WHO WE ARE

Our experienced education consultants, trainers, researchers, and evaluators provide practical solutions to even the most complex problems. Whether you need short-term help or a long-term partner, our team can help you focus on what matters most to change the odds of success for your students and staff. We collaborate with our clients to help transform mindsets, inspire great education practices, and discover ever-better ways to help students flourish.

You’ll find a trusted, reliable partner in us, and service that exceeds your expectations. Contact us today to see how we can help your school or system achieve its goals.

Contact Us

by phone
800.858.6830
by email
info@mcrel.org

by web form

Executive Leadership

Bryan Goodwin

CEO & President

bgoodwin@mcrel.org
303.632.5602

Sue Desch

Chief Financial Officer

sdesch@mcrel.org
303.632.5515

Melissa Gray

Chief People Officer

mgray@mcrel.org
303.632.5511

Ron Miletta

Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer

rmiletta@mcrel.org
303.632.5644

Senior Leadership

Kellie Kim

Vice President
of Research Partnerships

kkim@mcrel.org
303.632.5552

Sheila Arens

Executive Director
of Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance

sarens@mcrel.org
303.632.5625

Dale Lewis

Executive Director
of Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance

dlewis@mcrel.org
303.632.5522

Kris Rouleau

Executive Director
of Learning Services

krouleau@mcrel.org
303.632.5547

Joe Simpson

Senior Director
of Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance

jsimpson@mcrel.org
307.222.5261

Christina

Tydeman

Senior Director
of Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance

ctydeman@mcrel.org
808.664.8186

Roger Fiedler

Senior Director of Marketing and Publications

rfiedler@mcrel.org
303.632.5579

Beth Watson

Senior Directorof Sales and Client Partnerships

bwatson@mcrel.org
303.632.5536

Tedra Clark

Research Director

tclark@mcrel.org
303.632.5629

Faith Connolly

Research Director

fconnolly@mcrel.org
303.632.5518

Jeanette Rope

Jeanette Rope

Senior Controller

jrope@mcrel.org
303.632.5540

Ok Park

Ok Park

Senior Fellow

opark@mcrel.org
303.325.7163

Research, Program, and Administrative Staff

Cheryl Abla

Implementation Advisor

cabla@mcrel.org
303.632.5604

Katie Allen

Managing Consultant

kallen@mcrel.org
303.632.5596

Mya

Birrell-

Jackson

Administrative Specialist

mbjackson@mcrel.org
303.632.5543

Keri Budinger

Administrative Specialist

kbudinger@mcrel.org
303.632.5533

Betsy Callaway

Administrative Specialist

bcallaway@mcrel.org
303.632.5504

Johanna Carillo

Johanna Carillo

Administrative Specialist

jcarillo@mcrel.org
808.664.8175

Kara Contos

Accountant

kcontos@mcrel.org
303.632.5559

Kevin Cooney

Facilities Manager

kcooney@mcrel.org
303.632.5555

Hilary Cooper

Sales Manager

hcooper@mcrel.org
303.632.5541

Tracie Corner

Research Associate

tcorner@mcrel.org
303.632.5524

Judy Counley

Judy Counley

New Media Developer

jcounley@mcrel.org
303.632.5548

Ben Cronkright

Ben Cronkright

Consultant

bcronkright@mcrel.org
303.632.5521

Marisa Crowder

Researcher

mcrowder@mcrel.org
808.664.8181

Erin D’Amelio

Research Associate

edamelio@mcrel.org
808.664.8183

Kent Davis

Associate Director of Learning Services

kdavis@mcrel.org
303.632.5537

Darienne Dey

Research Associate

ddey@mcrel.org
808.664.8177

Tara Donahue

Managing Evaluator

tdonahue@mcrel.org
303.632.5551

Dallas Duncan

Dallas Duncan

Marketing Manager

