Diana Anosike

Diana Anosike

Talent Associate

Diana joins the Talent Team after serving as the Dean of Community Life at Nashville Prep for two years.  Previously, Diana worked in Community Relations for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. During her 11 years in Kentucky, Diana also worked with several youth organizations that allowed her to mentor and help develop middle school and high school girls. During that time she also founded a girls summer conference in conjunction with her first published book. Diana graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Political Science.

Erika Berry

Erika Berry

Director of External Affairs

Erika fell in love with the mission of RePublic Schools while volunteering for Nashville Prep in 2011, and as a native Mississippian she was thrilled when RePublic committed in 2013 to invest in Mississippi's incredibly-deserving scholars. Before joining Team RePublic, Erika served in Mississippi's Office of the Lieutenant Governor as an Education Policy Advisor and in 2014 founded the Mississippi Charter Schools Association. Her favorite job thus far has been teaching middle school math in Charlotte, NC. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mississippi and a M.P.P. from Vanderbilt University.

Alex Beutel

Alex Beutel

Director of Math

Alex started his career in education teaching 7th and 8th grade math in St. Louis. From there, he transitioned into high school and taught Algebra II at the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago while also coaching soccer. It was there that his passion for data became more than a hobby, as he started serving as the Data and Analytics Manager in addition to teaching before joining RePublic as a full time data analyst. He earned his B.S. in Finance from Miami University.

Michael Burgevin

Michael Burgevin

Director of Computer Science

Michael joined the RePublic team as a Founding 6th Grade Math Teacher at Liberty where his scholars outperformed students in Williamson County, the highest performing county in Tennessee. While at Liberty, Michael served as a Dean of Students, Grade Level Team Leader, and 7th Grade Math Teacher. Under his instruction, 100% of the 7th grade Algebra scholars scored Advanced on the End of Course Exam. He pioneered the computer programming curriculum at Liberty, helping to expand the curriculum across multiple grade levels. Prior to working with RePublic, Michael worked in the Mississippi Delta as a Teach For America corps member where he doubled the school wide math proficiency scores. He graduated from Bard College with a double concentration in Global and International Studies and Sociology.

Claire Chaney

Claire Chaney

Director of Operations Services

Hailing from Chicago but heading to Nashville by way of Boston, Claire joined the RePublic team after completing her Masters in Public Policy degree with a focus on Social and Urban Policy and a specialization in education policy. Prior to her time in graduate school, Claire served as a Teach For America Corps Member in Chicago, working as a sixth grade math teacher in the Englewood neighborhood on the city’s south side. Claire has also worked on early childhood education policy projects in Louisiana, contributed to public health interventions in Uganda, and supported affordable housing initiatives in St. Louis. She is a graduate of both the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (M.A. in Public Policy) and Washington University in St. Louis (B.A. in Urban Studies).

James Dozier

James Dozier

Data Analyst

After selling his retail game store, James began to teach himself computer programming. After four years of working with charter schools in Memphis, he gained a passion for working in education. He joined the RePublic team, bringing his experience and skills to continue helping schools know their full potential with data. James earned his B.A. from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN.

Anna Fleming

Anna Fleming

Compliance Associate

As a graduate of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Anna serves as a Compliance Associate at RePublic Schools within a district that is close to her heart. 

She earned her B.A. from the College of Wooster in Political Theory in pursuit of one day earning a Master in Public Policy. After graduation, she returned to Nashville to work at the Nashville Public Education Foundation, where she was able to experience how a united community prerogative can propel schools forward when coupled with thoughtful nonprofit investment.
  
Her overarching interest in education policy is bolstered by a drive to personally affect students’ lives for the better. You can still find her volunteering at Model United Nations conferences and Youth in Government conferences for Metro Schools' high schoolers.

Liz Friedland

Liz Friedland

Chief of Talent

Liz’s fire for education in Nashville is fueled by her time at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Antioch, TN. She taught a self-contained 7th grade class – where she led 100% of her scholars to score Proficient or Advanced in math, science and social studies, and 71% in literacy on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment. Passionate about bringing great leaders to this work, Liz joins the RePublic team from Teach For America’s national Recruitment Team, where she managed talent recruitment for the organization across the state of Tennessee. Liz was a Teach For America corps member in Nashville, and graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy and Political Science.

