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EdTec Staff

Mechelle Allen, Accounts Payable Specialist
Sneha Airani, Business Systems Analyst
Samantha Bess, Accounts Payable Specialist
Nancy Bihler, Controller and Human Resources Manager
Vincent John Blea II, Junior Accountant
Claire Butterworth, Data Consultant
Yoon Chang, Sr. Client Manager
Bhat Chanhpaseuth, Financial Operations Manager
Michelle Cho, Client Manager
Stephanie Cho, Sr. Business Development Manager
Gerald Cockrell, Data and Categorical Programs Specialist
Jamie Cotrone, Associate Client Manager
Kelly Ellis, Client Manager
Tiffany Esplana, Senior Accounting Manager
Bryce Fleming, Senior Director of Client Management & School Finance
Nick Fradkin, Business Manager
Cindy Frantz, Client Manager
Jenna Gauger, Marketing Coordinator
Nimia Gjersand, Business Manager
Jeff Gayhart, Client Manager
Danielle Goldfinger, Accounts Payable Specialist
James Hao, Director of Technology
Serita Harper, Payroll Specialist
Ethan Hurdus, Senior Data Consultant
Jennifer Kaneshiro, Data Consultant
Tracey Katz, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives
Levi Kirkland, Business Manager
Shawn Klemens, Senior Payroll Specialist
Dena Koren, Sr. Client Manager
Cheryl Leong, Client Manager
Carol Liao, Director of Finance
Chris Lim, Director of Data Management
Gasper Magallanes, Senior Director of Client Management & Development

Aubrey Marsh, Client Manager
Haig MacGregor, Business Development Manager
Gabe Mulcahy, Senior Payroll Specialist
Lori Nahra, Senior Accountant
Raymond Ng, IT Manager
Jennifer Nguyen, Client Manager
Yen Nguyen, Data Consultant
Diana Nucci, AP Manager
Jerry Otradovsky, Payroll Manager
Amita Parikh, Client Manager
Sandy Park, Senior Manager, Education Support Services
Chang Patel, Client Manager
Tracy Phamthai, Business Manager
Terry Picchi, Accounting Manager
Lisa Portillo, Accounts Payable Specialist
Donisha Qualls, Accounting Associate
Nida Rab, Associate Client Manager
Milada Rakijian, Associate of Client Management & Accounting
Josh Renkow, Operations Assistant
Piper Robinson, Operations Assistant
Joan Roeske, Payroll Specialist
Jacqui Runholt, AP & Business Process Specialist
Ryan Salcedo, Data Systems Manager
Gina Solorzano, Payroll Manager
Jose Soto, Accounting Associate
Jenny Tabor, Business Manager
Stephenie Tesoro, Operations Manager
Kelly Theofanis, Director of Client Management
Susan Tomko, Senior Payroll Specialist
Annice Weinstein, Manager, Assessment Data
Emmy Wong, Accountant
Kelsey Wrobel, Associate Client Manager

Mechelle Allen, Accounts Payable Specialist, has finance accounting experience in various non-profit, for-profit and governmental organizations, including the food industry, and most recently education. When time permits, Mechelle volunteers at the Economic Opportunity Council, helping distribute USDA-provided food boxes to low income families in San Francisco. She also volunteers for the Pop Warner San Francisco Seahawk cheerleading Mighty Mites team, where her daughter is an enthusiastic cheerleader. Mechelle has a passion for all aspects of fashion, from designing and sewing to shopping.

Mechelle is actively pursuing her AA in Business Accounting at Berkeley City College, and upon completion, plans to transfer to San Francisco State University to study Business Finance.

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Sneha Airani, Business Systems Analyst, joins EdTec with over 7 years of experience as a Business Analyst in the IT industry. Prior to EdTec, Sneha has worked for NVIDIA and Cisco Systems. She brings a plethora of IT and systems experience involving SDLC, operations management and project management. Sneha is very passionate about dance and teaches Bollywood dance to high school kids. She has also given various stage performances in the past. In her free time, she loves to play badminton, watch movies, hike and cook.

