Lauren is a researcher, consultant, and advocate for children. She has spent the last 20 years striving to identify strategies to create and sustain high quality public schools for all students. As the founder and president of LMR Consulting, Lauren’s practice specialized in pressing education reform issues pertaining to school restructuring and turnaround, charter schools, special education, and state and district support for school improvement. Read More.
Paul is an education attorney, professor and author with extensive experience in guiding education organizations through challenges and growth. He advises schools, authorizers, networks, non-profits, government agencies and philanthropies on the rules and complexities that apply to educational organizations as well as on effective board governance. Read More.
Lindsay is an attorney and non-profit management professional who has spent much of her career focusing on human rights and diversity. Lindsay received a law degree from Howard University in 2008 before practicing federal litigation at the New York office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, LLP, then clerking for the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Read More.
Tracey Saunders, Project Coordinator
Tracey is a non-profit professional who has spent her career focusing on event management, development and education. Tracey received her bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from the University of New Hampshire, a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Marlboro College in Brattleboro, VT, and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Liberal Arts program at Dartmouth College with a concentration in creative writing. Prior to joining NCSECS, Tracey spent several years managing high-profile donor and alumni relations events at both Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. She is passionate about volunteer work and has been actively engaged locally with several non-profit boards including the Upper Valley Haven, the Montshire Museum of Science, and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).
Mark Rynone, Founding Executive Director of the New Jersey Special Education Collaborative (NJSEC)
Mark joins our team as the Founding Executive Director of the New Jersey Special Education Collaborative (NJSEC); a project incubated under NCSECS. Growing up in a family of teachers, Mark has a wealth of experience in the educational space. He became an educator in New Jersey public schools, serving the needs of his students using best practices around co-teaching and inclusive supports. He then transitioned to the private sector working as a consultant to school districts throughout the state, including Newark, assisting with special education administration, compliance audits, and school-based Medicaid reimbursement. Mark is excited to work with all member schools and help to continue to make a difference in the lives of children in New Jersey.
Stephanie Lancet, Program Specialist - Project Management
Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy from Boston College, and her master’s degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining NCSECS, Stephanie spent several years in the field of higher education, working first in a service-learning program at Boston College and then in student support services at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.