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Flex Overview

Managing Partner

Education entrepreneur Joshua Chernikoff is the Founder and President of Ashley Tutors, a group of 65 tutors that has served over 2500 families in the Washington, D.C. area since 2007. In 2011, Joshua and his team also began to provide tutoring after school and noticed the market inefficiencies in the many student activities taking place after the final bell. Joshua founded Flex Academies the following year. Today Flex Academies has become the nation’s first turn–key solution that systematically and successfully works with families, PTAs, schools, and vendors. The company currently serves the local Washington community and is planning significant regional and nation expansion over the next five years under the guidance of the Board of Directors. Joshua has a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and a B.A. in print journalism from American University.

Managing Partner

Judy Bunnell Judy Bunnell, Vice President/COO, has spent the last decade working with domestic and international programs focused on supporting K-12 and higher education in and around the classroom with organizations such as the DC College Success Foundation, The Sallie Mae Fund, NPower, World Vision and Seattle’s “It’s About Time for Kids!”. She has successfully managed complex national education projects, developed original classroom curriculum and managed the implementation and evaluation of youth development and college preparation programs. Prior to her work with the non-profit sector, Judy was Budget and Planning Director for the City of Seattle and Chief Financial Officer of its public utilities. She started her career as an investment banker in the private sector. Judy holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Yale College.

Regional Director

Cheryl ResnickCheryl Resnick has been active in PTA activities at Julian Curtiss Elementary School in Greenwich, Connecticut since 2007. She has served as President and Treasurer of the Julian Curtiss PTA and as Co-Chair of the Afters Program, so she truly knows how afterschool programs can enhance learning experiences for children and broaden their horizons. Cheryl began her career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand and later as a manager of Internal Controls at Transamerica Reinsurance She earned a Bachelors in Business Administration at the University of Georgia.

Program Manager - CT/NY

Karen Izzi Karen Izzi has been a PTA leader at Julian Curtiss School for many years, including four years as Vice President of the school's Afters Program. She was instrumental in running the school's successful afterschool enrichment program that helps raise funds for the PTA while bringing fun, educational classes to students. Karen has recently worked as an assistant to the program director of a community organization where she helped create youth programs. Karen holds a City and Guilds diploma in Early years care and Education from West London College, UK and is a British trained nanny.

Program Manager - DC/MD/VA

Lupe Roher Lupe Roher serves as Program Director for our schools in Maryland, Virginia and DC. Lupe has decades of experience in sales, sales management, and marketing, and is also a Gold-Team Realtor. All the while, Lupe has been active in public and private schools as a volunteer and board member. Lupe volunteers weekly at an outreach program in SW DC, packaging food bags and handing out to those in need. She has worked with schools in fundraising activities for Breast Cancer Awareness, Leukemia/Lymphoma, and food and clothing collections. Lupe’s continued support and dedication for children, education and the community made her a perfect fit to oversee our schools in the DMV.

Program Manager - New Jersey

Kaylan Phillips Kaylan Phillips, Regional Director of Flex Academies for New Jersey, has been in the childcare field for over 20 years. She earned a bachelor's degree in Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. During her studies, she participated in an afterschool program at the Douglas Disabilities Center, where she worked with children diagnosed with autism.. After college, Phillips spent time in the field, as a full-time nanny for families with school-aged children. In this position, she learned the importance of afterschool enrichment and experienced firsthand the stress that can go along with trying to organize and execute activities for children after school.. She spends her free time volunteering at Oasis, A Haven for Women and Children, participating in ESL classes geared towards women in the community who would like to advance their English skills to one day enter the workforce.

Director of Business Development & Analysis

Matt Hale Matt Hale has spent the last five years as program director and program coordinator for one of the largest elementary school sports enrichment providers in the country. He has worked with more than 500 elementary schools and over 30,000 children nationwide. He began his professional career as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Mary Washington before he began his work with elementary-aged children. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and played collegiate basketball.
In his free time, Matt is one of the Directors of Youth Outreach at Knox Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, Virginia. He also spends time with his family in Virginia while rooting on the Washington Nationals and Buffalo Bills.