Dan Brenner, Executive Director

Dan Brenner, PhD, earned a Bachelor's Degree in psychology from Tufts University and a Master's Degree and Ph.D. in School/Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University. Dan's career started first as a school psychologist and   then principal in the Great Neck, New York Public Schools. He later became the high school principal in Yorktown,   New York, and an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in the Roslyn, New York   Public Schools. Dan spent 8 years as the Superintendent of Schools in Roslyn and moved on to become the   Superintendent of Schools in Darien, Connecticut in 2015.

The driving force in his career is his philosophy of putting the needs of students first. Dan's belief system is that   schools should be rigorous places of learning that inspire curiosity among its students never losing sight of the   simple fact that rigor and fun can coexist as partners in the learning process.

Salvador Uy, Assistant Executive Director

Salvador Uy is a proud 1983 graduate of UNIS, and the child of UN parents. Before returning to UNIS as Assistant Executive Director in 2012, Sal ran operations and programs for two large New York social service organizations focusing on justice and community.

Although trained as an attorney, Sal has spent most of his career prior to UNIS in local government agencies and non-profit organizations. In the late 1990's he was an Assistant Commissioner at the New York Department of Homeless Services, where he managed shelters that housed 3,000 single men and women every night. In the non-profit arena, he also managed family shelter facilities for families fleeing domestic violence and in his last position, as Associate Director for Operations at the Goddard Riverside Community Center, managed housing for 600 single men and women, as well as the infrastructure and operations for the balance of a $35 million multiservice organization. Sal holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Michael Feeney, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Feeney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Maine, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University and is certified by the State of Connecticut in School Business Management.

Michael brings to the position more than 21 years’ experience managing diverse municipalities and operations of public boards of education in Fairfield County Connecticut.   Prior to being named Chief Financial Officer for UNIS in 2019, Michael was the Director of Finance and Operations for the Darien Public School System in Darien, Connecticut, responsible for finances, information technology, food service, facilities and transportation. 

He began his career serving the Town of Stratford Connecticut as the Town Manager.  In 2007, Michael served as the Chief Administrative Officer and later Chief Financial Officer for Bridgeport, Connecticut, the State’s largest municipality, fifth largest in New England.   In that capacity he oversaw more than 1,300 employees and 1 billion dollars in operating, capital and pension assets.  After, he returned to the Town of Stratford as the Chief Operating Officer for the Board of Education.  

Jennifer Amos, Chief Academic Officer

 Jennifer Amos joins the UNIS team with a heart for helping students to develop as critical and creative thinkers who set and achieve     high goals.  She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from the State   University of New York at Buffalo. She also holds degrees from Houghton College (B.A.) and New York State University at Albany   (M.S.)  A certified Reading teacher, she began her career as an English teacher and has extensive administrative experience in primary,   secondary, and higher education.

 Previous to joining the UNIS team, Jennifer served as High School Principal in the South Orangetown Central School District at   Tappan Zee High School and as a PreK-12 Curriculum Coordinator and Middle/High School Principal in western New York.  In these   capacities, Jennifer has led strong instructional teams that work from a core value of doing what is best for students.  Through this   lens, she has been a part of shaping sustainable systems that resulted in steering students toward setting and achieving high goals in   their academic pursuits and beyond.

Zakaria Baha, Director of Student Activities and Service Learning