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We’re proud to work with an amazing group of people who have a wide range of interests, backgrounds and experiences, including several Board-certified teachers and other education professionals. While our office is based in Arlington, you’ll find many of us in various sites across the country working with partners, networks and a variety of stakeholders to elevate accomplished teaching at the national, state and district level.

Michelle Accardi, NBCT Michelle Accardi, NBCT

Michelle Accardi, NBCT

Director, Policy and Partnerships

Michelle Accardi, NBCT

Director, Policy and Partnerships

Michelle Accardi is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist and the Director of State Policy and Advocacy for the National Board. Prior to joining the staff of the National Board in 2011, she was an elementary school teacher in Albuquerque Public Schools. She achieved National Board certification in 2005 in Exceptional Needs. Accardi worked in team taught and self contained classrooms with a focus on students with behavioral differences.  In addition, she was active with the New Mexico NBCT Network. She enjoyed interacting with fellow teachers as a Candidate Support Provider and as a Dossier Assessor. Her work included consulting for several BIE Schools.  Prior to work in education, she was a private sector attorney.

Accardi holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Loveen Bains

Loveen Bains

Senior Manager, Strategic Projects

Loveen Bains

Senior Manager, Strategic Projects

Loveen Bains manages multiple projects at the National Board, including the Teacher Incentive Fund grant and the Mississippi Literacy project.

Prior to the National Board, Bains served at the U.S. Department of Education with an extensive range of responsibilities. Bains provided direct oversight and management of Race to the Top on both state and district levels as part of President Obama’s education reform agenda.  Additionally, Bains led the creation and coordination of flagship international higher education dialogues in partnership with the U.S. State Department and foreign governments, and also administered federal education grants throughout the United States.

Bains’ field experience includes research and teaching, special education, and community college advancement.

Bains holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Houston, an M.A. in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University, and a B.A. from the University of Arizona.

Laura Benedetto Laura Benedetto

Laura Benedetto

Manager, Network Engagement

Laura Benedetto

Manager, Network Engagement

Laura Benedetto is a program manager for the National Board’s strategy team. Benedetto’s work focuses on managing federally and privately funded grant programs that are designed to advance student learning through access to highly effective teachers. She joined the National Board in 2011 as an administrative assistant and has held positions that supported the work of multiple departments.

Prior to joining the National Board, Benedetto enjoyed being in the classroom. She had an opportunity to work in a variety of settings in Connecticut, with a focus on alternative education.

Benedetto holds a master’s degree in education from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT and a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. A native of New York, she currently lives in Arlington, VA with her pug, Harley.

Kimberly Bertocci Kimberly Bertocci

Kimberly Bertocci

Senior Manager, Partnerships

Kimberly Bertocci

Senior Manager, Partnerships

As Senior Manager, Partnerships, Kimberly Bertocci develops relationships with education stakeholders who share in the National Board’s vision to strengthen the career continuum for all teachers.

Prior to the National Board, Bertocci served as the manager for state policy and programs at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).  In this position, she developed and managed a grant program that strengthened partnerships between AACTE state chapters and the state affiliates of the National Education Association (NEA) on issues such as teaching quality, initial teacher licensure, state-wide longitudinal data, and pre-service teacher performance assessment.  Bertocci served as the Association’s state policy liaison to national partnerships, and grew the engagement of state chapter members through the strategic assessment, redesign, and marketing of programs.  Her partnership work while serving in this role included coordination and collaboration with national education organizations, state and district education agencies, and higher education institutions.  Later, at Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development, she coordinated the Middle East Partnership Initiative Student Leaders Program.  In this role, she served as a liaison between higher education institutions, U.S. embassies within the Middle East and North Africa, the non-governmental organization AMIDEAST, and the U.S. Department of State.

Bertocci graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.A. in liberal studies and a concentration in education and classical antiquity.

Peggy Brookins, NBCT Peggy Brookins, NBCT

Peggy Brookins, NBCT

President and CEO

Peggy Brookins, NBCT

President and CEO

Former NBPTS Board member Peggy Brookins, NBCT, joined the National Board as Executive Vice President in December 2014, and was named President & CEO in November 2015. Her long career as an educator includes many national leadership positions and accolades. In July 2014, President Barack Obama named Brookins as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. She joins the National Board from the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, which she co-founded in 1994 and where she served as director and as a mathematics instructor.

On the NBPTS Board from 2007 to 2011, Brookins served as audit committee chair and on the CEO Search Committee. In addition, she has served on the board of inBloom, The Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Teachers as Professionals, the Content Technical Working Group for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a commissioner on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). She has served as a national trainer for AFT (Thinking Mathematics K-2, 3-6, 6-8 Common Core, collaborator and national trainer for Thinking Mathematics 6-8), member of the PARCC assessment team, serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Promise, SREB Teacher Prep Commission, P21 Executive Board, and the Executive Board of the Trump Foundation of Israel.

