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.

Dan Bender, Indiana TAP™ Regional Coordinator
Dan Bender serves as a regional coordinator for Indiana TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education with a minor in United States History Education from Purdue University, as well as a Master of Public Administration from Walden University. His educational experience includes 10 years teaching English, United States History, and test prep courses at four different high schools, as well as creating and piloting both Advanced Placement and developmental level courses. Most recently, he served as the Master Teacher for Beech Grove High School during their first semester of TAP implementation. Dan has also authored a classical mythology textbook and coached football and track and field for several years.

Janet Boyle, Assistant Director
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Janet Boyle serves as assistant 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 oversees the Early College Network, initiatives involving dual credit, CELL’s Indiana Education Transformation Conference, and “other duties as assigned.”

Jill Bradley-Levine, Director of Research
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Jill Bradley-Levine serves as CELL’s director of research. Jill received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English education and secondary education from Ball State University. She earned her doctorate in education policy studies with a concentration in educational leadership from Indiana University. Her research interests are teacher leadership, education reform, action research, mixed-methods evaluation, and critical inquiry. Jill worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Urban and Multicultural Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and taught middle school and high school English for six years in Indiana and London, England, where she served as the literacy across the curriculum coordinator.

Dan Clark, Consultant
Dan Clark currently serves as a consultant for the Business & Education Connections for CELL. He is also the Executive Director of Indiana’s Education Roundtable and formerly was the Director of Government Relations for the Indiana State Teachers Association and has also served as the District Director for Congressman Philip R. Sharp. He taught middle school social studies in the Lafayette, Indiana School Corporation. He has a Ph.D. in American History from Purdue University.

Gina Clark, Indiana TAP™ Regional Coordinator
Gina Clark serves as a regional coordinator for Indiana TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. She holds a master’s in education degree specialized in reading instruction. Before joining CELL, Gina was a classroom teacher for 13 years, a literacy coach for one year and, most recently, a master teacher in the TAP System at a local charter school.

David Dresslar, Executive Director
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A lifelong educator with more than 40 years of experience, Dr. David Dresslar became executive director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning in 2008. 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.

Todd Hurst, Director of Education and Workforce Innovation
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Todd Hurst serves as the Director of Education and Workforce Innovation, overseeing CELL’s Education and Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN) and the Indiana New Tech Network. Todd Has also worked extensively with CELL’s Early College High School and Project-Based Learning initiatives. Todd earned his bachelor’s degree in history, classical cultures, and ancient Greek from Ball State University and holds a teaching license in Latin. He earned a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Indianapolis. Currently, Todd is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Sciences with a Specialization in School Technology Leadership at the University of Kentucky. His education and research interests include leveraging technology for 21st-Century skill development, education and workforce alignment, and hybrid/non-traditional learning environments.

Lynn Lupold, Director of Educational Initiatives
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Lynn Lupold serves as the director of educational initiatives at CELL specializing in professional development. Lynn received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in applied music theory and composition from Butler University. She earned her secondary administrative degree from Butler University and Harvard University. Lynn has worked as a high school choral director at Noblesville High School and Lafayette Jefferson High School, an assistant principal at Center Grove Middle School, principal at Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana, and principal at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. Lynn is a published composer and arranger working with individuals and groups throughout the country.

Christy Martino, Indiana TAP™ Regional Coordinator
Christy Martino serves as a regional coordinator for Indiana TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Middle School Education and a Master of Technology in Education. Before joining CELL in the summer of 2010, Christy was a classroom teacher for six years and spent four years as a professional development consultant. She has served as co-director for the Central Region of Illinois A.S.P.I.R.E., a statewide response to intervention grant, and worked as an educational consultant focusing on professional development in the areas of response to intervention and reading.

Wendi Middleton, Project Coordinator
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Wendi Middleton is a project coordinator for the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows Program and CELL. She has over 20 years of experience working in social services, education and corrections. She has served as a transition coordinator with Prison Fellowship Ministries and the Indiana Department of Correction. She founded and is the executive director of Angel’s Wings, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to family preservation through alternative residential placement for infants with incarcerated mothers. Wendi is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis with both a bachelor’s and master’s in Applied Sociology.

