The Teaching for Change board of directors is responsible for ensuring that the organization does all it can to meet the mission of building social justice, starting in the classroom.
The board meets every two months with the leadership staff to stay informed about the diverse programs, review finances, plan fundraising, and outline strategic direction. The meetings include programmatic-policy discussions and a due diligence review of finances and human resources. The board monitors Teaching for Change grant and contract obligations.
Teaching for Change values diverse experiences and skill-sets. Every effort is made to achieve a diversity based on race, gender, area of expertise, profession (teacher, parent, administrator, community member) and geographical location (in the greater D.C. metropolitan area).
Joining the Board
Teaching for Change is currently accepting applications for board membership. Consider applying if you would like to play an active role in preserving the health and vitality of Teaching for Change. The board is looking for committed, passionate people who care about providing students the skills, knowledge, and inspiration to be citizens and architects of a better world. (If you have not served on a board before, it would be useful to read: “Ten Basic Responsibilities of Non-Profit Boards” and “What Should I Know Before Joining the Board?“)
To express your interest, send a letter to board chair Kate Tindle that includes: why you want to join the board of Teaching for Change; what you can offer to the organization in terms of skills, contacts, and/or resources; and your own definition of social justice. Include a bio or resume and email to email@example.com.
Current Board Members
Kate Tindle, Board Chair
Board member since 1999
Senior Program Associate, Synergy Enterprises, Inc.
As a child of a military family, Kate Tindle moved around every three years, being exposed to new communities and schools throughout her K-12 experience. This mobility fostered an awareness of how people can make others feel different and marginalized. Before her father was drafted into the military, Kate’s father worked at hanging wallpaper and pumping gasoline. Her mother, with five children, was a stay-at-home mom until cancer took her at an early age, when Kate was seven. Kate’s mother’s family, Irish immigrants from Cork to Baltimore, also shared a blue-collar background of plumbers, salesmen, and secretaries. This family background, coupled with transient school experiences, fostered in Kate a desire to make a difference by pursuing teaching in high needs schools as her career. She tried to foster a sense of activism in her seventh grade students by teaching biology through the lens of how human behavior can impact living things and how political and legal action can help save environments. Kate eventually moved into preparing graduate students at George Washington University to teach in high-needs urban schools and currently works for educational reform at Synergy Enterprises, Inc. In 2012, Kate contributed a chapter to the book, White Women Getting Real about Race: Their Stories about What They Learned Teaching in Diverse Classrooms.
Board member since 2014
Chair of Unlimited Visions, Inc
Tim Jenkins was student body president at Howard University when the sit-in movement erupted in 1960. That same year he was elected National Affairs VP of the National Student Association before entering Yale Law School. During this period he was Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee lobbyist on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and a member of the executive committee of the Students For Democratic Society. Among other duties he has taught at Howard University Law School, the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced Studies and the David A. Clarke School of Law. He co-founded the National Conference of Black Lawyers, was appointed governor of the United States Postal Service, president of The University of the District of Columbia and is now chair of Unlimited Visions, Inc. He is coauthor of Blacks in the Information Age.
Board member since 1996
Resource Teacher, Special Education, Thomas W. Pyle Middle School
When Darryl J. McDuffie began working as an intern with Teaching for Change in 1995, he had no idea that he would eventually become a board member. It has been an affiliation that transformed his practice and continues to invigorate his passion for education. Currently, Darryl coordinates services students with emotional and behavioral disabilities for Montgomery County Public Schools. He started his career in education with the D.C. public schools and has worked for public and independent schools in the Washington metropolitan area. His areas of concentration are English, urban education, special education and professional development. Darryl earned a BA in English and Communications from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a Master’s in Secondary Education from George Washington University.
M.J. (Mike) O’Brien
Board member since 2014
M. J. (Mike) O’Brien is an independent writer who lives and works in Vienna, Virginia. His interest in the civil rights era was sparked as a Catholic seminarian during the late 1960s and further deepened as he studied the non-violent philosophies of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Day. He excelled at English and History during his undergraduate pastoral studies at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Catonsville, Maryland. He graduated in 1973 and went on to earn a second bachelor’s degree in Communication from The American University in Washington, DC, in 1984. A practicing corporate communications executive for more than 30 years, O’Brien recently retired from the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC), a not-for-profit finance cooperative that provides private market capital to America’s electric cooperative network. Besides his work for CFC, O’Brien served as an incorporating director of the DC Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center (2000-2005). He currently serves as an emeritus director of FAPAC and is called upon to help facilitate strategic planning and other organizational development efforts for this not-for-profit social welfare organization. O’Brien lives with his wife and three (now) adult children in Vienna, Virginia. O’Brien is the author of We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-in and the Movement It Inspired. Learn more at www.notbemoved.com.
Gita Rao, Board Treasurer
Board member since 2007
Independent Consultant, Investment Management
Gita Rao worked for four years with the Non-Profit Finance Fund and for four years with the Calvert Social Investment Foundation. Rao has a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy. She currently resides in Chicago with her family.
