Our Boards

Leadership and Management

The Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) Advisory Board features national and international experts in the fields of education, neuroscience, and technology. Collectively, they provide us with critical strategic advice in fulfilling our mission to support and uplift schools through 21st century learning and leadership. Our Board of Directors governs our operations and provides critical oversight.

Advisory Board

  • Michael Bett, Managing Director, LearnLab, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Frances Harris Burke, Regional Lead, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Dr.  Nancy Phenis Bourke, Consultant, Principal Mentoring, Indiana
  • Dr. Michael Chirichello, educator, researcher and international consultant, Leadership Matters LLC
  • Dennis Dearden, Associate Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators, Virginia
  • Jan-Marie Fernandez, Principal, Mantua Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
  • Jillayne Flanders, Associate Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dr. Kevin Green, Engineer and Executive Director, Akasha Learning Systems, Virginia
  • Dr. Adam Grove, Medical Director, Brain Neuroscience Center, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Timothy Harrison, Asst. Dir. Teacher Training, Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, Emory University, Atlanta
  • Dr. Sharon Field Hoffman, Founder 2BSD.com and Director Self Determination Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit
  • Dr. Michael Johanek, Senior Fellow and Director, Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lea Kuusilehto-Awale, Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Paul Liabenow, President, CEI Board and Executive Director, Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association
  • Suzan Mullane, Educational Consultant, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Dr. Kamran Namdar, Professor, University of Mälardalen, Sweden
  • Dr. Koncha Pinós-Pey, Estudio Contemplativo, Spain
  • Cosper Scafidi, MBA, Managing Partner, Mind Body Matters, and parent of child with Attention Deficit Disorders, Virginia
  • Dr. Kathleen Sciarappa, Consultant- Principal Mentoring, New Hampshire
  • Mark Weiss, Director of Education, Operation Respect, New York
  • Dr. Bruce Wexler, Neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University
  • Mary Woods, Principal Mentor Coach, South Carolina

Board of Directors

  • Paul Liabenow, President
  • Dr. Christine Mason, Executive Director
  • John Wilhelm, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Suzan Mullane, Trustee
  • Dr. Kevin Green, Trustee