Jennifer Oliver, Indiana TAP™ State Director
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Jen Oliver serves as the state director for TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. Jen has also served as the Fellow for Strategic Initiatives with a focus on efforts to improve the high school-to-college transition for students in Indiana. Jen earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in English and English/Language Arts Education as well as a minor in history. She completed her master’s degree in Educational Leadership through Indiana University in spring 2009. At the school level, her experience includes 10 years of teaching high school English, as well as serving as an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Dual Credit Coordinator. She also has worked for the Indiana Department of Education as an English/Language Arts Assessment Specialist.

Tyonka Perkins, School Development Coordinator
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Tyonka Perkins serves as CELL’s School Development Coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Butler University where she graduated magna cum laude and is a candidate for a Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. In her role, Tyonka works to support, network and share best practices with schools implementing Early College High School, as well as managing statewide data to support TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement in Indiana.

Gina Romano, Research Coordinator
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Gina Romano serves as CELL’s research coordinator. She received dual bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Sociology and her master’s degree in Sociology from IUPUI, graduating with honors and at the top 10 percent of her class. With research and evaluation experience from Girls Inc., Ivy Tech Office of Institutional Research and the Institute for Research on Social Issues, Gina focuses on quantitative methodology, longitudinal analysis, and assessment of organizations. She has also been a teaching assistant for several sociology classes.

Jon Showalter, Communications Coordinator
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Jon Showalter serves as the communications coordinator for CELL. He is a 2010 graduate of Indiana University receiving a bachelor’s degree in sport communication and journalism. While at IU, he completed a number of diverse marketing and public relations internships along with serving on the executive board for the Beth Wood Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America for two years.

Heather Smith, Administrative Assistant
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Prior to joining CELL as an administrative assistant, Heather Smith was a children’s department manager at Von Maur. She attended IUPUI for two years and now plans on finishing her education at the University of Indianapolis with a bachelor of liberal studies through School of Adult Learning.

Lauren Sobanski, Event Coordinator
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Lauren Sobanski serves as CELL’s event coordinator, planning all department meeting and events. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in communication and dean’s list honor from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Lauren came to CELL from Drum Corps International where she served four years as the manager of travel & meetings. Prior to her position at DCI, Lauren was a meeting & event coordinator for General Physics Corporation, on-site at Pfizer, Inc. in Groton, CT and Ann Arbor, MI. She is an active member of the Indiana Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and is a board advisor for a travel company in New York City.

Mary Story, Indiana TAP™ Regional Coordinator
Mary Sibley-Story serves as a regional coordinator for Indiana TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Butler University, as well as a master’s in education. Additionally, she completed a Principal’s Licensure Program to receive her post-secondary license in K-12 school administration. Her educational experience includes 13 years teaching English/language arts and drama at both the middle and high school level. Most recently, she spent the past two years employed as an instructional consultation team facilitator at the M.S.D. of Lawrence Township.

Mary Ann Sullivan, Consultant
Mary Ann Sullivan serves as a consultant for CELL. She has over twenty years of experience working in and around the field of public education. Previously she assisted CELL is launching new, small high schools in Indianapolis through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her current focus is on improving Indiana’s public school finance system. Mary Ann is a state representative serving her first term in the Indiana General Assembly. She serves on several non-profit boards and volunteers in support of education, neighborhood development and other issues directly impacting her community.

Hannah Swogger, Administrative Assistant
(317) 791-5993
Hannah Swogger joined the CELL team after graduating summa cum laude from Marian University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Her professional experiences during college included work as a camp counselor, a marketing and outreach intern and a writing coach for business consulting teams. Hannah has a passion for professional communication and collaborative writing and hopes to pursue an MBA at the University of Indianapolis. She is also an avid reader and enjoys creative writing in her spare time; she is the author of three children’s books.

Trish Wlodarczyk, Indiana Core to College Alignment Director
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Trish Wlodarczyk serves as the Indiana Core to College Alignment Director. 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.

Mary Beth Zachariades, Director of Communications
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Mary Beth Zachariades serves as CELL’s Director of Communications. After graduating from Richmond, the American International University in London, Mary Beth worked for several international and non-profit organizations in Washington, DC. She is a native of Evansville, Indiana.