East. He has served as a consultant for the New England Association of Schools & College in the U.S. and Europe, focusing on the status of accredited schools.

Ted and his wife Sharon reside in Cumberland Foreside, Maine. They have three children and four grandchildren. In his leisure time he enjoys reading books on history and biographies, flower gardening, & travel.


Karen Kames, Board Chair

Karen currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Boston Medical Center.  In addition to her board work at the BMC, Karen has been an active volunteer involved with the Autism Clinic, patient communications programs at the ICU, early literacy at the SPARK Center, and resume and tutoring support at the Refugee Center.  Karen previously worked as an elementary and high school teacher and as a textbook editor at Houghton Mifflin.  Karen graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Spanish from Connecticut College and earned a M.A. from Lesley College.  Karen is a parent of a 2017 LPS graduate.


Andrew Bartolini

Andrew is the Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer of Ardent Partners, a boutique research and advisory firm that specializes in supply management.  Prior to founding Ardent in 2010, Andrew spent a decade working in the supply management industry for a variety of companies including Ariba and the Aberdeen Group.  Andrew has also worked in investment banking and management consulting.  Andrew began his professional career working at a homeless family shelter in Los Angeles as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  Andrew holds a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A from Indiana University.  Andrew is married with two children, including one current student at LPS.


Christina Bergeron

Christina practices law at Ropes & Gray LLP, where she assists hospitals and universities in the Boston area with health care compliance and transactional matters.  Prior to practicing law at Ropes & Gray, she clerked for a Federal judge in Chicago, Illinois, where she worked predominantly on contract and employment disputes.  Christina began her career at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston as the paralegal for the $14.6 billion Boston "Big Dig" investigation.  She has volunteered at various non-profit organizations, including the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, and enjoys representing pro bono clients at Ropes & Gray on cases involving government sponsored housing and immigration issues.  Christina has a B.S. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.


Christopher Busby

Chris is a Partner at Great Hill Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm.  He is responsible for originating and executing investment opportunities in the business and technology-enabled services sectors.  Prior to joining Great Hill in 2000, Chris was an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan and an associate at GCC Investments.  Chris received a BA in Political Science and History from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Chris is married and has three daughters.


Mark Farrell

Mark has worked for Koch Membrane Systems since 2000 and today serves the company as their Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to joining KMS Mark held number of engineering & technology leadership roles with engineering and constructions companies in South Africa and Canada.  Since 2007, he has also served as Managing Director and Chairman of the board for KMS GmbH.  After serving in the Navy, Mark received his NH in Civil Engineering  in 1991 and his NHD in Water & Waste Water Civil Engineering in 1992 from the Port Elizabeth Technikon.  As the VP/COO at KMS, Mark is responsible for all company operations including design, engineering, procurement, manufacturing, accounting, information technology, project management, as well as the global sales organization and P&L responsibility for the global Water and Wastewater markets.  Mark is a parent of a current LPS student.


Carol Kinlan

Carol is the Director of Admissions and Enrollment at the Perkins School for the Blind, where she directs all on-campus marketing and recruitment efforts. She also oversees the school’s independent diagnostic evaluations for students of families seeking an in-depth understanding of their child’s learning and medical profile, as it relates to their visual impairment. Carol has also been an educational consultant, guiding numerous families through the process of applying to college or independent schools for students with complex learning profiles. Carol was Director of Learning Resources for the Middle School at the Shady Hill School, Learning Services Coordinator at the Dedham Country Day School and did an observership in admissions at the Landmark School in Beverly, Massachusetts. For our population, Carol brings to the Board extensive experience with students with language-based or nonverbal learning disorders. Carol has also served schools and Boston area hospitals in administering neuropsychological assessments and evaluations for students. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a B.A in Journalism, Ms. Kinlan received her M.B.A. in Marketing/Marketing Research from Boston University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Jennifer Motta

Jenn is the Chief Operations Officer of New England for Cigna Corporation. She also has dyslexia and knows “firsthand the struggles and benefits of having a brain that ‘operates’ differently.”  With a strong background in strategic planning and project management, Jenn has developed a career drawing on experience from the health care and financial services industries. Prior to her current position, she was the Vice President for Strategy and Business Implementation for the Individual and Family Plans and has held keys roles in marketing and new business development with Cigna. Though a resident of South Windsor, CT, she comes to Newton regularly, learned about Learning Prep, and was inspired by the mission of the school. As a member of the Board she hopes to “show students that are dyslexic or have complex learning disabilities that it is not a barrier to a happy and successful life.” Ms. Motta received a B.A. in Politics and Government from the University of Hartford and interned as a Research Assistant in Health and Human Services through the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington, D.C.



Alan Pisano

Alan is a Partner and C.P.A. at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he has worked with Financial Services companies for the past 15 years.  Alan has performed financial statement audits for some of the largest Asset Management firms in Boston, and has worked with clients on a variety of complex accounting issues.  At PwC, Alan leads several initiatives related to business development, and services on key industry councils.  He also helped lead several community service initiatives at PwC, including the Boston Office's involvement with the Pan-Mass Challenge.  Alan earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at Boston College, and a Master's Degree in Accounting at Bentley University.  Alan and his family live in Needham.


Faith D. Segal

An experienced civil litigation attorney and skilled negotiator, Faith has a unique background in special education.  As past Chapter 766 Coordinator for Kennedy Memorial Hospital for Children (now Franciscan Hospital for Children), Faith was a member of the multidisciplinary team evaluating children and adolescents presenting language and learning challenges, emotional/behavioral challenges, traumatic head injury and/or brain disease.  Representing the hospital at IEP meetings, mediations and hearings, as well as working with child advocates, led to Faith's decision to become a lawyer.  Faith began her career as a reading specialist evaluating and providing therapy to inpatients, outpatients and students at the Kennedy Day School.  She holds a B. S. from Cornell University, a M.S. in Reading Education from Syracuse University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.


James S. Wilbur

Jim recently retired after 25 years as the Director of the Threshold Program at Lesley University.  During his tenure all four Threshold buildings were gutted and retrofitted to become accessible to all.  The residential Wilbur House received a preservation award from the City of Cambridge.  Jim started his career as an undergraduate volunteering at a program for special needs adults in central Massachusetts, becoming Assistant Director after graduation.  After moving to Boston he continued his volunteer work at the Walnut Center in Somerville until he joined Communities for People overseeing the treatment programs for thirty special needs adolescents, one of whom attended LPS before coming to Threshold.  Jim earned a BSBA from Nichols College and M.Ed. from Cambridge College.  He and his partner Tim live in Cambridge.


Learning Prep School provides an individualized language-based program to students with complex learning profiles, including dyslexia, expressive/receptive language issues, autism spectrum disorder, and social communication disorder.

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