Our Board

Leadership & Oversight

Brad Neuenhaus

Brad Neuenhaus

Board President

Brad Neuenhaus. After a long career in Marketing Technology Brad became involved in education. He was a founding partner at Keys to Literacy and since 2017 has served as a senior executive at MindEdge Learning, an online learning provider. Brad’s interest in literacy started in 1971 when he volunteered to tutor struggling readers in Paterson, New Jersey. After a long career as a Fortune 1000 executive and entrepreneur, he returned to his passion for literacy and in 2007 founded Keys to Literacy. Brad has served on the HILL board since 2016. He believes in the HILL mission and its ability to help districts, schools, teachers, and students build lifelong literacy skills. Brad has 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.
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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