Elisabeth Stock, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Mark Malaspina, President
Elizabeth John, Executive Director, New York City Region
Kwame Johnson, Executive Director, Greater Atlanta Region
Calvin Selth, Director of Development, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
Ronald Southard, Director of Finance and Administration
Neil Spears, Executive Director, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
David Stokes, Senior Manager of Development, Greater Atlanta Region
Philip Vlahakis, Managing Director, Partnerships and Strategy
Stacey Williams, Managing Director, External Relations
Alexandra Alberto, Senior Product Manager
Courtney Dastis-Galvin, Director of Partnership Marketing and Operations
Andrea Ferrero, Senior Manager of Professional Learning
Karuppiah Ganesan, Managing Director of Technology and Architecture
Hussham Khan, Director of Research and Data Strategy
Adrienne Kraushaar, Managing Director of Products and Programs
Sue Lyons, Director of Professional Learning
Bill Rappel, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Caryn Rogoff, Director of Content
Meghan Wells, Director of Family Engagement
Greg Karnes, Customer Support Manager
Richard Hicks, Director, Technology and Operations (Greater Atlanta Region)
Oneisha Freeman, Program Manager, Family Engagement (Greater Atlanta Region)
Shonvettia Murphy, Personalized Learning Specialist (Greater Atlanta Region)
Katie Roth, Director of Programs (Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area)
Elizabeth Cabrera, Program Manager, Family Engagement (Greater Los Angeles Region)
Maria Morrisson, Blended Learning Specialist (Greater Los Angeles Region)
Roque Pech, Blended Learning Manager (Greater Los Angeles Region)
Juan Caro, Senior Logistics Manager (New York City Region)
Shaunte Martin, Senior Program Manager, Family Engagement (New York City Region)
Erin Morrison-Sadaka, Director of Programs (New York City Region)
Elisabeth Stock built PowerMyLearning from a nascent non-profit in 1999 into a national leader in the K-12 digital learning space. Recognized as an expert in her field, Elisabeth is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a life-long Ashoka fellow. She has given a TEDx talk and high-level briefings at the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission, and she has served as an advisor to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the NYC Department of Education. Elisabeth has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio and has published Op-Eds in media outlets such as Education Week and the Huffington Post. In 2001, she was honored by Crain’s New York Business as one of 40 New Yorkers under 40 shaping the city. From 1996-97, Elisabeth served as a White House Fellow in the Office of the Vice President, where her experience as the principal architect of a government-wide education technology program led her to launch PowerMyLearning a year later. Elisabeth was a high school teacher for two years while a Peace Corps volunteer and later worked for the World Bank on appropriate technology in Africa. She also worked at the Vera Institute of Justice and helped the Open Society Institute start the After-School Corporation. Elisabeth served as a member of the MIT Board of Trustees (1997-2002) and is the youngest individual ever to be appointed to the MIT Executive Committee (2000-2002). Elisabeth has earned four degrees from MIT. She also holds a patent for a medical device.
Mark is responsible for driving PowerMyLearning’s program innovations and research agenda and for deepening PowerMyLearning’s relationships with school districts, software partners, and education organizations. Since joining PowerMyLearning in May 2009, Mark has led the development of PowerMyLearning Connect, PowerMyLearning’s K-12 learning platform, and he has overseen major enhancements to PowerMyLearning’s partnership program with high poverty middle schools. As the former President of The Grow Network, an education company he co-founded in 2000 and sold to McGraw-Hill in 2004, Mark brings strong experience in education to this role. Under Mark’s leadership, Grow served more than 20 million students in the U.S. and internationally and demonstrated its impact in differentiated instruction and parent engagement through studies by nationally recognized research organizations, such as the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and the Center for Children & Technology. At Grow, Mark helped develop a patented analytical system that infers students’ strengths and needs in order to support effective instruction. Mark also has broad experience working with low-income communities. As a Skadden Fellow at the Lawyers Alliance for New York, Mark provided guidance to local organizations developing innovative economic development programs in low-income neighborhoods. Since 2000, he has served on the board of the New York City Financial Network Action Consortium, a CDFI Intermediary that supports community development credit unions. Previously, Mark has worked with public housing tenant organizations in Atlanta and New Haven and helped establish small business lending programs in Chicago. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Coto Brus, Costa Rica, and is fluent in Spanish. After receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School, Mark clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also has an M.P.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University and a B.A. from Yale College, where he received the Hadley Prize for outstanding scholarship in the Social Sciences.
