Our Team

Elizabeth Torres, Ed. D.

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Elizabeth Torres is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Washington Global. Elizabeth has extensive teaching, administration, and education policy experience. She began her career in education as a DC Teaching Fellow in DCPS where she taught special education reading and mathematics. She then served on the administrative team of a specialty Title I DCPS/Big Picture Learning secondary school. In this role, she oversaw special education administration and compliance. Elizabeth was recognized by DCPS as the top special education administrator for the 2008-2009 school year. Since 2009, Elizabeth has also taught courses in education policy at The George Washington University to teachers and administrators throughout the DC area. Prior to founding Washington Global, Elizabeth was a Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services where she focused her work on K-12 and higher education special education policy and performance management. Elizabeth holds an Ed.D. in Neuroscience and Special Education from The George Washington University where she was a 2009-2010 Dean’s Merit Scholar, an M.A. in Transition Special Education from The George Washington University, and a B.A. in History from Vassar College. Elizabeth also studied History at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.

Howard Mebane


Howard Mebane is the Director of Washington Global PCS. Howard is an experienced educator who has experience at the primary and secondary school levels. Prior to joining Washington Global in 2014 as its Chief Student Affairs Officer, Howard taught in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) for approximately ten years at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Most recently he served as a lead teacher at a DCPS/Big Picture Learning, Title I high school. Additionally, Howard has held lead roles on student support teams, school restructuring teams, and community outreach groups. Howard holds a B.S. from Virginia State University, a M.S. from Walden University in Education and Teacher Leadership, and also has completed graduate work in education at The University of Maryland and Trinity College. Most recently, Howard completed a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program at Georgetown University.

Ryan Benjamin

Chief Officer of Academic Programs

Ryan Benjamin is the Chief Officer of Academic Programs at Washington Global PCS. Ryan has worked for nine years in both DC Public and DC Public Charter schools. Most recently, he served as the assistant principal at a charter school in northwest DC. He has also served as a member of several PARCC working groups throughout the country. Before that, he served as a question writer for Khan Academy in its free and burgeoning SAT prep program. Ryan is fluent in Spanish and has played the piano and trumpet for over twenty years. He is avid quiz bowler, having coached teams in DC for eight years, including the first and only charter school to play and win on It’s Academic in the 57-year history of the show. Ryan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Urban Studies and Spanish, and he also holds an M.Ed. from American University. He hails proudly from New Haven, Connecticut.

Suzanne Brooks

Director of Specialized Programs

Suzanne Brooks is the Specialized Instruction Administrator at Washington Global. She has managed and developed programs for students with Individualized Education Program (IEPs) at the middle school and secondary levels for several years. Suzanne’s experience includes teaching exceptional students within various settings; as well as working with parents and other stakeholders to develop a collaborative team approach. Since 2009, she has worked within local school systems, including Montgomery County Public Schools, Private Day Schools for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and D.C, Charter Schools. Suzanne is a 2013 graduate of the The George Washington University, where she received her Master’s in Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Howard University. During Summer 2016, Suzanne was selected to participate in the Multi-State Alternative Assessment Content Bias and Review Meeting in Nashville, TN.

Contact List


Name Title Contact
Elizabeth Torres, Ed.D. Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder eltorres@washingtonglobal.org
Ryan Benjamin Chief Officer of Academic Programs rbenjamin@washingtonglobal.org
Howard Mebane Principal hmebane@washingtonglobal.org
Suzanne Brooks Director of Specialized Programs sbrooks@washingtonglobal.org

Business and Operations

Name Title
Lynell Gray Business and Facilities Manager lgray@washingtonglobal.org
Yezica Diaz Operations Manager ydiaz@washingtonglobal.org

Student and Teacher Support

Name Title
Malene Kambon Dean of School Culture
Russell Patterson Dean of Student Affairs
Tory Wilburn Social Worker
Paul Lombardi Instructional Coach/ ELA Specialist
Sarah Leahey Instructional Coach

Academic Team

Name Title
Janelle Jeter Social Studies Teacher/ School Placement Specialist
Meaghan Thomas Science Teacher
Charity Harrell English Teacher
Astarsia Young Global Citizenship Teacher
Matias Brocato Spanish Teacher
Maira Abasto Spanish Teacher
Fiona Jenkins Intervention Teacher
Kennieth Smith Math Teacher
Suzette Francis SPED Teacher
Robert Turner Physical Education Teacher
Freddy Loran Science Teacher
Paul Thistle Social Studies Teacher
Dr. Deborah Boroughs SPED Teacher
QuenChelle Brown Academic and Behavior Interventionist
Victorial Makell Math/ SPED Teacher
Stephanie Sifford Special Education Teacher
Yolanda Whitted ELA Teacher