Executive Board Bios
Arthur Linder, Sr. is the former Principal of the Youth Services Center, Oak Hill Academy, and Co-Principal of Anacostia SHS. Arthur served in DCPS for 47 years and retired in 2014. He has been a member of the CSO since 1993 and has been actively involved with the CSO serving on the Executive Board for SHS and acting as the Retired Members Representative until 2017, when he was elected as Treasurer.
Delisa Green is a Speech Language Pathologist with the District of Columbia Public School system. In this role, Delisa provides high quality diagnostic and intervention services to special education students ages 3 to 22. With two decades of experience in diagnosing and treating oral communication disorders for special needs students within the public school setting, Delisa now focuses primarily on comprehensive and dynamic evaluations of speech sound, oral language, pragmatic, and auditory processing disorders for students within the private and religious education sectors.
While passionate about her clinical duties, Delisa has also been a staunch supporter of the Council of School Officers since 1999. Her passion led her to serve on the Executive Board from 2008 to present, as well as, various committees to promote the values and principles of labor! She has been afforded special honor of representing union members at regional American Federation of School Administrator – Local 4 conferences.
Jacqueline Anderson is an Assistant Principal with DC Public Schools, currently serving at John Eaton Elementary School. Jacqueline has served in DCPS as a teacher, an instructional coach, and an administrator over a period of thirty-two years. As an educational leader, Jacqueline believes in teaching the “Whole Child”. She empowers her staff and community to seek innovative ways to engage students in the learning process. Jacqueline knows that education is the great equalizer and strives to leverage opportunities for students who are furthest from opportunity. A Native Washingtonian and product of DC Public Schools, Jacqueline is thrilled to invest in the city that she loves.
Bruce Jackson is a Principal with District of Columbia Public Schools. Principal Jackson has served in a number of capacities over the last 10 years with DCPS including as a general education teacher, special education teacher, special education coordinator, and assistant principal. After completing the District’s Mary Jane Patterson Aspiring Principal’s program, he joined the Miner Elementary School community as its Principal. In this role, Principal Jackson strives to create a loving and supportive environment for all learners.
Soncyree’ Lee is a Principal with District of Columbia Public Schools with more than 15 years of educational experience. In this role, Soncyree’ leads a team providing all aspects of Education, including Special Education, General Education and Transition Services. A big believer in students’ ability to learn, Soncyree’ supports providing all students with a quality education. Passionate about student engagement and achievement, Soncyree provides professional development opportunities that help staff and teachers find innovative ways to educate our youth. After a successful career in teaching, Soncyree now empowers both teachers and student leaders to accomplish their dreams and to be successful in everything they do.
Director, NAF Academy of Health Sciences, Eastern High School
Dr. Chunita Pilgrim is a native Washingtonian and a proud product of DC Public Schools. Dr. Pilgrim has dedicated over 19 years of service with DCPS and is very excited to serve on the CSO Executive Board. This is her fourth year serving as the Assistant Principal of Burrville Elementary School- the Ville on the Hill, where they have received the second highest ELA gains in the District. Prior to that, Dr. Pilgrim was a Master Educator for seven years. She was also a Literacy Instructional Coach at HD Cooke Elementary School and a classroom teacher at CW Harris Elementary School. Dr. Pilgrim believes wholeheartedly in closing the achievement gap and providing opportunities for those farthest from them. She provides supports to teachers on inclusive education, intervention, and differentiated instruction. Most recently, Dr. Pilgrim completed the inaugural cohort of the DCPS Leadership and Innovation Program at Georgetown University. In addition, Dr. Pilgrim completed the Aspiring New Leaders program at Harvard University School of Education. She has received her doctorate from The George Washington University. Her master’s from Regent University and her bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University.
Alexis Richburg is an Administrative Officer at Coolidge Senior High School in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Alexis is a school-based finance and operations professional with fifteen years of experience. He uses his business acumen, data analysis, and understanding of DCPS policies to make informed decisions to protect and manage DCPS assets and resources. Alexis has served on the Council of School Officers (CSO) Executive Board since 2017 and is a member of the Finance Committee and Contract Negotiations Committee. He is passionate about his service on the Board because he truly believes the collective power of CSO members can simultaneously improve their working conditions and student achievement by articulating shared concerns with “one voice.”
