Staff

Emily Amick
Managing Director, Programs
Emily leads the strategic planning and development of high-quality programming for educators and families and drives the internal capacity-building of our program staff. She also oversees program delivery to schools and districts across the country outside of NYC and LA. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Emily was a high school math teacher and coach, providing support to colleagues on best practices in the areas of student engagement, data-driven instruction, elements of effective planning, and more. She also worked in educational roles outside of the classroom as a curriculum designer and professional developer. Emily holds a master’s in secondary mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from New York University.

Emily Bailey
Manager of School Partnerships
Emily leads the outreach, selection process, and onboarding for New York City’s grant-funded partner schools. She previously worked at New York Cares as a Senior Manager of Youth Volunteering, having been promoted several times over her four-year tenure there. Before that, Emily was an Outreach Coordinator for Reading Partners after having gotten her start as a City Year Corps Member. Emily holds an MA in Sociology of Education from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; she also has a BA in International Studies & French from SUNY Brockport.

Maria Berkovich
Senior Business Analyst
Maria creates functional requirements to enable software development teams to implement functionality based on the business needs. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Maria worked as a Business Analyst for a pharmaceutical distributor while volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentoring middle-school students in Columbus, Ohio. Maria earned an M.B.A. from the Ohio State University and a B.A. in Computer Informational Systems with a minor in Management from Southern Arkansas University. She also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

Lauren Burner-Lawrence
Lead Professional Learning Specialist, Elementary, New York City
Lauren serves as an elementary-focused instructional coach, providing on-site guided teacher support within the nation’s largest school district. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Lauren gained nearly ten years of teaching and school leadership experience in traditional public, charter, and private schools, most notably with the Brooklyn School of Inquiry. Her most recent writing credits include BrainPOP, eOculus Magazine, and Core Learning Exchange. Lauren earned her M.S.Ed in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College and her B.S. in Educational Theatre from New York University. She also completed Games for Learning coursework at NYU’s Media and Games Network.

Anna Lisa Caraveo-Flores
Director of Programs, Greater Los Angeles
Anna Lisa oversees and manages all aspects of our programming in Los Angeles, including Professional Learning and Family Engagement services. Anna Lisa comes to PowerMyLearning with expertise in teaching, teacher education coaching and design, management, and school leadership. Anna Lisa has extensive experience working in school districts in Los Angeles, Houston, Rio Grande Valley (RGV), and Phoenix. Anna Lisa most recently served as an Assistant Principal of Student Supports at a charter school in Los Angeles. Prior to that she served as the Program Director for the Pablove Foundation in Los Angeles where she oversaw a national arts education program and helped lead their national expansion efforts. Anna Lisa attended Arizona State University, where she received her M.A. in Social and Cultural Pedagogy from the School of Social Transformation. She also holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Irvine.

Clarence Carter
Manager of Partnerships, Greater Los Angeles
Clarence is responsible for working with district superintendents and school principals to develop program and professional development partnerships and implementation plans. Previously, Clarence managed national business development for leading Hi-Tech book publishers at Pearson Education. He led an eight-person sales team, driving over $30M in annual sales. Clarence holds a Master of Business Administration from Redlands University and a B.A. in Sociology from Seattle University

Christina Chiolo
Executive Director, New York City
Christina 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. In her previous role as Director of Development, she helped secure philanthropic and government funding to support the work of PowerMyLearning throughout New York City. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Christina spent five years at New York Cares, where she started as a Children’s and Teen Education Program Manager, and then worked as their sole Foundation and Government Relations Officer. Christina also previously served as a Programs and Development Manager at the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation. Christina holds her B.A. in Sociology from Fordham University.

Courtney Dastis-Galvin
Director of Marketing
Courtney works to expand PowerMyLearning’s programs and services to schools and districts across the country. Courtney joined PowerMyLearning in 2009 and has served in various roles in the organization prior to this position. Previously, she served as PowerMyLearning’s Director of Program Development, working to support regional offices and manage creation and maintenance of systems to improve program offerings and delivery. Courtney holds an honors bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Educational Studies from the University of Delaware.

Sowad Enam
Senior QA Engineer
Sowad is responsible for leading quality assurance for PowerMyLearning Connect, and he works closely with the product and technology teams to develop and implement test plans to ensure product quality. Sowad completed his Engineering degree from the City University of New York and also certified by International Institute for Software Testing.

