Our Volunteer Leaders

STC establishes Regional Councils comprised of local leaders who volunteer their time to facilitate network impact and engagement.

Regional Councils (RC) build, organize, and support the STC network by committing to a diverse range of responsibilities. These include:

  • Manage the recruitment of local Member and Parter schools and their application process
  • Determine the criteria for Partner schools to join the network and develop an Improvement Plan for each admitted Partner school
  • Observe, understand, and capture effective practices within our schools
  • Work alongside network schools to ensure collaboration across sectors and performance levels
  • Institute a targeted, sustainable set of collaborative strategies to further develop the strengths of each school and overcome their challenges
  • Commit to a core of proven strategies such as Roundtables, Study Tours, Case Studies and Problem-Solving, School Branding/Fundraising, and Leadership Coaching
  • Seek quality education partnership opportunities
  • Export successful initiatives to other STC cities; Import initiatives that can work and have been proven successful in other cities

  • Get the most up to date progress from the Regional Councils on our blog.

    Meet Our Regional Councils:

    Boston, MA

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      Ryan Oliver



      Ryan is RC Co-Chair for STC Boston and has provided unique direction for STC member school recruitment. He is a senior executive at the BUILD organization in Boston. He taught Humanities and Social Studies for 11 years. Ryan holds a BA from Harvard College and a Master of Arts in Education from Cal State Monterey Bay.

    Chicago, IL

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      Jennifer Husbands



      Jenn is the RC Co-Chair for Chicago and Director of the AUSL Institute at the Academy for Urban School Leadership. She received her BA degrees in Rhetoric & Communications and Afro-American Studies from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration from Stanford University. She serves on the board of the Buck Institute for Education and is a former member of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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      Elliot Ransom



      Elliot is RC Co-Chair of STC Chicago and a consultant for Mission Measurement. He’s a Teach for America alumni and former Performance Manger for the Office of New Schools in the Chicago Public Schools.

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      Tracy Reynolds



      Tracy is a Member of the STC Chicago Regional Council and Corporate Communication Specialist at Panduit. She is a Teach For America alumna and taught first grade in Baltimore City for four years. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Saint Louis University and an MS in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

    Cleveland, OH

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      Tom Gill



      Tom is a Regional Council Co-Chair of STC Cleveland and the Director of Development at the Urban Community School. He holds a MA degree from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

    Indianapolis, IN

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      Charlie Shlegel



      Dr. Charles Schlegel is the Director of the Challenge Foundation Academy (CFA).The Challenge Foundation Academy is a K-5 tuition–free, quality public charter school. Dr. Schlegel joined CFA in 2008, after serving as a middle school principal in Boston. He has extensive experience as an elementary school teacher and has worked with middle school-age youth through Citizens Schools, an after-school program offered in several cities across the country. Dr. Schlegel earned a Doctor of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.

    Los Angeles, CA

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      Mindy Pomper Johnson



      Mindy Pomper Johnson is a producer/director and educator with over 15 years experience in documentaries. A native New Yorker, she graduated from Queens College, and moved to Los Angeles where she received her MA in Education and Teaching from USC and has taught classes in documentary film. At Sierra Madre Elementary School where her son attended, she’s been active in the Annual Fund Campaign and PTA. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America and founded the organization Association of Women in Entertainment. Take a look at her projects on IMDB.

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      Karla Pasos Addelson



      Karla Pasos Addelson is a RC Co-Chair in Los Angeles and a full-time History and AP History teacher in Watts. Before pursuing her passion for education she worked in Marketing as a Project Coordinator and Account Executive for six years. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Development from UCLA and most recently received her MA in Education and Teaching from USC. On her spare time, she writes for the MAT@USC blog.

    Milwaukee, WI

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      Abby Andrietsch



      Abby is a Milwaukee Co-Chair and Co-Founder and Executive Director of STC Milwaukee. Abby has a BS in Commerce with a concentration in Finance from the University of Virginia and an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University. She is a member of TEMPO Milwaukee, Alverno College’s Board of Trustees, and the UCC Education Committee.

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      Kole Knueppel



      Kole is a Milwaukee RC Co-Chair and board member of STC, and he’s the Co-Founder and Managing Director of School Partnerships at STC Milwaukee. Kole has a BS in English with a Secondary Education Certificate from Wisconsin Lutheran and MS in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin where he is now working towards his PhD.

    Newark, NJ

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      Gary Debode



      Gary is a RC Co-Chair for STC Newark and board member of STC. He is also the President of Edison Properties. Gary has been involved in urban non-profit work for many years, previously serving on the board of the Partnership for the Homeless in New York City and currently serving on the board of Trustees of St. Philips Academy, an independent school in Newark, New Jersey.

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      Stephany Lin

      Executive Director

      Stephany is the Executive Director of STC in Newark, where she previously worked in an urban education fellowship at Great Oaks Charter School. She holds a BA in Social Studies, focusing on urban development, from Harvard University.

    New York, NY

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      Ellen Freeman



      Ellen is a Regional Council Co-Chair of New York City and member of the STC National Validation Committee. Her experience includes teaching (staff developer in the Yonkers Public Schools), administration (AP of the Ethical Culture School), and school governance (elected School Trustee of the Mamaroneck UFSD). She has a BA from Boston University, MA in Special Ed (Lesley University), and MEd in Administration (Teachers College, Columbia University).

