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Sabrina Hope King
President, ATAPE Group, LLC
Class of
1973
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Sabrina Hope King

President, ATAPE Group, LLC
Class of
1973
Sabrina Hope King has been a prominent educator in New York City and New York State for nearly 30 years. With her unswerving focus on urban educational improvement and bettering the educational experiences and outcomes of students of color, Sabrina has made significant contributions as a teacher, principal and administrator. She has worked to improve student achievement, develop school-university partnerships and provide leadership to numerous school districts.
She is currently the president of ATAPE Group, LLC, a New York State and New York City Minority and Women Business Enterprise. Prior to this, she was an executive leadership consultant with The Institute for Continuing Legal Education. From 2010 to 2012 Sabrina was president of Abyssinnian Schools and from 2008 to 2011 she was chief academic officer for the New York Department of Education’s Office of Curriculum and Professional Development, where she led the Campaign for Middle School Success, a multiyear strategic plan to create a culture of success in schools throughout the city.
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Robin Levi
Author, Human Rights Consultant
Class of
1982
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Robin Levi

Author, Human Rights Consultant
Class of
1982
Robin Levi is a consultant working in the field of human rights. For eight years, she was the human rights director at Justice Now, an organization that supports women in prison. Prior to that, Robin served as advocacy director for the Women’s Institute for Leadership for Human Rights, as well as staff attorney at the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. She was a co-founder and organizer of the Women’s Caucus at the First Preparatory Committee of the World Conference Against Racism. In 2011, she co-edited Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives From Women’s Prisons.
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Cari Lewis-Osborne
Social Worker
Class of
1984
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Cari Lewis-Osborne

Social Worker
Class of
1984
Cari Lewis-Osborne is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in New York City. For more than 10 years, she has provided individual and group psychotherapy to clients in a variety of areas including residential substance abuse treatment, outpatient mental health, adult day health care (HIV/AIDS) and the criminal justice system.
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Hellura Lyle
Founder/Curator of Doc Watchers
Class of
1981
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Hellura Lyle

Founder/Curator of Doc Watchers
Class of
1981
Hellura Lyle founded Doc Watchers in 2008 at Maysles Cinema in Harlem. The program serves to bring Hellura’s love for community and film together under one roof while serving three purposes: to promote audience development for documentary films, to offer a diverse selection of films beyond the typical subjects presented in Harlem and to create an audience-friendly, engaging environment. Hellura has used her creative talents and entrepreneurial spirit to raise awareness and inspire activism around important social and political issues. She has also worked as a consultant for the NY African Film Festival since 2008 and co-founded The Unmentionables Film Festival.
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Meghan McDermott
Director, Hive City Strategy at Mozilla Foundation
Class of
1984
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Meghan McDermott

Director, Hive City Strategy at Mozilla Foundation
Class of
1984
For nearly two decades, Meghan has been a key supporter of young people’s positive development through media, technology and the arts. She is currently the director of hive city strategy at Mozilla Foundation. Before her work at the Mozilla Foundation, Meghan was the executive director of Global Action Project, an organization that gives young people in underserved communities from around the world the skills and equipment to create thought-provoking, socially conscious media works. Meghan received her masters in education from Harvard and has continued to develop her leadership through participation in NAMAC’s Media Arts Leadership Institute, Columbia University’s Institute for Non-Profit Management, the Rockwood Leadership Institute and most recently as a Coro Fellow.
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Janella Meeks-Wesby
Director of Government & Public Relations, NBA Nets Basketball
Class of
1976
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Janella Meeks-Wesby

Director of Government & Public Relations, NBA Nets Basketball
Class of
1976
Janella Meeks-Wesby is the director of government and public relations for NBA Nets Basketball, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and Forest City Ratner Co. She is a member of the first graduating class to attend MCS from kindergarten to seventh grade.
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Gabe Miller
Current Company Name: Sports Illustrated
Copy Chief
Class of
1971
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Gabe Miller

Copy Chief
Class of
1971
Gabe Miller has been the copy chief at Sports Illustrated for nearly two decades. He oversees trafficking and copy editing of the magazine and helps ensure that the magazine meets its deadlines.
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Emma Morgan-Bennett
Class of
2012
Education / School 1: Bard High School Early College
Education / School 2: Swarthmore College
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Emma Morgan-Bennett

Class of
2012
Emma Morgan-Bennett '12 and her former MCS classmate/good friend Kai Williams '12 were frustrated with the lack of performance opportunities for actors of color. In response, the two MCS alumnae consolidated their passions for social justice and theater by co-founding Eat At The Table Theatre Company (E.A.T.T.). Through this nonprofit theater company, the pair aims to fulfill the goals of an affinity theater—providing space to celebrate, recreate and generate theater for youth of color in New York City. The organization started in early 2015 and has performed at multiple educational venues, including a fundraising benefit that took place at none other than Manhattan Country School.

After graduating Manhattan Country School, Emma attended Bard High School Early College, followed by Swarthmore College. She has served on Bard’s School Leadership Team and has been involved in the activist community since her time at Manhattan Country School. Emma was elected president of Bard’s feminist club, STAGE (Students Taking Action for Gender Equity), and organized the group’s participation in the viral "Who Needs Feminism" project, as well the citywide high school conference, "Teens Talk Feminism". She is the founder of Bard’s Black Student Alliance and was a leading student organizer during the Black Lives Matter movement. In 2015, she organized a teach-in at Bard entitled, BHSEC Community Day Teach-in: Race, Identity, and Activism. As a varsity athlete, she has captained both her volleyball and track teams. Emma was also a vocalist for the student band, Funk and the Patriarchy.

Emma played for the Swarthmore volleyball team and spoke at the NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program about diversity in athletics and what it means to be a student-athlete.
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Matthew Penn
Actor, Director
Class of
1972
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Matthew Penn

Actor, Director
Class of
1972
After Manhattan Country School, Matthew Penn went to Walden High School (with his MCS buddy, Nick Goldberg) and attended Wesleyan University. Matthew has worked extensively in the entertainment industry. He is best known for having directing and/or producting more than 150 primetime television dramas, including “Law and Order,” “Damages,” “NYPD Blue,” “House,” “The Sopranos,” “Royal Pains” and “Orange is the New Black.”  On stage, Penn has directed at Shakespeare and Company, Ensemble Studio Theater and many others.

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