Breakthrough Leadership

Breakthrough's Leadership is responsible for ensuring our network of schools is providing a sustainable, high-quality, college preparatory education to all our students. Comprised of leaders from throughout our network of schools, the Breakthrough Leadership Team works together to address our network's short-term and long-term strategic challenges and opportunities.


Ralph Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

BPS Andrew McRae

Andrew McRae

Chief Academic Officer

BPS Stephanie Wernet

Stephanie Wernet

Chief Information Officer

BPS John McBride

John McBride

Head of Schools


John Zitzner

President, Friends of Breakthrough

BPS Susan Ertle

Susan Ertle

Executive Director, Friends of Breakthrough

BPS Chris O'Brien

Chris O'Brien

Managing Director of Leadership Development

BPS Megan Johnston

Megan Johnston

Chief Operating Officer

BPS Kareemah Williams

Kareemah Williams

Managing Director, Community Engagement and Enrollment


Melissa Barrett Burkeet

Principal Supervisor

Lynesha Richardson | Breakthrough Public Schools

Lynesha Richardson

Director of Scholar Experience


Morgan Leavitt

Managing Director of Teaching and Learning


Teresa Brown-Sayles

Director of Family Partnerships