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At Mustard Seed School, we invest in our teachers. We believe the best educators are the ones who are continually growing and learning themselves. That’s why we commit to providing a variety of means for our educators’ professional development. We even have an endowed chair, The Agnes and Peter Steenland Memorial Chair for Professional Development, that ensures professional development is funded.
Coleman Fung Chair for Music; Director of Songsters, Choristers, and Music Educator for Grades K-5; Worship Leader
Spanish, Grades Two through Eight; Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Spanish, Grades Two through Eight
A Board of Trustees provides oversight for Mustard Seed School. Composed of 10-15 members, it includes the Head of School. Each member of the Board has been nominated, interviewed, and approved by the Board. The term of office for each is three years and each member may serve for up to five consecutive terms. The board includes people from a variety of professional backgrounds, including finance, real estate, education, fundraising, spiritual
direction and business management. All share a deep commitment to Mustard Seed’s mission.
The daily operations of the educational program are under the purview of the Head of School. The primary responsibilities of The Board include:
Kelesha Armand (2018)
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Attorney. Church Affiliation: Episcopal.
Jan Gallagher (2020)
Jersey City, New Jersey. Occupation: Writer. Church Affiliation: Lutheran.
Abby Hall Choi (2021)
Jersey City, New Jersey. Occupation: Head of School, Mustard Seed School. Church Affiliation: Lutheran
Cara Hilton (2018)
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Psychologist. Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.
Jessica Lambert (2011)
Jersey City, New Jersey. Occupation: Pastor. Church Affiliation: Lutheran.
Young Lee (2013)
Hoboken, NJ. Occupation: Attorney. Church Affiliation: Presbyterian.
William McGraw (2014)
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Financial Risk Manager. Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.
Lillian Meyer ’04 (2018)
Queens, New York. Occupation: Civil Engineer. Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.
Raúl Pérez (2013)
Hoboken, NJ. Occupation: Business Development (Healthcare). Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.
Mark Quiles (2015)
Hawthorne, NJ. Occupation: School Administrator. Church Affiliation: Non-denominational.
Scott Rostan (2010)
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Corporate Trainer. Church Affiliation: Episcopal.
Orlando Velez ’94 (2021)
North Bergen, New Jersey. Occupation: Clinical Social Worker Instructor Church Affiliation: Non-Denominational.
The Advisory Council is the Mustard Seed School “Think Tank.” Advisors come together once a year to offer fresh perspective and ideas to the board and staff.
Joan Allman Bates
Joan Isaacs Litman
Birgit Solano Richante