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About the Alumni Association
Since its founding in 1938, the Bronx High School of Science has developed a worldwide reputation as one of the best high schools in the United States, attracting a diverse array of gifted students from across New York City.

The Bronx Science Alumni Association is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to:
  • building a sense of community among the school's 35,000 alumni;
  • strengthening the relationship between alumni and the school; and
  • providing financial aid to the school in order to facilitate academic and extracurricular programming.

For tax purposes, our Federal EIN Tax ID number is 13-3068924 

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The Alumni Association is governed by its constitution and run by a Board of Trustees.
You can click here to download a copy of the Constitution.

Brief bios of the
Board of Trustees memberships are as follows:

Christina McGovern Bater '80

Chris reconnected with Bronx Science in 2003 as an active member of the Alumni Mentor Program. Since that time, she has joined the boards of both the Alumni Association and the Endowment Fund. As President of the Bronx HS of Science Endowment Fund, Inc., she is leading a $20 million capital campaign to benefit the school.

Chris, who graduated from SUNY-Buffalo, is a managing director and portfolio manager at New York City based Barrett Asset Management, a privately held investment advisory firm catering to high net-worth individuals.

In her spare time, Chris helps her husband, Andrew, with their 60 acre farm in Centre County, Pennsylvania where they are cultivating second generation cellulosic bio-fuel crops.

David Birnbaum '92

A lifelong ‘technology guy’, David’s early exposure to CAD, Robotics and computer programming at Bronx Science were/are instrumental to his career.  David studied Biology and Computer Science at Binghamton University. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Executive Technology Management at Columbia University.  He lives in Westchester with his wife Michelle and their son Jack. 

In 2007, David and his sister Marisa (‘97) co-founded MobileTek Dental Labs, a dental laboratory in midtown Manhattan that makes dental restorations (crowns, implants, etc) for dentist clients throughout the NY/NJ/CT area. The lab is focused on emerging digital dental technologies like digital impression scanners, 3D printers and dental implants.  Before starting MobileTek, David was the founding Chief Technical Officer of ERE.net, a web community and event company for corporate recruiters and worked on interactive technology projects for corporate clients like SONY, Citibank and McGraw-Hill.

James Donegan '72

Jim loved his Bronx Science experience so much that he stayed an extra year. He returned in 1974 as a student teacher working under Marty Green in the English Department, but became an accountant after the 1975 fiscal crisis put teaching at Bronx Science out of reach. After obtaining an MBA at Baruch and working briefly for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, he taught for several years at Lehman and Baruch colleges and later earned a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. Jim is married to Michele Ganon (Hunter 1974) with whom he has one son, Brian, a 2010 graduate of Sarah Lawrence. Jim’s service to the Alumni Association since 1992 is a small repayment for the education and inspiration he received, with particular thanks to Joe Scavone, Bea Gardner, Louie Heitner, and Sidney Honig.

Diana Eng '96

Diana M. Eng is Of Counsel and a member of the Consumer Finance Litigation practice group at Blank Rome LLP in New York.Prior to joining Blank Rome, Diana was a senior associate in the Complex Commercial Litigation Group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.Diana has represented clients in complex commercial disputes, class actions, contested matters in bankruptcy proceedings, antitrust cartel investigations, employment litigation and intellectual property and media matters.She has extensive trial, dispute resolution and client counseling experience and is also committed to pro bono work.In 2008, Diana was seconded to the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, where she served as Special Assistant Corporation Counsel and obtained defense verdicts in favor of the City of New York and its agencies in multi-million dollar tort cases.

Diana graduated from Bronx Science in 1996, where she was a member of ARISTA, the National Honors Society Chapter at Bronx Science, a recipient of the Herman Mandel Service Award for her service to the Alumni Office and a member of the mock trial team.Diana received a bachelor of arts in English,summa cum laudeandPhi Beta Kappa, from Barnard College and her law degree from Columbia University School of Law.She also served as a research assistant to the late Professor E. Allan Farnsworth, best-known for his multi-volume treatise on contracts.Diana is Chair of the Mentoring Committee of the Bronx High School of Science Alumni Association, a member of the Career Advancement and Management Committee of the New York City Bar Association and a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York County Lawyers’ Association, Asian American Bar Association of New York and Asian Women in Business.

Diana lives in the Union Square area with her husband, Jimmy Wang, who is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Corsair Capital LLC and Three Corner Global Investors LP.Diana’s sister, Colleen Eng (‘94), practices family medicine, and their father, Jerry Eng, is currently a teacher and advisor at Bronx Science.

Susan Engel '54

Susan is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has an MS in Education from Iona College. In 1977, she founded Spotlight magazine, a lifestyle magazine for Westchester County and built it into a tri-state magazine which she sold in 2000.

Her first husband, Alvin Meadow, an attorney, passed away in 1994. She married Burton Engel, a businessman, in 1998, and they moved to Boca Raton, FL and Lenox, MA, where she has pursued a second career as an artist. She has three sons, Eric, Douglas and Peter, and five grandchildren.

Susan has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association for a decade and as editor of the Alumni News, she keeps in touch with graduates through the class notes section of the newsletter, reporting on their considerable accomplishments.

