The RISE Network team includes former school administrators, former teachers and counselors, data specialists, and nonprofit leaders who work hand-in-hand with educators in partner schools. As the conveners and facilitators of the RISE Network, RISE staff provide a range of resources and services to our RISE Network partners. We hold ourselves equally accountable for student outcomes, and we learn as much from our partners as we hope they do from our staff.
The Leadership Team oversees organizational strategy, program delivery, and partnerships.
Christina EllingtonChief of Programs and Network Success
Chris LewineChief of Data Strategy and Product Innovation
Emily PallinExecutive Director
Applied Data & Research
The Applied Data & Research Team leads RISE’s efforts to promote meaningful data use.
Phaedrel BowmanSenior Applied Data Strategist
Stephanie FakharzadehApplied Data and Research Manager
Melanie GonzalezProgram Evaluation and Analytics Specialist
Annah MercerApplied Data Analyst
The Data Engineering Team leads RISE’s data tool and infrastructure development.
Fred BentonDeputy Director, Data Systems
Edie ReiminkSenior Data Engineer
Nantawat SamermitJunior Data Engineer
Kevin WilliamsData Engineer
The Engagement Team facilitates coaching and professional learning opportunities for educators in new partner schools.
Valerie HennessySenior Engagement Specialist
Peter LorinserEngagement Manager
Samantha LuckyEngagement Manager
Sam PurdyDeputy Director, Engagement
The Freshman Success Team partners with RISE high schools to support Grade 9 on-track achievement.
Linzi GoldingFreshman Success Coach
Kristen NegrónFreshman Success Coach
Gretchen PhilbrickFreshman Success Coach
Nichelle WoodsonDeputy Director, Freshman Success
The Operations Team advances internal systems to promote organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
Lindsey ChristianiCommunications Specialist
Sandra FryerExecutive Assistant
Terrence KneiselDirector of External Relations
Kerry MaloneyManager of Talent Acquisition and People Operations
Portia WhittedSenior Finance and Operations Specialist
The Postsecondary Success Team partners with RISE high schools to ensure that all students graduate with postsecondary plans.
Gaby GuityPostsecondary Success Coach
Rebecca KrugeSenior Postsecondary Success Coach
Abby MarcantonioPostsecondary Success Coach
Sherry McLaughlinDeputy Director, Postsecondary Success
Sojin ParkPostsecondary Success Coach
The Product Team connects with our users to understand their needs and manages the development process.
Amberly KlineWeb Developer/Designer
Alan ThorneProduct Manager
The Student Success Team leads our youth development efforts with Grade 9 students.
Daemond BenjaminSenior On-Track Coach, Hartford Public High School
Laura EhlingerOn-Track Coach, Westhill High School
Sharina JimenezSenior On-Track Coach, Brien McMahon High School
Evan KelleyOn-Track Coach, Brien McMahon High School
Jamie MeurerSenior On-Track Coach, Hartford Public High School
Khanisha MooreSenior On-Track Coach, Westhill High School
Karleka NormanDeputy Director, Student Success