Our Team

NACSA’s diverse staff of professionals has extensive experience with charter schools and the broader education sector. In addition to providing guidance and support to authorizers, we routinely advise policymakers, researchers, and education advocates on authorizer practices and related state policies. NACSA is headquartered in Chicago, with employees based throughout the country who lead state, regional, and national projects.

Executive Office

Greg Richmond

President and CEO

Kasey Miller

Chief of Staff

Authorizer Engagement & Advancement

Amy Ruck Kagan

Vice President, Authorizer Engagement & Advancement

Heather Wendling

Director of Learning & Knowledge Management

Elisa Westapher

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

Erin Reddy

Associate Director

Morgan Powell

Manager of Learning and Development

Chastity McFarlan

Director of Authorizer Development

David Greenberg

Director of Leadership Development

Development & Operations

Phoebe Anderson

Vice President, Development & Operations

Olivia Roser

Development Manager

Arielle Hinds

Office Manager

External Relations

Kristen Forbriger

Vice President, External Relations

Corrie Leech 

Director of Communications

Veronica D. Brooks-Uy

Director of Policy

Arash Kamiar

Digital Communication Director

Jason Zwara

Policy Manager

Christina Ricordati

Policy Development Consultant

Amanda Fenton

Federal Policy Consultant


Michael R. Cernauskas

Chief Financial Officer

Delfino Unzueta

General Accounting Manager

Mary Zawaski

Finance & Administration Manager

Christina Lopez

Staff Accountant

Research and Evaluation

M. Karega Rausch

Vice President of Research and Evaluation

Sean Conlan

Senior Director of Research and Evaluation

Amanda DeVaul-Fetters

Director of Program Evaluation