Our Team

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David Adams
VP, New England and Middle States Regional Offices, The College Board
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David Adams

VP, New England and Middle States Regional Offices, The College Board
David Adams is the Vice President for the College Board’s New England and Middle States Regional Offices, which work in collaboration with the College Board’s member institutions to help all students, particularly those who are underserved, prepare for, enroll in, and complete college. David leads the organization’s partnerships with higher education institutions and systems, states, districts, and non-profits throughout the Northeast that are focused on ensuring that students realize their academic potential and seize the opportunities they have earned. He works closely with regionally elected member leaders and serves as an ex-officio member of both the New England and Middle States Regional Councils. After teaching high school Spanish for several years, he joined the College Board in 2005 as an Educational Manager, serving schools and districts in the New England region. During his tenure in New England, he served as the Principal Investigator on the College Board’s sub-award of a $12.5M Math Science Partnership grant from the National Science Foundation that sought to improve science education from middle school through graduate studies in Boston. In 2009, he began his service as the K-12 Chief in New England, which was soon followed by expanded responsibilities to also lead the K-12 team in the Middle States region. David graduated cum laude from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in Spanish. He also holds an M.B.A. in Public and Non-Profit Management from Boston University.
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Patti Azzara
Content Director, AP English
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Patti Azzara

Content Director, AP English
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).
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Susan Biggs
Content Specialist, AP Chemistry
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Susan Biggs

Content Specialist, AP Chemistry
Susan Biggs has been teaching chemistry since 1981, currently teaching at Westborough High School, in Westborough MA, where she teaches AP and Honors chemistry. Susan became a reader for the first time in 2012, and has enjoyed going ever since. Since 2013, Susan has been teaching both one and two day workshops for the College Board, and various summer institutes. Currently Susan is the chemistry consultant for Mass Insight. Susan was awarded the 2009 Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2012 she and was selected as the Mass Math Science Initiative Science Teacher of the Year and the Connecticut Valley Section of ACS High School Teacher of the Year. Susan holds a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross, and a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Saint Josephs.
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Anna Braet
Engagement Manager
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Anna Braet

Engagement Manager
Anna is an Engagement Manager on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. Anna has led systems-level work to help district partners in Aurora, CO and Austin, TX design and implement Transformation Zones as a strategy for school and district improvement. In this capacity, Anna has supported Zone and district leaders with identifying and securing the necessary conditions and autonomies for schools to improve and establishing systems and structures to manage Zone performance. In recent projects, Anna has conducted comprehensive needs assessments at state, district, and school levels, facilitated root cause analyses and improvement planning, and helped develop systems for monitoring and improving performance. Prior to joining Mass Insight, Anna supported multiple state education agencies to maximize funding for special education programs with Public Consulting Group. She also brings experience in root cause analysis and research. Anna began her career in education as an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow in 2015, conducting extensive policy research and analysis to secure waivers from state, district, and bargaining agreement policies for a group of district innovation schools in Colorado. She graduated from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business with a B.S. in business administration.
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Dr. Carolina Buitrago
Engagement Manager
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Dr. Carolina Buitrago

Engagement Manager
As an Engagement Manager, Carolina Buitrago leads Mass Insight’s work on the development of networked improvement initiatives supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, she uses principles from Improvement Science and systems thinking to guide the formation and development of local and national networks of schools and districts to increase college readiness for Black, Latinx, and low-income students. Carolina has over 25 years of experience in education, which combine mixed-methods research on school improvement and teacher effectiveness, data analytics and innovation in survey design, program evaluation of school-based and national initiatives, policy development and implementation, and counseling. Prior to joining Mass Insight, Carolina was a Senior Research Analyst at Tripod Education Partners where she led the Tripod-Teach for All Chile initiative, a school improvement project of Chilean secondary schools. Carolina co-led the program evaluation of the Head Start’s National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement at the Harvard Family Research Project, and oversaw all aspects of the Kindergarten Development grants, a $28 million state initiative to support the implementation of high quality full-day kindergarten in Massachusetts, at DESE. She holds Doctorate and Masters degrees in education both from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  
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Jenna Bullock
Engagement Director
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Jenna Bullock

Engagement Director
Jenna is an Engagement Director on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. Most recently she has led work with district partners in Evansville, Indiana to establish job-embedded, high-quality coaching for teachers in over 20 buildings. In addition, she supports the School Improvement Team broadly with needs assessments as well as research and design of frameworks. Jenna has worked in education for ten years including time with Teach for America Twin Cities where she 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.
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Jamie Cameron
Consultant
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Jamie Cameron

Consultant
Jamie Cameron is a consultant on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. He is currently engaged in school improvement work with Allentown School District. In this capacity, he is supporting the implementation of robust instructional coaching and effective leadership practices. Jamie is from London, England and currently resides in Minneapolis, MN. Jamie most recently served as Principal of KIPP North Star Primary School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In that capacity he led work to significantly increase student and staff retention, reduce out of class disciplinary action by over 85% and to re-found the school using a community-centered approach. Prior to this, Jamie served as an Assistant Principal and teacher at KIPP Destiny in Dallas, Texas, and spent several years teaching in Detroit Michigan. In 2013, Jamie was a national semi finalist for the Sue Lehmann excellence in teaching award. He completed his Masters in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University in 2016. 
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Wesley Chin
Director of AP Operations
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Wesley Chin

Director of AP Operations
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 Mass Insight 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.
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Emily Coady
Consultant
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Emily Coady

Consultant
Emily Coady is a consultant on Mass Insight’s School Improvement team. Emily currently supports partners in Harrisburg, PA and Evansville, IN. Currently a PhD candidate in education policy at the University of Arkansas’s Department of Education Reform, Emily’s research has focused on the community and school relationship as well as school and district leadership. Prior to joining Mass Insight, Emily was the regional director for Teach For America-Louisiana Delta. She oversaw financial development, teacher coaching, district and community partnerships, and strategic planning. She also served as a William J. Clinton Fellow for Service in India, developing an English Language Curriculum for rural community-run schools in Andhra Pradesh. Emily’s journey in education began in a 5th grade classroom in Tallulah, Madison Parish. 
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Robbie Curry
Engagement Manager
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Robbie Curry

