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InET Leadership Team Biographies

Frank S. Dávila, Ph.D.
InET Coordinator
 
Frank Davilla

Dr. Dávila is currently the Coordinator for an 8-state Consortium (Innovative Educational Technology – InET) supporting identified binational migrant students by improving interstate coordination using innovative educational technology to increase academic achievement. As an educational consultant, he works with school districts and with the Colorado Department of Education in supporting schools experiencing low student performance. 

He is a former classroom teacher, school principal, central office administrator, university instructor and state director for English Language Acquisition and is currently engaged in mentoring aspiring educational leaders in conjunction with the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE).

Susan Durón, Ph.D.
InET Evaluator, META Associates
 
Susan DuronFor META Associates, Susan Durón directs development and projects related to the education and evaluation of diverse students. She has more than 30 years of experience including teaching in pre-K through graduate school. Her experience at a State education agency as well as working on Federal evaluation contracts funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Department of the Interior, the Office of Special Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services brings a unique perspective and broad base of experience to her work. Her Ph.D. is from Southern Illinois University in learning disabilities and school psychology with an emphasis in bilingual special education. She currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
InET States
ARIZONA
Ralph D. Romero
Deputy Associate Superintendent
 
Ralph RomeroMr. Ralph D. Romero, CPM is the State Director for Migrant Education in the State of Arizona.  Mr. Romero is the Arizona Department of Education Deputy Associate Superintendent for Special Populations.  Prior to assuming this position he was director of Operations for the Academic Support Division.  In that capacity, he supervised programs under the No Child Left Behind Act, State Certification, and Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.  Mr. Romero has a B.A. degree from Arizona State University and is a graduate of the Arizona State University’s Certified Public Manager Program.  He is also is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s, Karl Eller Graduate School of Management, Arizona Executive Program.

COLORADO
Liliana Graham
Director, Language, Culture & Equity
 
Liliana GrahamLiliana Graham is the Director of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Office of Language, Culture and Equity (LCE) and the Director for the Colorado State Migrant Education Program. Liliana has experience as a school district program coordinator, a federal programs grant writer, a coach of coaches, a mentor for new teachers, a teacher of students from Kindergarten to Post Secondary , a presenter, a committee facilitator, and an advocate for equity for all students. She began her education with instruction primarily in Spanish and is now English/Spanish bilingual. As a graduate of the University Of Colorado School Of Law she practiced law in Colorado for 12 years prior to entering the field of education.

IDAHO
Mary Lou Wells
Coordinator, Migrant Education Programs
 
Mary Lou WellsMary Lou Wells joined the Idaho State Department of Education in July of 2008 as the Coordinator for the Migrant Education Program.  Mary Lou has been an educator for 10 years working as an English as a Second Language teacher for six years; a 1st grade teacher for three years; and a Kindergarten teacher for one year.  She held various teacher leadership positions, as well as serving on numerous district level committees.   She holds the following degrees:  BS in Elementary Education from Idaho State University; MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Bilingual/ESL education from Boise State University; Med in Educational Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University. 

MINNESOTA
Leigh Schleicher
Supervisor, Student Support
 
Leigh SchleicherLeigh Schleicher is a supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) in the Office of Student Support.  In addition to her responsibilities with the Minnesota Migrant Education Program, she supervises a variety of federal education programs at MDE including Title I, Part A, English Learner Education and Title III, Homeless Education, and world language education.  As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Hungary and trainer in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Leigh has trained teachers from St. Paul to Vladivostok.  Leigh holds an MA in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

NEBRASKA (Lead Sate)
Mary Ann Losh, Ph.D.
Administrator, Staff Development/Instructional Strategies
 
Mary Ann LoshMary Ann Losh serves as Administrator for the Nebraska Department of Education.  Dr. Losh has previous experience in administration, professional development, instructional strategies, federal programs, and both general and special education.  Her education career began as an elementary teacher.  Later, she taught special education and was an instructor in a summer migrant program.  Dr. Losh holds a Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, a Specialist Degree in Administration, a Masters of Science Degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska.

OREGON
Jonathan Fernow
Coordinator, Migrant Education
 

Jonathan Fernow Born in Eugene, OR, Jonathan grew up and attended Spanish schools in Costa Rica and Argentina.  He worked as a Teacher on Special Assignment in the Migrant and ESL program for the Hillsboro School District supervising the identification, recruitment, student instructional services, the Binational program in addition as an ESL and SIOP trainer.  He holds a BS in Elementary Education from Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR and a Master’s degree in Reading from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. 

He has en ESL endorsement and an Initial Administrator’s license. 
He has worked with the State of Oregon since 2008 and for the last 24 years in the Summer Migrant School in Oregon.  He has teaching experience in K-university in ESL, and was a principal of a private school in the Cayman Islands for a total of eight years.


PENNSYLVANIA
Carmen Medina
Chief, Divisoin of Student Services
 
Carmen Medina Carmen is a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico. After attending the University of Puerto Rico where she majored in Mathematics and minored in Education she moved to Pennsylvania. Carmen currently is the Division Chief of Student Services for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) under the Bureau of Teaching and Learning. She oversees the statewide administration and implementation of the Migrant Education Program, Refugee Education, Homeless Education (McKinney-Vento), 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, Teen Parenting Education and Prevention. Also, as part of her responsibilities at the Department, she is working on the dropout prevention, summer reading and literacy initiatives.    