Ashley Davis Gallimore

Ashley Davis Gallimore

Associate Director of Talent

Ashley began her career in education as a middle school US History teacher in Miami, FL. After several years of teaching, she moved to Nashville to join Teach For America Greater Nashville staff, where she helped manage district partnerships and alumni leadership. Recognizing the fundamental role that teacher talent plays in ensuring educational equity for all students, Ashley spent the last four years working at The New Teacher Project developing and managing teacher recruitment and selection processes for several large urban school districts. Ashley was a Teach For America Miami-Dade corps member. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.

Amber Green

Amber Green

Director of Student Recruitment

As Liberty’s Director of Operations and Founding Director of Students and Families, Amber led her team to exceed student enrollment goals each year. Amber developed Liberty’s first Parental Involvement Committee, where she led monthly parent meetings and family events, and also built Liberty’s extracurricular program. Amber graduated from Belmont University with a B.A. in Journalism.

Joe Hammer

Joe Hammer

Speech Language Pathologist

Joe moved back to his hometown, Nashville, in 2014 to be closer to friends and family, and most recently worked with charter school students in Williamson and Davidson County.  Joe has been a certified Speech Language Pathologist since 2013, after graduating from the University of Tennessee with an M.S. in SLP.  He has lived across Tennessee - including Knoxville and Chattanooga - serving various public school systems. 

Kevin Heffel

Kevin Heffel

Chief Academic Officer

Kevin draws on a diverse background in law and education to serve as RePublic’s first Chief Academic Officer. Most recently, Kevin was the Senior Managing Director of Instructional Management for Success Academy, the highest performing network of charter schools in New York City. Kevin managed principals and the instructional team at Success, which grew to 32 schools, serving 10,000 students, who most recently scored in the top 1% and the top 3% respectively of the New York State Math and English Language Arts exams.

Kevin started his career as a high school history teacher at a boarding school, where he also served as a coach, theater director, and dormitory parent. He then practiced intellectual property law in Washington, D.C. at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Kevin received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A. from Tufts University.

Dana Hildebrand

Dana Hildebrand

Compliance Coordinator

Prior to joining the RePublic network team, Dana supported school-based operations at Nashville Prep, most recently as the Director of Operations. Before moving to Nashville in 2013, Dana provided GED and supportive services to adolescents in the Mid-City and Central City neighborhoods of New Orleans. During her six years in New Orleans, Dana worked with several charter schools and community organizations, as well as with private practice mental health clinicians. Dana graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a B.S. in Psychology. She received her M.S.W. from Tulane with a professional project focusing on Afrocentric-informed program development. She is currently a licensed Social Worker in the state of Tennessee.

Kyli Lamar

Kyli Lamar

Associate Director of Talent

A native Georgian, Kyli returns to the south by way of Providence, RI. While in Rhode Island, Kyli taught middle school English Language Learners for two years at Roger Williams Middle School, where she was a member of the Instructional Leadership Team and chair of the grant writing committee. Recognizing the need to connect policy decisions to stakeholders and classrooms, Kyli spent the last year staffing a campaign and working as a community organizer at Rhode Island Is Ready. Kyli was a Teach For America Rhode Island corps member. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and her A.M. in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.

Craig Meister

Craig Meister

Computer Science Associate

Craig has spent most of his professional life in international education. Having spent 3 years in Mexico working with teacher training and organization development, Craig worked with initiatives around personalized learning.  He initially joined the RePublic team as a consultant to roll out a personalized learning curriculum within computer science before setting down roots in Nashville with his family. Originally from Indiana, Craig began working teaching English and Greek to recent immigrants in Greece. After completing his degree in Linguistics and Classics at Brigham Young University, Craig entered Teach For America and taught Latin and ESL while he got his Masters in Teaching.

Kristina Okerman

Kristina Okerman

Accounts Payable Associate

Kristina has always had a passion for excellence, learning, and empowering individuals to reach their greatest potential. Education has always been a high priority in her own life, and she loves to support learning and growth for others as well. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Messiah College in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has had a diverse range of prior work experiences. Among them have been several opportunities to support others in furthering their education, both through college-level tutoring and teaching ESL classes overseas. When she heard about the vision behind RePublic Schools, she knew she wanted to be a part of it and is excited to join the team.

