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Our Board

At LDC, we’re passionate about helping teachers enable their students to succeed. We are honored to partner with educators across the country, collaborating with them to create classroom resources that will help them in their important work: preparing students for success in school—and in life.

Tanya Baker

Director, National Programs National Writing Project

As Director of National Programs at National Writing Project, Tanya oversees a wide range of cooperative research and program development initiatives involving NWP’s university-based local sites. An author of Strategic Reading: Guiding Students to Lifelong Literacy 6-12 (Heinemann, 2001), Tanya has direct Board reporting responsibilities for this national organization.

Gene Bottoms

Senior Vice President, Southern Regional Education Board

With 50 years experience in professional learning and training, Dr. Bottoms continues to ensure SREB works closely with the Governors in its 16 member state consortium to implement teacher training throughout the country.  Dr. Bottoms oversees a multi-million dollar annual budget while he reports to an active Board of Directors.

Kelly Galbraith

Curriculum & Instruction Consultant for Literacy, IU 13

Kelly Galbraith is Curriculum and Instruction Consultant for Literacy at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, a national LDC partner, where she began her work with LDC during the 2010-2011 pilot year.  Prior to her current role at IU13, her varied experiences in education included serving as a high school English teacher, literacy coach, and assistant principal.  Kelly provides comprehensive LDC professional development for K-12 teachers from IU13’s twenty-two local school districts and also serves as the PA State LDC Content Lead for Keystones to Opportunity, Pennsylvania’s Striving Readers Grant. 

John Katzman

Chief Executive Officer, Noodle Education

John Katzman is an education entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of The Noodle Companies, an education startup whose search engine helps students and parents find educational resources and schools. Prior to that, he founded and ran 2U, which works with research universities (including USC, Georgetown, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wash U) to create high-quality online degree programs. Prior to that, he founded and ran The Princeton Review, which helped over 50% of students applying to U.S. colleges and universities each year find, get into, and pay for school. Katzman is the co-author of five books, and a frequent lecturer and panelist, and a director of several other for- and non-profits, including the National Association of Independent Schools, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. Most importantly, he is married to Alicia Ernst; they have a son (20) and daughter (18).

Randy Mastro

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Randy M. Mastro, a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He also serves on the Firm’s Management and Executive Committees.  He routinely ranks among the nation’s leading litigators and trial lawyers in surveys of corporate counsel and other practitioners. As NYC firm head, Randy represents numerous Fortune 500 (and several 100) corporations. Randy sits on numerous national corporate and charitable boards and foundations. 

Marla Ucelli–Kashyap

Assistant to the President for Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap is Assistant to the President for Educational Issues at the 1.6 million member American Federation of Teachers, where she leads a team of professionals working on key areas of policy, practice and professional development aimed at helping teachers and their unions improve education quality and their profession. Previously, she was Director of District Redesign and Leadership at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and a senior program officer at the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Ucelli-Kashyap has also been an independent consultant in education policy, a political press secretary, and a reporter. She holds a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa graduate) from New York University and an M.P.A. from Rutgers. Among her professional service activities, Ms. Ucelli-Kashyap was chair of the board of Editorial Projects in Education, Inc. (publisher of Education Week) and was a founding co-chair of Grantmakers for Education.

Chad Vignola

Executive Director

Harlan Waksal

President and Chief Executive Officer, Kadmon Holdings, Inc.

Dr. Waksal has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Kadmon Holdings, Inc. since August 2014. Prior to Kadmon, Dr. Waksal served as Executive Vice President, Business and Scientific Affairs at Acasti Pharma, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, and as a consultant to Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, Inc., a publicly traded life sciences company and the parent company of Acasti. Dr. Waksal co-founded ImClone Systems (ImClone) in 1987, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company acquired by Eli Lilly and Company in 2008 serving as President, CEO, and Director.

Dr. Waksal has a long history in post-secondary education, serving as an adjunct medical school professor for over ten years, as well as over ten distinguished years as a Trustee of Oberlin College. Dr. Waksal will bring this University expertise to LDC's delivery of college-ready rigorous educator products and services.

Sarah Woodard

ELA Teacher & Instructional/Teacher Leader, Denver Public Schools

Sarah Woodard teaches Advanced Placement Language and Composition through the lens of social justice at Collegiate Prep Academy in Denver Public Schools. Sarah holds a BA in Secondary English Education with a minor in Intercultural Communication from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and an MA in Language, Literacy, and Culture: English Education, from the University of Colorado Denver.  She earned her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in 2010, serves as a co-director of the Denver Writing Project, and is an adjunct instructor in the Teacher Education Program at the University of Denver. Her work with Literacy Design Collaborative tools began in 2011 with a cohort of National Writing Project teachers and LDC helps Sarah ensure that her students are held to high expectations and developing the skills they need to become college and career ready.