Meet Our Team

Kenneth Abbott
Professional Learning Specialist, Greater Los Angeles
Kenneth provides teachers with coaching on PowerMyLearning’s Framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive education in the Greater Los Angeles region. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Kenneth was a high school special education teacher in Watts and Inglewood, California and a Senior Instructional Coach for CollegeSpring. As a teacher and an instructional coach, Kenneth has created and facilitated professional development, coached teachers around instructional best practices, and analyzed student and site-level data. Kenneth earned his B.A. in Communication from Messiah University and an M.Ed in Urban Education with a concentration in Teaching with Technology from Loyola Marymount University.

Emily Amick
Managing Director, Programs
Emily leads the strategic planning and development of high-quality programming for educators and families and drives the internal capacity-building of our program staff. She also oversees program delivery to schools and districts across the country outside of NYC and LA. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Emily was a high school math teacher and coach, providing support to colleagues on best practices in the areas of student engagement, data-driven instruction, elements of effective planning, and more. She also worked in educational roles outside of the classroom as a curriculum designer and professional developer. Emily holds a master’s in secondary mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from New York University.

Ty Armstrong
Professional Learning Specialist 
Ty provides teachers with coaching on PowerMyLearning’s Framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive education in the Greater Los Angeles region. Previously, Ty supported her campus at Citizens of the World as the Social and Emotional Learning Coach, Grade Level Lead, and as a mentor teacher—in addition to teaching full-time. Ty has a Master’s in Education with a focus on Social Emotional Learning and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

Emily Bailey
Manager of School Partnerships
Emily leads the outreach, selection process, and onboarding for New York City’s grant-funded partner schools. She previously worked at New York Cares as a Senior Manager of Youth Volunteering, having been promoted several times over her four-year tenure there. Before that, Emily was an Outreach Coordinator for Reading Partners after having gotten her start as a City Year Corps Member. Emily holds an MA in Sociology of Education from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; she also has a BA in International Studies & French from SUNY Brockport.

Anya Bergman 
Professional Learning Specialist 
Anya provides teachers with coaching on PowerMyLearning’s Framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive education in the Greater Los Angeles region. Previously, she taught for seven years in Spanish dual immersion elementary classrooms in Glendale and LAUSD. Anya is passionate about coaching teachers on creating collaborative and student-centered classrooms that meet the needs of diverse learners. Anya received a Master’s in Education from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in International and Global Studies, Journalism, and Hispanic Studies from Brandeis University.

Maria Berkovich
Product Owner
Maria creates functional requirements to enable software development teams to implement functionality based on the business needs. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Maria worked as a Business Analyst for a pharmaceutical distributor while volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentoring middle-school students in Columbus, Ohio. Maria earned an M.B.A. from the Ohio State University and a B.A. in Computer Informational Systems with a minor in Management from Southern Arkansas University. She also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

Lauren Burner-Lawrence
Lead Professional Learning Specialist, Elementary, New York City
Lauren serves as an elementary-focused instructional coach, providing on-site guided teacher support within the nation’s largest school district. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Lauren gained nearly ten years of teaching and school leadership experience in traditional public, charter, and private schools, most notably with the Brooklyn School of Inquiry. Her most recent writing credits include BrainPOP, eOculus Magazine, and Core Learning Exchange. Lauren earned her M.S.Ed in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College and her B.S. in Educational Theatre from New York University. She also completed Games for Learning coursework at NYU’s Media and Games Network.

Anna Lisa Caraveo-Flores
Executive Director, Greater Los Angeles
Anna Lisa oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs in Los Angeles, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. Anna Lisa has extensive experience working in school districts in Los Angeles, Houston, Rio Grande Valley (RGV), and Phoenix. She has expertise in teaching, teacher education coaching and design, management, and school leadership. Previously, Anna Lisa served as an Assistant Principal of Student Supports at a charter school in Los Angeles. Prior to that she served as the Program Director for the Pablove Foundation in Los Angeles where she oversaw a national arts education program and helped lead their national expansion efforts. Anna Lisa attended Arizona State University, where she received her M.A. in Social and Cultural Pedagogy from the School of Social Transformation. She also holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Irvine.

