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LEADERSHIP

Our Board of Directors and our Advisory Board are both composed of business, education, and government leaders who bring a keen interest in helping the under-served population. We are diverse in our own backgrounds and experiences, but we come together to directly address the needs of our most vulnerable students and to improve the teacher pipeline from colleges and universities to the classroom. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BIO

Senator Mark Warner serves as senior U.S. Senator from Virginia. Since being elected to the Senate in 2008, Senator Warner has worked toward ensuring Virginians have access to quality education, focusing on ensuring appropriate federal education funding and bridging the “homework gap.” Senator Warner has recently led Senate efforts to ensure children can meaningfully participate in their education, despite challenges associated with the pandemic.

SEN MARK WARNER

HONORARY CHAIRMAN

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BIO

Principal of two middle and two  high schools in Fairfax County Public Schools, including TJHSST, Elizabeth was Governor McAuliffe’s nominee to the VA Board of Ed. She has been on the Board of Visitors of JMU and the Education Commission of the States. A WETA Trustee, Elizabeth is Board Chair for the Urban Schools Human Capital Academies and on the VA Board of Communities in Schools.

ELIZABETH LODAL

CO-DIRECTOR

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Margi is immediate past executive director of the statewide Commission for the Arts and a former member of the VA House of Delegates representing the 34th district. Vanderhye has served as an appointee of two U.S. presidents and five VA governors in various positions with national commemorative works, Chesapeake Bay regulation, transportation and land use planning, and state homeland security.  

MARGIE VANDERHYE

CO-DIRECTOR

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Kris has more than three decades of leadership in K-12 education at the local, state, and national levels. She served as the President and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Education while also a member and chair of the Fairfax County Public Schools board. Kris represented the 44th District in the Virginia General Assembly from 1999 to 2009.

KRISTEN AMUNDSON

CO-FOUNDER

STEERING COMMITTEE

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Shirley is a former high school science teacher, school counselor and administrator. Her emphasis has been on social justice and opportunity, leading to her to volunteer in several DC non-profits. She and her husband founded a family scholarship that has educated several students through college. For twelve years she served on the US News and World Report Secondary Advisory Board.

SHIRLEY BLOOMQUIST

CO-FOUNDER

STEERING COMMITEEE

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Cathy’s career has been in English classrooms across the US at college-prep academic high schools. At each school, however, she also worked with the population that needed to develop reading and writing skills to move on to college successfully, often as first generation students. She served as English Department Chair at both TJHSST and McLean HS, and is currently a private writing tutor. 

CATHY COLGLAZIER

CO-FOUNDER

STEERING COMMITTEE

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Presently in her second term on the VA Community College System Board, Eleanor has served as the VCCS Board Chair and Audit Committee Chair. Appointed by two governors, she is a past member and president of the VA State Board of Education. A career teacher, counselor and Student Services Director, she has been active in organizations that lobby to remediate the impacts on underserved populations.

ELEANOR SASLAW

CO-FOUNDER

STEERING COMMITTEE

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Currently an Associate Prof of Ed Leadership and Director of Teacher Preparation in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, Roberto has had a long career in education. He previously served over 30 years as a K-12 public school educator, working as a teacher of World Languages and English as a Second Language, assistant principal, and principal in Fairfax County Public Schools.

ROBERTO A. PAMAS

EX OFFICIO

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Dave Albo is a Government Relations Attorney with Williams Mullen. He received an economics degree from UVA, and a JD from the University of Richmond. Dave represented southern Fairfax County in the VA House of Delegates for 24 years. From 2012 to 2017, he was Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, making him the longest serving Chairman of the committee in state history.   

DAVE ALBO

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Tracy Baynard moved to NoVA in 1986 to work in public policy. She started her career at The Greater Washington Board of Trade and joined McGuireWoods Consulting in 1998. She represents companies and non-profits in transportation/infrastructure, education, and economic development before Virginia public officials. Tracy credits her teachers and her mother for launching her love of reading and belief that education is everyone’s birthright.

