Key Management Team
|Paul Okaiteye, Chief Executive Officer|
Paul Okaiteye is currently the Chief Executive Officer at New Designs Charter Schools. He has managed the finances of the schools for the past 10 years and has seen the budget grow from $1 million to $13.5 million. About two years ago he led acquisition of two school properties through bond financing for $20 million. He oversees all construction projects and has led the remodeling of the school buildings for the past 8 years. He has developed business and financial systems that ensure the smooth running of the schools. Paul has worked as a credit analyst and a portfolio manager for a number of financial institutions and a Design Engineer for a major utilities company. Additionally, he worked with Washington Mutual as a Loan Officer prior to joining New Designs.
Paul holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), with a concentration in Finance, from Pepperdine University’s Glazidio School of Business. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California School Business Management program. Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and holds an Intermediate Level qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (London) with managerial accounting emphasis.
|Yaw O. Adutwum, PhD., Chief Academic Consultant|
Prior to founding New Designs Dr. Yaw Adutwum served for ten years as Mathematics and Business Education instructor in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) prior to founding New Designs Charter Schools. During the last ten years he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of New Designs Charter Schools. As the Chief Executive Officer he provides leadership over the educational and operational divisions of New Designs Charter Schools.
There are currently two New Designs schools comprising of New Designs Charter School - University Park, and New Designs Charter School-Watts. Both are 6-12 college preparatory schools with Career Pathways. All high school students attending New Designs meet the UC/CSU ‘a-g’ requirements prior to graduation.
In addition to his job responsibilities he serves on various committees and boards and has served as a Western Association of Schools and Colleges Committee Chairperson. Yaw has a PhD in. Education Policy, Planning and Administration from University of Southern California (USC) with a major in International Education.
|Mr. Edward Frimpong, Director of Human Resources|
Edward Frimpong is the Director of Human Resources. He has been with New Designs since January 2006. He started as a teacher and rose to become an Assistant Principal. Mr. Frimpong thus has a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the New Designs’ organization and is therefore able to work closely with both line and staff members of the organization.
Mr. Frimpong holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
As the director of Human Resources, Mr. Frimpong oversees all hiring and employee related issues including payroll, Training and development, benefits and retirement emoluments. He also manages employee related legal issues and compliance.
|Ms. Hazel Royas, Director of Educational Services|
|Mr. Samuel Kyeremateng, Director of Business Services|
Sam Kyeremanten was named Director of Business Services and Chief Financial Officer in 2017 after serving as a fiscal Independent Consultant for several years with New Designs. Mr. Kyeremanten is a graduate of San Diego University Business School with a major in Accounting with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has expertise in Lawson Accounting Systems, MAS-90, QuickBooks, and Excel among others.
In his professional life Mr. Kyeremanten has worked as Senior Accountant in charge of sources and uses of funds in many corporate entities including local government, financial services, health care, education and the travel industry.