Our Network Team

Laurie Brown

Laurie Brown

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Florida State University
Rafael Cevallos
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Rafael Cevallos

Software Developer
University of Colorado Boulder
Colby Daigle
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Colby Daigle

Finance Associate
Lake Erie College
Kevin Haggard
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Kevin Haggard

Director of Talent Management
Tennessee State University
Adam Holdren
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Adam Holdren

Senior Director of Operations - Nashville
University of California Santa Barbara
Sam Koenig
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Sam Koenig

Data Analyst
The College of William & Mary
Craig Meister
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Craig Meister

Director of Science & Personalized Learning
Brigham Young University
Jeremy Quiñonez
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Jeremy Quiñonez

Associate Director of Student Recruitment - Nashville
Oral Roberts University
Karen Vernon
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Karen Vernon

Associate Director of People Operations
Florida Atlantic University
Trey Vernaci
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Trey Vernaci

Senior Director of Operations - Jackson
Millsaps College
Diana Anosike

Diana Anosike

Associate Director of Talent

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.

Allison Arth

Allison Arth

Director of Computer Science

Prior to joining the RePublic Network team, Allison served as the Upper Middle School Computer Science teacher at Nashville Prep. Allison was also an Algebra I teacher at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. Before teaching, Allison worked as a graphic designer in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she graduated summa cum laude from Marian University with a B.A. in graphic design and a B.S. in sport management. Allison was a Teach For America corps member in St. Louis, Missouri, and received her Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis.

Michael Bartha

Michael Bartha

Director of Math

Michael worked in education in Memphis from 2010 to 2014, serving as an eighth grade math and Algebra 1 teacher at both district and charter schools. He moved to Nashville to serve as Director of Academic Achievement and eventually principal at Intrepid College Prep, where he also taught sixth grade math and Algebra 1. More recently, he worked as an Assistant Principal at Valor Collegiate Academies.

Laurie Brown

Laurie Brown

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Michael Burgevin

Michael Burgevin

Director of Academics & Interim Director of Mississippi Schools

Michael is a founding team member of RePublic Schools and has served as a teacher, school leader, and network leader, achieving record-setting academic results within the state of Tennessee. During his tenure with the network, Michael built RePublic's comprehensive K-12 Computer Science curriculum and teacher training program and expanded that program into over 100 schools outside the RePublic network. He has partnered with districts, networks, and states to reimagine their computer science curricula, teacher training programs, and standards. Additionally, Michael oversees the work of the Computer Science Braintrust, a consortium of high performing, innovative schools dedicated to building the Computer Science pathways of tomorrow. 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

Rafael Cevallos

Rafael Cevallos

Software Developer

Megan Cole

Megan Cole

Associate Director of Marketing & Communications

Megan joins RePublic from Teach For America, where she supported regions across the country with their marketing and communications efforts. Prior to her marketing and communications role, Megan served the Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga region as their operations coordinator. A native Floridian, Megan attended the University of Florida and earned a bachelor’s of science in public relations with a minor in English. After graduation, she moved to Jacksonville where she taught middle school language arts and creative writing as a member of the Teach For America Jacksonville corps.

Colby Daigle

Colby Daigle

Finance Associate

Ashley Davis Gallimore

Ashley Davis Gallimore

Chief Talent Officer

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.

Anna Fleming

Anna Fleming

Operations Associate

As a graduate of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Anna serves as Operations 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.

Kevin Haggard

Kevin Haggard

Director of Talent Management

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

Director of Compliance

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.

Adam Holdren

Adam Holdren

Senior Director of Operations - Nashville

Sam Koenig

Sam Koenig

Data Analyst

Craig Meister

Craig Meister

Director of Science & Personalized Learning

Kristina Okerman

Kristina Okerman

Manager of Finance

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

Director of Finance

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.

Jeremy Quiñonez

Jeremy Quiñonez

Associate Director of Student Recruitment - Nashville

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 & Director of Curriculum, Assessment, & Instruction at RePublic High School

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.

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.

Jasmine Thornton

Jasmine Thornton

Associate Director of Student Recruitment - Jackson

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.