Elizabeth oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services in New York City, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning in 2013, Elizabeth served as the Director of Education Programs for New York Cares, where her team implemented over 8,500 educational volunteer projects each year, in partnership with hundreds of schools and agencies in New York City. A former New York City Teaching Fellow, Elizabeth also taught sixth and eighth grade Math at a high-needs public school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Elizabeth holds an M.S. in Teaching – Adolescent Education from Pace University and a B.A. in History from New York University.
Kwame Johnson is the Executive Director of PowerMyLearning’s Greater Atlanta Region. Kwame oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services in Atlanta, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Kwame was the Director of Corporate Relations for the national non-profit Communities In Schools, which is the nation’s largest drop-out prevention organization and fifth largest youth serving organization. Kwame also served as the Director of Donor Advised Services for the Charities Aid Foundation of America and as the National Director of Programs for the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Kwame has been an active member of the non-profit sector for many years and currently serves as the Board Chair for Center for Community Alternatives. Kwame holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Calvin Selth is the Director of Development for PowerMyLearning’s Greater Los Angeles and Bay Area regions. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Calvin led events-based development efforts at Teach For America – Los Angeles, where he helped secure more than $1.8 million in sponsorships over two years and launched the region’s first-ever Associates Board. As a young student, Calvin had early access to technology and received an outstanding public school education – something many deserving children in our nation don’t receive. This inequity grounds his focus as a development professional: working to build strong partnerships between funders and non-profit organizations, and encouraging investments in the potential of students and families in under-served communities. Calvin started his professional career in the classroom, teaching grades K-1 and grades 6-8 at a bilingual school in Long Beach, CA. A Southern California native, Calvin graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish. He is also a ten-year trustee of the Telluride Association, a non-profit organization offering free educational programs in Ithaca, NY and Ann Arbor, MI.
Ron joined PowerMyLearning in December of 2009. He is responsible for managing PowerMyLearning’s Finance Department and administrative functions. Since moving to New York in 1994, he has worked as the finance leader in several small to medium sized non-profits, as well as filling the role of Chief Financial Officer for the American Lung Association. While at the Lung Association, Ron led the design and implementation of an award winning accounting system that tracked and consolidated the finances of the American Lung Association’s twenty-five independently incorporated regional offices throughout the U.S.
Neil Spears is the Executive Director of PowerMyLearning’s Greater Los Angeles and Bay Area regions. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Neil was a teacher at El Sereno Middle School in east Los Angeles. While teaching, Neil was also the school-side liaison for PowerMyLearning’s partnership with El Sereno, playing a central role in the organization’s successful launch at our first partner school in Southern California. During his time in the classroom, Neil was struck by the vast opportunity gaps that impacted his students and as a result, Neil has dedicated his professional career to educational equity and justice. Neil was selected for the inaugural Schusterman Fellowship cohort, a highly customized leadership development program that prepares fellows to realize and exercise their full potential as individual leaders and as a collective force for creating change in their communities and the world. A Southern California native, Neil holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University. He also maintains a California multiple subjects teaching credential and is a Teach For America alumnus.
As the Senior Manger of Development for the Greater Atlanta Region, David helps secure philanthropic support for PowerMyLearning’s programs as well as engage the greater Atlanta community in our work. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, he devoted most of his career to the advancement of higher education. For five years at the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, David mentored student leaders, developed programs to connect them to alumni, and educated them on the importance of philanthropic support of the Institute. Prior to working in higher education, David taught French at Forest Park High School in Clayton County, Georgia. It was during this time, he witnessed firsthand the crippling effects that a lack of resources has on the educational experience for impoverished students. David is very proud to join the PowerMyLearning team in order to make a difference in the community he once served.
Phil leads the organization’s efforts to grow partnerships nationally so that students across the country can benefit from PowerMyLearning’s proven approaches to improving educational outcomes. Phil joined PowerMyLearning in 2010 and brings over 20 years of experience in educational programs and services. Previously, he served as Vice President for Kaplan K12 Learning Services, the division of Kaplan Inc. dedicated to propelling student achievement in school districts facing the greatest challenges. At Kaplan K12, Phil was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for the rapid growth of the division from its initial start-up phase to helping hundreds of thousands of students improve academic achievement through a range of programs and services including curriculum development, professional development, online teacher tools, and reading and math intervention programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Binghamton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also proud to be a product of the New York City Public School system and dedicated to improving the quality of public education for all students.