Sneha holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Biotechnology, from B.V.B.C.E.T, India.

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Samantha Bess, Accounts Payable Specialist, comes to EdTec with 9 years of experience in accounts payable. Prior to accounts payable she worked as a teacher in the 2-3 year old class. She is originally from Wisconsin but has called Nashville home for the last 9 ½ years. Samantha loves spending time with her family, going on vacation, and being outside.

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Nancy Bihler, Controller and Human Resources Manager, comes to EdTec with over 30 years of experience in Accounting in a variety of industries. Most recently, she was Controller and HR Manager for Morgan Advanced Materials, a manufacturing company. Nancy owned a Hallmark store for several years with her husband, after working in Silicon Valley where she specialized in software revenue recognition for several high tech companies. She enjoys traveling and scuba diving with her husband.

Nancy holds a BBA from the University of San Diego.

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Vincent John Blea II, Junior Accountant, currently works in the Accounting department at EdTec. He previously interned as a Staff Account for CFO Rick in San Francisco where he performed full-cycle accounting and completed month-end closes. He also worked on several city of San Francisco tax projects and individual tax returns. In his free time Vince enjoys kayaking, Tough Mudder and spending time with his four huskies.

Vince attended San Francisco State for his BS in Accounting.

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Claire Butterworth, Data Consultant, brings a wealth of experience from nonprofit and tech industries. She has worked for Adobe Systems as a systems and application administrator, later bringing her operations and technology skills to Teach For America, where she served as the Operations Manager for the Los Angeles office. Most recently, she was an independent consultant, supporting fundraising, technology, and operations for organizations across Los Angeles. She has been the Board President and Technology Director for EDGE Youth Leadership for the past 10 years and is an alumna and 25-year volunteer for HOBY Youth Leadership seminar in upstate NY. Claire is also a founding parent of a local charter school and has been an active volunteer to support technology systems and operations at the school. Her work there led her to further hone her blend of nonprofit and technology skills to serve charters all over California through EdTec. When not enthusiastically toiling over Excel spreadsheets, Claire enjoys dance movies, Terry Pratchett books, and enjoying life with her husband and two daughters.

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Yoon Chang, Sr. Client Manager, has experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining EdTec, she worked at a business consulting firm in the financial services industry. Afterward, she was a business counselor at a community center to perform financial analysis for small business owners. Most recently, she was a research analyst analyzing monetary policy at an international economics institute in Washington D.C.

Yoon holds a MA in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Bhat Chanhpaseuth, Financial Operations Manager, has had over 10 years of experience in all aspects of accounting at various types of industries (retail, non-profit, hospice, wireless communication tower corporation, churches).

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Michelle Cho, Client Manager, brings both private-sector consulting and education-sector experience to Edtec. She most recently served as an economic consultant advising clients in policy and litigation matters in a wide range of industries, including finance, pharmaceuticals, payment systems, and consumer goods. As a researcher at RAND, Michelle was involved in planning and implementation of a K-12 system-wide school reform, which introduced a network of charter schools in Qatar. Also at RAND, Michelle advised clients on a number of other issues in education, including special education, universal preschool, military child care, and arts education. She also managed Promising Practices Network, a partnership between RAND and state-level organizations that provided evidence-based information about what works to improve the lives of children, youth and families.

Michelle has a BS in finance and public policy from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a M.Ed in education policy from Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.

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Stephanie Cho, Sr. Business Development Manager, has experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining EdTec, she worked at a litigation consulting firm, specializing in financial analysis for cases involving intellectual property disputes. Stephanie is also a mentor for a local nonprofit that seeks to motivate and help under-resourced youth get into college, by using business and entrepreneurship as vehicles. Specifically, she has helped a group of high school students launch their own business.

