Colleen Dolan is the Executive Director of EDCO Collaborative. Her experience in education includes more than 25 years in education as a special educator, Team Chairperson, Special Education Director, and now, collaborative director. Ms. Dolan is a graduate of Boston College and holds a Master’s Degree in education from Cambridge College.
Judith Vaillancourt, Associate Executive Director
Judith Vaillancourt is the Associate Executive Director for EDCO Collaborative. She oversees all EDCO school programs and several contract programs. Ms. Vaillancourt has worked in the field of special education for over 35 years. Her experience has spanned teaching and administration in both the public and private sector, serving children and youth with special needs, ages 3-22, whose educational diagnoses cross disability categories and span all levels of severity. Ms. Vaillancourt served as a special education teacher, a TEAM Evaluation Coordinator, Head of School for a private DESE approved day school, and Director of Pupil Personnel Services for a regional school district. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and her Master of Arts from San Francisco State University.
Thomas Markham, Director of Business Management
Thomas Markham is the Director of Business Management & Human Resources. For nearly twenty years, and before coming to EDCO, Markham has been a public school administrator having served as Assistant Superintendent for Administration & Finance at Minuteman Regional Technical School District in Lexington and as the Chief Finance Office/School Business Manager for the Gloucester Public Schools. Prior to that he has both private and public sector experience in business and financial management and planning with certifications as an education administrator and public procurement officer from the DESE and the state Inspector General, respectively. He serves on the Wakefield School Committee, is active in his hometown as a volunteer in youth sports and Scouting, and is a professional member of MASBO, MASC, ASCD, MAVA and the SHRM. Markham is a graduate of Saint Anselm College and Cambridge College in Politics, Public Administration and Educational Leadership.
Rick is the Director of Professional Learning at EDCO Collaborative. Rick Atkins was hired by EDCO in 2003, and has worked in the field of Professional Learning since 1999. Prior to coming to EDCO, he worked with the Massachusetts Field Center for Teaching and Learning, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and spent 8 years as a classroom teacher in Denver, Colorado.
Jim Sullivan is the Director of Information Technology for the EDCO Collaborative. His experience in technology varies from non-profit, higher education, and K-12 experiences. Jim’s role is to also provide direction and support for IT solutions that enhance mission-critical operations while also being responsible for developing and implementing information technology initiatives across all areas of the organization. Jim believes in a strong customer focused design of managing technology. He holds an MBA in Information Technology Management from Rivier University.
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant
CELC Associate in Professional Learning
Building Supervisor/HVAC Technican
Professional Learning Administrative Assistant
Human Resources Clerk
Human Resources Manager
Professional Learning Associate
Technical Support Specialist
Senior Accountant for LABBB
Dr. Courtney Dunne has been working in the field of Deaf Education for over 15 years. She began her professional career working for New York City Department of Education within the Hearing Education Services division. In this role, Courtney taught a diverse group of deaf and hard of hearing high school students in the Bronx and helped prepare them to successfully pass the New York State Regents examinations. In 2003, Courtney relocated to Philadelphia accepting a high school teaching position at The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. While working in the high school, Courtney coordinated the Extended School Year program for 6 years, providing her with active leadership experience. In 2010, Courtney joined the Administrative Team when she became the Director of the Early Childhood Education program. Providing oversight for a program with over 100 children and families, Courtney’s responsibilities included instructional and administrative leadership, staff/program development and evaluation and outreach and expansion. In July 2015, Courtney became the Director of the EDCO Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in Newton, MA. Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies from Marywood University, Dr. Dunne went on to earn her Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Meaghan Dwyer, Director
EDCO Partners Program
Meaghan Dwyer holds a M.Ed in Special Education from Lesley University. She has worked in the field of Special Education for over 15 years. Prior to joining the EDCO Partners Program, she worked at the Ivy Street School as a Special Educator and then as the Director of Education for 9 years. She then was the principal at Knight Children Center, part of The Home for Little Wanderers, for two years. Most recently Ms. Dwyer was the Director of Education at Granite Academy for three years.
Emily Hoffman serves as EDCO’s State Program Director of Migrant Education in Massachusetts. Ms. Hoffman has previous experience in administration, professional development, and cross-cultural educational programming. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and worked as a program director for educational non-profits in the Boston area. Ms. Hoffman has worked as a regional and state director in the migrant program since 2010. She holds a M.Ed. in Museum Education from Bank Street School of Education in New York, NY and a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in Science Education and Biology.
Kevin Lynn, Director
Wrentham Habilitative Center
Kevin Lynn is Program Director of Habilitative Services at Wrentham Development Center. Mr. Lynn has 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, Principal of a junior-senior high school for trauma-involved students, and Director of Special Education. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MA from Bridgewater State, and C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership and Management from Framingham State.
Debra McElroy, Director
North Crossing Academy
Megan Ronzio, Director
Special Education Surrogate Parent Program
Megan Ronzio is director of the Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) Program, an agency that appoints special education decision-makers to children in state custody. She began her career at a Massachusetts private school for students with autism, and continued in the fields of education and social service with an interest in administration and policy. She began working for the SESP Program in 2004 and was named director in the fall of 2012. Megan earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Framingham State University. She lives in central MA with her husband, her 2 sons, and her dog Copper.
Ajay began working at EDCO Youth Alternative in 2007 and served as Program Director since 2009. His administrative duties include supervision of staff and program activities, student support, and day-to-day management of the program. He earned his Masters of Education through EDCO’s Educator Leadership Institute (ELI), a collaboration between ELI and Endicott College. Before coming to EDCO, Ajay worked with youth in Dorchester and Roxbury as an instructor of math, technology, and sign language. He enjoys creativity, good food, and thought-provoking questions.