Our Leadership Team

 

Executive Team

Richard Becker, Chief Executive Officer – LinkedIn

Richard currently serves as CEO of TeachTown. Prior to joining TeachTown, Richard most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of DIGARC, a leading provider of higher education software and services, where he led DIGARC’s business transformation, growth strategy and successful sale to Modern Campus.  Prior to DIGARC, he held various senior leadership roles at Stack Sports, Blackbaud and Equifax. With over 20 years of experience, Richard has an exceptional track record of driving transformation and growth in mission-based SaaS technology companies, success working with K-12 education clients, and building businesses with a culture rooted in high performance and innovation.

Ashley Wall, CPA, Chief Financial Officer – LinkedIn

Ashley has served as Chief Financial Officer of TeachTown since June 2021.  Ashley previously served as Senior Vice President of Finance at Jobcase, Inc.. Ashley also held senior financial roles at several high-growth, technology companies such as TripAdvisor and LegalZoom.  She began her career in public accounting at EY.  Ashley holds a B.S. in Management and Accounting from UNC Asheville.  She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Phil Hartman, Chief Revenue Officer – LinkedIn

Phil serves as Chief Revenue Officer for TeachTown. In his 15+ year career he has served in various education sales and sales leadership roles. Most recently, he ran Sales and Account Management for the #1 college and career readiness software, Naviance, and industry leading student success software Starfish. After delivering significant YOY growth, both product lines were acquired in early 2021. Phil holds a BA in Secondary Education from The University of Illinois. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Amy, and their two sons, Nathan and Patrick.

Margaret Onisick Lawless, Chief Product Officer – LinkedIn

Margaret currently serves as the Chief Product Officer at TeachTown and is responsible for overseeing product management, curriculum, user experience, technology and research. Margaret has spent the past two decades building education, software and analytics for Healthcare and Social Good. Prior to joining TeachTown, Margaret served as the SVP of Strategy and Product at Intelerad. Prior to Intelerad, Margaret held various executive roles at Relias Learning where she led the product and go-to-market business transformation. Margaret has a MS in Computer Science from The Citadel, a BS in Business Administration from The College of Charleston and an AS in Computer Technology from Trident Technical College.

Joe Woyciechowski, Chief Marketing Officer – LinkedIn

Joe currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of TeachTown. Prior to joining TeachTown, Joe served as the Director of Demand Generation at Frontline Education. Drawing on his 20+ years of experience, Joe is a seasoned, award-winning marketing leader who has helped numerous companies identify, meet and exceed their sales and marketing goals through top-notch demand generation, sales funnel optimization, digital marketing and building high-performance teams. Joe holds both an MBA and BA from La Salle University.

Kevin MacDonald, Chief Technology Officer – LinkedIn

Kevin has been developing software for the past 25 years, predominantly in the web services sphere. Since 2005 the majority of his time has been focused on developing educational software for TeachTown, where he has assembled and led teams to build out the company’s products on multiple devices and platforms. Before coming to TeachTown he headed up software development for the online Search features of an enterprise knowledge management system (askme.com) and helped to develop sophisticated engineering applications for a major manufacturing firm (Canam Group). He holds a Bachelor of Technology from Ryerson University and a Professional Engineer’s designation.

Kim Johnson, Vice President of Operations – LinkedIn

Kim has spent over 23 years in the education industry. She has held a number of management positions for companies at the start up stage to companies with annual revenues of $200M. Prior to joining TeachTown, she spent 6 years with Cambium Learning Group as Vice President of Operations where she was responsible for the Customer Service, Purchasing, Planning and Distribution. Kim spent 8 years as Chief Administrative and Operating Officer with Kurzweil Educational Systems, a company focused on students and individuals with learning and reading disabilities. Kim received her BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1987.

 

Editorial and Creative Leadership Team

Jodie Simon, Ph.D., Director of Program Research – LinkedIn

Jodie currently serves as the Director of Program Research at TeachTown. She has been researching and evaluating new and existing educational programs and services in public school settings for the past 17 years. Prior to joining TeachTown, Jodie worked at the Cambium Learning Group for 10 years where she developed educational program assessment systems and was co-investigator for “Colleague in the Classroom” and evaluator for “Language Essentials for Teaching Reading and Spelling,” two nationally funded research and development projects. She received her doctoral degree in cognitive neuropsychology at the University of Denver and received a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in cognitive neuroscience. She was Principal Investigator of “Analyzing the Language Profile in Fragile X Syndrome and Autism Study,” a nationally funded grant. Her career in research psychology has focused on characterizing the cognitive processes that underlie language and social communication behaviors in developmental disorders.

