Meet Your School Committee Members
David Pollak, Chairman, was elected to the School Committee in April 2013. He is Founding Principal of Abacus Architects + Planners, has taught for many years at RISD and Roger Williams University and has served on corporate and non-profit boards and several Brookline boards and committees.He has degrees in Drama from Dartmouth College and Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He and his wife Emelia Benjamin have lived in Brookline since 1984 and his children Noah and Rebekah attended the Driscoll School. Mr. Pollak’s present term expires in 2019.
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Michael Glover, Vice Chairman, was elected to the School Committee in 2014. He is an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at Northeastern University. Prior to working at Northeastern, Mr. Glover worked at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation where he focused primarily on real estate matters. Mr. Glover has also worked at the law firms of Goulston & Storrs and Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (now Locke Lord). Mr. Glover was a member of the Brookline Override Study Committee in 2013 and 2014, on which he served as chairman of the Municipal Services Subcommittee, and as a member of the School's Subcommittee and the Population and Special Education Task Force. He holds a J.D. from American University and a B.S. in journalism from Northeastern University. Mr.Glover and his wife have two young children and are Lincoln School parents. Mr. Glover’s current term expires in 2020.
P.H. Benjamin ChangMember617-730-2430Benjamin Chang was elected to the School Committee in 2012. He is the Founder and Managing Principal of Wellfleet Capital Partners, a healthcare focused investment and advisory firm. His investments focus on health plans as well as providers and ancillary services. In addition, Ben is also a Partner and Managing Director of Consilium Partners where he leads the healthcare investment banking practice. Over the last 20 years, Ben has been an advisor, investor or director in over 60 companies. During that period, Ben has advised and counseled numerous boards and CEOs on corporate finance matters.Mr. Chang has a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.He and his wife, Amber Chan, have been residents of Brookline for 20 years and have a son who attended Runkle School and is currently at Brookline High School. He served on the Runkle School Council from 2008-2011. Mr. Chang’s current term expires in 2018.
Helen CharlupskiMember617-566-5329Helen Charlupski was first elected to the School Committee in 1992. She holds a BA and Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan.She was a member of the Early Childhood Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1994-2004 and has been the Massachusetts Association of School Committees representative to the Department of Early Education and Care since its inception in 2005.Ms. Charlupski was the Chair of EDCO (Education Collaborative, which Brookline belongs to along with 17 other communities west of Boston) from 2009-2012.Ms. Charlupski is married to Dr. Joseph Biederman and has three children who graduated from the Runkle School and Brookline High School. Ms. Charlupski’s present term expires in 2019.
Susan Wolf DitkoffMember617-730-2430
Suzanne Federspiel was elected to the School Committee in May 2017. She has been an educator for more than thirty years in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Most recently she served as a special education teacher, a literacy coach, and then as an elementary school principal for the Boston Public Schools. She is currently a teacher mentor in Boston. In addition to her degrees in education from U-Conn, Storrs and U-Mass, Amherst, Suzanne has an MBA from Boston University. She and her husband have lived in Brookline since 1985. Their two children attended Pierce School and Brookline High School. Ms. Federspiel’s current term expires in 2020.
617-730-2430Julie Schreiner-Oldham was appointed to the School Committee in January 2017. She holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Ms. Schreiner-Oldham has worked at the law firms of Arrowood Peters and Todd & Weld in Boston and the Nashville, TN office of Frost Brown Todd. She was recognized as a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer in the area of Employment & Labor in Massachusetts. Ms. Schreiner-Oldham served on the executive board of the Baker School PTO. She is married to Dr. William Oldham and has three girls, two of whom are currently students at the Baker School. Ms. Schreiner-Oldham’s current term expires in 2020.
617-566-0041Barbara Scotto was elected to the School Committee in May 2009. She is a graduate of Wilson College and has an M.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.S and an M.A. from Simmons College where she was an adjunct member of the faculty for many years.She is Co-Director of Children’s Literature New England and is also actively involved in the work of The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools. Ms. Scotto joined the Brookline School System in 1976, beginning as the librarian for the BEEP project.She spent most of her career at the Driscoll School where she taught from 1981 through 2006. In 2002 she was the winner of the Brookline Foundation’s Ernest Caverly Award for Excellence in Teaching.Her two children graduated from Devotion School and Brookline High. She has been a Town Meeting member, first in Precinct 2 and currently in Precinct 8, since 1973. Ms. Scotto’s present term expires in 2018.
Beth Jackson StramMember617-730-2430
Beth Jackson Stram was elected to the School Committee in May 2015. Ms. Stram is a strategy consultant at the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists, and manages Bridgespan’s leadership team development program. Her clients include national and Boston-based organizations in youth development, education and child welfare. She also worked previously in finance at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Stram served on the 2014 Override Study Committee as Chairman of the Schools Subcommittee. She and her husband have three children and are parents at the Devotion School. She has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Ms. Stram’s current term expires in May 2018.