RIDN’s board of directors made the announcement in a press release earlier this week. “Ms. Stark’s comprehensive knowledge of early childhood education, her success in building RIDN’s infant-toddler program, and her leadership as Interim Executive Director since May 2014 have been outstanding,” read the release. “The Board is confident that under her direction RIDN and its exceptional faculty will continue to serve the Roosevelt Island community with one of the very highest quality child-centered preschool programs in New York City.”
The Chair of the Board of Trustees, Reem Berro, said, “The board and I are confident that she is the best person for the job given her long history with the school and proven record of exceptional leadership.”
Advancing Stark from the interim role followed what the press release described as a “thorough recruitment process” conducted by a committee of current and former RIDN parents, faculty, and alumni.”
Stark received her B.A. from St. John’s College, her Ed.M. in Early Childhood Special Education from the Bank Street College of Education, and her M.S. from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She served as a consultant to RIDN for 14 years, leading trainings and workshops and advising parents and faculty on a wide range of early childhood developmental and educational issues. She joined the school in 2011 to direct the new Infant-Toddler program at 405 Main Street.
RIDN celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.