Home Office Team

 
 
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Andrew E. Boy
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Andrew E. Boy is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at the United Schools Network (USN).  Boy began his career as a teacher at W.E.B. DuBois Academy, an urban charter school in Cincinnati. He served as the science lab director and designed the school’s science program and vastly improved students’ proficiency scores. During Andrew’s time with this school district he was twice awarded Ohio’s charter school Teacher of the Year, he facilitated several mentoring relationships between students and various Cincinnati professionals, and the academy earned Ohio’s top rating for academic performance. 

In 2006, Andrew began the competitive Building Excellent Schools Fellowship where he received extensive training on charter school founding and leadership, and best practices in urban education.  He completed the BES Fellowship and opened Columbus Collegiate Academy (CCA-Main), in 2008. The school, which serves about 240 students in grades 6-8, received an “Excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education in 2012.  Recently, CCA-Main also won the Gold Star EPIC award from New Leaders for New Schools for its extraordinary student achievement gains; it was one of only four schools nationwide to win the honor. The school has consistently been one of the top performing public middle schools in Franklin County since opening.  

CCA's academic results and Columbus’ need for more high-quality educational options for urban students prompted Boy to open a second middle school, CCA-West Campus, in 2012, and also to form a charter management organization, United Schools Network (USN). USN now operates four schools across Columbus, serving 800 students. 

In addition to two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati, Boy holds a master’s in educational administration from Xavier University. 

 
 
 
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Kathryn Anstaett
Chief Schools Officer
kanstaett@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

In her role as Chief Schools Officer for United Schools Network, Kathryn leads and coaches the school directors at the network’s four campuses. Kathryn is instrumental in connecting each school to the development and operational support provided by Home Office and in cultivating meaningful partnerships that enhance the existing programs and enrich the educational experience at each school.

As a former School Director herself, Kathryn led CCA-West (now CCA-Dana) to outstanding academic results. Under her direction, the school grew from 75 students in 2012 to 230 students in 2016. The school was recognized for exceeding expectations in student growth by the Ohio Department of Education, earning a Momentum Award in 2016. Due to the school’s excellent academic results, Columbus Collegiate Academy-West was one of only 13 charter schools in Ohio eligible to apply for the Ohio Facilities Construction Committee grant in 2016; as a result, the school was awarded $1.7 million dollars for facilities updates in 2016.

Kathryn earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Miami University. In 2014, Kathryn was named the “Instructional Leader of the Year” by the Excellent Schools Network, a consortium of 21 high-performing charter networks across the country.

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John A. Dues
Chief Learning Officer
jdues@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

John A. Dues is the founding director of the School Performance Institute, a new social enterprise division of the United Schools Network (USN). He also serves as the Chief Learning Officer of USN, a network of high-performing public charter schools in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, he has served as a School Director and Dean of Academics at USN. Under John’s leadership, USN schools have regularly been among the state and nation’s highest performing urban schools. In 2013, John was recognized as the Ohio School Leader of the Year by the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Prior to joining USN, John taught in and led schools in Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; and Cleveland, Ohio.

John graduated with Honors from Miami (OH) University, holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, and is an alumnus of Teach For America. John and his wife Jen are the proud parents of Jack, Allie, and Will.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Dante Ferguson
Talent Director
dferguson@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Dante's career of service began as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Hands On Atlanta. After completing his year of service, Dante went on to work in community programs with different organizations that serve the Atlanta community (Hands On Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity International). In 2008 Dante moved to New York City and began working in the urban education reform space and served as Director of Operations for two different organizations, before returning to his home state of Ohio. Currently Dante lives in Lewis Center with his wife Ashley, and their seven year old daughter, Ella.

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Diana Wakim
Development Director
dwakim@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

As Development Director, Diana collaborates with schools and external partners to provide the best possible funding and programmatic opportunities for students. Diana grew up in Dayton, OH and studied Language Arts Education at Ohio University before joining the 2012 Teach for America corps in Eastern North Carolina. Prior to joining the United Schools Network team, Diana was an educator at USN’s CCA-Dana campus, where she taught 8th grade reading and writing and served as Grade Level Chair. Diana is a proud member of the Central Ohio chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

 
 
 
Trisha Meier   Operations Director  tmeier@unitedschoolsnetwork.org  In her role as Operations Director, Trisha leads the school-based operations staff at the network’s four campuses, as well as the home office operations team. In doing so Trisha ensures that USN’s administrators and staff are focused on educating scholars to be college ready, rather than having to focus on the everyday nuts and bolts of operations. Her journey with community schools began in Detroit, Michigan where she was on the ground floor in the development of an education nonprofit serving 100% economically disadvantaged students. While at the nonprofit, Trisha managed human resources as well as many aspects of operations and board relations for five school districts.  Trisha is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned her bachelor’s in psychology, and also attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she obtained a master’s in industrial/organizational psychology. Trisha is excited to be living back in Ohio near her Alma Mater and she and her husband Jon are proud parents to future scholars Wade and Wesley.

Trisha Meier
Operations Director
tmeier@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

In her role as Operations Director, Trisha leads the school-based operations staff at the network’s four campuses, as well as the home office operations team. In doing so Trisha ensures that USN’s administrators and staff are focused on educating scholars to be college ready, rather than having to focus on the everyday nuts and bolts of operations. Her journey with community schools began in Detroit, Michigan where she was on the ground floor in the development of an education nonprofit serving 100% economically disadvantaged students. While at the nonprofit, Trisha managed human resources as well as many aspects of operations and board relations for five school districts.

Trisha is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned her bachelor’s in psychology, and also attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she obtained a master’s in industrial/organizational psychology. Trisha is excited to be living back in Ohio near her Alma Mater and she and her husband Jon are proud parents to future scholars Wade and Wesley.

 
 
 
 

Amanda Conley
Operations Coordinator
aconley@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

Caroline Denzer
Alumni Services Coordinator
cdenzer@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

Kimberly Holloway
Talent Associate
kholloway@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

Michaela Kim
Development Manager - Data & Reporting
mkim@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

Tina Lam
Talent and Operations Intern
opsintern@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

Chineze Okpalaoka
SPI Business and Marketing Intern
cokpalaoka@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

Jennifer Olivieri
Development Manager - Individual Giving & Volunteerism
jolivieri@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

Laura Steinmaus
SPI Strategy & Operations Manager
lsteinmaus@unitedschoolsnetwork.org

Taylor Trejo
Development Manager - Institutional Giving & Communications
ttrejo@unitedschoolsnetwork.org