Board of Trustees


The March Board of Trustees meeting will take place March 26 at 5:30pm via videoconference. All members of the public are welcome to attend:

March Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, March 26 · 5:30 – 6:30pm
Time zone: America/New_York
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 323-942-0558‬ PIN: ‪195 230 012‬#
More phone numbers:

The below trustees will be participating via videoconference from the below addresses. The public are welcome to join:

  • Lourdes Rivera Putz – 4958 Pall Mall St E, Kissimmee, FL 34758
  • Sam Rivera – 2 Vermella Way, Union, NJ 07083, Main Conference Room
  • John Witherspoon – 134 Glen Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
  • Marcenia Johnson – 20 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10011

board meetings

Board meetings take place at 198 Varet Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (or via Google Meets when allowed to by law).

Members of the public are welcome. If you plan to attend, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance so your name may be added to the security list at the front desk.

A copy of each meeting’s agenda is available for download here. Please contact Katie Manion at if you would like a copy of the materials distributed at one of the board meetings, or view archived materials from prior academic years.

Parents and other members of the community are always welcome to bring any concerns to the Board. Please email the Board Chair, Lourdes Rivera-Putz, at

board members

John Witherspoon
John Witherspoon
Board Co-Treasurer
John Witherspoon is the Director of Infrastructure Services at the
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Lourdes Rivera-Putz
Lourdes Rivera-Putz
Board Chairperson
The WCHS Board Chair, Lourdes Rivera-Putz, has extensive ties throughout
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Marcenia Johnson
Marcenia Johnson
Board Secretary Read more
Sabrina Philson
Sabrina Philson
Board Co-Treasurer Read more
Samuel Rivera
Samuel Rivera
Board Vice-Chair
Sam currently serves as the Vice President of the Board
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Ellen Eagen

Board Packets and Minutes

Meeting DateAgendas and Public PacketsMeeting MinutesRecordings
August 2023Public PacketDraft available upon request.
July 2023Public PacketMinutes
June 2023Public PacketMinutes
May 2023Public Packet
April 2023Public Packet
March 2023Public Packet
February 28, 2023Public PacketVideo
February 10, 2023
Special Meeting
Public Packet
January 31, 2023Public PacketVideo
December 20, 2022Public PacketMinutesVideo
November 15, 2022Public PacketVideo
October 25, 2022Public PacketMinutesVideo
September 28, 2022Public PacketMinutesVideo
August 30, 2022Public PacketMinutesVideo
July 26, 2022MinutesVideo
June 21, 2022Public PacketMinutesVideo
May 17, 2022Public PacketMinutesVideo
April 12, 2022Public PacketMinutes
March 22, 2022Public PacketMinutes
February 15, 2022Public PacketMinutes
January 25, 2022Public PacketMinutes
December 14, 2021Public PacketMinutes
November 16, 2021Public PacketMinutes
October 20, 2021Public PacketMinutes
October 4, 2021
Special Meeting
Public PacketMinutes
September 20, 2021Public PacketMinutes
August 17, 2021Public PacketMinutes
July 20, 2021Public PacketMinutes
June 15, 2021Public PacketMinutes
May 25, 2021Public PacketMinutes
April 27, 2021Public PacketMinutes
March 16, 2021Public PacketMinutes
February 23, 2021Public PacketMinutes
January 19, 2021Public PacketMinutes
December 15, 2020Public PacketMinutes
November 24, 2020Public PacketMinutes
October 27, 2020Public PacketMinutes
September 29, 2020Public PacketMinutes
August 25, 2020Public PacketMinutes
July 28, 2020Public PacketMinutes
June 23, 2020Public PacketMinutes
May 26, 2020Public PacketMinutes
May 14, 2020 Special MeetingPublic PacketMinutes
April 28, 2020Public PacketMinutes
April 24, 2020 Special MeetingPublic PacketMinutes
March 31, 2020Public PacketMinutes
March 15, 2020 Special MeetingPublic PacketMinutes
February 25, 2020Public PacketMinutes
January 28, 2020Public PacketMinutes
December 18, 2019Public PacketMinutes
November 19, 2019Public PacketMinutes
October 15, 2019Public PacketMinutes
September 17, 2019Public PacketMinutes
August 27, 2019Public PacketMinutes
July 30, 2019Public PacketMinutes
June 25, 2019Public PacketMinutes
May 28, 2019Public PacketMinutes
April 30, 2019Public PacketMinutes
March 19, 2019Public PacketMinutes
February 26. 2019Public PacketMinutes
January 29, 2019Public PacketMinutes
December 20, 2018Public PacketMinutes
November 27, 2018Public PacketMinutes
October 30, 2018Public PacketMinutes
September 25, 2018Public PacketMinutes
August 28, 2018Public PacketMinutes
July 26, 2018Public PacketMinutes
June 19, 2018Public PacketMinutes
May 15, 2018Public PacketMinutes
April 24, 2018Public PacketMinutes
March 20, 2018Public PacketMinutes
February 28, 2018Public PacketMinutes
January 18, 2018Public PacketMinutes
December 19, 2017Public PacketMinutes
November 27, 2017Public PacketMinutes
October 24, 2017Public PacketMinutes
September 19, 2017Public PacketMinutes
August 29, 2017Public PacketMinutes
July 25, 2017Public PacketMinutes
June 20, 2017Public PacketMinutes
May 16, 2017Public PacketMinutes
April 25, 2017Public PacketMinutes
March 21, 2017Public PacketMinutes
February 28, 2017Public PacketMinutes
January 17, 2017Public PacketMinutes
December 20, 2016Public PacketMinutes
November 21, 2016Public PacketMinutes
October 24, 2016Public PacketMinutes
September 20, 2016Public PacketMinutes
August 30, 2016Public PacketMinutes
July 19, 2016Public PacketMinutes
June 22, 2016Public PacketMinutes
May 24, 2016Public PacketMinutes
April 20, 2016Public PacketMinutes
March 16, 2016Public PacketMinutes
February 9, 2016Public PacketMinutes
January 19, 2016Public PacketMinutes
December 16, 2015Public PacketMinutes
November 24, 2015Public PacketMinutes
October 19, 2015Public PacketMinutes
September 22, 2015Public PacketMinutes
August 26, 2015Public PacketMinutes
July 21, 2015Public PacketMinutes
June 16, 2015Public PacketMinutes
May 19, 2015Public PacketMinutes
April 29, 2015Public PacketMinutes
March 24, 2015Public PacketMinutes
February 24, 2015Public PacketMinutes
January 29, 2015Public PacketMinutes
December 16, 2014Public PacketMinutes
November 25, 2014Public PacketMinutes
October 21, 2014Public PacketMinutes
September 23, 2014Public PacketMinutes
August 19, 2014Public PacketMinutes
July 15, 2014Public PacketMinutes
June 17, 2014Public PacketMinutes
May 20, 2014Public PacketMinutes
April 29, 2014Public PacketMinutes