dduncan@mcrel.org
303.632.5566

Katie Gao

Managing Researcher

kgao@mcrel.org
808.664.8178

Tonia Gibson

Managing Consultant

tgibson@mcrel.org
303.632.5652

Kimberly Good

Managing Evaluator

kgood@mcrel.org
303.632.5546

Marc Graeber

Business Operations Analyst

mgraeber@mcrel.org
303.632.5647

Fayce

Hammond

Administrative Specialist

fhammond@mcrel.org
303.632.5646

Jodi Heilbrunn

Research & Evaluation Associate

jheilbrunn@mcrel.org
303.632.5503

Jane Hill

Managing Consultant

jhill@mcrel.org
303.632.5529

Arisa Himmelein

Administrative Specialist

ahimmelein@mcrel.org
808.664.8193

Diana Hirabayashi

Diana Hirabayashi

Communications Manager

dhirabayashi@mcrel.org
808.664.8189

Hsiang-Yeh Ho

Managing Evaluator

hho@mcrel.org
304.347.1845

Samantha

Holquist

Researcher

sholquist@mcrel.org
808.664.8187

Eric Hübler

Writer/Editor

ehubler@mcrel.org
303.632.5520

Lisa Jones

Managing Researcher

lmjones@mcrel.org
303.632.5517

Misty LaMere

Support Specialist

mlamere@mcrel.org
303.632.5509

Lisa Maxfield

Program Manager

lmaxfield@mcrel.org
303.632.5561

Kirsten Miller

Communications Manager

kmiller@mcrel.org
303.632.5632

Chelsey Nardi

Research Associate

cnardi@mcrel.org
303.632.5653

Tameka Porter

Managing Consultant

tporter@mcrel.org
303.325.7162

Katie Puc

Katie Puc

Administrative Specialist

kpuc@mcrel.org
303.632.5558

Bradley Rentz

Researcher

brentz@mcrel.org
808.664.8184

Susan Ryan

Program Manager

sryan@mcrel.org
303.632.5531

Natasha Saelua

Researcher

nsaelua@mcrel.org
808.664.8179

Lylia Shantz

Senior Accounting Associate

lshantz@mcrel.org
303.632.5502

Susan Shebby

Managing Researcher

sshebby@mcrel.org
303.632.5613

Jeanette

Simenson-

Gurolnick

Managing Consultant

jsimenson@mcrel.org
303.632.5589

Ollie Smith

Accountant

osmith@mcrel.org
303.632.5550

Mathias Smrekar

Research Associate

msmrekar@mcrel.org
303.632.5590

Justin Stanford

Administrative Specialist

jstanford@mcrel.org
303.632.5603

Meagan Taylor

Managing Consultant

mtaylor@mcrel.org
808.664.8180

Nancy Taylor

Development Manager

ntaylor@mcrel.org
304.347.1863

Ayzia

Underwood

Administrative Specialist

aunderwood@mcrel.org
303.632.5643

Debra Van Zile

Debra Van Zile

Administrative Specialist

dvanzile@mcrel.org
808.664.8192

Jason Victor

Jason Victor

Communications Specialist

jvictor@mcrel.org
808.664.8188

Board of Directors

Kenneth

Anderson

Director

Former Chair of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Department of Teacher Education

Deborah Backus

Chair

Educational Consultant; former National Director of Strategic Partnerships at Blueprint Schools Network

Mickey Bogart

Director

Former Instructor at Kansas State University College of Education

John Canuel

Chair-Elect

Director of Strategic Planning at iLearn Collaborative

Nancy Commins

Director

Clinical Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado at Denver School of Education and Human Development

Jim Edwards

Director

Former Assistant Executive Director at the Kansas Association of School Boards

Rich Elsasser

Director

Executive Director at Texas Region 13 Education Service Center

Leanne Emm

Treasurer

Former Deputy Commissioner of School Finance and Operations at the Colorado Department of Education

Michael

Middleton

Director

Former Deputy Chancellor and Interim President at the University of Missouri

Sione Thompson

Sione

Thompson

Director

Complex Area Superintendent at the Hawaii Department of Education