Lowell Milken

Chairman and Founder
Lowell Milken's lifelong commitment to strengthening K–12 education has led to some of the country's most innovative means to dramatically advance educator effectiveness.

Dr. Candice McQueen

Chief Executive Officer
NIET CEO Dr. Candice McQueen leads a vision-setting and strategic planning process to improve teaching and learning through a focus on human capital.

Dr. Joshua Barnett

President and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Joshua Barnett is president and chief operating officer for NIET, responsible for the organization's partnerships and services. Barnett also serves as the principal investigator for NIET's federal projects.

Vicky Condalary

Senior Vice President of Services
Before serving as senior vice president of services, Vicky was executive director of the LA BOLD Project, assistant director of school services and was the project director for TAP Connect, a SEED grant in partnership with Texas Tech and five independent area school districts.

Laura Encalade

Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
Laura Encalade currently serves as the senior vice president of strategy and innovation for NIET. In this role she supports strategic planning efforts, partnership opportunities and the development of new services and technologies for the organization.

Sara Gast

Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Strategic Communications
Sara Gast joined NIET in February 2019 as the chief of staff and executive director of strategic communications. In this role, she serves as an advisor to the CEO, collaborates with and supports colleagues throughout the organization and leads NIET's communications efforts.

Stephanie Mosqueda

Vice President of Virtual and Learning Technology Services
Stephanie Mosqueda oversees NIET's web-based tools, as well as content and technical assistance support for partners.

Dr. Patrice Pujol

Senior Executive-in-Residence
Dr. Patrice Pujol serves as senior executive-in-residence at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET). In this role, she is responsible for the advancement of NIET's strategic plan and business development activities.

Molly Sears

Chief Financial Officer
As chief financial officer, Molly provides leadership, management, and oversight for all fiscal activities related to the operations of NIET.

Dr. Ann Shaw

Executive Director of Professional Development
Dr. Ann Shaw has over 25 years teaching experience and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Throughout her career Shaw has served as a regional master teacher for SC TAP, master teacher, instructional coach and teacher.

Kristan Van Hook

Chief Policy Officer
As chief policy officer at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), Kristan Van Hook develops and implements strategies to build support for NIET's education initiatives, with a focus on increasing teacher and school leader effectiveness.

Dr. Tanée Hudgens

Senior Director of Research
As senior director of research at NIET, Dr. Tanée Hudgens is responsible for establishing, managing, and overseeing research and evaluation initiatives within the organization.

Dr. Davita Lancelin

Director, Louisiana and LA BOLD
Dr. Davita Lancelin currently supports Louisiana districts and schools through the LA BOLD Teacher Incentive Fund Grant.

Jodi Leckbee Chan

Director, Texas
Jodi Leckbee Chan has worked as a project director for the SEED 1 and SEED 2 grant projects, an executive master teacher, and senior specialist with schools in Texas and across the U.S. for going on 12 years.

Patti Cruz

Director, West
Patti started with NIET in 2009 when she joined ASU Prep Academy as a TAP master teacher. She then went on to support the AZ Ready for Rigor Grant.

Dr. Jared Myracle

Executive Director of District Services and Innovation
Dr. Jared Myracle works to connect the work of strategy and innovation and the ongoing development and delivery of district services.

Jen Oliver

Director, Indiana and Indiana TSL
Jen Oliver provides on-site training, support, and in-depth coaching to district and school leaders, teacher leaders, classroom teachers and university faculty. 

Payton Parker

Senior Director of Grant Management and Business Operations
Payton Parker assists project directors in their oversight, coordination, and management of the on-site activities related to federal projects.

Dr. Hank Staggs

Director of Accelerating Character Education and Development and East Team Leader
Hank Staggs leads work to expand NIET's suite of high-quality trainings to support principals and district-level principal supervisors in successfully integrating character development into the instruction and culture of their schools.

Teddy W. Broussard

Senior Trainer
In his recent years with NIET, Teddy Broussard has served as senior program specialist, project director, assistant director of school services, director of training and senior trainer. 

Lindsey Parker

Assistant Director of Professional Development
Lindsey Parker works closely with the TAP efforts in Louisiana in both Madison and Caddo Parishes, focused on increasing educator effectiveness and improving student achievement growth.

Jana Rausch

Director of Communications
As director of communications, Jana Rausch has established more than 15 years of experience working with Lowell Milken’s groundbreaking education initiatives spanning K-12 to higher education.

Paulette Rowell

Senior Manager of Virtual and Learning Technology Services
As senior manager of virtual and learning technology services, Paulette Rowell provides technical assistance support for multiple web-based platforms that integrate NIET best practices.

Sheila Talamo

Coordinator of School Services
Sheila Talamo coordinates a variety of NIET support and training services provided to district and school partners.

Shelia Banks

Senior Specialist, LA BOLD
Before joining NIET, Shelia Banks successfully grew traditional and charter schools as TAP director and executive mater teacher for Orleans Parish Schools.

Julie Barbee

Senior Specialist, LA BOLD
As a senior specialist for NIET's LA BOLD Project, Julie's work centers on supporting Rapides Parish Schools and district personnel to impact instructional practices and grow students.

Nicole Bevilacqua

Senior Specialist, Texas
Nicole Bevilacqua has over 15 years' experience in education and has traveled Texas and the country providing leadership training and support for organizational change, impact, and effectiveness for school leaders at all levels.

Colleen Bergren

Senior Specialist, Indiana
During Colleen's tenure as an educator and leader, she has served in numerous roles supporting and leading pre-K-12 educators and undergraduate students in rural, urban, and suburban areas.   