Kendra Frank
Senior Manager, Professional Learning
Kendra provides teachers with the instructional practices in our framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive teaching Before joining PowerMyLearning, Kendra was a Special Education teacher, English Language Development teacher, and tutor in Georgia. In California, Kendra has taught for the Redwood City School District and the Jefferson Elementary School District. Kendra was also recognized as a product ambassador by ClassDojo. Kendra earned a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.

Karuppiah Ganesan
Managing Director of Technology and Architecture
Karuppiah leads software development and architecture for PowerMyLearning Connect. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Karuppiah was an Executive Director of Engineering at Kaplan Test Prep, where he led the eLearning engineering team and was responsible for software development, enterprise architecture, and quality assurance. He also developed and managed the Kaplan Test Prep eLearning platform. Karuppiah earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

Ramya Gopal
Managing Director, Product
Ramya drives the strategic roadmap for the PowerMyLearning Connect platform and oversees the development of high-quality product requirements and educational content. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Ramya served as the Director of the MAF Lab, an R&D team within the nonprofit Mission Asset Fund (MAF). During her tenure at MAF, Ramya launched several digital products to financially empower families who are immigrants and families who have low incomes. Ramya also spent a summer as an Education Pioneer, serving as a Research and Policy Fellow at Education Trust-West. Prior to that, Ramya served as the Associate Research Manager at the Center for Effective Philanthropy where she produced research to help foundations be more effective in working with nonprofits. Ramya holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English Literature from Swarthmore College.

Rachel Gordon
Senior Manager, Program Development
Rachel provides teachers with the instructional practices in our framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive teaching Prior to PowerMyLearning, Rachel taught middle school ELA in the Bronx and Morningside Heights, where she adapted digital curricula in a variety of models to meet her students’ needs. She also worked at Newsela developing digital Common Core aligned assessments for online news articles and training other assessment writers. She holds her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and her B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.

Sabrina Jimenez
Program Manager, Family Engagement, Greater Los Angeles
Sabrina is charged with implementing PowerMyLearning’s Online Family workshops, participating in the development and review of program materials for virtual and in-person delivery, and managing PowerMyLearning’s partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library’s “Student Learning Zones” initiative. Sabrina has spent years working in multiple capacities with a diverse population of students and families in Pasadena, Los Angeles, Oakland, Hayward, and San Francisco. Her pedagogy and training are trauma-informed and culturally sustainable, centering students’ and families’ lived experiences within the curriculum to provide a safe space for critical analysis, reflection, healing and transformation. She carries with her years of community advocacy and program development through various organizations both within and beyond the scope of academia, such as the People’s Education Movement, Bay Area and Hermanas Unidas, Inc. Prior to teaching, Sabrina attended UCLA where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Chicanx Studies. She then pursued her Master’s in the Art of Teaching: Urban Education and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco’s School of Education.

Greg Karnes
Customer Support Manager
Greg provides support to teachers, parents, and students using PowerMyLearning Connect. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Greg provided technical support and software management training for educational nonprofits, government programs, and companies in the private sector. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Lewis and Clark College.

Vanessa Kranwinkel
Development Manager
Vanessa supports the organization’s fundraising efforts. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Vanessa worked as an Outreach Coordinator for a national charter school network in New York City. She served as a Teach for America Corps member, teaching first grade and kindergarten in the South Bronx. In her spare time, she co-chairs the Fundraising Subcommittee for the Bishop Healy Emergency Fund, dedicated to supporting students of African-American, Latin American, Asian-American or Native American heritage at Holy Cross. Vanessa holds a Master of Science in Childhood Education from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Women and Gender Studies Concentration from the College of the Holy Cross.

Adrienne Kraushaar
Program and Product Specialist
Adrienne contributes to the development of PowerMyLearning’s programs and products. 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 master’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications, Learning & Design from Ithaca College.

Arul Kumarasamy
Senior Developer
Arul is responsible for software development of PowerMyLearning Connect and manages contracted software developers. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Arul was manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions, where he led various projects and oversaw the offshore team. He was responsible for software development and quality assurance, and he trained and mentored new team members. Arul earned a master’s degree in Physics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications from Bharathidasan University, India.

Brian Levinson
Content Associate
Brian is responsible for the addition and maintenance of quality content on PowerMyLearning Connect. Brian spent eight years editing and developing new content at BrainPOP, and an additional year as the senior editor of one of Scholastic’s classroom magazines. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

Mark Malaspina
President
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. 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. Previously, 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. Mark has also served on the board of the New York City Financial Network Action Consortium, a CDFI Intermediary that supports community development credit unions, 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.