Stacey Williams is the Managing Director of External Relations at PowerMyLearning and is responsible for overseeing development efforts and organization-wide communications. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Stacey served as the Managing Director of Development at Public Prep, a nonprofit charter school management organization in New York City. Over the course of eight years, Stacey helped develop Public Prep from a standalone charter school to a network serving more than 1,500 students in grades PreK-8th across six campuses in roles centered on staff recruitment, external relations, and development. Stacey also spent a summer as an Education Pioneer, serving as a Media and Operations Fellow at Charter Schools Accountability & Support Team (CSAS) at the New York City Department of Education where she led the redesign of the CSAS website and created a press and communication strategy. Stacey started her career as a fourth grade teacher and Teach for America Corps Member in Phoenix, AZ. Stacey holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ithaca College and an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from NYU.
Alexandra leads product development for PowerMyLearning Connect. She began her career as a middle and high school French teacher, where she discovered a passion for using technology to empower students and help teachers personalize instruction. Since then, she has devoted herself to creating innovative educational tools, first as a Product Manager for active reading and writing solutions, and now in her current role at PowerMyLearning. Alexandra received a bachelor of education degree from McGill University, and a master’s degree in Digital Media Design for Learning from New York University.
As Director of Program Development, Courtney is responsible for organizing the work of the inter-regional program teams to incorporate practices for monitoring and evaluation of program success and defining implementation improvements. Courtney joined PowerMyLearning in 2009 and has served in various roles in the organization prior to this position. Most recently, she served as PowerMyLearning’s Manager of Products, working to support the regional offices and manage creation and maintenance of systems to improve program offerings and delivery. Outside of PowerMyLearning, Courtney has spent time volunteering for non-traditional schools both domestically and abroad, where she developed a deep passion for inquiry and dialogue around meaningful shifts in public education. Courtney holds an honors bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Educational Studies from the University of Delaware.
As the Senior Manager of Professional Learning, Andrea Ferrero develops innovative strategies for helping educators transform their blended learning practices, and she works closely with educators across the country in developing their capacity to personalize instruction, support student-driven learning, and connect with home and families. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Andrea worked as Curriculum Resource Manager for Lesson Planet, where she identified, organized, and maintained over 400,000 open education resources. She was previously a kindergarten through second grade teacher, as well as a tutor and after school instructor for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Andrea also co-founded the Pockets Change Financial Literacy Program. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Azusa Pacific University.
Karuppiah Ganesan is the Director of Technology and Architecture of PowerMyLearning Connect. In this role, Karuppiah manages the architecture, technology used and execution of the software development of PowerMyLearning Connect. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Karuppiah was an Executive Director of Engineering at Kaplan Test Prep, where he led the eLearning engineering team. He was responsible for software development, enterprise Architecture, and the management of the Development and QA team. He also developed and managed the KTP eLearning platform. Karuppiah earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Madras, India.
Hussham is an eight-year veteran of the New York City Department of Education. At NYCDOE, he led the development and implementation of an online platform that uses complex algorithms to manage PK-12 admissions for the largest school system in the country, including the city’s first online application for elementary school programs. He has served in several leadership roles including Executive Director of High School Admissions. Previously, he was an Analyst for the New York State Department of Labor. Hussham received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics from the University at Albany (SUNY), where he has also taught as an adjunct lecturer.
Adrienne oversees the development and strategic direction of the PowerMyLearning Connect platform and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services. A former Teach for America Corps member, Adrienne taught middle school math and science in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Adrienne also served in product management, professional development, and curriculum development roles at Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Achieve 3000, and Edison Learning. Adrienne holds a degree in Organizational Communications, Learning & Design from Ithaca College and earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University.
As the Director of Professional Learning, Sue Lyons is responsible for guiding the design, development, and implementation of PowerMyLearning’s professional development. Sue has spent her entire career in the field of education, and as a result is very familiar with all facets of education. She spent 10 years as a middle school math and humanities teacher before moving into product marketing, curriculum development, and professional development at Achieve 3000, Learning.com, and Truenorthlogic. Sue earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. John’s University, where she facilitated several extra-curricular programs for middle school students.
