Renee Rolleri (Board Chair, Co-founder) received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Parsons School of Design in 1992, a Masters in Art Therapy from Pratt University in 2001. Renee is currently enrolled at New York University in the Doctor of Philosophy in Visual Culture and Education Program with a special focus on child development and art therapy. Since completing her graduate degree in art therapy, Renee has worked with the Joan Fenichel Therapeutic Nursery School, the NYU Child Study Center, the Jewish Board for Family Services, and the Partnership for After School Education as a clinician and art therapist. Inspired by the joy of working with children and families and becoming a parent herself, Renee co-founded Blue School with her partners to bring the unique qualities that Blue Man Group offers children and families into an educational environment.
Matt Goldman (Board Vice Chair, Co-founder) attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where he received a Bachelor in Economics followed by a Masters in Business Administration/Marketing. He was also involved in Clark athletics, playing varsity soccer and coaching a women's club team. Upon graduation from Clark, Matt was invited to join Omni Resources, a startup software services company. He remained there for seven years, producing educational and business software packages for clients that included CBS, Simon & Schuster, Grolier, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Bantam Books and Prodigy. While at Omni, Matt formed a partnership with longtime friends Chris Wink and Phil Stanton. The three created Blue Man Group, which opened Off-Broadway at the Astor Place Theatre in 1991 and continues to play there today. Throughout their long association, Matt, Chris, and Phil have been fascinated by the interconnections between learning, creativity and community; and how, combined with new teaching techniques, the educational experience can be enhanced. It is this interest that led them to start Blue School.
Michael B. Parks (Board Treasurer) bio coming soon
Eric Huang (Board Secretary) is an attorney with the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, specializing in intellectual property litigation. A former engineer with a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a law degree from George Washington University, Eric counsels and represents a diverse range of international clients in intellectual property disputes in federal courts nationwide. He and his wife Tanja Norwood have a daughter in the Blue School.
David Beal (Board Member) bio coming soon
Lisa Kaye (Board Member) is a founding member of the Blue School community. Her daughter enrolled in the school’s lead class at its inception. Lisa grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and received her education in South Africa, Israel and New York City, receiving a BFA in Film and Television from NYU. She founded a business in London, designing sleepwear and home goods manufactured in India utilizing traditional crafts and the skilled work of local craftspeople. Upon returning to New York, Lisa opened a jewelry company, and designed jewelry handmade in India. The values Lisa shares with Blue School - her love of the arts, her sense of community and her belief that all children deserve the type of education that Blue School provides - are what make being part of the school community such a privilege for Lisa.
David Rock (Board Member) lives between New York and his hometown of Sydney, Australia. David coined the term NeuroLeadership and co-founded the NeuroLeadership Institute. The purpose of the Neuroleadership Institute is to encourage, generate, and share neuroscience research that transforms how people think, develop, and perform. David is CEO of NeuroLeadership Group, a global human performance consultancy that draws on the latest findings in neuroscience in consulting with organizations. He is the author of four books, including 2009 best-seller Your Brain at Work.David is on the faculty and advisory board of CIMBA, an international business school based in Europe. He is a guest lecturer at Oxford University's Said Business School. David's work has been featured in global publications, including BusinessWeek (USA), The Guardian (UK) and the Globe & Mail (Canada). David is passionate about improving learning and the way people collaborate; and spends much of his time talking to neuroscientists about how the brain works to help translate their findings for every day usage. He has two young daughters with wife Lisa Rock. Their daughters attend Blue School while living in NYC for few months every year.
Jennifer Lamberts Stanton (Board Member, Co-founder) believes we need a more innovative approach to education for our children and Blue School fills that need. As Blue School evolved into a chartered academic institution, Jennifer joined her colleagues from Blue Man Group to create this exciting New York City based educational experience. Jennifer is motivated by her deep desire to see educational models to evolve in the 21st century. In her work with Blue School, Jennifer draws from what she learned about innovation, invention, and emotional intelligence through her experience with Blue Man Group.
Jen Graffam Wink (Board Member, Co-founder) is an artist and graphic designer. Originally from coastal Maine, Jen moved to New York City to attend Barnard College where she majored in Modern Art History with a concentration in Visual Arts. After working in a directorial role with Blue Man Group and as a designer at the Village Voice, Jen went on to create Utility Design, a New York City graphic design studio. In subsequent years, she received an Ace Award, an SPD editorial design award and had her work published in numerous design anthologies and periodicals. After scaling back professionally to become a mother, Jen's search for a worthy, resonant educational path for her children brought her lifelong pursuit of creative expression and collaboration back to the fore. In 2006, Jen co-founded Blue School with dear friends and partners Renee, Matt, Jennifer, Phil; and husband Chris.