Stephanie holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Gerald Cockrell, Data and Categorical Programs Specialist, has worked with well over 100 charter schools since he joined the movement seven years ago. Prior to that, he specialized in forensic accounting for industries including aerospace and pharmaceuticals. After joining the charter movement, Gerald concentrated on special programs, funding requirements and data management for schools. While not at work, Gerald enjoys camping, live music and hanging out with his family.

Gerald studied anthropology at UCLA in the high honors program before joining the workforce.

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Jamie Cotrone, Associate Client Manager, supports Washington state clients in navigating the first year of charter operations in the state. Jamie comes to EdTec from Washington D.C., where she worked as a consultant in the energy industry. In her previous role, Jamie performed financial and economic analysis for private equities, banks, and utilities. A Michigan native, Jamie enjoys Michigan football, running, and playing volleyball.

Jamie has a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Michigan.

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Kelly Ellis, Client Manager, comes to EdTec with a background in both education and finance. Most recently, Kelly worked as a Manager on the Education Finance Team at Pivot Learning Partners where she focused on supporting school districts to distribute resources more equitably. She began her career in education by teaching 5th grade for the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto, followed by teaching 4th grade for two years in Brazil. In her spare time, Kelly loves traveling the world, exploring new adventures, running, snowboarding and being outdoors.

Kelly holds a Master of Public Administration, Finance from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a BA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego. She also holds a multiple subject teaching credential.

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Tiffany Esplana, Senior Accounting Manager, has experience in accounting with both private and non-profit organizations. She also has been involved with audits for charter schools.

Tiffany is a CPA in the Philippines as well as in California (inactive).

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Bryce Fleming, Senior Director of Client Management & School Finance, comes from a financial planning background, having worked for two Fortune 500 companies customizing financial plans for families and businesses. Most recently, he was a Financial Planning Specialist at a boutique wealth management firm in Marin County. He has also worked for the College of Education at San Diego State University. Having come from a long line of teachers in his family, he strongly believes in the power of education to effect individual and social change. Bryce and his family own a whitewater rafting company and Bryce has guided summer rafting trips for over ten years. Bryce loves the outdoors, cooking, traveling, and a wide variety of sports.

Bryce holds a BS from San Diego State University in Financial Services with a concentration in Financial Planning.

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Nick Fradkin, Business Manager, comes to EdTec with five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently Nick worked at Make-A-Wish America where he analyzed financials, benchmarked the performance of 60+ chapters across the country, implemented data collection processes, and facilitated research initiatives. Nick was also a volunteer for the American Lung Association and a Youth Activism Fellow with Truth Initiative. Outside of work, Nick enjoys rowing (crew), taking his dog to the beach, and photographing his travels.

Nick has a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington as well as and a BA in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Cindy Frantz, Client Manager, comes to EdTec with a background in philanthropy, having worked in project management and strategy roles while gaining an understanding of education and charter school funding. Most recently at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she worked on internal improvement projects and at the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers she worked with foundations on various issues areas, including finance, education, and communications. In her free time, Cindy enjoys hiking, participating in triathlons, traveling, and running with her dog, Duey.

Cindy holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan Flagler Business School and a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado.

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Jenna Gauger, Marketing Coordinator, joins EdTec with a background in education, both as an administrator and an instructor and tutor in the classroom. Most recently she worked at a San Francisco non-profit that provides full-day licensed child care and family services. She currently works in the marketing department specializing in communications, event planning and relationship building. Jenna is passionate about providing quality education to all students across the nation. When not working, she enjoys running, playing basketball and soccer, cooking and traveling whenever possible.

Jenna holds a BA in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Nimia Gjersand, Business Manager, comes to Edtec with a strong background in the California charter school movement, having spent two years at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy as their Compliance Manager and two years as the Operations Manager at Endeavor College Prep (both schools are in Los Angeles). Nimia was born and raised in Oakland and is a proud graduate of the distinguished Oakland Technical High School. After spending four years in Los Angeles and one year in Las Vegas, she knew there was no place like home and came back to the Bay Area. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, reading and lazy days with her daughter.

