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Equity. Access. Excellence.

Our Commitment Runs Deep

The Dana Center team hails from diverse backgrounds—ranging from classroom instructors and curriculum specialists to operations and communications professionals. Dana Center staff bring to our work a rich collective expertise in classroom teaching, instructional leadership, education administration, curriculum development, and national leadership in organizations

While we may come from a range of backgrounds and bring a range of experiences, each day we show up with a common purpose: to support the equitable access of all students to an excellent math and science education.

Our team understands the challenges, issues, and opportunities facing our nation’s education systems. Many of our staff have served firsthand as instructors, instructional leaders, curriculum developers, and K-12 or higher education administrators. We bring a deep, research-based approach to our work, and we continually push ourselves to innovate.

It is this visionary spirit that led to the creation of the Dana Center by our Executive Director Uri Treisman—and it’s what inspires us each day.

Dana Center Leadership

Uri Treisman, Executive Director

Philip Uri Treisman is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, professor of mathematics, and professor of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Uri Treisman Bio

Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Incoming Managing Director

Elisha will work to enact the Center’s mission of ensuring that all students—particularly those who have traditionally been underserved—have equitable access to an excellent math and science education

Elisha Smith Arrillaga Bio

Amy Getz, Interim Director, K-12 Education Strategy, Policy, and Services

Amy leads both the strategic direction and partnerships necessary to create equity-driven, high-quality professional learning, instructional materials, and policy and advocacy at scale.

Amy Getz Bio

Richard Blount, Chief Operating Officer

Richard leads the business affairs and operational functions of the Center, including accounting, finance, human resources, informational technology, and administration.

RICHARD BLOUNT BIO

Afi Y. Wiggins, Director, Evaluation and Research

As director of evaluation and research at the Center, Afi leads the development of comprehensive and coherent strategies for research and evaluation initiatives.

Afi Wiggins Bio

Mary Ellen Isaacs, Literacy First Director

Mary Ellen is the director of Literacy First, dedicated to providing low-income schools with highly trained tutors to ensure that children advance to grade level in reading before third grade.

Mary Ellen Isaacs Bio

Meet Our Teams

  • K-12 Team

    Every day at the Dana Center, our K–12 team seeks to dismantle barriers to ensure all students have equitable access to education. That’s why we work at all levels of the K–12 education system, including classroom, school, district, state, and national.

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    Shelly LeDoux, Interim Manager, K-12 Services

    Susan May, Interim Manager, Online Course Programs

    Sara Spiegel, Manager, K-12 Education Strategy, Policy, and Services

    Mary F. Davis, Professional Learning Facilitator, Mathematics, K-12 Services

    Lindsay Fitzpatrick, Cross-Team Lead for Transition Initiatives, K-12 Services

    Michael Greenlee, Professional Learning Facilitator, Mathematics, K-12 Services

    Courtney Howard, Project Coordinator, K–12 Education Strategy, Policy, and Services

    Rachel Jenkins, Senior Writer/Editor

    Sherri Jones, Course Program Specialist, Secondary Mathematics

    Anne Joyoprayitno, Course Program Specialist, Secondary Mathematics

    Jacqueline M. LeJeune,Professional Learning Facilitator, Leadership, K–12 Services

    Tracey Ramirez, Professional Learning Facilitator, Science, K-12 Services

    Josh Recio, Course Program Specialist, Secondary Mathematics

    Denise A. Thornton, Professional Learning Facilitator, Mathematics, K-12 Services

  • Higher Education Team

    The Dana Center’s Higher Education team works every day to reduce the barriers to higher education by creating more seamless transitions from high school to—and through—gateway mathematics courses at two- and four-year institutions. This includes work across our Dana Center Mathematics Pathways initiative, support and professional learning services, policy development, and curricular resources.

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    Erica Moreno, Manager, Project Coordination and Operations, Higher Education Services

    Connie Richardson, Manager, Higher Education Course Programs

    Paula Talley, Manager, Professional Learning for Higher Education

    Lisa Brown, Professional Learning Specialist, Higher Education Services

    Ting-Ting Chen, Project Coordinator, Higher Education Services

    Ophella Dano, Senior Writer/Editor

    Carl Krueger, Senior Policy Analyst, Higher Education Services

    Jeremy R. Martin, Senior Policy Analyst, Higher Education Services

    Ken Martin, Program Coordinator, Higher Education Services

    Oren L. McClain , Systems Implementation Specialist, Higher Education Services

    Heather R. Ortiz, State Implementation Specialist, Higher Education Services

    Frank Savina, Course Program Specialist, Mathematics, Higher Education Services

    Joan M. Zoellner, Course Program Specialist, Mathematics, Higher Education

  • Evaluation Team

    The Dana Center works with our nation’s education systems to transform structures and teaching practices to improve student achievement—especially those who are traditionally underserved and underrepresented. By continually evaluating our work, we can ensure that the right tools, processes, and strategies are in place to achieve our goals.

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    Afi Y. Wiggins, Director of Program Evaluation and Research

    Carol Pazera, Senior Research Analyst

  • Operations Team

    The Dana Center's Operations Team provides critical administrative support, accounting services, and technology resource management to the organization.

    Richard Blount, Chief Operating Officer

    Megan Cantu, Accountant II

    Steve Engler, Senior Writer/Editor

    Cynthia Flores, Team Lead, Finance

    Bryan Kennel, Team Lead, Technology

    Jacqueline King, Administrative Associate

    Alison Kothe, Communications Coordinator

    Despina Lambros, Accountant II

    Laura Maldonado, Administrative Associate

    Margaret McCook, Electronic Publications Specialist

    Rachele Seifert, Administrative Associate

    Lilly Soto, Senior Administrative Associate

    Alisha Thompson, Grants and Contracts Coordinator

    Sarah Wenzel, Administrative Associate

    Melanie Zepp, Human Resources Coordinator

  • Literacy First Team

    Literacy First is an early childhood literacy program, providing low-income schools with highly trained tutors to ensure that children advance to grade level in reading before third grade.

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    Mary Ellen Isaacs, Literacy First Director

    Rachel Mallernee, Associate Director of Development

    Gabriela Garcia-De Avila, Americorps Operation Manager

    Jason Buckingham, Senior Program Coordinator

    Sarah Lowery, Development Specialist

    Logan Marconette, Recruitment and Outreach Coodinator    

    Monica Ortiz, Bilingual Program Coordinator

    Anique Reese, Senior Program Coordinator

    Sebastian Wren, Senior Program Coordinator