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LDC Welcomes New Staff

March 19th, 2014

Since LDC’s debut as a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping educators ensure every student graduates from high school with the literacy skills necessary for success, Executive Director Chad Vignola has been working to build an enthusiastic team to support the LDC community. We’re pleased to introduce the newest LDC staff.


Suzanne Simons

Chief of Instruction & Design

Suzanne is a longtime “book whisperer” and teacher and student advocate, supporting student achievement through literacy instruction, systems redesign, and leadership development. She has taught in a range of educational settings, including Head Start, ESL, adult education, elementary and high school, as well as at the university level. Suzanne most recently worked as Vice President for Professional Development & Turnaround Partnerships for American Reading Company. She holds a B.A. and an MS.Ed., and she will soon earn her doctorate in educational leadership—all from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Suzanne reads avidly, travels the world, practices yoga, and sometimes teaches Pilates. 



Nephi Wright

Software Developer

Nephi is a lifelong learner who is interested in code, math, and the ways people learn. A member of the LDC technology team, he started programming professionally in 2004, discovering his passion, and has been creating professional software ever since. Before joining LDC, Nephi helped lead teams of developers creating eLearning and business simulation software. He also helped to create and maintain a big data dashboard that allowed business analysts to explore how people navigate through multiple company services. Nephi enjoys road biking in and around his hometown of Denver, as well as hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and extended family.



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