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.

Call us at 800.858.6830 or email info@mcrel.org to get started now!

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Leadership
Bryan Goodwin

Bryan Goodwin

CEO & President

Bryan thrives on translating research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and helping educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges. A frequent conference presenter, he is the author of Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, and co-author of The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching and Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School. Before joining McREL in 1998, Bryan was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and an award-winning business journalist.

Robin Javis

Robin Jarvis

Chief Program Officer

Committed to ensuring that all children are given high-quality educational opportunities, Robin and her team work with school and system leaders on policies, structures, and practices that help all students succeed. A career educator from Louisiana, Robin was a classroom teacher, a principal, a superintendent, and an administrator at the Louisiana Department of Education. In 2005 and 2006, immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Robin served as the acting superintendent of the Recovery School District in New Orleans, working with the community, neighborhood groups, school board members, and staff to rebuild the school system.

Ron Miletta

Chief of Staff

Ron ensures the seamless functioning and management of McREL’s executive office, providing strategic support to the CEO and leadership team. He directs, monitors, and contributes to corporate and business objectives and other special projects, and oversees our institutional development, information and technology systems, and marketing and communications departments.

Sue Desch

Chief Financial Officer

Since 1991, Sue has been part of the Business Services team, ensuring that McREL is financially able to continue doing the work we do. As CFO, she oversees our fiscal services, manages complex budgets and systems, and upholds the integrity of our operational and regulatory compliance. As a member of the leadership team, Sue also helps develop and implement strategies and policies that enhance corporate success.

Melissa Gray

Chief Human Resources Officer

Melissa’s focus is finding and developing the high-quality staff we have at McREL, leading the creation and delivery of programs, procedures, and guidelines that help engage employees with our organization and our strategic goals. She oversees recruiting, hiring, orientation, benefits, and compensation and, as a member of our leadership team, participates in strategic planning and policy development.

Roger Fiedler

Senior Director of Communications & Marketing

Roger leads a team of communicators who are committed to sharing McREL’s work and stories of success with educators around the world, spreading the word on effective ways to help students, teachers, and leaders flourish. He oversees internal and external communications as well as events and marketing, and works with colleagues across the organization to develop and implement McREL’s communications and visibility plans.

Board of Directors

Patrick Woods, Chair | Director of Talent Management and Diversity, Westar Energy in Topeka, Kansas
Michael Middleton, J.D., Immediate Past Chair | Interim President, University of Missouri
Kenneth Anderson, Chair Elect | Adjunct Professor, University of Nebraska
Deborah Backus, Treasurer | National Director of Strategic Partnerships, Blueprint Schools Network in Denver, Colorado
Mickey Bogart | Instructor, Kansas State University
John Canuel | President, JMCanuel Consulting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Michael Ceballos | retired, Wyoming State President, Qwest
Jim Edwards | retired, Assistant Executive Director of Leadership Development, Kansas Association of School Boards
Kimberly Norwood, J.D. | Professor of Law and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis
Rita Sablan, Ed.D. | Commissioner of Education, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System

Consultants

Dale Lewis

Executive Director

Big-picture systemic improvement for schools and services for special populations of students are Dale’s areas of expertise and experience. He provides strategic vision, direction, and leadership in the development, planning, and implementation of a wide variety of consulting services and technical assistance for districts and education systems. Previously, Dale was director of the Texas Comprehensive Center and director of special education for a cooperative of five Texas school districts.

303.632.5522dlewis@mcrel.org

Kathleen Dempsey

Senior Director

With 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, Kathleen knows what it takes to make an impact in schools. At McREL, she helps schools, districts, and state education agencies with strategic vision, program development, and delivery of training and coaching focusing on academic standards, curriculum, and instruction. She is also the director of the North Central Comprehensive Center, a federally funded regional center operated by McREL that builds states’ capacity to implement and sustain improvement initiatives.

303.632.5634 kdempsey@mcrel.org

Matthew Seebaum

Senior Director

Matt’s focus is on leading initiatives that improve human potential, further the use of high reliability organization principles in education, and develop leadership pipelines at state departments of education, education service agencies, school districts, and individual schools. A former principal, Matt oversees McREL’s leadership development services, including designing, developing, and deploying major projects that help school leaders and leadership teams build their capacity to become more effective.

