Pearl Rock Kane is the Klingenstein Family Chair Professor for Independent School Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. She holds a master’s degree from Smith College and a doctorate from Teachers College. Professor Kane serves as the director of the Klingenstein Center and is the coordinator of programs in education leadership for both public and private schools.
Professor Kane taught and served as a school administrator in Michigan, Massachusetts and New York. In addition to UNIS, she serves on the boards of Uncommon Schools, an organization that starts and manages college prep charter schools, and Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in Brooklyn, NY where she is a founding member.
Professor Kane is the recipient of a number of honors for exemplary teaching and she has received several awards including the 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the2008 Award for Exemplary Contribution to the Promotion of International Education from the European Council of International Schools.
She is editor of The First Year of Teaching: Real World Stories by America's Teachers, Independent Schools, Independent Thinkers and The Colors of Excellence: Hiring and Keeping Teachers of Color in Independent Schools. She has published numerous articles on issues of leadership, diversity, governance, and the attraction and retention of teachers. Her current areas of research focus on privatization, charter schools, and independent school leadership and governance.
Stephanie Gelb is an architect and urban planner in private practice. As Vice President of Planning and Design at the Battery Park City Authority in New York City for over twenty years, Ms. Gelb was responsible for overseeing the planning and design of parks, playgrounds and schools and introducing guidelines for sustainable development.
Ms. Gelb is a licensed architect, and a LEED-accredited professional. She has been recognized for her contributions to the field of architecture with numerous awards, and in 2010 was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Ms. Gelb received a professional architecture degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the City University of New York.
Mr. Reeder is a Managing Director and Global Head of the Building Products and Basic Materials Group of the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse. Over the course of his 26-year investment banking career, Mr. Reeder has assisted and advised a broad range of domestic and multi-national corporate clients, Boards of Directors and private business owners across industries and geographies on more than 200 mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, and public and private capital raising transactions.
Mr. Reeder began his career in 1987 with Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., focusing on mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions across a range of client industry sectors. In 1992, he became a founding member of Dillon Read's Homebuilding, Building Products and Construction Group. Since that time and for the majority of his career, he has focused on assisting and advising companies in the broad building sector – including building products and construction materials manufacturing, distribution, homebuilding, furniture and furnishings, and construction services. In 1999, Mr. Reeder became Global Head of the Building Products and Construction Group of UBS Investment Bank (successor to Dillon, Read & Co., Inc.) and led the business to a global leadership position thereafter. In 2005, Mr. Reeder was appointed Joint Global Head of the Financial Sponsor and Leveraged Finance Group of UBS Investment Bank, leading a global team of 145 bankers, growing the business to $1.7billion in revenue, and serving on the firm’s Global Management Committee and Global Operating Committee. Subsequently and until joining Credit Suisse in July 2010, Mr. Reeder served as a Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of Sagent Advisors Inc., where he was a partner and co-owner of the firm.
From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Reeder served on the Policy Advisory Board of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Currently, in addition to serving on the UNIS Board of Trustees, he serves on the Board of Trustees of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, a non-profit organization serving more than 5,000 kids (ages six to eighteen) through four clubhouses in disadvantaged communities throughout the city – providing education, recreation, nurturing and guidance programs in a safe environment that many consider a second home.
Mr. Reeder graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1987 with a B A. in Architecture. He is married to DeAnnie with two sons, Austin (a Middle School student at UNIS) and Ethan.
Peter Sorrentino is a Managing Director at Perella Weinberg Partners, the New York-based boutique investment bank, where he is a founding member of the firm's Global Private Capital business. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg in 2010, he spent over a decade at Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division and subsequently at Barclays Capital in New York.
Mr. Sorrentino has extensive experience in advising corporate clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions across a diversified set of industries. In addition, he has deep expertise in global capital markets, credit analysis, fixed income and equity products and capital structure advisory. He began his finance career at Lehman Brothers, where he provided corporate finance advisory services to clients in the diversified media and entertainment sectors and subsequently became Head of Lehman Brothers’ Media and Telecommunications Leveraged Finance practice. Prior to and until joining Perella Weinberg Partners in 2010, Mr. Sorrentino was asenior member of the Global Private Capital Group and Head of Mezzanine financing at both Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital.
A native of Boston, MA, Mr. Sorrentino received his MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University. He lives in Manhattan and is married to Dr. Rachel Sorrentino, with twin sons, Luca and Quincy (J3).
Mr. Sorrentino is a former member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee Chairman for Eidolon Ballet-in-Concert, a not-for-profit dance company based in New York City.
Bornali Basu is a psychologist in private practice and a member of the faculty of NYU School of Medicine. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, Teachers College. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. from Teachers College, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Adelphi University. Previously, she was a senior psychologist and Program Director at Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Basu was born in Canada and raised in India. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Ranjan and their son, a Tutorial House student at UNIS.
Marc Powell has been a management consultant for 25 years, including the last nine years with the Boston Consulting Group where he rose to the rank of Partner and Managing Director and founded the Infrastructure Investment Practice. In his professional capacity, Mr. Powell guides world-class corporations on issues of business strategy, operational restructuring and investment prioritization. He focuses on high technology and telecommunications markets. Mr. Powell also supports the financial community in planning major investments in infrastructure. He is now the CEO of InfrastrucPartners.
Mr. Powell has been called upon to advise clients around the world, and has developed an extensive international perspective. He has worked in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina. France, U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, India, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel and Australia.
Prior to BCG, Mr. Powell helped launch a major internet consulting firm – Viant Corporation –where he was a member of the core leadership team.
Mr. Powell is very active in the community and serves on several not-for-profit boards. He has been an active member of the board of the New York City Opera for the last eight years, and is a member of its finance committee and strategic planning committee. He is also a Trustee of New York's Citizens' Budget Commission and member of its infrastructure committee. He has served as the President of the Sugar Warehouse Corporation since 2004.
Mr. Powell grew up in Québec City, Canada, and remains a Canadian citizen. He has lived in New York for the past 25 years. He received a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from Université Laval in Québec, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) in Cambridge, and an M.A. in Politics and Economics from New College, Oxford University, U.K., where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Mr. Powell is the father of a current J2 student at UNIS, Anaïs Dufresne Powell.