Riccardo Stoeckicht began his career with the DuPont Company in Brazil, where he held numerous positions in finance, administration, manufacturing and business. Most notably he was the Corporate Treasurer and Controller for the $300 million subsidiary, and managed its South America Carpet Nylon business.
After leaving the company to remain in the United States with his family, he established his own Latin American art distribution business, introducing new and established artists to the US market. He curated numerous gallery exhibitions, including two in partnership with the Delaware Art Museum. He spent 4 years working at the Latin American Community Center (LACC) as its Deputy Director. As the Chief Operating Officer of the Rodel Foundation for the past 4 ½ years, Mr. Stoeckicht was responsible for the oversight and administration of finance, human resources, strategic planning, facilities and information technology management. He spearheaded the foundation’s restructuring in response to the economic downturn of 2008/09, helped reposition related organizations for success, and has provided strategic financial and operational guidance to clients as well as the organization at-large. More recently he has provided extensive support to charter schools regarding their facility financing needs, and until June 2012 was part of the founding board of Academia Antonia Alonso, the first dual language Expeditionary Learning elementary charter school set to open in the fall of 2013, and serve 600 students in New Castle County, Delaware.
Robert Boyd comes from a family of educators. His mother was a New York City Public School Teacher in the South Bronx and all of his aunts were teachers, counselors and administrators. Robert has been in and around public education and school reform since 2005. As an Executive Director for DonorsChoose.org, he served public and charter school teachers in nine states by connecting them with donors who funded millions of dollars of classroom projects designed by the teachers. As Chief Operating Officer for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, he put systems in place to advocate for the support and expansion of high quality charter schools across the nation.
Earlier in his career, Robert served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Harold Ford Sr. and consulted to numerous political campaigns across the country. After leading the development and start-up operations of multi-million dollar, high profile, urban real estate projects (Beale Street in Memphis and the West End in Dallas), he consulted to major corporations, started businesses in construction and affordable housing and served 12 years on the Board of a multi-billion dollar bank in Texas. An ordained Minister, Robert completed seminary and served 5 years leading programs for children, youth and their families. He coached over 20 seasons of youth sports and designed, built and operated a 61,000 SF indoor sports complex for youth. He is the proud parent of Jeffrey, a graduate of Brown University and teacher/coach in Dallas and Lindsey a student at Wesleyan University. Robert is excited to call Wilmington home.
Maria Stecker is an alumna of the Teach For America program in Wilmington, DE. While a member of Teach for America, Maria taught science at the Maurice J. Moyer Charter Academy where she developed curricula and instructed students spanning grades 7-12 in biology, chemistry, and physical science. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Wilmington University. Maria was also a Rodel Foundation Summer Fellow for the Delaware Charter Schools Network. In this role, Maria worked to further the charter school movement by developing a charter network outreach strategy for charter leaders, parents, and teachers.
Prior to joining Teach for America, Maria attended Carnegie Mellon University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Policy and Management. During her tenure at Carnegie Mellon, Maria founded the Carnegie Mellon chapter of Students for Barack Obama and was promoted to Pennsylvania Director of Students for Barack Obama. In this position, she developed and executed action plans for voter registration, education, and get-out-the vote efforts resulting in the highest on-campus voter turn out in Carnegie Mellon history.
Lauren Petrusky comes to the Community Education Building after a career with Verizon Communications. During her time at Verizon, she held various positions in External Affairs and Government Relations. In her most recent position as Verizon Delaware’s manager of corporate philanthropy, she was responsible for the review and evaluation of all philanthropic grant requests, worked with the media relations team to develop advertising and news releases to promote Verizon’s brand and objectives, and managed Verizon Delaware’s social media including the company website and Facebook pages.