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

Dr. Jodie Simon, 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.

Dr. Chelsi Brosh, Editorial Director – LinkedIn

Chelsi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) who specializes in general curriculum access for individuals with extensive support needs. She earned her Ph.D in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she focused her research on multi-component intervention packages for individuals with extensive support needs in the public school setting. Chelsi has over twelve years of experience teaching and training educators on how to meet the needs of students with complex needs. In addition to her work with educators, Chelsi has conceptualized, authored, and published commercially available programs that are used throughout the United States.

Caitie Marks, 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. 

Dr. Jessica Kersting, 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.

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.