Engagement Manager
Robbie Curry is an engagement manager on Mass Insight’s School Improvement team and manages a portfolio of engagements across the country. Currently, this includes a partnership with the Indiana Department of Education designed to support LEAs with strategic planning and a particular focus on sustainable ESSER investment. In addition, Robbie is supporting an equity audit with a large Texas district.  Robbie has extensive knowledge and expertise in K-12 school organizations having served in multiple roles as a teacher, principal, network leader, and state education official.  At the school level, Robbie has been a teacher, Director of Special Education, and school principal.  At the charter network level, Robbie led a network of schools as Chief Academic Officer and with the Illinois State Charter Commission, Robbie served as Director of Portfolio Performance where he oversaw authorizing processes, led the development of an annual strategic planning framework for commission-authorized schools and worked to improve systems for planning and resource distribution. Robbie holds a BA from Pitzer College and an MS in Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. In 2019, he completed the inaugural Elevate Fellowship, a partnership of Teach For America and University of Chicago Booth School of Business and in 2020, he completed the Surge Fellowship with The Surge Institute. 
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Jeffrey Davis, CPA
Audit Partner, EY
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Jeffrey Davis, CPA

Audit Partner, EY
Jeff Davis is an audit partner with EY. He has 15 years of experience in financial services with a focus on the asset management industry. He has spent 18 months in Melbourne, Australia where he assisted clients with the transition from Australian GAAP to International Financial Reporting Standards. Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of Breakthrough Greater Boston. He attended Villanova University, graduating with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S.B.A in Finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
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Michael Dinger
Senior Program Manager, AP Operations
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Michael Dinger

Senior Program Manager, AP Operations
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.
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Gary Evee, Chairman
CEO, Evee Security Consulting Group
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Gary Evee, Chairman

CEO, Evee Security Consulting Group
Expert in Cyber Security, Gary Evee co-founded Evee Security Consulting Group, LLC in 2018, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Gary has 11+ years of experience in enterprise security. He is a former IBM executive with more than two decades of experience addressing complex business challenges across the company’s global business. His tenure boasts many achievements including a consistent and proven track record of successfully managing, and scaling, new enterprises. Under his leadership IBM Security recognized the largest cloud revenue signing for a financial services security solution.   He was most recently a cyber security executive within the IBM Security Division, where he was responsible for the sales force strategy and go--‐to--‐market for IBM’s mobile and financial services cyber security solutions. Prior to this role, Gary was the Chief of Staff for the General Manager of IBM Security, helping to lead the business and technical strategy for IBM’s strategic imperative IBM Security grew to be the #1 enterprise security provider (~$2B revenue).   In his current role he is responsible for the strategy, vision and company direction of Evee Security Consulting Group. He is manically focused on facilitating the company’s activity in consulting, sales, marketing, alliances and growth. Being able to provide clear insight into navigating the complex information security threat landscape is a priority for Gary. Over the past year, he has also acted as a Cyber Security advisor to a number of Higher Education institutions including Boston College, Bridgewater State University and Johnson C. Smith. Gary Evee serves as a Board of Director for Dedham Savings Bank.   In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, travelling, playing golf and is an avid Boston sports fan. Gary Evee grew up in Boston MA and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University, in Hampton Virginia.
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Cecilia M. Frerotte, CPA
Principal, Wolf & Company, P.C.
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Cecilia M. Frerotte, CPA

Principal, Wolf & Company, P.C.
Cecilia is a Principal in Wolf's Commercial Audit Group and has over ten years of experience in public accounting delivering audit services. She has worked with a variety of organizations including start-ups, service businesses, software developers, medical device companies, distributors, franchises, and not-for-profits. Cecilia has also worked in industry at a large foreign-owned biopharmaceutical company which lends a unique perspective to her client relationships having been responsible for financial and benefit plan reporting in that environment. Cecilia's experience includes providing internal control and accounting guidance to start-ups, family-owned and closely-held businesses throughout New England. She is a member of Wolf's Technology Services Team, which provides guidance on accounting for complex debt, equity and revenue transactions to our technology clients. Cecilia lives in Brookline, MA with her son. She delights in listening to NPR podcasts and spending time exploring the city and taking road trips with her son.
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Katherine Friend
Senior Consultant
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Katherine Friend

Senior Consultant
Katie is a Senior Consultant on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. Katie currently supports partners in Evansville, Indiana in implementing and managing an equity-based school management approach. She also supports the School Improvement team broadly on a variety of projects, including conducting district and school needs assessments and designing and facilitating school improvement planning support. She also helps steer Mass Insight’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Prior to joining Mass Insight, Katie worked with Teach for America Mississippi Delta for twelve years, where she managed multiple teams specializing in teacher recruitment, certification, instructional curriculum design, executive leadership and coaching, diversity and inclusion training, and new teacher development models. She got her start in education teaching kindergarten in rural Arkansas. She graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in Art and Art History.
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Dr. Beth Gamse
Consultant, Gamse Partnership
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Dr. Beth Gamse

Consultant, Gamse Partnership
Dr. Beth Gamse is an experienced education evaluation leader with broad research and education policy expertise. She has designed and conducted studies with designs that range from mixed quantitative and qualitative methods to random assignment to regression discontinuity to large‐scale descriptive survey‐based efforts of federal, state, and local educational initiatives. She has led studies for federal and state agencies, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations; her studies have examined implementation and impact of initiatives to smooth college and career transitions, improve afterschool and expanded learning programming, implement policy changes in teacher preparation and evaluation, and launch research-practice partnerships. Her recent work includes consulting with nonprofits and foundations about evaluation strategy and design. She collaborates effectively with evaluation stakeholders to determine evaluation goals, refine study design and metrics as needed, and determine how to present results most usefully. She has an Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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Angelica Giardina
Development & Operations Specialist
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Angelica Giardina

Development & Operations Specialist
Angelica Giardina is the Development & Operations Specialist for Mass Insight. She reports directly to the CFO/COO and supports all aspects of operations - including development and information technology. She provides a unique perspective on Mass Insight’s work as she participated in the AP Stem & English programs during high school, where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. She studied Economics at Bard College in New York, where she was a canvassing campaign manager and club head for several sustainability organizations. After this, she spent some time as an administrative assistant for a local insurance company, aiding in the conversion to an online-based clientele system. She was a manager at Target and ULTA, where she directed teams for store remodels, took charge of logistic processes, and discovered her passion for operational excellence.
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Ernesto Gonzalez Jr.
Senior Business Systems Analyst, RA Capital
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Ernesto Gonzalez Jr.