Nimia holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College in Spanish Literature.

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Jeff Gayhart, Client Manager, comes to EdTec with a background in finance and education. Prior to his arrival at EdTec, Jeff worked with Wells Fargo, Metropolitan West Asset Management, and Pacific Capital Group in various client facing financial service roles. In education he has worked with Teach For America, Junior Achievement, Minds Matter, and Intrepid College Prep, a Nashville charter school. Jeff was a fellow with Education Pioneers in Washington D.C.’s 2013 cohort. He is an active sportsman participating in numerous individual and team sports.

Jeff holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an M Ed. in Leadership and Organizational Performance from Vanderbilt University.

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Danielle Goldfinger, Accounts Payable Specialist, comes to EdTec (and California) from Las Vegas, where she worked for several years in Accounts Payable at Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, LLP, and as an executive assistant at Country Financial after receiving her Property & Casualty License. Danielle loves travelling, wine tasting, skydiving, cooking and volunteering. Although she misses her friends and family dearly, Danielle is very excited for her new life in California and is looking forward to more adventures.

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James Hao, Director of Technology, has managed the implementation of many complex technology projects for large corporations as a senior engineer at Sapient Corporation. James is a PowerSchool administrator and AptaFund accounting software specialist.

James holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley.

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Serita Harper, Payroll Specialist, brings 20 years of payroll experience to EdTec. She has worked with both Paychex and ADP in various industries including software development (Embarcadero Systems), legal (Brayton Purcell), medical (Alta Bates) and non-profit (Anka Behavioral Health). Serita enjoys cooking for others and whenever she discovers something fantastic at a restaurant, she teaches herself how to make it herself. Serita especially values time spent with family and friends, and is an avid reader of anything and everything under the sun (except romance novels). Though she loves animals, Serita doesn’t currently have a pet, but is deeply in love with her nephew’s Boxer, Mango.

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Ethan Hurdus, Senior Data Consultant, has spent many years working behind the scenes keeping educational programs running smoothly. Most recently he managed inventory forecasting and purchasing for Galileo Educational Services, providers of art, science and outdoor summer enrichment programs for more than 19,000 Bay Area K-8th graders each year. He was also an instructor and program director at a traditional Poconos science summer camp for 8 years. Ethan is a passionate wilderness backpacker, amateur photographer, kitchen dabbler, and world traveler. As resident aerospace engineer, he answers the occasional company question that IS rocket science.

Ethan holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.

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Jennifer Kaneshiro, Data Consultant, has experience with database entry, maintenance, and report generation. She has worked in public and private university offices and has honed her project management skills at a pharmaceutical company.

Jennifer holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Hawaii.

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Tracey Katz, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, comes to EdTec with background in educational data use and student assessment systems. Most recently, Tracey worked for the California Charter Schools Association, where she helped over 200 charter schools throughout the state better understand & utilize their student achievement data through the ZOOM! Data Source program. Tracey also has background in data analysis and state accountability measures. In her spare time, Tracey enjoys running, reading, and playing with her dogs.

Tracey holds a BA in Government from Claremont McKenna College and an MPP from the University of Southern California.

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Levi Kirkland, Business Manager, comes to EdTec after entering the work force as a Teach for America corps members. He spent 2 years as a high school math teacher at Frederick Douglass Academy High School, a charter school in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he taught Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. As a college student, Levi was a member of the Varsity lacrosse team at Tufts University, playing on the school’s first national championship team. In his spare time, he enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals, spending time with friends, competing as a Crossfit athlete, and reading.

Levi holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University and an MA in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University.

