2020 Virtual Summer Conference
Sheri Burkeen
Director of Professional Development

Sheri is currently the director of professional development with SAIS. She has more than 20 years' experience in education. Sheri has been a lower school classroom teacher in both public and private schools. She has also served as a technology coordinator and curriculum director in coed and single sex schools. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in educational psychology.
Peggy Campbell-Rush
Head of Lower School
The Bolles School

Peggy Campbell-Rush is the head of lower school at The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Florida. Campbell-Rush has taught primary grades and has been an administrator for more than 42 years in both the United States and England. She has sailed around the world twice studying global education. Campbell-Rush has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow and two-time National Teachers Hall of Fame finalist, USA Today All-American Teacher Team award, two-time New Jersey Teacher of the Year finalist, and named Wal-Mart Teacher of Year twice. She was recently selected as a Fulbright Specialist by the US Government, helping schools around the world with education projects.
Kimberly Carraway
Cognitive Learning Specialist
The Carraway Center for Teaching & Learning

Kimberly Carraway is a mind, brain, and education specialist who specializes in the integration of cognitive neuroscience and teaching and learning strategies. She holds degrees in cognitive studies and elementary education from Vanderbilt University and in learning and teaching from Harvard University. Carraway works nationally with schools and educators bringing usable knowledge and practical cognitive neuroscience applications directly to the classroom. She is the author of Transforming Your Teaching: Practical Classroom Strategies Informed by Cognitive Neuroscience
Kathy Corwin
Executive Assistant to the Head of School
Christ Church Episcopal School

Kathy Corwin began her service at Christ Church Episcopal School (CCES) in 2000 in the development office, working as the primary donor records and communications manager. In 2003, Corwin accepted the position of executive assistant to the head of school and has supported two heads during her tenure. Her role comprises a multitude and variety of tasks including but not limited to managing the head of school’s and board of trustees’ calendars, making domestic and international travel arrangements, organizing and scheduling senior personnel candidate visits, event management, faculty and staff recognitions, providing administrative support to the board, and serving as the board’s recording secretary. Corwin holds a diploma in secretarial studies and a bachelors in business administration.
Patricia Dailey Lewis
Executive Director
Beau Biden Foundation

Patricia Dailey Lewis is the executive director of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. A practicing attorney for 34 years, Dailey Lewis was previously deputy attorney general with the Delaware Department of Justice and served as the director of the family division. Dailey Lewis has worked in the field of family and child advocacy, domestic violence, and the protection of vulnerable adults and the elderly for more than 30 years. She has spoken and trained professionals at several national and international conferences on child protection, child abuse, abuse of the vulnerable, domestic violence, as well as institutional abuse and failure to report abuse. She has served as a commissioner on the Child Protection Accountability Commission; the Child Death, Near Death and Stillbirth Commission; the Governor’s Steering Committee for the Protection of Children; the Victims Advisory Council; and on a variety of committees and commissions concerning children, families, and the protection of the elderly and vulnerable. Dailey Lewis is also an adjunct professor at the Delaware Law School.
Laura Day
Executive Director of the Institute for Social Impact
Hockaday School

Laura Day is the founding director of the Institute for Social Impact at The Hockaday School where she investigates the intersection of community engagement and problem solving throughout North Dallas. Working with students of all ages, Day inspires future leaders to build empathy in their environments, develop leadership and advocacy skills, and design solutions to address real world problems. She is a recent recipient of the Good Works Under 40 People’s Choice Award and Fast Company’s Finalist for Innovative Education Ideas.
Rob Evans

Rob Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist, a former high school and pre-school teacher, and for many years a child and family therapist. His interests have focused on the challenges of leading innovation, change and the resistance to change in schools and organizations, and on the changes in American families and their impact on schools.
Melodie Frick
Associate Professor and Graduate Counseling Program Director
Western Carolina University

