Allison Brown, Chair

Allison Brown is the Executive Director of the ASD Nest Support Project.  She works with schools and leadership to enhance their inclusive practices, deepen understanding of neurodiversity, and specifically support the implementation of the ASD Nest Program for autistic learners.  She oversees the coordination and development of workshops and trainings for educators and staff centering on true inclusion, best practices for autistic learners, equity, celebrating neurodiversity, and strength-based approaches in education.

Allison is a former teacher and special education coach in the NYC public schools.  She has been an adjunct professor at Hunter College and New York University, teaching courses on instructional methods for students with disabilities, and behavior theory and interventions.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at The Ohio State University and her Masters and dual certification in childhood and special education at New York University.

Allison is married to Dwayne Brown, owner and personal trainer at Starting Line Fitness.  Allison and Dwayne have two children, who are Park Slope Schoolhouse alumni.

Jane Berentson

Jane Berentson is a public school teacher.  She has taught middle school and high school Spanish, in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan.

Since 2012, Jane has worked at NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Chelsea.  In addition to teaching all levels of Spanish at Lab, Jane founded and coached the girls varsity flag football team, served as Coordinator of Student Activities, and has worked on numerous teams, committees, school-wide events and projects.

Outside of her teacher life, Jane is a longtime practitioner of the Brazilian martial art, capoeira.  As a high-level student of Brooklyn’s own Mestre Foca of CapoeiraVida, Jane has helped teach capoeira for both kids and adults.  The group performs widely at Brooklyn Community events.

Before Jane became a teacher, she published a novel with Viking Penguin books.  She’s been working on other manuscripts for a very long time and hopes to finish a young adult novel before her children are young adults.

Jane is married to literary agent and children’s book author Stephen Barr.  Their son is a PSS alum and their daughter is currently in the 2s class.  

Andy Schwenk

Andy Schwenk is Assistant General Counsel at the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.  Andy works on policy, regulatory, and legislative projects related to consumer protection, business fraud, and fair business regulation.  Andy also serves as the General Counsel of a small residential real estate company.  Previously, Andy worked in litigation for a large corporate law firm and clerked for two federal judges.  He received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Andy is married to Chloe Thompson, who works at Bombas as VP of Strategic Initiatives.  Andy and Chloe have one daughter, Nina, and an alum, who loved being a student at Park Slope Schoolhouse.  They also have a dog named Noodle who is a frequent attendee at pick-up, and a cat named Quailman who has never left the house.

Lyn S. Hill

Lyn S. Hill is the former Vice President for Communication and External Affairs at New York Methodist Hospital. She received a BA and an MA from Queens College and a PhD from the City University of New York.

Over the years, Lyn is active in numerous community organizations, including the Park Slope Civic Council and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. She was president of the board of the MHB Childcare Center and later a member of the board of the Berkeley Carroll School, during the years after Berkeley Carroll took over the Child Care Center. She has been a member of the board of the Park Slope Schoolhouse since it became an independent organization.

Following her retirement from the Hospital, Lyn became a certified SCORE mentor and currently counsels people hoping to start or expand small businesses and non-profit organizations.  She is also recording secretary and a member of the executive board of Independent Neighborhood Democrats.

Lyn was married to the late Forbes I. Hill, a professor of media studies at Queens College. Their three grown children have, to-date, produced seven grandchildren.

Robert J. Weaver, Treasurer

Robert J. Weaver is a partner at the accounting firm RSM US LLP in New York, New York where he advises private equity firms and corporate entities on merger and acquisition transactions. Rob is a certified public accountant in the state of New York and has been practicing public accounting for over 18 years. Rob received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Rob is married to Jennifer L. Brillante-Weaver, an attorney with The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice in New York County where she represents children in child abuse and neglect, voluntary placements, destitute child, adoption, custody and juvenile delinquency matters. Rob and Jen have one child who is an alum of the Park Slope Schoolhouse and are actively involved in volunteer and charitable services in the surrounding community.

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