She is also a member of the Endowment Board and says, "Bronx Science gave me a wonderful education and this is my way to give back so future generations of students will have the same opportunities I had."


Herschel Goldfield '80

Herschel is a Senior Counsel at the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP, focusing on health care law. Herschel also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

Marshall Jaffe '77

Marshall has been a trustee of the Alumni Association since 1994, chairing it from 1995 until 2005. He has spent over 25 years in the investment advisory business, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Management, Marshall lives in Westchester County with his wife, Naomi (Stuyvesant ’78), and their two sons.

Bruce B. Jakubovitz '74

Bruce has been a Trustee of the Alumni Association since 2001. He has served on the Publications, Communications and Constitutional bylaws committees and has also served as President of the Bronx High School of Science Endowment Fund, Inc., a separate 501c3 organization. Bruce is Senior Vice President of Inoventiv, an online technology start up firm, and owner of the Summit Resort Hotel in St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles. He lives in Westchester with his wife and three sons.

Peter J. Klein '83

Peter J. Klein is currently the Managing Director of Klein Wealth Management and a Partner at HighTower.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist and has been a fully licensed and registerd securities professional since 1986.

In the world of academia, Peter served as an adjunct professor in Graduate Finance at CW Post College in 1998. He also is a published author of "A Passion for Giving: Tools and Inspiration for Creating a Charitable Foundation” (Wiley, 2012) and "Getting Started in Security Analysis” (Wiley, 1998).

In addition to the Bronx Science Alumni Association Board of Trustees, Peter also serves on several other Boards, including: The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation (President), The Holocaust & Tolerance Center of Nassau County, The Long Island Community Foundation; The Tilles Center for Performing Arts (Chairman of Council of Overseers); The Dante Foundation; and the Bronx High School of Science Endowment Committee. 

Peter is a graduate of SUNY StonyBrook (1987 BA in Economics) and CUNY Baruch College (1995 MBA Finance).

Rose Froehlich Lipman '54

Rose has been a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association since 1989 and has served as Secretary of the organization for the since '97.  Rose began her short teaching career as a math teacher at JHS 144 in The Bronx. She later founded and directed Interim Systems, Inc., a successful temporary employment service which she sold in 1987.

Since becoming a trustee, Rose has served the organization as an integral member of almost every committee. She is currently a liaison between the Endowment Board and the Alumni Association and is chairwoman of the Scholarship/Awards committee. Rose is the mother of Science graduates Deborah Lipman Callaghan '77 and Steven Lipman '79. Her aim is help Science continue it’s mission of excellence in our present environment.

Sharon Manewitz '65 (Chairman)

Sharon chose a career in banking and finance. For over 25 years, she specialized in the industry of working out and restructuring troubled investments for creditors. Ms. Manewitz formed Manewitz Weiker Associates LLC, to bring experienced restructuring talent to firms and investors that might not otherwise have access to it. Prior to forming her firm, Ms. Manewitz was a Managing Director at TIAA-CREF, where she enjoyed a successful 20 year career. Sharon also held positions in commercial banking and corporate finance. Ms. Manewitz has been an invited speaker at financial industry conferences around the world. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and sits on the boards of companies in the profit and not for profit sectors.

Ms. Manewitz has a BA from Hunter College in Art and Art History. She received her MBA, with honors, from Pace University where she was awarded an Andrew Mellon fellowship. Sharon also holds a Certificate in Corporate Governance from NYU.

"Bronx Science changed the course of my life. It affirmed that I was smart and that I could do anything I put my mind to doing. My daughter, Class of 2000, also enjoyed the benefit of the school's rigorous programs. I am a firm believer in giving back to those who helped you along the way. My association with the Alumni Board of Trustees is my way of giving back by helping bright youngsters to succeed in their endeavors, whatever they may be."

Craig Miller '75

Craig F. Miller is a member of the corporate department at the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, a law firm.  Craig joined the Firm in 1982 and became a partner in 1989.

Craig has experience in a broad spectrum of corporate finance matters, including financings, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures of businesses, securities placements and offerings, distressed debt trading and workouts and restructurings. In recent years, his practice has concentrated on financings, including the representation of borrowers and domestic and foreign financing sources at all levels of the capital structure, and development and application of structured and derivative financing techniques.  He is often involved in structuring many of the innovative or sizable financing transactions handled by the financing, real estate and asset management practice groups of the Firm.

Jonathan Roberts '77

Jonathan was Co-President of the Parents' Association from 2005 to 2008. He has spent over 25 years in the insurance industry, and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. A graduate of Harvard University, Jon lives in Manhattan with his wife, Ming-I, and their three children.

Polly Schoenfeld '65

Polly became an English and journalism teacher at Bronx Science in 1998 after a career as a trade magazine journalist and corporate newsletter consultant. She is also Faculty Advisor to Science Survey, the award-winning student newspaper. A member of the Board of Trustees intermittently since 1988, she has served actively on the School Liaison and Appropriations committees, and was Board of Trustees Chair in 1991-92. She is married to fellow alum Alan H. Schoenfeld, '65, and the proud parent of Gaby, '96 and Michael, '00.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please contact the Alumni Association.


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