Melodie Frick is an associate professor and the graduate counseling program director at Western Carolina University. She is a licensed professional counselor-supervisor (LPC-S) who has worked in the counseling field for 23 years and teaches a diagnostic and treatment planning counseling course. She works with both clinical mental health and professional school counseling students, and clinical counselors and professional school counselors, to help address the mental health needs of the clients and students they serve in the schools and community.
Clay Gibney
Director of Technology

Clay joined the SAIS staff in May 2019. He brings over three decades of hands-on technology support experience, including nine years as the IT director at an international association, where he worked remotely alongside 75% of the staff. After a brief foray in the corporate world, he is excited to return to association work. He is comfortable in a dual-platform environment, adores Microsoft Excel (to the point it was included in his wedding vows!), and also has experience being the only man on an otherwise all-female staff. He has been described as “a tech geek with personality” and enjoys hiking, wine festivals, playing guitar, and riding his motorcycle.
Tamara Hamilton
School Counselor
Cliff Valley School

Tamara Hamilton is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years of experience in behavioral health. For the past seven years, she has been at Cliff Valley School where she serves on the administration team as school counselor and director of the Cliff Valley Institute. She has focused on issues impacting the well-being of children with a particular emphasis on integrating social/emotional learning into academic curricula. Hamilton earned her master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Social Work and she holds a graduate certificate degree in mind, brain, and teaching from the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. 
Pam Herath
Leadership and Culture Consultant
Herath Consulting

Pam Herath, an educational and athletic consultant, has spent the past thirty years in a variety of roles that have led her to this current work. For over twenty years, she served as a high school athletic director, coach, and dean of students. Phase two included studying yoga in India and becoming a life coach. Upon returning from that venture, Herath found herself working in the field of leadership development with a non-profit organization, Strive: How You Lead Matters, where she served as the director of curriculum and programming and senior workshop facilitator. Whether working with a team, presenting to faculty, or coaching one-on-one, Herath has a passion for helping others bring clarity to what matters most and living a life aligned with those values. 
Chris Joffe
Founder and CEO
Joffe Emergency Services

Chris Joffe is the founder and CEO of Joffe Emergency Services. He got his professional start saving lives in EMS (emergency medical services). Joffe has helped protect millions of lives since 2007 based on the simple belief that people have the power to save lives through education and training. Through his commitment to that mission and his leadership, Joffe Emergency Services has become the leader in school safety programs, event safety, and disaster preparedness.
Blake Kohn
Executive Director
National Network of Schools in Partnerships

Blake Kohn is the executive director of the National Network of Schools in Partnership. Prior to this appointment, she spent two years as the program manager for NNSP cultivating the membership, establishing its brand, and advocating for collaboration and partnership amongst all schools. A passionate bi-lingual educator,
 Kohn started her career as a high school Spanish teacher. Kohn continued teaching as she took on administrative leadership roles in the schools she served. At Ravenscroft, she was the assistant director of financial aid and admissions and was director of student activities at Oldfields School. Kohn also founded and served as co-director of Tiny Explorers, a bi-lingual preschool with a customized curriculum for children from 18 months to 4 years. Kohn holds a B.A. in Spanish and international relations from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed. in school counseling from the University of North Carolina.
Nina Kumar
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Authentic Connections

Nina Kumar is co-founder and chief executive officer of Authentic Connections, an organization aimed at maximizing well-being in school communities through data and insights. Prior to Authentic Connections, Kumar was a product manager at IBM Watson Health. Kumar graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in computer science and psychology and a concentration with honors in cognitive science.
Rachael Lee
Lower and Middle School Counselor
Frederica Academy

Rachael Lee is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors and is licensed in Georgia as a professional counselor (LPC). She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University and is a trained specialist in treating trauma through EMDR. She is a specialist who works cooperatively with the educational staff, parents, students, and community bridging the gap between academic performance and social and emotional intelligence. Lee currently serves as the lower and middle school counselor at Frederica Academy in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
Meredith Lewis
Director of School Transformation