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Shawn Klemens, Senior Payroll Specialist, comes to EdTec with an extensive background spanning payroll, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and human resources. She has honed her knowledge and skills at companies as diverse as Amports, the owner-operator of the port of Benicia (one of a handful of privately owned ports), and New Vine Logistics, where she focused on payroll and managing the funding of accounts used to ship wine (legally) to various states. Shawn loves spending time with her family and her dogs, and when she is not busy taking care of all of them, you can find her playing in monthly poker tournaments or boating at Lake Berryessa.

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Dena Koren, Sr. Client Manager, brings a blend of education and private sector experience to her role at EdTec. Early in her career, Dena worked at BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), a national nonprofit afterschool and summer program for low-income elementary school students. At BELL, she led the teacher and tutor recruitment team, as well as helped develop plans for new school and district partnerships. Prior to coming to EdTec, Dena worked as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, helping clients from a wide range of industries (e.g., education, consumer goods, financial services) develop strategic plans and operational improvement programs. Outside of work, Dena loves spending time with her two daughters, running, hiking, and wine tasting. Additionally, Dena serves on the advisory board of OnePurpose School in San Francisco.

Dena holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an AB from Princeton University.

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Cheryl Leong, Client Manager, has extensive experience providing consulting and strategy-driven solutions to companies in the financial services, healthcare and technology verticals at firms such as Wells Fargo and Triage Consulting Group. Her background includes strategy, operations planning, financial analysis, technical project management, and business development experience for Fortune 500 companies. Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys hiking with her dog, cooking, traveling, and volunteering at organizations such as Muttville and Family House.

Cheryl received her BA in Finance and Management Information Systems from Gonzaga University.

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Carol Liao, Director of Finance, has a background in accounting as well as financial planning & analysis. During the course of her career she has worked for employers ranging from a small French-based clothing retailer to large companies, including two of the Big 4 public accounting firms. Most recently, she worked at The North Face as a financial analyst. Carol loves spending time with her family and in her spare time, she likes sewing, running outdoors and snowboarding.

Carol received a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, Berkeley and a MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

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Chris Lim, Director of Data Management, has a broad range of experiences that spans both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to EdTec, Chris worked at a litigation consulting firm that specialized in forensic accounting. Subsequently, he was a data consultant at a criminal justice research organization where he co-authored a study on trends in juvenile delinquency. Most recently, Chris was a manager at a start-up English training center in Suzhou, China. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling and is an avid basketball and tennis player.

Chris received his BA in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Gasper Magallanes, Senior Director of Client Management & Development, is based on the East Coast and works on business development initiatives east of the Mississippi. He comes with a background in education, technology, and affordable housing. Prior to his arrival at EdTec, Gasper worked with Citizen Schools, an after school provider that brings extended learning opportunities to middle school students through citizen-led apprenticeships. Most recently, he worked for the National Farm Workers Service Center, a not-for-profit affordable housing developer, performing research and analysis, and developing department and organizational-wide strategic plans. Gasper was a fellow with the Zero Divide Foundation, an organization that invests in community enterprises that leverage technology to benefit low-income and underserved communities. Gasper has experience both consulting and serving on charter school boards, having served on a California charter high school board. He is an avid reader and a self-declared technology and politics aficionado.

Gasper holds a BS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

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Haig MacGregor, Business Development Manager, joins EdTec with a background in sales and marketing within the education space. He has demonstrated and sold digital curricula and Learning Management System (LMS) subscriptions to public schools—including charter schools—in California, Oregon, and Washington. In addition to sales, Haig has experience in developing marketing campaigns and writing newsletters for the public education sector. Prior to his move into sales and marketing, Haig spent a number of years as an editor and writer in a variety of organizations in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. In his spare time, he enjoys reading fiction, especially short stories; drinking espresso; and traveling up and down the West Coast.

Haig holds a BA in Writing from the University of California, San Diego.

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Aubrey Marsh, Client Manager, comes to EdTec with a background in both education and project management. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, where she was a Primary School Teacher and Teacher Trainer. She also managed a project to bring libraries to select schools throughout rural Uganda. After her service, Aubrey attended UCLA Anderson and worked as an Office Manager at a Los Angeles CPA firm. Aubrey loves watching hockey (especially the LA Kings), running and snowboarding.

