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Office of Planning and Research

Planning for Success Facilitator Bios

August 2017

Cindy Bohne, MBA, is a member and previous chair of the Winchester School Committee, where she recently spearheaded a district-wide strategic visioning initiative to craft five-year strategic objectives for the district. She successfully led two debt-exclusion override campaigns, a strategic planning initiative for Winchester High School, completed two teachers' union negotiations, and served on the Advisory Board of EDCO Collaborative. Cindy is a passionate advocate for public education, and has spent decades facilitating or consulting on strategic planning, communications, policy analysis, leadership/board development and evaluation for a range of education nonprofits, including: National Geographic Education Foundation, United Way of Boston, Outward Bound, AmeriCorps, Institute for Higher Education Policy and the Presidio Leadership Center. She has an undergraduate degree in secondary education, an MBA in social entrepreneurship, and is an Education Policy Fellow of the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Susan Bonaiuto, Ed.D., has a proven track record as a strategic thinker and results-oriented leader. Throughout her 30 years in public schools, non-profits and government she has developed a reputation for skillfully leading and operationalizing a vision, strategically making connections among people, programs, resources and ideas, and identifying key areas for stabilization and opportunity-readying people and organizational infrastructure for the next chapter. Currently consulting full-time, she is the former Executive Director for MA at BELL, Building Educators for Life, a non-profit serving children in grades K-8 living in under-resourced, urban communities through after-school and summer extended learning time programs. Before that she was the Director of Community Education and Planning for the Needham Public Schools. She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and MA in American Government from Boston College, an MA from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business in Arts Administration, and a bachelor's in Music Education from Bucknell University.

Laurie Burnett, M.Ed., is a Safe and Supportive Schools Consultant currently working with the Assabet Valley Collaborative on their Peer Review and Safe and Supportive Schools Initiatives. As part of her responsibilities, Laurie works to develop and refine Safe and Supportive School and District Assessment Tools and supports districts in completing the tools and in developing action plans. Prior to her work with the Collaborative she worked for over 10 years for the Framingham Public Schools as their Safe and Supportive School Specialist. Laurie was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa which provided a formative foundation to her work.

Jim Caradonio, Ed.D., began his educational career as a teacher, counselor and administrator for ELL students in Puerto Rico and in Boston. At both school and central office levels, he has developed plans in urban and suburban preK-12 districts as well as in vocational-technical high schools While completing his doctoral dissertation on strategic planning in public schools, he supported principals and their staff in developing school improvement plans aligned with their district's strategic plan. As deputy superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools, Jim was responsible for overseeing district and school improvement planning in 50 schools. For nine years, as Worcester's superintendent, he guided staff to develop, implement, progress-monitor, and revise the district's strategic plans. He has implemented turnaround plans in a Boston elementary school and in Holyoke's vocational high school. For the past two years, as a district review team member, Jim has focused on the Leadership and Governance standard which includes district and school improvement planning capacity. Dr. Caradonio received a B.A. from Merrimack College, a M.Ed. from Northeastern University, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, in Administration, Planning and Social Policy (APSP).

Joseph Corazzini, M.S., is currently serving in his sixth year as the Director of Community Resource Development with the Framingham Public Schools. Prior to Framingham Joseph has been committed to the field of human services for over 10 years, working with youth serving organizations such as the United Way, Citizen Schools and Dynamy. He is an experienced facilitator and community organizer with a steadfast belief in positive youth development. Joseph identifies as a youth worker turned systems change agent focused on improving the formal and informal ways in which institutions work together to ensure the highest quality of access and services for youth, families, and communities.

Cathy Cummins, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of Assabet Valley Collaborative (AVC). Initially trained as an English and history teacher, Cathy was drawn in her early career to focus on the unmet needs of students and families-leading her to counseling, special education, and then leadership. She began her career over 20 years ago in an after-school center in New York City followed by work in treatment centers and schools in New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts prior to leading at AVC. Cathy believes strongly that improvement planning must include the exploration of individual and institutional biases, barriers, and inequities in order to yield equitable and inclusive support of all learners. She brings this conviction to all her consultation work with districts.