Karen Vernon

Karen Vernon

Associate Director of People Operations

Trey Vernaci

Trey Vernaci

Senior Director of Operations - Jackson

Our Board

Sharhonda Bossier

Sharhonda Bossier

Board Member

sbossier@republiccharterschools.org

Wood Caldwell

Wood Caldwell

Board Member

Wood is a Principal at Southeast Venture, LLC. Wood’s work at Southeast Venture provides him with a deep knowledge of the city and its various neighborhoods and needs. A Board Member with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, he has worked diligently as a member of the Executive Committee to ensure the YMCA meets organizational growth goals and to continue a legacy of quality youth programming for families in Tennessee. Wood holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

wcaldwell@republiccharterschools.org

Miranda Christy

Miranda Christy

Board Member

Miranda is an attorney at Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC where her practice focuses on business transactions and real estate, advising various clients on acquisitions, dispositions, financing, development, and leasing. She was previously in-house counsel with UBS Investment Bank and prior to that practiced law with Stites & Harbison for eight years. She has been a Big Sister through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for eight years and has been a member and co-chair of its Ambassadors Circle Leadership Program. Miranda is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and is a founding member of Emerge Tennessee, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for public office. Miranda was the first person in her family to attend college, and she graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College. She also studied theology at Vanderbilt's Divinity School and earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee.

mchristy@republiccharterschools.org

Ron Corbin

Ron Corbin

Board Member

Before joining RBBC Holdings, Ron was a leading executive for Allstate, America’s largest publicly traded auto and personal property insurer. In addition to his high-level of expertise in developing proven financial and management systems, Ron leveraged his expertise for the betterment of a wide array of social and community issues. Ron also served in the U.S. Military, where he earned the rank of Sergeant E5 in the United States Army. He served a year in Vietnam and was honorably discharged. Ron is a Distinguished Alumnus of Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma.

rcorbin@republiccharterschools.org

Ronnie Crudup Jr.

Ronnie Crudup Jr.

Board Member

rcrudup@republiccharterschools.org

Walton Denton

Walton Denton

Board Member

wdenton@republiccharterschools.org

Mignon Francois

Mignon Francois

Board Member

Mignon Francois is the Founder and CEO of The Cupcake Collection (TCC), a nationally recognized bakery in Historic Germantown and the proud parent of a RePublic High School student. Mignon has won numerous national awards, including Family Business of the Year through Black Enterprise Magazine. A New Orleans native and charter school enthusiast, Mignon also serves on the board of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation. Mignon is an alumnus of Xavier University in New Orleans and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Houston Baptist University. She is also working towards her MB.A. at Lipscomb University.

mfrancois@republiccharterschools.org

Stewart Hood

Stewart Hood

Board Chair

Stewart is the Founder and Principal of Hatchway Ventures. He was previously the Vice President of Systems at Munistrategies, LLC – a Jackson, Mississippi-based community development entity that specializes in capital infusion in low-income communities. He is also an Investment Analyst at Grits Capital, LLC and the Co-Founder of Fondren Public, LLC. He received his M.B.A. from Babson College and his B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Mississippi.

shood@republiccharterschools.org

Drake Jarman

Drake Jarman

Board Member

Drake Jarman is Stratasan’s SVP of Sales. He is responsible for leading the sales team and has extensive experience selling into healthcare systems, having previously served as the President of Wellness Environments. Prior to Wellness Environments, Drake was involved in national politics, serving as the National Finance Director for Governor Mike Huckabee’s Political Action Committee, HuckPAC, and working for then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s VOLPAC. Drake holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University, is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, and resides in Nashville with his wife, Christina and son, Mac.

Adam Mangana

Adam Mangana

Board Member

amangana@republiccharterschools.org

Cortez Moss

Cortez Moss

Board Member

cmoss@republiccharterschools.org

Waymon Tipton

Waymon Tipton

Board Treasurer

Waymon manages the wealth management group at Avondale Partners, LLC and serves on the firm’s operating committee, which oversees coordination and implementation of firm-wide strategies. Waymon is an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church and serves on the boards of the CFA Society of Nashville and the Board of Sequatchie Concrete Services. He holds an M.B.A. from the Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

wtipton@republiccharterschools.org

Meredith Van Devender

Meredith Van Devender

Board Member

mvandevender@republiccharterschools.org

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RePublic Schools previously had two separate governing boards: RePublic Schools, Inc. and RePublic Schools, Nashville. RePublic Schools, Inc. now operates as the sole government board. An archive of RePublic Schools, Nashville documents is linked below.