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.

Adam Carswell, M.S.
Lower School Director

Adam Carswell, M.S., has been the NSU University School Lower School Director since 2014. Mr. Carswell taught in Canadian public schools prior moving to Florida to teach in 2001. Inspired by his own positive experience at his high school alma mater, Trinity College School, Mr. Carswell chose to dedicate his life to working at independent schools and in 2005 decided to shift into his first school leadership position. He attended the University of Western Ontario in Canada for his undergraduate degree, completed teacher training at Griffith University in Australia, and obtained his Master’s degree in Management and Administration of Educational Programs at Nova Southeastern University where he is currently working toward his Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.

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.

Scott Fech, Ph.D.
Upper School Director

Scott Fech, Ph.D., has been the Upper School Director since 2016. With 15 years of school administration experience, Dr. Fech has served as principal, assistant superintendent, and director of educational programs in both independent and public schools in the Chicago area. While working at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, he served as a board member and chair of the academic excellence committee for a charter school in Chicago as well as serving on the education committee for Le Lycée Français de Chicago. Dr. Fech has also served as an adjunct lecturer at Purdue University in both the World Languages Department as well as in the School of Education’s Teacher Preparation Program. He remains committed to his own professional growth having attending leadership seminars at the University of Chicago and Harvard University’s Principal Center and participates in annual conferences hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and the Florida Council of Independent Schools.

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