Board of Trustees
Liz Evans – President and Founder
Mimi Barnes-Coppola – Founder
Pamela Pollock – Secretary and community member
Concetta Ferguson – Treasurer
Marguerite Battaglia – Founder
Kathleen Franklin-Adams – Community member
Roy Clay – Parent representative
Jennifer Bernacki Smith - Community member
Matthew Ryan - Community member
Leah Eagan-Stoddard -Vice President and Parent representative
The Board of Trustees meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at EVCS. Meetings are open to the public.
Elmwood Village Charter School has six founding members: Mimi Barnes-Coppola, Marguerite Battaglia, Liz Evans, Carine Mardorossian, Greta Massetti and Anne Wechsler. These six people envisioned a school in urban Buffalo that was inclusive, diverse, and enabled all of its students reach a high level of achievement, integrating art, music, foreign language, dance and physical education.
Mimi Barnes-Coppola coordinated the Buffalo City Special Education Training and Resource Center (SETRC) for over 25 years, providing professional development and specialized training opportunities for educators involved in the education of students with disabilities. Mrs. Barnes-Coppola is currently a private educational consultant and adjunct professor at Canisius College.
Marguerite Battaglia is a retired Buffalo Public School Administrator and an adjunct professor at D'Youville College where she aught the Foundations of Teaching Reading. Mrs. Battaglia’s passion is to bring the love of reading to the students in Buffalo. She has taught grades K-9 in rural, urban and suburban schools.
Liz Evans is the parent of an Elmwood Village Charter School student and a Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. She is currently a librarian at the Medaille College Library.
Carine Mardorossian is an Associate Professor in the English Department at SUNY Buffalo. Her research concentration is in Postcolonial studies, Caribbean literature, Victorian studies, and feminist criticism. Dr. Mardorossian is currently the President of the Northeast Modern Language Association and serves as Vice-President of the Board of EVCS.
Greta Massetti was an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at SUNY Buffalo and affiliated with the Center for Children and Families. Her area of interest is the learning and behavioral development of children at risk and school-based programs and services for urban settings. Dr. Massetti has been involved in research on evidence-based practices in schools and implementation of quality programs in school settings. Dr. Massetti currently works at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
Anne Wechsler has an MA in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ms. Wechsler is certified in elementary education from kindergarten through grade six and has worked in charter school development and as a teacher for charter schools in Brooklyn, Boston, and Buffalo. Ms. Wechsler is the Curriculum Coordinator for the Elmwood Village Charter School.