Brookins achieved her certification in Adult and Young Adolescent Mathematics in 2003 and renewed in 2013. She has been inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame in 2009, is a Florida Education Association “Everyday Hero,” and received the association’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2013, Brookins was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida.

Lisa Clarke, NBCT Lisa Clarke, NBCT

Lisa Clarke, NBCT

Director, Policy and Partnerships

Lisa Clarke, NBCT

Director, Policy and Partnerships

Lisa Clarke is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent Young Adult Social Studies-History and the Director of Policy and Partnerships.

Prior to joining the staff of the National Board, she was the Team Lead for the U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellows. As a fellow, Clarke learned about education policy and advocated to have teachers’ wisdom at the policy table.

Clarke taught social studies in Kent, WA and Brooklyn, NY. She held a variety of leadership positions in the Kent School District, including serving on the Superintendent Professional Learning Community, assisting with curriculum development, and acting as a Social Studies curricular leader. In 2011, she was honored as the World Affairs Council 2011 World Educator and was chosen to be a World Affairs Council Fellow based on her work to promote and improve global education.

She came to teaching after six years at Rutgers University, where she studied gender and public policy and worked at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL). Clarke is a graduate of Providence College and holds Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and Brooklyn College.

Trey Clifton Trey Clifton

Trey Clifton

Vice President, Assessment

Trey Clifton

Vice President, Assessment

Trey Clifton oversees the National Board’s assessment function which develops and scores the performance-based assessments for National Board Certification. He joined the National Board in 2001.

Previously, Clifton worked for The Psychological Corporation (now Pearson) as senior program director responsible for measurement, operational, marketing and policy aspects of national certification testing programs. He also has served in the capacity of marketing manager for the professional development division at ACT, Inc., where he directed development of proposals for the acquisition of licensure and certification program contracts.

He has an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.

Marc D’Anjou Marc D’Anjou

Marc D’Anjou

Corporate Secretary & Special Assistant to the President & CEO

Marc D’Anjou

Corporate Secretary & Special Assistant to the President & CEO

Marc D’Anjou is the Corporate Secretary. In this position, he performs all duties related to the office of secretary of a corporation. From time to time, such duties may be assigned by the President or by the Board of Directors.

Specific duties include drafting and maintaining the official records and minutes of the organization, and serving as the liaison for communication with and between the board of directors and senior management, especially on corporate governance matters. D’Anjou also ensures that Board members have the resources and counsel for discharging their fiduciary duties.

D’Anjou has nearly twenty years of experience in government service and working for nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the National Board, he worked at the White House as a staff assistant to Vice President and Mrs. Gore, at the U.S. Department of Education as a Confidential Assistant in the Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs, and at a nonprofit organization, the Campaign Finance Institute.

He holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Western New England University in Springfield, MA.

Kisha Davis-Caldwell, NBCT Kisha Davis-Caldwell, NBCT

Kisha Davis-Caldwell, NBCT

Director, Outreach and Engagement

Kisha Davis-Caldwell, NBCT

Director, Outreach and Engagement

Kisha Davis-Caldwell is responsible for NBCT mobilization and engagement focusing on teacher leadership through collaboration with government agencies and education organizations. Most recently, Davis-Caldwell was an elementary mathematics coach for Howard County Public Schools in Maryland.

Davis-Caldwell has taught at the elementary level for over 15 years. Her leadership involvement includes curriculum development, instructional mentoring, professional development facilitation and support for National Board candidates.

Davis-Caldwell served as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow for the National Science Foundation working on The White House’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She gained a global perspective on the teaching profession as an observer in diverse school settings in Australia, Italy and New Zealand, as well as in Japan, where she taught for the public school system, and in China, where she was a Freeman Teacher Fellow.

Davis-Caldwell serves on the Board of Directors for EdReports and is a member of NEA’s Common Core Working Group. She is an adjunct professor for National University and holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jeff Derrick Jeff Derrick

Jeff Derrick

Director, Finance

Jeff Derrick

Director, Finance

Jeff Derrick joined the National Board in July 2014 as the Director of Finance. He leads the financial planning, budgeting, and management reporting for operational and program performance, and the financial systems to support National Board operations.

Prior to joining the National Board, Derrick spent the past 23 years in the government contracting industry functioning in multiple financial roles. Most recently, during 15 years at Booz Allen Hamilton, Derrick provided strategic financial planning and analysis for several areas, managing the financial strategies for budgets ranging from $70 to $250 million. Derrick’s financial expertise lies in planning, reporting, modeling, forecasting and analysis, indirect rate management/analysis, risk analysis, and proposal pricing.

