2012 Trustees' Dinner

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Bank Street was Proud to Honor Yolanda Ferrell-Brown

Yolanda is President of Ferrell-Brown Design, Inc., a residential / commercial interior design firm she founded in 1990. Her work has been featured in several design periodicals and in the book, Harlem Style, by Roderick Shade. Prior to a career in the field of interior design, Yolanda was a commercial banker for ten years, working in both the corporate and investment banking divisions of Chase Manhattan Bank. She graduated from Howard University in 1978 and completed a program in interior design at Parsons School of Design in 1989.

Yolanda is married to Alvin Brown and, along with their two children, has been a part of the Bank Street family since 1990. Their daughter graduated from the School for Children in 2001; their son in 2009. Yolanda has been very actively involved in many areas of both the School for Children and the College over the years. She has served as co-chair of the SFC Spring Benefit (5 years); chair of the SFC Annual Fund (2 years); and co-chair of the College’s 1999 $25 million Capital Campaign. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the College since 1993.

We Proudly Presented Charlotte K. Frank with the Founder's Award

Charlotte FrankCharlotte K. Frank is Senior Vice President, Research and Development, for McGraw-Hill Education of The McGraw-Hill Companies. She has been the keynote speaker at major forums, e.g., Teachers College, Harvard University, City University of New York, and Bank Street College, with a focus on comparing and contrasting school practices with the needs of the workforce for the twenty-first century. She joined the company in 1988 from a nine year leadership role as Executive Director of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction for the New York City Board of Education where she was also a teacher and supervisor. 

She also participates in school reform efforts for the Business Round Table and provides leadership for the annual Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize for Those Who Have Made A Difference in Education as well as serving as the co-chair with Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) for “Operation Respect: Don’t Laugh At Me.” She has authored numerous articles and lectured extensively on the critical issues of education and their importance for the business community.

Dr. Frank graduated with a B.B.A. from CCNY, a MS.ED. From Hunter College, received her Ph.D. from New York University and is a Regent Emerita. A member of the Hunter College Hall of Fame, and a Townsend Harris Medalist from the Alumni of the College of the City of New York, Dr. Frank has received more than 70 awards recognizing her achievements in education. She has been a friend of Bank Street College for decades, providing wise counsel and encouraging productive partnerships between the College and McGraw-Hill Education.