Aubrey holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Gabe Mulcahy, Senior Payroll Specialist, has experience in payroll, accounting and human resources in various types of industries (mortgage, insurance, retail and education).

Gabe holds a BA in History from Rutgers College.

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Lori Nahra, Senior Accountant, has over 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, operations, and regulatory compliance. After college, she quickly went to work in corporate America for several prominent entertainment companies where she worked her way up the ranks to eventually become the Director of Accounting and Payroll at Warner Music Group. During that time, she proved her tremendous capacity for streamlining workflow by leading and mentoring accounting teams to achieve improved accuracy and timely reporting. Lori has always had an interest in a career relating to the field of education, and has spent many volunteer hours in classrooms and serving as a judge at academic competitions.

Lori holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles.

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Raymond Ng, IT Manager, comes to EdTec with nine years of experience in database and system administration. Prior to joining EdTec, he worked as the Network Administrator at Archetype-Solutions. Raymond enjoys playing guitar and ice hockey in his free time.

Raymond holds a BS from CSU Los Angeles.

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Jennifer Nguyen, Client Manager, joins EdTec with a background in finance. As a consultant, she advised banks and private equity firms on financial and operational strategy. Before consulting, she was a Director at Ally Financial and its predecessor GMAC, and prior to that a member of Deutsche Bank’s real estate investment banking team. With a lifelong interest in education, Jennifer has served as a guest instructor at schools including Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and the University of Southern California. In her spare time, she is an enthusiastic traveler trying to make her way through all seven continents.

Jennifer earned an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Yen Nguyen, Data Consultant, comes to EdTec with a background in mechanical engineering as well as charter school operations. Yen recently served as the Data Analyst at RePublic Schools, a charter management organization that oversees two of the top ranked charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Yen was uniquely and strategically placed at RePublic to develop efficient, secure, and accurate methods to collect, store, analyze, and display data in ways that make meaning for both internal and external stakeholders. A St. Louis native, Yen enjoys Cardinals baseball, reading, calligraphy, hiking, birdwatching, and volunteering at the cat shelter.

Yen holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

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Diana Nucci, AP Manager

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Amita Parikh, Client Manager, comes to EdTec with experience in finance, project management, and grant administration from the private and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Amita worked in higher education as a research administrator and program coordinator for STEM Education outreach. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends & family, traveling, and hiking.

Amita holds a BS in Business Administration & a BA in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Sandy Park, Senior Manager, Education Support Services, has corporate, non-profit and public sector experience. After leaving her corporate job, Sandy entered the profession of education and spent 5 years as a teacher and 2 as an administrator. She has spent the last 7 years working with charter schools and developers across a wide range of high-value service areas at the California Charter Schools Association, Los Angeles Unified School District and now with EdTec. When Sandy is not working to advance the charter school movement, she is spending time with her family exploring the outdoors, biking, hiking and playing ultimate frisbee.

Sandy holds a BA in Psychology from Calvin College and a MA in Education from DePaul University.

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Chang Patel, Sr. Client Manager, has experience in both K12 and higher education, with positions in teaching, administration, and consulting. Prior to joining EdTec, she managed program operations and spearheaded new career services for the undergraduate business program at UC Irvine. While pursuing her MBA, she participated in the Education Pioneers Graduate Fellowship, working on a consulting project with the Los Angeles County Office of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, biking and travel.

Chang holds an MBA from UC Irvine’s Merage School of Business, an MA from Teachers College of Columbia University, and a BA from UC Berkeley.

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Tracy Phamthai, Business Manager, joins EdTec with a background in education and project management. After college, she joined Teach for America where she was a high school math teacher at Yazoo City High School in Mississippi. With no prior experience, she was directed to be the school’s head cheer coach. She also spearheaded an educational trip for 10 students to visit NYC for the first time. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new food as well as going to concerts and different sporting events.