Derrick earned his MBA in finance from Virginia Tech, and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and management science from Geneva College. He has two daughters and a son, and is into all things Nationals, classic rock, spy novels and home brewing.

Michael DiConti Michael DiConti

Michael DiConti

Chief Financial Officer

Michael DiConti

Chief Financial Officer

Michael DiConti joined the National Board in 2016 and serves as Chief Financial Officer.

Previously, he was Director of Finance and Operations for the U.S. Education Delivery Institute (2010-2016).  From 2005-2010, he was COO for the Bipartisan Policy Center, and from 1990-2005, he was Director of Operations and Legislation for The Business Roundtable.  From 1983-1985, he was a tax advisor with Ernst & Young in Los Angeles.

DiConti received an M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990) in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University.  During that time, he was a Fellow with the Institute for the Study of World Politics and taught political science courses at Johns Hopkins and management courses at the Community College of Baltimore, Baltimore’s International Culinary Arts Institute, and the Patuxent Institution. He received an M.B.A. in Finance/Accounting from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management (1983) and a B.A. in Psychology from Occidental College (1980).

DiConti is author of Entrepreneurship in Training: The Multinational Corporation in Mexico and Canada. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1992.  His community service includes membership on Fairfax County’s Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee (2004-2012), which serves as the board for the county’s chief information officer.

He lives in Oakton, Virginia and is married to Dorine DiConti.  He has three children—Nolan, Aidan and Jason and two stepchildren—Noah and Molly.

Joe Doctor Joe Doctor

Joe Doctor

Chief Operating Officer

Joe Doctor

Chief Operating Officer

Joe Doctor leads strategy development as well as programmatic operations for the National Board. His work on these fronts is focused on how the National Board can strengthen the professional career continuum for teachers and advance the teaching profession. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy, as well as Special Assistant to the President, leading the development and implementation of the National Board’s strategic plan. He coauthored “Raising the Bar for Teaching” with Jal Mehta, arguing for adapting supports other professions have put in place as a strategy to elevate teaching.

Doctor joined the National Board in 2012. Previously, he was a manager at the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit strategy consulting organization. His work there focused on developing breakthrough strategies for nonprofits, foundations and public school systems in K-12 education. Doctor has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University and a doctorate in education leadership from Harvard University.

Carol Ezzelle Carol Ezzelle

Carol Ezzelle

Director, Psychometrics

Carol Ezzelle

Director, Psychometrics

Carol Ezzelle joined the National Board in 2014 and provides oversight of the technical quality of the National Board’s assessment and analysis activities. In this role, Ezzelle oversees measurement and research projects, develops technical procedures and documents, and collaborates with staff and partners on issues involving psychometrics.

Before joining the National Board, Ezzelle worked at GED Testing Service as a psychometrics services manager. She has also served as lead psychometrician at Harcourt Educational Measurement (now Pearson) and Director of Statistics at Professional Examination Service.

Ezzelle has a doctorate in psychometrics from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY.

Tami Fitzgerald, NBCT Tami Fitzgerald, NBCT

Tami Fitzgerald, NBCT

Director, Outreach and Engagement

Tami Fitzgerald, NBCT

Director, Outreach and Engagement

Tami Fitzgerald is responsible for educator engagement and program development focusing on teacher leadership and the Teach to Lead Initiative through partnership with the US Department of Education and in collaboration with educational organizations.

Prior to joining the staff at National Board, Fitzgerald served two years as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow for the US Department of Education.  As a fellow, she conducted outreach to authentically represent teachers’ voices in order to inform federal education conversation and policy with focus on professional development, teacher leadership, rural education, and testing and accountability.

Fitzgerald spent the previous 32 years teaching high school science at West Muskingum High School in Ohio.  She was also an Educational Consultant for the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center and has been an adjunct professor at Muskingum University where she taught a variety of education courses.

During her years of teaching, Fitzgerald received numerous teacher awards including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Top Ten Educator of the Year.  Locally, she has been awarded the American Red Cross Hometown Education Hero award and several Outstanding Educator and Teacher of the Year awards.

Fitzgerald has been a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent Young Adult Science since 1999.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Masters of Arts in Education, both from Muskingum University.

Marcia Foster Marcia Foster

Marcia Foster

Director, New Products and Services

Marcia Foster

Director, New Products and Services

Marcia Foster joined the National Board August 2013 as the Director of New Products and Services. In this role, Foster manages design and development of key programs and services for Accomplished Teaching, Learning and Schools (ATLAS) and other new products and services focused on supporting the National Board’s mission.