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      Meghan Mackay



      Meghan is the STC Director of School and Community Partnerships, RC Co-Chair of NYC, and Co-Chair of the STC Metrics Team, bringing innovative ways to STC for measuring results. She’s also the Director of Strategic Planning at New Heights Youth. She serves on the board of two charter schools, Mott Haven Academy in the Bronx and Foundation Academy in Trenton, NJ. She has a BA from Stanford and a MEd from the University of San Francisco.

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      Fred Murphy



    North Carolina

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      Chantalle Carles



      Chantalle is a Co-Chair of STC North Carolina and a TFA HS English teacher with a BA in Political Science from the University of Florida currently pursuing her MA in Public Policy from Northwestern. She’s currently a felllow at The Duke Endowment working with non-profits to determine their effectiveness and analyze policies that effect child care, education, health care and rural churches.

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      Stefan Schropp



      Stefan is a RC Co-Chair of STC North Carolina and a 7th grade math teacher in Charlotte with TFA. Stefan received his BAs in Political Science and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration from Yale University. He is pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration from the McColl School at Queen’s University in Charlotte.

    Philadelphia, PA

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      Pat Krug Barrett



      Pat is a RC Co-Chair of STC Philadelphia. She’s a consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the Distinguished Educator Program and former principal and teacher.

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      Mary W. Klein



      Mary is a Regional Council Co-Chair in Philadelphia, a Board Member of STC, and Chair of the STC Validation Committee. Formerly, Mary was a School Administrator in Philadelphia.

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      Jurate Krokys



      Jurate Krokys is a Co-Chair in Philadelphia and Executive Director of Philadelphia Schools for American Paradigm. She’s the former Founding Principal and former CEO of Independence Charter School in Philadelphia.

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      Barbara Moses



      Barbara Moses is a Co-Chair in Philadelphia, Principal of Philadelphia Mennonite High School, and 30 year veteran educator of the Philadelphia School District. She attended Cheyney State College (BS), Antioch University (M. Ed), and received certifications in Curriculum, Instruction, Supervision and Educational Administration at the University of Pennsylvania . Sensing a deeper call to education, she completed a Doctor of Religious Education Degree from Friends International Christian University.

    Pittsburgh, PA

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      Richard Wertheimer



      Richard is the Founder, CEO, and Principal of City Charter High School in Pittsburgh. The mission of City Charter High School, a technology infused public school, is to graduate students who are academically, technologically, personally and socially prepared to succeed in post-secondary education or training. Using a team approach, City High cultivates a safe, supportive and academically rigorous environment by recognizing and nurturing individual talents, needs and skills.

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      Joseph Wilkinson



      Joe is a Board Member and Chairman Emeritus of Schools That Can.

    San Francisco, CA

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      Mira H. Browne



      Mira is a RC Co-Chair in San Francisco and Senior Account Executive at Larson Communications, a firm specializing in public education reform. Previously she worked in Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration as Deputy Director of Public Affairs for DFTA. She has a BA from George Washington University in Journalism with a concentration in Middle East Affairs.

    St. Louis, MO

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      Jamie Jordan


      Dr. Jamie Jordan, principal of Brittany Woods Middle School in the School District of University City, was been named the 2013 Missouri Middle School Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Dr. Jordan taught in the Lindbergh School District (1999-2005) and served as assistant principal at Crestview Middle School in the Rockwood School District (2005-2009) before she was named the principal at Brittany Woods Middle School in University City in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education (1998) at the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Education (2002) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Doctorate in Educational Administration (2008) from St. Louis University.

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      Joe Jovanovich



      Joe is a RC Co-Chair in St. Louis and works in the non-profit community development sector with a focus on youth programming. He earned his MSW from Washington University. He is on the board of a local charter school, and serves as chair of the education committee of the Mayor’s Vanguard Cabinet. He is a proud alumnus of City Year.

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      Renee Racette



      Renee is a RC Co-Chair in St. Louis who currently serves as an Assistant Principal in the St. Louis Public Schools. After graduating with degrees in Biochemistry and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin, she moved to St. Louis to teach high school chemistry through Teach for America. After falling in love with the field of education, she went back to school to earn both her MED in Secondary Administration and EdS in School Leadership from the University of Missouri St. Louis. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership and Policy Studies from UMSL.

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      Samantha Smith


      Samantha is a Regional Council Co-Chair in St. Louis who currently works as an Academic Instructional Coach in the St. Louis Public School District. She earned a BS in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a MA in Secondary Administration from Maryville University. She also holds a K-12 Special Reading Certification and is currently pursuing her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Maryville.

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      Robbyn Wahby



      Robbyn is a RC Co-Chair of St. Louis. She serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for the City of St. Louis and has been Mayor Slay’s advisor on education and children’s policy since 2001.

    Washington DC/Baltimore, MD

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      Courtney Bragg



      Courtney is a RC Co-Chair in DC and the College Transition Counselor at KIPP DC: College Preparatory. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis, writing her honors thesis on racialization and urban schools.