CELL at UIndy

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

Staff Directory

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
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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.

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.

Erin Foster, Director of Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN)
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Erin Foster is director of CELL’s Education Workforce Innovation Network. 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. She taught elementary students for seven years before helping lead schools through a variety roles including math coach, high ability specialist, and TAP master teacher. Her previous roles at CELL are TAP regional coordinator and coordinator of special projects. In addition, Erin is a professional development consultant in the area of high ability education.

Kyleigh Gerlach, Director of Operations
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Kyleigh Gerlach serves as the director of operations 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.

Sandy Hillman, Early College Coordinator
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Sandy Hillman, Early College coordinator, served most recently as director of The Early College at Center Grove High School in Greenwood. A long-time educator, Sandy has taught Spanish and English, been a high school guidance counselor and served in principal roles at the middle and high school levels. She has a B.A. in Spanish from Earlham College and an M.A.E. in counseling from Ball State University. She completed coursework for her secondary administrator’s license at Ball State and Miami of Ohio University. She has also been executive director of the Indiana Association of Student Councils and currently volunteers as a mentor for new administrators through the Indiana Association of School Principals. She is also president of the board of directors of the National Association of Workshop Directors, a student leadership advocacy group.

Marianna Kegley Richards, Director of Communications 
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Marianna Richards is CELL’s director of communications. 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.

Pam Warner, EWIN Coordinator
(317) 791-5927
Pam Warner, EWIN coordinator, brings a variety of experience in education as well as economic and workforce development. In the past, she has worked for the State of Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College and the former Indiana Department of Commerce in economic development, workforce alignment and training program design. She also served as an elementary and middle school counselor. As a counselor, she developed three student achievement programs, created community parenting classes and served on three councils for area student education and family services. She received her B.A. from the University of Indianapolis in sociology and a M.S. from IUPUI in education with a school counselor endorsement. She holds an American Society for Quality lifetime certification and is a Certified Quality Improvement Associate.

Trish Wlodarczyk, Director of Strategic Initiatives 
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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.

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