Staff

Dr. Susan F. Lusi

President and CEO   Email

Sue has worked in both urban and suburban settings, and in practice, policy and research, during her nearly 30-year career. She most recently served as Superintendent of Schools in Providence, R.I., where she is credited with increasing student achievement and opportunity. Most notably, she improved graduation rates as well as reading proficiency scores for Grades 4 and 11, particularly among English Language Learners.

Sue was a champion for Providence students. To enhance their college and career readiness, she and her team increased Advanced Placement, Career and Technical Education, and dual credit offerings in all high schools, as well as established partnerships with institutions of higher education. Sue also collaborated with the Providence School Board and Providence Teachers’ Union to develop board policy and teacher contract language supporting increased school autonomy.

Sue previously served as Superintendent of Schools in Portsmouth, R.I., Chief of Staff for Providence Schools and Assistant Commissioner for the Rhode Island Department of Education. She started her career at Brown University working for the Coalition of Essential Schools and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, as well as serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Taubman Center for Public Policy.

Sue is the author of The Role of State Departments of Education in Complex School Reform (Teachers College Press, 1997). She holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Teaching Social Studies from Brown University, and a M.P.P. and Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.

John Schneider

Director of External Affairs   Email

John is an accomplished leader in expanding educational and economic opportunity in Massachusetts with more than 20 years of experience working with government, nonprofit and public policy organizations. Prior to joining MIE, John worked with charter management organizations on strategies for expansion in underserved communities and with Empower Schools on their strategic expansion in Massachusetts. He served as the executive vice president to the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) where he led the organization’s groundbreaking Gateway Cities research and policy initiative and the New Skills for a New Economy Campaign, MassINC’s workforce development research and advocacy program. Prior to joining MassINC, John directed a regional planning and economic development partnership in Boston’s high-tech Metrowest region. He also served as chief of staff to the House majority whip and research director to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, where he played a key staff role in the development, passage, and implementation of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993. John also has worked in higher education, coordinating programs for first generation college students and adult students returning to college to complete their degrees. He began his career as a teacher in an alternative high school working with out-of-school youth in Chicago and Boston. Trained in education and public policy, John has degrees from Northeastern University and Loyola University of Chicago.

Larry Stanton

Director of Field Leadership   Email

Larry leads MIE’s State Development Network and supports strategic planning efforts in Partnership Zones. Larry served as Strategy and Planning Officer for the Chicago Public Schools from 2003-2008 with responsibility for developing, managing and communicating the district improvement strategy. Since 2008 he has been an independent consultant helping clients in education and workforce development to develop and implement strategies for change. From 2010 to 2012 Larry co-chaired the Illinois committee charged with developing new teacher and principal evaluation systems. He also has served as vice chancellor for administrative services of the City Colleges of Chicago. He began his career as a high school English teacher and tennis coach. Larry has a M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Janet Strauss

Director of Academics   Email

Prior to joining MIE, Janet served as the National Engagement Manger and New England Coordinator for the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), an Executive Development Program (EDP) for school and district leaders. Janet was a lead facilitator and coordinated a statewide implementation of NISL in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and has overseen NISL’s EDP training for more than 1,200 school leaders in the Commonwealth as well as New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, and Missouri.  In addition, Janet supported the design and development of instructional curriculum, which included a three-day English Language Learners Institute for principals. Prior to joining NISL in 2007, Janet was a classroom teacher, school psychologist, assistant Special Education Director, instructional coach. As a school leader, she led the turnaround of a non-traditional high school in western Massachusetts. Janet earned her bachelor's degree from Skidmore College, a master's degree from Smith College in Education & Child Study and a CAGS from University of Massachusetts Amherst in School Psychology. She is currently completing a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Education, Policy, Research and Administration.

Patti Azzara

Assistant Director of English Services   Email

Patti has 36 years of teaching experience at both the middle and high school levels. She introduced the AP Language and Composition course to Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Connecticut. Patti served for the past five years as the Director of English Services for Project Opening Doors, the former Connecticut National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) affiliate. Patti holds a M.A. for Equivalency in Education from Fairfield University and B.A. degrees in English and Education from the College of White Plains (now Pace University).

Anna Braet

Program Manager   Email

Anna is a Program Manager, working with the field-based engagement teams. Prior to joining MIE, she spent two years working as a business analyst with Public Consulting Group, a Boston-based government consulting firm. She previously held internships conducting analysis and research with Lee & Associates Management Consulting and Clayton Capital Partners. Anna graduated from Boston University’s Questrom Business School of Business in May 2013 with a B.S. in business administration and a concentration in operations and technology management.

