Meet Our Board
GWUOHS is honored to have a committed, caring, and prestigious group of advisors, including leaders from the George Washington University academic community. Our Advisory Board members are committed to the academic and personal growth of all our high school students. The Advisors meet quarterly and provide leadership, strategic planning, resources and direction, ensuring that the mission of the school is fulfilled.
Members of the GWUOHS Advisory Board
Dr. Michael Feuer
Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Michael J. Feuer became Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education Policy at George Washington University in September of 2010. Before coming to GW, for the previous 17 years Michael held several positions at the National Research Council of the National Academies, most recently as the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Prior to joining the NRC Feuer was a senior analyst and project director at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment. Michael received his BA (cum laude) in English literature from Queens College of the City University of New York, an MA in public management from the Wharton School, and the PhD in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania. He has lived in Israel and France, studied at the Hebrew University and the Sorbonne, was on the faculty of Drexel University from 1981-1986, and has taught courses in education policy and research at Penn and Georgetown. Michael consults regularly to educational institutions and government in the US, Israel, Europe, and the Middle East. He has published in education, economics, and policy journals and has had reviews, essays, and poems in newspapers and magazines in Washington, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York. Michael's book, Moderating the Debate: Rationality and the Promise of American Education, published by Harvard Education Press in 2006, was praised for its application of behavioral science and economics to education. Michael is President-elect of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. He lives in Washington with his wife, Regine B. Feuer. The Feuers have two grown children.
Dr. Michael Corry
GW Director for the Center of the Advancement of Research in Distance Education
Dr. Michael Corry is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology Leadership and Director of Research for the George Washington University Online High School.
Prior to his current position, he served for over 12 years as the Director of the Educational Technology Leadership program at The George Washington University. Dr. Corry is intimately involved with course design and delivery as well as management of this pioneering program delivered via distance education at GWU. Dr. Corry's research interests include distance learning design, theory, practice and policy, faculty development using technology, E-learning, the integration of technology into K-12 and higher education settings, instructional design and human-computer interaction. He has been the principal investigator on two U.S. Department of Education grants involving "Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology." He has numerous publications and presentations involving his research interests including four books - "The E-Learning Companion: A Student's Guide to Online Success (1st 2nd and 3rd Editions)" published by Cengage & Houghton Mifflin and "Distance Education: What Works Well" published by Haworth Press. He has also designed and delivered workshops involving technology and E-learning.
Dr. Corry holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology. Before coming to GWU he taught at Indiana University and high school in Utah and was an Information Systems Consultant for Andersen Consulting/Accenture.
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, GWU
Benjamin Toll is the Dean of Admissions in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the George Washington University. Ben is responsible for leading domestic and international enrollment efforts for both first-year and transfer students at GW within the five residential colleges. He previously worked in undergraduate admissions at St. Mary's College of Maryland and the University of Minnesota, Morris. He received his B.A. in Economics and Sociology from St. Mary's College of Maryland and a M.S. in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business.
Dr. Maxine Freund
GW Associate Dean for Research and External Relations
Dr. Maxine B. Freund is the Associate Dean for Research and External Relations in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. A tenured professor in the Department of Special Education and Disabilities Studies, Dr. Freund has been engaged in the preparation of special and general educators for over 30 years. Prior to her current role, Dean Freund served as the director of the Office for Partnerships and External Relations at GSEHD. Dean Freund holds a B.A., University of Minnesota; Teaching Certification, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., The George Washington University and an Ed.D., The George Washington University. Her program affiliations include Early Childhood Special Education (M.A. in Ed. And H.D.); Infant Special Education (M.A. in Ed. & H.D.); Special Education (Ed.S.) and Special Education (Ed.D.)
Dr. William Dardick
Assistant Professor of Research Methods, GWU
Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, GWU
Caroline Laguerre-Brown serves as the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement. Caroline directs GW’s efforts to advance diversity and inclusion throughout the university and oversees the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, the Office of Disability Support Services, the Multicultural Student Services Center and the Title IX Office. Prior to joining the George Washington University in August 2016, Caroline previously served as the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at Johns Hopkins University where she developed their first university-wide sexual harassment prevention training initiative, spearheaded unconscious bias training for faculty search committees, launched a Race in America speaker series and co-developed a comprehensive faculty diversity initiative. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, she held positions as labor and employment defense counsel for the New York City Transit Authority and as assistant director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office for the Fire Department of New York. She also served as staff counsel to the Equal Employment Advisory Council in Washington, D.C. Caroline is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Karen Ghidotti, K12, Inc.