303.632.5552 | mseebaum@mcrel.org

Cheryl Abla, Managing Consultant, 303.632.5604, cabla@mcrel.org
Laura Arndt, Consultant, 303.632.5593, larndt@mcrel.org
Terri Bissonette, Consultant, 303.632.5652, tbissonette@mcrel.org
Whitney Cobb, Managing Consultant, 303.632.5572, wcobb@mcrel.org
Ben Cronkright, Consultant, 808.664.8177, bcronkright@mcrel.org
Tony Davis, Consulting Director, 303.632.5575, tdavis@mcrel.org
Kent Davis, Managing Consultant, 303.632.5537, kdavis@mcrel.org
Grace Gutierrez, Consultant, 303.632.5566, ggutierrez@mcrel.org
Barry Harris, Managing Consultant, 808.664.8186, bharris@mcrel.org
Jane Hill, Managing Consultant, 303.632.5529, jhill@mcrel.org
Heather Hume, Managing Consultant, 303.632.5512, hhume@mcrel.org
Catherine Johnson, Consultant, 303.459.5036, cjohnson@mcrel.org
Andrew Kerr, Consulting Director, 303.459.5056, akerr@mcrel.org
Lisa Maxfield, Program Manager, 303.632.5561, lmaxfield@mcrel.org
Adena Miller, Consultant, 303.632.5530, amiller@mcrel.org
Kristin Rouleau, Consulting Director, 303.459.5042, krouleau@mcrel.org
Susan Ryan, Consultant, 303.632.5531, sryan@mcrel.org
Laura Stelling, Consultant, 303.632.5543, lstelling@mcrel.org
Bj Stone, Consulting Director, 303.632.5584, bstone@mcrel.org
Mel Sussman, Managing Consultant, 303.632.5589, msussman@mcrel.org
Anne Tweed, Managing Consultant, 303.632.5528, atweed@mcrel.org

Researchers & Evaluators

Phillip Herman

Executive Director

Phillip is dedicated to understanding the science of learning, and how best to design and implement learning innovations and methodologies. As director of the REL Pacific at McREL, Phillip leads a team of researchers whose goals are to study and improve the educational outcomes of students in the Pacific Region, including Hawaii, three U.S. territories, and the freely associated states. Previously, Phillip was a director of research at the University of Pittsburgh and Northwestern University.

808.664.8187 | pherman@mcrel.org

Sheila Arens

Executive Director

Sheila brings a wide variety of experience in basic and applied research to her work at McREL, where she leads research and program evaluation projects that translate to better teaching, better learning, and more effective system improvement. She supervises research and program evaluation staff and oversees large-scale studies, including those for federally funded grants and contracts. She also serves as principal investigator and methodological and project advisor to the research team.

303.632.5625 | sarens@mcrel.org

Karen Bumgardner, Managing Researcher and Evaluator, 304.347.1841, kbumgardner@mcrel.org
Daisy Carreon, Researcher and Evaluator, 808.664.8180, dcarreon@mcrel.org
Tedra Clark, Managing Researcher and Evaluator, 303.632.5629, tclark@mcrel.org
Nitara Dandapani, Research and Evaluation Specialist, 303.632.5518, ndandapani@mcrel.org
Tara Donahue, Managing Researcher and Evaluator, 304.347.0419, tdonahue@mcrel.org
Kimberly Good, Managing Researcher and Evaluator, 304.347.0449, kgood@mcrel.org
Sarah Gopalani, Research and Evaluation Specialist, 303.632.5643, sgopalani@mcrel.org
Hsiang-Yeh Ho, Managing Researcher and Evaluator, 615.565.0104, hho@mcrel.org
Shelby Hubach, Researcher and Evaluator, 303.632.5611, shubach@mcrel.org
Kevin Knoster, Research and Evaluation Specialist, 304.347.0461, kknoster@mcrel.org
Ashli Knotts, Research and Evaluation Specialist, 304.347.0462, aknotts@mcrel.org
Kevi Mace, Research Specialist, 304.347.5553, aknotts@mcrel.org
Susan Lopez, Program Manager, 303.632.5563, slopez@mcrel.org
Jesse Rainey, Research and Evaluation Specialist, 303.632.5590, jrainey@mcrel.org
Spencer Scanlan, Research and Evaluation Specialist, 808.664.8194, sscanlan@mcrel.org
Susan Shebby, Managing Researcher and Evaluator, 303.632.5613, sshebby@mcrel.org
Joshua Stewart, Researcher and Evaluator, 303.632.5630, jstewart@mcrel.org
Katie Stringer, Director of Research and Evaluation, 303.632.5567, kstringer@mcrel.org
Nancy Taylor, Development Manager, 304.347.5863, ntaylor@mcrel.org

Communications & Institutional Development

Heather Hein, Communications Consultant, 303.632.5520, hhein@mcrel.org
Colleen Ingham, Brand Consultant, 303.632.5606, cingham@mcrel.org
Marcellus Lewis, Development Specialist, 303.632.5606, mlewis@mcrel.org
Maura McGrath, Knowledge Management Specialist, 303.632.5558, mmcgrath@mcrel.org
Kirsten Miller, Communications Manager, 303.632.5632, kmiller@mcrel.org
Christine H. Schmidt, Communications Consultant, 303.632.5650, cschmidt@mcrel.org
Nancy Taylor, Development Manager, 304.347.5863, ntaylor@mcrel.org