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Senior Leadership

Executive and Administrative Leadership

Program Leadership – PowerMyLearning

Program Leadership – Digital Learning Program

CFY-New York City Leadership

CFY-Atlanta Leadership

CFY-Los Angeles Leadership

CFY-San Francisco Bay Area Leadership


Elisabeth Stock
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Elisabeth Stock built CFY from a nascent non-profit in 1999 into a national leader in the K-12 digital learning space. Recognized as an expert in her field, Elisabeth is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a life-long Ashoka fellow. She has given a TEDx talk and high-level briefings at the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission, and she has served as an advisor to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the NYC Department of Education. Elisabeth has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio and has published Op-Eds in media outlets such as Education Week and the Huffington Post. In 2001, she was honored by Crain’s New York Business as one of 40 New Yorkers under 40 shaping the city. From 1996-97, Elisabeth served as a White House Fellow in the Office of the Vice President, where her experience as the principal architect of a government-wide education technology program led her to launch CFY a year later. Elisabeth was a high school teacher for two years while a Peace Corps volunteer and later worked for the World Bank on appropriate technology in Africa. She also worked at the Vera Institute of Justice and helped the Open Society Institute start the After-School Corporation. Elisabeth served as a member of the MIT Board of Trustees (1997-2002) and is the youngest individual ever to be appointed to the MIT Executive Committee (2000-2002). Elisabeth has earned four degrees from MIT. She also holds a patent for a medical device.

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Mark Malaspina

Mark is responsible for driving CFY’s program innovations and research agenda and for deepening CFY’s relationships with school districts, software partners, and education organizations. Since joining CFY in May 2009, Mark has led the development of PowerMyLearning, CFY’s new K-12 learning platform, and he has overseen major enhancements to the Digital Learning Program, CFY’s partnership program with high poverty middle schools.  As the former President of The Grow Network, an education company he co-founded in 2000 and sold to McGraw-Hill in 2004, Mark brings strong experience in education to this role. Under Mark’s leadership, Grow served more than 20 million students in the U.S. and internationally and demonstrated its impact in differentiated instruction and parent engagement through studies by nationally recognized research organizations, such as the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and the Center for Children & Technology. At Grow, Mark helped develop a patented analytical system that infers students’ strengths and needs in order to support effective instruction. Mark also has broad experience working with low-income communities. As a Skadden Fellow at the Lawyers Alliance for New York, Mark provided guidance to local organizations developing innovative economic development programs in low-income neighborhoods. Since 2000, he has served on the board of the New York City Financial Network Action Consortium, a CDFI Intermediary that supports community development credit unions. Previously, Mark has worked with public housing tenant organizations in Atlanta and New Haven and helped establish small business lending programs in Chicago. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Coto Brus, Costa Rica, and is fluent in Spanish. After receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School, Mark clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also has an M.P.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University and a B.A. from Yale College, where he received the Hadley Prize for outstanding scholarship in the Social Sciences.

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Philip Vlahakis
Managing Director of Development and Communications

Phil joined CFY in June, 2010 and brings over 20 years of experience in providing valuable educational services. Prior to this role, Phil served as Vice President for Kaplan K12 Learning Services, the division of Kaplan Inc. dedicated to propelling student achievement in school districts facing the greatest challenges. At Kaplan K12, Phil was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for the rapid growth of the division from its initial start-up phase. Among his accomplishments, he oversaw the development and launch of some of the division’s most successful products and programs and established a dedicated RFP process and department to deliver winning proposals for the division’s largest opportunities. Prior to Kaplan, Phil served as Director for Executive Education programs at Columbia Business School which provided a range of professional development programs for Fortune 500 companies and their managers worldwide. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Binghamton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also proud to be a product of the New York City Public School system and dedicated to improving the quality of public education for all students.

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Kieran McGrath
Director of Human Resources

Kieran is responsible for leading recruiting, talent development, organizational change, and HR compliance for all CFY offices. Prior to joining CFY, Kieran served as the Associate Director of Executive Search for the Bridgespan Group leading executive recruiting efforts for foundations and nonprofit organizations. Before that, she worked as a Senior Program Officer at the Robin Hood Foundation. She was Adjunct Faculty at Baruch College Graduate School of Public Affairs in New York City and worked as the Assistant Director for Training and Education at LaSalle University Nonprofit Center in Philadelphia. Kieran also served as a Corps member of the DC Service Corps. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland College Park and an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College.

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Ronald Southard
Director of Finance and Administration

Ron joined CFY in December of 2009. He is responsible for managing CFY’s Finance Department and administrative functions. Since moving to New York in 1994, he has worked as the finance leader in several small to medium sized non-profits as well as filling the role of Chief Financial Officer for the American Lung Association. While at the Lung Association Ron led the design and implementation of an award winning accounting system that tracked and consolidated the finances of the American Lung Association’s twenty-five independently incorporated regional offices throughout the U.S.