Noelle Malone
Director of Digital Marketing
Noelle leads the development and execution of PowerMyLearning’s digital marketing strategy and communications assets that tell the story of the organization’s impact, including through articles, press materials, and social media content. Previously, she served as media relations coordinator for ICSC, an international trade association, where she developed communications strategies to advocate on behalf of the organization’s 70,000+ members. Noelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Scranton.

Rocio Martinez
Development Manager, Greater Los Angeles
Rocio supports fundraising efforts in Los Angeles. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Rocio served on the development team at one of the largest charter school networks in Los Angeles. Her work focused on efforts to raise funds for scholarships and school operations. She has over three years of experience serving underprivileged students in Southern California. Rocio holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA.

Radames Medina
Senior Staff Accountant
Radames is responsible for preparing and maintaining PowerMyLearning’s accounting records. Radames joined PowerMyLearning with almost twenty years of accounting experience in various industries. In addition, he independently consulted for several small businesses in an accounting and bookkeeping capacity. This led to a controller position at a technology start-up company where he was able to assist in bringing the company from an annual revenue scale of approximately $350k to a million dollars in two years. He holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from DeVry University and a bachelor’s degree in Managerial Information Systems from Pace University.

Ashley H. Newton
Professional Learning Specialist , New York City
Ashley serves as an instructional coach providing teachers with support grounded within PowerMyLearning’s Framework and focused around instruction, family engagement, equity, and culturally responsive teaching. Before joining PowerMyLearning, she has served as a Literacy Coach and STEM-themed Coach. She has supported teachers in reading instruction and worked to integrate STEM and SEL into a comprehensive literacy program. Ashley holds an Advanced Certificate/ 6th Year Degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, a M.S. in Reading and Language Arts from Southern Connecticut State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College.

Jill Nyhus
Chief Growth Officer
Jill is responsible for driving sales for PowerMyLearning’s programs and products for school districts and education organizations. She brings expertise in leading business development for K12 professional development services and ed-tech platforms. Most recently, she served as a leader at Insight Education Group for eight years. As Vice President of Business Development, she was instrumental on Insight’s executive leadership team in their strategy and execution of sales and marketing with clients in over 20 states and in the Middle East and the increase of Insight’s thought leadership in K12. As Vice President of Educator Quality, she led the development and launch of a new business line supporting districts across the country in building comprehensive multi-channel, equity-driven teacher recruitment and retention systems. Prior to Insight, Jill served as Senior Director of Technology at the District of Columbia Public Schools where she led the district’s digital communication strategy. In prior roles, she served as Director of New Media Research & Development for a tech start-up and Director of Web Strategy & Development for the cable industry’s cable foundation. She spent the first six years of her career as a grade 5 and 6 teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland. She has been a regular speaker at national education conferences on a wide variety of topics facing education leaders. Jill holds an M.A. in educational technology leadership from George Washington University in the District of Columbia and a B.A. in elementary education from Wheaton College in Illinois.

Erin Morrison-Sadaka
Director of Programs, New York City
Erin is responsible for leading both the expansion and implementation of PowerMyLearning’s programs in New York City, including deepening PowerMyLearning’s impact with school leaders, teachers, families, and students. Erin started at PowerMyLearning in 2011 as a Program Manager, later transitioning to a Blended Learning Consultant. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Erin taught chemistry, physics, and general science to students in Central Harlem and the South Bronx. During this time, she served as a Department Leader, a Grade-Team Leader, and a Teach for America corps member. Erin holds an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California.

Neha Pandit
Senior Manager, Research & Program Operations
Neha manages program data processes that inform funding reports and program goals, and she works closely with program teams to develop data collection tools, logic models, and metrics that align to PowerMyLearning’s overall mission. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Neha worked as Research and Evaluation Manager at Inwood House, a social welfare organization, leading the production of yearly program reports and conducting data analyses to assess programmatic outcomes. She completed her M.A. in Human Development and Social Intervention with a concentration in Research Methods at New York University.

Caryn Rogoff
Director of Content
Caryn is responsible for leading the development and maintenance of content on PowerMyLearning Connect. Caryn has more than twenty years of experience in K-12 education, including as co-founder and director of the Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City. She was previously involved in other community-based educational initiatives including Family Place Libraries, a national library-based family literacy program, and Staten Island Community Television, where she trained and supported community members of all ages in creating television programming. 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.

