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Our Team

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Transforming education is what drives everything we do at NMSI. Many of our staff began their careers in the classroom, while others have backgrounds in education policy, technology, business and consulting. Hundreds of expert teacher consultants help lead NMSI's nationally acclaimed teacher and student training session at schools across the country.

The NMSI executive team provides strategic leadership as the organization addresses today’s education challenges to create the workforce of the 21st century.

Team Leaders

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Jackie Castma

Vice President
Program Management Delivery & Operations
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Paul Duchene

Vice President
Human Capital & Organization Development
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Jonathan Durfield

Vice President
Growth
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Melissa Moritz

Vice President
Strategic Initiatives
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Mort Orlov

Vice President
Regional Growth
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Michelle Stie

Vice President
Teaching & Learning
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Nicole Beeman-Cadwallader

Senior Director
Program Design
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Ronda Brandon

Senior Director
Teacher Development & Strategy
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Juan Elizondo

Senior Director
Communications
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Debbee Reynolds-Johnsen

Senior Director
State & District Partnerships
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Jen LoPiccolo

Senior Director
Regional Growth
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Ed Veiga

Senior Director
Military Families Mission
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Megan Allegretti
Director
School Partnerships & Program Management, NYC

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Taylor Alston

Director
Trainer Development & Quality

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LaFonda Cousin

Director
Program Delivery & Operations


Gina DelCorazon

Director
Data & Analytics
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Nichole Lopez-Riley

Director
Human Capital Management


Sara Leikin

Director
Teaching & Learning Strategic Initiatives
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Deborah Moore 

Director
AP Fine Arts
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Chad Spurgeon

Director
School Partnerships & Program Management
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Scott Webb
 

Director  
Application Development
     

Board of Directors

Our board of directors, comprising national leaders in business, education and science, play a critical role in shaping NMSI’s strategic plans and ensuring that we’re positioned to meet our ambitious goals.

 

Kenneth P. Cohen

Chairman
Retired Vice President, Public and Government Affairs
ExxonMobil Corporation


Bruce Alberts, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of California, San Francisco


Tom Arseneault

Chief Operating Officer
BAE Systems, Inc.


Norman Augustine

Retired Chairman and CEO
Lockheed Martin Corporation


Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D.

Retired Maryland State Superintendent of Education


Bernard A. Harris, Jr., M.D.

Retired NASA Astronaut
President and Founder, Harris Foundation


Shirley Malcom, Ph.D.

Director, Education and Human Resources Programs
American Association for the Advancement of Science


Mary Ann Rankin, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Provost
University of Maryland, College Park


P. Roy Vagelos, M.D.

Retired Chairman and CEO
Merck & Co., Inc.


Lawrence Warder

Retired Global Director of Operations
Deloitte Consulting