WASHINGTON
Mea Moore
Director, Migrant and Bilingual Education
 
Mea Moore brings six years of experience at the state level as the Director of Educator Pathways for the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) where she coordinated multiple statewide projects designed to address teaching shortage areas and increase the diversity of Washington State’s teaching force.  She worked with the Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success program, the Educator Retooling program and the Recruiting Washington Teachers program and collaborated with school districts, Educational Service Districts, Community Colleges and Colleges of Education in supporting programs for currently certified teachers to add endorsements in areas including English Language Learner (ELL), and Bilingual Education (BLE). Her educational experience includes classroom teaching assignments in the US, Virgin Islands, Spain, Sudan, and Honduras and as an elementary school principal.  As a recipient of a Fulbright Hays grant, she worked with educators and high school students to develop a Conflict Resolution and Peace Education curriculum for students in the Middle East and United States.
InET Collaborating States
ARKANSAS
Stan Young
Director, Migrant Education
 
Stan YoungStan Young has been an employee of the Arkansas Department of Education since 1992, where he has served as a senior user services consultant with the Migrant Student Record Transfer System (MSRTS) and as a program advisor with the Arkansas Migrant Education Program.

Prior to that, he was a program consultant and taught school in the state of Yucatan, Mexico.  He began teaching in 1975 and has taught various classes from elementary to high school in Arkansas and Mexico.  He has a B.S. in Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  He is presently serving as the director of the Arkansas Migrant Education Program.


FLORIDA
Carol Gagliano
Director, Migrant Educcation
 

Carol GaglianoCarol Gagliano currently serves as the Florida Director of Migrant Education Program in the Bureau of Florida Educational Programs at the Florida Department of Education (Tallahassee, Florida). With over 20 years of experience in program administration, evaluation, and program implementation, Ms. Gagliano’s career has focused on eliminating barriers to social, economic, and educational disparities among at-risk populations.

Ms. Gagliano is the state liaison on Florida Migrant Parent Advisory Council. She has also served as a past board member and president and vice president of the International Bullying Prevention Association and currently serves as a board member of 2-1-1 Big Bend. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston College and her Master of Arts in Sociology of Family and Education from Loyola University of Chicago.


NEW JERSEY
Danielle Anderson-Thomas
State Coordinator, Migrant Education & Homeless Education Programs
 
Danielle Anderson Thomas serves as the State Coordinator of the Migrant Education Program within the New Jersey Department of Education where she is responsible for all aspects of program development, implementation and compliance.  In addition, she administers the Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program.  Prior to joining the department in 1999, Danielle was Center Director of New Beginning Head Start’s Tioga Center, Education Specialist for the Philadelphia Parent-Child Head Start Collaborative and the Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Child Development Center in Camden, N.J.  She is actively involved in a number of civic and religious organizations, and is passionate about empowering children and youth to reach their highest potential.  Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Elizabeth City State University and her Master’s of Education from Chestnut Hill College.  She and her husband, Edgar, are the proud parents of five children and two grandchildren.

NORTH CAROLINA
Donna R. Brown
Section Chief, Federal Program Monitoring
 
Donna Brown has served as the Section Chief for Program Monitoring at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction since August, 2008.  She came to the department in June, 2004 as a Title I Consultant.  Her staff provides oversight and support for federal programs as follows: Title I, Part A; School Improvement Grants; Migrant Education Programs; 21st Century Community Learning Center Program; Homeless Education; Neglected and Delinquent Programs; Rural and Low-Income Schools; and the Small Rural Schools Achievement Program.  Ms. Brown’s experiences include sixteen years as a third grade teacher, four years as a Curriculum and Instructional Specialist, and three years as the Federal Programs Director for Surry County Schools.  At the local level, she worked directly with at-risk youth and their families including migrant, English Language Learners, homeless, at-risk preschoolers, students with Section 504 plans, and other at-risk students served in Title I schools.  Ms. Brown holds a B.A. and an M.S. in Early Childhood Education.  She has three children and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

UTAH
Max Lang, Ph.D.
Director, Migrant Education
 
Dr. Lang currently works as the Migrant Education State Director and the State Homeless Education Coordinator at the Utah State Office of Education.  He fulfills other professional responsibilities at the Utah State Office of Education in the Federal Programs Department.  Max began his career in education as a bilingual Spanish speaking tutor.  He later worked as an English as a Second Language teacher for grades 10 – 12 and as an English teacher for grades 7 – 9.  Aside from a brief stop at Westminster College to obtain a teaching certification, he received his Bachelor’s degree in English, his M.Ed. in Education Administration, and his Ph.D. in Special Education each from the University of Utah.  Go Utes! 

WISCONSIN
Myrna M. Toney, Ph.D.
Title I Program Coordinator, Migrant Education
 
Myrna M. Toney has served as the Title I Migrant Education Program Coordinator in the state of Wisconsin for thirty-four years. Coordination and supervision responsibilities are also assumed for other Title I programs including Title I A and D.  She served as special assistant to the Wisconsin state superintendent for two years. 1976-1977.  Prior to coming to the department she served as an; elementary Teacher in Wisconsin schools 1957-1970; Associate Professor of Education at Illinois State University, Normal Illinois; 1971-1976; Ms. Toney has B.S. and M.S degrees from the Wisconsin State College-Platteville, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, which focused on educational administration, with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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