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JILLIAN COPPLEY DARWISH, ED.D.
JILLIAN COPPLEY DARWISH, ED.D. President

JILLIAN COPPLEY DARWISH, ED.D.

President

Prior to her current role as president of Mayerson Academy, Jillian held leadership positions across the education sector, including work in philanthropy, public television, service agencies, higher education and the K—12 system. In her work at KnowledgeWorks Foundation, where she served as Vice President of Organizational Learning and Innovation, she led the development of a highly regarded and internationally distributed future trends publication, consulted and advised hundreds of organizations to construct future-oriented organizational visions and strategies, developed state collaborations to transform education, and created a vibrant teacher-to-teacher learning community. In her former roles, Jillian led teams to create widely distributed multimedia educational products and services, and received national recognition for the design and implementation of an organizational learning system and has taught student from primary through graduate school.

darwish.jillian@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4118

JILLIAN COPPLEY DARWISH, ED.D.

Karen Graves, Ph.D
Karen Graves, Ph.D Thriving Learning Communities Program Manager

Karen Graves, Ph.D

Thriving Learning Communities Program Manager

Karen is an experienced psychologist with more than 20 years of distinguished service to children, adolescents and their families. She is an experienced facilitator who has designed and led highly regarded professional learning experiences for parents, teachers and clinicians, and is a sought-after expert in online coaching. Karen is passionate about the potential of nonprofit organizations and has served as a consultant to develop nonprofit leaders’ capacity in strategic planning, efficiency management and team building.

graves.karen@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4107

Karen Graves, Ph.D

Joe Moorman
Joe Moorman Director of Strategic Projects

Joe Moorman

Director of Strategic Projects

As Director of Strategic Projects, Joe provides strategic consulting and leadership with topics such as organizational development and culture, professional learning, program development, and diversity, equity and inclusion. He works with Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) on the implementation of “I am CPS,” a districtwide organizational culture transformation initiative. Prior to joining Mayerson Academy, Joe worked in several roles for Teach For America, including as Senior Managing Director for Teach For America’s Arkansas region, Chief of Staff for Regional Operations and Founding Executive Director for Teach For America – Delaware. He discovered his passion for education as a 7th and 8th grade English teacher and head basketball coach in Philadelphia. Joe received his undergraduate degree from Xavier University’s Philosophy, Politics and the Public honors program and earned his M.Ed in urban education from the University of Pennsylvania.

moorman.joe@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4124

Joe Moorman

Sonia Milrod
Sonia Milrod Literacy Specialist

Sonia Milrod

Literacy Specialist

Sonia joined the Mayerson Academy staff in 2007 as the literacy professional development specialist, bringing a rich background in literacy education, curriculum development and teacher in-service professional learning. She began her career in the Los Angeles Unified School District (7–9) where she was recognized as a Teacher of the Year and became a secondary language arts coach working with teachers in 17 high schools. Sonia has held teaching and leadership roles with Jefferson County Schools, Kentucky, Kentucky Department of Education and Campbell County Schools, and served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Mason City Schools, Ohio. She worked as a consultant with Battelle for Kids and was a member of the national faculty of Modern Red School House, providing curriculum support and literacy training for teachers across the country.

milrod.sonia@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4145

Sonia Milrod

Lynn Ochs
Lynn Ochs Senior Program Director

Lynn Ochs

Senior Program Director

Lynn is a widely acknowledged leader in the field of education technology, having won numerous awards throughout her career. Most recently she served as the Vice President of Learning Architecture Services, helping design professional learning and support services, marketing, and sales strategy for an innovative digital learning company. Through this experience and her many leadership roles in school districts and regional service centers, Lynn has designed and delivered professional development to thousands of educators across the country. Beginning her career as a classroom teacher, Lynn is passionate about developing and facilitating the delivery of innovative solutions that impact educators and deliver positive results for students.

ochs.lynn@mayersonacademy.org

513.465.4126

Lynn Ochs

Dara O’Loughlin
Dara O’Loughlin Thriving Learning Communities Technology Consultant