Senior Business Systems Analyst, RA Capital
Ernesto Gonzalez has over 20 years of experience delivering technology solutions to top-tier brokerage and investment management firms. He currently serves as Senior Business Systems Analyst at RA Capital, reporting to the CTO and responsible for delivery of the Data Platform as well as other technology initiatives. Prior to joining RA Capital, Ernesto was VP in Product Management at Charles River Development. Ernesto held management positions at Bain Capital, Wellington Management, Fidelity Capital Markets, and J.P. Morgan. Ernesto was also an independent consultant delivering enterprise data warehouse solutions for financial services firms including MFS Investment Management and State Street Global Exchange. Throughout Ernesto's career he has focused on Latino initiatives and community outreach. He was selected to participate in the Latinos for Education Board Fellowship program which helps place Latino professionals on the governing boards of schools and education non-profit organizations. Ernesto has also participated in mentorship and career enrichment events for Boston High School students, with organizations such as Sociedad Latina and Hyde Square Task Force. Ernesto also worked to improve diversity and inclusion in the investment management sector through recruiting events with ALPFA. Ernesto holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in History from UMass Amherst. Ernesto enjoys being a father of two and spends his free time practicing Krav Maga.
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Sally Guadagno
Managing Director of AP STEM & English
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Sally Guadagno

Managing Director of AP STEM & English
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. Sally started her time at Mass Insight as Director of English Services, a position she still holds in addition to her work as Managing Director of the AP STEM and English program. In these capacities, Sally supports high school administrators and educators to increase AP program enrollment and qualifying exam scores. Sally is also a Visiting Instructor of Education at Wheaton College. Sally holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English Teaching from Merrimack College and the University of Massachusetts Boston, respectively. She completed her post graduate studies in Educational Leadership at Bridgewater State College.
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Jesus Hernandez
Content Specialist, AP Physics
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Jesus Hernandez

Content Specialist, AP Physics
Jesus Hernandez has taught physics at The Manhattan Center for Science and Math HS in New York City and at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts during the last twenty-two years. He was a member of the AP- Physics C Test Development Committee from 2010 to 2017 and he is an AP Physics consultant since 2004. Mr. Hernandez serves as a Table leader for the AP Physics Reading. Mr. Hernandez authored one of the Course Planning and Pacing Guides for AP Physics 2. He is also a Master teacher at the Math For America organization. Mr. Hernandez has been trained to facilitate Pre AP Science and the Creating a Learner Centered Classroom workshops. He also has been coaching new AP Consultants and AP physics teachers. Mr. Hernandez was an advisory board member of the Physics for the 21st Century program produced by the Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He was a Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science teaching in 2005 and he was selected as the 2011 MIT Inspirational Teacher Award. Mr. Hernandez was trained as a Material Scientist and co-wrote three scientific publications.
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Brandi Hester Harrell
Consultant
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Brandi Hester Harrell

Consultant
Brandi Hester Harrell serves as a consultant for Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. As an educator of 15 years, she has been committed to community change in and outside the classroom. Using a transformative approach to ensure teachers and students have the necessary tools and feedback to ensure personal change.  Throughout her career, she has been able to work throughout the spectrum of K-12 and higher education creating pathways to support students of color. Supporting over 2,000 students over the course of her career, those seeds have become the driving force for her active community change.     She holds a BS in Inclusive Education, M. Ed in Curriculum and Educational Policy, and recently graduated with a second master’s in Educational Leadership from University of Roehampton in London. As a life-learner, she is currently on a full scholarship pressuring a PHD in education. Her revolutionary approach to change continues through policy advocacy allowing countless legislators in Colorado and Pennsylvania to reform the recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Her community describes her as a woman of many gifts:  educator, policy junkie, author, advocate, and social change disruptor. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her partner and children. Travel has always been her truest therapy, traveling to over 30 countries. 
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Kamau Hixon
Vice President, Prudential Private Capital
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Kamau Hixon

Vice President, Prudential Private Capital
Kamau is a Vice President and investment team leader for Prudential Private Capital, the private debt investing unit of Prudential Financial. Kamau is focused on originating, underwriting, and monitoring debt and equity investments in middle market companies. Kamau is principally responsible for a $1.8 billion portfolio of investments in New England, Long Island, and Eastern Canada, where he works closely with client management teams, intermediaries, and private equity funds to structure and execute transactions. Kamau invests across a broad spectrum of industries, providing capital to facilitate acquisitions, growth, recapitalizations and leveraged buy-outs. Prior to Prudential, Kamau focused on Restructuring Investment Banking at Gordian Group, and Asset Backed Securitizations at UBS Investment Bank. He began his career as an Analyst at Credit Suisse, in the Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking Group. Kamau earned a BA from Morehouse College and MBA from Columbia University. Kamau lives in New York City with his two small children.
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Chris Horan
Founder and Managing Partner, Horan Communications
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Chris Horan

Founder and Managing Partner, Horan Communications
Chris Horan has more than 25 years of experience in communications, political and policy advocacy, and education. As the founder and managing partner of Horan Communications, Chris provides coaching and consulting services in strategic communications to school districts, public agencies, non-profits and emerging businesses. He brings expertise in message development, communications assessment and planning, media relations, crisis communications, policy development and execution, and integrated on-line and social media strategy. Chris previously served as the first Chief Communications Officer for the Boston Public Schools, designing and executing the launch of an award-winning communications strategy for the largest public school district in New England, aligning media, public relations, branding, marketing and technology strategies to advance public opinion, policy and funding in support of education reform and improved academic outcomes. Operating in the fifth largest media market in the country, Chris crafted low-cost, high-impact strategies and built a network of partnerships to leverage targeted messages to increase exposure and positive coverage about the work of the district. As a result of his success, Chris has served as a consultant and coach to Superintendents and other district leaders across the country in strategic communications to advance academic and operational priorities. Chris’ unique perspective is deeply grounded in the education, nonprofit and public sectors. A former Chief of Staff for Superintendent Thomas W. Payzant, Chris has extensive experience in the design and application of national education policy. He is a veteran of numerous political campaigns and served as Director of Speechwriting for Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. As a Board member and former Board chair for several community non-profits, Chris has led several rebranding initiatives and has launched community service projects to promote volunteerism, literacy, civic engagement, and leadership development. An accomplished writer and editor, Chris received a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Emerson College. He has been cited as among Boston’s future leaders and has taught at Tufts University and Emerson College. Chris is often sought as a speaker and presenter on the concept and practice of using communications to increase visibility and promote social impact and outcomes.
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Isaiah Houtman
Content Specialist, AP Computer Science
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Isaiah Houtman

