Spotlight on the People of SLN

Elizabeth Neale, Ed.D.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Elizabeth Neale, a former principal and nationally recognized educational leader, is the Founder and CEO of School Leaders Network. Driven to make a huge difference in the education and lives of high poverty students, Elizabeth radically changed the culture of a large, urban school in Massachusetts, tremendously increasing teacher capacity and student success. 

As chair of both the Harvard and Brown University Principal Advisory Boards, she supported the creation of a network of high poverty school leaders eager to make a difference for their students. Seeing strong potential in the collaborative power of school leaders working together to transform their schools by supporting each other and accelerating group and individual leadership skills, she founded School Leaders Network in 2006. Dr. Neale earned her B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University, and her Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts. Her doctoral thesis, “The Role of the School Leader in Effective School Change” was published in 1994

Matt Cronin, C.P.A.

Vice President, Finance and Administration

Matt Cronin has over 17 years of high level financial and organizational leadership experience.  Prior to joining School Leaders Network, Matt helped grow and lead a dynamic non-profit corporation, Living Independently Forever, Inc., that serves adults with disabilities in Massachusetts. He served as the organization's CFO and Treasurer, and subsequently as its President and Executive Director.

Before that, Matt served as the CFO of the Massachusetts division of a Philadelphia-based national non-profit corporation, Resources for Human Development, Inc. In addition, Matt worked for four years as an Audit and Business Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia. While there, Matt obtained his CPA license.

Matt has an Executive MBA from Boston University, as well as BS from Villanova University in Accountancy with an English minor.

Mariah Cone, Ed.D.

Vice President, Knowledge

Mariah Cone began her career in the Los Angeles Unified School District, first as a Biology teacher and later as an instructional coach. She started Professional Learning Communities for teachers in her capacity as a coach in 2004. This endeavor led her to  begin her doctoral studies with the Educational Leadership Program at the University of California, Los Angeles with a focus on professional learning communities for principals. She has been working with the School Leaders Network since 2010, developing the program, training and supervising the national staff of facilitators, and overseeing the evaluation arm of the organization.  Her current role as Vice President of Knowledge is focused on influencing policy and practice related to developing practicing principals.

Her pursuits to understand and contribute to learning community work nationally led her to ultimately study School Leaders Network for her dissertation study, Developing Principal Instructional Leadership through Collaborative Networking.

Michael Moore

Program & Growth Advisor and Instructional Leadership Director Program Facilitator

Michael Moore has 37 years of experience as a K-12 educator, serving as a teacher, high school principal, and Superintendent of Schools. He works nationally as a leadership development consultant.  Recently, Mr. Moore led the core program at New Leaders, Inc. as Chief Academic Officer.  While at New Leaders, Mr. Moore led work that developed and implemented a leadership trajectory and assessment, a school diagnostic tool, and a coaching framework. 

Mr. Moore works primarily with Superintendents and senior leaders on projects to improve human capital strategy, leadership development, and the quality of coaching and support.   Mr. Moore also works with non-profit organizations, like School Leaders Network, to improve support for school leaders by creating coaching frameworks, training coaches, and facilitating professional development.  Mr. Moore holds degrees from The Boston Conservatory and the University of Southern Maine and certificate in Organizational Development from the Gestalt International Study Center.

Lisa Krauthamer

Regional Partnership Director

Lisa Krauthamer has spent the past decade in the not-for-profit sector working on issues relating to social justice and equity. Lisa served as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member, teaching second grade in the Atlanta Public School system. She then joined TFA's national staff, where she worked primarily on campus recruitment efforts. She held a number roles on the recruitment team and led special projects related to diversifying the corps. She spent her last four years at TFA as the Managing Director of Recruitment for the Northeast region. During her time at TFA, the number of incoming corps members nearly doubled, with half of all incoming corps members identifying as people of color. Before joining TFA, Lisa worked for the Atlanta Bar Association and interned for a number of social justice oriented not-for-profit organizations in New York.  

Lisa graduated with a degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University, with a concentration in Inequality Studies and Family and Social Welfare.

Debbie Rodgers, Ed.D.

Regional Director, Tampa

Debbie Rodgers has over 37 years as an educator – teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, district administrator, district trainer and adjunct college professor.  She has a wide range of experience, as she has worked in elementary, middle and high schools.  Most recently Debbie served as Administrator for the Office of School Improvement and Accountability for Hillsborough County Public Schools, the 8thblargest school district in the United States, overseeing the school improvement process for 250 schools.   In addition, she provided on-going professional development and support in Professional Learning Communities and the Continuous Improvement Model.

As a district administrator, Debbie specialized in working with principals and leadership teams in low-performing schools.   Working collaboratively, she coached schools in data analysis, goal development, barrier identification, strategy implementation and progress monitoring.   Debbie has also been involved with AdvancED District Accreditation Standards for High Quality School Systems.

Steve Zagami

Regional Director, Metro DC

Stephen Zagami is beginning his thirty-fifth year as an educator.  He began his career teaching elementary school in the Howard County Public School System in Maryland.  He served as principal of two elementary schools and a PreSchool- Grade 8 school of 1000 students. 