Dara O’Loughlin

Thriving Learning Communities Technology Consultant

Dara O’Loughlin piloted the Technologist In Residence program in 2000, bringing one-on-one technology training and integration skills to Cincinnati Public School teachers. Dara has skillfully and patiently worked with hundreds of teachers to assist in their understanding of technology, and expanded her role as a Technologist In Residence in order to support the ever-evolving technological needs in schools. Dara joined Mayerson Academy in 2015 to provide support for teachers and students using Happify as part of the Thriving Learning Communities program. Dara is enthusiastic about supporting a program that she believes has the potential to transform communities and empower individuals.

oloughlin.dara@mayersonacademy.org

Dara O’Loughlin

Carly Rospert
Carly Rospert Senior Project Manager

Carly Rospert

Senior Project Manager

Carly joined the Mayerson Academy in July 2016 as Senior Project Manager. In her role, she provides leadership and support to innovative initiatives like Strong Cincinnati and NKU Strong. Carly’s experience is grounded in Knowledge management, design, and organizational learning in the collective impact field. Prior to joining Mayerson Academy, she worked for StriveTogether where she built a strategy and team focused on turning quantitative and qualitative data from education reform initiatives across the country into actionable stories and tools. Carly received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati in Urban Planning. As a long-time tutor at Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, she is passionate about the ability for education to change the lives of individuals and communities..

rospert.carly@mayersonacademy.org

Carly Rospert

Lisa Scheerer
Lisa Scheerer Communications and Design Manager

Lisa Scheerer

Communications and Design Manager

Lisa joined Mayerson Academy in February 2014 as manager of strategic projects. In her role, Lisa contributes to the trajectory of the organization by orchestrating internal and external communications, managing various initiative components and designing visual pieces that support the work. Lisa’s work allows for intra-organizational collaboration as well as cross-organizational co-creation. Prior to joining Mayerson Academy, Lisa contributed to an education-focused social enterprise. She was a key contributor to a multi-year, state-based approach to systems thinking for education transformation. She attended the University of Cincinnati, Hillsborough Community College, and recently acquired project management certification from Xavier University.

scheerer.lisa@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4128

Lisa Scheerer

Gwen Walton
Gwen Walton Program Consultant

Gwen Walton

Program Consultant

Gwen manages and implements the Positive School Culture Initiative in which she leads teams of educators to build school cultures that support and advance learning. She and her team conduct comprehensive audits to help schools’ teams articulate and understand both strengths and areas of opportunity. Based on this data, Gwen and her team provide strategic training and support designed to improve performance. She and her team have worked with nearly 60 schools across the Cincinnati Public School district. Gwen is a CPS graduate and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Hampton University. She also earned her M.Ed. with certification in administration and supervision from the University of Cincinnati. Having received several commendations from CPS, she was the recipient of the James N. Jacobs “Excellence in Education” award and was recognized the following year as “Outstanding Principal.”

walton.gwen@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4120

Gwen Walton

Connie West
Connie West Thriving Learning Communities Program Consultant

Connie West

Thriving Learning Communities Program Consultant

Connie West is a facilitator and writer for the Thriving Learning Communities program.  She comes to Mayerson from her role as a national staff developer and writer for the Marzano Center of Learning Sciences International.  She brings expertise from many teaching and leadership roles held in Forest Hills Schools, Hamilton County ESC and as an independent consultant.  Connie has presented at districts and schools across the country and at numerous national conferences. She co-authored the 2015 book, Examining Similarities and Differences with Robert Marzano.  Connie earned her B.S. Ed and M.Ed from Miami University and is a proud CPS graduate, parent, and grandparent, and Cincinnati resident.

west.connie@mayersonacademy.org

Connie West

Debra Pendley
Debra Pendley Instructional Coach

Debra Pendley

Instructional Coach

Debra Pendley received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Marshall University. Her graduate studies include kindergarten certification from the University of Cincinnati, Reading Recovery Training from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Literacy from Walden University. Debra served as a classroom teacher, school-wide lead teacher and as a district-wide lead teacher in the role of a school improvement coach during her service with Cincinnati Public Schools.

pendley.debra@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4102

Debra Pendley

Beth D’Amico
Beth D’Amico Director of Operations

Beth D’Amico

Director of Operations

Beth joined Mayerson Academy in October 2012 after a 30-year career with Cincinnati Public Schools. During her career, Beth served as an intervention specialist, speech-language pathologist, consulting teacher and student services manager. As part of her work, she planned and presented many training sessions focused on service delivery as well as legal compliance regarding the education of students with disabilities. At Mayerson Academy, Beth oversees all learning management services. She also consults with school and district leaders regarding the design and delivery of customized professional development reflecting a variety of different topics.

