BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Abigail Smith (Chair) has spent her career focused on improving quality, equity, and access in public education. She is currently an independent consultant in the field of PK-12 public education, supporting a variety of organizations in advancing their missions through strategic planning, organizational development, and program design. Abigail previously served as DC's Deputy Mayor for Education and as the Chief of Transformation Management for the DC Public Schools (DCPS). She started her career as a first grade teacher, and spent 12 years with Teach for America, ultimately serving as Vice President of Research and Public Policy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master's in Education from Harvard University. Smith was an E.L. Haynes parent for eleven years.
Lisa Carlton Waller (Vice Chair and Parent Trustee) is currently a Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at a Rockville-based biotechnology (gene therapy) company. She has over 20 years of experience in regulatory affairs and medical/technical writing primarily in the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining the industry, Waller completed post-doctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory of Immunogenetics. She has a BS in Biochemistry from NC State University, and from the University of North Carolina an MS in Medicinal Chemistry and a PhD in Pharmaceutics. She has been an E.L. Haynes parent since 2010.
Danielle McCoy (Secretary) serves as Vice President and Fair Lending Officer of Fannie Mae, and leads Fannie Mae’s fair lending program. Before assuming her current position in October 2015, McCoy was Fannie Mae’s Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant Corporate Secretary, where she provided legal advice to senior management and the Fannie Mae Board of Directors on corporate governance and managed a team supporting corporate secretary and governance operations. Prior to joining Fannie Mae in 2006, McCoy was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, where she advised on securities law, corporate governance mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. She has a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and a JD from New York University School of Law.
Norm Greene (Treasurer) is the Director for Political Finance & Operations for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). His primary focus is on strategic planning for the union’s political program’s internal compliance and financial management processes. Before joining SEIU, Greene served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Director for Finance at the White House. He was a senior member of the finance team responsible for managing the annual White House Appropriation. Prior to the White House, Greene was a staff member on three presidential campaigns where he worked on Federal Election Commission compliance and reporting. Greene has also supported women’s health care through his work at Planned Parenthood’s National Office and supported international democracy through his work at the United Nations Development Programme and at DFI International Inc. Greene currently lives in the LeDroit Park neighborhood in Washington, DC with his wife and three daughters.
Josh Edelman serves as the Deputy Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's K-12 team within the US Program, focused on increasing the number of Black, Latino, and low-income students who earn a high school diploma, enroll in a postsecondary institution, and are on track in their first year to attain a credential with labor market value. Before becoming a Deputy Director, Josh was a Senior Program Officer on the K-12 team supporting efforts to prepare students for college and career success in Tennessee and Florida. Previous to this “state lead” role at Gates, Josh oversaw the 7-year, 90M investment in teacher effectiveness in the Memphis City/Shelby County Schools. He was also the lead program officer developing knowledge about principal leadership for 11 districts/CMOs. Before Gates, Edelman served as the Deputy Chief of School Innovation for DC Public Schools, the Executive Officer of the Office of New Schools at Chicago Public Schools, the principal of The SEED School, and the founder and executive Director for RISE (Realizing Intellect through Self-Empowerment), a youth development program targeted at African-American youth. Edelman has ten years of social studies teaching experience, a Bachelor’s degree in American history from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in education from Stanford University, and Master’s degree in educational administration with an administrative credential, also from Stanford University.
Michael Hall (Parent Trustee) is an architect and principal at his firm, Studio CrowleyHall, with his wife, Anne Crowley, also an architect. Hall has 30 years of experience designing buildings and working on private and public art commissions. His work focuses on communities and neighborhoods, with an overarching interest in environmental themes. He combines both his technical and management expertise as an architect with his experience and training as an artist to provide thoughtful, sustainable, and technically sound buildings and art installations. A native of Northern Michigan, Hall lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and three sons. He holds a Master's in Architecture from the University of Michigan.
LeKisha Jordan (Parent Trustee) serves as the Legislative Policy Advisor for the DC Council, specifically leading education policy efforts for Chairman Phil Mendelson. Jordan began her career in education teaching fifth grade in Bridgeport, CT, where she solidified her passion for educating and ensuring equity in educational opportunities for all students. Prior to joining the DC Council, Jordan served as the Director at a non-profit focused on developing the leadership of former educators interested in expanding their impact by using their teaching background to effect change through policy and/or elected leadership. Jordan received a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration, with a specialization in education policy from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Spelman College. She currently resides in southeast Washington, DC with her husband and daughter.
Claudia Luján (Trustee) was born and raised in Washington, DC. and has over ten years of experience working in education. She recently re-joined District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to focus on developing and launching an agency-wide initiative focused on strengthening the support for young women of color. Luján has a long history of working in DC education that began in 2005 as the Workforce Director at the Carlos Rosario International Career Center and Public Charter School, a public charter school for adult immigrants. In 2007, she joined DC Government and has since held multiple positions in the Deputy Mayor for Educations’ Office (DME) and DCPS, managing and leading a number of citywide planning projects. At the DME she worked on projects primarily focused on cross-sector planning, including the District’s first common lottery and student assignment issues. As the Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer at DCPS, she managed the agency’s portfolio-planning activities, including school closures, grade configuration changes, and enrollment projections. Luján received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from Mills College. She currently resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and four children.
