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Our Team

The Lastinger Center team leverages extensive educational experience, research, and policy expertise to lead the design, production and delivery of strategic educational initiatives across the nation.

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Director

Phil Poekert, Ph.D.

Director

Executive Leadership

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Cathy Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Chief Experience Officer

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Zandra de Araujo, Ph.D.

Chief Equity Officer
Mathematics Principal

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Shaunté Duggins, Ph.D.

Assistant Director
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Julie Henderson

Senior Manager
Communications

Leland Hill, M.I.B.

Assistant Director
Business Services

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Paige Pullen, Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer
Literacy Principal

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Lisa Sutter

Assistant Director
Products

Management Team

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Pam Alfaro. M. Ed.

Manager
Literacy Implementation

Mary Bratsch-Hines, Ph.D.

Senior Manager
Research and Evaluation

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Pamela Chalfant, Ph.D.

Assistant Director
Academics

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José De León Alejandro, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Strategic Initiatives: Mathematics

Raquel Diaz, Ed.D.

Senior Manager
Leadership and Early Learning Partnerships

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Erika Fritz-Ochs, M.Ed.

Manager
New Worlds Reading Intiative District Engagement

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Dayna Galganski, M.A.

Coordinator
Experience, Design and Development

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Luiz Franco Giovanini, Ph.D.

Manager
New Worlds Reading Initiative

 

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John-Michael Gonzales, MPH

Manager
External Affairs and Communications 

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Robin Gregory

Manager
New Worlds Reading Initiative Operations

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Bryn Humphrey, M.B.A.

Senior Manager
Product Development and Marketing

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Ginno Kelley

Assistant Director
Learning Design

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Nadeige King

Manager
Finance

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Bryan Lutz

Product Manager
Technology

Alex Prinstein, M.Ed.

Product Manager
Coaching

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Jessica Richards, M.Ed.

Manager
Language and Literacy Partnerships

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Ellen Zinzeleta

Manager
Hillsborough Early Learning Network

Associates

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Marissa Balbuena

Specialist
Design

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Leah Benn, MS

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

Melissa Brown

Specialist
Implementation Support

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David Bryant

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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Adrienne Campbell

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Jennifer Cao, MS

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Anna Clark

Specialist
Content Design

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Fernando Franco Crespo

Specialist
Help Desk

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Nasseeka S. Denis

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Dulcy Dillinger

Specialist
Learning Services

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Ana Lantigua Duran, M.Ed.

Specialist
Implementation Support

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America El Sheikh

Graduate Assistant
IES Goal 2 DIAL

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Diane Evans, MS

Specialist
Business Services – New Worlds Reading Initative

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Matthew Faiello

Graduate Assistant
Research and Evaluation

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Megan Fields

Specialist
Communications – New Worlds Reading Initaitive

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Deza Free

Specialist
Learning Services

John Fuller
John Fuller

Specialist
Business Services

Maggie Gardner, Ed.D.

Coordinator
Coaching

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Angie Gomez, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Learning Enrichment

Brittany Gonzalez, MBA

Coordinator
Business Services

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Rebecca Gonzalez, Ed.S.

Coordinator
Network Support

Lucianna Grasso
Lucianna Grasso, MS

Coordinator
Client Services

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Matthew Griffin

Specialist
Business Services

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Natasha Hall

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Rosie John-Baptiste

Specialist
Literacy Coaching Implementation

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Marie Johnson

Specialist
Business Services

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Liza Leonard, MSW, LCSW

Coordinator
Community of Practice Implementation

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Gabriel Lipartito, MS

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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Theresa Loch, M.Ed.

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Ash Long

Production Assistant

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Erica Lopez

Specialist
Business Services

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Marielle Matheus, MA

Coordinator
Early Language & Literacy

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Nemir Matos-Cintron

Specialist
Instructional Design

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Elizabeth McConney

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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Y. Michelle McGriff, MBA

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Danielle McMaster

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Ryan Meador

Coordinator
IT Analyst

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Jordan Miles

Coordinator
Communications

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Karen Molinario

Coordinator
Implementation Support

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Marianela Morán, M.Ed.

Specialist
Content Design

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Laura Morton, MS

Specialist
Literacy Content – New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Tim Mosunich

Coordinator
Technology

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Monica O’Dea, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Literacy Implementation 

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Karen Osarenkhoe

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Amanda Pate

Specialist
Lead Literacy Navigator

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Hema Patel

Coordinator
Business Services

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Shelli Payne

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Tammy Perez-Njezic

Specialist
Client Services

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Susan Phan

Coordinator
Business Services

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Danielle Pico, M.Ed.

Graduate Assistant
Literacy Implementation and Research and Evaluation

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Takeshia Pierre

Graduate Assistant
Math Matrix and Leadership for Professional Learning

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Jennifer Reed

Specialist
Business Services

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Matthew Richmond

Specialist
Content Design

Karina Rivera

Specialist
Academics

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Michele (Shell) Romano

Research Administrator
College of Education Post Award Services

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Christine Salama, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Learning Sciences

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Lourdes Salgado, MS

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Ananthi Sankaranarayanan, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Associate
Mathematics

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Lourdes Santiago-Poventud, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Content Design

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Donny Shrum, MS

Coordinator
Data Sciences

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Stephanie Snidarich, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Research

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Tiffany Taylor-Jones, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Instruction

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Ana Valdes, M.Ed.

Specialist
Implementation Support

Ron Viafore, Ed.S.

Coordinator
Early Learning Implementation

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Betsy Westra

Administrative Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Brendan Williams

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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Amanda Wilson, MA

Specialist
Content Design

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Paul Wonsavage

Post Doctoral Associate
Mathematics

Affiliate Faculty

Alyson Adams, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor, Associate Director for Teaching and Teacher Education
School of Teaching and Learning

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Anthony F. Botelho, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

Taryn Brown
Taryrn Brown, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

Chonika Coleman-King
Chonika Coleman-King, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

Christopher Curran
F. Christopher Curran, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

Corinne Huggins-Manley
Anne Corinne Huggins-Manley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Research and Evaluation Methodology
Associate Director of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

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Nicholas Gage, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher in Special Education
WestEd
ngage@wested.org

Ashley MacSuga-Gage
Ashley S. MacSuga-Gage, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Special Education and Special Education Program Area Leader
School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies

Iheoma Iruka
Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Public Policy and the Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at FPG Child Development Institute at University of North Carolina

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Hyunyi Jung, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

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Fiona King, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
School of Inclusive and Special Education, Dublin City University

Walter Leite, Ph.D.

Professor, Research and Evaluation Methodology Program
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

Kathrin Maki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

Matthew Ohlson, Ph.D.

Dir Taylor Leadership Inst | Associate Professor
Taylor Leadership Institute | Academic Affairs Division
University of North Florida

Catherine Paolucci, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

Yuxi Qiu, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology

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Jinnie Shin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Research and Evaluation Methodology Program
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

Wanli Xing, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

Pengfei Zhao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education