Lisa Dana, Ed.D., is the Superintendent of Schools for the Danvers Public Schools. As Superintendent, she had led the district through two strategic plans and is embarking on the next plan with the Planning for Success model. Additionally, she serves on the UMASS Lowell Graduate School of Education Advisory Board, is the secretary of the North Shore Superintendents, and has presented at MASS and MASC conferences.

Anne Donovan, M.Ed., BCBA, LABA, has been the Coordinator of ACCEPT Education Collaborative's School Consultation & Evaluation Services for the last 10 years. She has extensive experience working with public school districts and collaboratives to develop special education programs and services and provide professional development opportunities to build districts' capacity to meet the needs of diverse student populations. Ms. Donovan is also an adjunct faculty member at Bridgewater State University and Framingham State University, where she teaches graduate level courses in the field of Special Education.

Elise M. Frangos, Ed.D., is the current Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the 4 districts of the Old Rochester Superintendency #55 where she co-facilitated the development of their current 5 year strategic plan. For the past seven years using PLCs, she has led teams to: align curriculum, foster teacher leadership, adopt writing across the curriculum, embrace project based learning, increase family engagement, and develop standards based report cards. At Old Rochester she leads mentoring and induction, sheltered English instruction, and she helped bring district technology to 1:1. Prior to Old Rochester she was the English Director for Mass Insight for Research and Education and the Director of Reading and English for the Arlington Public schools. A frequent presenter on literacy, writing and trauma-sensitive education, Elise has provided professional development at DESE conferences and in states such as Texas, Arkansas, Virginia and Connecticut. Elise believes that through the efficient PFS process, all stakeholder voices are honored resulting in an exciting and achievable Strategic Plan customized to the district.

Ruth Gilbert-Whitner, Ed.D., is the Superintendent of Schools for the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District. The Administrative Team at Whitman-Hanson has been engaged in the Planning for Success strategic planning process since March of 2015. The school system is now in the first year of implementing the Action Plans of their Strategic Plan, which was approved on October 12, 2016. Dr. Gilbert-Whitner and her Administrative Team wholeheartedly support DESE's Planning for Success program and look forward to assisting other Massachusetts school districts.

Robert (Bob) Harris, M.M., Ed.D.. With 37 years of successful leadership experience in K-12 public education, including 10 years in the role of Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the Lexington Public Schools, and 14 years as a local union president in the Athol-Royalston Regional School District, Bob brings a unique labor-management perspective to the facilitation process in both high-performing and under-performing school districts, and a deep understanding of how collaboration within school districts can result in improved learning experiences and outcomes for both students and adults. Focused on creating high-performing teams, Bob uses a facilitation process that values the contributions of all stake-holders, and one that builds a climate of trust and consensus through developing caring and respectful professional relationships. Bob believes these conditions lay the groundwork for open and honest communications, create a safe environment in which participants are willing to take risks, and result in a meaningful and actionable strategic plans. Currently, Bob's works with school leaders and policy-makers to find innovative solutions to problems of educational practice in the areas of strategic thinking and planning, leadership development, executive coaching, educator mentoring and induction programs, organizational design and development, collective bargaining strategy, education negotiations, and labor and employee relations.

Lori Likis, Ed.D., is ESE's Planning for Success consultant and has partnered with Chief Strategy and Research Officer Carrie Conaway since 2013, creating and developing Planning for Success (PfS) and sharing this tested and effective model with educators across the state. From designing the PfS model and DIY resources to piloting their use in a diverse range of districts, Lori has focused on developing PfS as a collaborative, inclusive planning process that is simple, efficient, and accessible. Lori has facilitated the Planning for Success process with more than two dozen districts at all levels of performance (Levels 1-4), creating plans in urban, suburban, and regional districts as well as technical high schools, educational collaboratives, and charter schools. She has designed and led the PfS Facilitator Training Program, building state capacity by training others as PfS facilitators, and has joined many Superintendents in presenting PfS at multiple MASS and MASS/MASC conferences. In addition to her role as PfS Consultant, Lori is an educational consultant who provides planning and leadership coaching services to districts and schools, and is the Chief Planning Officer of the Cambridge Public Schools. She is a former charter school administrator and Lynch Leadership coach. Lori has presented at numerous conferences and published in Educational Leadership.