Bill is responsible for building strategic partnerships with schools, afterschool programs, and other organizations that can benefit from using PowerMyLearning Connect. Bill joined PowerMyLearning in 2001 and has held two positions at the organization prior to his current position. Most recently, he served as PowerMyLearning’s National Director of the Affiliate Network and Legislative Affairs managing legislative initiatives and building a nationwide network of non-profit organizations committed to helping low-income families harness the power of digital learning. Previously, he served as PowerMyLearning’s Program Director in the New York City Region, during which time he increased the organization’s school partnerships more than six-fold; built a robust application process for selecting schools; and successfully built a strong relationship with the New York City Council, from which PowerMyLearning receives significant funding each year. Prior to PowerMyLearning, Bill worked at Organic, an Internet consulting firm, and was a consultant for a Rockefeller Family Fund project where he conducted site visits for the America Online Foundation’s Digital Divide Initiative. Bill has a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University.
Caryn leads our PowerMyLearning Connect content strategy. Caryn has more than twenty years of experience in K-12 education, both in school and non-school settings as well as significant experience in youth development, multi-media production, and media literacy. Caryn has a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University Teachers College and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Meghan is passionate about the role of families in education and enjoys leading the development of PowerMyLearning’s family engagement work, both through school-based programming and the PowerMyLearning Connect platform. Previously Meghan worked as the Senior Manager for Family Engagement in PowerMyLearning’s New York City region, where she started as a Program Manager in 2012. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Meghan worked as a Regional Coordinator for Children’s Literacy Initiative in Philadelphia, where she managed implementation of a professional development initiative for early childhood educators in several major school districts, including Chicago Public Schools. In 2011 she was selected as an Education Pioneers Fellow and completed her fellowship at the Data Quality Campaign, an education policy and advocacy organization based in Washington DC. Meghan holds a M.P.A from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
As Customer Support Manager, Greg provides support to teachers, parents and students for our platform, PowerMyLearning Connect. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Greg provided technical support and software management training for educational nonprofits, government programs, and companies in the private sector. He first discovered his passion for technical training while working at the Oregon Historical Society, where he developed training guides for volunteers in the Oral History Department. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Lewis and Clark College.
Richard Hicks is PowerMyLearning’s Director, Technology & Operations and is responsible for soliciting and acquiring computer equipment at the national level, setting up refurbishing operations in expansion cities, ensuring the quality of PowerMyLearning’s technical operations in all the cities in which we operate, and directing the technical aspects of developing a new image for PowerMyLearning’s Home Learning Center each year. Previously, Richard was a Director of Information Technology at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia where he was responsible for many initiatives to bring the campuses to the forefront of technological advancement, including providing insight for the technology design of Georgia Military College’s new and existing facilities. Richard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville and an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.
Oneisha has over a decade of experience in family engagement, youth programming, multimedia design, and photography. Through her work, she combines her passion for educational technology with a calling to serve under-resourced communities. Oneisha holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Colorado State University-Global. Prior to joining the PowerMyLearning team, she served as the Computer Clubhouse Coordinator at Whitefoord, Inc. where she worked with at-risk youth to help them utilize digital media technology to better their community, connect with their education, and empower them for their futures. Oneisha has facilitated training sessions, workshops, and events locally, nationally, and internationally for both adults and youth. Additionally, she is an Adobe Youth Voices Lead Educator as well as an Adobe Certified Associate.
Shonvettia is a native of Atlanta, GA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in Integrating Technology into the Classroom from Walden University. She began her career as a budget analyst in the Emerging Technology department at Georgia Southern but soon realized she had a passion for teaching. In 2006, she began working in the Clayton County Public School system where she taught and served as the Student Support Team and Career Technical Education Department Chairperson for eight years. Shonvettia, or Shon as she likes to be called, was Clayton Counties 2009 Alternative School Teacher of the Year and led the Business & Computer Science department through the Society for Human Resources Management industry certification. In 2012, she extended her passion for teaching to the collegiate level by working as an adjunct instructor for ITT Technical Institute. She also worked from home as a Game Design & Information Technology teacher for K-12’s Georgia Cyber Academy, serving as a site testing coordinator and teacher mentor.
