FCI is comprised of a team of accomplished professionals, each member bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in education, particularly charter schools. Together, they are dedicated to shaping the future of education and empowering students. Meet the team:
Chair, Miami Dade College District Board of Trustees
Michael Bileca serves as the chair of the Miami Dade College Board of Trustees. He also is the Executive Director of the Dennis Bileca Institute for Character and Excellence, a foundation that primarily funds schools focusing on virtue-based education with an emphasis on a classical liberal arts curriculum. Mr. Bileca founded True North Classical Academies, a network of four successful charter schools in Miami-Dade County.
North Campus President, Miami Dade College
Fermin Vazquez is the president of the North Campus of Miami Dade College. Mr. Vazquez has 24 years of combined facilities management and administrative leadership experience in public higher education, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the private sector. During his tenure, Mr. Vazquez oversaw the campus administration operations for the institution’s outreach academic centers, Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurship Education Center in Liberty City and the Aventura Center.
Susie Miller Carello
Susie Miller Carello spent 12 years as the chief of the largest higher-education authorizer in the country, the Charter Schools Institute at SUNY. Under her leadership, New York tripled the number of high-quality public school choices for students and their families, quadrupled enrollment, and drove strong and sustained student achievement. At the end of her term, the Institute had authorized 221 charters enrolling 120,000 students.
Christy Noe, Ph.D.
President, Collaborative Educational Network
Christy Noe has been involved in the charter school movement since 1997 when she became the principal of the first charter school in Collier County. The following year she was recruited to serve as principal of Exploris Charter Middle School in Raleigh, NC, which opened in partnership with the former Exploris Museum. Christy was recruited back to Florida to run the Florida Charter School Resource Center, founded to provide Exceptional Student Education (ESE) training and technical assistance to charter schools across the state.
Executive Director, True North Classical Academies
Paul Powell currently serves as the Executive Director of True North Classical Academies in Miami, Florida. Prior to taking this role he was the Regional Superintendent for Uncommon Schools Rochester Prep, a network of six high-performing public charter schools serving 2,300 students in grades K-12. Prior to working with Uncommon Schools, Paul worked with Teach For America New York City as well as the Philadelphia Institute as a Corps Member Advisor. Mr. Powell is also a trustee at Goucher College.