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Jessica Eliav
Director of Marketing and Communications, PowerMyLearning

Jessica is responsible for managing CFY’s marketing and communications efforts for our PowerMyLearning platform. Before joining CFY, Jessica was the Executive Director of Marketing and Student Services at Manhattan Prep, where she developed and executed strategic marketing plans across multiple brands. Jessica joined Manhattan Prep when it was a start-up and helped grow the company into a leading test preparation provider. Prior to Manhattan Prep, Jessica served on the Account Management team at Wunderman, Young, & Rubicam Brands, and before that at a division of McCann Healthcare Worldwide. Jessica holds a B.S. in Management from Binghamton University.

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Karuppiah Ganesan
Director of Technology and Architecture, PowerMyLearning

Karuppiah Ganesan is the Director of Technology and Architecture of PowerMyLearning. In this role, Karuppiah manages the architecture, technology used and execution of the software development of PowerMyLearning. Prior to joining CFY, Karuppiah was an Executive Director of Engineering at Kaplan Test Prep, where he led the eLearning engineering team. He was responsible for software development, enterprise Architecture, and the management of the Development and QA team. He also developed and managed the KTP eLearning platform. Karuppiah earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Madras, India.

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Bill Rappel
Director of Strategic Partnerships, PowerMyLearning

Bill is responsible for building strategic partnerships with schools, afterschool programs, and other organizations that can benefit from using CFY’s PowerMyLearning platform. Bill joined CFY in 2001 and has held two positions at the organization prior to his current position. Most recently, he served as CFY’s National Director of the Affiliate Network and Legislative Affairs managing legislative initiatives and building a nationwide network of nonprofit organizations committed to helping low-income families harness the power of digital learning. Previously, he served as CFY-NYC’s Program Director, during which time he increased CFY’s school partnerships more than six-fold; built a robust application process for selecting schools; and successfully built a strong relationship with the New York City Council, from which CFY receives significant funding each year. Prior to CFY, Bill worked at Organic, an Internet consulting firm, and was a consultant for a Rockefeller Family Fund project where he conducted site visits for the America Online Foundation’s Digital Divide Initiative. Bill has a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University.

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Arik Shahar
Director of Product Management, PowerMyLearning

Arik is leading the roadmap effort for the PowerMyLearning platform. He is focused on strategic direction as well as execution of the platform’s functionality. Arik joined CFY after working for 5 years at Time To Know, an award-winning teaching and learning core digital curriculum sold to schools by subscription across the US. At Time To Know, Arik led the product management of the Digital Teaching Platform, a solution designed to empower teachers in the classroom by providing real-time actionable data on student progress, lesson planning capabilities, and rich tools for student exploration. Prior to that Arik held management and software development positions in the telecommunications industry for 9 years. Arik has a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Ben-Gurion University (Israel).

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Courtney Dastis-Galvin
Director of Program Development

As Director of Program Development, Courtney is responsible for organizing the work of the inter-regional program teams to incorporate practices for monitoring and evaluation of program success and defining implementation improvements. Courtney joined CFY in 2009 and has served in various roles in the organization prior to this position. Most recently, she served as CFY’s Manager of Products, working to support the regional offices and manage creation and maintenance of systems to improve program offerings and delivery. Outside of CFY, Courtney has spent time volunteering for non-traditional schools both domestically and abroad, where she developed a deep passion for inquiry and dialogue around meaningful shifts in public education. Courtney holds an Honors BA in Psychology and Educational Studies from the University of Delaware.

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Mark Davis
CFY-New York City Executive Director

Mark Davis is the Executive Director for CFY-New York City. Mark has over 15 years experience in the K-12 space, most recently serving as a fundraising & partnership development consultant for New Classrooms, a nonprofit focused on replicating the School of One blended learning project originally launched by the New York City Department of Education. Previously, he served for more than a decade in leadership roles at Kaplan K12 Learning Services including as General Manager for Kaplan K12’s largest territory in which NYC DOE was the largest district partner. In that role, Mark managed a large team of full-time and part-time personnel encompassing sales, implementation, operations, product development and marketing, and was instrumental in expanding Kaplan’s Professional Development / Coaching business. In addition to his time at Kaplan, Mark has also worked as Vice President of Business Development and Operations at Achieve 3000 and as Senior Vice President of Operations at Catapult Learning. He holds a BA in Political Science and a Dual Concentration (Minor) in Education and Business Administration from UCLA.