Katie Roth
Executive Director, Greater Los Angeles
Katie oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs in Los Angeles, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. In her previous roles at PowerMyLearning, she managed program execution for families and educators in high-poverty schools and she played a pivotal role in shaping the program vision nationally. She also 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. She taught seventh and eighth grade math and served as the school’s math department chair. 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.

Ronald Southard
Director of Finance and Administration
Ron is responsible for managing PowerMyLearning’s Finance Department. Prior to PowerMyLearning, Ron 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. Ron has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from SUNY Buffalo.

Elisabeth Stock
CEO & Co-Founder
Elisabeth 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 and is the youngest individual ever to be appointed to the MIT Executive Committee. Elisabeth has earned four degrees from MIT. She also holds a patent for a medical device.

Abigail Torres
Staff Accountant
Abigail is responsible for processing invoices and issuing payments for PowerMyLearning and supports the Director of Finance and Administration with year-end closings and annual audit. Prior to working at PowerMyLearning, Abigail worked for Black Entertainment Television Digital (BET). She worked collaborative with the BET Legal department to ensure proper development and processing of contracts for payment.

Unique Tucker
Director of Human Resources
Unique oversees Human Resources for PowerMyLearning, including talent management, onboarding, and employee relations. Unique has over eight years of HR experience, most recently as an HR Generalist at the NYS Psychiatric Institute, which is run in conjunction with Columbia University Medical Center and Research Foundation for Mental Health. Unique has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York and bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle. She also holds a certification in Professional Human Resource Management from Pace University.

Stacey Williams
Managing Director, External Relations
Stacey 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 an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ithaca College.

Dianna Yeung
Director of Institutional Giving
Dianna works with PowerMyLearning’s Executive Team to drive the organization’s institutional fundraising efforts. Previously, she worked for five years at the Great Oaks Foundation serving in a variety of roles and completed work in the areas of foundation and government grants management, grant compliance, and AmeriCorps program management. Dianna is an AmeriCorps alum having served for two years at City Year New York. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in Chemistry from Skidmore College.

PowerMyLearning Staff

Emily Amick
Managing Director, Programs
Emily leads the strategic planning and development of high-quality programming for educators and families and drives the internal capacity-building of our program staff. She also oversees program delivery to schools and districts across the country outside of NYC and LA. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Emily was a high school math teacher and coach, providing support to colleagues on best practices in the areas of student engagement, data-driven instruction, elements of effective planning, and more. She also worked in educational roles outside of the classroom as a curriculum designer and professional developer. Emily holds a master’s in secondary mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from New York University.

Emily Bailey
Manager of School Partnerships
Emily leads the outreach, selection process, and onboarding for New York City’s grant-funded partner schools. She previously worked at New York Cares as a Senior Manager of Youth Volunteering, having been promoted several times over her four-year tenure there. Before that, Emily was an Outreach Coordinator for Reading Partners after having gotten her start as a City Year Corps Member. Emily holds an MA in Sociology of Education from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; she also has a BA in International Studies & French from SUNY Brockport.

Maria Berkovich
Senior Business Analyst
Maria creates functional requirements to enable software development teams to implement functionality based on the business needs. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Maria worked as a Business Analyst for a pharmaceutical distributor while volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentoring middle-school students in Columbus, Ohio. Maria earned an M.B.A. from the Ohio State University and a B.A. in Computer Informational Systems with a minor in Management from Southern Arkansas University. She also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

Lauren Burner-Lawrence
Lead Professional Learning Specialist, Elementary, New York City
Lauren serves as an elementary-focused instructional coach, providing on-site guided teacher support within the nation’s largest school district. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Lauren gained nearly ten years of teaching and school leadership experience in traditional public, charter, and private schools, most notably with the Brooklyn School of Inquiry. Her most recent writing credits include BrainPOP, eOculus Magazine, and Core Learning Exchange. Lauren earned her M.S.Ed in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College and her B.S. in Educational Theatre from New York University. She also completed Games for Learning coursework at NYU’s Media and Games Network.