Meredith Lewis is the director of school transformation at LINC, The Learning Innovation Catalyst. She is a longtime educator and champion for meaningful, student-centered learning. 
Suniya Luthar
Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer
Authentic Connections

Suniya Luthar is professor emerita at Columbia University’s Teachers College and co-founder and chief research officer of Authentic Connections, a science-based organization committed to maximizing well-being in school communities. Her research involves vulnerability and resilience among various populations including youth in poverty, teens in upper-middle class families, and parents (especially mothers) in high-achieving, stressful communities.
Elizabeth Mangas
Chief Experience Officer

Elizabeth Mangas, chief experience officer, joined ERB in 1998 as the associate director of ISEE. She was promoted to director in 2000. Since then she has been involved in development of the third edition of ISEE, online administration of the current test for grades five through 12, the development of ISEE testing for grades two, three, and four (all online) and creation of the Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL), ERB's admission assessment for students entering Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade. Mangas is most proud of having assisted in the development of what is today over 40 ISEE school consortia. These consortia create online and paper testing options for schools and families that maximize convenience in terms of the timing and geographic needs of schools and families. She has also led creation of ERB score reports that are sophisticated in providing data as well as nuanced in conveying the student’s own voice through their essay. Under her direction over the last two decades, ISEE staff have continued to perfect the art of serving students, parents, and school administrators in the high-stakes environment of admission testing. Mangas has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.
Brad Rathgeber
One Schoolhouse

Brad Rathgeber is the head of school and CEO of One Schoolhouse, a consortium that partners with independent schools to expand learning opportunities for students and educators online. Rathgeber champions an independent school approach to online learning, believing that the best classrooms are relational, challenging, and supportive. Prior to One Schoolhouse, Rathgeber worked as a teacher and administrator at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD for seven years. Before that, he worked in higher education in advancement. Rathgeber earned a bachelor's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, and a master's degree from Dartmouth.
Tom Rochon

Tom Rochon is president of the Educational Records Bureau, a nonprofit testing company focused on admissions and achievement testing in preK-12 independent schools in the U.S. and abroad. He was previously president of Ithaca College, following an academic career that included faculty and administrative appointments at Princeton University, Claremont Graduate University, and the University of St. Thomas. Rochon has also served as executive director of the Graduate Record Examination Program at the Educational Testing Service. Rochon has been a Fulbright lecturer in Japan, a research scholar in France and the Netherlands, and a regular speaker on European political trends in the U.S. Department of State. His scholarly work includes five books and 25 articles focused on contemporary European politics and social movements.
Kate Schuster
Transformation Agent

Kate Schuster is a LINC transformation agent working as a coach for teachers, principals, and district leadership to implement blended learning and student-centered practices. Schuster earned her M.A. in TESOL K-12 from Hunter College and her M.S. in nonprofit management from The New School. Over the past 11 years, she has worked as an English language learner teacher, school administrator, adjunct professor, coach, and nonprofit leader in New York City public schools and New York City based nonprofits.
Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson has worked as a clinical psychologist, school consultant, and speaker on the subjects of children, schools, and parenting for over 30 years. He has authored nine books focusing on the emotional lives of boys, friendships and social cruelty in childhood, the impact of summer camp experiences on child development, the tensions that arise in parent-teacher relationships, and the psychological aspects of school leadership.
Debra Wilson

Debra joined the SAIS staff as president in July 2019. She grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from the Williams School, an independent school located on the campus of Connecticut College. Debra received her B.A. in English from Sewanee, The University of the South, and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She previously served as general counsel for NAIS for 19 years. Before joining the NAIS staff, Debra was a tax litigator at the Department of Justice. Her past and current board service includes EMA-The Enrollment Management Association, GEB-Global Education Benchmarking, MISBO-Mid-South Independent School Business Officers, and NNSP-National Network of School Partnerships. She is an avid reader, photographer, and cook who loves to be outdoors in the low country of South Carolina.