Tracy holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Terry Picchi, Accounting Manager, has experience in accounting, auditing and systems implementations working with a wide variety of industries including not for profits, telecommunications and construction. Her career started out working with one of the Big 4 public accounting firms, and most recently worked with construction companies. A San Francisco native, Terry enjoys spending time and sharing meals with family and friends, hiking, reading and ceramics.

Terry received a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a certified public accountant in California.

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Lisa Portillo, Accounts Payable Specialist, has several years of experience in both accounting and administrative functions in various industries, mainly the media and music industries. Lisa has experience tutoring under-served kids in San Francisco, and she comes from a family of teachers and educational consultants. Lisa loves animals, reading, music, painting, road trips, being in nature and watching Major League Baseball.

Lisa has an AA in Ethnic Studies from City College of San Francisco.

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Jerry Otradovsky , Payroll Manager, comes to EdTec with 25+ years of Management and Business Operations experience in many different industries. He is originally from Nebraska but has lived the Bay Area since 2008. Jerry loves golfing, spending time with his family and watching his beloved Cornhuskers.

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Donisha Qualls, Accounting Associate, is a vibrant adult who was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Her position at EdTec is in the Financial Operations department supporting the accountants. Mostly recently she worked in accounting for the City of Oakland, Community and Economic Development Agency (CEDA) Commercial Lending and CBS in Atlanta, GA. She is currently enrolled in school pursuing her Bachelors in Business Administration Management with a minor in Finance. Away from her desk Donisha enjoys spending time with her family and friends and sleeping as much as she can.

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Nida Rab, Associate Client Manager, comes to EdTec with a background in accounting as well as charter school operations. Most recently, Nida served as the founding Director of Operations at Nashville Prep - the top ranked charter school in Tennessee for the past two school years. During her time at Nashville Prep, she studied, created, and implemented various systems to ensure school-wide functionality and efficiency. In her spare time, Nida enjoys traveling, baking, reading, and being outdoors.

Nida holds a BBA in Banking & Financial Management from the University of Georgia.

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Milada Rakijian, Associate of Client Management & Accounting, has experience in data analysis, office management and human resources. She has worked for a number of years in the international television industry, providing expatriates in the US, the technology to view their native channels. Additionally, she played a role offering grants to underprivileged communities and volunteering at orphanage camps for a non-profit organization in Armenia. She has also played for the AJAX Women’s Semi-Pro soccer team and now plays recreationally in her free time.

Milada holds a BS in Business Management and International Economics from San Diego State University.

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Josh Renkow, Operations Assistant, has a background in music, event support and office administration. Before coming to EdTec he managed operations at architecture firms in New York and Los Angeles. Josh specializes in board support and internal operations at EdTec’s Los Angeles office. Outside of work he’s passionate about music and drumming and loves to hike and explore.

Josh has a BA in literature and a minor in electronic music from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Piper Robinson, Operations Assistant, comes to EdTec with a background in administration in health and engineering fields. Most recently she worked as the corporate receptionist for a national Civil Engineering firm. She spent a year running her own holistic health coaching business. Piper’s passions include singing in choirs and jazz bands, making soap, cooking, yoga and hiking.

Piper holds a B.A. in music and a certification in holistic health coaching.

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Joan Roeske, Payroll Specialist, brings many years of experience in payroll and client services. She worked for over 18 years at Paychex in client services, implementation, and as a supervisor. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, indulging her sweet tooth, and singing.

Joan holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jacqui Runholt, AP & Business Process Specialist, comes to EdTec from Moline, Illinois, where she worked as an Accounts Payable Processor for John Deere. During her time at John Deere, Jacqui supported well over 500 different vendors for 3 John Deere locations as well as helping the General Ledger department with month-end closings. A Minnesota native, Jacqui is a born fish, with fascinations in both abstract painting and novel writing.

