Behind the scenes is a dedicated team moving the mission of NGLC forward, helping to bring next gen learning to today’s students. It’s the network of innovative educators working to improve student success that inspires us. Learn more about who we are, what we do for NGLC, where we live (We span three time zones!), and what we care about. See the smiles? We love what we do!

Stefanie Blouin
K-12 Program Officer
Home base: Burlington, VT
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Connect: @StefanieBlouin; LinkedIn

My job is to catalyze the development of personalized, competency-based, blended learning schoolsby working with our team to develop programs of support for our national and regional breakthrough school model grantees.

Before joining NGLC, I was the director of curriculum for a district in Vermont facilitating curriculum and assessment development, analyzing data, and supporting teachers and administrators with ongoing professional learning. I was a classroom teacher for eight years and a teacher leader for three yearsI will always be a teacher at heart! I look through this practitioner’s lens, thinking about what’s best for students, as I develop grantee supports.

As a classroom teacher, my passion was connecting with and growing each individual student. I LOVE that I get to support breakthrough model designers as they implement personalized learning. I’m a systems-thinker and detail-orienteda mix of big picture thinking and get-it-done muscle. I love to run, hike, and explore the world. My favorite place to be is on a beach with my kids.

Andy Calkins
Deputy Director
Home base: Gloucester, MA
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Connect: @AndrewCalkins; LinkedIn

I am passionately in love with my job, which is to work with the crackerjack team you can meet on this web page (among other ace staffers at EDUCAUSE) and with our more than 150 pioneering grantees and partners to catalyze a next gen learning revolution across K-12 and higher ed. At EDUCAUSE, I manage strategy development for NGLC and help to support program execution for all phases of that initiative.

Prior to joining NGLC in April, 2011, I served as Senior Program Officer at the Stupski Foundation, Senior Vice President at the influential education reform group Mass Insight, Executive Director of Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. (the non-profit behind the national “Reach for the Power: Teach” campaign working to build a highly skilled, diverse teacher workforce), and as the editor of Electronic Learning magazine at Scholastic Inc.

I hold a B.A. from Harvard College and was a Henry Fellow at Cambridge University in the UK. I am the lead author of The Careers in Teaching Handbook and The Turnaround Challenge, Mass Insight’s 2007 report on turning around the nation’s persistently underperforming schools. When I’m not working to catalyze next gen learning, I’m enjoying the life of Cape Ann, in Massachusetts, where my wife and I have raised three daughters including one budding art teacher, an actress/drama teacher, and a film studies/marketing pro in NYC. We are hoping that Daniel Pink was right and that the MFA is “the new MBA.”

Kristi DePaul 
Marketing Manager
Home base: Pittsburgh, PA
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Connect: @ReallyKristi; LinkedIn

As NGLC’s marketing manager, I promote the incredible work of educators across the country. In leading these efforts, I manage communications, marketing, and influencer relations through our blog, press releases, social media and a dizzying array of website content.

I’m a marketer who has spent her career immersed in education. As a faculty member, I adapted and taught college-level courses in business and intercultural communications. I honed expertise in educational marketing, media relations, advertising, and recruitment at Carnegie Mellon University. I later joined a global education consulting firm to lead strategic initiatives and marketing communications across four continents, and went on to direct an edtech company’s international marketing efforts in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

You could say I have a lifelong love of travel. Whether we’re talking about education, art, religion, or language, other cultures and societies have always fascinated me, and I’m passionate about building intercultural awareness. My parents first relented and allowed me to leave the country at 16; I’ve since been fortunate to experience more than 30 countries and have a few tales to tell. Someday I’d love to swap travel stories with you!

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State, I became a ‘legacy’ alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, where I earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management. My home office is in my native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; I don’t speak Pittsburghese, but can translate for you if you’d like. 