Sylvia Y. Sanchez, PhD
Board member since 2014
Sylvia Y. Sanchez, PhD has had a long career in early childhood and bilingual education. She served as Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. There she co-founded UTEEM, a teacher education graduate level program that blended the fields of early childhood education, early childhood special education, bilingual/second language education, and multicultural education. This nationally recognized program prepared teacher candidates to work with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse young children and their families. Sánchez is known for her research interests in early bilingualism, diverse families, family stories, and professional development of teachers who work with culturally and linguistically diverse young children and their families. This commitment grew out of her personal experiences. As she explains, “I grew up in San Antonio, Texas with racially segregated schools, neighborhoods, religious institutions, and even segregated shopping areas. Language oppression was prevalent; it was against the law to speak a language other than English in a public building and children were routinely punished for speaking Spanish. Overnight, houses in my neighborhood would be boarded for long periods of time as migrant families followed the migrant stream up North. Migrant children dropped out of school at very young ages and no teacher ever spoke about them or questioned why they were not in school. In spite of these powerful local and state political forces, I grew up surrounded by a stable and loving extended family. We spoke Spanish at home. My grandparents lived across the street, and all of my eleven aunts and uncles and my large number of cousins lived no more than five miles away. This has shaped by belief in the powerful role of families, and the importance of supporting them.”
Board member since 2011
General Manager, Restaurant Marvin, and performance artist
A native of Pawley’s Island, SC, received his BS in Psychology from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. He began his career in Social Work as a Unit Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Horry County. Upon moving to the Washington D.C. area, he joined a private practice, specializing in Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Sex-Offender Treatment at Northern Virginia Counseling Group. After this four-year stint as a psychotherapist, he began studying and performing as an actor, storyteller and writer. He’s an acclaimed performer, who also serves on the board of Youth Pride Day, D.C. ; Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, 1A03; and the regional manager for Restaurant Marvin.
Nzinga Tull, Board Vice Chair
Board member since 2008.
Chief Systems Engineer Aerospace Engineering Division, Jackson and Tull
Nzinga Tull is a native Washingtonian, a graduate of the D.C. public school system and Spelman College, and a systems engineer with her family’s engineering firm, Jackson and Tull. She has been working with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Mission Operations Team since July 1998, supporting on-orbit activities and anomaly investigation as well as three Servicing Missions. She has represented the HST various public forums, including 60 Minutes (CBS), Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden (A&E Network), and the HST 15th Anniversary Symposium. Nzinga believes deeply that broad access to progressive publications and to rigorous, culturally relevant, student-centered K-12 public education are critical for healthy communities. When she isn’t wearing her “engineer” or “education advocate” hats, she enjoys studying and performing dance with KanKouran West African Dance Company. She also enjoys spontaneous dance-offs with friends and eating chocolate.
Former Board Members
- Trish Ahern, Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)
- Nizam Ali, Ben’s Chili Bowl
- Naomi Ayala
- Denise Bello
- Patricia Bradford Charles, Herbert Flowers High School
- Marcy Fink Campos, American University
- Margarita Chamorro, Prime DC
- Connie Chubb, American University
- Donald Clausen
- Bonny Cochran
- Michael Cohen, New York University
- Sheila Coleman-Castells
- Melba Conway
- Kenneth Danford, North Star Teens
- Carmen Davila, AARP
- Kathy Davin, Key Elementary Schools, Arlington Public Schools
- Hilda Diaz
- Carrie Ellis
- Mike Finley
- Evie Frankl
- Sue Goodwin, NPR
- Sharon Grevious
- Sally Harriston
- Damien Heath
- Aida Heredia
- Rebecca Shulman Herz
- Marlene Hoffman
- Alicia Horton, Thrive DC
- Leah Holmes-Bonilla
- Etta Johnson, Arlington Public Schools
- Irene Leon, Cypress Hills Community School/PS 89
- Catherine Long, Montgomery County Public Schools-Office of Staff Development
- Joann Malone, Blair High School
- Edgardo Menvielle, Children’s Hospital
- E. Ethelbert Miller
- Francisco Millet
- Samuel Miranda
- Marie Moll, Latin American Youth Center
- Don Murray
- Derrick Posey, Pullen Middle School, Prince George’s County Public Schools
- Susan Randall, Kenmore Middle School
- Katherine Rawson
- Richard Reinhard, photographer
- Carol Robledo
- Kevin Rocap, Project LEARN
- Roland Roebuck, DC Department of Human Services
- Sandra Rogers-Green, Arlington Public Schools
- Ila Supriya Roy, Montgomery County Social Services
- Paulette Saunders, For the Love of Children (FLOC)
- Andy Shallal, Busboys and Poets
- Renee Hausman Shea, Bowie State University
- Hilary Stern-Sanchez, Seattle Literacy Project
- Ruth Tamaroff, Tamohara Imports
- Karen Parker Thompson
- Lynda Tredway
- Marian Urquilla
- Pedro “PJ” Urquilla
- Jenice Leilani View
- Rebecca Villarreal, AARP Illinois
- MaryAnne White
- Barbara Wien
- Sheryl Winarick