Meet Our Board
Our board of directors is a diverse group of dedicated administrators, educators, and professionals who are dedicated to redesigning the school experience in the District of Columbia
Board of Directors
Christopher Purdy is a dedicated public servant, proven leader, and active change agent. Born in Rochester, New York, Chris grew up in a household committed to civic engagement. Working with students with disabilities became a passion for Chris as he saw the inherent disadvantages these students faced within school systems. In one of his very first teaching environments, the school had warehoused students with disabilities in a basement classroom with leaky windows and exposed pipes. Chris became a voice for these students, and through his graduate education, became an advocate for those who could not advocate for themselves. Chris is committed to working with others from across the nation and globe toward solving our society’s most pressing concerns
A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Martrice Gandy is a Special Education expert and leader with a deep passion for improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities from our most marginalized communities. She founded the nonprofit MindWorks Collaborative as a way to tackle the talent and diversity issue that is often a barrier to ensuring that our most vulnerable students are given access to quality programs and services. Before founding MindWorks, Martrice consulted with schools and organizations to improve academic and compliance systems in the areas of special education and response to intervention. She also worked with students and families as a special education advocate and supplemental instruction support through her company, Gandy Education Partners. She began consulting after she was awarded the Education Pioneers Fellowship in 2015, which she completed in the Philadelphia/Camden, New Jersey areas.
Latoya Tolbert is an instructional leader who develops training and facilitates professional development for math teachers in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Latoya believes that all educators have the capacity to enhance their craft with the right supports and that building relationships with scholars should be at the forefront of educators’ work. Previously, her work as an instructional lead teacher led to a data-driven restructuring of a school’s organizational structure and collaborative planning system. Latoya also has experience as a mathematics teacher and School Testing Coordinator in middle and elementary school settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Towson University, as well as a master’s degree in school administration and supervision from Bowie State University..
Katrina Floyd, a licensed social worker and Doctor of Public Health, has more than 30 years of experience helping families stabilize their lives. As a native of the District of Columbia, she has committed her life’s work to helping to improve the lives of the most vulnerable among us, our children. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Howard University’s School of Social Work and a doctor of public health degree from George Washington University. Currently, Katrina is serving as an Assistant Director for the Family Services Division with a community-based human services organization. In addition to serving as a social worker in various capacities, Katrina has more than 20 years of experience in the academic arena as a faculty consultant and field instructor with the School of Social Work Master’s Program at Howard University and as an external field instructor and adjunct assistant professor at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s Virtual Academic Center. Katrina is committed to ensuring that students in the nation’s capital receive a stellar and enriched academic education.
After graduating from Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in engineering, Courtney Kasuboski served as a corps member with Teach for America in New York from 2013-2015. She taught third grade and first grade, served as a founding staff member of her school, and received a Masters of Science in Teaching from Fordham University. Courtney graduated from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2018. While in law school, she ran a non-profit group to fundraise money for students spending their summers working unpaid in public interest positions. She also authored a paper related to charter school oversight; the paper was published online by the Ohio State Law Journal. She currently works as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Washington, DC. Courtney serves on the governance committee with Capital Village Charter Schools.
Giselle is the Director of Philanthropic Engagement at the National Women’s Law Center, working with the Individual Giving team to generate revenue. Prior to joining NWLC, she led all fundraising and communications efforts as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Thurgood Marshall Academy, a law-themed charter high school in Washington, D.C. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Elon University and an M.P.A. with a concentration in NonProfit Management from George Mason University. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Brooks, a certified speech language pathologist with over 20 years of experience, that dedicates herself to treating children with communication disorders in the District of Columbia. As a stalwart in the educational community, she earned a bachelor’s degree in communicative sciences and disorders from Hampton University, and her master’s degree in speech pathology from Howard University. Since then she has tirelessly advocated, educated and elevated uderserved youth within the District. Currently, Jennifer is the owner Unlimited Expressions, PLLC, a unique mobile/tele-therapy practice that provides speech therapy services to schools in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Tracy Clarke is the proud parent of a Capital Village founding student. She has journeyed through the charter school experience with her two daughters beginning in pre-school. Tracy served as a parent representative on the Bridges Public Charter School Board where she provided parent perspective regarding the special needs community at the school as well as supported Bridges’ charter renewal effort. Tracy enjoys playing an active role in the ‘business of the board’ and bringing that parent perspective as the board works to ensure a successful Capital Village school community. In her ‘other life’, Tracy works as a project management specialist with Leidos Corporation. She has been providing support to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a contractor for over 30 years.
Nicole is a born and raised Washingtonian with long standing ties in the District of Columbia. Soon after graduating Marymount University with a degree in Communication, she pursued a career in finance. Nicole is currently a financial advisor at Equitable Advisors in Falls Church. Ensuring all students have access to quality education and community has remained Nicole’s primary commitment as a community organizer and advocate. Nicole resides in the district with her husband and son.
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Our board and school are in alignment with DC PCSB’s School Transparency Policy. Please Click here to see the DC Public Charter School Board’s school profile that includes school transparency documents for Capital Village PCS.