Content Specialist, AP Computer Science
Isaiah has spent the past 18 years teaching AP Computer Science and Mathematics while coaching track & field at New Bedford High School (NBHS). He has taught more than a dozen different computer science and math classes ranging from Algebra 1 to the newer AP Computer Science Principles. Isaiah has been a part of the Mass Insight family for 7 years. He has been a Lead Teacher and a presenter for AP Computer Science A as well as AP Computer Science Principles at Student Study Sessions. He is also the CSA presenter for Mass Insight’s 2-day Professional Development courses. Additionally, Isaiah serves as a member of the AP Action Community focused on increasing AP enrollment for systemically marginalized students and students of color. Most recently, Isaiah has joined the team as Content Specialist for Computer Science. Always looking for ways to improve his community, he actively participates in various local organizations. This involvement features the Board of Directors for Dennison Memorial Community Center, a local non-profit organization that provides afterschool and summer services to underprivileged students. He is extremely proud of his teaching and coaching career thus far, especially of those graduates who attribute their successes to their experiences with him at NBHS.
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Rob Jentsch
Vice President, Program & Strategy
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Rob Jentsch

Vice President, Program & Strategy
As a Managing Director, Rob co-leads Mass Insight’s School Improvement team and national partnerships. He oversees the design of our work with partner schools, districts, and SEAs. This includes conducting comprehensive needs assessments at all levels, facilitating strategic planning, and supporting the creation and implementation of performance management systems. Rob brings to the role a decade of experience in education. Among his recent projects at Mass Insight, Rob has led an equity audit of all district systems for a partner in the Midwest, strategic planning for districts in Pennsylvania, state level school improvement strategy in Texas, and facilitated the research and development of Mass Insight’s Instructional Coaching Framework. Rob was also recently lead writer for Mass Insight’s school improvement planning roadmap which describes actionable critical elements (and common pitfalls to avoid) in the school improvement planning process based on national work. Prior to joining Mass Insight, Rob worked with TNTP in Baltimore where he trained instructional coaches and led Common Core content training. He started his career in rural North Carolina as a high school teacher where he founded an AP program, and served as department chair and baseball coach. He holds a BA from Macalester College.
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Dr. Yueming Jia
Senior Researcher
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Dr. Yueming Jia

Senior Researcher
Yueming is a senior researcher on Mass Insight’s Research & Impact team, working on studies examining the impact and effectiveness of our programs. She has over 15 years of research and program evaluation experience leading and conducting large-scale impact and implementation evaluation studies. She has worked on numerous projects funded by Investing in Innovation (i3) of the Department of Education, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, Save for the Children, and Lily Foundation. She also had two years of work experience in a large urban school district as a data scientist/strategist. Yueming holds a Ph.D. in Education from Texas A&M University.
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Lakeala Jones
Senior Consultant
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Lakeala Jones

Senior Consultant
Lakeala Jones is a senior consultant of Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team providing support for 47 CSI schools in Philadelphia. In this capacity she supports stakeholder strategic implementation of school improvement plans. Prior to joining Mass Insight, Lakeala worked in education for nineteen years including time as a Chief Transformation Officer, Chief Academic Officer and Administrator where she established trusting relationships to improve the overall performance of schools by implementing cutting edge talent management practices, streamlined data analysis processes, and individualized professional development techniques to accelerate student achievement and build stakeholder capacity. She got her start in education working within underserved Washington, D.C. communities. Lakeala holds a B.S. in finance from Johnson C. Smith University, a M.A.T in education from American University, and a M.A.S in administration from Trinity University. Lakeala is a firm believer that all students can learn, and she has spent her career working diligently to ensure equity for all students.
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Francis J. Kelly III
President & CEO, CEOVIEW Branding LLC
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Francis J. Kelly III

President & CEO, CEOVIEW Branding LLC
Fran Kelly is a graduate of Amherst College and The Harvard Business School, and a forty year veteran in the field of branding, advertising, and integrated marketing. Fran is currently President & CEO of CEOVIEW Branding LLC. From 1994-2014, Fran helped build and lead Arnold Worldwide, one of the nation's top advertising firms, serving in the roles of CMO, President, CEO, and Vice Chairman. Arnold's Drivers Wanted campaign for VW and Truth anti-smoking campaign for The American Legacy Foundation both won industry recognition as the most admired campaign in the world. Well known Arnold success stories include VW, Volvo, Titleist, Truth, Ocean Spray, Jack Daniel's, New Balance, Hershey, Reese's, Progressive Insurance, and Fidelity Investments. Fran began his career in marketing on Madison Avenue in 1978 at Young & Rubicam, working on iconic American brands like Jell-O, Johnson & Johnson, and Certs. He left Y&R in 1981 to attend Harvard Business School where he received his MBA in 1983. Upon graduation he co-authored the book What They Really Do Teach You at the Harvard Business School.  In 1983, Fran left Harvard but stayed in Boston, joining Humphrey Browning MacDougall.  In 1989, Fran moved to one of America's most creative shops, Leonard Monahan in Providence, RI. Teaming with creative partner David Lubars, LML was renamed Leonard Manahan Lubars & Kelly. Over five years, Fran helped LML&K attract and win over a dozen high profile new accounts while also winning numerous prestigious regional and national creative awards. During this time Fran also served as president of the Boston Ad Club. In January of 1994, Fran joined Arnold as Chief Marketing Officer where he helped the agency shape its successful Brand Essence strategic philosophy. In 1995 he helped develop the now famous "Drivers Wanted." campaign for VW. Fran became President of Arnold in 2001, was named CEO in early 2006 and became Vice Chairman in 2010. In March 2014, Fran launched his consulting firm, CEOVIEW Branding LLC. CEOVIEW's mission is to help growth oriented CEOs better understand the high ROI of superior branding and to help them develop the most powerful brand vision and direction for their unique enterprise. CEOVIEW specializes in working with passionate CEOs of interesting brands across categories and at different budget levels. CEOVIEW Branding has helped 40+ interesting organizations improve their brand building over the past 5 years. When not working, Fran is an avid golfer and proud father of adult twins. He is a member of the Boston Ad Club Hall of Fame and co-author of a second book, The Breakaway Brand.
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Samantha Kennedy
Marketing & Communications Specialist
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Samantha Kennedy

Marketing & Communications Specialist
Samantha is a Marketing & Communications Specialist on Mass Insight’s External Affairs team, where she manages Mass Insight's social media, blog, website, and legislative outreach. Prior to joining Mass Insight as an intern, she managed social media for several small businesses. Samantha also taught middle school Democracy and Advocacy through Generation Citizen. Samantha holds a B.F.A. from Emerson College.
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Nardos Kidane
Senior Manager, Accounting & Finance
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Nardos Kidane