Monique McDonough (Trustee) is a Market Director at CEB, leading the firm’s Account Management team for the Legal, Audit, Strategy & Innovation practice. She has more than 20 years of experience in client and sales management, business development and marketing for high-growth technology companies and Fortune 500 organizations. Before rejoining CEB in 2016, McDonough was a Principal Consultant at Symmetrics Group, a niche consulting company focused on sales effectiveness and sales transformation. Earlier in her career, she led sales, client management and consulting engagements for companies including AOL, Computer Associates, Corporate Executive Board, Opower, and Wireless Generation (now Amplify, formerly part of Newscorp). She hold a BBA and BSJ from Ohio University and an MBA from Duke University.
Roshelle Payes (Parent Trustee) is a Manager of Practice and Prevention with Nemours’ Children's Health System. She supports the CDC-funded Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Technical Assistance Program which promotes healthy eating and physical activity in early care and education settings in 11 states. She also supports Project HOPE (Harnessing Opportunities for Positive, Equitable Early Childhood) supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Roshelle guides partnership engagement, strategic planning, and communications efforts. Prior to joining Nemours, Roshelle was a Food and Nutrition Technical Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She holds a BS in Foreign Service, with a regional focus on Latin America, from Georgetown University and an MPH in Global Health Policy from The George Washington University. Roshelle is a proud resident of Petworth where you can regularly find her on her porch with her husband, daughter, and son.
Shivam Mallick Shah (Trustee) has worked in the private, philanthropic, government and nonprofit sectors, and brings a multidisciplinary lens to her work as a leading advisor on matters of strategy and innovation in education. Most recently, she joined the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), where she serves as a senior advisor to the Education team. In this role, she provides counsel on a broad range of organizational and investment matters focused on promoting equality and unlocking human potential. Prior to joining CZI, Shivam led E.L. Haynes as the Interim Executive Director. She also worked at the US Department of Education where she ran the inaugural Investing in Innovation (i3) fund. She also served as a Deputy Director on the Education team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she managed the foundation’s work with the NYC and Boston public schools. Earlier in her career, Shivam worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, and the investment bank Bear Stearns. Shivam is a graduate of Georgetown University, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Business School. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, Dr. Raj Shah, and their three young children.
Karima Simmons (Trustee) is the Director of Development and Communications for the National Housing Endowment. There, Simmons helped to create and now manages their corporate and individual donor fundraising initiatives. Her fundraising efforts support several national grant and scholarship programs focusing on residential construction management and skilled trades education. Simmons has worked in nonprofit development for over 10 years with a range of experiences in foundation, corporate and individual fundraising. She specializes in areas of k-12 and postsecondary education and community development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and has recently begun studies into obtaining her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials. She has volunteered her professional capabilities to help support local charter schools, community nonprofits and political campaigns. Simmons’ commitment to the building industry extends to her personal life where she has studied carpentry, managed a complete home renovation, and participated in a Habitat for Humanity build in Kenya. She is an avid DIYer, baking enthusiast, enjoys travel, endurance races and spending time with her 3 children- a son, a daughter, and dog. She is a native Washingtonian.
Eric Westendorf (Trustee) is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of LearnZillion, which he incubated at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, where he was Chief Academic Officer and Principal. While he was Principal, E.L. Haynes posted three-year student achievement gains of 50 percentage points in math and 26 percentage points in reading. In each year the school was named a national Silver Award winning school through the federal Effective Practice grant program. Prior to leading E.L. Haynes, Westendorf founded a non-profit focused on teacher leadership development; was the Assistant Principal of St. Joseph’s School in Harlem, where he raised over $1 million for technology and other programs; and taught for seven years in North Carolina, New York, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Westendorf holds a bachelor's degree in Public Policy from Princeton University, a master's degree in Teaching from Brown University, and a master's degree in Business Administration from Stanford University.
Tammy Mank Wincup (Trustee) is currently a Senior Advisor to The RISE Fund where she focuses on education technology investments. The RISE Fund is a $2 billion global impact fund led by private equity firm TPG in collaboration with a group of renowned stakeholders, including U2 lead singer Bono. From 2010 - 2018, Tammy was the Chief Operating Officer of EverFi, Inc., a leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K-12 and Higher Education students in critical skills. Previously, she worked for Price Waterhouse’s International Strategy Consulting Group; a software start-up in San Francisco; Diamond Technology Partners in Chicago; and the U.S. Department of State. Tammy holds a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.