Caitie Marks, M.Ed., BCBA, Senior Editorial Director – LinkedIn

Caitie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and former classroom teacher who has worked with early childhood, K-12, and transition-aged populations of students with disabilities. Her past students and clients have included students with autism, intellectual disabilities, and/or developmental delays, as well as students with high incidence disabilities, such as ADHD and Specific Learning Disabilities. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of special education as an educator, behavior analyst, and curriculum developer. Caitie previously taught in both self-contained special education classrooms and in inclusion-based special education models. She has also worked as a home-, school-, and community-based BCBA serving students with autism. Caitie earned her BS (Early Childhood Special Education) and MEd (Comprehensive Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis) from Vanderbilt University. She currently holds teaching certifications in Special Education for PreK through transition-aged populations. Caitie has co-authored research and practice articles that have been published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities and Teaching Exceptional Children. 

Jessica Kersting, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Editorial Director

Jessica currently serves as an Editorial Director for TeachTown. Jessica is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with a Ph.D. specializing in language and literacy development and disorders. Prior to joining TeachTown, Jessica served students with language and literacy disorders in a variety of clinical and school settings. She taught courses in language development and disorders and supervised graduate and undergraduate students in a university speech and hearing clinic. Jessica also co-authored a reading program for students with dyslexia.

Abby Fahey, MS, Senior Curriculum Developer – LinkedIn

Abby currently serves as a Senior Curriculum Developer for TeachTown. Abby is a Licensed Behavior Specialist with 20+ years of working with early childhood through transition-aged students. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Master’s Degree in the Psychology of Education in Applied Developmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining TeachTown, Abby worked on developing assessments for online learners, taught in an Applied Behavior Analysis focused partial-hospital setting for students ages 3 to 18 with autism and/or developmental delays, created and oversaw the scope and sequence of curriculum for home- and school-based learners, and was part of direct clinical care teams working with adolescents living in residential treatment facilities.

Michael Hernandez, Vice President of Production – LinkedIn

Michael has over 25 years of experience in both online and print media as a manager, producer, illustrator and designer. He joined TeachTown in October 2009 as Vice President of Production overseeing all creative design and production of their digital, print and animation products for children with special needs, including Teachtown Basics, Social Skills, Encore, Transitions and many others. Prior to joining Teachtown he worked at the Walt Disney Co. for 10 years developing content, games and sales collateral for domestic and international markets for such properties as Cars Online, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mickey Mouse, Disney’s Magic English and a variety of animated feature film titles. As international liaison, he worked directly with teams in Japan, Europe, China and South America to manage content production and distribution. Michael received his BA in Industrial Design and Graphic design from California State University, Northridge.

 

Program Trainers

Angel Filer, M.Ed., BCBA, Doctoral Candidate, Director of Training – LinkedIn

Angel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who currently serves as the Director of Training for TeachTown. With past experience as both a special education teacher and Autism Program Coordinator, Angel received her Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Services with minor in Early Childhood Intervention. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Learning and Organizational Change at Baylor University and is Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) certified. Her current research focus is on professional development that supports increasing technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) and is provided to special education teams through Virtual Interactive Professional Development (VIPD). She believes professional development should be transformational and not transactional.

Ann Lodolini-Kho, M.A.T, BCBA, Dean of RBT & ABA Pro/Program Trainer LinkedIn

Ann has worked in the clinical and educational setting since 2003, beginning her career as a paraeducator and an interventionist providing direct ABA services. After earning her California Moderate/Severe Teaching credential in 2009, she worked for 7 years as a consultant providing behavior and educational services as part of the IEP team for a variety of Public School Districts across 6 counties in the San Francisco Bay Area serving students pre-K through age 22. After becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2014, she stepped into the role of a supervising clinician for an ABA service provider, and a consultant for adult group homes. For 2 years, Ann was the Director of ABA services for a home and clinic based ABA provider, designing interventions for and overseeing the transition of services from early start to insurance funded ABA services. Prior to coming to TeachTown in 2021, Ann worked for over 3 years as a Behavior Specialist for a public school district in Northern California. Ann earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of the Pacific in 2005 and a Master’s in Special Education with a concentration in Emotional & Behavior Disorders from Walden University in 2009.