Prior to joining the National Board, Foster was the product and marketing director for PBS’ Education products. In this role she led the development of Peer Connection, an online resource library for instructional coaches, mentors and teacher leaders. She also managed PBS TeacherLine’s online professional development courses for PreK-12 teachers. Foster has taught as an adjunct at Maryland and Virginia colleges and universities. She began her career as a brand manager for multinational consumer product companies, including Campbell Soup Company and Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation.

Foster earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and master’s degree in business from Atlanta University.

Janet Haber Janet Haber

Janet Haber

Manager, Strategic Projects

Janet Haber

Manager, Strategic Projects

Janet Haber joined the National Board in May 2011 and brought with her the project organizational and financial skills she acquired from more than 20 years of supporting both federal and foundation funded projects. She has strong project management experience including maintaining records and budgets to ensure all are on track per contract specifications. Prior to joining NBPTS, Haber worked with an educational research corporation where she acquired a strong background in education programming and support including preparing materials for workshops, in-house meetings, proposal and budget support, tallying teacher/student/parent evaluations and preparing final reports and required deliverables. Haber professionally handles sensitive and confidential materials and is adapt at managing fast paced, time sensitive workloads.

Andrea Hajek, NBCT Andrea Hajek, NBCT

Andrea Hajek, NBCT

Director, Educator Engagement

Andrea Hajek, NBCT

Director, Educator Engagement

Andrea Hajek joined the National Board in October 2011 as a director of educator engagement. In this position, she serves as a liaison to the Board-certified teacher community, working with these accomplished teachers to continue to transform teaching and improve student learning nationwide. Her most recent work focuses on the field test of the assessment redesign; and the development and dissemination of the ATLAS resource.

A career educator, Hajek achieved board certification in Early and Middle Childhood/English as a New Language in 2000 and renewed her certificate in 2009. She was the first National Board Certified Teacher in Miami-Dade to achieve certification in this area. She has taught English as a New Language, Language Arts and Spanish in California, Florida and Hawai`i. She has also been a trainer of assessors, validator and content expert for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Hajek developed and institutionalized a candidate support program for educators seeking to become Board-certified in Hawai`i. She also served as a core adjunct professor for National University.

Hajek holds a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s degree from the University of Mar del Plata in Argentina. She was featured in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2006 and 2007.

Kristin Hamilton, NBCT Kristin Hamilton, NBCT

Kristin Hamilton, NBCT

Vice President, Standards

Kristin Hamilton, NBCT

Vice President, Standards

As Vice President, Standards, Kristin Hamilton directs standards and applied standards work, including the standards revision process, interpretation of the standards for certification assessments, tagging video cases of NBCTs in their classrooms (in ATLAS) to prominent standards and frameworks in the field, research and analysis of those video cases, and works with partner organizations to advocate and create pathways for a standards-based professional continuum. Prior to joining the National Board in 2011, she served as the co-chair for the English Language Arts Standards Committee charged with writing the third edition of English Language Arts Standards.

Hamilton is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescence through Young Adulthood/English Language Arts. She taught high school language arts and led instructional improvement efforts in Prince William County, Virginia, in both brick-and-mortar and virtual schools, serving in various roles including mentor teacher, team leader and course designer. She has been a National Education Association Teaching Fellow in Washington, D.C. and participated in the development of the Common Core State Standards.

Hamilton is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, where she has taught undergraduate pre-service teachers. Her research focuses on teachers’ experiences of teacher leadership.

Glowena Harrison

Glowena Harrison

Manager, ATLAS

Glowena Harrison

Manager, ATLAS

Glowena Harrison currently manages the Accomplished Teaching, Learning and Schools (ATLAS) Program, providing technical support to the program and clients while also serving as the National Board’s meeting planner.

After thirteen years with the U.S. Department of Education and two years with the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy, Harrison joined the National Board’s staff on January 1, 1988 as one of the first hired employees. In her twenty-five years on staff, Harrison has served in various supportive positions. She served as the office manager while providing administrative support to the Director of Standards in the development of the original standards committees and the National Board Standards and the Director of Government Relations in securing congressional support and funding. In recent years she has managed the Candidate Support Program, Candidate Subsidy Program, the National Board Certification Disqualification Process, and the National Board Certification Certificate Process.

Stephen Helgeson Stephen Helgeson

Stephen Helgeson

Vice President, New Products and Services

Stephen Helgeson

Vice President, New Products and Services

Stephen Helgeson leads product development for the National Board, including the design and development of Accomplished Teaching, Learning and Schools (ATLAS) and new products and services designed to support the successful implementation of National Board programs at the local level. He joined National Board in 2005.

Previously, Helgeson was the product director for PBS’ TeacherLine, where he helped develop and launch a national online professional development service for PreK-12 teachers. He has also worked in K-12 market development and product management capacities for The Learning Company, SkillsBank and THINQ Learning Solutions.