Hilary Darilek, Chief Executive Officer, came to E.L. Haynes from DC Public Schools (DCPS), where she served as a Deputy Chief and led the Principal Effectiveness division. In this role, she oversaw the systems design and operationalization of the recruitment, selection, development, evaluation, and retention of school leaders for all 113 DC Public Schools. Her pioneering work in this role garnered national recognition. Prior to DCPS, Darilek served as Managing Director of the DC Program of New Leaders, a leading, national urban principal training program working with both the district and charter schools of the city. She began her career as a high-performing middle school math and science teacher in Baltimore, Maryland and as an education researcher at the RAND Corporation. Darilek holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics from the College of William and Mary, a master's degree in teaching from the Johns Hopkins University, a second master's degree from the London School of Economics in applied mathematics, and an executive master’s degree in leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. In 2017, Hilary was selected for the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and joined the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is a Washington, DC native and committed to her work in service of the city's students.
Joe Callahan, Senior Director of Development and Communications, has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, nonprofit management, and youth development. Prior to joining E.L. Haynes, Callahan served as the Executive Director of 826DC, where he expanded the organization to serve more than 5,000 students per year, increased the organizational budget nearly 800%, and won the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Mayor’s Art Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education (2014). Before 826DC, Callahan taught writing at American University and The George Washington University, and worked in development for a transatlantic public policy organization and a renowned art museum. Callahan received his BA from The George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs, his MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership.
Vanessa Carlo-Miranda, Chief Operating Officer, is an expert in DC public education funding, federal grants management compliance, and charter school finance. She began her career as a real estate attorney before combining her passion for education and legal training as a program manager for the Office of Public Charter School Financing and Support in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), where she underwrote loans, credit enhancement, and grants to improve public charter school facilities in the District. Carlo-Miranda then joined the Office of the Attorney General as an attorney advisor in the General Counsel’s office, and led OSSE’s newly established compliance division as the first director of grants management and compliance. Carlo-Miranda is a graduate of the University of Florida and the David A. Clarke School of Law. She was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She is married to Luis A. Miranda, and they have three children.
Maria Conner, Senior Director of Student Support Services, has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in special education in the areas of intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, and emotional disturbance; and a Master’s of Science in educational administration with a Principal’s Endorsement. She has 26 years of experience teaching students with a variety of disabilities and as an administrator in the Office of Special Education. The first 14 years of her career was in Westerville, Ohio and in Atlanta Public Schools. Conner worked as a special education coordinator in Akron Public Schools and as a special education supervisor in Baltimore County Public Schools. She wrote a published curriculum for students with low incidence disabilities. As an adjunct professor, she has taught and developed special education courses for Loyola University, Drexel University, and the University of Akron. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Special Education Leadership, published by the Council for Exceptional Children
Dr. Rikki Hunt Taylor, Chief Academic Officer, joined E.L. Haynes in April 2020 after serving as an assistant superintendent of schools in Philadelphia, a position she has held since 2018. Prior to her time in Philadelphia, Rikki worked at DC Public Schools, first as a teacher, and then an early childhood education manager, assistant principal, principal, and central office leader, serving on the DCPS leadership development team as a director for the District’s aspiring principal program. A native Washingtonian, she received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Trinity College in Washington, DC, a master’s degree in Education Administration from Trinity University, and an executive master’s degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She holds a doctoral degree in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Zenada Mahon, Middle School Principal, has over fourteen years of experience working in education. She began her career as an English teacher and has also served as a reading specialist, instructional coach, data and accountability specialist, assistant principal, and principal. Mahon was part of the first cohort for the New Leaders Emerging Leaders Program. She received national principal endorsement after successfully completing New Leaders Aspiring Principals Program. Mahon is a graduate from The State University of New York at New Paltz and earned a BA in english and secondary education. She received additional training in school turnaround leadership through Harvard's Graduate School of Education and is completing an executive master’s degree in leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Emily Hueber Stoetzer, High School Principal, joined E.L. Haynes seven years ago as a 9th and 10th grade Math teacher. Since 2015, she has been a member of the High School Leadership Team. She previously taught at Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Washington, DC and MATCH Public Charter Middle School in Boston, MA. Stoetzer earned her Master's Degree in Secondary Education from American University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Delaware. Emily is a Citybridge Education Innovation Fellow alumni and graduate of Leading Educators and New Leaders for New Schools Emerging Leaders. She was a 2017 Fellow with the Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principals Academy. Stoetzer earned her Executive Master’s Degree in Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in December 2019.
Brittany Wagner-Friel, Elementary School Principal, began her career in education working with children with physical disabilities throughout high school and college, before moving abroad to teach English as a second language in Mexico. She joined E.L. Haynes in February 2007 as a teaching fellow before becoming an elementary school special education teacher. Wagner-Friel was promoted to Assistant Principal in 2012 while a member of New Leaders and became Principal in 2014. She graduated from The University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and earned her Master’s degree from The Catholic University of America in special education. She was a 2015 Fellow with the Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principal’s Academy and earned her Executive Masters in Leadership from Georgetown University in December, 2017.