Senior Manager, Accounting & Finance
Nardos oversees the Finance and Accounting operations at Mass Insight. She brings 20 years of experience working in both the private and public sector. Prior to joining Mass insight, she held a tax manager position at State Street Corporation. Nardos graduated summa cum laude with a B.S in Management Information Systems from UMASS Boston and earned a Master of Science in Finance from Brandeis University.
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Katherine Kilday
Director of Human Resources
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Katherine Kilday

Director of Human Resources
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. 
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Marie Kunthara
Senior Consultant
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Marie Kunthara

Senior Consultant
Marie Kunthara is a senior consultant on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. Marie currently supports partners in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to increase equitable outcomes for all students. She focuses on implementing individualized school improvement plans through needs assessments, planning, and continuous improvement strategies. She leads ongoing project management with her portfolio of a dozen-plus schools across multiple in-district networks. Prior to Mass Insight, Marie served in a variety of leadership roles as Teacher-Leader, Assistant Principal, and Principal in both urban and rural K-12 Texas schools. Across her 15+ years in education, she has led initiatives around equity, instructional coaching, professional development, assessment, culture-building, and operations management. Marie’s passion for education began as a third grade inclusion teacher in Miami, Florida. Marie holds an M.B.A. from Rice University and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in History. 
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Mimi Letourneau
Senior Content Director, Mathematics
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Mimi Letourneau

Senior Content Director, Mathematics
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.
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Sean Lewis
Consultant
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Sean Lewis

Consultant
Sean Lewis is a Consultant on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team, where he supports schools in the Philadelphia City School System. Before joining Mass Insight, he served as an administrator in Denver Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, and Aurora Public Schools. Sean has also worked as a School Improvement Consultant with the Hamilton County Educational Service Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sean was responsible for supporting district initiatives and state mandates to help Cincinnati Public Schools achieve and grow. Sean is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. 
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Veeko Lucas
Consultant
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Veeko Lucas

Consultant
As a consultant, Veeko supports Mass Insight’s portfolio of School Improvement projects including the Advanced Placement Action Community, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Veeko’s work includes helping schools design systems that provide equitable access to Advanced Placement courses for Black, Latinx students as well as those from low-income backgrounds. Prior to working for Mass Insight Veeko served as an assistant principal, was the Director of Design and Innovation at the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), served as a Senior Effectiveness Coach with The New Teacher Project (TNTP) and presented at the Common Core Teacher Institute on NBC’s Education Nation. Veeko holds a Bachelor’s degree from Berea College (KY) and Masters degrees from Indiana University and Teachers College: Columbia University.
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Dr. Susan F. Lusi
President & CEO
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Dr. Susan F. Lusi

President & CEO

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.

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Dr. Susan F. Lusi, Ex Officio
President & CEO, Mass Insight Education & Research
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Dr. Susan F. Lusi, Ex Officio

President & CEO, Mass Insight Education & Research
Sue Lusi has worked in both urban and suburban settings, and in practice, policy and research, during her nearly 30-year career. Mass Insight’s Chief Executive Officer and President, 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.
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Joe Mancino
Content Specialist, AP Physics
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Joe Mancino

Content Specialist, AP Physics
Joe Mancino has been teaching all levels of Physics in central Connecticut for 14 years and has taught graduate courses for pre-service science teachers with the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education. He has served as a reader, table leader, and writer for the AP Physics exams since 2014. Recently, he co-authored the updated student guide to accompany the Serway and Vuille text. Joe has worked with new Physics teachers around the globe as a consultant for the College Board. On Saturdays, he presents at Physics review sessions throughout Connecticut through Project Opening Doors and Massachusetts with Mass Insight Education. He has also served as a mentor teacher for several first- and second-year teachers as well as cooperating teacher for several student teachers. Currently, Joe is a member of the AP Physics 1 test development committee, a small team that develops the free response questions AP Physics 1 test.
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Coco McKeown
Program Operations Manager
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Coco McKeown

Program Operations Manager
Coco (she/they) is a Program Operations Manager on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. In this capacity she supports logistics, operations, project management, and communications for the Gates-funded Advanced Placement (AP) Action Community and for our national portfolio of partner schools and districts. She also helps manage internal strategic efforts for the School Improvement Team. Coco brings significant experience in the areas of operations, partnership management, and program development and evaluation. She has held leadership roles in organizations including iMentor, Teach For America, and College Possible, and has a deep, long-held commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Coco earned a Master of Social Work from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University.   
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Natalie Mejia
Consultant
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Natalie Mejia

Consultant
Natalie Mejia is a consultant on Mass Insight’s School Improvement team. She is currently supporting an equity audit for the Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough in Massachusetts, as well as facilitating high school leadership conversations about increasing AP program enrollment and success in our AP partner schools. Prior to Mass Insight, Natalie served as an assistant principal and classroom teacher for ten years in middle and high schools across the nation. As an instructional coach, she designed and facilitated learning experiences that helped educators understand the intersectionality of race and class and its impact on learning environments. Additionally, Natalie has served as an adjunct lecturer for the Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) and Alder Graduate School of Education.  Natalie holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from UCLA, an M.S. in Urban Education from Johns Hopkins University, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from USC’s Rossier School of Education.
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Peter Morton
Director of Advancement
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Peter Morton

Director of Advancement
Peter has spent the last 6+ years in the nonprofit industry as the VP, Corporate Development for Autism Speaks. Peter managed a team of 5 responsible for $10m in annual revenue working with a variety of brands including TJ Maxx, Home Depot, Philips Lighting, MassMutual, Quest Diagnostics, GameStop, and SunTrust. Peter specializes in developing multi-faceted partnerships combining the interests of all involved to deliver the highest impact and best results. Prior to working in the nonprofit industry, Peter spent 20+ years in the sports marketing and cable advertising industry as a sales manager with his most recent role at the New England Sports Network managing a team of 7 and an annual budget of $30m.
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Paula A. Nassif
Global Partner Program Manager, Wolters Kluwer Health
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Paula A. Nassif