Charles Hobson, Former Board Secretary

Charles Hobson headed Vanguard Documentaries, a production company known for its successful collaborations with PBS and the BBC, among others.Hobson’s most recent PBS co-production, Treasures of New York: The Flatiron Building, aired in April 2014 and commemorates the 110th anniversary of the world famous structure. His acclaimed four-decade career has included films such as Harlem in Montmarte, (Arte, PBS), Porgy and Bess: An American Voice (PBS), Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant” (FOX), Jump Street: The History of Black Music (PBS), Negroes with Guns (PBS) and Like It Is (ABC-TV). Hobson’s awards include an Emmy, a Fulbright (Germany), The Japan Prize (Special Citation), CINE “Golden Eagle,” and the Best Documentary Prize at the 2010 International Pan African Film Festival, 7th Edition, in Cannes. He has taught at SUNY, NYU Tisch School for the Arts, Vassar, and lectured at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. In 2010, Hobson was Artist in Residence at Art Workshop International, in Assisi, Italy. He had recently expanded his scope of work to include film for corporations and non-profits, such as Verizon Wireless, New York University Medical Center, and Broadway Housing Communities.

He was a consultant for the Museum of Modern Art and was featured at the Lincoln Center for his groundbreaking work on the television programs Inside Bed-Stuy and Black Journal.

Board Meetings 2023-2024

  • July 18, 2023 at 5:30pm
  • August 29, 2023 at 5:30pm
  • September 27, 2023 at 5:30pm
  • October 25, 2023 at 6:00pm
  • November 21, 2023 at 5:30pm
  • December 19, 2023 at 5:30pm
  • January 16, 2024 at 5:30pm
  • February 27, 2024 at 5:30pm
  • March 19, 2024 at 5:30pm
  • April 16, 2024 at 5:30pm
  • May 21, 2024 at 5:30pm
  • June 18, 2024 at 5:30pm