TRACY BAYNARD

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Frank Nutter is President of the Reinsurance Association of America. He serves on the Board of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of research grants to find a cure for childhood cancer. He has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA in economics from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Nutter was a U.S. Navy officer and Vietnam veteran.

FRANK NUTTER

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Ilryong Moon: Ilryong Moon immigrated to the US in 1974 at age 17, later earning a BA from Harvard and a JD from William and Mary.  He served as an elected Fairfax County School Board Member for 20 years, chairing the board for three terms. As a former ESL student, he grew up believing that all students can succeed if given the right opportunities.

ILRYONG MOON

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Tannia Talento is the former Chair of the School Board for Arlington Public Schools and served as a member from 2017-2020.  She is a Latina community leader, activist, and a co-founder of ASHPA, the Arlington Schools Hispanic Parents Association.  She formerly worked in corporate law for 15 years as a legal secretary and assistant.  Tannia lives in Arlington with her husband and two dogs.

TANNIA TALENTO
TREASURER

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Haywood Torrence, Jr., a retired Fairfax County Public Schools social studies teacher, holds degrees from Harvard (A.B., cum laude), Yale (J.D.) and Stanford (M.B.A.). He practiced law at multiple law firms and the Department of Energy, along with sixteen years as a government relations executive with Bell Atlantic. With a strong interest in service, he has tutored students and incarcerated adults.

HAYWOOD "WOODY" TORRENCE, JR. 

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Meredith is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds a BA and MA in Education as well as a certification in English to Speakers of Other Languages.  She has been a teacher, an instructional coach, a professional learning facilitator, and education advocate for twenty years. In her role as Executive Director of EduTutorVA, Meredith is committed to nurturing the teacher pipeline with diverse and passionate educators who can support students across Virginia with quality, high-impact tutoring.

MEREDITH FORTNER, NBCT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Jessica Paul is a School Psychology graduate student who holds a BA in Psychology and is professionally affiliated with the National Association of School Psychology, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the International Honor Society in Psychology. She has been a teaching assistant, a special education tutor, and a research assistant. Jessica is passionate about providing all students with quality education and resources to help them thrive both inside and outside the classroom.

JESSICA PAUL
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Roberto Pamas, Assoc. Professor,  Educ. Leadership and Teacher Preparation, George Mason University

  • Meagan Alderton, Alexandria School Board, Special Ed., non-profit work

  • Grace Mukupa, MBA, Ph D, Assoc. Dir. for Tribal College Student Success

  • Alicia Plerhoples, Georgetown Law Professor, Director Nonprofit Law Clinic

  • Jorge E. Figueredo, Executive Director, Edu-Futuro

  • Patrick Brennan, Executive Director, Communities In Schools, NOVA

  • Jay Garant, FCPS Director Business and Community Partnerships

  • Natalie Lorenz Anderson, K-12 STEM leader for the underserved with DC's MIT Alum Club and Girl Scouts

  • Manny Bartolotta, Tech consultant VA Counselors, Pres. VA Counselor’s Foundation

  • Dick Harless, Professor NVCC and liaison to George Mason University

  • Cristina Diaz-Torres, Arlington Co. School Board member

  • Joanna Fitzpatrick, Youth Advisor to Dalia Palchik FC Board of Supervisor 

  • Grace Mukupa, MBA, Ph D, Assoc. Dir. for Tribal College Student Success

  • Janie Strauss, Fairfax Co. Former FCPS School Board chair; Current Program Director, Cappies NCA (regional high school theatre program) 

  • Ward Othman, George Mason Graduate student intern, EduTutorVA tutor

RESOURCE MEMBERS

  • Dr. Frances Ivey, FCPS Deputy Superintendent

  • Dalia Palchik, Board of Supervisors, former FCPS School Board 

  • Douglas Tyson, FCPS Assistant Superintendent, Region 1