Global Partner Program Manager, Wolters Kluwer Health
Paula is the Global Society Program & Partnership Manager at Wolters Kluwer Health, where she forwards the company's mission to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare worldwide. Paula is passionate about being involved in non-profit organizations where she utilizes her skills and leadership to give back to the community and help others succeed in their careers. Paula previously served on the board of ALPFA Boston, and currently serves as an advisor to the New England Association for Colombian Children (NEACOL). Beginning her professional career in Boston, Paula worked for a leading hedge fund and several software companies in various sales, client service, and marketing roles. Paula has given speeches on the topics of Online Personal Branding and Social Media for various organizations such as the Boston Business Journal and ALPFA Boston. Paula is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor degree in Communications and Minor in Marketing. At the University of New Hampshire, she was president of the largest student organization on the campus, the Diversity Support Coalition.
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Scott Nickles
Content Director, AP Science
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Scott Nickles

Content Director, AP Science
Scott joins us after 14 years as a high school science educator, having taught AP biology, AP chemistry, marine biology, environmental science, and biotechnology.   In his undergraduate work at Georgia State University, he studied lobster communication.  Scott earned his B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior before moving on to Southern New Hampshire University for an M.A. in Education concentration in Technology Integration.  His love of learning has him currently enrolled at the University of Saint Joseph working on his M.S. in Chemistry.
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Jill Norton
Education Consultant, Clark Street Consulting
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Jill Norton

Education Consultant, Clark Street Consulting
Jill most recently worked as director of education policy at Abt Associates, where she led projects for the Massachusetts Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and Early Education and Care. Prior to that she worked at the state’s Executive Office of Education as a senior policy adviser in the Patrick administration. There, she helped establish and oversee a $3 million grant program supporting summer enrichment programs for English learners in gateway cities, supported the creation of a first-in-the-nation social innovation fund for adult education, and developed programs for career pathways for middle and high school students. When the Baker administration came in, she was one of a handful of staff in the Executive Office of Education who were kept on. She helped lead a project that compared Massachusetts’ assessments and made recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which ultimately led to its decision to revise MCAS and replace PARCC. Prior to joining state government, Jill was the Executive Director of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy from 2008-2012. During her tenure, the organization grew through funding and staff, doubled the research and events output, and led statewide research on topics like building 21st-century skills, revising state assessments, reforming school discipline policies, and identifying best practices in special education and for English learners. Prior to the Rennie Center, Jill was the Director of Professional Development for the New England School Development Council (NESDEC), where she worked with educators throughout the six New England states to develop targeted professional development for K-12 teachers and administrators. Prior to NESDEC, Jill managed the customer service department for Tom Snyder Productions, an educational software publisher. Jill received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, where she spent an additional year completing a full year internship and graduate courses in Teaching Curriculum. She also attended the National Center for Montessori Education-New England and earned her Primary Teaching Certificate. Jill earned her M.Ed. from Harvard University where she focused on Education Policy and Management. She has been a public school teacher in Michigan and Massachusetts.
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Stephen Oleski
Research Analyst
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Stephen Oleski

Research Analyst
Stephen supports the College Success Program and other focus areas. Before joining Mass Insight, 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.
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Sae Park
Project Coordinator
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Sae Park

Project Coordinator
Sae Park is a Project Coordinator on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. Currently, she works to support schools and partners in the School District of Philadelphia and Allentown School District. Prior to joining Mass Insight, she worked in the development and project operations of standardized testing with American Institutes for Research and Cambium Learning Group. She brings over five years of experience in content development and implementation of a variety of assessments for K-12 students. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in English Literature.
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Marcia Parrilla
Analyst
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Marcia Parrilla

Analyst
Marcia Parrilla is an analyst on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. Marcia will analyze data from the Aldine Project and create a data profile. She brings with her three years of applied research experience from Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland. In her role, she analyzed school accountability data, collected data for program evaluations for board reports, and drafted shared accountability reports. In 2008, Marcia received her Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College, and her doctorate in cognitive psychology from Howard University. Her research focused on the impact of parental education and racial socialization contributed to college students’ academic resiliency.  
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Dr. Sarah Phillips
Director of Research & Impact
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Dr. Sarah Phillips

Director of Research & Impact
Sarah Phillips is Mass Insight’s internal evaluator and leads studies examining the impact and effectiveness of our programs. Before joining the Mass Insight team, Sarah worked as the Vice President of Research at Tripod Education Partners where she developed a host of survey offerings and conducted numerous studies on issues such as school climate, student engagement, teacher effectiveness, and racial disproportionality. Sarah’s scholarship has been published in academic journals like The Urban Review and Social Work Research, and the social and emotional competency survey she developed for Tripod is featured in CASEL’s well-respected SEL Assessment Guide. Sarah’s research is informed by nearly a decade of experience as an educator and social worker. She was Service Director at City Year Rhode Island, a Community Organizing Liaison at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and a founding staff member of Quilombo, one of Oakland, CA’s first community schools. In addition, Sarah taught middle school in the Oakland Public Schools and high school in Alameda County’s juvenile hall. She holds a doctorate in Social Policy from Brandeis University, a master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and B.A. in U.S. History from Brown University.
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Margery Piercey, CPA, CGMA
CFO/COO
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Margery Piercey, CPA, CGMA

CFO/COO
As CFO/COO, Margery oversees finance and accounting, human resources, development, and IT. Prior to joining Mass Insight in this capacity in June 2018, Margery was a Mass Insight Board member for eight years over the course of which she chaired both the Finance & Audit and Governance & Nominating Committees. Margery has spent the majority of her career in public accounting serving a diverse portfolio of public and private-company clients and not-for-profit organizations. She held many leadership roles in public accounting, most recently serving as Partner-in-Charge of a national firm’s Boston office and a member of that firm’s Executive Committee. During a six-year hiatus from public accounting, Margery worked in industry responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting and cash management with a global public manufacturing company and in the start-up environment. Margery has lent her experience as a financial expert and business leader to a variety of organizations. She is a past Board member of the Association of International Professional Accountants and the American Institute of CPAs. She is also a past Board Chair of both the Massachusetts Society of CPAs and the United Way of Tri-County. Margery is an active member of the Accounting Department Advisory Council of UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management. Margery and her husband are long-time champions of equity and diversity initiatives, including long-term financial commitments to Mass Insight and the Careers in Accounting & Management Professions program of the Isenberg School.
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Sam Pipp
Deputy Director of Advancement
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Sam Pipp

Deputy Director of Advancement
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 an M.B.A. from UMass Amherst.
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Katie Poynter
Senior Consultant
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Katie Poynter