Helgeson is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Stacey Hicks, NBCT Stacey Hicks, NBCT

Stacey Hicks, NBCT

Director, Outreach and Engagement

Stacey Hicks, NBCT

Director, Outreach and Engagement

Stacey Hicks serves as Director of Outreach and Engagement focusing on recruitment, communication, and principal stakeholder groups.

Prior to joining the staff at National Board, Hicks served as the NT3 Project Director with the Arizona K12 Center, where she oversaw the implementation of the Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) award from the National Board. The grant focused on two main objectives: increasing the number of National Board Certified Teachers increasing the number of NBCTs serving as instructional leaders.

In 2013, Hicks achieved National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist teaching for Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Arizona. Hicks taught third grade as a Teacher Innovator at the Pinnacle Peak Center for Teacher Development, acting as an exemplar observation classroom for the use of teacher development using live observation, video broadcasting and collaborative telepresence. She taught for seven years in Arizona and taught for two years prior to that in Ohio, where she was born and raised. Hicks has a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Kent State University, Ohio.

Trang Hoang Trang Hoang

Trang Hoang

Program Associate, Standards, Assessment and Innovation

Trang Hoang

Program Associate, Standards, Assessment and Innovation

Trang Hoang serves as the Assessment and Innovation Associate at the National Board. She is responsible for ATLAS marketing which includes digital advertising campaigns and conference logistics. She is also in charge of Salesforces processes for ATLAS trials and subscriptions. Additionally, Trang facilitates field testing procedures for newly developed certification items. This involves recruitment, reporting, and communications with the field test participants.

Hoang joined the Board in 2014 as a temporary associate for engagement. Prior to joining the Board, Hoang graduated from George Mason University’s class of 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Communications, concentrating on Public Relations, and a Minor in Psychology. She has lived in Vietnam for most of her childhood and is currently residing in Fairfax, VA. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants and exploring new cities.

Tracey Jarmon Tracey Jarmon

Tracey Jarmon

Senior Manager, Network Advancement

Tracey Jarmon

Senior Manager, Network Advancement

Tracey Jarmon serves as Senior Manager of Network Advancement, for the Network to Transform Teaching (NT3).  In this role, she provides project and grant management for the Network Hub, with an emphasis on knowledge management and sharing.

Tracey is a strategist, project manager and facilitator with a focus on strengthening nonprofit leaders and organizations to efficiently serve communities. She has extensive experience in administration, recruitment, event planning and project management in the philanthropic and nonprofit arena.

Prior to joining the National Board, Tracey served as Senior Associate for Talent and Organizational Development at Living Cities where she spearheaded efforts to attract, retain and develop diverse results focused leaders.

Previously, Tracey served as Philanthropic Advisory Services Officer at The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region where she worked with the Foundation’s donors to develop and implement strategic grant making initiatives on critical issues affecting the region. Tracey also worked in donor-advised fund administration at Calvert Foundation.

She received her Master of Business Administration from Howard University with a concentration in Supply Chain Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Georgetown University.

Tracey is an active member and volunteer in several DC-area nonprofits.  In her spare time, Tracey loves to taking road trips, reading, hanging out at the free museums in DC and playing board games with friends.

April Jones April Jones

April Jones

Director, Outreach

April Jones

Director, Outreach

As Director for Outreach, April Jones works to ensure successful operations of candidate support programs across the country by working collaboratively with National Board staff and external stakeholders on data and informational needs. She provides support in data gathering and quality control for candidate and NBCT data-related tasks and assists in the deployment of scholarship funds.

Jones joined the National Board in 2007 and has worked in various departments including Communications, Finance and the Office of the President where she assisted in the rebranding campaign, worked to streamline contract processes and provided support for the Teaching & Learning Conference 2014.

Jones is a graduate of Christopher Newport University in early childhood psychology and enjoys volunteering, great food, fitness and party planning.

Austin Kirk Austin Kirk

Austin Kirk

Lead Systems Administrator

Austin Kirk

Lead Systems Administrator

As Lead Systems Administrator Austin Kirk is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the National Board’s computer networks and systems. He joined the National Board in July 2013.

Previously, Kirk worked for Stafford County Public Schools as a computer support specialist responsible for administering the student management system, finance, payroll and human resource servers.

Richard Klein Richard Klein

Richard Klein

Director, Communications

Richard Klein

Director, Communications

As Director of Communications, Richard Klein is responsible for advancing awareness of the important role that Board Certification plays in enhancing teacher performance and student achievement. He leads communications and media relations for the Board. He joined the National Board in November 2015.

From 1994-2000, Klein was a classroom teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. He taught English as part of an innovative inter-disciplinary program known as Project Delta; he also taught journalism, leading the school’s publications to national awards and recognition.

