Board of Directors

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Casey DePasquale

I.A. Executive Director

Casey worked for the NYC Department of Education for 12 years before coming on board with GCSA. Casey taught high school science for 10 years, which included serving as a founding staff member at the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management, one of GCSA's partner schools. As a '07 Teach for America Alumnus, Casey spent summers working for TFANY's summer institute, leading science instruction for new teachers. A Pittsburgh native, Casey attended Cornell University and has lived in NYC ever since. She is committed to serving NYC students and the mission of achieving greater educational equity in the largest school district in the country.

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Charmain Walkin 

Program Director

Charmain is an experienced College and Career Access professional with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry. A graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook University, Charmain holds a Masters of Arts in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. With 15 years of experience, she is dedicated to providing access to post-secondary opportunities for all students. Prior to joining GCSA, she served as the Director of College Access Success and Alumni Support at a non-profit organization in Newark. Charmain has proven her ability to creatively engage students and families throughout the college preparation and application processes. She is an active member of the College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY) and served as a mentor for the New York State and New Jersey Associations for College Admissions Counseling Camp College. Charmain enjoys sewing, bowling, and learning from her students.

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Anne Marie Santoro

Communications and Curriculum Consultant

Anne Marie has a national reputation as an innovative educator who designs multi-media programs that nourish the best in the human spirit. Through her company, From the Heart Communications, she helps profit and non-profit companies and individuals define their cherished dreams and find the drive and the daring to make them come alive in the world. 

Anne Marie uses her experience as a writer and visual storyteller to help GCSA students creatively express themselves with clarity and confidence through engaging activities and one-on-one sessions. By helping them find, feel and focus on the people and experiences that make them happy, students begin to imagine and create a life that brings them joy. With these practical and emotional skills, they emerge from high school feeling everything is possible.