Nadine Ekstrom is the Executive Director at EDCO Collaborative. Prior to joining us, Nadine has served as Senior Director of Teaching and Learning at the Public Schools of Brookline, Superintendent of Schools for Berlin-Boylston Public Schools and Gill-Montague Regional School District, and Director of Special Education and Student Services for Quabbin Regional School District and Gill-Montague Regional School District. Prior to administrative positions, Nadine was a special education coordinator for in-district specialized programs and out-of-district school placements. She served as a special education teacher in middle and high school settings. Nadine holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies degree in Educational Leadership and School Management from Fitchburg State University. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Research and Program Evaluation through the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and an Ed.D. in School Leadership at Boston College. She presented at the EERA Conference in New Jersey, MACTE Conference in Massachusetts, CEC Conference in New Orleans, and at numerous MASS Conferences. Nadine was a member of DESE Civics Task Force and served as an Educator Preparation Program Reviewer for DESE. When she is not working or researching, Nadine enjoys reading, theater, and spending time with her family.
Thomas Markham, Director of Business Management
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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.
Andrew is the Director of Professional Learning at EDCO Collaborative. Andrew comes to us after a seven-year tenure at Webster Public Schools where he served as an Instructional Coach, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Andrew earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Rhode Island and lectured at both U.R.I. and Bristol Community College.
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 provide direction and support for IT solutions that enhance mission-critical operations while also being responsible for developing and implementing information and educational 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. Jim is a Google Certified Educator and has also obtained the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) credential from the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) national organization.
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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.
Linda Ellis is the Program Director of the Partners Program. Ms. Ellis has experience as a Special Education Director of Pupil Services Administrator, professional development, grant development, and researcher. Linda has worked for many years in the education field with students with various disabilities. She graduated from Worcester State University with a BA in Psychology, Education, and a minor in Art then continuing her studies at Assumption majoring in Special Education. After pursuing those degrees, she continued to research and education in Orton Gillingham and English as a Second Language. She was part of the TESOL Program at Fitchburg State College and has worked with WIDA, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Measured Progress on curriculum and assessments and continues to seek out information on the latest research-based best practices for all students. Linda enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and reading.
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.
Jenn Thoren is the Director of the Wrentham Habilitative Services program housed at the Wrentham Developmental Center (WDC). She oversees a team of dedicated therapists who serve the 270 residents at WDC and is responsible for the overall management of the program. Jenn has over twenty years of experience in the area of health and human services ranging from her undergraduate days working as an aide in a nursing home, advocating for the Commonwealth’s seniors through her roles at the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and most recently as a Supervisor on the Senior Care Team at Care.com. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Jenn earned her Master’s Degree in Health Services Management at Lesley University.
Maryellen Pambookian, Ph.D. is our new program director of North Crossing Academy and 45 Day Assessment Program. She is very familiar with Collaborative schools having worked for almost 20 years as a director at South Shore Educational Collaborative in Hingham. She has also worked at the Walker Home and School, Riverside Community Care School and Day Treatment Program and The Ivy Street School. She earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Kansas and her administrative certification in Special Education from Bridgewater State University where she has also worked as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.
As Program Director of IDEAS, Karen works with a dedicated team of instructors to provide anti-bias education to schools and agencies. Karen has spent her career working with people across difference-as an International Project Leader for the Danish Volunteer Service, a social worker for adolescents and children in residential placements, a high school Spanish teacher for 32 years , a consultant for the Anti- Defamation League, and most recently, as the School Mediator and Coordinator of the Anti-Bias Team at Lincoln- Sudbury Regional HS. Karen holds a BA in Spanish with a minor in French and Education from City College of New York, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania and a social work degree from Københavns Socialpædagogiske Seminarium
Megan Ronzio, Director
Special Education Surrogate Parent Program
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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.