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Elizabeth John
CFY-New York City Director of Programs

Elizabeth is responsible for leading the successful implementation of CFY’s programs in New York City, including direct work with families and students and deepening CFY’s impact with teachers. Prior to joining CFY, Elizabeth served as Director, Education Programs for New York Cares where she managed a team responsible for implementing over 8,500 educational volunteer projects each year in partnership with hundreds of agencies in the city. A former New York City Teaching Fellow, Elizabeth also taught 6th and 8th grade Math at a high-needs public school in Brooklyn. Elizabeth holds an M.S. in Teaching – Adolescent Education from Pace University and a B.A. in History from New York University.

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Jeanne Artime
CFY-Atlanta Executive Director

Jeanne Artime is the Executive Director of CFY-Atlanta. Jeanne oversees operations, development activities, and CFY’s Digital Learning Program in Atlanta, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. Jeanne joined CFY as one of the founding members of CFY-Atlanta in 2007, successfully establishing the Digital Learning Program within the greater-Atlanta community. Before joining CFY, Jeanne was Program Director for the non-profit Children’s Literature Outreach Program, which provides weekly literature lessons and access to a specialized book library for low-income elementary school students. Jeanne began her career as a systems analyst with Interleaf, Inc. and has held senior account management, marketing, and product management positions with various software companies, including Interleaf Inc., MapInfo Corporation, and Lotus Development Corporation. Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Design from Duke University.

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Richard Hicks
CFY-Atlanta Director, Technology & Operations

Richard Hicks is CFY’s Director, Technology & Operations and is responsible for soliciting and acquiring computer equipment at the national level, setting up refurbishing operations in expansion cities, ensuring the quality of CFY’s technical operations in all the cities in which we operate, and directing the technical aspects of developing a new image for CFY’s Home Learning Center each year. Previously, Richard was a Director of Information Technology at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia where he was responsible for many initiatives to bring the campuses to the forefront of technological advancement, including providing insight for the technology design of Georgia Military College’s new and existing facilities. Richard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville and an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

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Courtney Montague
CFY-Atlanta Director of Programs

As the Director of Programs for CFY-Atlanta, Courtney manages CFY’s Digital Learning Program with all of CFY-Atlanta’s partner schools. Prior to joining CFY, Courtney was the Executive Director of Casa de Amistad, an organization that provides education and social services to the Latino Community in Athens, GA to empower the Latino community and provide opportunities for cross-cultural exchange. Previously, Courtney was the School-Based Services Program Manager for Catholic Charities in Oregon for three years, where she oversaw the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods community school programs; academic achievement and case management services; and wraparound mental health services. She began her career as an English as a Second Language Teacher for elementary and middle school students in North Carolina. Courtney recently completed a fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership as part of the Ladder to Leadership initiative. She earned both her B.A. in English and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia.

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Neil Spears
CFY-Los Angeles, Executive Director

Neil Spears is the Executive Director of CFY-Los Angeles focusing on external relationships and sustainability. Before joining CFY as the Senior Training Manager in the summer of 2010, Neil was a sixth grade teacher and Teach For America corps member at El Sereno Middle School in east LA where he led his students to significant academic gains in the classroom. While teaching, Neil was also the school-side liaison for CFY’s partnership with El Sereno, playing a central role in CFY’s successful launch at our first partner school in Southern California. Prior to teaching, Neil was a Fellow in the innovation department at the headquarters of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life where he helped spearhead a revolutionary national peer-engagement initiative. A Southern California native, Neil holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University.

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Kate Gasienica Kimmel
CFY-Los Angeles, Director of Programs

Kate leads CFY-Los Angeles’ Digital Learning Program to ensure a strong, positive, and sustainable impact in our partner communities. She plays a pivotal role in shaping the program vision and managing program execution. Kate’s previous roles at CFY involved management of the Blended Learning Consulting team and the teaching and learning at Family Workshops. Kate’s experience as a 2007 Teach For America Los Angeles corps member, where she taught middle school math and science, inspired her life-long pursuit to close the achievement gap. Prior to joining CFY, Kate was an analyst at a consulting firm that advised high profile philanthropists and high-net-worth individuals on their education reform initiatives. Kate holds a double major in human development, psychological services and African American studies from Northwestern University as well as a masters in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University.

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Grainger Marburg
CFY-San Francisco Bay Area, Executive Director

Grainger is the Executive Director for CFY-San Francisco Bay Area. He has over 20 years of combined experience in education, management consulting, philanthropy, and non-profit management. Grainger most recently served for six years as the Executive Director of Peninsula Bridge, a non-profit that serves motivated low-income middle school students. Highlights of his past experience include a two-year teaching assignment in Micronesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, managing a comprehensive neighborhood improvement initiative in east San Jose with the former Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and successfully turning around a local nonprofit. Grainger has a B.A. from Hampshire College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

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