Senior Vice President of Customer Experience
Karen Ghidotti serves as the Senior Vice President of Customer Experience at K12, Inc. In her role, she provides leadership across all of K12 to drive a positive experience for students and their families—from their first interaction with K12, through their entire in-school journey. Karen also spearheads various initiatives across teams and departments to design and implement new tools that help to strengthen the customer experience. Karen has 16 years of experience at K12, and she has been instrumental in launching nine schools across the Southern Region. Under her leadership, student enrollment for the Southern Region grew to over 30 thousand, generating revenues of over $200 million. Karen has been an active member of numerous teams that have changed state code guidelines across the South and paved the way for K12’s signature, personalized approach to education. She has also testified in front of countless legislative groups, trained new board members, and met with many state officials to advocate on behalf of K12-powered schools and programs.
Shaun McAlmont, K12 Inc.
President of Career Learning Solutions
Dr. Shaun McAlmont is President of Career Readiness Education at K12, Inc. Shaun and his team are focused on an innovative and comprehensive virtual approach to college and career readiness for middle and high school students around the country. Shaun brings more than 25 years of experience as a national leader in career, technical and online higher education to K12’s career readiness initiatives. He is the former President & CEO of the Lincoln Tech College System and also served as President & CEO of Neumont College of Computer Science. He has operational experience in a variety of technical training areas including, healthcare, automotive and information technologies in addition to the skilled trades. His technical education experience is balanced by early roles in student affairs at Brigham Young and Stanford Universities. Shaun graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with distinction, earning a doctoral degree in Education. He completed a dissertation while at Penn, focused on advising NCAA students athletes toward college success and career readiness. He was also an NCAA athlete and track and field team captain at BYU where he learned the importance of teamwork, practice, determination and competition, which have been foundational elements in his career. Shaun currently serves as a member of the BYU Marriott School of Management National Advisory Council and resides in Fairfax, Virginia.
Scott Durand, K12, Inc.
Senior Vice President and General Manager Private Schools and Software Sales
Scott Durand oversees the growth of the company's Software Sales and Private Schools businesses—both domestically and internationally. Prior to this role, he served as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Workforce Partnerships at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) where he built the university’s B2B and strategic partnership team. Most notably, he was instrumental in driving key partnerships with some of the country's leading organizations, including Walgreens, Major League Soccer, and the United Service He was also SNHU’s Vice President of Marketing and Student Recruitment, where his team drove historic growth at the nation's largest non-profit university. Mr. Durand was also integral in driving all new student revenue for SNHU's Global Campus, providing strategic direction and leadership for all aspects of marketing and brand development, and launching more than 200 new online programs for the university. During his tenure at SNHU, he also led the university's Graduate Admissions Program. Mr. Durand earned a bachelor's degree in business communications from Southern New Hampshire University and a master's degree in secondary education, history from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Jeanna Pignatiello, K12 Inc.
Senior Vice President, School Services
For more than a decade, Jeanna Pignatiello, Senior Vice President of School Services, has served in multiple leadership positions at K12. Most recently, as Vice President of Academic Services, Product and Program Management, Ms. Pignatiello oversaw the development and implementation of the organization's Academic Excellence Framework—a vital tool that helps structure the personalized learning curriculum. Ms. Pignatiello currently leads academic services, operations, talent and community development, and product and program management teams for our managed public schools. This includes training, mentoring, and professional development initiatives for K12-powered teachers and academic leaders. Ms. Pignatiello previously served as the Deputy Regional Vice President of K12's Central Region Schools. She also held positions in regional academics, as a school leader and teacher at a K12-powered virtual academy, and as a middle school principal. In the principal position, she played a key role in developing an online program that helped nearly 2,000 students succeed in the blended and online classroom environment. She also led a schoolwide focus on measuring student outcomes with clearly defined policies and practices. Ms. Pignatiello graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in justice studies and social work and a post-baccalaureate in elementary education. She also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Todd Goldthwaite, K12 Inc.
Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer
Todd Goldthwaite, Chief Marketing Officer at K12 Inc., has more than 25 years of experience in technological innovation, marketing, operations management, and enterprise sales. At K12, Mr. Goldthwaite leads enrollment, marketing, and sales efforts designed to improve the overall student experience. He's also focused on expanding the company's capacity to provide personalized digital learning options that are accessible and engaging. Mr. Goldthwaite previously served as Senior Vice President of School Services for K12's Managed Public Schools. In this position, he amplified best practices and drove improvements in academic performance, teacher effectiveness, and student retention. Prior to joining K12, Mr. Goldthwaite managed operations for Blackboard Student Services. He also spent 18 years in the telecommunications field. This includes a position at MCI Communications where he launched operations for the company's emerging telemarketing and customer service business, established call centers across the country, and expanded the company's global sales and service footprint to five international locations.