Paul Herdman is President and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, which he joined in 2004. As Rodel’s leader, he strives to bring Delaware’s public schools to world class prominence. He is a founding member of Vision 2015, Delaware’s plan to transform its public schools to world class; an Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellow in entrepreneurial leadership; and 2010 recipient of the NewSchools Venture Fund “Change Agent of the Year” award. He has served as a senior manager at New American Schools; consulted with Brookings Institution, RAND, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and The World Bank. Paul has taught K-12 in the U.S., South Africa, and Australia; and co-founded an Outward Bound-based school-within-a-school in New York City. He assisted the Secretary of Education for two governors in Massachusetts during the wholesale redesign of the state’s policies on standards, choice, and finance in the 1990s. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Delaware and Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Education Administration and Planning from Harvard University.
Madeleine Bayard is the Vice President of Policy and Practice at the Rodel Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s education policy and research efforts, and she manages implementation and evaluation initiatives. Previously, Madeleine worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the National Governors Association and as an Associate at The Alford Group, a consulting firm dedicated to strengthening nonprofits in Washington, D.C. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Delaware Division of the Arts and volunteers with the Delaware Community Foundation, and United Way. Madeleine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Jenna Bucsak is a Graduate Research Assistant working at the Rodel Foundation. In her role, she supports the organizations policy research and organizational outreach. Presently, Jenna is a second year Masters of Public Administration candidate at the University of Delaware. At the University, she has worked on projects concerning education and public libraries. Jenna has also served as a Legislative Fellow in the Delaware General Assembly. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
Sarah Grunewald is the Senior Director of Partnerships at the Rodel Foundation. She is responsible for initiating and managing an evolving range of communications, outreach, and advocacy activities that strengthen the work of the Foundation. Prior to her current position, Sarah was a Senior Policy Analyst in New York University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs. In 2005, Sarah led the coordination and launch of the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at NYU, one of the first of its kind to pursue a rigorous study of Congress as a policy-making institution. Sarah also served as a Legislative Fellow for the Delaware General Assembly during the 2002 and 2003 legislative sessions, where she staffed a variety of committees including education, health and human development, judiciary, and homeland security. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Delaware and a Master in Public Administration New York University.
Melissa Hopkins is the Government Affairs Manager at the Rodel Foundation. In that role, she is responsible for providing accurate, in-depth research into issues, bills, or other education-related legislative actions to assist in the design and development of organizational strategies. Prior to Rodel, Melissa was Legislative Aide to the Delaware House of Representatives Democratic Caucus, where she served as the primary assistant to the Majority Leader and Majority Whip. She also has experience working in constituent relations, policy research, and staffing policy work groups. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware.
Liz Hoyt is a Research Associate for the Rodel Foundation. She is responsible for working with the policy and communications team to support state and local leadership as well as partner organizations. Prior to joining Rodel, she was a Delaware high school social studies teacher. She additionally was a TaLK Scholar, teaching English in South Korea. While in college, she was an associate editor and site supervisor for GlobalConnect@UCI, an educational partnership developed to enrich California’s curriculum and bridge the global studies knowledge-gap in public schools. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the University of California, Irvine.
Matthew Korobkin is a Senior Program Officer at the Rodel Foundation. In that role, he is responsible for providing leadership in policy, research, and evaluation for Rodel and partner organizations. He is additionally the facilitator of the Rodel Teacher Council and manages the iEducate Delaware initiative. Prior to joining Rodel, he was an Education Policy Associate for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Office of Special Education Planning and Policy. In that role, Matthew provided administrative and technical guidance on special education policies, regulations, and laws. Preceding DESE, he was a special educator, concentrating in assistive and instructional technology. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mamie Doyle Mannella is the Senior Director of Policy at the Rodel Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for supporting policies and programs that advance the Foundation’s mission. Prior to this position, she was the Director of the Office of Educator Recruitment & Preparation at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). In that capacity, she lead a team dedicated to building strong pools of talent for school districts, and worked closely with teacher training programs to develop new policies for entry into the teaching profession, while developing an accountability framework for programs. She also served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner at the NJDOE, supporting the development of New Jersey’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as well as its successful Race to the Top grant. Before coming to New Jersey, she spent five years at Teach For America serving in a variety of capacities and taught 6th grade in North Philadelphia. Mamie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and earned a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania.
Christina Marconi is the Assistant to Rodel’s President and CEO. She was previously employed at W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. where she worked with platform leaders in both the Consumer and Technical Fabrics Divisions. Before that, Christina was with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc. for many years before concluding her tenure there as a Communications Coordinator in Corporate Public Affairs. Christina earned an Associate of Arts degree in Office Management from Delaware Technical and Community College and looks forward to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Delaware.
Brittany Mason is the Communications and Marketing Associate to the Rodel Foundation. In that capacity, she is responsible for creating internal and external communications, as well as managing Rodel’s online communications. While in college, Brittany served as an intern to U.S. Senator Thomas Carper in Washington D.C. and began her time at Rodel by working as a consultant. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University. Brittany serves as Grants Chair and Treasurer to the Delaware Community Foundation’s The Next Generation – North; she is also an advisor to DCF’s Youth Philanthropy Board of New Castle County.
Charles R. (“C.R.”) McLeod is the Communications Director at the Rodel Foundation. In that role, he is responsible for managing all internal and external communications, as well as setting the strategic direction of the organization’s communications. Prior to Rodel, C.R. served as a Community Services Administrator for New Castle County, where he worked with the administrative team to manage and direct the budget and services delivered by the Department of Community Services. Preceding his work with New Castle County, he served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Thomas Carper and Communications Director to New Castle County Executive Chris Coons. C.R. has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware.
Nancy Millard is the Administrative Manager at the Rodel Foundation. In her role, Nancy supports the organization’s operations, provides human resource support, and works with the Chief Operating Officer on grants administration and financial reporting. Prior to Rodel, Nancy worked in higher education administration at the University of Delaware and undergraduate admissions at Villanova University and St. Joseph’s University. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Delaware.
Suwathna (Su) Reel is a Program Assistant at the Rodel Foundation. She provides administrative support to the Foundation’s programmatic work. Prior to Rodel, Su worked as an Office Assistant at the Project Management Institute. While in college, she conducted research on the impact of public art as an urban revitalization strategy and as an educational tool. Su has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Geography from Temple University and looks forward to earning a graduate degree where she can utilize her passion for both disciplines.
Rex Varner is the Chief Operating Officer at the Rodel Foundation. In this role, Rex is responsible for supporting the strategy and operations of the organization; he also provides strategic support to partner organizations. Rex has private and public sector experience in both technology and operations. Before coming to Rodel, Rex worked in executive positions at Bellwether Education Partners, Teach For America, and the Corporate Executive Board. He also was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, working throughout Africa, and Andersen Consulting (Accenture). In addition, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. Rex has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Rachel Wiggans is a Senior Program Officer at the Rodel Foundation. She works on the Foundation’s policy team and is responsible for supporting the organization’s policy initiatives, specifically projects related to personalized learning and innovation. Prior to joining Rodel, she worked at Freire Charter School in Philadelphia, PA, where she was the Director of Research & Quality Assessment. In that capacity, she conducted research and analysis and provided ongoing strategic counsel to school leaders and stakeholders. In addition, she secured start-up funding for the development of the school’s dashboard and student achievement modeling systems, and worked on the implementation of those systems. Rachel received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.