Christina Chiolo
Executive Director, New York City
Christina oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services in New York City, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. In her previous role as Director of Development, she helped secure philanthropic and government funding to support the work of PowerMyLearning throughout New York City. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Christina spent five years at New York Cares, where she started as a Children’s and Teen Education Program Manager, and then worked as their sole Foundation and Government Relations Officer. Christina also previously served as a Programs and Development Manager at the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation. Christina holds her B.A. in Sociology from Fordham University.

JuDonn DeShields
Chief Program and Strategy Officer
JuDonn is responsible for leading the strategic planning and development of PowerMyLearning’s research, technology, products, and programs. Prior to joining the organization, JuDonn served as an Instructional Superintendent, Deputy Chief for Leadership Development, and Director of Learning at DC Public Schools. He also served as a consultant and coach for school design with Big Picture Learning as well as a teacher and school leader at el Centro de Estudiantes, a Big Picture School in Philadelphia. JuDonn earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Education from Temple University, a Masters of Education in Special Education from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from The George Washington University. JuDonn also holds a certificate of completion from the Urban Superintendents Academy through Howard University and the American Association of School Administrators.

Abigail Donovan
Associate Product Manager
Abigail manages the user research and data collection processes to make data-driven decisions that ensure high quality educational products. Her experience in education spans from STEM Instruction and Curriculum writing for grades K-12, to researching effective pedagogical strategies for teachers at the University level. In her most recent role, Abigail served as a high school administrator where she was responsible for ensuring high quality instruction was accessible for all students by working with teacher and administrative teams to tailor instruction to students’ individual needs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, from the University of Oklahoma.

Sowad Enam
Senior QA Engineer
Sowad is responsible for leading quality assurance for PowerMyLearning Connect, and he works closely with the product and technology teams to develop and implement test plans to ensure product quality. Sowad completed his Engineering degree from the City University of New York and also certified by International Institute for Software Testing.

Soren Ferrieri
Marketing Manager
Soren supports PowerMyLearning's marketing and communications efforts. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Soren was a Website & Social Media Specialist for the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Soren began their career at Ridgeview Classical Schools, where they briefly served as a Teaching Assistant and an Executive Assistant before taking on the role of Media Coordinator. As Media Coordinator, Soren spent about five years leading the school's creative, marketing, and communications efforts. Soren holds a bachelor's degree in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College. 

Kendra Frank
Senior Manager, Professional Learning
Kendra provides teachers with the instructional practices in our framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive teaching Before joining PowerMyLearning, Kendra was a Special Education teacher, English Language Development teacher, and tutor in Georgia. In California, Kendra has taught for the Redwood City School District and the Jefferson Elementary School District. Kendra was also recognized as a product ambassador by ClassDojo. Kendra earned a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.

Karuppiah Ganesan
Managing Director of Technology and Architecture
Karuppiah leads software development and architecture for PowerMyLearning Connect. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Karuppiah was an Executive Director of Engineering at Kaplan Test Prep, where he led the eLearning engineering team and was responsible for software development, enterprise architecture, and quality assurance. He also developed and managed the Kaplan Test Prep eLearning platform. Karuppiah earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

Ramya Gopal
Managing Director, Product
Ramya drives the strategic roadmap for the PowerMyLearning Connect platform and oversees the development of high-quality product requirements and educational content. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Ramya served as the Director of the MAF Lab, an R&D team within the nonprofit Mission Asset Fund (MAF). During her tenure at MAF, Ramya launched several digital products to financially empower families who are immigrants and families who have low incomes. Ramya also spent a summer as an Education Pioneer, serving as a Research and Policy Fellow at Education Trust-West. Prior to that, Ramya served as the Associate Research Manager at the Center for Effective Philanthropy where she produced research to help foundations be more effective in working with nonprofits. Ramya holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English Literature from Swarthmore College.

Rachel Gordon
Senior Manager, Program Development
Rachel provides teachers with the instructional practices in our framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive teaching Prior to PowerMyLearning, Rachel taught middle school ELA in the Bronx and Morningside Heights, where she adapted digital curricula in a variety of models to meet her students’ needs. She also worked at Newsela developing digital Common Core aligned assessments for online news articles and training other assessment writers. She holds her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and her B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.