Senior Consultant
Katie Poynter is a senior consultant on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team.  She is currently supporting school improvement for a group of high schools in Philadelphia.  Immediately prior to joining Mass Insight, Katie taught reading to wonderfully brilliant middle school students in New Haven, CT.  She has previously served as a turnaround principal and the director of a charter school network’s school leadership pipeline.  She got her start in education as a math and science teacher in the Mississippi Delta and a member of Teach for America.  Katie is a graduate of Columbia Law School in NYC and Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.  
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Leslie Prudhomme
Senior Content Director, AP Science
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Leslie Prudhomme

Senior Content Director, AP Science
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.
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Anthony Rainville
Project Coordinator
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Anthony Rainville

Project Coordinator
Anthony is a Project Coordinator for Mass Insight’s AP STEM & English Program. Before formally working for the organization, he spent years assisting in the execution of the AP Summer Institute, where his responsibilities gradually increased from year to year. Anthony has over a decade of retail and customer service experience, studied Philosophy and English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and has also spent years working as a nationally touring musician and commercial and film actor. His contributions helped in landing sold out shows, an international record deal, and over a million song streams.
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Krista Reed
Analyst
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Krista Reed

Analyst
Krista Reed is an analyst on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team.  She is currently supporting an equity audit for the Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough in Massachusetts as well another in Mansfield Public Schools by analyzing data, conducting focus groups, and designing and administering surveys. Prior to joining Mass Insight, Krista supported school and district special education leaders in New Orleans.  She also helped design and evaluate programming for new and veteran teachers across the country through her work at Teach for America.  Krista began her career as a special education teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She graduated from Drew University with a B.A. in political science. 
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Carol Relph
Administrative & Events Manager
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Carol Relph

Administrative & Events Manager
Carol provides advanced administrative support for Mass Insight's President and CEO, and manages event planning and special projects across the organization. Prior to joining Mass Insight in 2009, Carol was a corporate event planner for more than 25 years.
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Rose Sampson
Senior Consultant
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Rose Sampson

Senior Consultant
Rose Sampson is a senior consultant on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. In her current role, Rose is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia to implement and sustain evidence-based practices that lead to success for all students. Rose has vast experience in leadership, facilitation and coaching at the state, district, and school levels. She has served as a CSI math specialist and facilitator, a transformation specialist, a professional learning consultant, assistant superintendent, principal, and math teacher. Rose earned a Master's degree from Cheyney University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Rose refers to all students as scholars and works with schools to provide equitable access to the high-quality education scholars deserve.
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John Schneider
Managing Director, Policy & Advocacy
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John Schneider

Managing Director, Policy & Advocacy
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 Mass Insight, 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.
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Eric Shaw
Analyst
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Eric Shaw

Analyst
Eric Shaw is an analyst on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team. In this role, he provides data analysis and visualizations which support context building and inform strategic decision-making to improve student learning. Prior to Mass Insight, he worked as a Development and Communications Associate at the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership where he researched and analyzed afterschool and summer learning policy initiatives in Massachusetts. Eric began his career in education by working directly with students both during and outside of the school day as a Program Coordinator for Playworks in San Francisco and then, as a One-on-One Aide for the East Boston YMCA. Eric holds a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tufts University. 
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Dr. Julie Shepherd
Engagement Manager
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Dr. Julie Shepherd

Engagement Manager
Julie is an Engagement Manager on Mass Insight’s School Improvement team. Most recently, she has led work with district partners to support the design and implementation of a transformation zone in Austin, TX. In this capacity, Julie supports zone and campus leaders strategically develop innovative improvement plans, in addition to supporting the zone office develop systems and capacity to support campuses. Other recent work includes supporting school leaders in Aurora, CO, and alliance- and school-level leaders within Boston Public Schools, as they work to build instructional capacity, leadership, and systems to monitor school-wide growth. At the school and district level, Julie has conducted comprehensive needs assessments, facilitated root cause analyses and improvement planning, and helped develop systems for monitoring growth and improving performance. Julie has worked in education for the last 18 years, including teaching 4th-8th grade mathematics in Illinois, Georgia, and Sweden, and working for Iowa Testing Programs while in grad school. She 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.
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Jamil Siddiqui
Content Specialist, AP Calculus
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Jamil Siddiqui

Content Specialist, AP Calculus
Jamil Siddiqui has spent the last 25 years teaching mathematics at East Bridgewater Junior/Senior High School. Over the course of his career, Jamil has taught classes across the department; however, he specializes in teaching Advanced Placement Calculus. He believes that anyone is capable of succeeding if they are willing to work hard and give their best effort, and he encourages students with varying abilities to be successful in his class. He tells his students their thought process, their effort, and their ability to communicate their ideas are far more important than the final answers they are trying to find. Jamil firmly believes all students can be successful by working hard, improving, and not being afraid to try. When speaking with Jamil, one can immediately sense his love for mathematics. His advice to teachers has been, "You have to love something. You love your subject, or you have to love your students." He can often be found after school and on weekends providing extra help to students who may be struggling. These experiences encouraged 15 of his former students to be mathematics teachers. Outside of school, Jamil has worked closely with Mass Insight Education as a mathematics lead teacher since 2012, and has served as a College Board consultant for AP calculus since 2014.  In 2019 he was selected as the Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year. Jamil is a 2020 inductee to the National Teacher Hall of Fame. Jamil received his bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University and then earned master's degrees in teaching and pure mathematics, also from Boston University.
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Christine Spaulding
Analyst
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Christine Spaulding

Analyst
Christine Spaulding is an analyst on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Philadelphia Team, supporting this work by leveraging and distilling quantitative and qualitative data. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a Data Analyst for the School District of Philadelphia in the District Performance Office contributing to the creation of data products and visualizations for a variety of stakeholders. She also worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania where she managed a study of academic and social interventions in Philadelphia elementary schools. She holds a Master’s degree in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University with a concentration in K-12 Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University. 
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Dick Taggart
Richard Taggart
EVP, Global Head of Investment Operations, State Street Global Advisors
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Richard Taggart

EVP, Global Head of Investment Operations, State Street Global Advisors
Dick Taggart is the global head of operations for State Street Global Advisors. Dick was previously responsible for State Street’s Investment Management Services business. Prior to joining State Street, he was senior vice president and head of Global Operations at AllianceBernstein, responsible for institutional investment management operations, fund services, and broker-dealer operations. Dick also served on the board of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, the organization providing central clearance and custody for the securities markets in the United States. He spent the majority of his career at Morgan Stanley as a managing director, where he was responsible for a variety of operations functions, including Transformation Services, Institutional Equity Operations, Global Custody Operations and MSCI Product Development. His international assignments have included Tokyo, London and Geneva. Dick also served as a principal in two start-up firms in technology and business process outsourcing. He was senior vice president and head of Global Business Architecture at JPMorgan Chase Global Investment Services and vice president and head of Research Operations at Greenwich Associates. Dick serves on the Board of Managers of Omgeo. He received a Master of Science in industrial engineering and operations research from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from St. Lawrence University.
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Carmen G. Thomas-Browne Ph.D.
Consultant
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Carmen G. Thomas-Browne Ph.D.

