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OUR TEAM

Our Quad Prep team is full of expert educators and clinicians who share a passion for learning and a belief in our students’ unique gifts and voices. Comprised of seasoned professionals in education and clinical services, our faculty and staff have studied at some of the most prestigious programs in the country, including NYU’s School of Medicine, Columbia University’s Teachers College, Yale University, and MIT. They hold medical degrees, doctoral degrees, and masters degrees in Gifted Education, Special Education, Clinical Psychology, Speech Language Pathology, and other related services. They bring with them robust and diverse expertise reflecting our strong commitment to integrating academic and psychosocial learning. Together, they collaborate closely so that all our students can learn and thrive.

 

LEADERSHIP

Kimberly Busi, MD

Founder and Head of School

Kim Busi is the Founder and School Head of The Quad Preparatory School, a psychiatrist and former Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. She left her faculty appointment in 2009 to found The Quad Manhattan, from which the school evolved. In 2013, Dr. Busi led the formation of The Quad Preparatory School as a separate K-12 not-for-profit organization and has overseen its growth since inception. Dr. Busi received her medical degree from the Brown University School of Medicine in 1997. After completing a year’s training in pediatrics at the New York Hospital-Weill Medical Center, Dr. Busi finished her residency training in psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine in 2001. At NYU, Dr. Busi designed curriculum, taught, and supervised residents. She served on the curriculum committee for the Department of Psychiatry, and as the Director of Education for the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture, a not-for-profit multidisciplinary treatment center within the Bellevue Hospital Center. She is an endlessly fascinated fiction reader and most enjoys spending time with her family and close friends. She is the lucky mother of two teenage boys.

Anna Christodoulou, PsyD

Director of Admissions and Outreach

Dr. Anna Christodoulou completed her doctoral studies in Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of London where her thesis focused on how to support children’s social and emotional skills at school. She has worked for years in several school settings in Greece, England and the US, serving a diverse population of children as a school psychologist. As Dr. Christodoulou became increasingly fascinated by high functioning children with social and emotional difficulties, she decided to devote her career in advocating for 2e children at Quad Prep. She is Greek by background, enjoys anything associated with the sea and sun, and is a proud mother of two girls.

Francisco Cornejo

Assistant Head of School

Francisco brings more than a decade of experience in education to his role as the Assistant Head of School. He joined Quad Prep during its pilot year and was the Quad’s founding special education teacher. Francisco holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in special education from George Mason University. During his graduate work, he obtained a certification in behavior modification from GMU. Francisco also studied for two years at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, D.C.

Carol Starmack

Chief Operating Officer

Carol brings more than thirty years of operations and finance experience in the nonprofit sector to her engagement at Quad Prep. She has a strong commitment to equity, justice, and opportunity and has had the privilege to live her passion through her career as well as her volunteer work. Most recently she has been a consultant to nonprofits, including serving in an interim capacity as the Chief Operating Officer at DataKind, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that believes in using data for good. Before that, she was the COO at the American Montessori Society (AMS), a 16,000+ member professional society that sets standards for Montessori schools and teacher education programs, credentials Montessori teachers, and offers quality professional development. While at AMS she oversaw the creation of a 10-step continuous improvement path for member schools and a robust professional development department. Earlier in her career, she was the Senior Vice President serving as COO of The Century Foundation, a progressive, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad. In her personal capacity, Carol serves on the board of the LCU Fund for Women’s Education and on the Academic and Sanctuary Committee at the Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School. Carol holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College’s Executive MPA program and a Bachelor of Science from the City University of New York Baccalaureate Program. She and her husband reside in New York City.

Emily Vizza, MS, CCC-SLP

Director of Clinical Affairs

Emily received her Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. She holds certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and New York State licensure in speech-language pathology, and obtained New York State Teacher Certification in Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Emily has trained with members of the Social Thinking® Training and Speakers Collaborative, who also provide ongoing coaching and consultative services to the Quad Prep team. Emily joined Quad Prep in the fall of 2014 at the beginning of the school's first full year and has since been involved in the development of the integrated social-emotional curriculum, supervision of Quad Prep participants in the Certificate in Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Children program, and serves on the admissions and accreditation committees. Emily is also an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Hunter College.

Melissa Wyse

Director of Development and Communications

A seasoned nonprofit leader, Melissa has extensive experience leading engagement, development, and communications programs for educational and arts organizations. She is delighted to bring this experience to Quad Prep in service of twice-exceptional learners. Melissa holds a Master of Fine Arts in writing from American University and is the author of Artists in Residence: Seventeen Artists and their Living Spaces, from Giverny to Casa Azul, published by Chronicle. She lives in New York City with her family.

Melissa Malakoff, PhD

Chief Psychologist and Director of Psychology Education and Training

Dr. Melissa Malakoff is a licensed clinical psychologist. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Duke University and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Malakoff began working at The Quad Preparatory School in 2014 as the Founding Psychologist, and she enjoys overseeing the intern training program. She has extensive experience in a variety of clinical, school based, and research settings. She is a bilingual clinician and is fluent in Spanish.

Jana Sanchez-Terry, MA

Interim Upper School Academic Director

Jana Sanchez-Terry received her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development from the University of Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication studies from Indiana University. In 2017, she joined The Quad Preparatory School as the Upper School Academic Coordinator and brought with her seven years of experience working with 2e and gifted children at a private school in Connecticut.

Nancy Tarshis, MA, MS, CCC-SLP

Early Childhood Program Director, The Quad Preparatory School

Nancy Tarshis, is a speech-language pathologist and special educator with extensive experience working with children and their parents. For 27 years, she was a member of the professional team at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, serving as Supervisor of Speech and Language Services for 21 of them. In that capacity, she trained more than 400 SLPs currently practicing throughout the nation. As Emeritus at CERC, she participates in ongoing research and lectures to pediatric fellows, medical residents, and psychology interns. In addition, she serves as adjunct clinical instructor at New York University, Teachers College - Columbia University, and Hunter and Lehman Colleges of City University of New York, and consults on social emotional learning to a variety of public and private schools. Nancy is deeply experienced in a wide variety of treatment methodologies, including Social Thinking ™ . She speaks frequently across the United States and internationally on its concepts and strategies, and is the co-author of We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers and We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers. Nancy’s continues to practice in the social cognitive practice she co-founded with Debbie Meringolo. Nancy is a member of the professional advisory boards of New York Zero to Three and Apraxia Kids (formerly the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America)”

Debbie Meringolo, MA, MS

Early Childhood Program Director, The Quad Preparatory School

Debbie Meringolo, a special educator, clinician and developmental specialist, is the Co-Director of Early Childhood Division of Quad Preparatory School. She assumed this role in July 2018, after a 27-year history as the Associate Director of the Infant/Toddler Team and RELATE program at the Rose F. Kennedy Center Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center of Montefiore. Debbie has worked with our school since inception and continues to provide Social Thinking ™ training and professional development with our staff in all divisions. methodology and ongoing training to our staff. Debbie has a long history working in schools as a reading specialist, supervisor and program developer. She continues to practice and consult with families and schools privately in the social cognitive practice she co-founded with Nancy Tarshis . Debbie is an enthusiastic speaker who enjoys sharing her own clinical experiences with audiences across the country - speaking about social cognitive development, preschool play skill development, assessment and intervention, and developing social groups across the age range.