Our Leadership

Meet NWEA's leaders: our executive officers and board of directors.

Executive Officers

  • Matt Chapman - President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Jeff Strickler - Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Jill Hedrick - Vice President of Partner Accounts
  • Donna Schultz - Vice President of Advocacy, Product Management and Marketing
  • Dr. Raymond Yeagley - Vice President of Research and Chief Academic Officer
  • John O'Hair - Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
  • Toni Jaffe - Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development
  • Geri Cohen - Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

Executive Officers

 

Matt Chapman
President & Chief Executive Officer

Matt ChapmanAs President and CEO, Matt Chapman leads the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) in achieving its vision for student-centric education grounded in research-based evidence of what helps students learn. Since joining in December 2006, Matt has led NWEA in nearly quadrupling the number of students served, to over 7 million, and introduced new products and services while continuing NWEA’s focus on its mission.

Matt has combined business careers with a volunteer career focused on education. He co-founded a program for street youth that includes an award-winning alternative school. He served on the board of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), focusing on its strategic plan and programs for distance learning in science. Matt serves on the board of All Hands Raised (which manages the Portland-area "Cradle to Career" initiative), as well as the Oregon Business Association, the University of Portland, and Microchip Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP).

Matt practiced law for 13 years, and then became CEO of CFI ProServices, Inc., a publicly traded company where he served for 13 years. CFI received recognition in local and national lists of rapidly growing companies, and was listed as one of the 10 best places to work in Oregon four years in a row.

Matt received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Portland in 1971, and a J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School in 1974.

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Jeff Strickler
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jeff StricklerJeff joined Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) in 2007. In addition to his role as Chief Operating Officer, Jeff also serves as NWEA's CFO and Vice President of Corporate Services. Jeff brings to NWEA more than 20 years of experience helping organizations attain their goals, first as an attorney at Perkins Coie and later in various leadership roles at notable Northwest companies, including CFI ProServices/Harland Financial System, Vesta Corporation, Centrisoft Corporation and CakeBoxx LLC.

At CFI ProServices, Jeff was Vice President and General Counsel from 1994 through its acquisition by Harland Financial Services Systems in 2000. He was the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Vesta Corporation during a critical time in that company's expansion. Jeff has served as the Chief Operating Officer at both Centrisoft Corporation and CakeBoxx LLC, a startup company engaged in developing a new, more secure design for international shipping containers.

Jeff received a B.S. in Business Administration from Oregon State University in 1982 and J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1985.

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Jill Hedrick
Vice President of Partner Accounts

Jill HendrickJill brings to NWEA extensive leadership experience developing customer-centric global sales and account management organizations. She is an expert in sales strategy and management who has built channels and new markets in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim.

With over 20 years of experience leading high growth sales and marketing teams, Jill has worked for several high tech firms including Farallon Computing (now Motorola), and Dantz Development (now EMC). Over the past decade, Jill was Vice President of Worldwide Sales for software provider Extensis, Vice President of Business Development for Gartner spin off GCR, and Vice President of Business Development for research software provider Revelation, Inc. She also worked as an advisor for start-up, industry, and academic organizations, helping to establish business plans, sales processes, and strategies around customer acquisition and retention.

Jill received her degrees in Economics and Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is actively engaged in the Portland business community and has led and served on committees with the SAO, OEN, TechAmerica and others.

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Donna Schultz
Vice President of Advocacy, Product Management and Marketing
 

Donna SchultzDonna brings to Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) over two decades of leadership experience in product management and marketing, including expertise in sales, branding, public relations, web development, e-commerce, and positioning strategy.

Prior to joining NWEA Donna was instrumental in increasing public profile, market position and sales for national companies based in the Pacific Northwest. She served as Vice President of Marketing for Vero, Inc.; Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Swiftview, Inc.; Vice President of Marketing for Sonus USA; Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Harland Financial Services; an Assistant Vice President of Marketing for Standard Insurance Company; and a Senior Marketing Manager for Boise Cascade.

 

Donna received her B.S. in Psychology with honors from Western Michigan University, and her M.B.A with honors from the University of Portland.

 

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Dr. Raymond Yeagley
Vice President of Research and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Raymond YeagleyPrior to joining NWEA in 2005, Raymond enjoyed a twenty-nine year career as teacher, principal and superintendent of schools. His tenure included seven years as superintendent of Alexander Local School District in Ohio and seventeen years as superintendent in Rochester, New Hampshire. During this service, he gained a national reputation for his understanding and effective use of data to improve instruction and increase student learning. He is a widely published author, respected presenter and has been privileged to actively participate in and lead several professional organizations, including a term as chair of the National Forum on Education Statistics.