Anna Lisa Caraveo-Flores
Director of Programs, Greater Los Angeles
Anna Lisa oversees and manages all aspects of our programming in Los Angeles, including Professional Learning and Family Engagement services. Anna Lisa comes to PowerMyLearning with expertise in teaching, teacher education coaching and design, management, and school leadership. Anna Lisa has extensive experience working in school districts in Los Angeles, Houston, Rio Grande Valley (RGV), and Phoenix. Anna Lisa most recently served as an Assistant Principal of Student Supports at a charter school in Los Angeles. Prior to that she served as the Program Director for the Pablove Foundation in Los Angeles where she oversaw a national arts education program and helped lead their national expansion efforts. Anna Lisa attended Arizona State University, where she received her M.A. in Social and Cultural Pedagogy from the School of Social Transformation. She also holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Irvine.

Clarence Carter
Manager of Partnerships, Greater Los Angeles
Clarence is responsible for working with district superintendents and school principals to develop program and professional development partnerships and implementation plans. Previously, Clarence managed national business development for leading Hi-Tech book publishers at Pearson Education. He led an eight-person sales team, driving over $30M in annual sales. Clarence holds a Master of Business Administration from Redlands University and a B.A. in Sociology from Seattle University

Christina Chiolo
Executive Director, New York City
Christina 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. In her previous role as Director of Development, she helped secure philanthropic and government funding to support the work of PowerMyLearning throughout New York City. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Christina spent five years at New York Cares, where she started as a Children’s and Teen Education Program Manager, and then worked as their sole Foundation and Government Relations Officer. Christina also previously served as a Programs and Development Manager at the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation. Christina holds her B.A. in Sociology from Fordham University.

Courtney Dastis-Galvin
Director of Marketing
Courtney works to expand PowerMyLearning’s programs and services to schools and districts across the country. Courtney joined PowerMyLearning in 2009 and has served in various roles in the organization prior to this position. Previously, she served as PowerMyLearning’s Director of Program Development, working to support regional offices and manage creation and maintenance of systems to improve program offerings and delivery. Courtney holds an honors bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Educational Studies from the University of Delaware.

Sowad Enam
Senior QA Engineer
Sowad is responsible for leading quality assurance for PowerMyLearning Connect, and he works closely with the product and technology teams to develop and implement test plans to ensure product quality. Sowad completed his Engineering degree from the City University of New York and also certified by International Institute for Software Testing.

Kendra Frank
Senior Manager, Professional Learning
Kendra provides teachers with the instructional practices in our framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive teaching Before joining PowerMyLearning, Kendra was a Special Education teacher, English Language Development teacher, and tutor in Georgia. In California, Kendra has taught for the Redwood City School District and the Jefferson Elementary School District. Kendra was also recognized as a product ambassador by ClassDojo. Kendra earned a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.

Karuppiah Ganesan
Managing Director of Technology and Architecture
Karuppiah leads software development and architecture for PowerMyLearning Connect. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Karuppiah was an Executive Director of Engineering at Kaplan Test Prep, where he led the eLearning engineering team and was responsible for software development, enterprise architecture, and quality assurance. He also developed and managed the Kaplan Test Prep eLearning platform. Karuppiah earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

Ramya Gopal
Managing Director, Product
Ramya drives the strategic roadmap for the PowerMyLearning Connect platform and oversees the development of high-quality product requirements and educational content. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Ramya served as the Director of the MAF Lab, an R&D team within the nonprofit Mission Asset Fund (MAF). During her tenure at MAF, Ramya launched several digital products to financially empower families who are immigrants and families who have low incomes. Ramya also spent a summer as an Education Pioneer, serving as a Research and Policy Fellow at Education Trust-West. Prior to that, Ramya served as the Associate Research Manager at the Center for Effective Philanthropy where she produced research to help foundations be more effective in working with nonprofits. Ramya holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English Literature from Swarthmore College.

Rachel Gordon
Senior Manager, Program Development
Rachel provides teachers with the instructional practices in our framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive teaching Prior to PowerMyLearning, Rachel taught middle school ELA in the Bronx and Morningside Heights, where she adapted digital curricula in a variety of models to meet her students’ needs. She also worked at Newsela developing digital Common Core aligned assessments for online news articles and training other assessment writers. She holds her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and her B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.

