Staff

Executive team
National office
Mid Atlantic region
Midwest region
Mountain region
New York City region
Northeast region
Southeast region
West region

Executive team

Scott Hartl, President and CEO
Scott has been directly involved in our success and growth over nearly two decades. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the first school designer, the Northeast Regional Director, the Director of Research and Evaluation, the Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships. He founded and ran a high-performing EL school in Boston. Before joining Expeditionary Learning, Scott led major expeditions to mountains in Nepal, Alaska, and throughout the United States as an Outward Bound instructor, taught high school in Schenectady, NY, and was Outdoor Program Director at Marlboro College. Scott and his family live outside of Amherst, Massachusetts and he is proud to be the School Council Representative at the school of his three young children.

Kemi Akinsanya-Rose, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff
Kemi comes to EL from the NYC Department of Education, where she was Chief Information Officer. As CIO, she was responsible for setting the strategic direction for all district-wide technology initiatives.  Under her leadership, her team managed, coached and developed a team of 600+ IT professionals that provided technology services and products to 1,700+ schools, 150K employees and 1.1 million students across the department with an annual operating budget responsibility of ~$85M.

Prior to her CIO role, Kemi served as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives in the office of the Chief Operating Officer, where she was responsible for implementation of the DOE’s central office performance management initiatives, conducting operational reviews, and managing the $269 million Race to the Top grant.  She also recently completed her Executive Residency in Urban Education through the Eli Broad Foundation.  Before joining the DOE, Kemi spent 14 years at American Express where she held various roles including leading a national customer service call center, managing a product line of point of sale products and launching a global online sales application. Kemi earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.

Ron Berger, Chief Academic Officer
Ron is responsible for all aspects of EL's professional development and instructional program. He has served in multiple roles, including school designer, Northeast Regional Director overseeing implementation in over 40 schools, and professional development designer of over 20 EL Institutes. He has authored two books: An Ethic of Excellence and A Culture of Quality. Ron has over 30 years experience as a teacher, professional development designer, and project leader. A graduate of Hampshire College, he has an EdM from Harvard University.

Lili Brown, Chief Advancement Officer
Prior to joining EL, Lili served as Vice President of External Affairs at New Visions for Public Schools where she raised over $100 million from private and public sources to create 99 new public high schools in New York City. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she has 20 years’ experience in non-profit administration, strategic planning, and resource development.


Mark Conrad, Chief Schools Officer 
Mark oversees EL's national network of schools and supports Regional Directors and School Designers in raising student achievement through deep and consistent implementation of EL's Core Practices. Mark has served in various roles since joining EL's staff in 2007 including Northeast Regional Director, Director of Educational Leadership and School Designer. Prior to joining Expeditionary Learning, Mark founded The Crossroads School, a public charter school in Baltimore, Maryland where he served as principal from 2002 to 2007. During this time, The Crossroads School was the highest performing middle school in Baltimore City and became a national model for student-engaged assessment, positive student culture and data-based leadership. Mark has worked as a school administrator and middle school teacher in Maryland, Colorado and New Mexico and holds degrees in education from Miami University (OH) and the University of Colorado.

Tom Van Winkle, Managing Director of School Services
Tom's relationship with Expeditionary Learning began first as a client, serving as the principal of a 700 student middle school that adopted the EL design and became a demonstration site in its fourth year of implementation. Tom has served in multiple roles at EL, including school designer, Director of Professional Development, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Program Officer. He has 20 years of education experience as a teacher, principal, and professional development coach. A graduate of Carleton College, he has a MS in Educational Administration and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Staff

