Pam Capretta - Chief Operations Officer
As the District’s Chief Operation Officer, Pamela Capretta supervises transportation, food services, school safety, and facilities operations. Prior to being named COO in August 2017, Ms. Capretta was the Executive Director of Finance and Facilities Management where she managed the District’s Facilities and Maintenance Departments and supervised 18 employees in the financial areas of General Accounting, Investment and Treasury functions, Worker’s Compensation, Medicaid Reimbursement, Fixed Asset, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. Ms. Capretta was responsible for preparing the annual single audit and issuance of the CAFR, which had won the Pennsylvania Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Award of Excellence for nine consecutive years. Ms. Capretta joined the Pittsburgh Public Schools in 1999 at an Accounting Supervissor. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and certified as a public accountant in 1989.
Dr. Ted Dwyer - Chief of Data, Research, Evaluation and Assessment (DREA)
As an evaluator, researcher, and appreciator of data, Dr. Ted Dwyer serves as the District’s Chief of Data, Research, Evaluation, and Assessments (DREA). DREA supports Teachers, Principals, and District leaders by providing reporting and data necessary to make appropriate educational decisions for our students. DREA also works to ensure data are accurate in the information systems and are being shared with the public through the district website in a manner that does not violate student privacy. In his role, Dr. Dwyer supervises the: Office of Research and Evaluation, Office of Assessment, Office of Data & Accountability and the newly formed Office of Charter Schools. Dr. Dwyer experience spans K-12 education, forensics, therapeutic intervention delivery, and the military. Dr. Dwyer’s degrees include: a Bachelors in Psychology from University of Florida, a Masters in Psychology from University of South Florida (USF) and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from USF. Dwyer specializes in Measurement (assessment & testing), Evaluation Designs, Research Design, Qualitative & Quantitative Methodologies, Grant Evaluation & Reporting.
Errika Fearbry Jones – Chief of Staff
A nationally-recognized leader, trainer and public speaker, Errika Fearbry Jones serves as the Superintendent’s Chief of Staff. Mrs. Jones works directly with the Superintendent in all areas of general administration for the District and directly supervises the departments of Family, Youth & Community Engagement, Community Schools, and Strategic Initiatives. Mrs. Jones acts as the key liaison between the Superintendent’s Office and the Board of Directors, facilitates the Superintendent’s weekly Executive Cabinet meetings. Prior to her current role, Mrs. Jones served as the Executive Director of Internal and External Affairs (2014-2018), Special Assistant to the Superintendent (2013-2014), Coordinator Parent & Community Engagement (2011-2013), and Coordinator Teaching & Learning Environment (2009-2011). Throughout her career, Mrs. Jones has demonstrated her passion for designing and implementing large-scale collaborative projects. She has served as Co-Administrator for the Westinghouse/Wilkinsburg Partnership, developed the Pittsburgh Youth Intervention Project recognized by the US Department of Justice, and became the first woman and African-American appointed by the Governor to serve as Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Mrs. Jones has her BS in Business Management from Point Park.
Robert Harris – Chief Human Resources Officer
Robert Harris serves as the District’s Chief Human Resources Officer. As the CHRO, Mr. Harris supervises the District’s Talent Management, Employee Benefits, Employee Relations, and Performance Management Systems departments.
Before joining the District, Mr. Harris was named a 2018 Education Week ‘Leader to Learn from,’ for his creative solution to addressing the substitute problem impacting Massachusetts’ Lexington Public Schools, replacing traditional substitutes with a mix of increased technology and experienced teacher support.
From 2007 until he retired in June 2017, Mr. Harris served as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for Lexington Public Schools. Mr. Harris has dully served a Regional Representative for the Massachusetts Teachers Association (1997-2007) in Auburn Massachusetts and President of the Athol Teachers Association (1993-2007).
A published writer, Mr. Harris has a Master of Music from Michigan State University and extensive graduate-level coursework in human resources, public school administration, including both the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents (2016) and Harvard Extension School’s Strategic Management Certificate Program (2017).
Minika Jenkins – Chief Academic Officer
As Chief Academic Officer, Ms. Minika Jenkins leads the Office of Curriculum and Instruction. In this role, she supervises the Offices of Professional Development & Special Programming, STEM, Literacy & Humanities, College & Career Pathways, Early Childhood, Arts & Health, and English as a Second Language.
Ms. Jenkins has been an educator for twenty-one years and has held various leadership roles producing a record of continuous improvement working in large, urban school districts. During her five years as Executive Director of Secondary Reading and ELA for Duval County Public Schools, she worked directly with school-based administrators, coaches, and teachers to improve student achievement while implementing high-quality curriculum and assessments, including curricular programs and resources. Before joining Duval Public Schools, Ms. Jenkins served as Assistant Principal of Miami Norland Senior High, Curriculum Specialist in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and as a Reading Coordinator for Differentiated Accountability with the Florida Department of Education supporting schools in the nation’s largest 15 districts Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade. Ms. Jenkins received her bachelor’s degree in English Education from Alabama State University and master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She holds certifications in Educational Leadership K-12, English 6-12, and English for Speakers of Other Languages K-12. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio to a loving mother and father and is the proud mother of a daughter attending the University of Florida.
Ronald Joseph - Chief Financial Officer
Ronald Joseph received his bachelor’s degree in policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduation, he worked at the Bank of New York Mellon, where he managed more than $20 million in client assets each month. He left the banking industry to join Pittsburgh Public Schools as a budget analyst in 2008. As the Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Josephsupervises the District’s Budget Development, Finance, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Procurement, and Risk Management departments. Mr. Joseph manages the development of the budget to ensure alignment to the District’s strategic plan and that resources are distributed equitably to support the needs of students.
In 2018, Mr. Joseph was selected as a winner of the Pittsburgh Business Times CFO of the Year Award. The award honors financial professionals in Western Pennsylvania for outstanding performance as corporate financial stewards.
David May-Stein - Chief of School Performance
David May-Stein has worked for the Pittsburgh Public Schools for more than 25 years as a teacher, principal, and an assistant superintendent. As the Chief of School Performance, Mr. May-Stein supervises the Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services and the Executive Director of the Program for Students with Exceptionalities. Mr. May-Stein additionally serves as a team leader on the District’s Crisis Response Team. Before serving as the Chief of School Performance, Mr. May-Stein served as an Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Leadership, supervising a cohort of principals, providing direct support and supervision for 15 schools. He is near completion of his doctorate in Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and earned his master’s degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.