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Walter Larkin, Jr. is the CEO of University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men. Prior to that, he served as Principal of Edison Tech and Executive Director of Transitional Programs for the RCSD. After graduating from Edison, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo, and his master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester.
Mr. Larkin is a lifelong city resident who is well known to the Rochester community for his many years of service in education and mentoring. He coached the Edison boys track & field team from 1998-2010 leading them to 14 indoor & outdoor sectional team titles. He is also the recipient of the 2018 inaugural Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards, winning for the Distinguished School Leader of the year.
Mr. Larkin is passionate about bringing value and providing opportunities for young men to be successful in all avenues of their journeys. “When you learn, teach and when you get, give”-Maya Angelo
Suki Cintron is the COO of University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men. Prior to that, she served as The Director of Student Services and School culture at Green Tech High Charter School in Albany, NY. After graduating from college in Amherst, MA with a Bachelor’s degree she pursued her Masters in Educational Psychology, Leadership and neurology from Boston University.
Mrs. Cintron is a truly a citizen of the world who speaks 6 languages and is very passionate about closing the gaps and providing equitable education and resources to underrepresented communities. Mrs. Cintron is well known for her initiative in pioneering international service learning projects as well as the fiscal management and success of the institutions in which she has worked and served.
Mrs. Cintron believes in leading by example and in leaving everything better than when one encounters it. With that in mind, she is excited about the opportunity to serve and lead the young men and women in Rochester to achieving success.
Kevin Klein is the Chief Academic Officer/Executive Principal of University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men. Prior to coming to UPREP, Mr. Klein served as the Principal of Integrated Arts and Technology High School for ten years. He also served as the principal of School 39, and as the director of Social Studies. Mr. Klein grew up in Buffalo and attended Buffalo State College for his bachelor's degree. Mr. Klein has two master's degrees, one from Brockport State University in education, and one from St. John Fisher College in School Administration. Mr. Klein also attend a summer program on School Reform at Harvard University. Mr. Klein has served the children of Rochester for the last thirty four years. During his career Mr. Klein was awarded the Outstanding Social lStudies Administrator Award for NYS, SJFC Leadership Award, and the George A. Vito Peer Mediation Program Award. Mr. Klein continues to remove barriers and provide opportunities fo the youth of Rochester. "Well done is better than well said." B. Franklin
Tracy DelGrego is the Principal of the Middle School at University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men. Most of her 35-year career was in the Rochester City School District including elementary, middle and high school teaching and educational leadership. Initially a special education teacher, she held leadership positions at East High School and Schools 8, 34 and 45. In the Greece Central School District Ms. DelGrego held school and district leadership positions. After retiring from public education, Ms. DelGrego’s continued desire to improve the educational and social experience for the young men and families of Rochester led her to UPrep. Her passion translates into her daily work, to ensure that Our Griffins have access to quality instruction and resources in a safe and engaging learning environment. She is an advocate for our students and maintains close relationships with families sharing the milestones and challenges of raising teenage children. Ms. DelGrego’s education includes a Bachelor’s of Science and a Bachelor’s of Arts from SUNY @Geneseo, a Master’s of Education in Special Education from the University of Virginia and a Master’s of Education, in Educational Leadership from St. John Fisher College. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela
Tracy Harris, currently serves as the Career & Technical Education Director at UPrep. Prior to joining UPrep in July 29, Mrs. Harris was the Middle School Principal at YWCP. Mrs. Harris holds a Master's Degree from St. John Fisher College in Educational Administration; Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with Advanced Study coursework from the University at Buffalo. She is an alumnus of John Marshall High School where she returned to teach from 1999 - 2012; during which time she taught a variety of business courses ranging from Career & Personal Finance to Virtual Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Lee was born and raised in the City of Rochester, and is an Alum of Edison Technical and Occupational Center as well as the University of Buffalo. Mr. Lee has always been one to work hard and achieve his goals, both academically and professionally. Mr. Lee believe's his life's work is to give back to the community that gave so much to him, thus leading him to University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men. He strives to use his story and passion to aid in the development of young black scholars today, being the leaders of tomorrow.
For over 20 years Raheem Miller has been an integral part of the daily lives of the youth of Rochester, NY. Over the years he has coached young men and women in various sports such as: track & field, football, basketball and bowling. As an East High School graduate, Raheem recalls, "If you didn't do sports, there was little else. Sports kept me on the right path." Obtaining a scholarship to Michigan State for football and ultimately graduating allows for Coach Miller to be an example for the inner city youth that he works with on a daily basis. In 2014, Miller was inducted to the Section V Football Hall of Fame. Currently, he serves as an administrator for the University Preparatory Charter School, which he helped found. "I have always felt a need to work with youth; it is something that finds me”.
Jamaal T. Peavy is the Director of Student, Family & Community Support & Engagement. For over 10 years, Mr. Peavy has worked in the realm of Youth Development and Support. He is passionate about supporting students and families through the transitions of life. Mr. Peavy has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Georgia Southern University, an M.Div from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and is currently working on a MSW from SUNY Brockport. Throughout his career, he has been involved in various initiatives throughout the Rochester community like the Black Youth Leadership Development Program, the Historic Boy Scouts of America Troop #293, the Black Male Achievement Coalition and the ROCCITY 48 No Excuses Symposium. Mr. Peavy believes as we move from a reactive community to a pro-active community, we can help to develop young people who are self-aware, emotionally responsible and process driven. This focus coupled with trained professionals who identify and empathize with our youth will help shift the paradigm within our society to a healthy and holistic community.
Dr. Ed Yansen, President
Thomas Green, Treasurer
Sharon Delly, Secretary
Dr. George Bovenzi
Board of Trustees meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at UPrep Charter School for Young Men, 1290 Lake Avenue.
Board Meeting - May 2021:
Thursday, May 13th: 6:00 p.m.
21-22 Budget Study Session
Monday, May 17th: 10:00 a.m.
Executive Committee Oversees goal-setting and agenda development and serves as a preliminary sounding board for the Board Chair, Principal and President. Role of this Committee also includes making decisions on behalf of the full Board and serves as a communication link with other members of the Board, particularly the committee chairs. This Committee also recruits and vets new Trustees
Personnel and Finance Committee provides oversight of the school's finances. The committee considers and makes recommendations to the Board on matters relating to the school's finances, including the annual school budget, resolutions for fund transfers, contracts, and facilities.
The Committee reviews financial statements on a monthly basis and coordinates annual independent financial audits.
The purpose of the Program Development and Accountability Committee is to ensure that systems are in place to meet SUNY benchmarks in instruction and academics. The Program Development and Accountability Committee reviews adult and student data and lends support and advice in areas related to instruction, academic achievement, as well as student and staff development.