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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.

 

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Kimberly Busi, M.D.

Kimberly Busi, M.D.

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. Best of all, she is the mother of two wonderful boys.

Anna Christodoulou, PsyD

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, M.A., M.B.A.

Francisco Cornejo, M.A., M.B.A.

Assistant Head of School

One of the founding members of the Quad Prep team, Francisco brings more than two decades of experience in education to his role as the Assistant Head of School. He joined Quad Prep during its pilot year and served as Quad Prep’s founding special education teacher. Francisco holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in special education from George Mason University, and an M.B.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration from St. John’s 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

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

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

Melissa Wyse

Chief Advancement and Communications Officer

A seasoned nonprofit leader, Melissa brings extensive experience to her role as Chief Advancement and Communications Officer at Quad Prep. Since joining the team, Melissa has stewarded Quad Prep’s story and legacy and centered neurodiverse experiences. She supports the school’s impact through its philanthropic programs and through innovative partnerships in service of twice-exceptional individuals. At Quad Prep, Melissa is delighted to bring together her expertise in nonprofit leadership, development, and community engagement, and her longtime commitment to education. As a former educator, Melissa taught students in K–12 and college, and oversaw faculty and curriculum design. In addition to her role at Quad Prep, Melissa is a writer; her book, Artists in Residence, was published by Chronicle Books in 2021. She is the proud parent to a lively toddler (an honorary Quad Prep dragon!)

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