Consultant
Carmen G. Thomas-Browne, Ph.D. is a seasoned educator with over 20 years of experience in field. She is a former Math Specialist on the Pennsylvania Comprehensive School Improvement team in she which provided support and guidance on improving the teaching and learning of mathematics to building and district leaders for twenty-four Pennsylvania schools. Carmen has experience as a middle and high school mathematics teacher and a mathematics teacher educator. She also supervised numerous preservice teachers in their student teaching experiences. Her research interests are in equitable practices in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Carmen served as an evaluation team member on the National Science Foundation funded project titled, Designing for Equity by Thinking In and About Mathematics (DEbT-M). In this work, she co-authored an instrumented titled, The Assessment of Beliefs and Practices of Teaching Mathematics to African-American Students. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership.
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Arthur C. Turner III
Consultant
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Arthur C. Turner III

Consultant
Arthur C. Turner, III is a consultant on Mass Insight's School Improvement Team. He currently supports equity audit work in Texas. Prior to Mass Insight, Arthur served as the Executive Director for LoveWorks Academy for Arts in Minneapolis, MN, where he led a turnaround focused on academic achievement and culture. Arthur has also served as an Assistant Principal of Gaston Elementary and Middle Schools in Gaston, NC, while simultaneously leading the district arts oversight as the District Arts Coordinator. Arthur holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Arthur also holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Shaw University in Computer Information Systems and Music Performance (percussion concentration).
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Shelley Vail-Smith
Consultant
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Shelley Vail-Smith

Consultant
Shelley Vail-Smith is a consultant on Mass Insight’s School Improvement Team, where she supports schools in the Philadelphia City School System. Prior to joining Mass Insight, she has worked to improve literacy in Alabama through a variety of roles, including serving as advisor to the Alabama State Legislature and State Board of Education. She is also the host of the Alabama Literacy Network’s podcast. Shelley has worked in education for 30 years including rural, suburban, and urban schools. She has served as assistant superintendent in two districts, principal, assistant principal, adjunct professor, and teacher. Shelley is a graduate of Samford University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 
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Francina G. Victoria
Consultant
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Francina G. Victoria

Consultant
Francina is a Consultant on Mass Insight's School Improvement team supporting states, districts, and schools across the country. In this capacity she conducts district and school reviews, reports on key findings, and supports partners in identifying high-leverage and sustainable solutions. Currently, Francina supports partnerships with Kansas City Public Schools and Framingham Public Schools. Prior to Mass Insight, Francina was the Manager of Pipeline & Diversity Programs for Boston Public Schools, overseeing the development and implementation of sustainable programs for diverse aspiring educators in and around the Boston area. These programs recruited, cultivated, and helped retain diverse individuals seeking teacher training and licensure. Francina has also served as the program manager for the Boston Public Schools Teaching Fellowship in collaboration with TNTP, and as an operations manager with Lawrence Public Schools. Francina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Economic and Social Development of Regions, both from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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Athena Wong
Senior Accountant
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Athena Wong

Senior Accountant
Athena Wong is a senior accountant on Mass Insight's Finance and Accounting team. She brings with her years of experience in nonprofit accounting in the Boston area. Prior to joining Mass Insight, she was an accountant at Oxfam America Inc. She holds an associate's degree in science for accounting from Bunker Hill Community College and graduated with a BS in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2021.
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Destiny Shantell Woodbury
Consultant
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Destiny Shantell Woodbury

Consultant
Destiny Shantell Woodbury is a consultant on Mass Insight's School Improvement Team. She will be working on an equity audit with Aldine ISD and school improvement support with Allentown School District. In this capacity, she conducts district and school reviews, reports on key findings, and supports partners in identifying high-leverage and sustainable solutions. She is from Providence, Rhode Island, lives in Houston, TX, is in her 15th year in education, and is also a Doctoral Student at Vanderbilt University. Destiny has been a middle school science teacher, grade level chair, department chair, instructional coach, instructional specialist, and school leader. As a School Leader, she reduced the suspension incident rate from 44% to 15%. In 2015, her students were ranked #1 out of all KIPP middle schools across the nation on the NWEA MAP Assessment and generated the highest student achievement in fifth-grade science in school history by over 25%: 94% of students met their typical growth goals, 89% of students met their tiered growth targets and grew an average of 3.51 years. She holds a BS in Chemistry, BA in Chemistry, and BA in Secondary Education with four minors in Physics, Math, Spanish, and Leadership Studies from the University of Rhode Island and an M.Ed from National-Louis University. She was a professional athlete who trained for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in the 400 meters. 
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Ed Wren
Content Specialist - AP Environmental Science
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Ed Wren

Content Specialist - AP Environmental Science
After a two-year graduate stint working with fish endocrinology in Antarctica and Maine, I realized that a career in research science was not for me.  What has become my 18 year classroom teaching career appeared in my life first in the form of fifth and sixth grade science in a private school in New York City.  Those years showed me I had found a calling. My need for more advanced science moved me on to 11 years of NYC Public High School, teaching a range of sciences from Freshman Research to Chemistry.   9 years of teaching AP Environmental Science has been, by far, the most rewarding and exciting teaching I have ever done.  It has not necessarily brought me the daily hysterical laughter I would get from teaching 5th and 6th grade, but teaching this course showed me how thoughtful, and deeply committed to their learning, students can be. Every day I saw what it looked like for kids to be excited about their learning.  Granted my enthusiasm and some jumping around like a lunatic helped. So, I still love doing experiments and reading about all the exciting environmental research being done, especially if it involves marine conservation, but I would now prefer to use the experiments and research as tools to help students connect to learning about the environment.
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Mass Insight’s expert team of school improvement and content professionals works with schools, districts, and states to implement proven school improvement strategies that focus on the seven elements of our Theory of Action. By focusing on system transformation and student academic success, we help schools dramatically improve and, importantly, student learning increase. At Mi, we are committed to changing lives and changing schools across the country.