Prior to coming to the National Board, Klein held leadership roles in marketing and communications at AstraZeneca, Mercer, Bechtel, America Online and Capital One. He earned his BA in communications and M.Ed. in secondary education, both from the George Washington University.

Patrick Ledesma, NBCT Patrick Ledesma, NBCT

Patrick Ledesma, NBCT

Director, Information Systems and Analytics

Patrick Ledesma, NBCT

Director, Information Systems and Analytics

Patrick Ledesma, NBCT, serves as the Director of Information Systems and Analytics at the National Board, leading the development and management of technology and analytics solutions to support organization initiatives and projects.

Ledesma served as a school technology specialist in Fairfax County, Virginia and worked in the school district’s staff development office as a program manager and mentor for new teachers and National Board candidates.  He earned his National Board Certification in Exceptional Needs in 2001 and renewed in 2011.

Ledesma authored the Edweek Teacher blog “Leading from the Classroom” from 2010-2012 and was a Teacher Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education. As an adjunct professor, Ledesma taught graduate courses in education technology and special education at George Mason University. He has co-authored a variety of articles on teacher leadership and education technology, and has presented on topics such as personalized learning, data literacy, and teacher development.

Ledesma holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. from George Mason University and is in the MBA program at the University of Massachusetts.

Charisse Licorish Charisse Licorish

Charisse Licorish

Senior Associate, Standards

Charisse Licorish

Senior Associate, Standards

Charisse joined the National Board in 2010 as an assessment intern focusing on the 1st Principal Cohort program, and currently is the Program Associate for Standards. Licorish grew up in Prince Georges County, MD. She attained a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowie State University. Graduate school is in her near future, as she plans to pursue her Master’s degree.

Pageantry became something she enjoyed doing in her spare time. In 2012 Licorish won the title of Miss Caribbean Metro USA. With that title, and with her health and fitness based platform, she planned, organized and hosted her 1st Annual “5k Sash Dash”. This 5k run was developed to spread health and fitness awareness among the Caribbean community as well as families and persons in and around the surrounding area.

Licorish approaches each day with this first line of a quote by Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Dereck Norville Dereck Norville

Dereck Norville

Manager, Strategic Improvement Analytics

Dereck Norville

Manager, Strategic Improvement Analytics

Dereck Norville fills the role of Improvement Analytics Manager for the Network to Transform Teaching (NT3), a role designed to strengthen the network’s data collection and visualization processes for system improvement in partner sites. Norville’s work focuses on designing a system of improvement measures that support partners in making real-time decisions about their work, building data collection methods, and creating data visualizations.

Prior to joining the National Board, Norville was a Senior Research and Assessment Specialist at Hostos Community College, City University of New York located in the Bronx, NY. There, he supported administration, faculty, and staff by providing mission-critical research and statistical analysis and by designing and managing a comprehensive system of assessing non-academic programs.

Norville holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Norville is a native New Yorker who now calls Silver Spring, Maryland, home.

Kim O’Neil, NBCT Kim O’Neil, NBCT

Kim O’Neil, NBCT

Manager, Standards and Assessment

Kim O’Neil, NBCT

Manager, Standards and Assessment

As Standards and Assessment Manager, Kim O’Neil coordinates and facilitates the work of the National Board’s standards committees, governing councils, and advisory committees.

O’Neil is a National Board Certified Teacher in Middle Childhood/Generalist.  Prior to joining the National Board in 2013, O’Neil was an elementary and middle school teacher in Liverpool, New York, for 35 years and served on the National Board Middle Childhood/Generalist Standards Committee.

Currently O’Neil sits on the board of directors for the National Council for the Social Studies and the Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for the New York State Social Studies Education Department. She is a key writer for the instructional guide, Let’s Explore Modern Germany: Instructional Strategies for Elementary Educators.

O’Neil earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in education from State University of New York at Oswego and a Master’s in library science from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. She graduated from State University of New York at Potsdam with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in education and serves on the School of Education Alumni Advisory Board.

Amber Parker Amber Parker

Amber Parker

Senior Vice President, Outreach and Engagement

Amber Parker

Senior Vice President, Outreach and Engagement

With more than a decade of experience in operations at the National Board, Amber Parker is responsible for the growth and sustainability of National Board programs across the country. She manages a dedicated team focused on NBCT engagement, strategic communications and regional outreach. Previously, she oversaw operations from the National Board Processing Center in San Antonio, Texas, where she led a team of highly dedicated professionals responsible for the National Boards’ customer relations, financial operations, and fulfillment services. She takes pride in her team’s strong commitment to customer service and relationships with external stakeholders, such as state departments of education, school districts, school leaders, teachers and teacher associations.