From the principalship, Steve moved into central administration, first serving as the director of student services for the Montgomery County Public School System (MCPSS) and later serving as instructional superintendent in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).  It was during his tenure as instructional superintendent that Steve first began to work with School Leaders Network (SLN) as a facilitator of the DCPS Principals Network.  In August 2014, Steve became the DC Metro Regional Director for SLN. 

Board of Directors & Officers

Nigel D.T. Andrews

Board Chair

Mr. Andrews served for many years as a management consultant for a nationally recognized consulting company and as a senior executive at GE, including Vice President of Corporate Business Development, reporting to the Chairman, and as Executive Vice President of GE Capital.  He also served as a Director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Old Mutual plc, a large publicly traded company whose shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange.  

Mr. Andrews formerly served as the non-executive chairman of Old Mutual’s US asset management business, where he also served on the audit and risk committee.  Mr. Andrews also served as a Governor of the London Business School.  The Board believes that his experience in these positions, particularly with respect to oversight of risk and the audit function of public companies, as well as his previous service on the boards of other mutual funds qualifies him to serve as a Trustee.

Edgar (Ned) Helms

Board Secretary - Director of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy

Ned Helms, MA, currently serves as Director of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire, a position he has held since 2001 when he became its founding director. Mr. Helms provides leadership for the Institute by overseeing its continued growth and direction, investigating and pursuing the development of research and demonstration projects, and facilitating collaborative linkages with health and health policy organizations throughout New Hampshire and New England. 

Mr. Helms has over 30 years of experience in New Hampshire health policy and politics. His experience spans the health policy field and includes, serving as: a Legislative and Administrative Assistant for Health Policy within the U. S. Senate, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services for New Hampshire, founder and President of a health policy consulting firm (Helms and Company), and Chief Administrative Officer of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Hampshire.

Mr. Helms serves on the Boards of The National School Leaders Network, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and is a member of the Executive Committee of the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Helms is also a  Presidential Appointee to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.

He has a Master of Arts in American Government from the University of New Hampshire.

Matt Cronin, C.P.A.

Vice President, Finance and Administration

Matt Cronin has over 17 years of high level financial and organizational leadership experience.  Prior to joining School Leaders Network, Matt helped grow and lead a dynamic non-profit corporation, Living Independently Forever, Inc., that serves adults with disabilities in Massachusetts. He served as the organization's CFO and Treasurer, and subsequently as its President and Executive Director.

Before that, Matt served as the CFO of the Massachusetts division of a Philadelphia-based national non-profit corporation, Resources for Human Development, Inc. In addition, Matt worked for four years as an Audit and Business Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia. While there, Matt obtained his CPA license.

Matt has an Executive MBA from Boston University, as well as BS from Villanova University in Accountancy with an English minor.

Kelly Garrett

Executive Director KIPP St. Louis

Kelly Garrett is Executive Director of KIPP St. Louis, a high performing charter management organization with plans to serve 2,600 students in grades K-8 on their mountain climb to and through college.  KIPP St. Louis is part of the national Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). Prior to joining KIPP St. Louis, Kelly served as executive director of the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, where he helped grow the foundation’s giving by a factor of 20, and led a strategic initiative focusing on school leadership, early childhood education and project based learning. 

Kelly’s education career began as a 1992 Teach For America corps member in Houston. He then co-founded Project Chrysalis Charter Middle School, which quickly became one the highest-performing middle schools serving low-income students in Texas. Kelly went on to found Perea Preschool in Memphis TN, and also served as director of business development for KC Distance Learning, a virtual charter high school program. He holds a BA from Rhodes College and a MBA from Harvard Business School, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools (Pahara) Fellow.  He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two elementary school age sons. 

Frances McLaughlin

President, Education Pioneers

Frances McLaughlin is the President of Education Pioneers, based out of the Boston office, where she is responsible for implementing the organization's strategy nationally to achieve EP's ambitious goals. Frances first joined Education Pioneers in 2009 as the Chief Operating Officer.

Frances believes deeply that effective management and leadership – in addition to high quality instruction – are necessary for all students to reach their academic potential. Prior to joining Education Pioneers, Frances was a senior director at the Broad Foundation, a Los Angeles-based venture philanthropy, where she was responsible for the foundation's investments in organizations which build leadership capacity in public education. Frances previously served as executive vice president of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a nonprofit organization and then market leader in the fields of study abroad and international student exchange. Over the course of her ten years at CIEE, she served as chief operating officer of the organization's largest division, managing operations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States. Prior to CIEE, Frances was the director of North American marketing and sales for EF International Language Schools, and worked as a regional director at Teach For America. 

Frances graduated from Columbia College in New York City. She's active in the First Religious Society in Newburyport (UU); loves gardening, paddle boarding, and skiing; and lives in Amesbury, MA, with her husband, William Nourse, and daughter, Georgia.

