Advisory Board

 

The Pinnacle Advisory Board is comprised of 9 members and meets quarterly. The Pinnacle Advisory Board has the following responsibilities:

  • Collaborates in sustaining the mission of The Pinnacle School to assure a clear and commanding commitment to education;
  • Assures continuity and provides evaluative feedback on leadership;
  • Collaborates with the owner of the school in assuring Pinnacle's fiscal health;
  • Reviews the policies by which the school is conducted;
  • Reviews, assesses, and constructively comments on Pinnacle’s effectiveness in accomplishing its mission and goals.

We are fortunate to have the depth of knowledge and expertise of the below Advisory Board members, and appreciate their commitment to our continued growth as Pinnacle continues to evolve to better meet the needs of our students, faculty and families.

 
 

Ex-Officio Members

 

Peter Newman, MBA

CEO & Co-Founder, Greenwich Education Group

Peter Newman is CEO and Co-Founder of Greenwich Education Group, LLC.  In that role, Peter is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company and is a key force behind its growth.  Peter received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. Prior to taking on this role, Peter worked in various capacities in JP Morgan's (and its predecessors) Investment Bank, enjoying a 20 year career there.  Peter has two beautiful daughters with whom he enjoys traveling to remote, and not so remote, corners of the earth. When he is not working, you might find Peter on the tennis courts, the slopes, or in the kitchen, cooking.

 

victoria newman, M.S.Ed, CEP

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Greenwich Education Group

Co-Director, Greenwich Education Group Day & Boarding School Advisory Services

Vicky founded Greenwich Education Group (GEG) in 2003 and is Executive Director of all GEG divisions. She is the Director of Day and Boarding School Advisory Services. She began her career as a teacher in the Stamford Public Schools and went on to teach in the Greenwich Public Schools. She is deeply knowledgeable about the academic curriculum in both public and private school arenas.

Vicky graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York. After earning her BS from Syracuse University School of Education, Vicky received her master’s degree and wrote a thesis on the differentiation of instruction at the elementary school level, while interning in the Stamford Public Schools. Vicky holds a Connecticut Professional Teachers’ Certificate and is a professional member of IECA, ERB, SSATB, TABS and SBSA. She serves on the board of the Arch Street Teen Center and the Distinguished Teacher Committee for the Greenwich Public Schools. Vicky also serves as an AVID mentor and is an active volunteer for the King Annual Fund.

Vicky’s international sub-specialty designation is from IECA and she works with families that are moving to the US from abroad. Vicky has placed over 1,000 students in private day and boarding schools throughout the country. In her spare time, Vicky loves to travel, exercise, read, and watch TED conference videos. She lives in Greenwich with her two daughters and two dogs.

 

peter novins, MBA

Chief Financial Officer of Greenwich Education Group

Treasurer of The Pinnacle School Advisory Board

Peter serves as Chief Financial Officer for Greenwich Education Group. In that role he oversees financial operations and reporting. Peter is responsible for assisting all the company’s leaders with financial and operational decisions.

Prior to joining GEG, Peter had over 30 years of international business management experience. His leadership experience encompasses everything from newly formed start-ups to multi-divisional international firms. Among his prior jobs are CEO of ZenCompliance and COO of Steele International Group. He spent a number of years at Ernst & Young where he launched their global Knowledge Management practice and was a national innovation partner.  He was a Visiting fellow at the Center for Business Innovation. Peter’s passion is driving operational excellence and helping executive teams achieve far beyond what they thought was possible.

Peter has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has lived and worked in eight countries including Paraguay, Chile, and Egypt.

 

Alisa Dror, PhD, BCBA

Head of School, The Pinnacle School

Chair of The Pinnacle School Advisory Board

Dr. Alisa Dror joined The Pinnacle School in 2011 as Head of School. She collaborates daily with her leadership team to ensure program individualization and customization for each student. Alisa has an MA and a PhD in special education, and is a New York State-certified special education teacher, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) program-certified consultant.