Jenna Bullock

Senior Program Manager   Email

Before joining MIE, Jenna was Director of Teacher Leadership Development for Teach For America Twin Cities, where she successfully coached teachers to accelerate academic gains and pioneered an innovative PLC model to accelerate teacher growth. She previously was a biology teacher at a high-poverty school in North Carolina, leading her students to achieve a 100% pass rate on the state ECA and the third-highest mean scores in the state for all schools. Jenna graduated from Bethel University. 

Gary Burdick

Assistant Director of Enrollment Services   Email

Gary previously spent six years recruiting medical professionals as a government contractor for the Army National Guard. Gary was the CEO and president of Diamond Educational Services, an education consulting and Management Company specializing in accelerated adult degree programs for several New England Colleges. Gary is retired Army with 22 years of active service in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Gary holds a M.B.A. from Anna Maria College.

Wesley Chin

Senior Program Manager   Email

Wes oversees the day-to-day management and coordination of the College Success Program Management Team. Wes also is responsible for the development and management of program systems key to the successful implementation of the AP Program and other multiple focus areas. He joined MIE in 2008 as a Project Coordinator working on various initiatives, and also served as the program lead for the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) and the School Turnaround Group's State Development Network. Wes holds a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from Boston University.

Charlene Cutroni

Finance Director   Email

Prior to joining MIE, Charlene was the Director of Finance for one of the divisions within UMass Medical School.  She served in this role for over 5 years; and was at UMass for over 13 years.  In her role, she was responsible for working with Program Managers on budgeting and reporting for their programs.  Additionally, she prepared executive level reporting for Senior Leadership.  She served on many different committees, including the IT Steering Committee, the Risk Committee, and the HR Compensation Review Committee.  Prior to working for UMass, Charlene began her career at a local CPA firm in Worcester, and then worked for Allmerica Financial/Hanover Insurance, in Internal Audit and Expense Accounting.  Charlene is a 1993 graduate of UMass Amherst with a Bachelor’s of Business in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts.

Mariah Deans

Program Manager   Email

Mariah has supported MIE's district-level fieldwork in Indianapolis and Jefferson Parish. She previously worked as a summer staff special projects manager with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE). She completed a M.A. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. As a graduate student, Mariah taught middle school English in Okolona, Mississippi, as a member of the Mississippi Teacher Corps. She also holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in Political Science and Sociology.

Michael Dinger

Program Manager   Email

Michael previously worked as a jewelry designer and personal stylist in New York City. Michael used his strong background with design and logistics to support the College Success Program with teacher trainings, data management and analysis, and systems development. Michael holds a B.A. in psychology from the New School for Social Research.

Megan English

Senior Program Manager   Email

Megan started her career in education as a founding member of the Rochester Young Scholars’ Academy where she helped create a thematic residential summer camp and enrichment program for adolescents in the Rochester City School District. Upon completing her undergraduate and initial graduate degrees, Megan taught reading and English language arts for one year at Whitesboro Middle School and then moved to New York City where she taught middle school English language arts for four years. In this position, Megan rose to the position of Lead Teacher and eventually, ELA/ELL Department Instructional Coach. Simultaneously, Megan completed a M.A. in Educational Leadership at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Megan received a M.S. in Reading and Literacies and Urban Teaching and Leadership from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and a B.A. in Secondary English Education and Communication from SUNY Geneseo.

Sally Guadagno

Director of English Services   Email

Sally is an experienced English teacher, with more than 30 years of teaching experience at both the high school and college levels. She introduced the AP Language and Composition course to Marshfield High School and has served as the district representative to the Academic Assembly of the College Board.

Sharon Hessney

Assistant Director of Math Services   Email

Sharon has 18 years of experience teaching math for most grades K–12. Prior to MIE, she taught AP Statistics, geometry, and discrete math at Boston’s John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science. She is an AP Statistics exam reader. She received the National Board Certification, the 2009 Massachusetts Presidential Award in High School Mathematics and a 2011–2012 Einstein Educator Policy Fellowship. Sharon holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University, a M.B.A. in finance from Penn’s Wharton School, and a Ed.M in mathematics from Harvard University.

Rob Jentsch

Engagement Director   Email

Rob manages a number of academic projects and currently oversees MIE’s work in Evansville, Indiana. At MIE, Rob’s work at the district level has included diagnostics, strategic planning, academic strategy, performance measurement, and leadership coaching for principal supervisors. With Partnership Zones and member schools, Rob has led Strategic Readiness Assessments (SRAs), school improvement planning, leadership coaching for principals, and created performance measurement systems. Previously, Rob worked with TNTP’s Baltimore City Teaching Residency program, where he provided Common Core content training, coached pre-K to 12 teachers and trained coaches. As an independent consultant, Rob designed curriculum and assessment, led professional development through seminars and coaching for district and charter leaders at both the school and systems levels, internationally and domestically. Rob started his education career in a high-performing/high-poverty school in North Carolina where he taught, founded an AP program, coached varsity baseball, and served as a department chair. Rob earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Macalester College. 