Katie James
Director of Research
Katie leads our efforts to use data to generate continuous improvement of our products and programs and to build evidence of our impact. Prior to PowerMyLearning, she conducted design-based research in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with a focus on culturally responsive education. In previous roles, Katie has extensive research
experience across a range of STEM topics, including engaging in a large-scale randomized control trial across multiple schools in CPS. Katie also has served as Director of Curriculum and Research for Academic Approach, where she analyzed quantitative learning outcomes related to instructional interventions and professional development. She also has experience conducting developmental psychology studies with preschool- and elementary-aged children. Katie holds a PhD in Learning Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an EdM in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University, and a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University.

Sabrina Jimenez
Program Manager, Family Engagement, Greater Los Angeles
Sabrina is charged with implementing PowerMyLearning’s Online Family workshops, participating in the development and review of program materials for virtual and in-person delivery, and managing PowerMyLearning’s partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library’s “Student Learning Zones” initiative. Sabrina has spent years working in multiple capacities with a diverse population of students and families in Pasadena, Los Angeles, Oakland, Hayward, and San Francisco. Her pedagogy and training are trauma-informed and culturally sustainable, centering students’ and families’ lived experiences within the curriculum to provide a safe space for critical analysis, reflection, healing and transformation. She carries with her years of community advocacy and program development through various organizations both within and beyond the scope of academia, such as the People’s Education Movement, Bay Area and Hermanas Unidas, Inc. Prior to teaching, Sabrina attended UCLA where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Chicanx Studies. She then pursued her Master’s in the Art of Teaching: Urban Education and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco’s School of Education.

Sean Kim
Chief Administrative Officer
Sean oversees all administrative functions and plays a key role in organizational decision-making. Sean brings over 10 years of non-profit management experience, and prior to joining the PowerMyLearning team, he was the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, a governmental entity, where he led Finance, HR, IT, and other administrative functions. Prior to his tenure at The Harris Center, Sean held positions at Baylor Genetics and Baylor College of Medicine’s Medical Genetics Laboratories, where he served on the executive team for an esoteric genetic testing laboratory. Sean holds a M.B.A. degree from Rice University. He also holds a B.A. degree in Economics, Psychology, and Managerial Studies from Rice University. Sean is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.

Arul Kumarasamy
Senior Developer
Arul is responsible for software development of PowerMyLearning Connect and manages contracted software developers. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Arul was manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions, where he led various projects and oversaw the offshore team. He was responsible for software development and quality assurance, and he trained and mentored new team members. Arul earned a master’s degree in Physics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications from Bharathidasan University, India.

Brian Levinson
Content Associate
Brian is responsible for the addition and maintenance of quality content on PowerMyLearning Connect. Brian spent eight years editing and developing new content at BrainPOP, and an additional year as the senior editor of one of Scholastic’s classroom magazines. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

Noelle Malone
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Noelle leads the development and execution of PowerMyLearning’s digital marketing strategy and communications assets that tell the story of the organization’s impact, including through articles, press materials, and social media content. Previously, she served as media relations coordinator for ICSC, an international trade association, where she developed communications strategies to advocate on behalf of the organization’s 70,000+ members. Noelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Scranton.

Rocio Martinez
Development Manager, Greater Los Angeles
Rocio supports fundraising efforts in Los Angeles. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Rocio served on the development team at one of the largest charter school networks in Los Angeles. Her work focused on efforts to raise funds for scholarships and school operations. She has over three years of experience serving underprivileged students in Southern California. Rocio holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA.

Radames Medina
Senior Staff Accountant
Radames is responsible for preparing and maintaining PowerMyLearning’s accounting records. Radames joined PowerMyLearning with almost twenty years of accounting experience in various industries. In addition, he independently consulted for several small businesses in an accounting and bookkeeping capacity. This led to a controller position at a technology start-up company where he was able to assist in bringing the company from an annual revenue scale of approximately $350k to a million dollars in two years. He holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from DeVry University and a bachelor’s degree in Managerial Information Systems from Pace University.