Parker is a graduate of the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, and holds a degree in business administration. Prior joining the National Board in 2002, she specialized in the management and delivery of complex, high-stakes assessments.

Emma Parkerson Emma Parkerson

Emma Parkerson

Director, Network Strategy

Emma Parkerson

Director, Network Strategy

Emma Parkerson directs the Network to Transform Teaching, a networked improvement community working to ensure accomplished teaching for every student across 10 states. Prior to this role, Parkerson was responsible for the implementation of the National Board’s Investing in Innovation (i3) development project, an effort that integrates study of ATLAS’ video-based cases of accomplished teaching into teacher preparation programs. Parkerson joined the National Board in 2007 as an intern coordinating committees of experts to revise National Board Standards.

A graduate of The George Washington University in psychology and anthropology, Parkerson earned her professional certification in project management (PMP) in 2012. She served as the inaugural Improvement Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2014 and is an alumna of the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Educational Policy Fellowship Program.

Sarah Pinsky Sarah Pinsky

Sarah Pinsky

Manager, Policy

Sarah Pinsky

Manager, Policy

As a policy manager, Sarah Pinsky supports the National Board’s state and federal policy efforts by analyzing federal and state legislation, writing policy memos and reports, and assisting the government relations team in organizing federal and state policy events. Pinsky comes to the National Board from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) where she managed state and federal policy efforts on issues related to teacher preparation.

Pinsky earned her master’s degree in public policy and her bachelor’s in government and economics from the University of Virginia. Pinsky currently attends The George Washington University’s Law School’s evening program.

Ellen Sherratt Ellen Sherratt

Ellen Sherratt

Vice-President, Policy and Research

Ellen Sherratt

Vice-President, Policy and Research

Ellen Sherratt, Ph.D. is Vice-President for Policy and Research at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In this role, she translates the National Board’s vision into policy and research through partnerships with states, districts, and other stakeholders with the goal of growing momentum for the transformation of the teaching profession to one where a professional career continuum is anchored by Board certification and where the expertise of Board-certified teachers is a critical resource for improvement and leadership. Dr. Sherratt leads the development and advancement of the National Board’s policy objectives and strategies at the national, state, and local levels, leads the codification and development of the research base supporting board certification; and leads the work of the National Board’s policy team.

Prior to this position, Dr. Sherratt served as Deputy Director of the federally-funded Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center), which supports states and regional center partners in ensuring access to excellent educators for all students as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). She has conducted research and written extensively in the areas of teacher shortages, recruitment, retention, leadership/voice, career pathways and compensation, human capital management systems, equitable access to excellent educators, and the perspectives of teachers from the Millennial Generation. She has coauthored two books: Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reformand Improving Teacher Quality: A Guide for Education Leaders, both published by Jossey-Bass. Dr. Sherratt earned her bachelor degree in economics from Cornell University and her doctoral degree in education from the University of Oxford. She currently serves as president of the board of directors of The Teacher Salary Project.

Evangeline Stewart Evangeline Stewart

Evangeline Stewart

Senior Associate, Development

Evangeline Stewart

Senior Associate, Development

Evangeline Stewart joined the National Board in 2005 as an Administrative Assistant for Development. During her tenure at the National Board, Stewart has provided high-level support for multiple departments. In this role, Stewart conducts research, prepares reports, provides design support and maintains the donor database. Stewart is a part-time freelance photographer and graphic designer, a mother of two, and is currently pursuing a degree in communications design. During her free time, you can find Stewart organizing activities for Let Us Volunteer (LUV), a community service organization she created in effort to be of service in and around her neighboring community.

At present, Stewart provides support for Lisa Stooksberry, Senior VP of Standards and Assessment and Amber Parker, Senior VP of Outreach and Engagement.

Pamela Tolf Pamela Tolf

Pamela Tolf

Senior Manager, Human Resources and Administration

Pamela Tolf

Senior Manager, Human Resources and Administration

Pamela is an HR professional with 22 years of experience, 19 of which were at Starbucks Corporation in several HR and operations leadership roles. At Starbucks from 1995 to 2014 she made a significant impact on the growth of stores and people in the Mid-Atlantic region. As a Senior Training Specialist, she played a critical role in ensuring people were trained and developed to meet the company’s growth strategy. She led the delivery and execution of all training and performance development programs. As a district manager, she built high performing teams who exceeded customer and business results. She focused on hiring the right people, training them well and then ensuring they were placed in the right roles. As a Human Resources Manager, she led the HR operations and strategy for 200+ stores.

Pamela graduated with a Bachelors in Individualized Studies degree with a concentration in Human Resource Management from George Mason University and is a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional. She has expertise in business and HR strategy, talent acquisition and retention, employee engagement, workforce and performance management, employee relations and employment law, organizational effectiveness and development, learning and development, total rewards and diversity.