Raymond received his Bachelors in Music Education at the University of Utah in 1972, earned a Masters in Secondary Education in 1979, and received an Ed.D. in School Administration in 1981. Both graduate degrees were earned at Indiana University in Bloomington.

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John O'Hair
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Matt ChapmanJohn O'Hair joined NWEA in 2012 and brings over 20 years of experience in technology products for K-12 education.  Prior to NWEA, John led the technology teams at eInstruction Corporation building interactive whiteboards, classroom "clickers," and iPad applications for schools world-wide as their Chief Technology Officer.  Previous to that, John was the Chief Technology Officer of Scantron Corporation where he was responsible for software and hardware development providing software solutions for both the educational and commercial market places.  John joined Scantron in 2002 after the acquisition of EdVision where he served as CTO and co-founder of EdVision Corporation for 12 years managing the educational software product development.  He consistently creates customer-centric "best of breed" educational products that are used in schools nation-wide.

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Toni Jaffe
Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development 

Toni JaffeToni Jaffe oversees NWEA’s Human Resources functions, including organizational development, internal communications, and community engagement.  Toni leads NWEA through growth and change by providing clear direction based on culture, philosophy and core values.  Building upon her thirty year history of establishing solid Human Resources foundations, she helps NWEA focus on its infrastructure and systems for optimal organizational performance and excellence.

Prior to joining NWEA in 2007, Toni was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Knowledge Learning Corporation, the largest for-profit educational company in the U.S.  She also served as Vice President of Team Resources at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, the world’s largest and fastest growing veterinary practice, located in over forty states and two countries.  Additionally, Toni served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Metropolitan Group, providing operations management and leadership for this full-service communications firm. 

Toni was honored in 2012 with the Human Resources Professional of the Year award from the Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA).  Passionate about community engagement, Toni serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, facilitating a strong partnership aligned with NWEA’s mission of Partnering to Help all Kids Learn

Toni received a Masters of Business degree from Marylhurst University, and a B.S. with honors from Oregon State University.

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Geri Cohen
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 

Geri CohenGeri Cohen joined NWEA in 2005 and brings over 30 years of diversified experience in the financial, software and online services industries, with strong emphasis in business line management, technology-based product development, and organizational turnarounds – a unique combination of skills and insights acquired from working in both Fortune 500 companies and successful start-ups.

Prior to NWEA, Geri progressed through two turbulent decades in the financial services industry, helping major banks navigate through rapid deregulation, massive shifts in the economic environment, and emerging technologies with innovative and profitable services; starting in the advanced technology group with First Chicago and ultimately serving as Vice President & Manager of Card Products at US Bank and Vice President & Manager of Consumer Loan Products at Wells Fargo. From there, Geri launched a new career in Portland’s nascent software industry, most recently serving as Director of Solutions Engineering at Unicru (now Kronos) delivering psychometrically validated workforce assessments and analytics.

Geri received her M.B.A. Finance and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago.

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Board of Directors

 

Dr. Jim Angermeyr
President, Assessment and Evaluation Services, L.L.C.

Dr. Angermeyr’s resume includes more the 30 years’ experience working in school settings in the areas of assessment and evaluation research. His areas of interest include assessment design, test equating and scaling, and evaluation studies. He has also developed several web-based applications that assist educators in studying achievement outcomes. In addition, Jim has spent more than 20 years working with NWEA on our assessment programs. In 1991, he implemented the first NWEA Levels Testing program in the state of Minnesota. Since then, more than 300 schools and districts have become MAP users throughout the state. Dr. Angermeyr served on NWEA's board of directors from 1999-2001 and rejoined in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Jim currently serves as vice-chairman of the NWEA Board of Directors.

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Ronald Blocker
Retired, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools

Mr. Blocker is recently retired as superintendent of the 10th largest school district in America after serving in that capacity for 12 years. His background in school psychology and experience in urban school administration makes him very interested in meaningful assessments that support productive teaching and learning. Under his leadership, the district has increased Advanced Placement enrollment and participation, aggressively moved to narrow the achievement gap in minority populations, developed a comprehensive academic plan for the district and embarked on one of the largest school capital programs in the state. He has served as President of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents and was designated by the Florida Department of Education as the District Reading leader of the Year for his focused support of reading achievement. In 2011, the State of Florida named him Superintendent of the Year.

