Yilmaz Ak

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Yilmaz Ak is a lifelong learner and educator. He has worked as an educator in a number of roles since 1992. He taught English as a Foreign Language, charred English departments, coached teachers, worked as an assistant principal, principal, executive director, and Chief Academic Officer before taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer at Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF).
Mr. Ak demonstrated his innovative mindset when he implemented blended learning programs with 1:1 technology, and data-driven growth models at several charter schools, well before it was known. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English as a Foreign Language, a Master of Arts (MA) and Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership and Administration.
As a charter School administrator, Mr. Ak was intricately involved in writing charter petitions for new schools and charter renewals in Nevada, California, and more recently in Maryland. He has helped shape charter school policy at the district, county, and state levels and assisted in developing best practices. Mr. Ak has been actively involved in advocacy for charter schools at various levels and has served on a charter school board. His areas of expertise include school leadership, academic oversight, accountability, strategic planning, human resources development, charter school funding, and new school development. His passion is to provide a world quality education through innovation.
Mr. Ak was born in Germany and has worked as an educator in five different countries before making the US his home. Mr. Ak is happily married with two children and spends most of his free time with his family, including his Siberian Husky and Golden Retriever.

Eric Derin

Director of Operations

Mr. Eric Derin has been in education since 1996. His educational background is in Math, Information Technology (IT), and Business Administration. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics, a Master of Science in Administration and School Leadership (MSA), and a Master’s degree in Business Administration(MBA). Additionally, he holds a 7-12 Administration Certification in Maryland (Mathematics, Business Education, Admin-I/ II). He is an honorary member of the National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine.
Mr. Derin served as a teacher, coach for American Mathematics Competitions, testing coordinator, program coordinator/vice principal, and principal before joining Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF). His career in education has taken him through different countries, educational systems, and job positions; from IB, Cambridge, London O, and A levels, United Kingdom models of schooling, and the United States Educational system.
Mr. Derin joined CLF because its mission is aligned with his educational philosophies. He believes both CLF and he are committed to enhancing the learning and operational strategies for future STEM innovators. He is honored to serve as Director of Operations for Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation and its schools.
Mr.Derin’s current responsibilities include: CLF headquarter and CLF schools’ operations, including grant project manager, capital development, new school projects, operational budget, assisting the Director of Finance with financial projections, analyses of existing programs and policies, monitoring the business office budget, assets, and CLF’s enrichment/advanced programs.
Mr. Derin was born in Mainz, Germany and met his wife in Albania. She is a foreign language specialist, fluent in 4 different languages, holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, and continues to learn and grow. They have a son and a daughter. When not at work, Mr. Derin enjoys spending time with his wife, their children, and the family cats.

Vedat Dogan

Director of Finance

Mr. Vedat Dogan is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and has been with Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundations (FLF) schools since 2011. Before being promoted to CFO, he served as Director of Purchasing and Business Manager within the organization. Mr. Dogan has witnessed the growth of the foundation. He has seen CLF increase in the number of charter agreements, growth in student enrollments, acquisitions of bond financing for school building(s), and several grants awarded.
Mr. Dogan is responsible for all CLF financial operations including grant management, compliance and inns investor relations. He holds a Masters Degree in Education, A Masters degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and currently sits for the CPA exam.
Mr. Dogan is married and has two children. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Tekin Tuncer

Director of Accountability

Mr. Tekin Tuncer has 20+ years of experience in K-12 private and public school settings. He has worked as a substitute teacher, a chemistry teacher, a school testing coordinator, and principal and district assessment coordinator. He has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Throughout his career, he coached students for a variety of local and national science competitions including Science Bowl, Science Olympiads, and International Chemistry Olympiads. Prior to moving to Maryland, he was the district accountability coordinator New Mexico with the Data Department at Santa Fe Public Schools. In this role, he oversaw and streamlined the district’s teacher evaluation processes and was involved in a variety of state and federal data gathering and reporting.
Mr. Tuncer served on the charter school boards while living in Nevada and New Mexico. He sees charter schools as a great education option for the ever-increasing diverse student population. Mr. Tuncer believes that responsible data usage is paramount to improve practices, procedures, and policies in education.
Mr. Tuncer is married and has two children. His wife is an Early Childhood Educator, his older son is a member of the Army National Guard and his younger son is a sophomore in high school Both of his children have attended charter schools for the most part of their K-12 education. He is proud of his Kurdish roots and feels blessed to be the first of his family to go beyond the 5th grade.

Dr. Glenda Washington

Director of Communications

Dr. Glenda Washington, a Jamaican born United States citizen, earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Elementary Education from the City University of New Your, Queens College, a Master of Arts (MA) in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University, Teachers’ College, an Advanced Certificate in Administration and Supervision from the City University of New York, City College and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) from Nova Southeastern University.
She comes to Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation with over 20 years of experience in education. Having worked in charter schools, specialty schools such as schools for arts and academics, and various levels of public schools (elementary, middle, K-8, Jr. High, and more recently middle-high) she has formed meaningful relationships within the District of Columbia-Virginia-Maryland (DMV) area and across various states. She believes relationship building is paramount for fulfillment and success, as is a commitment to excellence.
Dr. Washington has been married for 46 years, has three daughters, two son-in-laws, and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, experiencing the arts in all its forms, traveling and reading.

Jason Karabulut

Director of Information Technology

Mr. Jason Karabulut , originally from the Balkans, is a United States citizen. He has been in Information Technology (IT) since 1996. His work experiences include private companies and schools around the US. He has supported school districts and schools within those districts with their IT related needs as a System Engineer, Network Administrator, IT Manager and IT Director since 2005.
He graduated with a Master in Science (MS) in two majors; Computer Networking and Cyber Security and holds several additional technology credentials. With more than 20 years of experience in IT budgeting, planning, project management, leadership, problem solving, decision making, integrating Instructional Technology Services, Cyber security, Cloud, Network operations, mission critical deployments and geo located IT management, Infrastructure network design of newly constructed buildings, IT training of employees to improve their knowledge and response time, managing grants and devising alternate solutions to save his former companies thousands of dollars, Mr. Karabulut confidently joins the CLF team.
When not at work, Jason spends his time with his son, his daughter and the two family cats.