Marinel McGrath, Ed.D., is an adjunct lecturer for Boston University whose professional interests center on developing leaders for tomorrow's schools and world-class PK-12 program development through the study of strategic planning, performance-based leadership, policy analysis, and experiential, interdisciplinary learning. Dr. McGrath's professional background includes teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels along with experiences as a coordinator of gifted learner programs, director of curriculum, and assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment. Prior to her recent retirement, Dr. McGrath served for fifteen years as superintendent of two Massachusetts suburban public school districts. In addition to teaching at BU School of Education's PK-12 School Leadership Program for thirteen years, Dr. McGrath is a past president of the MA Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD). She has also served as a board member of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and was appointed to several state-level task forces focused on literacy and the original English Language Arts Frameworks Committee. Her keen interest in global education has resulted in work with local Rotary International Youth Exchange Programs that provide young people with opportunities to experience living and attending school in countries around the globe.

Anne McKenzie, Ed.D., is an experienced educator, building principal, and district leader and currently serves as the superintendent of the Hadley Public Schools. She has worked in a variety of settings including juvenile justice facilities, private special education schools, public and private schools, and has leadership experience as a high school principal, executive director and special education director of an educational collaborative, and a superintendent. She has also served on several boards. She has facilitated various trainings with a wide range of groups including school committees, labor unions, educators, and administrators. People describe her workshops and trainings as highly informative, humorous, and as having an impact on organizations and participants.

Albert E. Mussad, Ph.D., has taught K-12 English learners and high school Spanish. In addition to his K-12 teaching experience, Albert served as a curriculum and instruction supervisor, director and assistant superintendent, and also served as an elementary school principal. As a staff consultant at the Collaborative for Educational Services, he provides professional development for school leaders, teachers and other licensed educators in the areas of effective instructional leadership; effective instructional strategies for English learners; and secondary literacy education. Albert serves as lead trainer for the MA Department of Education's Low-Income Education Access Project (LEAP) training-of-trainers.

Susan Nicholson, Ed.D., is a recently retired school superintendent who has worked in the field of education as an assistant superintendent, high school principal, high school assistant principal, teacher, and coach in both urban and suburban school districts. Dr. Nicholson is currently working with school districts to enhance principal leadership skills. While in her role as a high school principal, Dr. Nicholson worked collaboratively with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and district personnel and was instrumental in the strategic planning for a new high school. Additionally, as a school superintendent, she again worked successfully with the MSBA and district personnel on a Statement of Interest for a new high school. The district was invited into the process and is well on its way to a new high school. In her role as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, and high school principal, Dr. Nicholson collaborated with district personnel and the various community stakeholders on strategic planning initiatives in three communities.

Sandra Rehler, M.Ed., CAGS, is licensed by MA DESE as Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent and is currently the Director of Curriculum and Academic Services for the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District. Sandra's responsibilities include overseeing the Title I and Title II grants, district professional development, and PreK-12 curriculum development. Sandra has been an educator for 39 years and prior to becoming the Director of Curriculum and Academic Services for the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District was a middle school assistant principal, K-12 Social Science Coordinator, Middle School Coordinator and Middle School ELA, social studies and Title I teacher.

Kristan Rodriguez, Ph.D., is a highly successful K-12 administrator, published author, and college professor with twenty years experience in the field of education. Dr. Rodriguez is currently the Professional Development Administrator for CREST Collaborative and the Professional Development Activity Coordinator for the Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives (MOEC). Kristan is the founder of Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency and has presented nationally on leadership and learning for the past 15 years, drawing upon her work as Superintendent and Principal. She currently holds two contracts with the Massachusetts Department of Education as the Technical Assistance Partner for the Student Teaching Partnership Consortium and as a district review team member focusing on Student Support, Human Resources/Professional Development, and Curriculum/Instruction.



Last Updated: August 23, 2017
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