Advisory Board

Grace Ball
Esteemed Educational Consultant
Academic Excellence Scholarship

Grace Ball is the former Head of Admissions for Riverdale Country School, a position she held for almost 20 years. She currently works as an educational consultant in New York City. Grace formerly served as a board member for ISAAGNY.  

John Beyrle
U.S. Ambassador
Scholarship for International Understanding - Foreign Service

John Beyrle served as an American diplomat for more than three decades, in foreign postings and domestic assignments focused on Central and Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and Russia. He was twice appointed ambassador: to Bulgaria (2005-08), and to Russia (2008-12). During the latter assignment he led the implementation of policies leading to improved US-Russian relations, highlighted by the signing of the START nuclear arms reduction treaty, Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization and liberalized visa formalities. He retired from the Foreign Service in 2012, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the US-Russia Foundation and as a business consultant to international clients.

Jack Gantos
Newbery Award and Printz Honor Award-winning Author
Jack Gantos Writing Contest Scholarship

Jack Gantos has written books for readers of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His latest book, Dead End In Norvelt, was awarded the 2012 John Newbery Award for the most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children as well as the Scott O’Dell Award for Best Historic Fiction. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist; and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children’s book writers. Jack now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking.

Jinny Goldstein
President, Goldstein Education Group
Excellence in the Arts Scholarship

Recognized as an e-learning pioneer, Jinny Goldstein is President of The Goldstein Education Group, which provides strategic planning and implementation guidance at the intersection of technology and K20 education. Goldstein conceived of and launched HigherEdTECH@CES in 2010 as a unique gathering of visionaries and leaders in education and technology. She previously served as PBS Senior Vice President for Education, where she was responsible for the launching of innovative technology-based services, including TeacherLine, LiteracyLink and the Adult Learning Service; she was the founding President/CEO of PBS The Business Channel, a joint-venture of PBS and The Williams Company; and was Vice President for Education and Strategy of Smarterville, LLC, a division of Educate, Inc. She serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Teachers College, Columbia University, the Steering Committee of NYU-DC, the Advisory Board of The Léman Manhattan Preparatory School and the Board of Learn/Lead.

Michael Levine
Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center
Scholarship for International Understanding - Developing Nations

Dr. Michael H. Levine is the Founding Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent non-profit organization based at Sesame Workshop.  The Center conducts research and builds multi-sector partnerships to scale innovation and investment in promising educational media technologies for children. Prior to joining the Center, Michael served as Vice President for Asia Society, managing the global nonprofit’s interactive media and educational initiatives to promote knowledge and understanding of other world regions and cultures. Michael previously oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York’s groundbreaking work in early childhood development, educational media, and primary grades reform and was a senior advisor to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention, afterschool, and early childhood initiatives.

Fretta Reitzes
Director of 92Y’s Wonderplay Initiative
Director of the Goldman Center for Youth & Family

Fretta Reitzes is the Director of 92Y’s Wonderplay Initiative, and Director of the Goldman Center for Youth & Family. She began her tenure at the 92nd Street Y in 1980 as director of the groundbreaking Parenting Center which became a national model. More recently, she launched 92Y’s WonderPlay Initiative to support the work of early childhood educators and to build a local, national, and global network and community of professionals in the field. She created the annual 92Y WonderPlay Conference, and brings 1,000 early childhood educators together with leading thinkers and practitioners from around the world for a day of professional development. In addition, she established the 92Y Vivian Gussin Paley Award for Early Childhood Excellence as a vehicle to recognize the important role of the classroom teacher. She works closely with 92Y’s Paley Fellows, a cohort group of New York City master teachers who meet regularly to address today’s challenges in the classroom.

Lee Stetson
Former Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania
Academic Excellence Scholarship 

Lee Stetson served as Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania for 29 years. He resigned in 2008 and has since worked as an Admissions Consultant for his own company, Stetson College Advisory.

John Walkup
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Science Scholarship

John T. Walkup, MD is Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry a New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.

Luanne Zurlo
Founder and President Worldfund
Scholarship for International Understanding - Latin America

Luanne Zurlo is the Founder and President of Worldfund. The organization is committed to education in Latin America. Luanne founded Worldfund after a nine-year career as a securities analyst on Wall Street (Smith Barney, CSFB and Goldman Sachs). During this time, she was ranked by Institutional Investor as one of the top Latin American telecommunications analysts. Luanne has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Business School, an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University SAIS and a BA in History from Dartmouth College.


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