CELL employs education experts with in-depth knowledge and experience in strategies for school transformation. The staff focuses on improving schools, engaging communities, and leveraging resources for progress in academic achievement throughout Indiana.
Janet Boyle, Executive Director
Janet Boyle serves as executive director of CELL. She graduated magna cum laude from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in English education and a minor in special education. While teaching English at Concord Jr. High School in Elkhart, IN, Janet earned her master’s degree in secondary school administration from Indiana State. She completed her Ph.D. at Indiana State with a major in secondary curriculum & instruction and cognates of gifted education, administration, and English education. Janet then taught at the university level for 13 years as an associate professor of education at Manchester College, University of WI–Stevens Point, and IUPUI. Janet returned to public school education in several administrative roles, including curriculum director at Center Grove and Wayne Township schools, assistant principal of Ben Davis High School, and assistant superintendent of curriculum at Center Grove. At CELL, Janet has overseen the Early College Network, initiatives involving dual credit, and CELL’s Indiana Education Transformation Conference.
Emily Burke, Director of Early College
Emily Burke, director of CELL’s Early College High School initiative, brings a wealth of experience to CELL from numerous roles in higher education at Butler and Jacksonville universities. Most recently at Butler, she was a foundation officer in University Advancement and previously was associate director in the Learning Resource Center and student advisor in the Office of Post-Graduate Studies. Plus, Burke guided the establishment of an Early College partnership between Butler and Shortridge High School. Burke has a B.A. in English literature from Miami University in Ohio and M.S. Ed. in college student personnel administration from Indiana University.
Alisa Deck, Director of Education Workforce Cultivation
Alisa Deck is the Director of Education Workforce Cultivation for CELL. She holds a master of science degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in general studies from Indiana University. Previously, she was director of college and career readiness for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, served in admissions and career placement for Ivy Tech Community College, worked for a tier 1 automotive supplier and was a EcO15 coordinator for Decatur County. She has been an adjunct instructor in organizational leadership and supervision for Purdue University as well as for numerous courses in Ivy Tech’s School of Business and Workforce and Economic Development. She is certified in Interpersonal Management Skills and Frontline Leadership (IMS) through AchieveGlobal. She has designed and developed workplace training that includes “soft skills” and served as an employee development coordinator.
Shannon Doody, Director of School-Workforce Initiatives Partnerships
Shannon Doody serves as Director of Education Workforce Partnerships. She previously was CELL’s coordinator of school-workforce initiatives and helped direct EWIN initiatives across the state including events and collaboration related to sector partnerships and pathways development. She also worked with CELL’s Early College network providing outreach to member schools. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, where she gained classroom experience providing support to students with autism. She earned a master’s degree in school counseling and clinical psychology from Ball State University and researched qualities of effective advisory curriculums and the role of the school counselor in closing opportunity gaps for traditionally underserved populations. She holds a license in school counseling and worked in admissions for Valparaiso University.
David Dresslar, Consultant
A lifelong educator with more than 40 years of experience, Dr. David Dresslar recently retired as executive director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning but will continue to provide consultant services to the organization. He previously served as a senior fellow for CELL with primary responsibility for high school innovation and model school development. Before joining CELL in 2004, David served as superintendent of schools in Jenison, Michigan, for 17 years and, prior to that, in a variety of teaching and administrative positions including assistant superintendent for the M.S.D. of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis. David also writes and speaks on school transformation and the future of educational practices.
Michelle Ferguson, Administrative Assistant
Michelle Ferguson is the administrative assistant for CELL. She graduated from Hanover College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and will be pursuing a master’s of business administration degree at the University of Indianapolis. Before joining CELL, Ferguson held a variety of administrative positions in Indianapolis.
Erin Foster, Indiana TAP™ Regional Coordinator
Erin Foster is a regional coordinator for the Indiana TAPTM System. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and German studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in educational psychology with a specialization in gifted and talented education from Ball State University. Most recently a TAP master teacher in Marion, Indiana, she taught elementary for seven years in Ohio, California, and Indiana and has worked in other roles including math coach, high ability specialist, and academic specialist. In addition, Erin is a professional development consultant in the area of high ability education.
Kyleigh Gerlach, Director of Operations
Kyleigh Gerlach serves as the Office Manager for CELL. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Indianapolis in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education. Shortly after, Gerlach completed her Master’s degree in Business Administration also from the University of Indianapolis. Before joining the CELL staff, she was a collegiate volleyball coach for the University of Indianapolis and most recently, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Marianna Kegley Richards, Director of Communications
Marianna Richards is CELL’s communications manager. She received her B.A. in journalism and English from Indiana University with secondary teacher certification. She also has an M.A. in journalism from Ball State University and holds Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). Marianna worked most recently as the director of school and community relations for Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) Schools in Fishers following many years as a high school teacher at HSE and as a teacher and publications advisor at Concord Community Schools in Elkhart. She is a member of Public Relations Society of America, National School Public Relations Association, and Indiana School Public Relations Association (INSPRA). She is a board member and past president of INSPRA.
Trish Wlodarczyk, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Trish Wlodarczyk serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives. Trish earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in journalism and received her master’s degree in teaching from Webster University. She has taught English/Language Arts in various places, including Guam, California and Kansas. Trish worked for the Salt Lake City School District in Utah specializing in E/LA assessments, professional development, and data and evaluation to inform instruction. In Indiana, she has worked for the Indiana Department of Education as the Core 40 End-of-Course Assessments Coordinator.