Jacqui has a Bachelors in Economics and East Asian Studies from Smith College.

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Ryan Salcedo, Data Systems Manager, has experience in business development, logistics, and data administration in various settings ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to startup companies. Ryan has worked in financial services and in the software industry. Additionally, Ryan has done work in the non-profit sector providing health services to underprivileged children.

Ryan holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Gina Solorzano, Payroll Manager, has over 10 years of experience in the payroll industry. Prior to Edtec, she worked for a national payroll company where she established her payroll knowledge and expertise. During her college years, she occasionally worked as a tutor and mentor for elementary school children in Berkeley and Oakland. In her spare time, Gina enjoys spending time with her 3 children, traveling, camping, and going for walks.

Gina is a Certified Payroll Professional and holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jenny Tabor, Business Manager, comes to EdTec with experience in education in various roles. She started her career as a Teach For America corps member teaching 8th grade math. She’s since worked for The Soulsville Charter School in Memphis, Teach For America – Memphis as the Development Associate, and most recently, Nashville Prep Charter School. When she is not working she enjoys spending her time running, trying new recipes, being with family and friends, and traveling.

Jenny holds a BA in Mass Communication from LSU and a MA in Teaching from Christian Brothers University.

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Stephenie Tesoro, Operations Manager, has experience in the non-profit sector working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside. She focuses her volunteer work on community-oriented initiatives. She spent two years as a certified crisis counselor with the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency in Long Beach, CA, and currently volunteers as a word processor and writer for the MacArthur Metro community newspaper of Oakland. A southern California native, Stephenie enjoys running, reading, cooking and renewing old furniture.

Stephenie holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Kelly Theofanis, Director of Client Management, comes from a nonprofit consulting background, and has partnered with clients in education, arts, and social service on projects ranging from strategic planning to fundraising. The complexity of business in the nonprofit sector, as well as the disparity between the capacity of nonprofits to provide services and the populations of people in need, inspired Kelly to continue her work in public education and to pursue a degree in business. Kelly is also an Education Pioneers alumna and worked with Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles while in business school. Kelly plays soccer and enjoys going out to breakfast.

Kelly is originally from Los Angeles and graduated from Yale University with a BA in English and from the USC Marshall School of Business with an MBA.

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Susan Tomko, Senior Payroll Specialist, has experience in payroll, accounting, and human resources. She began her payroll career at a non-profit animal shelter and has since gone on to work for a global advertising company and a small organic produce company. When not working, you can find her gardening with her daughter or restoring furniture. She is also passionate about sustainability, food justice, and human rights.

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Annice Weinstein, Manager, Assessment Data, has expertise in the development and implementation of educational technology for schools. Prior to joining EdTec, Annice was the product manager for Kaplan K12 Learning Services' premier technology product for educators, a tool that provides formative assessments, data reporting, and supplemental curriculum to schools across the country. Previously, Annice held positions at LeapFrog SchoolHouse and Computer Curriculum Corporation, developing supplemental ELA curriculum. She also managed a K-8 after-school learning center that utilized educational software to assist in instruction.

Annice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, with an emphasis in child development, and a minor in Latin American studies from Stanford University.

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Emmy Wong, Accountant, has been working in the accounting field for over 10 years, from portfolio accounting to corporate accounting. She has lived in Southern California for over 20+ years. When she’s not working away, she spends times with her family and friends. Emmy enjoys going to the movies and loves to travel to visit family.

Emmy is a CPA and notary in the state of California and has a BA in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Kelsey Wrobel, Associate Client Manager, comes to EdTec from the commercial real estate industry where she managed the acquisition and financing of office and multi-family projects. She has experience in financial modeling, project management, and process development. Prior to joining EdTec, Kelsey also volunteered on the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Crisis Line as a crisis intervention counselor. Kelsey loves to cook and practice yoga, and is a part-time yoga instructor. 

Kelsey holds a BA in Business Economics from UCLA.

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