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.
Lauren Krempecki, Program Coordinator for Special Populations for the New Jersey Special Education Collaborative (NJSEC)
Prior to her work with NJSEC, Lauren provided training and support in the area of special education and school-based Medicaid billing, as well as state-level student data collection. She has also worked as a project manager for a large district implementation of a special education management system, as a special education liaison and teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, and as a paraprofessional in New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Temple University.
Debbie Osheyack, Operations Coordinator
Debbie is a dedicated administrative professional who brings over a decade of support service experience to the NCSECS team. Debbie has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University, where she concentrated in the study of printmaking and photography. Prior to joining the NCSECS team, Debbie worked in administrative roles in the healthcare field. As a mother to ten of her own children, six of whom are adopted from Ethiopia, Debbie is passionate about the welfare of all children and is excited to join an organization committed to students with diverse learning needs in the charter sector.
Shaini Kothari, Education Pioneer Data Fellow
Shaini leads NCSECS' data work including examining the Civil Rights Data Collection, tracking enrollment and service provision trends in Washington DC charter schools, and collecting and analyzing data in cities including Camden, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Newark, where NCSECS is collaborating with local organizations to build capacity to educate students with disabilities. Shaini comes to NCSECS from Explore Schools, a Brooklyn charter school network, where she worked as a Data and Operations Associate. Prior to Explore, Shaini worked as a program assistant at several Harlem-area non-profits. While getting her master’s degree in Population Health from University of Wisconsin, Madison, Shaini taught an undergraduate biology lab and tutored at Madison-area primary and secondary schools for several years. Shaini received her bachelor’s degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from UW, Madison as well.