BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jumoke Academy Charter Schools:
James Michel, Board ChairJames is currently the Interim CEO for Access Health CT, which is implementing the Affordable Care Act in the state of CT. Prior to joining Access Health CT, he was an Audit director in Aetna's Finance Department for over 8 years. Before that, he spent 9 years as Chief Financial Officer for the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) in Hartford CT. Before the MDC he spent 10 years working for the New York State Insurance Department as a Senior Insurance Auditor. James has an MBA from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. He received B.S. in Accounting from Brooklyn College. He also received has done extensive graduate work in Accounting and Economics at Brooklyn College. James lives in Bloomfield, CT with his wife and three sons. He is very active in the community. He served on the Bloomfield Board of Education for ten years. He is the current Chairperson for the Board of Trustees for Jumoke Academy, a high performing Charter School in Hartford, CT. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Outreach To Haiti, a nonprofit organization in Connecticut that operates a medical clinic in Port-Au-Prince Haiti as well as manage the educational sponsorship of over 300 students in Haiti.
Glenn Winfree, Community RepresentativeGlenn Winfree is the current Head of School at Covenant Preparatory school in Hartford. Mr. Winfree spent much of his career in corporate environments leading diversity and education initiatives, most recently with Aetna, Inc. in Hartford. Mr. Winfree has a bachelor's degree in Business Economics from Rutgers University and a master's degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Hartford. Throughout his corporate career, Mr. Winfree continued to work with youth through his many extracurricular activities, serving as president of the Bloomfield Education Foundation and facilitating programs for both youth, and parents through Bloomfield's Social and Youth Services Department. Mr. Winfree is certified to train educational professionals in the Process Education Model, a language-based, personality assessment and behavioral model used to positively impact students and educators in schools and educational settings across the country.
Todd E. Cooper, Community RepresentativeTodd Cooper is a Community Representative on the Jumoke Academy Board of Directors and heads the Executive Director Evaluation committee. Mr. Cooper is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, holding an undergraduate degree in Society and Justice and a Masters’ (MSc.) degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resources. Mr. Cooper has been previously employed with the US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration and more recently with United Technologies Aerospace Systems. Mr. Cooper is the husband of Mrs. Melva Cooper; they have four children and are the proud parent of Jumoke Academy graduate Olivia Cooper. He resides with his family in Bloomfield, CT. Mr. Cooper says his hope is that by serving on the Jumoke Board, his passion for instilling a strong desire in the scholars to make the right choices and achieve their dreams can be realized through diligence, focus and hard work. 8. Jillian McFarland Parent Representative Jillian McFarland has made a career in the hotel industry for 14 years with roles in the sales, marketing, and catering departments. She has been employed for 2 1/2 years as the catering sales manager for the Windsor Marriott. Ms. McFarland’s son Owen started Jumoke Academy in fall 2016 in Pre-K and is now in Kindergarten. Jillian is serving her first year as treasurer for JAPA (Jumoke Academy Parent Association) with the hopes of encouraging parent and teacher involvement within our school district. Ms. McFarland is also serving her first year as the Parent Representative to the Jumoke Academy Board of Directors. Ms. McFarland and her husband Javonni are lifelong Windsor residents and have three children: Kailie, Owen, and Noah. She is also involved in the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and has previously been a youth soccer coach for the Town of Windsor Recreation Department.
Coleen Heggelke, Teacher RepresentativeColleen Heggelke is the newest member to the Jumoke Academy Board of Directors, serving as the teacher representative. Ms. Hegelkee is the seventh and eighth grade Social Studies teacher at the Academy’s Hartford Conservatory. Originally form New York, she received both her Bachelor’s in Education with a Social Studies concentrate and Master’s in Literacy Education from the State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego. After moving to Connecticut in 2013, Ms. Heggelke taught for two years in Middletown and then was brought onto the Jumoke team for the 2015-2016 school year. After spending her days teaching, Colleen goes home to spend time with her husband Steve, their six month old son, Garrett, and their golden retriever Charlie.
Myron Stewart, Community RepresentativeMyron Stewart is employed by Praxair, Inc. where he is the Independent Distributor / Account Manager for the past 17 years. Prior to joining Praxair Inc he was the National Account Manager for Con-Way Transportation now known as XPO Logistics. Myron is originally from Detroit, MI. After high school he spent 5 years in the United States Army. After being Honorably Discharged he return to Detroit where he went back school and received an Bachelors Degree in Marketing (1991). Myron also has a Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic (2002). Myron current resides in Bloomfield. CT for the past 22 years. Myron is describe as a highly motivated, performance driven and committed to excellence.
James Michel, Board Chair
Thomas Smith, Community Representative
Glenn Winfree, Community Representative
Todd E. Cooper, Community Representative
Reverend Cyril Burke, Community Representative Emeritus
Regular Schedule of Jumoke Academy Board of Directors
meetings for the 2017-2018 school year:
2nd Tuesday every month, beginning 9/12/2017
at 852 Asylum Ave. @ 6pm
September 12, 2017
October 10, 2017
November 14, 2017
All Meetings from December 12 on will be held at
999 Asylum Ave. Hartford, CT 06105
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 27, 2018
Due to the Winter Weather on March 13, the March Board of Directors meeting is rescheduled for March 27, 2018 at 999 Asylum Ave.
April 17, 2018
May 8, 2018
June 13, 2018
Special meetings will be announced as scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
All Agendas can be found HERE.