We also have an board of directors made up for parents, educators, community members and MHS alumni.

Amary Seck

Amary Seck


Born and raised in Lambaye, Senegal, Amary Seck has been teaching AP and Regents Chemistry to more than 100 students a year since 2001.  He has spearheaded our effort.  He has inspired hundreds of students to join Students for Senegal and is one of the most beloved teachers at MHS.  He immigrated to America almost thirty years ago and got a degree in chemistry from NYU.  As the only person fluent in both Wolof (the language of the villagers) and French (the language taught in schools in Senegal), he is able to coordinate effectively with everyone involved in our project. 


Josie Palleja

Josie Palleja

Vice President

Josie Palleja is a adolescent psychologist and active Larchmont-Mamaroneck committee member. Both of her children, Parker and Greer, are integral members of the Students for Senegal team.  Parker went to Senegal in 2011 and Greer and Josie went in 2013.  Josie has been with Students for Senegal in since the beginning and she is certainly chief among the Senegalmommas!  She always makes sure that the SeneGala's run smoothly and her Senegalese Auction is a crowd favorite!

Simon Levinson

Simon Levinson


Simon Levinson is a Senior at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  He studies political science and neuroscience and hope to attend medical school after college. He was a president of Students for Senegal @ MHS in 2013-14 and after he graduated he joined the board as Treasurer.  He helped to plan and run the last five galas and has been deeply involved in working with BKSK on the design of the Lambaye Learning Center.  He also is in charge of the organizations finances and website. He chaperoned our trip to Senegal in 2016 as well.





Greg Cuddy


Greg Cuddy is a Guidance Counselor at Mamaroneck High School.  He helps students with everything from planning their schedule to getting into college.  He was a chaperone on the trip to Senegal in 2013.  That experience inspired him to get even more involved in our organization by joining our board as secretary.  Greg is and educator and his experience working with students and teachers is invaluable to us as we move forward.  



Architecture Board

Our team from BKSK Architects is led by partner, George Schieferdecker and project lead Jennifer Preston.

George Schieferdecker, BKSK Architects

Jennifer Preston, BKSK Architects

Advisory Board

Suzanne Despins

Matt Popoli

Scot Mackie, Managing Partner at Think Partners, LLC

Scott Miller

Ibrahima Cheikh Diongue, Africa Consulting and Trading, Minister of Energy - Senegal (former)