BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018-2019
James Michel, Board Chair
Thomas Smith, Community Representative
Todd E. Cooper, Community Representative
Myron Stewart, Community Representative
Jillian McFarland, Parent Representative
Ricardo Anderson, Parent Representative
Janelle Lester, Community Representative
Reverend Cyril Burke, Community Representative Emeritus
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.
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.
Janelle Lester, Community RepresentativeJanelle Lester is the Lead Compliance Officer for Marsh & McLennan Companies. Prior to joining MMC Ms. Lester held the role of Chief Compliance Officer at a foreign exchange dealer in New York City. She has also worked as Privacy & Security Manager at Aetna. Ms. Lester holds a B.S. in Psychology and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Rutgers Law School.
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.
Jillian McFarland, Parent RepresentativeJillian 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.
Ricardo Anderson, Parent RepresentativeRicardo Anderson currently serves as a Vice president for Jumoke Academy Parent Association and a Parent Representative for the Jumoke Academy School Board. Ricardo attended CCSU and graduated with a Masters Degree in Technology Management with a concentration in Construction Management. Ricardo is actively working in the construction industry as a Project Superintendent with KBE Building Corporation. Ricardo is a member of KBE's 50 Ways which focuses on providing volunteer and financial donations to programs that support children, seniors, and military personnel and their families in communities throughout Connecticut. He has also worked with the ACE Mentor Program in Hartford for kids interested in the Construction Industry.
Regular Schedule of Jumoke Academy Board of Directors
meetings for the 2018-2019 school year:
2nd Tuesday every month, beginning 9/11/2018
at 999 Asylum Ave. (5th Floor) @ 6pm
September 11, 2018
October 9, 2018
November 13, 2018
December 11, 2018
January 8, 2019
February 12, 2019
FEBRUARY’S MEETING BEGINS AT 6:30PM
March 12, 2019
April 16, 2019
May 14, 2019
June 11, 2019
Special meetings will be announced as scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
All Agendas can be found HERE.