Dalia Hochman 
Director of K -12 Model Development and Adoption
Home base: Takoma Park, MD
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Connect: @DaliaHochman; LinkedIn

My job at NGLC is to support grantees—both national grantees and regional grantees—through a variety of programs including knowledge sharing and dissemination, grant application processes, in-person networking, and school visits and convenings. I write a bi-weekly Friday Focus for our grantees, sharing lessons-learned, descriptions of school models, and  insights from across the country.

Before joining NGLC, I served as the Policy and Field Director for Mass Insight Education, a nonprofit group helping to support the nation’s lowest-performing schools. My understanding of  the highly complex world of school reform comes from my time working as a senior administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District. For a tried and true Northeasterner, I  will always carry a little bit of the California Dream in my heart!

I began my career as a high school social studies teacher, teaching at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art (the “Fame” school) in Manhattan as well as one of the co-founders of the Bronx Lab School as part of Chancellor Joel Klein’s High School Transformation effort. I have a  Ph.D. in educational policy from Columbia University and a B.A. in history from Yale University. I don’t have any spare time because I have three tiny kids! But when I’m not working, I love to experience history, nature, and art with my husband and children, sisters, and friends.

Silke Koester
Program Coordinator
Home base: Boulder, CO
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I support all of NGLC’s grant management processes and our effort to build communities of leaders committed to implementing next generation learning.

Prior to joining the NGLC team, I worked for the International Baccalaureate in New York City for over five years during which time I supported English, French, and Spanish-speaking schools and practitioners across the Americas region as Middle Years Programme associate and as the Professional Development Associate manager. I earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Organizational & Human Resource Management, as well as French Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

In addition to French, I speak German and am a native Spanish speaker. I love spending time in the mountains running and camping. Before moving to Colorado, my husband and I spent a full year doing just that all around the world! And speaking of running, I've complete over 50 marathons & ultramarathons since 2006. My favorite distance to race is 50 miles, although I have run as far as 100 miles in one day!

Julie Little 
Vice President, Teaching, Learning and Professional Development 
Home base: Townsend, TN
Connect: @ijules, LinkedIn

I provide executive oversight for EDUCAUSE’s teaching and learning portfolio, comprised of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and NGLC. In parallel, I am responsible for the design of professional programs to advance IT leadership in higher education, with a specific focus on those who lead, manage, and use information resources to shape strategic decisions. Prior to joining EDUCAUSE in 2006, I served as deputy CIO and executive director of the Innovative Technology Center at the University of Tennessee. 

My portfolio leverages thirty years of experience teaching at the secondary and postsecondary level, to include the first online course at the University of Tennessee, and progressive administrative positions. Presentations focus on two passions: effective use of educational technology to advance learner success and faculty/teacher professional development. My professional service includes the Apple Distinguished Educator Higher Education Leadership Team and E-learning Advisory Board for the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates. Underpinning this portfolio is a bachelor of arts in government and international studies and master of arts in teaching from the University of South Carolina and a doctor of education from the University of Tennessee.

During precious moments of downtime, you can find me in the garden.

Sarah Luchs
K -12 Program Officer
Home base: Columbus, OH
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Connect: @SarahLuchs1

For the past two years, I’ve been coordinating our K-12 grant making strategies where we invest in promising educators and the next gen learning designs that define Breakthrough Schools. Our investment strategy of incubating proof-point schools is scaling rapidly in DCChicagoOaklandNew OrleansColorado, and New England, thanks to the efforts of our regional partners. Each partner approaches the work a little differently, so it is an opportunity to “walk out talk” by enabling flexibility and personalization while upholding some common expectations needed to ensure quality at scale.

My background in policy, evaluation, and political science proved a good fit for the Ohio Department of Education where I spent more than a decade of my career and worked on a breadth of challenges from closing achievement gaps to extending quality digital learning to ensuring college and career readiness.  Yep, some of the same challenges for which NGLC schools have or are designing solutions! The design process excites me and I enjoy learning from this community. If I didn’t do this, I’d be a fashion designer, blues singer, or professional globetrotter (think Rick Steves, not “Curly” Neal).