Alicia Montoya 
Regional Partnerships Director
Alicia is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with K12 decision-makers, expanding and growing sales for PowerMyLearning’s professional development products and services in the K-12 educational space in California. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Alicia spent six years with the International Center for Leadership in Education/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she grew and maintained relationships with district leaders, along with supporting school districts across California, Washington, and Oregon to meet their professional development needs. Year after year, she was responsible for an average of $1.7 million dollars in revenue. Alicia obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a certificate in Victim Services from Fresno State University.

Ashley H. Newton
Professional Learning Specialist, New York City
Ashley serves as an instructional coach providing teachers with support grounded within PowerMyLearning’s Framework and focused around instruction, family engagement, equity, and culturally responsive teaching. Before joining PowerMyLearning, she has served as a Literacy Coach and STEM-themed Coach. She has supported teachers in reading instruction and worked to integrate STEM and SEL into a comprehensive literacy program. Ashley holds an Advanced Certificate/ 6th Year Degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, a M.S. in Reading and Language Arts from Southern Connecticut State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College.

Jill Nyhus
Chief Growth Officer
Jill is responsible for driving sales for PowerMyLearning’s programs and products for school districts and education organizations. She brings expertise in leading business development for K12 professional development services and ed-tech platforms. Most recently, she served as a leader at Insight Education Group for eight years. As Vice President of Business Development, she was instrumental on Insight’s executive leadership team in their strategy and execution of sales and marketing with clients in over 20 states and in the Middle East and the increase of Insight’s thought leadership in K12. As Vice President of Educator Quality, she led the development and launch of a new business line supporting districts across the country in building comprehensive multi-channel, equity-driven teacher recruitment and retention systems. Prior to Insight, Jill served as Senior Director of Technology at the District of Columbia Public Schools where she led the district’s digital communication strategy. In prior roles, she served as Director of New Media Research & Development for a tech start-up and Director of Web Strategy & Development for the cable industry’s cable foundation. She spent the first six years of her career as a grade 5 and 6 teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland. She has been a regular speaker at national education conferences on a wide variety of topics facing education leaders. Jill holds an M.A. in educational technology leadership from George Washington University in the District of Columbia and a B.A. in elementary education from Wheaton College in Illinois.

Neha Pandit
Senior Manager, Research & Program Operations
Neha manages program data processes that inform funding reports and program goals, and she works closely with program teams to develop data collection tools, logic models, and metrics that align to PowerMyLearning’s overall mission. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Neha worked as Research and Evaluation Manager at Inwood House, a social welfare organization, leading the production of yearly program reports and conducting data analyses to assess programmatic outcomes. She completed her M.A. in Human Development and Social Intervention with a concentration in Research Methods at New York University.

Jaimee Raquel Partida
Professional Learning Specialist, Greater Los Angeles
Jaimee provides teachers with coaching on PowerMyLearning’s Framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive education in the Greater Los Angeles region. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Jaimee was a middle school English Language Arts and History teacher in Los Angeles. During her time as a teacher leader, she facilitated professional development cycles on text complexity, text dependent questions as scaffolds, and implementation of new literacy curriculums. Jaimee earned her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from UCLA, and has a Master’s in Teaching and Instruction from the University of the Pacific. She is in the process of receiving her Administrative Credential at Loyola Marymount University.

Tamara Petrin
Senior Manager of National Partnerships
Tamara supports the sales team with project management, the development of sales enablement tools, and stewardship of new and veteran partners of PowerMyLearning’s products and programming. Prior to joining the PowerMyLearning team, Tamara’s experience spanned across both programmatic and fundraising efforts in the K-12 education space. She has led project management of events that netted up to $1.9MM in revenue, led the strategy and implementation of a social and emotional learning application, entrepreneurship-based curriculum, and a curriculum and professional development website for teachers. Tamara is an active licensed master social worker. Tamara holds a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology degree from Wichita State University.

Michelle Pyo 
Director of Programs
Michelle oversees and manages all aspects of the program in Los Angeles. She also works to codify and communicate PowerMyLearning’s coaching model and philosophy. Michelle comes to PowerMyLearning with expertise in school leadership, educator coaching & development, and instructional design with a lens on educational equity. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Michelle served as an Assistant Principal and Interim Principal of a charter school in Los Angeles. She has also served as a Special Education compliance leader, an instructional coach, and teacher of secondary mathematics. Michelle earned a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies from the University of Southern California, a Master’s in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley.

