School Leadership

NSU University School’s administration is comprised of dedicated professionals with years of leadership experience. Their innovation, expertise, and dedication to your children and our school help make NSU University School one of the leading college preparatory schools in South Florida.

William Kopas, Ed.D.
Head of School

William Kopas, Ed.D., is in his third year as Head of School at NSU University School after serving five years as Upper School Director. Before coming to NSU University School, Dr. Kopas was principal at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York. He also served in a variety of administrative capacities including assistant principal, dean of students, and summer school director for 16 years at Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Kopas earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of four Big Ten Championship swim teams, an individual Big Ten Champion, and a Big Ten Scholar athlete. He has a Masters from Northern Arizona University and received his doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in 2015.

Elizabeth Brennan, Ed.D.
Associate Head of Academic Affairs

Elizabeth Brennan, Ed.D., currently serves as the Associate Head for Academic Affairs and has been in that role for the past 11 years. Dr. Brennan has been part of the NSU University School family since 1976 and is most recognized for her ability to translate the school’s mission and philosophy into practice. She started as a Lower School teacher, became the Lower School Language Arts Coordinator and Reading Specialist, and ultimately became the Lower School Director from 1987-2006. In 2006, she was promoted to Associate Head of Academic Affairs, responsible for school curriculum, accreditation, and professional development. In addition to this role, Dr. Brennan teaches at NSU at the Masters, Ed.S., and Ed.D. levels for the Fischler College of Education in Educational Leadership, Organizational Leadership and Child and Youth Studies, Elementary Education and Reading.

Giovanna Stincer, M.Ed., CFRE
Associate Head of External Relations

Giovanna Stincer, M.Ed., has held the position of Associate Head of External Relations for the past six years. Ms. Stincer oversees the Business Office, Admissions and Marketing Department, Summer and Extended Programs, as well as the Parent and Alumni Relations department. She has been with NSU University School since 2000, at which time she began her career as the Director of Development. Shortly after, she was responsible for overseeing the department of advancement, which encompassed development, alumni and parent relations, marketing, publications, and public relations. Prior to coming to NSU University School, Ms. Stincer was assistant vice president of university advancement at Florida International University.

Donna Tobey, M.S., Ed.S.
Lower School Director

Donna Tobey, M.S., Ed.S., joins us from Palm Beach Day Academy where she served as the Head of the Lower School for 12 years. While at Palm Beach Day Academy, she implemented ideas from Harvard’s Project Zero to design a “Culture of Thinking.” She was also able to build nationally recognized partnerships with museums, authors, and other educational programs that created innovative opportunities for all students. Ms. Tobey has also served as a principal and teacher at the Gulliver Schools in Coral Gables, the Vice President of the Florida Kindergarten Council, and as a leader in the Florida Council of Independent Schools. She has been recognized and done presentations on elementary education at many national conferences. Ms. Tobey is a progressive educator who is well-versed in the latest educational trends.

Robyn Kaiyal, Ph.D.
Middle School Director

Middle School Director, Robyn Kaiyal, Ph.D., joined NSU University School in 2005 as a Middle School English, history, and drama teacher. In 2008, she moved to the Upper School where she taught history and advanced seminar courses. Just two years later, she became Associate Director of Academic Affairs in the Upper School where she oversaw the design, development, and implementation of all instructional programming and staff development. Coming full circle, Dr. Kaiyal returned to the Middle School in 2015 as the Middle School Director where she has inspired faculty and students to strive for academic excellence through innovative, personalized learning experiences. Dr. Kaiyal sought a post-graduate experience that combined her passion for history and conflict resolution with her interest in education and curriculum design in a non-traditional doctoral setting that emphasized a socially relevant research approach to learning.

Matthew Laliberte, Ph.D.
Upper School Director

Matthew Laliberte, Ph.D., comes to NSU University School from Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton where he served as interim Head of the Upper School for two years. He was previously the Dean of Studies, IB coordinator, and IB Language teacher. Prior to his seven years at Saint Andrew’s, Dr. Laliberte was an Associate Dean of Faculty at the Hillside School in Massachusetts. He has also served as an Instructional Technology Integration Specialist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Gulliver Schools. Dr. Laliberte holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, a M.S. in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire. His expertise with curriculum enhancement, academic leadership, technology integration, and experiential education will be a tremendous asset to our entire school community.

Head of School's Board of Advisers

Marc Cannon, Vice-Chair
Jon Clark
Lesley Clark-Loeser
Jessica Dornbusch
Jessie Gilley
Evan Glasser

Amy Hoffman, Ex-Officio
Susanne Hurowitz, Ex-Officio
Laurie Jennings
Pam Kochav
Cori F. Meltzer
Mark Paresky

Tamara Rodriguez
Joel Ronkin, Chair
Cindi Samson
Jeffrey Steiner
Scott Weiselberg
Michael Zager, Ex-Officio