Board of Trustrees

Board of Trustees


A considerable strength of the Community Charter School of Paterson is its dedicated Board of Trustees. The Board consists of seven individuals, each of whom brings an important set of skills and perspective to the School’s governance.

Consistent with the approved charter, three of the seven trustees are affiliated with New Jersey Community Development Corporation as the founding organization; two are parents; and two are members of the community-at-large. All seven have full voting privileges.

Michael Powell,  Board Chair
Executive Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development
, Passaic County Community College
As an expert in adult education and workforce development issues Mr. Powell brings a sharp focus on what the school needs to do to building the knowledge and skills in our students that will help prepare them to be competitive in a 21st Century, globally-competitive workforce.  His linkage to the College also connects CCSP students and families with a variety of continuing education resources.  Mr. Powell is the Current Board Chair and also chairs the Personnel Committee.

Michael DeBlasio, Vice Chair
Director of Property Acquisitions and Operations,
New Jersey Community Capital
As a former charter school teacher and charter school administrator Mr. DeBlasio has firsthand experience with what it takes to be an effective teacher and how to operate a successful charter school.  Mr. DeBlasio is also an expert in real estate, finance and community development.  With this background he provides oversight and support for CCSP’s facilities and finance needs.  Mr. DeBlasio is the Board Vice Chair, he chairs the Curriculum and Instruction Committee and he sits on the Finance and Facilities Committee.

Tamour Kousha - Trustee
Chief Financial Officer,
New Jersey Community Development Corporation
Mr. Kousha, as NJCDC’s CFO, manages the finances and operations of a $15,000,000 complex nonprofit corporation and provides CCSP with expert financial support and oversight.  Mr. Kousha chairs the Finance and Facilities Committee.

Boris Zaydell, Trustee
Special Projects Coordinator,
New Jersey Community Development Corporation
Mr. Zaydell is an attorney who previously worked with the Paterson Public Schools where he specialized in Governance, Policy, and Special Education issues.  Mr. Zaydell chairs the CCSP Policies and Procedures Committee.

Sophia Sample, Trustee - Parent Representative
Ms. Sample is an accountant and former substitute teacher so she provides support and advice in the areas of finance and curriculum.  Ms. Sample is also one of the original parents of the school and has two children that have been enrolled since the school’s inception.  She is a fierce advocate for high-rigor, gifted & talented programs, and independent learning.  Ms. Sample sits on the Finance & Facilities Committee and the Curriculum & Instruction Committee.

Tamara Lugo, Trustee - Parent Representative
School Secretary, Paterson School #2
Ms. Lugo has been and employee of the Paterson Public School system for 27 years and is an active volunteer and advocate in the Paterson Community.  She has served on the selection committees for school principals, teachers and staff; served on the Board that created the district’s first health-themed public school and was director of the Paterson Recreation Night Program.  She volunteers with her church, a woman’s shelter, the Historic Preservation Scociety, Paterson Museum and the Inner City Ensemble.  She understands the challenges that Paterson students face as well as the community resources that are available to help them.  Ms. Lugo sits on the Policies & Procedures Committee.

Tiffany McBride, Trustee - Community Representative
Teacher, Technology, Paterson School
Ms. McBride is a teacher of technology in the Paterson Public School system.  She is an advocate for high standards, teacher professional development and teaching 21st Century skills.  She is a ‘born-and-bred’ Patersonian who was awarded the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year Governor’s Recognition Award.  Ms. McBride serves on the Curriculum and Instruction Committee.