BLOOM ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Chair -
Mr. Britton holds a BA from Tennessee Technological University and an MBA in Information Technology from Trevecca Nazarene University. He has spent the past decade of his career in project management. In his current role at Deloitte, he is responsible for developing quality, risk, change, issues, procurement, and communications management plans. He brings his expertise in business and project management to the board of Bloom Academy.
Board Vice Chair -
Ms. Harold is the founder of The Frye Group Inc. LLC, a boutique consulting firm supporting client sales development, positioning, and branding that improve business outcomes. She has held positions progressing from territory sales, regional account executive, district manager, and senior sales director in both the pharmaceutical and K-12 education industries, developing expertise in contract sales, client relations, client management, account retention, crisis management, and procurement. Alison holds a BA in Social Work from St. Louis University, has participated in Executive MBA studies at Rice University, and is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.
Board Secretary -
Ms. Ibrahim began her career as a Teach for America Corps Member and a founding teacher at KIPP Spirit in Sunnyside. Following her teaching career, she attended law school and is currently General Council and the Assistant County Attorney with Harris County Attorney’s office. In her current capacity, she practices transactional and contract law with a focus on public finance. Ms. Ibrahim will bring her lens as an educator in Sunnyside and her legal expertise to the Board and is the proposed Board Chairperson. Ms. Ibrahim has a BA from Rice University and a JD from South Texas College of Law.
Kristen M. Guiseppi
Development Committee Chair -
Ms. Guiseppi brings over a decade of student affairs experience, programming experience in higher education and multicultural environments, and administrative student affairs experience to her role on the Bloom Academy Board. Currently, Ms. Guiseppi serves as the Manager of Pipeline Programs at the University of Houston Law Center. Ms. Guiseppi designed and founded the program that prepares first generation and historically underserved undergraduate students for the rigor of applying to and attending law school. Ms. Guiseppi holds a BS from Barry University and a MS from Kaplan University.
Academic Achievement Committee Chair -
Ms. Rahimian began her career in education as a Teach for America Corps member at a school in Houston Independent School District. She later spent nine years at YES Prep as a teacher, grade level chair, Director of Parent and Student Initiatives, and Dean of Instruction. She served as the Director for the Center of Parenting and Family Well-being at Children at Risk and is now the Director of Client Success at ProUnitas. She holds a BA and a BS from the University of Arizona and an MA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston.
Board Member -
Layi Ali-Ajibode is currently the Director of Fund Operations at AngelList where he manages a $2 billion venture capital fund. He previously worked as a corporate M&A attorney at Mayer Brown where he represented many clients in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. He attended University of Leicester in the U.K. where he received his Bachelor of Laws (LLB). He also obtained his Juris Doctor (JD) and MBA from the University of Virginia.
Board Member -
Dr. Christopher Douglas is a recognized leader in healthcare management with expertise in strategic marketing, leadership development, and program advancement. He was instrumental in the statewide growth and merger of a multi-million dollar mobile radiology business from 2010-2015. Dr. Douglas currently oversees a 155,000 sq. ft general acute care hospital called River Oaks Hospital & Clinics in Houston, TX. Dr. Douglas is a proud alumnus of Rice University and the University of Houston. Dr. Douglas is a faithful member in church, member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a board member of the Arthritis Foundation.
Board Member -
Dr. Jenny Pennycuff is a proud native Houstonian. She attended Rice University where she received a bachelor’s in Kinesiology with a Health Science Concentration. While at Rice, she was a four year track and field athlete. Shortly after graduation, she attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and Texas A&M Health Science Center where she obtained a master’s in Medical Science and a Doctor of Medicine degree respectively. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Associate Program Director at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. Dr. Pennycuff is an advocate for student athletes entering STEM fields, as well as health and education equity.
Board Member -
Cherece graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a BS in Broadcast Journalism and received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Texas Southern University. Over a decade ago, Cherece began her education career serving as a high school English teacher in the greater Houston area. After several years in the classroom, she transitioned to join Teach for America’s recruitment team leading their national collegiate recruitment efforts. Cherece brings an immense amount of educational knowledge and community engagement to the board of Bloom Academy.