Nicole Bolen

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
With over 23 years of experience, Nicole Bolen supports districts and schools through the LA BOLD Teacher Incentive Fund grant and contributes to the content development of various NIET projects.

Jill Crain

Senior Specialist, Indiana TSL/Louisiana
Jill joins NIET with 23 years of educational experience, and currently supports Indiana and Louisiana partners.

Angela Davis

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Angela Davis' experience in a variety of roles in education and passion for increased student achievement have inspired her to ensure equitable instructional practices are present in all classrooms.

Erin Foster

Senior Specialist, Indiana TSL
Erin Foster primarily provides support for NIET's Indiana partner schools, capitalizing on her drive to influence positive change for students through her zeal for working with educational leaders.

Theresa D. Hamilton

Senior Specialist, LA BOLD
Theresa Hamilton provides support to East Feliciana and Madison Parish School Systems as a senior program specialist.

Jennifer Hazelwood

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Jennifer Hazelwood, a current NIET senior specialist for Louisiana, worked in Jefferson Parish for 22 years before coming to NIET.

Pilar Holtrop

Senior Specialist, Indiana/Arizona
Pilar Holtrop serves schools and districts in Indiana and Arizona and special projects, and brings two decades of experience with NIET's work in the state.

Lisa LaFavers

Senior Specialist, Indiana
Lisa LaFavers comes to NIET with 28 years of experience in the field of education. During her educational career, Lisa served as a classroom teacher, reading interventionist, and a reading and math instructional coach.

Claire Murray

Senior Specialist, South Carolina
As an English Language Arts teacher and response to intervention coordinator, Claire empowered students to find their voices and celebrate learning. She has served as a mentor teacher, master teacher, and regional master teacher for SC TAP.

Rossette Osamba

Senior Specialist, Texas
As she approaches the 20-year milestone in education, Rossette Osamba strives to serve as a resource to school teams in providing professional developments that aid in their improvement of practices and exemplary leadership.

Keely Potter

Senior Specialist, Tennessee
Keely Potter brings her background as an educator and a director at the Tennessee Department of Education to NIET, where she primarily supports schools in the state.

Amber Simpson

Senior Specialist, Texas
Texas Senior Specialist Amber Simpson spent much of her 20 years in education as a teacher leader before coming to NIET.

Tanjela Sims

Senior Specialist, Indiana TSL
Tanjela Sims boldly embraces a growth mindset, positivity and a "can-do" spirit as a senior program specialist.

Natalie Szakacs

Senior Specialist, Tennessee
Natalie Szakacs works with district and school partners to increase their impact on instructional excellence and student achievement.

Laura Tew

Senior Specialist, South Carolina and Tennessee
As a senior specialist, Laura supports schools across South Carolina and Tennessee.

Devon Willis-Jones

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Devon Willis-Jones' dedication to the education profession spans over 15 years. Prior to her NIET role, Devon served as principal of Jeanerette Elementary School in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, for seven years.

Michelle Wolfenbarger

Senior Specialist, Tennessee
Michelle Wolfenbarger has served in various roles in education in Tennessee since 2001, most recently as a Knox County principal. She is a certified cognitive coach and has experience in various types of school communities.

Dr. Jessica Hall

Senior Research Associate
Jessica brings her expertise as a researcher and former English teacher to her work at NIET.

Dr. Trevor Leutscher

Senior Research Associate
Dr. Trevor Leutscher's work at NIET involves conducting studies to evaluate and improve NIET's programs.

Dr. Handrea Logis

Senior Research Associate
Dr. Handrea Logis supports all aspects of the NIET research activities, such as monitoring data collection efforts for the SEED grants, performing quantitative analysis to evaluate the impact of NIET's initiatives, as well as providing data and research support for various projects.

Julee Broscoff

Julee Broscoff has served in public education for 32 years as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, Reading First director, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and superintendent of Slaton ISD, Texas.

Bobby Cox

Bobby Cox is responsible for expanding the reach of NIET's work, relationships, and partnerships in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky. Bobby joins NIET after serving Warren County Schools, Tennessee, for 29 years − including eight as superintendent.

Dr. Randy Speck

Randy Speck joined as executive in residence in 2019 with the goal of expanding the reach of NIET’s work, relationships, and results throughout the Midwest.

Matt Connor

As controller, Matt Connor assists in financial and accounting functions of NIET with the goal of helping the organization meet its mission.

Christina Faas

Grant Specialist
Christina Faas supports the senior director of grant management and business operations in the oversight and management of NIET's sponsored projects as well as NIET's grant management practices, policies, and procedures.

Michael Hegarty

Special Events Manager
Michael has been with NIET since 2016 after serving for five years as the director of communications and outreach for the Arizona State University "Ready-for-Rigor Project."

Caroline Martin

Director of Strategic Projects
Caroline Martin works to enhance strategy and innovation, and increase efficiency and effectiveness both internally and across projects focused on teacher and leadership development with external partners. 

Larry Murphy

Director of Strategic Projects
Larry Murphy directs the planning, implementation, and assessment of projects and services for NIET and its partners across the country.

Hannah Rush

Digital Communications and Content Manager
Hannah Rush contributes to the organization's internal and external communications outreach products, including training materials, social media, newsletters, and more.

Amanda Warwick

Policy Associate
Amanda Warwick supports NIET's policy efforts at the federal and state levels.

Robbin Boudreaux

Administrative Assistant
Robbin Boudreaux supports NIET in assisting staff, and monitoring schedules, correspondence, telephone, and travel.

Janice Mann

Executive Assistant to the CEO
Janice Mann, executive assistant to CEO Dr. Candice McQueen, comes to NIET with 45 years of service from the Tennessee Department of Education.