National AND PROGRAM Office

Amy Bailey, Associate Program Director

Mandy Barber, Development Manager

Ben Chandler, Program Materials Production Associate

Cheryl Dobbertin, Program Director

Carrie Fischer, Instructional Design Professional Development Specialist

Dana Fulmer, Lead Professional Development Specialist, NYC

Dan Gaglione, Finance Manager

Ananda Grant, Director of Market Development

Cyndi Gueswel, Director of Program Resources

Gwyneth Hagan, Lead Curriculum Developer

April Hattori, Director of Communications

Keisha Jean-Jacques, Program Associate and Receptionist

Annmarie E Mahler, Controller

Laura Maruca, Program Manager, Events and Client Services

Meghan Hewit McCormick, Director of Development

Steven Melzer, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Strategy

Patty Mengel, Project Manager

Sharon Findley Newman, Director of School Designer Support

Katherine Paik, Research Data Analyst

Kate Palumbo, Professional Development Specialist

Lauren Parent, Manager, Creative Projects 

Suzanne Plaut, Director of Curriculum

Christina Riley, Lead Curriculum Developer

Meg Riordan, Project Director

Susan Schwartz, Assistant to the President and CEO

Kate Senecal, Program and Administrative Associate

Niki Singh, Professional Development Specialist

Lloyetta Walls, Project Manager, Curriculum and Professional Development

Eadie Wilson-Beeler, Director of Development

Libby Woodfin, Director of Publications

 

Mid Atlantic region

Myra Parks Brooks, Regional Director

Jennifer Bond, School Designer

Jacob Fishbein, School Designer

Janine Gomez, School Designer

Romey Pittman, School Designer

 

Midwest region

Ryan Maxwell, Regional Director

Dale Bergerhofer, School Designer

Mia Chmiel, School Designer

Linda D'Acquisto, School Designer

Enid Dodson, School Designer

Molly Dykman, School Designer

Shyla Kinhal, School Designer

Jennifer Seydel, School Designer

Lisa Vogt, School Designer

Heather White, School Designer

 

Mountain region

Jonathan Mann, Regional Director

Rayna Dineen, School Designer

Scott Gill, School Designer and Director of Adventure and Nature Programming

Marnie Moody Cooke, School Designer

Dave Manzella, School Designer

Jaime Passchier, School Designer

Katie Shenk, School Designer

Colleen Stanevich, School Designer

Jen Wood, School Designer

 

New York City Outward Bound

Aurora Kushner, School Designer

David Manning, School Designer

Kate Miller-Bains, Assessment and Data Manager

Laura Shapiro, School Designer

Rebecca Tatistcheff, School Designer

 

Northeast region

Lily Newman, Regional Director

Kippy Smith, Associate Regional Director

Stephanie Burke, School Designer

Marcy DeJesús-Rueff, School Designer

Jenny Henderson, School Designer

Dana Jackson, School Designer

Lucia Kaempffe, School Designer

Steven Levy, School Designer

Emily Lichtenstein, School Designer

Jill Mirman, School Designer

Cynthia Rice, School Designer

Julia St. Martin, School Designer

 

Southeast region

Myra Brooks, Interim Regional Director

Sarah Boddy, School Designer

Donya Constantine, School Designer

Anne Vilen, School Designer

 

West region

John LeCavalier, Regional Director

Sarah Akhtar, School Designer

Tony Altucher, School Designer

Dinah Consuegra, School Designer

David DenHartog, School Designer

Martha Martin, School Designer

Our Board of Directors

 

Chair
Virginia Hill Worden

Vice-Chair
R. Bruce Rich
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Treasurer
Irwin Silverberg
Concept Asset Management

Chairman Emeritus
Lee Klingenstein
Neuberger Berman, LLC

Directors
Roland S. Barth, Ed.D.
Education Consultant

Greg Farrell
Expeditionary Learning (Retired President and CEO)

Judith Glaser
CEO, Benchmark Communications, Inc.
Chairman, Creating WE Institute

Allen Grossman
Professor, Harvard Business School

Todd Gomez
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Corinne H. Rieder
Executive Director and Treasurer, The John A. Hartford Foundation

Tracey G. Riese
President, TG Riese & Associates

Douglas T. Tansill
Partner, Cove Harbor Partners, LLC

Alexandra Buckley Voris
Co-founder, Bitsy's Brainfood

Harriet Weissman
Founding Director, Museum Gallery, White Plains, NY (retired)

Joanne K. Ziesing
Horizons Student Enrichment Program

President and CEO
Scott Hartl
Expeditionary Learning