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Lynn Fielding
Tax and business attorney, author, co-founder of The Children's Reading Foundation

Lynn Fielding served for 24 years as a director of Kennewick Schools (WA) until he retired in 2010, worked for eight years as a director of the Washington State School Directors Association, and has served on the Board of Directors for Northwest Evaluation Association since 2002. He has presented at numerous National and State School Board Association and reading conferences nationwide. He is co-founder of The Children's Reading Foundation, initial author of its READY! for Kindergarten curriculum, author of Extraordinary Parents (2009), and co-author of Annual Growth for All Students, Catch-up Growth for Those Who Are Behind (2007), Delivering on the Promise, (2004) and The 90% Reading Goal, (1997). Mr. Fielding presents and consults with school districts interested in leveraged educational reform from birth through grade 12. With an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University, he is a tax and business lawyer.

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Steve Fleischman
CEO, Education Northwest

As CEO, Steve Fleischman is responsible for the overall leadership of Education Northwest, a nonprofit education research, evaluation, and technical assistance organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Prior to assuming this position in September 2012, he served as the company’s deputy executive officer. Before joining Education Northwest, Fleischman was a vice president at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where he created and led a number of U.S. Department of Education-funded school improvement projects such as the Comprehensive School Reform Quality Center, the Supplemental Educational Services Quality Center, and the Scientific Evidence in Education Forums. He also provided senior leadership for AIR's National High School Center, What Works Clearinghouse, Doing What Works, and several Regional Educational Laboratory, Comprehensive Center, and National Science Foundation projects. Fleischman began his nearly 30-year education career as a middle and high school social studies teacher. After leaving the classroom he served as deputy director of educational issues at the American Federation of Teachers and, later, as the founding executive director of the Education Quality Institute. Fleischman holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Florida.

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Congresswoman Darlene Hooley
Owner, Hooley & Naito, LLC

Darlene Hooley is a former teacher and elected official who represented Oregon's 5th Congressional District as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 to 2008.

Ms. Hooley earned her degree in education from Oregon State University in 1961. Following graduation she taught reading, music, and high school physical education for eight years at schools in Woodburn, Gervais, and Portland.

Ms. Hooley entered politics in 1975 when she was elected to serve as the first woman on the West Linn, Oregon, City Council, a position she held for four years. She was elected to the Oregon State Legislature in 1980 and served as a Democrat representing Clackamas County. She chaired the Environmental and Energy committees, and chaired the Education Subcommittee of the Ways and Means committee. She left in 1987 to accept a position on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, a post she held until 1996.

In 1996, Ms. Hooley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives representing Oregon's 5th Congressional District. In her first term in the U.S. House, she was elected House Democratic freshman class president, and went on to serve as a member of the House Financial Services, Veterans' Affairs, Science and Technology, Energy and Commerce, and Budget committees. She was a House Senior Whip for the Democratic Party and a member of the New Democrat Coalition. She served six terms in the House.

She founded the successful consulting firm of Hooley & Naito, LLC in 2010.  The firm specializes in government relations and lobbying services at the State and local levels in Oregon.

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Dr. Philip A. Streifer

Superintendent of the Bristol, Connecticut, Public Schools

Dr. Streifer is former superintendent of schools in Bristol and Avon in Connecticut and Barrington in Rhode Island. He also served as Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut, where he directed the Executive Leadership Program and was major advisor to over twenty completed doctoral students. He has published books and articles on assessment, school improvement and evaluation. Recently he was Chair of the CT Urban Superintendents Association and President of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding. Dr. Streifer continues to serve as a Regent of the University of Hartford, where he is on the boards of the Hartt School Trustees (recently serving as its Chair) and the School of Education, Nursing and Related Health Professions.Dr. Streifer is currently President and CEO of EDvisualize, LLC.

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Dr. Brenda M. Tanner
President, Dominion Education Services, LLC

Dr. Tanner is a former school district superintendent who for more than 30 years has served and led education in Virginia and South Carolina. She began her career in public education as a teacher, and ultimately assumed duties as a teaching staff developer, school district and division administrator, higher education professor, and superintendent of schools. She led schools in Madison County, Virginia and served as Chief Academic and Chief Personnel Officer for Horry County Public Schools in South Carolina, a district with 31,000 students and 4,000 employees. Dr. Tanner has additionally served higher education through her work at the University of Virginia, where she focused on preparing school administrators in leadership and staff supervision. During her professorship at the University of Virginia, She also directed a professional development consortium, and through it, assisted the University's Curry School of Education and twenty Virginia school divisions in providing support for teachers and school administrators. As president of Dominion Education Services, she partners with schools from PK – college to support teachers, administrators, and school board members as they work to help all students learn. 

