Our Board

Leadership & Oversight

Brad Neuenhaus

Brad Neuenhaus

Board President

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.
Geoffrey MacDonald

Geoffrey MacDonald

Treasurer

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

Laurie LaVallee

Clerk

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.

Board Member

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.
Dr. Edward J. Gotgart

Dr. Edward J. Gotgart

Board Member

Dr. Ed Gotgart (PI): Harvard College – A.B. in Government, Yale University Graduate School of Architecture – A.M. in Urban Studies, Harvard University Graduate School of Education – Ed.M. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Boston University Graduate School of Education – Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. 

Ed is a lifelong educator and has held roles as teacher, principal and most recently Chief Operations Officer.  In his most recent role, he managed the financial and administrative operations of a public school system of 9,000 students and over 1,200 faculty and staff with an operating budget of $128 million. Acting Superintendent (2016-17) with overall responsibility for the district.

Paul Jermain

Paul Jermain

Board Member

Mr. Jermain is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of management experience in commercial and non-profit organizations.

Over the past decade, he has served in various positions, including President, on the Cape Ann TV board of directors. And, he also served as an interim Executive Director during a key transition point in the organization’s history.

Paul’s work in the commercial sector started with a successful five-year stint in industrial sales. After graduate school, he was recruited to participate in Nortel Networks executive development program where he rotated through various marketing management assignments within the company’s large and medium-size telecom switch divisions. In 1988, Paul transferred to Nortel’s Norstar group, a start-up division established to compete aggressively in the small business arena. At Norstar, Paul was responsible for a number of key activities: competitive analysis, market research, public relations, advertising, training, strategic and annual plans, channel management, and new product introductions. During his tenure, the start-up grew from posting monthly losses to annual revenues of $.5B.

While serving in various marketing management roles at Nortel, Paul delivered marketing and general business training and consulting to hundreds of small organizations, primarily through the Small Business Development Center and Senior Core of Retired Executives organizations. He also supported the launch of small business programs sponsored by the North Dallas and Nashville Chambers, and sat on the board of the Nashville Incubation Center.

Paul served as director of marketing for a VC-backed telecom start-up prior to the dot.com meltdown. Subsequently, he became involved in leading the Commonwealth’s Entrepreneurial Training Program in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. Through the twenty week business plan program, he taught and consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurs to help them launch new businesses and non-profit organizations.

In recent years, Paul has served as a business adjunct professor at UMass Lowell, leading courses in business management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. And, he has produced over 200 episodes of Smart Boating, an educational TV show aired nationally on public access cable TV stations and the Internet.

Paul is a graduate of Penn State’s MBA program and resides on Boston’s Northshore.

John H. "Joe" Knowles

John H. "Joe" Knowles

Board Member

Joe Knowles is an experienced entrepreneur, focused on enterprise development in public health since 2003. In addition to his role as president and chief executive officer of IHM, Joe was founder and vice chair of IHM Services Company, a venture-backed, for-profit subsidiary of the Institute, which provides SaaS-based clinical quality and regulatory reporting for over 100 hospitals across the country. 

Prior to co-founding IHM, Joe was a co-founder of Brooktrout Technology, a leading voicemail and voice processing firm; LittlePoint Corporation, whose sustained-release products included the first insect repellent for children registered by US EPA; and Wakefield Partners, a consulting partnership of technology, financial and investment professionals.  

Active with a number of not-for-profit organizations, Knowles was founder and managing partner of Neighborhood House, LLC, which assembled capital and pro-bono real estate and legal expertise in order to purchase underutilized commercial properties in Boston’s inner city. 

Joe holds an AB from Harvard College, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a visiting scientist in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health from 2002 to 2010.

David C. Poole

David C. Poole

Board Member

David Poole founded Lahinch Capital, a family wealth management vehicle, in December 1997. Prior to setting out on his own, he served as a Senior VP – Wealth Management at several financial institutions, Lehman Brothers, PaineWebber, and Tucker Anthony.  David graduated from Lehigh University with a BS degree in finance and began his career at AT&T. There, he developed an interest in the challenges facing our institutions of higher education while managing a team that sold to universities in NJ. Successes came in the mid-‘80’s with sizable wins at Stevens Institute (sale of PC’s to all incoming Freshman) and Princeton (departmental networking using mini-computers).  Since 2010, David has been very active in the education startup community, as an advisor and investor to many small companies.

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