At Pinnacle, Alisa participates in the admissions process, performs oversight of the behavioral staff; and interacts with parents, community members, and school districts. She helps develop and implement Pinnacle’s academic, social, and therapeutic curricula, and oversees student behavioral assessments and support plans.

Prior to joining Pinnacle, Alisa worked for fourteen years developing curricula to meet the behavioral, educational, and social needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She served for nine years as the Director of Clinical Services for Tri-State Learning Center in New Rochelle and five years with Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) as a behavior therapist and clinical supervisor. In her extensive work with families of children with ASD, she has provided training and support to address behavioral and social development. She has conducted social groups, consulted with public and private schools, provided community and professional training, and currently serves on the board of a parent advocacy group. She is an adjunct professor in the ABA Graduate Program at Manhattanville College.

 

Sunan Jones

Director of Admissions, The Pinnacle School

Vice-Chair & Secretary of The Pinnacle School Advisory Board

Sunan has a Bachelors of Arts in Politics and History from Oberlin College and brings over a decade of experience in independent schools and admissions. Prior to Pinnacle, she served as Director of Admissions, Financial Assistance and High School Placement at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco for five years. She also worked at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA, as Assistant Director of Admissions. After returning to the East Coast, Sunan applied her professional experience to help educational non-profits in her local community with strategic planning and grant writing, and most recently served as an admissions consultant.

 

Appointed Members

 

Alexander Crawford        

Partner & Chief Risk Officer, Lord Abbett

Alec Crawford is responsible for identifying and managing risk in Lord Abbett’s portfolios. In addition, he is a member of the Investment Leadership Team, as well as the Strategic Allocation and ESG committees. Mr. Crawford joined Lord Abbett in 2012 and was named Partner in 2013. His previous experience includes serving as Managing Director and Global Head of Risk Management at Ziff Brothers Investments; Managing Director and Head of Agency MBS Strategy at RBS Greenwich Capital; Managing Director and Head of Mortgage and Cross-Rates Strategy at Deutsche Bank Securities; Vice President and Head of Mortgage Strategy at Morgan Stanley; Vice President, Research Liaison at Goldman Sachs; and Vice President, Research Liaison at CS First Boston. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1988. Mr. Crawford has contributed to publications, including the Guide to Fixed Income Securities, Volume 7, by Frank Fabozzi. Mr. Crawford also has received awards from Institutional Investor for his research on mortgage-backed securities. He earned an AB in computer science from Harvard College.

 

William Horn, PhD, BCBA-D

Psychologist

William R. Horn is a licensed psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, a marriage and family therapist and a board certified behavior analyst with over 40 years of experience working with children and families in both the private and public school sectors. He has worked extensively with teachers, administrators and families in developing programs, supports and services to address the special needs of children with developmental disabilities from preschool through high school. His expertise also includes assisting families in better understanding the strengths and needs of their children and the impact of disabilities on families and family systems. While Dr. Horn is recently retired from the Greenwich Public Schools, he continues to maintain a private practice in Stamford, CT. which he began in 1984.

 

Nancy Grejtak , MA, MBA    

Director of The Collaborative Center

Working with specific outplacement programs, Nancy leads the team responsible for developing and implementing best practice assessment and educational instruction for students in these alternative settings. Prior to joining GEG and launching Specialized Learning Services, Nancy was the Director of Pupil Services in the Los Altos School District in California, where she was responsible for administration of the special education and psychological services programs for the district. Nancy also was a Resource Specialist and Inclusion Specialist teacher in Sunnyvale School District for nine years, where she was honored as Teacher of the Year. Nancy received her undergraduate degree from University of California at Santa Barbara, a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and a Masters in Special Education from Santa Clara University.

 

Claudia Zumbro, JD

Parent Representative

Claudia was born and raised in New York City. She spent 5 years at Brown University, where she earned an Sc.B. in Neuroscience and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She has a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and practiced in the field of biotech and pharmaceutical patent litigation for roughly 15 years. Several years ago, she decided to take a break from the law to have more time with her family, which includes a 10th grader at Pinnacle, as well as a 8th grade son and a 6th grade daughter who both attend public school in their town of Irvington, NY.