Caryn Rogoff
Director of Content
Caryn is responsible for leading the development and maintenance of content on PowerMyLearning Connect. Caryn has more than twenty years of experience in K-12 education, including as co-founder and director of the Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City. She was previously involved in other community-based educational initiatives including Family Place Libraries, a national library-based family literacy program, and Staten Island Community Television, where she trained and supported community members of all ages in creating television programming. Caryn has a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University Teachers College and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Arnelle Sambile 
UX/UI Designer
Arnelle is responsible for designing high-quality user experiences and creating the graphical user interface for PowerMyLearning Connect. Her experience in education spans from access work in K-12 education to curriculum writing in higher education. In her most recent role, Arnelle was an Instructor and Community Manager at the University of Washington where she facilitated learning opportunities for students to reflect upon identity, power, and history and was awarded the Outstanding New Professional Award. Additionally, Arnelle has served as a UX Designer for several non-profit organizations, most recently, UX Designer for the Asian Business Association of San Diego. She obtained her B.A. in Communication and English from San Diego State University and her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Vermont, where she was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Student and Outstanding Graduate Student, respectfully.

Brandon Schuler 
Professional Learning Specialist
Brandon provides teachers with coaching on PowerMyLearning’s Framework grounded in research around equity, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and culturally responsive education in the Greater Los Angeles region. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Brandon was a high school and middle school English Language Arts teacher in Indiana. His research in multicultural, young adult literature and arts and literacy education has led to national and international conference presentations as well as multiple academic publications. Brandon earned his B.A. in Secondary English Education from Ball State University, and he has a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University.

Elisabeth Stock
CEO & Co-Founder
Elisabeth built PowerMyLearning from a nascent non-profit in 1999 into a national leader in the K-12 digital learning space. Recognized as an expert in her field, Elisabeth is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a life-long Ashoka fellow. She has given a TEDx talk and high-level briefings at the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission, and she has served as an advisor to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the NYC Department of Education. Elisabeth has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio and has published Op-Eds in media outlets such as Education Week and the Huffington Post. In 2001, she was honored by Crain’s New York Business as one of 40 New Yorkers under 40 shaping the city. From 1996-97, Elisabeth served as a White House Fellow in the Office of the Vice President, where her experience as the principal architect of a government-wide education technology program led her to launch PowerMyLearning a year later. Elisabeth was a high school teacher for two years while a Peace Corps volunteer and later worked for the World Bank on appropriate technology in Africa. She also worked at the Vera Institute of Justice and helped the Open Society Institute start the After-School Corporation. Elisabeth served as a member of the MIT Board of Trustees and is the youngest individual ever to be appointed to the MIT Executive Committee. Elisabeth has earned four degrees from MIT. She also holds a patent for a medical device.

Abigail Torres
Staff Accountant
Abigail is responsible for processing invoices and issuing payments for PowerMyLearning and supports the Director of Finance and Administration with year-end closings and annual audit. Prior to working at PowerMyLearning, Abigail worked for Black Entertainment Television Digital (BET). She worked collaborative with the BET Legal department to ensure proper development and processing of contracts for payment.

Unique Tucker
Director of Human Resources
Unique oversees Human Resources for PowerMyLearning, including talent management, onboarding, and employee relations. Unique has over eight years of HR experience, most recently as an HR Generalist at the NYS Psychiatric Institute, which is run in conjunction with Columbia University Medical Center and Research Foundation for Mental Health. Unique has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York and bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle. She also holds a certification in Professional Human Resource Management from Pace University.

Dianna Yeung
Director of Development
Dianna works with PowerMyLearning’s Executive Team to drive the organization’s development and institutional fundraising efforts. Previously, she worked for five years at the Great Oaks Foundation serving in a variety of roles and completed work in the areas of foundation and government grants management, grant compliance, and AmeriCorps program management. Dianna is an AmeriCorps alum having served for two years at City Year New York. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in Chemistry from Skidmore College.