Katie leads PowerMyLearning‘s programs and services in Los Angeles and the Bay Area to ensure a strong, positive, and sustainable impact in our partner communities. She manages program execution for families and educators in high-poverty schools and she plays a pivotal role in shaping the program vision nationally. In Katie’s previous role at PowerMyLearning, she worked closely with teachers and school leaders to implement innovative digital learning strategies in their classrooms to increase student engagement and achievement. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Katie served as the Los Angeles Manager of Instruction at Revolution Prep, where she managed, trained, and developed a group of 75 instructors and tutors. She also worked at XAP Corporation, interfacing with state departments of education to enhance digital learning opportunities for K-12 students. Katie discovered her passion for expanding educational opportunities as a Teach For America corps member at Markham Middle School in Los Angeles. She taught seventh and eighth grade math and served as the school’s math department chair. She has continued her involvement with Teach For America as a Math Learning Team Leader, running professional development sessions for corps members outside of school hours. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, marketing, and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Katie earned a California teaching credential in secondary math.
Elizabeth leads PowerMyLearning’s Family Engagement Services in Los Angeles and works closely with the Blended Learning Consulting team and the Family Engagement cross-regional team. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Elizabeth taught elementary school in low-income communities in Los Angeles, including experience teaching in Spanish. Elizabeth is a Teach For America alumna. As a Los Angeles native, she is determined to help the community reach higher academic gains to close the achievement gap. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Spanish from Harvard University. She also holds a master’s degree in urban education from Loyola Marymount University and she holds a California multiple subject teaching credential.
As a Blended Learning Specialist, Maria works with teachers from grades 2-12 to effectively integrate digital technology in order to provide personalized, meaningful instruction for students. In addition to 1-on-1 coaching with teachers, Maria facilitates workshops on blended learning, family engagement, and best coaching practices. Before joining PowerMyLearning in 2015, Maria was a middle school math teacher at KIPP Central City Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana where she implemented a 1-to-1 technology model in her classroom. She previously taught 6th grade in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a Teach for America Corps Member and served as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in rural Taiwan. Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Lewis & Clark College and a master’s degree in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami.
As a Blended Learning Manager, Roque works alongside teachers and school leaders to support the integration of technology to foster a blended learning environment where personalized learning positively impacts all students. In addition to consulting with teachers, he will be supporting the Los Angeles team in securing new school and district partnerships for the coming school years. Roque holds a California teaching credential in secondary math and has experience teaching at the middle school and high school level. He is a proud product of the LAUSD public school system where he attended schools throughout his K-12 experience. In addition, Roque has experience serving low-income communities ranging from East Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley. As a teacher, Roque modeled school-wide initiatives on how to build collaborative learning environments, sponsored an after school coding club, and held family engagement workshops in English and Spanish. Prior to his time as a Teach For America corps member, Roque worked in sales at TransFirst and Capital One. Roque earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Digital Learning from Loyola Marymount University.
Juan oversees our equipment strategy in New York City. Juan has been with PowerMyLearning since 2002, and has taken on many roles over the years to ensure our families receive high-quality Home Learning Centers from PowerMyLearning. Currently, Juan leads our New York City warehouse team and manages our computer refurbishing processes, giving donated computers a meaningful second life. Juan holds his Associates in Computer Networking from LaGuardia Community College.
Shaunte leads PowerMyLearning’s Family Engagement Services in New York City and works closely with the Professional Development team to coordinate high quality programming for each school partner. Shaunte and her team run PowerMyLearning’s Family Learning Workshops, and works with schools to come up with creative ways to engage parents in their child’s learning. Before joining PowerMyLearning in 2012, Shaunte was a High School Prep Advisor at KIPP to College, mentoring and guiding students through the high school application process. She previously worked at A Better Chance, an organization that advocates for students of color to receive better educational and leadership opportunities. Shaunte holds a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Erin is responsible for leading the successful implementation of PowerMyLearning’s programs in New York City, including deepening PowerMyLearning’s impact with school leaders, teachers, and direct work with families and students. Erin started at PowerMyLearning in 2011 as a Program Manager, overseeing the successful implementation of our family engagement initiatives; from 2012-2016 she worked as a Blended Learning Consultant to support teachers in our partner schools to leverage technology in the classrooms. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Erin taught chemistry, physics, and general science to students in Central Harlem and the South Bronx for four years. During this time she served as a Department Leader, a Grade-Team Leader, and a Teach For America corps member. Erin holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University.