Nancy Millichap 
Program Officer
Home base: Saline, MI
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Connect: @NancyMillichapLinkedIn

My job is to work with innovators who have fresh ideas for how technology can improve success for students in completing their postsecondary degrees. To realize those promising ideas, they need resources. I help them apply for the funding we offer. Once they become grant recipients, I help them carry out their plans, learn from one another and from experts, and tell the field about how their efforts worked for students. 

Before I joined EDUCAUSE in 2011, I worked at the intersection of technology and learning in several other contexts: the humanities division at Dartmouth College, colleges and universities in Indiana collaborating to use data networks in the early days of online courses, small colleges in the Midwest sharing instructional technology resources, and liberal arts colleges nationally integrating professional development for faculty and staff to use technology effectively in the academic program. As the first in my family to attend college, I developed a deep commitment to the importance and value of higher education. I love the opportunity my work offers to continue to learn, share, and build understanding of how technology can make a difference for institutions, their faculty, their staff, and especially their students.

Holly Morris
Director of Postsecondary Model Development and Adoption
Home base: Seattle, WA
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Connect: @HollyNGLCLinkedIn

I am responsible for two EDUCAUSE/NGLC programs, the Breakthrough Models Academy and the Breakthrough Models Incubator. BMA is for individuals and small institutionally-based teams curious about a big idea. BMI is for C-level leadership teams to ideate launch-ready strategic plans for student success. Read my recent pub, Building a Culture of Innovation in Higher Education.

Before coming to EDUCAUSE, I worked for the University of Washington Center for Professional and Leadership Development in the School of Law. I also attended University of Washington as a graduate student at the same time, earning my M.Ed. (policy) in the new-era of the LMS, wonderstruck by the ability to upload assignments and view grades at midnight which was unavailable when I earned my other degrees (BA, Northwestern and JD, University of California Berkeley). Between those degree-acquiring experiences I also had a 10-year stint as a leadership coach.

When I am not managing BMA and BMI, I am spending quality time with close friends, running around Seattle, sampling all the great eats and beautiful views, and parenting a wicked-smart-super-fun-busy-almost-teenage girl. 

Alex Roth 
Marketing Coordinator
Home base: Louisville, CO
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Connect: @AlexB_RothLinkedIn


I support NGLC marketing and communications efforts using my experience in both traditional and online media channels. I love communicating through multimedia channels and have a passion for new media.

Before joining the NGLC team, I was the Marketing Coordinator for the nation’s largest producer of protein beverages, where I was involved with the branding and marketing of sports and nutrition products. I also have experience in media production, and worked on the production team of the award winning, true-crime TV series, Forensic Files. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Technology from Chestnut Hill College and earned an Associate in Arts in Communications and Professional Writing from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

In my spare time I like to hike, play the mandolin, and attend as many live music events as humanly possible. 

Kristen Vogt
Knowledge Management Officer
Home base: Abington, PA
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Connect on LinkedIn

My job is to create and share content. Through our websitepublicationssocial media, and blogging, I work with our team to document the strategies NGLC grant recipients are using to transform education, capturing the lessons they are learning along the way and highlighting the outcomes that result from their efforts.

Before joining NGLC, I was the assistant director for early college high school at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. I also worked in student and academic affairs in programs like first-year transitions, service-learning, undergraduate research, and academic support for college students.

I majored in math at the University of Notre Dame and there’s a special place in my professional heart for supporting women and students of color in STEM. I then earned degrees in higher education administration from the University of Michigan and college student personnel from the University of Maryland. My passion is to make education work for students from groups that have been least served educationally. I’m detail oriented (a blessing and a curse), reflective (don’t make me give an answer on the spot!), and appreciate sarcasm. I want to explore the natural wonders of the world, even those in my neighborhood, watch my kids grow up, and read, read, read.