LaVerne Evans Srinivasan

Vice President, Education Programs, Carnegie Corporation of New York

LaVerne Evans Srinivasan is an expert on urban education and served as a Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education from 2003 to 2006. As Vice President of Carnegie Corporation’s Education Programs, she oversees grantmaking aimed at developing effective standards and assessments, improving teaching and human capital management, and advancing innovative new designs for schools and systems. Srinivasan is also Program Director for Teaching and Human Capital Management, a position she has held since joining the Corporation in March 2014. 

Ms. Srinivasan has extensive experience with senior-level leadership roles in the areas of urban district change, nonprofit education reform, and educational technology.  As a Deputy Chancellor, she directed and managed the long-term strategic planning of the Human Resources division and the Student Enrollment Planning and Operations division, and launched the Parent and Community Engagement division. She designed and implemented Project Home Run, a strategically redesigned and streamlined system for recruiting, hiring, and placing teachers and school principals that greatly increased the teacher talent available to high-needs schools and has been replicated nationwide. 

In 2006, Ms. Srinivasan became President of New Leaders for New Schools, where she led and managed day-to-day strategy and operations. In addition she oversaw the organization’s growth and expansion into six new urban school systems, its launch and development of the Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) awards program, and the doubling of its network of community and staff.

As President of Time to Know, an educational technology company, Ms. Srinivasan worked to provide teachers with a suite of integrated tools for curriculum planning, classroom management, and student assessment designed to foster deeper learning by students through writing, project work, problem-solving, and creative activities. She later co-founded FieroNow, a technology company created to equip education organizations with meaningful and actionable feedback from their stakeholders, and with the data needed to respond. 

Ms. Srinivasan began her career at the law firm Shearman and Sterling LLP. In 1993, she joined BMG Entertainment as a Senior Director, Legal and Business Affairs, rising to Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, and General Counsel Worldwide. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She serves on the boards of School Leaders Network, Peace First, Young Audiences New York, and TeachBoost, and was a founding member of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education’s task force on Strategic Management of Human Capital.

Jocelyn Rosenwald

Asset Management and Acquisitions Analyst, Beach Front Property Management

Jocelyn Rosenwald is an Asset Management and Acquisition Analyst at Beach Front Property Management in Long Beach, California where she is responsible for locating and executing new investment opportunities for the company and the principal Mr. Kazan.

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Before joining Beach Front, Jocelyn taught both first grade and kindergarten in the South Bronx and Washington Heights in NYC.  She helped found KIPP Star Elementary School through the Knowledge is Power Program. After extensive management training she made her way into the exciting position of Lead 1st Grade Teacher. 

Jocelyn proudly holds a degree from University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Education from Hunter College, NY

Kendra Washington-Bass

Director of the Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Kendra Washington-Bass, is Director of the Quality-Plus Leadership Academy at Gwinnett County Public Schools.  She works in conjunction with Leadership Development and Human Resources to assist aspiring principals and assistant principals in becoming “Quality-Plus” leaders in Gwinnett County.

 

A 1994 TFA corps member, Kendra began her teaching career in the South Bronx.  A native New Yorker, she had the opportunity to teach in the neighborhood in which she lived.  After 9 years of teaching elementary and middle school, Dr. Washington-Bass was selected by her district along with two other educators to design and open Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy III, an Ivy League middle school in the Bronx. In the summer of 2003, KAPPA III was opened and it became a huge success.  

Students scored the highest in standardized test in the district and have received many awards and recognition for its innovative curriculum and cultural atmosphere. After the initial success of KAPPA III, Kendra was appointed principal of KAPPA II middle school in Harlem in the winter of 2004 where she remained until her move to Georgia in the summer of 2007.

Kendra received her B.A. in Communication and Film at the University of Notre Dame in 1994, her M.S. in Urban and Multicultural Education in 1999 at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, her Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership in 2004 from the College of Saint Rose, and her Educational Specialist degree from Mercer University in 2009 and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mercer University in 2013.  Kendra currently resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia with her husband and two children. 

Jean-Claude Brizard

President UpSpring Education Group

Jean-Claude Brizard is President of UpSpring Education Group.  He is former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and former superintendent of the Rochester, NY School District. Under Mr. Brizard’s leadership, both districts saw substantial improvements in student performance. His experience includes a 21-year career as an educator and administrator with the NYC Department of Education.

Mr. Brizard is a Fellow of the Broad Center, a Fellow of the third class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.

Elizabeth Neale, Ed.D.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Elizabeth Neale, a former principal and nationally recognized educational leader, is the Founder and CEO of School Leaders Network. Driven to make a huge difference in the education and lives of high poverty students, Elizabeth radically changed the culture of a large, urban school in Massachusetts, tremendously increasing teacher capacity and student success. 

As chair of both the Harvard and Brown University Principal Advisory Boards, she supported the creation of a network of high poverty school leaders eager to make a difference for their students. Seeing strong potential in the collaborative power of school leaders working together to transform their schools by supporting each other and accelerating group and individual leadership skills, she founded School Leaders Network in 2006. Dr. Neale earned her B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University, and her Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts. Her doctoral thesis, “The Role of the School Leader in Effective School Change” was published in 1994