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Our Team

The Lastinger Center’s team leverages their extensive educational experience to lead our strategic initiatives’ design, production and delivery across the nation.

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Join our team

We’re always seeking talented professionals to join our team. 

Director

Phil Poekert, Ph.D.

Director

Executive Leadership

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Zandra de Araujo, Ph.D.

Chief Equity Officer and Mathematics Principal

Cathy Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Chief Experience Officer

Shaunte Duggins
Shaunté Duggins, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, New Worlds Reading Initiative

Leland Hill, M.I.B.

Assistant Director, Business Services

Paige Pullen, Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer, Literacy Principal

Lisa Sutter

Interim Assistant Director, Strategy

Management Team

Mary Bratsch-Hines, Ph.D.

Senior Manager
Research and Evaluation

Pamela Chalfant, Ph.D.

Assistant Director
Academics

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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Robin Gregory

Manager
New Worlds Reading Initiative Operations

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Lori Gully, M.Ed.

Manager
Instructional Design and Development

Bryn Humphrey, M.B.A.

Senior Manager
Product Development and Marketing

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Nadeige King

Manager
Finance

Bryan Lutz

Product Manager
Technology

Alex Prinstein, M.Ed.

Product Manager
Coaching

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Pam Alfaro. M. Ed.

Manager
Literacy Implementation

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Julie Henderson

Senior Manager
Communications

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John-Michael Gonzales, MPH

Manager
External Affairs and Communications 

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Luiz Franco Giovanini, Ph.D.

Manager
New Worlds Reading Initiative

 

Associates

Melissa Brown

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Melissa Brydon, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Literacy Implementation

Jennifer Cao
Jennifer Cao, MS

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Jamie Carroll

Specialist
Content Development

Anna Horton
Anna Clark

Specialist
Content Design

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Fernando Franco Crespo

Specialist
Help Desk

Laverne Daniels
Laverne Daniels

Specialist
Business Services

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José De León Alejandro, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Strategic Initiatives: Mathematics

Ana Lantigua Duran
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

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

Specialist
Literacy Coaching Implementation

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Angie Gomez, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Learning Enrichment

Brittany Gonzalez, MBA

Coordinator
Business Services

Rebecca Gonzalez, Ed.S.

Coordinator
Network Support

Lucianna Grasso
Lucianna Grasso, MS

Coordinator
Client Services

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Rosie John-Baptiste

Specialist
Literacy Coaching Implementation

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Liza Leonard, MSW, LCSW

Specialist
Implementation Support

Andrea Kim
Andrea Kim, MA

Specialist
Product Management

Danielle Leuchen de Pico
Danielle Pico, M.Ed.

Graduate Assistant
Literacy Implementation and Research and Evaluation

Theresa Loch
Theresa Loch, M.Ed.

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Ash Long

Production Assistant

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Erica Lopez

Specialist
Business Services

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

Monica O’Dea, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Technology

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Karen Osarenkhoe

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Amanda Pate

Specialist
Literacy Implementation

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Hema Patel

Specialist
Business Services

Tammy Perez-Njezic

Specialist
Client Services

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Takeshia Pierre

Graduate Assistant
Math Matrix and Leadership for Professional Learning

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Jessica Richards, M.Ed.

Manager
Language and Literacy Partnerships

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Matthew Richmond

Specialist
Content Design

Karina Rivera

Specialist
Academics

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Christine Salama, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Learning Sciences

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Ananthi Sankaranarayanan, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Associate
Mathematics

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Lourdes Santiago-Poventud, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Content Design

Donny Shrum, MS

Coordinator
Data Sciences

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Stephanie Snidarich, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Literacy Implementation

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Tiffany Taylor-Jones, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Early Learning Implementation

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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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Amanda Wilson, MA

Specialist
Content Design

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Paul Wonsavage

Post Doctoral Associate
Mathematics

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Ellen Zinzelta, Ph.D.

Manager
Early Education Networks

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Natasha Hall

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Adrienne Campbell

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Y. Michelle McGriff, MBA

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Gabriel Lipartito, MS

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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Jordan Miles

Coordinator
Communications

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Elizabeth McConney

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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Michele (Shell) Romano

Research Administrator
College of Education Post Award Services

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Nasseeka S. Denis

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Susan Phan

Coordinator
Business Services

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David Bryant

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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
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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, Ph.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

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Jinnie Shin, Ph.D.

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

Yuxi Qiu, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology

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