Sabrina Jimenez
Program Manager, Family Engagement, Greater Los Angeles
Sabrina is charged with implementing PowerMyLearning’s Online Family workshops, participating in the development and review of program materials for virtual and in-person delivery, and managing PowerMyLearning’s partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library’s “Student Learning Zones” initiative. Sabrina has spent years working in multiple capacities with a diverse population of students and families in Pasadena, Los Angeles, Oakland, Hayward, and San Francisco. Her pedagogy and training are trauma-informed and culturally sustainable, centering students’ and families’ lived experiences within the curriculum to provide a safe space for critical analysis, reflection, healing and transformation. She carries with her years of community advocacy and program development through various organizations both within and beyond the scope of academia, such as the People’s Education Movement, Bay Area and Hermanas Unidas, Inc. Prior to teaching, Sabrina attended UCLA where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Chicanx Studies. She then pursued her Master’s in the Art of Teaching: Urban Education and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco’s School of Education.

Greg Karnes
Customer Support Manager
Greg provides support to teachers, parents, and students using PowerMyLearning Connect. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Greg provided technical support and software management training for educational nonprofits, government programs, and companies in the private sector. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Lewis and Clark College.

Vanessa Kranwinkel
Development Manager
Vanessa supports the organization’s fundraising efforts. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Vanessa worked as an Outreach Coordinator for a national charter school network in New York City. She served as a Teach for America Corps member, teaching first grade and kindergarten in the South Bronx. In her spare time, she co-chairs the Fundraising Subcommittee for the Bishop Healy Emergency Fund, dedicated to supporting students of African-American, Latin American, Asian-American or Native American heritage at Holy Cross. Vanessa holds a Master of Science in Childhood Education from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Women and Gender Studies Concentration from the College of the Holy Cross.

Adrienne Kraushaar
Program and Product Specialist
Adrienne contributes to the development of PowerMyLearning’s programs and products. 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 master’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications, Learning & Design from Ithaca College.

Arul Kumarasamy
Senior Developer
Arul is responsible for software development of PowerMyLearning Connect and manages contracted software developers. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Arul was manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions, where he led various projects and oversaw the offshore team. He was responsible for software development and quality assurance, and he trained and mentored new team members. Arul earned a master’s degree in Physics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications from Bharathidasan University, India.

Brian Levinson
Content Associate
Brian is responsible for the addition and maintenance of quality content on PowerMyLearning Connect. Brian spent eight years editing and developing new content at BrainPOP, and an additional year as the senior editor of one of Scholastic’s classroom magazines. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

Mark Malaspina
President
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. 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. Previously, 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. Mark has also served on the board of the New York City Financial Network Action Consortium, a CDFI Intermediary that supports community development credit unions, 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.

Noelle Malone
Director of Digital Marketing
Noelle leads the development and execution of PowerMyLearning’s digital marketing strategy and communications assets that tell the story of the organization’s impact, including through articles, press materials, and social media content. Previously, she served as media relations coordinator for ICSC, an international trade association, where she developed communications strategies to advocate on behalf of the organization’s 70,000+ members. Noelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Scranton.

Rocio Martinez
Development Manager, Greater Los Angeles
Rocio supports fundraising efforts in Los Angeles. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Rocio served on the development team at one of the largest charter school networks in Los Angeles. Her work focused on efforts to raise funds for scholarships and school operations. She has over three years of experience serving underprivileged students in Southern California. Rocio holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA.

Radames Medina
Senior Staff Accountant
Radames is responsible for preparing and maintaining PowerMyLearning’s accounting records. Radames joined PowerMyLearning with almost twenty years of accounting experience in various industries. In addition, he independently consulted for several small businesses in an accounting and bookkeeping capacity. This led to a controller position at a technology start-up company where he was able to assist in bringing the company from an annual revenue scale of approximately $350k to a million dollars in two years. He holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from DeVry University and a bachelor’s degree in Managerial Information Systems from Pace University.

Ashley H. Newton
Professional Learning Specialist , New York City
Ashley serves as an instructional coach providing teachers with support grounded within PowerMyLearning’s Framework and focused around instruction, family engagement, equity, and culturally responsive teaching. Before joining PowerMyLearning, she has served as a Literacy Coach and STEM-themed Coach. She has supported teachers in reading instruction and worked to integrate STEM and SEL into a comprehensive literacy program. Ashley holds an Advanced Certificate/ 6th Year Degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, a M.S. in Reading and Language Arts from Southern Connecticut State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College.

