Who We Are

Yiatin Chu
CEC (District 1), SLT PS184M

Yiatin Chu is an immigrant New Yorker and attended NYC public schools including as an ESL student at PS116, JHS 194 and The Bronx High School of Science. Her parent experience spans 16 years across at the Anderson School, Stuyvesant High School, PS340 and PS184 Shuang Wen School. In addition to her elected roles on CEC1 and SLT at PS184, she is on the DOE Bilingual Working Group and advocates for Mandarin dual-language programs. She is an outspoken education advocate for the Asian parent community and is a member of CACAGNY.

Veronica Flores
SLT (District 1)

Born and raised in East Harlem to immigrant Ecuadorian parents, Veronica attended NYC public schools PS206M, DaVinci Prep (no longer exists) and Brooklyn Technical High School. She is a proud mom to a middle-school bound student who currently attends the Gifted and Talented Program at the Roberto Clemente School (PS15) and previously attended the dual language program at Alfred E Smith School (PS 1). In addition to Veronica’s day job as a Technology Auditor for one of NYC oldest financial institutions, she has served on PS15’s SLT for the past 3 years. She believes the key to success is to have equal access to accelerated learning programs in all communities. She advocates for the expansion of high quality education opportunities for all students based on standards designed to achieve a student’s full potential.

Ed Irizarry
CEC (District 2)

Ed Irizarry is the Vice President of Community Education Council D2, the Chair of its Diversity Committee and its English Language Learner representative. A product of the New York City public school system, Ed believes that only with a true communion with the students of our schools will we close achievement gaps and provide a rigorous and quality education that ultimately renders our students independent and employable.

Ed is a former prosecutor with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, former counsel to the New York State Senate Consumer Protection Bureau, former Legislative Counsel in the New York City Council, and is currently an attorney in private practice. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and New York University with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy.

John J. Keller
PTA / SLT Citywide HS

John Keller is the dad of two sons who have been enrolled in New York City Public Schools since Kindergarten. He is currently a Member of the School Leadership Team at the Bronx High School of Science and Vice President of the Parent Association of Stuyvesant High School. John was elected and re-elected three times to the Community Education Council for District 2, where he served from July 2013 through June 2019. John Keller is also a member of Community Board 6 in Manhattan and is Chair of the Board’s Health and Education Committee.

Chien Kwok
PTA (District 2)

Chien Kwok is PTA co-President and was parent-elected SLT member at PS 111, a highly diverse Title I elementary school in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen. He is a first generation Asian immigrant who attended New York City public, private and parochial elementary and middle schools. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School. Chien’s two children are currently in or graduated from the G&T program at PS 111. He is a passionate advocate for restoring equal access to gifted and honors programs in all schools that once provided advanced academics in all communities and served as the pathway for thousands of black and Hispanic students to enroll at specialized high schools annually for 20 years.

Vito LaBella
CEC (District 20), PTO Brooklyn Tech

Vito LaBella has been an active participant in school government since 2016. He started as a SLT member at two schools before becoming President of the IS 187 PTA and President of the D20 Presidents’ Council. He still maintains the position at IS 187 and is also an Executive Board member of the Brooklyn Technical High School Parent’s Association, the VP of the D20 Presidents’ Council and an elected Parent Member of CEC 20. Prior to his work with the schools he served as a lieutenant in the NYC Police Department where he retired after a 31 year career.

Lucas Liu
CEC (District 3), PTA PS9

Lucas Liu is a member of CEC 3, serves as Treasurer, and on the Executive Committee. Lucas is also the Chair of the CEC 3 Multilingual Committee where he advocates for bilingual programs and education in District 3 and across NYC. He was originally appointed to CEC 3 by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, served for the maximum two terms, and was then elected to serve on CEC 3. Lucas is also a member of the Parents’ Association at PS 9 where he leads the Grants Committee.

Maud Maron
CEC (District 2), SLT PS41 and Salk

Maud Maron is a mom of four children, who are currently enrolled in NYC public middle and elementary schools. Maud is the President of District 2’s Community Education Council (CEC) where she founded the multilingual and screening committees. She currently serves on the New York State Integration Pilot (NYSIP) which is charged with developing a district specific integration plan. In addition, Maud has been elected to serve on the School Leadership Teams (SLTs) of PS41 and the Salk School of Science. Maud is a public defender at the Manhattan Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society.

Benjamin Morden
CEC (District 2)

Benjamin Morden is an elected member of the NYC Community Education Council District 2 for the 2019-2021 term and serves as the Chairperson for CECD2 Screening Committee. Previously Benjamin had served for 5-years as a Class Parent in both PS 33 and PS 116, and was elected to the PS 116 School Leadership Team.

Benjamin is an ardent advocate for accelerated curriculum education and meaningful afterschool enrichment programs. One of the founding directors of the nonprofit HerMoveNext Foundation, HMN encourages more girls to play and coach competitive scholastic chess throughout NYC in an activity where 5 out of 6 scholastic players are boys.

A native New Yorker, Benjamin attended public schools in Queens and the Bronx High School of Science, and graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business with an MBA. Benjamin believes to obtain sustainable long term school integration, student outcomes must be urgently addressed and improved in grades K-5 through rigorous but engaging curricula that inspire passion for lifelong learning.

Leonard Silverman
CEC (District 2)

Leonard is currently serving his second term as the District 2 Representative on the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council and his second term as Co-President of the District 2 President’s Council. He is also a member of the District 2 Community Education Council where he serves as the Chair of the “”Community Engagement Committee””. His past leadership positions include two terms as PTA President of P.S 77 (The Lower Lab School), and two terms as PTA President of M.S. 114 (East Side Middle School), where he also was a member of the SLT. He is a past “”Public Member”” of Manhattan Community Board 8 where he served on the “”Youth Education and Libraries Committee””. Leonard has been a guest speaker and presenter at at a schools, forums and community boards on various educational topics.

A lifelong resident of New York City, he attended public elementary, middle-school and high school in Brooklyn. He is the father of a second grader at P.S. 158, a ninth-grader at The Bronx High School of Science and an eleventh-grader at Baruch College Campus High School.

Leonard has been a practicing trial attorney since 1992.

Amy Tse
PTA (District 26)

Proud Asian American immigrant and product of NYC public schools in Brooklyn. Parent of a first generation student attending George J. Ryan Middle School’s IGC Program in Queens. Former PTA executive board member and strong advocate for equity and excellence in schools for all NYC children. FACE NYC representative.

Tom Wrocklage
CEC (District 2)

Tom Wrocklage is a member of District 2’s Community Education Council. His daughter is a fifth grader at PS 290 (The Manhattan New School). He has been an executive board member of the PS 290 PTA for six years where has served as Treasurer and Vice-President. In that time, he has been an advocate for PS 290, organizing parents, and lobbying local politicians, in an effort to reinforce PS 290’s roof so that the elementary school children can have a safe play space instead of at risk on a busy city street.

Tom is an attorney with an LL.M. in Tax from NYU School of Law licensed to practice in New York. He is as a Senior Tax Manager and New York Practice Leader for the State and Local Tax Group of a large accounting firm with a commitment to community service. As part of his job, he engages in city and state-wide issues and often works with city and state departments to provide clarity for statutes and regulations.