BUILDING EXCELLENT SCHOOLS

MEET THE TEAM

Aasimah Navlakhi
Aasimah Navlakhi
Chief Executive Officer
Teresa Neff-Webster
Teresa Neff-Webster
Chief Operating Officer
Nicole Shaffer-Thomas
Nicole Shaffer-Thomas
Chief Communications Officer
Sue Walsh
Sue Walsh
Chief Academic Officer
Linda Brown
Linda Brown
Founder

Aasimah Navlakhi is the Chief Executive Officer of Building Excellent Schools, where she previously served as Communications Director and then Chief of Staff. During her time with BES, Aasimah has seen the organization scale considerably, growing its operating budget by 125%, expanding its flagship Fellowship from 12 to 18 school-founders per year, and building out five additional leadership development programs that reach more than 250 leaders annually. Before joining BES, Aasimah led marketing and communications at BNED LoudCloud in Dallas, TX. She began her career as a speech and performance teacher in her hometown of Bangalore, India, where she trained students in the art and science of effective communication. Inspired by the adults in her life who underscored the value of education, hard work, and being open to diverse perspectives, Aasimah earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics, and International Studies from Warwick University in Coventry, England, and a Master’s in Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in New York. In 2017, she was selected as an Education Pioneers fellow. Having experienced firsthand the life-changing power of great schools, Aasimah is committed to ensuring that all students receive an excellent education and have equal opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.

anavlakhi@buildingexcellentschools.org

Ryane Burke
Josh Anderson
Paul Adler
Aidin Carey
Nichole Curtis Cox
Jill Dunchick
Elise Hadley
Krysten Hartman
Erika Haskins
Stephanie Hellested
Krista Heraty
Erline Hertilien
Charlotte Jackson
Amanda Keller
Tim LeBlanc
Ashley Miranda
Stephanie Patton
Allison Smith
Luke Van de Walle
Erin Walsh-Hagan

As a Director of Leadership Development, Ryane Burke focuses on Follow On Support for BES Fellows, drawing upon her extensive knowledge and experience in instruction, building leadership, and school improvement strategy. Ryane began her career in education as a Teach For America Corps Member at IDEA Frontier College Prep in Brownsville, TX in 2008, where she served as a sixth-grade teacher and grade team lead. In 2010, Ryane moved to Philadelphia and joined KIPP Philadelphia Schools, where she worked for six years as a founding sixth-grade teacher, middle school assistant principal, and school leader. Ryane returned to Texas in 2016 to rejoin the high-performing IDEA network and served as Principal at IDEA Walzem Academy in San Antonio, a K-5 elementary school. Ryane graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Political Science and International Peace Studies and has received leadership training as part of KIPP’s Miles Family Fellowship and Successor Prep programs.

 

Kenneth Campbell
Kenneth Campbell
Rebecca Cass
Rebecca Cass
Ed Chang
Ed Chang
Hrag Hamalian
Hrag Hamalian
Doug Lemov
Doug Lemov
Margaret Lin
Margaret Lin
Charles Mitchell
Charles Mitchell
Martin West
Martin West

Kenneth Campbell has decades of experience in creating educational opportunity, and is widely respected as an education leader within his community. As Executive Director for Baton Rouge at IDEA Public Schools, he works to secure charters, identify school sites, raise funds, manage a top-notch team, and cultivate community partnerships. Ken previously served as President of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Under his leadership BAEO created, protected, and advocated for high-quality school options in some of the nation’s most underserved communities. Prior to BAEO, Ken worked as the Director of Charter Schools for the Louisiana Department of Education where he was responsible for creating many of the systems, policies, and best practices that in turn produced a high-quality charter sector in Louisiana. He routinely advises the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers on standards, practices, and policies.

Dr. Megan Frankiewicz
Charlie Friedman
Kaitlyn Giles
Kendra Heinricher
Shauna Russell
Sarah Mertz
Becca Moskowitz
Katherine Nelligan
Brett Pangburn

Megan grew in up in a family of educators but was spurred to sign on to Teach For America (TFA) as a Phoenix corps member following work in the criminal justice system. Over the past five years at Vista College Preparatory, Megan has worked to develop curriculum and assessments that support a data-driven school culture and to support the coaching and learning opportunities that develop incredible teachers. In her current role as the Senior Director of Curriculum and Instruction on the VCP Network Team, Megan coaches and supports Vista College Prep’s principals and oversees all curriculum development. Megan earned a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctorate in Education Administration and Leadership at Arizona State University.