Cottage School Scholarship Fund

Give the gift of education!  The Cottage School Scholarship Fund (CSSF) is a non-profit foundation that oversees the distribution of grants to deserving families.  Contributions to CSSF are allocated according to family need and are applied to student tuition.  Interested families will submit their information to TADS Financial Aid.  The family's financial information will be processed independently. The TADS assessment informs the Scholarship Selection Committee's decision.  CSSF is governed by all IRS laws applicable to the 501(c)3 designation.  We appreciate your tax-deductible donation today!

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Our Board of Directors

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Hugh Franklin


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Hugh Franklin has had the good fortune of combining his need to help others with his love for real
estate finance. Hugh has been a commercial real estate lender for nearly 25 years. Over the last decade
he has focused on the creation and preservation of affordable housing in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.


Hugh is currently a Senior Relationship Manager for TD Bank. In this role, he works with non-profit
developers and operators to provide vibrant communities and critical resident services from Baltimore
to Northern Virginia. In addition to his efforts on the Board of Directors for Cottage School Scholarship
Fund, Hugh is on the Board of Directors for Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation.


Hugh is also a
witness to the transformative power of a quality education. He received a Bachelor of Business
Administration from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg
School of Management.

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Regina Kiper


Regina Kiper Davis is Vice President, Compliance and Operational Risk Manager at Bank of America.
A financial services and banking industry veteran, Regina has over 21 years of banking operations, internal business controls and risk leadership.  
Her current role includes development and implementation of risk coverage strategies, compliance and operational risk management and oversight for various consumer and small business operations.  


Prior to Bank of America, Regina served as Assistant Vice President of Small Business Banking at Capital One, N.A. and as an Officer and Manager within Commercial Lending Loan Documentation at Hancock, Whitney National Bank.
Regina is a graduate of Newcomb College, Tulane University and Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans.

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Wendy Scott


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Wendy Scott is a Senior Manager at Monitor Institute by Deloitte. She works with nonprofits, foundations, and education-based organizations in the areas of strategic planning, operating model development, and organizational sustainability. Wendy cares deeply about the social, economic, and academic advancement of communities of color, and has a special interest in work that improves outcomes for underserved children and families.

Prior to joining Monitor Institute, Wendy served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at DC Prep, a nonprofit organization creating a system of high-performing public charter schools in Washington, DC. She began her career in management consulting.

Wendy received an MBA from Howard University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she is an alumna of The Broad Residency in Urban Education, an executive development program of The Broad Foundation and Yale School of Management. Wendy serves on Trinity Washington University’s Board of Trustees and DC Prep's Advisory Board.

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John Abney

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John Abney currently serves as the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Hub Leader at Google.  John was recruited into this role to build and lead Google’s first Finance Center of Excellence, whose mission is to centralize, scale and streamline common, core finance processes across the company.  Prior to joining Google, he was a Senior Finance Director at Nielsen, where he led Commercial Finance and FP&A for the Retail team.  

John began his career with Coopers & Lybrand LLP, a legacy of “Big 4” Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP; he began working at the firm his senior year in high school.  John continued his internship during summers while matriculating at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, where he majored in Accounting and graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2000. Upon graduation, he joined PwC’s External Audit practice full-time.  He subsequently earned his MBA at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.

Outside of work, John is very active with his church, serves as the treasurer of the TKK Friendship Foundation, and is a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.  A native Chicagoan, John enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cooking, exercising, and international travel. John is passionate about education, particularly in underserved communities.  He remains connected to his middle- and high school alma mater, Providence-St. Mel, where he volunteers for career days, has served as commencement speaker and gives annually, among other activities.  John and his wife currently reside in the Chicagoland area with their two sons.

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Robert Holder

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Dr. Robert Holder has twenty years of experience in artificial intelligence research and application, and has provided machine learning solutions for a variety of clients.  He is a Principal Research Software Engineer at Reflexive Concepts, where he is currently working to make cyber security more effective through machine learning.

Given both the opportunities and challenges brought by the use of technology in society, Robert is an advocate of technical and scientific literacy. He believes that such education is crucial to responsible use of technology’s increasing capacities and scope.

Robert has a strong interest in speaking to and mentoring youth.  He has worked with high school students in both New Orleans and Baltimore, organizing activities related to science, engineering, and robotics.  Robert has served in leadership roles in various organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) through which he exposes elementary, middle, and high school students to career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Robert is a member of the planning committee for the annual Minority Innovation Weekend, where he has organized conference tracks on topics including machine learning and health technology.

Robert holds a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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Treveene Taylor

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Treveene Taylor is a Human Resources (HR) Professional with 25 years of industry experience providing HR solutions for her clients. Throughout her career, Treveene gained a reputation for being a visionary, a natural integrator, and a design and systems thinker who loves to help her clients and her teams solve problems and embrace new possibilities. Her passion is designing and building HR strategies and programs that enable individuals, executive leaders, and organizations to bring about positive, transformational, and sustainable change that mobilize strategy into action and optimize workforce excellence. 

Over a span of 10 years, Treveene led HR programs and teams at the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System. Treveene is currently the Senior Manager for HR Strategic Initiatives where she manages client relationships, monitors HR’s alignment with the business strategy and oversees the HR strategy consulting for all executive leaders and managers across the Federal Reserve Board. This includes managing teams such as HR Business Partners, Marketing and Branding, Change Management and Business Enablement.  

Treveene holds a Master of Science degree from Virginia State University in Clinical Psychology. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources and the Organizational Development Network. Treveene is married with a daughter and resides in Alexandria, Virginia. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking vacations in the Caribbean, playing golf with her daughter, and indulging in all types of art and design projects.

The Marva Collins Cottage School director serves as the 7th member of the board.