Amy E. Johnson

Director of Science Services   Email

Amy is an experienced physics teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience at both the high school and college levels. As a teacher for Northampton High School, she worked to expand the AP Physics program to include both AP Physics B and C. Not only did her efforts broaden the program, but they also garnered great success with the students in their physics education and preparation for college. She has also taught physics for middle school science teachers at University of Massachusetts Amherst in addition to working as a presenter for MMSI for the past several years. Amy is the recipient of the Harold Grinspoon New Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the National Math and Science Initiative Science Teacher of The Year Award. She holds a B.A in Physics Teaching from Brigham Young University and a M.A. in Physics Education from Smith College.

Katherine Kilday

Human Resources Director   Email

Katherine manages all aspects of Human Resources including policies and procedures, employee evaluation, talent acquisition and training, and benefits. She has been employed as an HR generalist for the past 11 years in a variety of industries. She received a B.S. in Management from Keene State College. 

Hilary Kopp

Senior Program Manager   Email

Hilary previously served as the Senior Project Manager at BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), a Boston nonprofit after spending time in the classroom as an elementary teacher. Prior to teaching, Hilary worked on the development and evaluation of education and youth workforce development initiatives for less advantaged youth with MDRC, Jobs for the Future and the Commonwealth Corporation. Hilary holds a M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a M.A. in Education from Salem State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University.

Mimi Letourneau

Assistant Director for Math Services   Email

Mimi has been a teacher for more 25 years. She taught AP Statistics for 15 years at New Bedford High School and has been a reader of the AP Statistics exam for 11 years. She also been a Saturday Study Session presenter for three years. She has a B.S. in math from the UMass Amherst, as well as many additional credits and experience in mentoring teachers.

Dr. Susan F. Lusi

President and CEO   Email

Sue has worked in both urban and suburban settings, and in practice, policy and research, during her nearly 30-year career. She most recently served as Superintendent of Schools in Providence, R.I., where she is credited with increasing student achievement and opportunity. Most notably, she improved graduation rates as well as reading proficiency scores for Grades 4 and 11, particularly among English Language Learners.

Sue was a champion for Providence students. To enhance their college and career readiness, she and her team increased Advanced Placement, Career and Technical Education, and dual credit offerings in all high schools, as well as established partnerships with institutions of higher education. Sue also collaborated with the Providence School Board and Providence Teachers’ Union to develop board policy and teacher contract language supporting increased school autonomy.

Sue previously served as Superintendent of Schools in Portsmouth, R.I., Chief of Staff for Providence Schools and Assistant Commissioner for the Rhode Island Department of Education. She started her career at Brown University working for the Coalition of Essential Schools and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, as well as serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Taubman Center for Public Policy.

Sue is the author of The Role of State Departments of Education in Complex School Reform (Teachers College Press, 1997). She holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Teaching Social Studies from Brown University, and a M.P.P. and Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Myra Morgan

Assistant Director of Science Services   Email

Myra has 30 years of experience teaching AP Biology and Environmental Science at Miss Porter’s School, The Ethel Walker School and the Sage Hill School. She also has worked in research for the EPA and collaborated with UConn’s Undersea Research Center, the Bermuda Biological Station and was honored with a teaching Fellowship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Myra is an AP College Board Consultant and has been an AP Reader for both AP Biology and APES. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Hanover College in Indiana, a M.S. in Science Education/Biological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and has been honored for her contributions to the sciences with a College Board AP Recognition Award and by the NABT with Connecticut’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award.

Stephen Oleski

Program Manager   Email

Stephen supports the College Success Program and other focus areas. Before joining MIE, Stephen was a research intern for Verité. Stephen holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, concentrating in economic development and international relations.

Sam Pipp

Development Manager   Email

Sam has spent his career in the nonprofit field, specializing in both funding and program development. His primary areas of professional focus are educational equity and organizational partnership building. He is currently on the board of directors for the DREAM Program, an organization that provides mentoring opportunities to students living in affordable housing communities. He received his bachelor’s degree from New York University, and he is currently pursuing an M.B.A. from UMass Amherst.

Leslie Prudhomme

Director of Science Services, Life Sciences   Email

Leslie supports AP teachers in the classroom, helping to strengthen teaching practices and develop ways to improve student success. Initially trained as a wildlife biologist, she worked on state and federal projects throughout the United States. Leslie has a broad range of management and conservation experience in habitat, heavy metal contaminant, and population assessments. A change in life circumstances led her to public education where she has been engaging students in the life sciences for 16 years. She has taught earth science, stream ecology, chemistry, biology, and AP biology. Leslie holds a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Zoology from California State University in Sacramento and a M.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine, Orono.

