Staff

Learning Forward Staff

Executive Office

800 E. Campbell Rd. Suite 224,
Richardson, TX 75081
972-421-0900
Fax: 972-421-0899
office@learningforward.org

Denise Glyn Borders

President/CEO

Denise leads the strategic direction of the organization including staff and board management, business and funder development, mission and vision, and operational oversight.

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Frederick Brown

Frederick Brown

Chief Learning Officer/Deputy

Frederick is responsible for strategic planning, school leader initiatives, partnership development, and services to members at the system level.

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Anthony Armstrong

Vice President, Marketing, Membership, Communications

Anthony directs the marketing vision for Learning Forward’s products, conferences, publications, and consulting services, and promotes Learning Forward’s organizational mission through print and digital marketing.

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Ashley Barros

Ashley Barros

Associate, Consulting, Conference App

Ashley provides administrative support to the chief operating officer, associate director of conference and meetings, and associate director of consulting. She assists with selected marketing efforts, contracted services, and grants.

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Kristin Buehrig

Kristin Buehrig

Director, Conference & Institute Programs

Kristin manages the programs for both the annual conference and institutes as well as the academies and conference host committees. Contact Kristin with questions related to the annual conference, summer institutes, academies, and host committees.

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Suzanne Bouffard

Suzanne Bouffard

Vice President, Publications

Suzanne is the content editor for The Learning Professional, Learning Forward’s magazine. She oversees the magazine’s direction, themes, and contributors. She also contributes to strategy and content for other Learning Forward publications and resources.

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Ariel Cain

Ariel Cain

Program Manager, Digital Marketing

Ariel administers our social media presence and supports our website and online marketing outreach.

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Anne Feaster-Smith

Anne Feaster-Smith

Director, Accounting

Anne manages accounting activities including payroll, accounts payable and receivable, budget, reports, and other accounting functions.

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Carrie Freundlich

Carrie Freundlich

Vice President, Conference Operations, Program Management

Carrie is responsible for the planning and all logistics for the Learning Forward annual conferences, meetings, and summer Institutes. In addition, Carrie oversees the recruitment for sponsors and management of content design and development for annual conference.  

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Michelle Bowman

Michelle Bowman

Vice President, Networks & Content Design

Michelle strategizes and manages the implementation of innovative networks and communities of practice, advancing and scaling knowledge and practices in the field and supporting districts and schools committed to professional development redesign. She also contributes to the strategies and learning designs for Learning Forward’s major learning events and consulting curricula.

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Michael Lanham

Michael Lanham

COO/CFO

Michael oversees financial and operational functions at Learning Forward. He is also responsible for technology, infrastructure, and vendor relations.

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Tom Manning

Vice President, Consulting Management & Services

Tom leads Learning Forward’s consulting operations and manages the association’s cadre of consultants. He develops and executes marketing campaigns for consulting services, and supports schools and districts in leveraging the Standards Assessment Inventory to identify and meet their professional learning needs.

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Nikki Mouton

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Consulting, Content

Nikki Mouton supports systems in designing, implementing, and evaluating professional learning that increases the capacity of system, school, and classroom leaders.

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Joel Reynolds

Joel Reynolds

Board Administrator, Senior Executive Assistant

As liaison to the board of trustees, Joel handles communication on behalf of the trustees and manages and coordinates the Board meetings and the board election. She also provides primary support to the executive director and manages her schedule. Additionally, Joel manages and supports operation of the executive office. Contact Joel if you want to…

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Business Office

504 South Locust St.
Oxford, OH 45056
513-523-6029
Fax: 513-523-0638
office@learningforward.org

Christy Colclasure

Senior Associate, Member Services

Christy provides customer support to members and administrative assistance to the director of communications. She also coordinates the Book Club, permissions requests, and The Learning Professional correspondence.

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Niki Gamble

Niki Gamble

Director, Partnerships & Products

Niki supports Learning Forward’s state and provincial affiliates and other networks. She manages product orders and is the liaison to the Learning Forward Foundation. Niki works with the annual conference presenters regarding their audio visual requests and assigns session hosts.

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Nancy Sims

Nancy Sims

Associate, Member Support

Contact Nancy with membership or conference registration questions.

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Renee Taylor-Johnson

Renee Taylor-Johnson

Vice President, Business Services

Renee manages the business office and supports Learning Forward’s consulting services. Contact Renee for information about administering the Standards Assessment Inventory, advertising in the The Learning Professional, or exhibiting at our annual conference.

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Communications Office

674 Overbrook Dr.
Columbus, OH 43214
614-263-0143
Fax: 614-453-8776
tracy.crow@learningforward.org

Tracy Crow

Chief Strategy Officer

Tracy is responsible for advancing and communicating the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic direction. She ensures the organization maintains a compelling brand, messaging, and focus across all initiatives, grounding strategy and communications in research and the Standards for Professional Learning.

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Advocacy & Policy Office

Melinda George

Chief Policy Officer

Melinda leads Learning Forward’s national and state policy agenda as well as strategic partnerships to ensure collaboration and build support for great teaching and learning.

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Elizabeth Foster

Vice President, Research & Standards

Elizabeth works to promote the adoption and implementation of the Learning Forward standards for professional learning, better understand the impact of professional learning strategies, and contribute to policy and strategy approaches.

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Learning Forward Advisors

Joellen Killion

Senior Advisor

Joellen supports a range of Learning Forward initiatives, including the development of standards resources, consulting services, and the work to implement the College and Career Ready standards.

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