The HILL Board
Elizabeth A. Sorrell, M.Ed., CAGS
For the last six years, Liz Sorrell as Superintendent of Carver Public Schools collaborated with other district leaders to support the literacy initiative in the district. Carver is in the seventh year of partnering with the HILL for Literacy. In 2011, Liz wrote a grant to partner with the HILL for Literacy and the A.D. Makepeace Company (largest cranberry grower in the world) to fund the A.D. Makepeace Literacy Leadership Center. In one year the Literacy Leadership Center has provided services for over 25 school districts on the South Shore and Cape regions of Massachusetts. The Literacy Leadership Center provides on-going professional development in research–based literacy programs, Literacy Leadership job-a-like groups, data-analysis support, and serves as a regional demonstration site for best–practices in literacy education.
Prior to working in Carver, Liz was as an administrator and teacher in Massachusetts, Ohio, and Florida.
As a volunteer, Liz is President of the Board of Directors for Cape Cod Children’s Place: a non-profit resource, referral, and education center committed to providing high-quality care, support, and advocacy for families with young children in order to sustain a healthy community for Cape Cod’s future. Liz has two daughters who are teachers and she resides in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
Ann Noble Kiley, Ed.M
Ann holds a B.A. from Harvard College, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. After a number of years working in the private sector, Ann taught history to at-risk high school students at Newton North High School. From there, Ann became the director of Tech Prep, running a school-to-work program designed to link high school studies with a two year associates degree. Ann also wrote an evaluation on school to work programs across the state.
After receiving her MPA, Ann became Associate Director and then Executive Director of Boston Partners in Education, a private, nonprofit dedicated to serving Boston Public Schools’ students through mentoring and tutoring programs, mostly centered around reading. Under Ann’s leadership, the organization grew, the budget tripled, and the breadth of programming expanded to include more reading and math. When Ann left Boston Partners in Education, they had added more services to meet the needs of K-12 students, focusing on MCAS and other academic expectations. Ann’s experience includes 15+ years of service and dedication to non-profit organizations and Boards working on behalf of populations with barriers to self-sufficiency and/or learning disabilities.
Geoffrey MacDonald is the treasurer for HILL for Literacy. Geoff has a BSBA from Suffolk University and an MBA from Western New England University. He is a licensed school business administrator (SBA) with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) through the Office of the Inspector General. Geoff spent eighteen years as an SBA in three public school districts, six years with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a senior financial manager, and twelve years in several financial positions in the private sector. Geoff has also served as a volunteer on a town finance committee.
Laurie LaVallee manages the day-to-day operations of the HILL including accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting, customer service, and a variety of office-related tasks. She comes from a small business management background with extensive experience working with school administrators, having spent 15 years in the school picture business.
Darci Burns, Ph.D.
Darci Burns, Ph.D., is the executive director of HILL for Literacy. The HILL partners with schools districts to shape and guide the process of deploying evidence-based whole school change through leadership development and teacher training. Darci has a PhD from the University of Oregon with a specialization in instructional design, research methodology, and English-Language learners. Darci has consulted with national, state and local agencies on effective reading instruction, leadership practices, and assessment. Darci also served as a Regional Professional Development Provider in six urban school systems for the Massachusetts Reading First Program. She is the author of the Intergenerational Literacy Tutoring Program (ILTP) manual and co-author of Leading Literacy Change.
Beth Zigmont is a senior instructional design consultant with over 15 years experience developing training and curriculum for corporations. She leads large scale projects from inception to rollout with a special focus on elearning delivery methods. Beth has extensive background designing, developing trainings for multiple industries and content areas including technical/functional, leadership/management, and systems. Beth comes from an education background having taught elementary school prior to receiving her M.Ed. in Instructional Design from University of Massachusetts Boston. Beth resides in Framingham, MA with her husband and three children.
Brad Neuenhaus is a founding partner at Keys to Literacy and has been involved in education since its founding in 2007. He came to the field of literacy after spending 28 years as an executive and entrepreneur. As a father of four and the parent of a struggling reader, Brad has a first hand understanding of the literacy issues and challenges facing both educators and their students. After working at Epsilon in general management for 15 years, Brad founded a company called BeNOW, a database marketing management firm. Forrester, a nationally recognized industry analyst, awarded BeNOW the #3 ranking in the nation for Strategy, Quality, and Customer Satisfaction. BeNOW earned this prestigious honor two years in a row while serving customers such as Four Seasons Hotels, Six Flags, Sirius Satellite Radio, Met Life, and General Motors. Brad’s education background includes a B.A. from George Washington University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.