The Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers

Serving Teachers' Innovation & Invention

Folake Eniola, Board Member

Folake Eniola is a social epidemiologist with experience in applied public health and place-based evaluation work. She has more than 13 years of experience working in research and evaluation capacities in New York and West Africa. Currently, she serves as a Senior Evaluator and Analyst with the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, at the NYC Department of Health, focused on evaluating the implementation of quality improvement strategies for reducing disparities in maternal health outcomes. Previously, she was the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center, one of three place-based intervention sites run by the Department.

A graduate of Tufts University, Folake is currently completing a Doctorate degree in Epidemiology at Columbia University, where she also earned a Master’s degree in Epidemiology. She has a passion for education and has taught at the City University of New York – City College, NYU Global Institute for Public Health and at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where she is also a Lead Teaching Fellow. Her research interests lie at the intersection of society and health, and broadly relate to global health equity, implementation science, and the exploration of social and structural determinants of population health and health disparities.

Folake’s earliest mentors include her college interviewer and her high school science teacher, who encouraged her to take opportunities that shaped her future academic and personal pursuits. She continues to work with students from underrepresented backgrounds by returning to her high school alma mater to speak with incoming and outgoing students and their families.

Sally Gallagher, Board Member

 

Sally Gallagher is an Assistant Director of Donor Relations at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. She is completing her MA in Museum Education from Tufts University. Previously, she worked for the Tufts University Parents Giving Program.

Sally worked as a teacher in world history at the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts, USA for two years. She also worked in the education departments of the Norman Rockwell Museum of Art and the Peabody Essex Museum, where she learned lesson planning, event management and informal teaching methods. She performed a year of service with Americorps VISTA where she served with the Boston Public Schools district office as the Countdown to Kindergarten Marketing Specialist.

Kofi Kankam, Board Member

Kofi Kankam is the CEO of Admit.me, a free online admissions community with tools to help candidates get admitted to graduate school and college. Admit.me offers ways for candidates to get support from each other and admissions experts while managing critical components of their application.  Kofi is also a founding team member of GoEuro, a European travel comparison company offering search and service for over 12 countries with 20MM monthly visitors. Prior to these efforts, he worked at Accenture, Net2Phone, and in a global soccer start-up. 

Kofi received his MBA from The Wharton School where he was a Joseph Wharton Fellow. Prior to Wharton, Kofi received his Master’s Degree in Education and Bachelor of Arts degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard College, respectively. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wharton Club of New York and on the Harvard Club of NY School Outreach Committee. Additionally, he is a board member of the Beginning with Children Foundation, a charter school organization supporting under-resourced children in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. He also is a board member of New Rochelle Youth Soccer and resides in New Rochelle with his wife, Nicole, and two children, Essien and Estelle.  

Faith Knowles, Board Member

Faith Knowles took most of her music education in Hungary (theory and choral conducting). She has been a teacher and consultant in many schools, and ran the pilot research class (music’s influence on math) in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA public schools. 

Faith was a co-founder of an arts high school in Rhode Island. She has been a board member of the national board of Kodály music educators (O.A.K.E.), and of Friends of Excellence, which supports the arts in public schools. She was both Director and Artistic Director of the Kodály Center of America, and has edited and co-edited many music books, including My Singing Bird, Vamos a Cantar, Daybreak and New Words.

William Lavin, M-TC President

William Lavin works in advancement with a focus on engaging advisory boards in curricular and co-curricular areas of computer science, entrepreneurship and engineering at Tufts University. He has worked for educational and community-based non-profits, managing annual fund programs, corporate and foundation relations, special events and major gifts. 

He is an alumnus of Providence College and Indiana University at Purdue where he earned a Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies. He has previously served as a Board Member for the Samaritans of Rhode Island.

Asta Petkeviciute, Board Member

Asta Petkeviciute has over 20 years of experience with a focus on strategic financial management, fiscal systems and organizational capacity development for non-profit organizations  globally. She has provided financial management supports for various size organizations with the key focus on operational efficiency and effectiveness while strengthening organizational sustainability and diversifying business models, and meeting complex donor compliance requirements. She has a keen interest in leading teams through enterprise-wide systems related improvements to achieve sustainable change.

 Asta’s experience ranges from leading one of the largest Fiscal Sponsorship programs in the US and managing a team of 35 staff members representing finance, legal, compliance and other operational functions to setting up risk-based internal audit efforts to providing finance, accounting and other program management supports and oversights to offices and grantees across the globe.  Over the years, she also has had various opportunities to be in the role of strategic finance and management leadership roles while starting new organizations/ departments as well as supporting organizations as they are going through mergers, acquisitions or other operational or programmatic change management efforts. 

Asta has a Master of Business Administration degree from Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Champlain College, Vermont, USA. 

Peter Thompson, Ph.D., Founder and Board Member

Peter Thompson is professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Roger Williams University. He has edited two widely used anthologies of francophone literature, and edits Ezra: An Online Journal of Translation (www.ezratranslation.com). Poetry books include Late Liveries, Shades and The Angle of Incidence. Song lyrics include Daybreak and New Words. His novels are Winter Light and Harrison’s Word. He is the translator of Khatibi’s Tattooed Memory, Nassira Azzouz’s The Gates of The Sun, Véronique Tadjo’s Red Earth, Léon-Paul Fargue’s Poëmes, Abdelkader Djemaï’s Father/Son, Abdellatif Laâbi”s Perishable Poems, Mohamed Loakira’s …and spring is veiled over, Ghita El Khayat’s The Affair and four by Nabile Farès: Hearing Your Story, A Passenger from the West, Exile and Helplessness. Exile: Women’s Turn.

In the non-profit world, he has been on the board of Samaritans of Rhode Island, as well as the Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers. He started the Ezra Fund, which supports translators. Twenty summers were spent on the back wards of mental hospitals (as staff).

Min Zhou, Ph.D., Board Member

Min Zhou is a Professor of Foreign Language in the Feinstein School of Arts, Humanities and Education at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Beijing University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.