Our Regional Councils

STC establishes Regional Councils (RCs) comprised of local leaders – school leaders, educators, and advocates – who volunteer their time to help schools build community across lines of difference, share practices, access opportunities, and support each other’s efforts at continuous improvement.

In cities where we have made the transition to full-time Executive Directors, our RCs often evolve to become active and crucial members of the local Advisory Board.

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

Meet Our Regional Councils:


Nina Gilbert

Dr. Nina Gilbert has spent close to 20 years working in, and advocating for high quality public schools in her home state of Georgia. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Mercer University, and is a self-proclaimed serial education entrepreneur and innovator who is passionate about creating and launching initiatives that significantly strengthen schools, communities and families.

Nina’s reach as an educator spans several grade/age levels and instructional delivery models.  She has worked in classrooms with students from kindergarten to college and in district, charter, international and independent schools. Nina has also been deeply involved in education policy and community advocacy activities, and has developed programs and services that promote authentic community and civic engagement and collaboration.

Because of her vast background and exposure to practices across a variety of sectors, she spends a great deal of her time serving as a consultant, thought leader and advisor to several organizations that support education reform across the country.

Nina has participated in a number of prestigious national education fellowships including Building Excellent Schools, the Pahara Aspen Institute and 50 State Campaign for Achievement Now (50CAN) advocacy fellowship.  She holds a Bachelors degree from the University of West Georgia, a Masters degree. from Clark Atlanta University and a Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Currently, STC does not have active volunteer leaders in the Bay Area. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Casey Lamb (clamb@schoolsthatcan.org)

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Stephany Lin

Master in Urban Planning Candidate, Harvard GSD

After working in an urban education fellowship at Great Oaks Charter School, a Schools That Can Member school, Stephany became the founding Executive Director of STC Newark. In 2014, Stephany returned to the Greater Boston area, where is currently working on a Masters in Urban Planning at Harvard. Though Stephany keeps very busy with her studies, she contributes to the STC community whenever and however she can.

In 2014, Jennifer Husbands, who had been a leader in Chicago’s Regional Council for several years, stepped into the role of founding Executive Director for STC Chicago.

Richard Clark

President, St. Martin de Porres


Richard Clark is the President of St. Martin de Porres High School, a member of the Cristo Rey network of schools. At SMDPHS, Rich helps under-served students from across Cleveland access an excellent education while also getting hands-on real-world work opportunities through weekly internships. He has been invigorated through his engagement with STC, particularly in relation to their efforts to connect education to employment (e2e) and is proud to support STC’s efforts in Cleveland.


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Tom Gill

Chief Operating & Development Officer


Tom is native Cleveland and is dedicated to the revitalization of the community. He has worked with the Urban Community School since 2010, and has beeb involved in many other progressive organizations across Cleveland. He has a BA from St. Louis University and an MPP from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Currently, STC does not have active volunteer leaders in Detroit. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Casey Lamb (clamb@schoolsthatcan.org)


Currently, STC does not have active volunteer leaders in the Durham area. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Casey Lamb (clamb@schoolsthatcan.org)

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Charlie Shlegel

Superintendent, Community Charter Network


Dr. Charles Schlegel is the Superintendent of the Community Charter Network (CCN). The CCN consists of two public charter schools, serving students across preK through 6th grade. Prior to stepping into the education arena in Indianapolis, Dr. Schlegel served 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.

Jennifer Cole
Independent Education Consultant



Schools That Can Milwaukee works to expand and develop high-quality schools in Milwaukee. To achieve our vision of “20,000 by 2020,” they pursues three Pathways to Transformation: expand high-quality Milwaukee schools; develop high-potential schools into high-quality schools; and recruit talent and innovation to Milwaukee. Led by Abby Andrietsch, STC Milwaukee operates under a separate 501(c)3, but its high-performing schools are Members in the Schools That Can network, and the two organizations collaborate openly and actively.

In 2012, STC Newark hired its first full-time Director – Stephany Lin. Since then, the network has more than doubled in size, representing over 20% of all Newark schools. Erin Sweeney is the current Executive Director

In 2013, STC NYC hired its first full-time – Casey Lamb. Since then, the network has grown from 11 schools to 25, and has diversified its program offerings to better meet its schools’ needs. Laurie Price is the current Executive Director

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Mary W. Klein

Retired Educator


Mary was formerly an educator, counselor, and administrator in Philadelphia schools. She serves on STC’s Board of Directors and the National Validation Committee.

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Jurate Krokys

CEO, American Paradigm Schools


Jurate Krokys is the Executive Director of American Paradigm Schools. Jurate was the Founding Principal and CEO of Independence Charter School in Philadelphia, and now leads turnaround efforts across a network of schools.


Carol Wooten

Independent Education Consultant


Dr. Carol Wooten (B.S. Biology, M.A. German Literature, Ed. D. Secondary Administration) is the co-founder and first Superintendent of Propel Schools – a consortium of ten urban charter schools in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. She served in this capacity for ten years. She taught biology and other sciences for 15 years and served as a high school principal,  directed curriculum and instruction, and served as a middle school principal in local districts and later served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Superintendent of the South Side Area School District. She worked as a researcher and evaluator for the University of Pittsburgh on the New Futures Project, (aimed at drop-out prevention in the Pittsburgh City high schools). She served as co-chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee for PA ASCD.  She is on the Family Selection Committee for Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity, and the board of New Century Careers and The Pearl Club. She is a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Urban Ed at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wooten received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award in 2011 from the University Council for Educational Administration and the 2013 Departmental Alumni Award for the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lisa Clancy

Board Chair, Preclarus Mastery Academy


A native of the St. Louis area, Lisa accepted an offer to join Teach For America as a special education teacher in 2008 and relocated to New Orleans. In her classroom, Lisa led her students to achieve significant academic and personal gains and saw first-hand how students desperately need advocates both inside and outside of the classroom. After her time in the classroom, she returned to St. Louis and completed her Master of Social Work degree at Washington University, with a focus on education policy and advocacy as a tool for social and economic development. Her professional experiences have focused on education policy and advocacy efforts throughout the state of Missouri, as well as building partnerships to improve outcomes for children in and outside of school. Lisa also serves on the Programs and Evaluation Advisory Committee at the Youth Learning Center and is a member of the St. Louis regional advisory board of New Leaders Council.

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Jamie Jordan

Principal, Brittany Woods Middle School

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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Renee Racette

Assistant Principal, Gateway STEM High School


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

Academic Instructional Coach, Gateway STEM High School

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.

Currently, STC does not have active volunteer leaders in the DC Area. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Casey Lamb (clamb@schoolsthatcan.org)