The Leadership Team at International Leadership Charter High School is responsible for management and efficient daily operations at the school.
Dr. Elaine Ruiz-López
CEO & Founder
Dr. Elaine Ruiz-López is the Founder of International Leadership CHS and its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Ruiz-López was born and raised in the Bronx and has worked in the field of education since 1980. During her career, she has held various leadership positions in public schools, universities and private corporations. She founded International Leadership CHS in 2005 with the goals of creating a collaborative process among faculty for a performance based charter school and developing a professional learning community to deliver instruction in an academically rigorous college preparatory environment. She earned her Doctorate in Special Education/Administration and Masters of Education from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University; a Master’s of Science in Bilingual Special Education from Bank Street College of Education; and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The City College of New York.
Director for Parent and School Community Engagement
Ms. Gonzalez has been with International Leadership CHS since its inception in September 2006. Ms. Gonzalez has been an active key member of the International Leadership CHS Leadership Team by working directly with parents and the broader school community. In her role, Ms. Gonzalez ensures that the parent community understands and embraces the mission and vision of International Leadership CHS by implementing it in her everyday priorities. She graduated with a BA in Social Work from Lehman College. Ms. Gonzalez strives to change her students’ lives by working diligently to involve and engage parents and the school community.
Director of College Prep
As the Director of College Prep, Ms. Cameli works closely with our charter school’s scholars to ensure that they are college and career ready. She spends her days at the International Leadership teaching the College Prep Seminar and counsels our seniors through the college application process, SAT preparation and works closely with the Director of Parent Engagement to provide FAFSA information. In 2013, Ms. Cameli earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Adelphi University and earned her M.Ed in K-12 School Counseling from Manhattan College and graduated as a member of Kappa Delta Pi. After graduate school, Ms. Cameli spent two years working as a College Admissions Counselor to recruit undergraduate students at an institution of higher learning. Her education and training are based on the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model and the Strengths-Based School-Counseling framework.
Director of Facilities and Operations
Overseeing the International Leadership CHS operations in all aspects, Ms. Grand brings over 20 years of experience in communications and 10 years of experience in school operations. With a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the State University of New York, Ms. Grand has an array of skills including, but not limited to, strategic planning, human resources, budget analysis, and data management which she incorporates in her daily management of the International Leadership CHS campus to ensure the safety of school property staff and students and to guarantee an efficient working and learning atmosphere.
Business and Operations Manager
As a native of the Bronx, Mr. Wiggins holds 10+ years of operational experience. He is well rounded with experience at the Elementary level, High school level, and worked in Higher Education. Mr. Wiggins holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as an M.B.A from Monroe College. He believes that every child deserves to receive a good education and works hard to provide the most safe and efficient environment that enables the children to do so.
Middle School Director of Curriculum and Instruction
As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ms. Nahla is looking forward to the opening of International Leadership CMS. Ms. Nahla is a published researcher with Drexel University’s School of Education in the International Journal of Instruction and has a diverse background leadership, curriculum writing, and teaching. Ms. Nahla is a distinguished honors graduate from Temple University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree and received her Master of Science degree from University at Albany - State University of New York in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology (STEM).
Director of Recruitment and Personnel
Mrs. Babb has more than a decade of experience in the Recruitment and Human Resources fields. She is also a former education reform advocate, running the city’s first education, engagement and advocacy program in support of charter schools. Before entering the education space Ms. Babb worked in corporate law in recruitment and business development. She also has a background in broadcast journalism, hosting and producing her own radio show on 90.3fm and co-hosting online podcasts. Ms. Babb is a graduate of the City University of New York.