Richard Trogisch is a Principal at the School Without Walls. In this role, Richard leads a team providing all aspects of students’ needs in two schools PK – Grade 12, including budget development, hiring and professional development for teacher. Richard is no stranger to the principalship, having spent 34 years as an educational leader and principal. Richard has more than 14 years of experience working in DCPS as a principal. He served as a negotiator for the last CSO contract.
Dr. Briscoe retired from the DC Public School System in September of 2018 after 43 years of service. She worked as a teacher at Anacostia, Spingarn and Eastern Senior High Schools. For 22 years, she worked in the Department of Athletics as a Coordinator and Assistant Director of Athletics. In 2013 she accepted the responsibility of a teacher and Athletic Director at Eastern Senior High School. In 2016 she transitioned into the full time Athletic Director position until her retirement in 2018. Although Dr. Briscoe has been a member since 1989, this is her first opportunity to serve the Council.
Gwendolyn Brown, a retiree and former Special Education Supervisor with DCPS. In this role, Gwen looked after assisting with identifying the least restrictive educational setting for special education students providing all aspects of school visitations, including observing, providing recommendations and professional development to teachers and para-educators. Gwen is no stranger to special education, having spent 36 years as a special education teacher and a teacher mentor in DCPS and two years a public charter school where she advocated for teachers and students. Gwen also spent more than 5 years as an adjunct professor at Trinity University
Theresa Alexis-Williams is a retired special education school administrator. Theresa served in DCPS for 20 years and had over 10 years with NYCPS. She retired in January 2019. She has been a member of the CSO since 1999. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Theresa has been servicing children as a speech therapist, special educator, principal and as a special education administrator for 33 years. Currently in retirement, Theresa serves as an Education Consultant and is also supporting elementary school children with improving literacy skills through a National educational grant. Theresa is involved with the CSO serving on the Executive Board as a retired member co-chair of the Retirees Engagement Committee.
Raised in Washington, DC, Allen E. Chin is a product of the D.C. Public School System. He attended Maury Elementary School, Eliot and Kramer Jr. High Schools and graduated from Anacostia Senior High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from The George Washington University.
Becoming the youngest athletic director in the DC Public School System in 1972, he joined Anacostia Sr. High School as head swimming, golf and tennis coach, as well as assistant football coach. While teaching and coaching, he completed graduate degrees in secondary administration from The George Washington University.
In 1987, Dr. Chin was selected to replace Otto T. Jordan as the Supervising Director of Athletics. He remained until the summer of 1988 and returned to Anacostia Sr. High in the fall of 1988. In 1989, he became again the athletic director at Anacostia Sr. High.
In the fall of 1991, he was selected to succeed Sam Jones (legendary Boston Celtic player) as the Director of Athletics. This was Dr. Chin’s second tenure as Director of Athletics for the DC Public School System. During this tenure, he advocated the concept of the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) as a successor to the DC Inter-High League. This concept of the DCIAA reflects the total athletic program of the DC Public Schools for the following levels: elementary, middle and senior high schools.
During his tenure, the girls’ athletic program added the following sports: junior varsity basketball, developmental golf, and varsity soccer. The following changes were made in the boys’ athletic program: revitalized and upgraded junior varsity football, revised the varsity football playoff structure, revised the varsity and junior varsity basketball programs, implementing developmental golf and expanding the crew program.
Dr. Chin is a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA), a lifetime member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and has served on multiple National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and NIAAA committees. He has served on the following NFHS committees: AD Advisory, Citizenship, Equity, Football Rules, Hall of Fame Screening, and Soccer Rules. He served as a member of the NIAAA Credentials Committee. In addition, he served as the Section 2 representative on the NFHS Board of Directors from 2005-2008.
On February 29, 2008, Dr. Chin retired his position as the Director of Athletics for D.C. Public Schools. At the end of the NFHS Summer Meeting in Washington, DC, he retired as Executive Director of the DCIAA in July, 2008. Currently, he is the National Sales Executive for Team IP Sports which serves sixteen (16) NFHS state associations and as a sales consultant for SMI Awards. In 2019, he joined the Amateur Athletic Network as the National Sales Consultant.
In May, 2017, Dr. Chin was inducted as a member of the inaugural District of Columbia State Athletic Association (DCSAA) Hall of Fame. In November, 2017, he was selected and honored by the DMV-Athletes in Action, Inc. as a member of the 2017 class of “Legends Award.”
Dr. Chin is the proud father of two children, Allen, Jr. and Denise and grandfather of one grandson, Noah and one granddaughter, Emilia.
Executive Board Meeting Minutes are available to members upon written request.