Board of Directors

MSSY_Board Meeting 9-18-2017

Mr. Vincent Fung is a partner at IBIS Capital, an asset management and financial advisory firm specialized in telecom, media, and education sectors. Vincent also organizes the largest global education technology conference –“edtechxglobal”.  Prior to IBIS, Vincent headed the corporate development team at NetDragon (a publicly listed internet company) to launch its education business outside of China and involved in many strategic acquisitions and venture investments totaled $200M+. He is a frequent speaker at Harvard, MIT, and various education technology conferences.  Previously, Vincent held senior positions at IBM and PwC, came with 17 years of global finance, product, and sales experience within software technology businesses. He was also a founding member of a proposed charter school in Massachusetts, an adviser to multiple VC-backed startups, and a father of 2 young sons in Greater Boston.  He received his MBA at Columbia University and bachelor degree at University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Ron Gerhart is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Bridgewater State University. Prior to that, he taught Mathematics at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He holds a Doctor of Education Degree from Northeastern University, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Montclair State University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bloomsburg State University with a major in math and a minor in science.  He has held positions as a mathematics teacher, a mathematics coordinator, school business administrator, and a school superintendent for 20 years. In addition, he was the Executive Director of Project Contemporary Competitiveness at Stonehill College for 13 years. He resides in Marion, Massachusetts with his wife, Roberta, and was recently elected to the Marion School Committee for a three-year term.

Dr. Yong Li, received his BS in Computer Science in 1997 and MA in Population Studies in 2000 from Peking University. Interested in interdisciplinary research and public health, he came to US for graduate study and received MHS in Biostatistics in 2004 and PhD in Demography in 2006 from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since then, he has worked primarily in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry for new drug development in multiple therapeutic areas. He is currently Director of Biostatistics at TESARO, an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company, acting as the statistical expert accountable for all statistical aspects of clinical studies and regulatory submissions.

Mr. Ping Liao, graduated from Beijing Normal University did his post graduate study in People’s University of China. He also has studied in the UK and the US for several years. He was former executive editor of a Chinese national bimonthly magazine called High School Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry (2006-2014). He served as a problem setter for multiple Chinese math contests and a consultant for many educational institutions.   He moved to Boston area in 2014 and works as an IMO coach. Some of his students were selected to participate AIME, USA(J)MO and MOSP. He is also one of the co-initiators of the society.

Professor John McCoy is the Neuroscience Program Director at Stonehill College. He received his  B.S. degree in Psychobiology from Albright College and his Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from Colorado State University. He moved to the New England area in 2004. Since then, he has been conducting research on sleep, memory, and brain function in the Neuroscience Laboratory, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and is located at the Brockton VA Medical Center. Since joining the faculty at Stonehill College full-time in 2008, he has taught courses such as Statistics, Brain and Behavior. He is heavily involved in mentoring and supervising student research through the SURE program, or through other mechanisms. While he serves in many roles at the college, he considers his most important role as husband and father at home.

Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood Ed.D. is presently the Superintendent of Schools in Wareham, MA.  Dr. Shaver-Hood holds a degree in Educational Leadership, School Counseling, and a Master’s in Secondary Education.  Dr. Shaver-Hood has taught at the secondary level in Indiana as well as working as a School Counselor.  She has been an Assistant Principal, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent during her tenure in education.  Dr. Shaver-Hood’s expertise is expanding  ties with both school and community members as well as developing and strengthening academic rigor for all students.  Dr. Shaver-Hood is a champion for providing a well-rounded and challenging educational experience for all students.

Professor Robert Strecker is a nationally recognized researcher and teacher. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University, and completed his postdoctoral training at University of Lund, Sweden. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and a Research Career Scientist at VA Boston Healthcare System.  Currently he also serves as the Director, Laboratory of Neuroscience, Section of Behavioral Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School. He is a member of Society for Neuroscience, Sleep Research Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has nearly 100 peer reviewed publications. He has been invited to present at multiple national and international conferences, and received major NIH and VA merit grants.  He is a member of Faculty of 1000 Prime and a reviewer for more than two dozen journals.

Professor Jay X. Tang, received his BS in physics from Peking University in 1987, and came to the US for graduate study through the China and the US Physics Examination and Application (CUSPEA) program established by Professor TD Lee, a Nobel Laureate in Physics. Prof. Tang received his PhD in Physics from Brandeis University. After postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, he became an assistant professor of physics at Indiana University in 1999. Since 2003 he has been on the faculty of Brown University. He is currently professor of physics and engineering. Prof. Tang’s research area is experimental biophysics, with topics covering morphology, pattern formation, cell mechanics, and motility of cells. Professor Tang has published close to 100 original research papers and received several research awards from National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health. Prof. Tang is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is also a member of the Biophysical Society. He also serves as a board member of the Peking University Alumni Association of New England.

 Lee (LC) Chen, M.D., Ph.D. is the founder and chief strategist of BostonWise LLC, a company that builds cultural and educational bridges. Previously, he worked at Harvard Medical School and VA Boston Healthcare System as an Instructor and Health Scientist. His research involved using RNA interference to knockdown Orexin neurotransmitter system in the brain to study its effect on sleep and sleep disorders such as narcolepsy.  He is an executive committee member of American Chinese Medical Exchange Society and has been actively facilitating Sino-US medical collaboration projects. He and his wife, Jade, have two sons in grade 5 and 9. They also serve as hosting parents for a 10th grade international student.