Pamela is very committed to her two rescue dogs and in her free time, she enjoys hot yoga, the arts (classical music, classic rock and pop, art and theatre), reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Melissa Villareal Melissa Villareal

Melissa Villareal

Manager, Assessment

Melissa Villareal

Manager, Assessment

Melissa Villareal joined the National Board in 2001. During her first ten years at the National Board she worked in the Assessment Operations division providing strong support to National Board customers throughout the certification process. Currently, Villareal works with Assessment Development to define and document many of the assessment functions which develop performance-based assessments for National Board Certification.

Villareal holds a Bachelors in business administration from Strayer University. She is the proud parent of two elementary school students.

Andrine Walker Andrine Walker

Andrine Walker

Controller

Andrine Walker

Controller

In her role as Controller, Andrine Walker will manage the accounting operations, including the supervision of all transactional activities, the month-end closing process, and the overall financial reporting process. Walker will lead the year-end audit process, and collaborate with others in the department to develop financial procedures and prepare forecasts.

Walker began her career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and moved on to various nonprofit organizations thereafter, most recently with the Council on Foundations. Previous to that, she was the Controller for the Committee for Economic Development where she is credited with the development and implementation of various financial processes and procedures.

Walker holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Howard University and enjoys spending time with her family and her English bulldog Chewy.

Francesca Walker-Daniell

Francesca Walker-Daniell

Accounting Specialist

Francesca Walker-Daniell

Accounting Specialist

Francesca Walker-Daniell, has been working at the National Board since 2011. She started out as an administrative assistant for the accounting department and is currently an accounting specialist. Before coming to the National Board she worked at Chickfila as a night manager for 8 years. She credits her time at Chickfila for inspiring her bubbly personality, instilling teamwork, and implementing a can do attitude.

Francesca is a Winchester, VA native (home of Patsy Cline and The Apple Blossom Festival). She currently resides in Loudoun County with her husband of five years and her two year old son. Francesca is currently pursuing a degree in accounting from American Public University.

Tiffany Williams Tiffany Williams

Tiffany Williams

Accounting Specialist

Tiffany Williams

Accounting Specialist

Tiffany Williams joined the National Board in July 2007. During her first year she served as Administrative Assistant to the CFO and Accounting Department. In 2008 she transitioned into the position of Accounts Payable Specialist fulfilling a multitude of daily accounting duties, providing direct support to Finance Department.

Prior to joining the National Board, Williams worked as a Financial Analyst with Systems Integration and Management for six years where she provided direct support to the Financial Program Manager of NAVSEA Programs and OPNAV Budgets. She has also held the role of Assistant Director and Early Childcare Development Instructor with The National Child Day Care Association in Washington, D.C., where she was employed for five years.

Williams is the mother of one daughter and four sons. She loves taking care of and nurturing her family and enjoys reading in her free time. She has accreditation from The University of the District of Columbia in early childhood education and plans to pursue further education in accounting and finance.

Caitlin Wilson Caitlin Wilson

Caitlin Wilson

Senior Manager, Improvement Coaching

Caitlin Wilson

Senior Manager, Improvement Coaching

As Senior Manager, Improvement Coaching, Caitlin Wilson provides ongoing support for the Network to Transform Teaching (NT3), a networked improvement community working to ensure accomplished teaching for every student across 10 states. She works with teams on the design and execution of improvement efforts while simultaneously building the team’s improvement capacity.

Additionally, Caitlin oversees day-to-day project implementation of the National Board’s Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant funded the initial development of ATLAS and studies the impact of the resource on preservice and early career teachers.

Prior to joining the National Board, Caitlin was a Spanish teacher for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. She holds a master’s degree in teaching from Georgia College and State University and earned an undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Georgia. Caitlin is an alumna of the Institute of Educational Leadership’s Educational Policy Fellowship Program.

Mahlet Yewedalsew Mahlet Yewedalsew

Mahlet Yewedalsew

Database and Salesforce Administrator

Mahlet Yewedalsew

Database and Salesforce Administrator

Mahlet Yewedalsew serves as a Database and Salesforce Administrator, sharing over five years of SQL and database experience. After completing her higher education at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, Yewedalsew joined the AAU faculty in 2005. She then went on to serve two years at the Department of Telecommunication, after which she made her way to the United States where she joined the Teraflics, Incorporated of Virginia as a database administrator. In this role, she surpassed great difficulties such as language barriers as this was her first job in a different part of the world. She continues to take many different courses to keep up with the ever-changing world of IT. Yewedalsew’s different experiences in America and in Ethiopia have allowed her to experiment and evolve in the IT field. Some important aspects of her life outside of work include family and activities with friends such as traveling and camping.