Leaders Alumni

Alumni from the NACSA Leaders Program are equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to manage the challenges authorizers face in aligning their agency’s policies and practices with NACSA’s Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing and advocate for policy that supports quality authorizing.

Cohort 7, Current Leaders

Tamara Baysinger

2018 NACSA Leader

Aracely Chastain

2018 NACSA Leader

Brian Dickey

2018 NACSA Leader

Janet Dinnen

2018 NACSA Leader

Cohort 6

Joseph Escobedo

2017 NACSA Leader

K.C. Holder

2017 NACSA Leader

Ryan Marks

2017 NACSA Leader

Debra Odom

2017 NACSA Leader

Cohort 5

David Frank

2016 NACSA Leader

Rich Haglund

2016 NACSA Leader

Lauren Lannuccilli

2016 NACSA Leader

Shenita Johnson

2016 NACSA Leader

Cohort 4

Tess Stovall

2015 NACSA Leader

Drew Allsopp

2015 NACSA Leader

Robert Compton

2015 NACSA Leader

Jarett Fields

2015 NACSA Leader

Cohort 3

  • Bonnie Holliday, Executive Director, State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia
  • Joshua Halsey, Executive Director, Washington State Charter School Commission
  • Mary Bradley, Executive Director, Chicago Public Schools, Office of Innovation and Incubation
  • Colleston Morgan, Jr., Chief Strategy Officer, Orleans Parish School Board
  • Mark Michael, Director of Office of School Sponsorship at the Ohio Department of Education
  • Jennifer Nagourney, Executive Director, Charter School Office of the Delaware Department of Education
  • Kristin Hines, Director, Office of Education Innovation, Office of Mayor Gregory A. Ballard
  • Harry Lee, Chief Strategy Officer, iLearn Schools
  • Sagar Gokhale, Managing Director of Impact at City Year Chicago
  • Dana Reed, Assistant Superintendent for Performance Standards, South Carolina Public Charter School District
  • Loretta White-Khaalid, Executive Administrative Officer, Charter and Contract Schools Office of Prince George’s County Public Schools

Cohort 2

  • Darlene Chambers, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • José Cole-Gutiérrez, Director, Charter Schools Division, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Nora Meah, Talent Business Partner, Swipely
  • Natasha Howard, Managing Director of Program, SUNY Charter Schools Institute
  • Adrienne Woods, Director, Office of Charter Schools at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Ethan Hemming, Executive director of the Colorado Charter School Institute
  • Jennifer Lopez, Managing Director of Strategic Growth, Generation Teach
  • Robert Kimball, Sr. Director of Operations & Policy, Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office
  • Daree Lewis, Program Officer, Robin Hood Foundation
  • Kisha Verdusco, Director of Charter Schools, Detroit Public Schools

Cohort 1

  • Carly Bolger, Consultant
  • Steve Canavero, Ph.D., State Superintendent for Public Instruction, Nevada Department of Education
  • John H. Carwell, Jr., Education Associate, Delaware Department of Education
  • Gail Ann Greely, Director II, CARSNet–Charter Authorizers Regional Support Network, Alameda County Office of Education
  • David Greenberg, Director of Charter School Authorizing, Audubon Center of the North Woods
  • Molly McGraw Healy, Director of Charter School Authorizing, University of St. Thomas
  • Roger McKeague, Executive & Attorney
  • Joel E. Medley, Head of Charter School, NC Virtual Academy
  • Kathy Padian, Partner, TenSquare
  • Amy Ruck-Kagan, Vice President of Authorizer Engagement & Advancement, NACSA