Steven Troyer, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Program Trainer – LinkedIn

Steven is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) where he has served as a program supervisor (home/school settings), school consultant and clinical director. He has many years of experience managing multidisciplinary teams as a school district program specialist and as a school consultation manager for a non-public agency. Steven has over 18 years of experience in both clinical and educational settings and has been a BCBA for the past 9 years. His early ABA experiences involved graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree (ABA emphasis) from Western Michigan University and conducting research for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute’s New York Educational Project. Steven obtained his Master’s Degree in Special Education and Teaching from San Francisco State University and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of Arizona. Steven has co-authored research articles and has presented at The ABAI International conference on the utilization of the telehealth model from the regional, national and international viewpoints. 

Lindsay Watkins, M.Ed., BCBA, Program Trainer – LinkedIn

Lindsay Watkins currently serves as one of the Program Trainers for the TeachTown implementation team. Prior to joining TeachTown, Lindsay served as a Program Director as well as the Director of Strategic Operations for local ABA clinics, leading teams to provide high quality therapy services to children and teens with ASD. She has also held various positions in the clinical and educational world, working directly with clients and students as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Special Education teacher. She has worked in the field of special education for the past ten years and is passionate about helping those with learning differences succeed in and out of the classroom through progressive and ethical interventions. Lindsay holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Special Education and a Master’s of Education degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Kathy Randolph, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Program Trainer – LinkedIn

Kathy earned her doctorate in Exceptional Student Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Atlantic University in 2017. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral level (BCBA-D). She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Duquesne University, two post-graduate certificates in Educational Leadership from Point Park University and Special Education Administration from Edinboro University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Point Park University. Kathy has over 20 years of public school experience, where she started as a paraprofessional, spent nine years as a special education teacher, two as a special education administrator, and has been a professor since 2017. She taught at the middle and high school level in all special education settings from self-contained therapeutic emotional support to resource and inclusive settings and was an administrator at an elementary school. Kathy has worked with students of all abilities, focusing on students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, and supporting students with behavior issues in the inclusive classroom.

Kellsie Kehoe, M.Ed., BCBA, Program Trainer – LinkedIn

Originally from south Florida, Kellsie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from Austin, Texas, with over five years of experience in the education field. She has experience as an educator and clinician in Texas and Florida. For the last two years, her focus has been on providing naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions to students in classrooms and therapy environments. Kellsie comes from a business background, with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida and experience specializing in business hospitality. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin and continues to be passionate about providing equitable education to all students.

Solutions Engineers

Ross Nesselrode, M.Ed., BCBA, Director of Solutions Engineers and Enablement – LinkedIn 

Ross is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and former public school special education teacher and administrator. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Autism & Developmental Disabilities program. His research includes how problem behavior is assessed in public school settings, as well as teacher feedback on assessment methodologies. Ross has publications in the following peer-reviewed journals: Behavior Analysis in Practice and Review Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders. 

Jessica Cantu, M.Ed., BCBA, Solutions Engineer – LinkedIn  

Jessica is a Solutions Engineer and Board Certified Behavior Analyst at TeachTown. She has worked in the field for 11 years in both educational settings and in the home health settings for individuals with disabilities ranging from early childhood to transition-age students. Prior to TeachTown, Jessica worked as a Special Education Teacher in Central Texas serving students with significant support needs in an elementary Life Skills setting. Jessica also acted as a classroom model and trainer for teachers in her district. Jessica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Learning and Development and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She plans to pursue her Doctorate in the Fall of 2022 to continue her work with individuals with disabilities.

Rachel Tullis, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Solutions Engineer – LinkedIn

Rachel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral (BCBA-D) and has been working with children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum for over a decade. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis at The Ohio State University and completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Emory Autism Center. Rachel also has an adult brother on the autism spectrum, which has significantly driven her research interests in areas of both transition to adulthood and gainful employment. She has extensively  presented and published research in these areas in peer-reviewed journals and at national conferences alike.