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Dr. Joseph J. Wise
Managing Director and Co-founder of Atlantic Research Partners, Inc. 

Joseph Wise has a longstanding record of helping school districts, school boards, and school leaders make rapid improvements to support student achievement. He has successfully led major public and private sector organizations throughout North America to set ambitious goals and achieve impressive results. Dr. Wise has successfully bridged academic, business, and governmental interests to build—and sustain—decisive organizational reforms.  

His passion for all students, particularly those who are underserved and disadvantaged, drives a sense of urgency about the reforms needed to help America regain its competitive edge through the academic preparation of our nation’s children. His focus on great governance, great leadership, and great student and parent engagement has been the keystone of his accomplishments.

 Dr. Wise formerly served as Superintendent of Schools for the nation’s 15th largest public school district (Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Florida) and the State of Delaware’s largest public school district (Christina School District, Wilmington, Delaware), earning a reputation as a visionary leader who brought about measurable improvements in both student achievement and operational management.

 Dr. Wise currently serves as Co-founder and Chief Education Officer of Atlantic Research Partners, a professional services firm that supports public schools and school districts in 18 states. He is also Co-founder and Chief Education Officer of Distinctive Schools, which is responsible for the management of four high-performing urban public non-profit charter schools on the south side of Chicago.

 He is a former Executive Vice President and Chief Education Officer with EdisonLearning, Inc., which provides education programs and services to 340,000 students throughout 25 states and the United Kingdom. He also previously served as Director of Organizational Development for the Disney organization.  He began his career in education as a teacher before assuming executive leadership roles in various districts, including Orange County Public Schools and Seminole County Public Schools in Florida, and Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Annapolis, Maryland.   

Early in his career, Dr. Wise performed consulting and auditing services for school districts and commercial organizations. In 1998, while performing an organizational audit for an educational technology firm based in Dallas, Texas, he was asked to provide additional management training and executive coaching services for the organization. Upon completion of that work, he was retained to lead the enterprise itself, and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2002. 

 

Dr. Wise has earned numerous honors, including the 2006 Champion for Children Award conferred by the HOSTS Learning organization. He served on the National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools, and Colleges, was selected as a Broad Fellow by Eli Broad Institute for School Boards (2005), was appointed a Fellow to the Eli Broad Urban Superintendents Academy (2003), and served on the Academy’s adjunct faculty and advisory committee.  Dr. Wise also serves on the Board of Directors of Northwest Evaluation Association, a non-profit assessment firm that supports teaching and learning for more than 5 million students in more than 4,000 North American school districts. In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Wise has been honored for his individual and community service work. He is  a lifetime member of the NAACP, holds a lifetime membership with the Florida Association of PTAs, and is a founding member of the District Management Council. 

Dr. Wise is the author of three textbooks: Power of Teaching—The Science of the Art (1st Edition, 2002; 2nd Edition, 2007); Power of Coaching—Teachers and Teaching (2009); and The TAO of Interviewing (1st Edition 1994; 4th Edition, 2007). He holds a doctorate from the University of Florida, a master’s degree from the University of Central Florida, and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

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Dr. Kenneth K. Wong
Educator, author, researcher, Chair of the Education Department at Brown University
 

Professor Wong holds the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair in Education Policy, directs the graduate program in Urban Education Policy, and chairs the Education Department at Brown University. He previously taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago. He is a national figure in shaping the research and policy agenda on urban education reform, equity issues, and governance.

Author of over 100 articles and several books, Professor Wong has served on the editorial board of leading education policy journals. His recent books include The Education Mayor: Improving America's Schools and Successful School and Educational Accountability. His research has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, and several foundations, including Joyce, Spencer, Broad, Smith Richardson, and the Rhode Island Foundation.

Professor Wong has been active in using multidisciplinary research to improve policy and practice. He has advised federal agencies, congressional staff, state legislatures, governors, mayors, state commissioners, and leaders in several large urban school systems regarding the design of accountability frameworks, school-community partnership, and school support strategies. He played a key role in redesigning the school funding formula in Rhode Island in 2010.

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