Jill Nyhus
Chief Growth Officer
Jill is responsible for driving sales for PowerMyLearning’s programs and products for school districts and education organizations. She brings expertise in leading business development for K12 professional development services and ed-tech platforms. Most recently, she served as a leader at Insight Education Group for eight years. As Vice President of Business Development, she was instrumental on Insight’s executive leadership team in their strategy and execution of sales and marketing with clients in over 20 states and in the Middle East and the increase of Insight’s thought leadership in K12. As Vice President of Educator Quality, she led the development and launch of a new business line supporting districts across the country in building comprehensive multi-channel, equity-driven teacher recruitment and retention systems. Prior to Insight, Jill served as Senior Director of Technology at the District of Columbia Public Schools where she led the district’s digital communication strategy. In prior roles, she served as Director of New Media Research & Development for a tech start-up and Director of Web Strategy & Development for the cable industry’s cable foundation. She spent the first six years of her career as a grade 5 and 6 teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland. She has been a regular speaker at national education conferences on a wide variety of topics facing education leaders. Jill holds an M.A. in educational technology leadership from George Washington University in the District of Columbia and a B.A. in elementary education from Wheaton College in Illinois.

Erin Morrison-Sadaka
Director of Programs, New York City
Erin is responsible for leading both the expansion and implementation of PowerMyLearning’s programs in New York City, including deepening PowerMyLearning’s impact with school leaders, teachers, families, and students. Erin started at PowerMyLearning in 2011 as a Program Manager, later transitioning to a Blended Learning Consultant. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Erin taught chemistry, physics, and general science to students in Central Harlem and the South Bronx. During this time, she served as a Department Leader, a Grade-Team Leader, and a Teach for America corps member. Erin holds an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California.

Neha Pandit
Senior Manager, Research & Program Operations
Neha manages program data processes that inform funding reports and program goals, and she works closely with program teams to develop data collection tools, logic models, and metrics that align to PowerMyLearning’s overall mission. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Neha worked as Research and Evaluation Manager at Inwood House, a social welfare organization, leading the production of yearly program reports and conducting data analyses to assess programmatic outcomes. She completed her M.A. in Human Development and Social Intervention with a concentration in Research Methods at New York University.

Caryn Rogoff
Director of Content
Caryn is responsible for leading the development and maintenance of content on PowerMyLearning Connect. Caryn has more than twenty years of experience in K-12 education, including as co-founder and director of the Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City. She was previously involved in other community-based educational initiatives including Family Place Libraries, a national library-based family literacy program, and Staten Island Community Television, where she trained and supported community members of all ages in creating television programming. 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.

Katie Roth
Executive Director, Greater Los Angeles
Katie oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs in Los Angeles, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. In her previous roles at PowerMyLearning, she managed program execution for families and educators in high-poverty schools and she played a pivotal role in shaping the program vision nationally. She also 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. She taught seventh and eighth grade math and served as the school’s math department chair. 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.

Ronald Southard
Director of Finance and Administration
Ron is responsible for managing PowerMyLearning’s Finance Department. Prior to PowerMyLearning, Ron 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. Ron has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from SUNY Buffalo.

Elisabeth Stock
CEO & Co-Founder
Elisabeth 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 and is the youngest individual ever to be appointed to the MIT Executive Committee. Elisabeth has earned four degrees from MIT. She also holds a patent for a medical device.

Abigail Torres
Staff Accountant
Abigail is responsible for processing invoices and issuing payments for PowerMyLearning and supports the Director of Finance and Administration with year-end closings and annual audit. Prior to working at PowerMyLearning, Abigail worked for Black Entertainment Television Digital (BET). She worked collaborative with the BET Legal department to ensure proper development and processing of contracts for payment.

Unique Tucker
Director of Human Resources
Unique oversees Human Resources for PowerMyLearning, including talent management, onboarding, and employee relations. Unique has over eight years of HR experience, most recently as an HR Generalist at the NYS Psychiatric Institute, which is run in conjunction with Columbia University Medical Center and Research Foundation for Mental Health. Unique has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York and bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle. She also holds a certification in Professional Human Resource Management from Pace University.

Stacey Williams
Managing Director, External Relations
Stacey 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 an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ithaca College.

Dianna Yeung
Director of Institutional Giving
Dianna works with PowerMyLearning’s Executive Team to drive the organization’s institutional fundraising efforts. Previously, she worked for five years at the Great Oaks Foundation serving in a variety of roles and completed work in the areas of foundation and government grants management, grant compliance, and AmeriCorps program management. Dianna is an AmeriCorps alum having served for two years at City Year New York. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in Chemistry from Skidmore College.