damico.beth@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4178

Beth D’Amico

Kimberely Childress
Kimberely Childress Administrative Coordinator

Kimberely Childress

Administrative Coordinator

Before joining the Mayerson staff, Kimberely proudly retired from Cincinnati Public Schools after 33 years of service. Her tenure began in June 1979 in the Special Education department where she was a junior stenographer. Over time, Kim received many promotions. She ended her career as the executive secretary to the assistant superintendent. Other positions held during her tenure with the district included secretary to the superintendent, senior lead secretary and acting coordinator of the Customer Help Center. Embracing thoughtful leadership, a dedicated work ethic and careful attention to detail, Kimberely managed several software programs including the Development Assessment Center (DAC) and served as the webmaster for the Office of School Management and Performance.

childress.kim@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4100

Kimberely Childress

Andrea Newbill Hicks
Andrea Newbill Hicks Client Services Specialist

Andrea Newbill Hicks

Client Services Specialist

Andrea is Mayerson Academy’s newest Client Services Specialist. Prior to joining the Mayerson Academy, she worked with other nonprofit organizations committed to serving underprivileged and vulnerable youth. She understands the importance of collaborative partnerships through customer care as an administrative professional. She provides our staff and educators with excellent customer service and customer satisfaction to provide “WOW” experiences through every interaction, every time, hoping to make every day the very best day it can be!

newbill.andrea@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4100

Andrea Newbill Hicks

Milynn Hoffman
Milynn Hoffman Director of Finance and Human Resources

Milynn Hoffman

Director of Finance and Human Resources

Milynn Hoffman, CPA serves as Mayerson Academy’s Director of Finance. She is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in demanding leadership assignments in accounting services. She has served clients both in the public and private sectors in numerous industries ranging from sports training to real estate development to non-profit organizations. Milynn has significant experience in auditing, general accounting services, tax preparation, budgeting and payroll. She enjoys creating the infrastructure and processes to streamline and enhance financial, accounting and operational systems. As a strong leader she has successfully built relationships, established interaction among diverse communities and created a high level of trust with those whom she interacts.

hoffman.milynn@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4100

Milynn Hoffman

Suzanne Kinney
Suzanne Kinney Technology Coordinator

Suzanne Kinney

Technology Coordinator

Suzanne began working at Mayerson Academy in 2003 as part-time technical support while attending college. Due to her dedication and expertise, she took on increased management challenges, including managing servers, the Mayerson Academy website, email, classroom audiovisual equipment and computer systems. Suzanne brings a broad knowledge base from simple to complex technology-related information AND an eye to the future, seeking to bring WOW into all technology developments. This means that she is continually aware of innovations and how they might fit into Mayerson programs and services, as well as how they might support internal teamwork and communication, always striving to create state-of-the-art training facilities.

kinney.suzanne@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4147

Suzanne Kinney

Patricia Thomas
Patricia Thomas Accounting Clerk

Patricia Thomas

Accounting Clerk

Pat has been with Mayerson Academy since 1997 and has served in a variety of roles. Prior to her current position, Pat served as a client services specialist where she expertly performed numerous and varied operational tasks while being a member of the team to provide client-facing services. In this role, she provided back-up support for the operations manager with the daily operations and management of the building, scheduling courses and room setups. Pat is currently responsible for accounts payable and bookkeeping.

513.475.4130

thomas.pat@mayersonacademy.org

Patricia Thomas

Carol Yetter
Carol Yetter Client Services Specialist

Carol Yetter

Client Services Specialist

Carol’s expertise is drawn from 30 years’ experience in human resources. Carol served as a support specialist and later as personnel analyst in charge of Teacher Records with Cincinnati Public Schools. She joined Mayerson Academy in February 2007. When Carol is not assisting educators with any service questions they may have, she manages a wide variety of operational tasks critical to deliver excellent learning experiences.

yetter.carol@mayersonacademy.org

513.475.4102

Carol Yetter


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Neal Mayerson

Chair, Mayerson Company

Kent Cashell

Treasurer, RBC Capital Markets

Elaine Fink

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati

Eric Kearney

President/CEO of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce

Mary Ronan

Superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools

Julie Sellers

President, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers

 

 

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