Carol Relph

Administrative & Events Manager   Email

Carol provides advanced administrative support for MIE's President and CEO, and manages event planning and special projects across the organization. Prior to joining MIE in 2009, Carol was a corporate event planner for more than 25 years.

John Schneider

Director of External Affairs   Email

John is an accomplished leader in expanding educational and economic opportunity in Massachusetts with more than 20 years of experience working with government, nonprofit and public policy organizations. Prior to joining MIE, John worked with charter management organizations on strategies for expansion in underserved communities and with Empower Schools on their strategic expansion in Massachusetts. He served as the executive vice president to the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) where he led the organization’s groundbreaking Gateway Cities research and policy initiative and the New Skills for a New Economy Campaign, MassINC’s workforce development research and advocacy program. Prior to joining MassINC, John directed a regional planning and economic development partnership in Boston’s high-tech Metrowest region. He also served as chief of staff to the House majority whip and research director to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, where he played a key staff role in the development, passage, and implementation of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993. John also has worked in higher education, coordinating programs for first generation college students and adult students returning to college to complete their degrees. He began his career as a teacher in an alternative high school working with out-of-school youth in Chicago and Boston. Trained in education and public policy, John has degrees from Northeastern University and Loyola University of Chicago.

Julie Shepherd

Senior Program Manager   Email

Before joining MIE, Julie taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics in Illinois, 8th grade mathematics in Georgia, and 4th-6th grade mathematics in Sweden, and also held leadership positions in both Georgia and Sweden. While attending graduate school at the University of Iowa, she worked for Iowa Testing Programs as a research assistant for four years and presented at numerous American Educational Research Association and University Council of Educational Administration conferences. Julie holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and an M.A. in Educational Measurement and Statistics, an Ed.S. in School Curriculum and Assessment Policy, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa.

John Souther

Director of Math Services   Email

John has taught mathematics for more than 27 years and taught AP Calculus from 1993-2009. He started his teaching career at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, then taught at Norwell High School, and most recently taught at Notre Dame Academy. He coached math teams for more than 20 years and has served as an AP exam reader. John also has been a presenter for Laying the Foundation, training many teachers in Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics in Secondary Education and a M.A. in Teaching Mathematics from Bridgewater State College.

Larry Stanton

Director of Field Leadership   Email

Larry leads MIE’s State Development Network and supports strategic planning efforts in Partnership Zones. Larry served as Strategy and Planning Officer for the Chicago Public Schools from 2003-2008 with responsibility for developing, managing and communicating the district improvement strategy. Since 2008 he has been an independent consultant helping clients in education and workforce development to develop and implement strategies for change. From 2010 to 2012 Larry co-chaired the Illinois committee charged with developing new teacher and principal evaluation systems. He also has served as vice chancellor for administrative services of the City Colleges of Chicago. He began his career as a high school English teacher and tennis coach. Larry has a M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Janet Strauss

Director of Academics   Email

Prior to joining MIE, Janet served as the National Engagement Manger and New England Coordinator for the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), an Executive Development Program (EDP) for school and district leaders. Janet was a lead facilitator and coordinated a statewide implementation of NISL in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and has overseen NISL’s EDP training for more than 1,200 school leaders in the Commonwealth as well as New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, and Missouri.  In addition, Janet supported the design and development of instructional curriculum, which included a three-day English Language Learners Institute for principals. Prior to joining NISL in 2007, Janet was a classroom teacher, school psychologist, assistant Special Education Director, instructional coach. As a school leader, she led the turnaround of a non-traditional high school in western Massachusetts. Janet earned her bachelor's degree from Skidmore College, a master's degree from Smith College in Education & Child Study and a CAGS from University of Massachusetts Amherst in School Psychology. She is currently completing a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Education, Policy, Research and Administration.

Andrea Wolfe

Engagement Director   Email

Andrea leads large consulting projects across the country including Boston Public Schools (Boston, MA), Aurora Public Schools (Aurora, CO), and the Texas Education Agency (Austin, TX). Andrea has also led various school improvement initiatives in Providence, RI, Portland, ME, and Accomack, VA; and district diagnostic strategic planning work in Lexington, KY and Portland, ME. In each engagement, Andrea collaborates with school, district, and state clients to design and implement academic and organizational strategy to strengthen school and district performance. Prior to joining MIE, Andrea worked with TNTP to design and improve teacher recruitment, selection, development, and evaluation strategies across the country. Andrea also managed TNTP’s new teacher training and support program with Chicago Public Schools. Andrea also taught bilingual 4th grade in Austin, Texas. Originally from Bolivia, Andrea received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

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