Catherine Olson

Catherine Olson

Financial Analyst

Catherine began her career at RePublic as an Operations Fellow at Nashville Prep, and later served as an Operations Associate as well as the Director of Operations. Prior to joining RePublic, Catherine worked in Hyderabad, India for nine months, where she worked to improve the quality of affordable private schools as part of the IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise. Catherine graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics. At Rhodes, Catherine served as president of the Mathematics Club, family coordinator of the Rhodes Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, as well as a middle school mathematics tutor. She co-founded Rhodes first intentional community which focused on sustainable living and community service.

Maria Paredes

Maria Paredes

Associate Director of Recruitment

Dedicating most of her personal time to community service, Maria has spent numerous years volunteering and working with a variety of educational institutions and community organizations, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is very passionate about education and believes that it makes an critical difference in transforming a child’s future - no matter their background. A recent Huntsman graduate, Maria received both her B.A in International Studies and B.S in Business Economics and Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sheri Patterson

Sheri Patterson

Parent Engagement Coordinator

Sheri is a founding parent of Nashville Prep with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Iowa. Following an auto accident, Sheri changed careers by becoming a parent coordinator for AmeriCorps. After years of volunteering, she joined the RePublic team. Sheri empowers parents to advocate on behalf of their children and to become the voices of their scholars throughout Nashville & beyond. Parents are their children's number one cheerleaders & their voices are vital to a great education. Sheri maintains dual-citizenship, with her sons Cornel and Kofi attending Liberty Collegiate Academy and RePublic High School, respectively.

Abby Reynolds

Abby Reynolds

Director of Literacy

Before moving to Nashville, Abby was Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School of the Uncommon Schools network. During her time at Uncommon, she also served as a teacher of 7th and 8th grade ELA as well as curriculum specialist for 8th grade writing. Prior to that, she worked at Achievement First, The MATCH School, and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. She has a M.S. Ed. from Hunter College Teacher U.

Annie Robison

Annie Robison

Director of Schools

Annie was previously the Principal and Founding 6th Grade Reading Teacher at Liberty Collegiate. She also taught in the Mississippi Delta as a Teach For America corps member. She is a graduate of George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs and African Studies. Annie loves to read, explore, talk about anything related to the state of Minnesota, and attempt to cook.

Abigail Rockey

Abigail Rockey

Director of Network Operations

Abigail was the Founding Director of Operations at Liberty Collegiate Academy, where she led the school from start-up to full growth and managed all day-to-day business operations. Abigail was previously a Founding Literacy Teacher at Young Scholars Frederick Douglass School in Philadelphia. Abigail helped manage the transition from a traditional public to a public charter model with nearly 700 students and more than 60 faculty. Abigail continued to make an impact in the classroom while also taking on a leadership role as the manager of the school intervention team. In this role, Abigail and a team of 12 faculty and staff managed a caseload of more than 100 K-8 students. Abigail was a Teach For America Philadelphia corps member. She received her B.A. in English, Political Science, and Business from Calvin College.

Hailey Rowe

Hailey Rowe

Director of Cato Computer Science Center

Hailey Rowe has been spent years developing programming for youth in Nashville. Hailey joined the RePublic team to bring free and accessible computer science after school programming to youth all over Nashville. Hailey graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelors of Arts in Visual Media Arts and a minor in Marketing. After graduating, Hailey worked in film in Los Angeles, helping score movie trailers and TV shows before moving back to Nashville to work at the Nashville non-profit, Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities.

Jon Rybka

Jon Rybka

Chief Executive Officer

Jon has spent his career dedicated to transforming schools and policies to better serve students who have traditionally been underserved. He comes to RePublic from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, where he functioned as a program officer on the U.S. Education team’s expanding Quality Schools Options portfolio. In that role, he worked to support the creation of high quality schools by partnering with authorizers, regulators, districts, and charter operators to enlist stakeholders in creating a system of great schools through the creation, expansion, and replication of quality schools.

Prior to his work at the foundation, Jon was a managing director at a turnaround charter management organization, Scholar Academies, and the Office of School Innovation in Washington, DC Public Schools where he led schools that were focused on arts integration, STEM, and world cultures. He also worked at the Children's Defense Fund where he led advocacy efforts on quality health care, early childhood programs, and equitable juvenile justice policies. He began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Carver High School in Winston-Salem, NC and SEED Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. Jon earned his B.A. in History at Denison University and M.A.Ed.’ in secondary education from Wake Forest University.

