Brigid Ganley

Brigid GanleyChief External Officer Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. [...]

Ronni Gambardella

Ronni GambardellaProgram Director Ronni Gambardella joined Turnaround for Children in 2007 after 20 years of service with the New York City Department of Education, most recently as a Clinical Supervisor of School Psychologists in Manhattan and the Bronx. While working for the Department of Education, Ronni won citywide recognition as Supervisor of the Year twice. [...]

Lucy Castillo

Lucy CastilloProgram Director Lucy Castillo, Program Director for Newark, came to Turnaround for Children in 2013 with nearly 20 years of experience in education. She began her career as a middle school teacher in New York City, and has an extensive background in leadership training, program development, and organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining Turnaround, Lucy [...]

Tanya Johnson

Tanya JohnsonSenior Director of Program Design Tanya Johnson joined Turnaround for Children in 2013 as Senior Director of Program Design. Previously, Tanya served as an Educational Consultant for Authentic Education under the leadership of Grant Wiggins, co-author of Understanding by Design. In that capacity, she developed an adult curriculum and delivered an innovative professional development [...]

Cristen VanVleet

Cristen Van VleetDirector, Student Support Cristen Van Vleet joined Turnaround in 2013 with nearly two decades of experience working primarily in underperforming schools, providing social supports and connecting families with services. She takes great joy in watching young people learn how to be excited about school. Prior to Turnaround, Cristen was Deputy Director of Youth [...]

Maelle Fonteneau

Maelle FonteneauChief of Staff Maelle Fonteneau joined Turnaround for Children in 2012. She serves as a strategic adviser to Turnaround’s President and CEO, and works closely with the leadership team on organizational priorities. Maelle has spent the last 10 years in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served as an Education Pioneers Fellow at Teach [...]

Michael Wilson

Michael WilsonProgram Director Michael A. Wilson joined Turnaround for Children in 2013 with more than 20 years of experience in public education. Most recently, he served as the Aspiring Principals Director and Principal Institute Director for New Leaders for New Schools in Washington, D.C., where he trained over 30 principals. Michael began his career teaching [...]

Melissa D’Agostino

Melissa D’AgostinoDirector of Program Implementation Melissa D’Agostino joined Turnaround for Children in 2012 as Director of Program Implementation. Prior to this role, Melissa served as the founding Co-Director of Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School, part of the Uncommon Schools network. During her tenure at the school, Melissa grew enrollment from 81 fifth grade students to [...]

Tara Goulet

Tara GouletProgram Director Tara Goulet joined Turnaround for Children in 2013 as a Program Director in New York City. She comes from New Leaders, where she served most recently as Senior Director of the Emerging Leaders Program, responsible for coaching and developing a cohort of a dozen principals. Previously, she spent five years with the [...]

Michael Lamb

Michael LambDirector of District Engagement Mike Lamb joined Turnaround for Children in 2013 as Director of District Engagement, partnering with school districts to infuse Turnaround’s interventions at the district level and support successful implementation in schools. Mike also works on federal, state, and district policy issues to broaden the reach of Turnaround and its key [...]