Our Staff

Alan Dichter

Affinity Team Leader
Alan Joined CUNY is 2014 as the Team Leader for what is now the Affinity Team. Alan came to CUNY after working for the NYC DOE for more than 30 years where he taught high school and served in various leadership positions including Principal, Director of Leadership and New School Development, and Instructional Superintendent. He worked for three years as a coach with the New York City Leadership Academy and for three years served as the Director of Leadership Development for Portland Public Schools in Oregon. He is the co-author of three books, including The Power of Protocols.

Charles Amundsen

School Support
Charles has served as a member of the CUNY Affinity team since 2017. A former employee of the New York City Department of Education, Charles has held numerous positions including teacher of mathematics, Assistant-Principal Supervision (Mathematics), Principal, Deputy Superintendent (Brooklyn and Staten Island High Schools), Regional Superintendent and Cluster Leader, where his supervisory responsibilities spanned the K-12 continuum. Charles has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College and the College of Staten Island. In his current role as an Instructional and Supervisory Support Specialist, Charles has served as a resource and coach to teachers of Mathematics, Assistant-Principals and Principals.

David Lavallee

School Support
David came to the CUNY Affinity Team in 2016 after working across elementary, middle, and high school settings as a general education teacher, science teacher, department chair, curriculum coordinator, and most recently, as an instructional coach within a charter high school in District 6. As a CUNY School Support Specialist, David works within schools to support instruction and leadership.  He is passionate about incorporating literacy strategies across all content areas (especially science) as well as working with schools to organize data/development cycles in order to improve student outcomes.  David is also the author of two young adult novels.

Kavita Gupta

School Support
Kavita joined the CUNY Affinity team as a School Support Specialist in September of 2016.  With over twenty years of experience in education, she has taught middle and high school mathematics in New York City public schools, has served as a school leader in Brooklyn, and has worked with formerly incarcerated youth in her role as Senior Director of Education at The Fortune Society.  In her current role, she works with teachers, Assistant Principals and Principals across a network of schools to provide both instructional and leadership support through direct coaching and professional development. In all of her roles, she has worked to accelerate student progress and achievement and to provide equitable opportunities for all students.

Shelley Murray

School Support
Shelley joined the CUNY Affinity Team as a School Support Specialist in January 2019. With over eighteen years of service in secondary public education, she has taught both middle and high school students in Texas and New York City, spending most of that time as an Instructional Coach. She worked at the district level in Texas in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, as well as coaching teachers in under-performing schools in order to increase student achievement. Over the past five years in NYC and continuing this work at CUNY Affinity, her efforts have been focused around aligning literacy practices especially in History and ELA to increase reading, writing and speaking levels.