Hannah Sacco

Hannah Sacco

Literacy Associate

Hannah served as the Principal and Assistant Principal, as well as an English teacher for the NACS Rams. Hannah arrived in Nashville via the Mississippi Delta, where she taught high school art as a Teach For America corps member in Belzoni, MS. A native of Huntersville, North Carolina, Hannah received her B.A. in German and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate student, Hannah was involved with the UNC Dance Marathon, fundraising for families and patients of the NC Children’s Hospital.

Kenny Skaggs

Kenny Skaggs

Software Developer

Kenny joins RePublic after five years of working as a software consultant in Chicago area. He teams up with teachers to develop and maintain web application software created by RePublic. He’s driven to create easy to use tools that let teachers spend more of their time helping students learn. Kenny graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a B.A. in Computer Science.

Christina Theodoru

Christina Theodoru

Math Associate

Christina started her teaching career at Intrepid College Prep where her students were #1 in MNPS in growth and achievement on their state exams.  Christina is a Nashville native; she graduated from Lipscomb University and went on to earn her M.A. from Belmont University.

Jasmine Thornton

Jasmine Thornton

Associate Director of Recruitment

Prior to joining the RePublic team, Jasmine served Mississippi’s low-income youth as an Outreach and Admissions Counselor and Career Transition Specialist for the Job Corps Program. A native of the Mississippi Delta and a product of its school system, Jasmine is committed to fighting the injustices of public education. Jasmine is completing doctoral work in Higher Education Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi, and her research is focused on creating access for underrepresented minorities in the South. Jasmine received her M.P.A. from Belhaven University and her B.A. in English and Liberal Arts from Rust College.

Glenn Turtel

Glenn Turtel

Chief Financial Officer

Glenn brings with him almost two decades of finance and accounting experience, most of which involved working with charter schools throughout the United States. Glenn joined RePublic from 4th Sector Solutions, a leading provider of back office services to charter schools and educational nonprofits. Glenn served as the Chief Financial Officer of 4th Sector Solutions, where he was responsible for the startup and financial management of fifteen charter schools in Louisiana and three nonprofits. Glenn currently serves as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of Top Honors, a math tutoring organization he founded in 2002 that provides fundamental math skills to over 100 students in New York City every year.

Glenn began his career in education with Edison Schools, a pioneer in the charter school movement, where he served as the Controller for the Charter Schools division. As the Divisional Controller, Glenn oversaw a team that was responsible for the financial management of over fifty schools in fourteen states and D.C. Glenn then became the Controller of Harlem Village Academies, a high performing charter network in New York City, where he was responsible for all of the accounting and finance functions and helped the organization grow from two schools to five schools. Glenn received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in finance and accounting.

Courtney Vickers

Courtney Vickers

Director of Special Education

Prior to joining the network team, Courtney served as the Director of Academic Supports at the Nashville Academy of Computer Science and worked with Tennessee's Early Intervention System, providing educational programming for families with young children with disabilities or developmental delays. She is a proud founder of local non-profit Youth Empowerment Through Arts & Humanities. She still sits on the the Executive Board of Directors. Her most cherished accomplishments are being a mother and wife. Courtney has a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies, and a Master’s in Special Education.

Delaine Wendling

Delaine Wendling

Personalized Learning Software Developer

Delaine spent 3 years teaching math at a public school in Nashville, TN where her students earned the highest Algebra II growth in the district. She joined RePublic High School as the founding Computer Science teacher in 2015. While learning Computer Science alongside her students, she realized she enjoyed computer programming and wanted to learn more. She then decided to attend Nashville Software School. After six months of immersive training in computer programming, her passion for education had not waned. She rejoined RePublic as a Software Developer building a Personalized Learning Platform for students. She hopes that this platform will meet students where they are at, engage and challenge them, and prepare them to successfully tackle complex, real-world problems. In her free time she likes to do yoga, be outdoors, and learn new things. 

Delaine graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she earned a B.A. in Mathematics and English as well as an M.Ed in Mathematics Education.