Master Class 2: Quality & Accountability

Event Description

Purpose: Most CSOs have signed onto NAPCS’s Commitment to Quality statement, which calls for increased charter school accountability through numerous levers. Which lever to pull first, which states are pulling those well, and how can states quickly ramp up their “accountability game” remain unexplored. This class will delve into those issues, leaving CSO participants with practical examples to pull from and a game plan for how to move forward to improve quality in their state.


Maya Bugg – Tennessee Charter School Center

Maya Bugg has deep roots in the education sector, from beginning as a classroom educator in North Carolina to working with the United States Department of Education as a policy consultant. Now, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Charter School Center, her more than a decade of experience launching, scaling, and leading high-impact initiatives throughout the education sector are poised to lead charter school growth and success here in Tennessee.

Prior to joining the Center, Maya served as the founding State Director for Education Pioneers Tennessee, where she was charged with overseeing strategic growth, financial stability, and partner development throughout the region. She has also worked in capacities to support evaluation and strategy for teacher preparation programs; lead school and district-level leaders in advancing school turnaround efforts; and found a national resource dedicated to training educators in the use of culturally responsive education.

Maya earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, is National Board Certified as a teacher, and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership & Policy at the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. 

Patrick D’Amelio – Washington State Charter Schools Association

Patrick D’Amelio serves as WA Charters’ Chief Executive Officer. Patrick, who joined WA Charters in May 2017, brings a long track record of increasing high-quality educational opportunities for students in Washington. Prior to leading WA Charters, Patrick held a highly successful five-year post as CEO at Washington STEM.

Patrick’s work over the past two decades in the nonprofit space reflects his unwavering commitment to ensuring that every young person has an opportunity to succeed in life. As President and CEO for the Alliance for Education, he executed strategic planning to reframe the mission of helping students in Seattle Public Schools achieve academic success, and he worked with varying interests to support their common vision. During his tenure at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Patrick oversaw the pairing of caring adult mentors with young people while growing programs, increasing revenues, and balancing budgets.

Eric Doss – Oklahoma Public School Resource Center

Eric Doss serves as Director of Quality Charter Services for OPSRC. In this role, he supports public charter schools in a variety of ways, including developing technical services and solutions that provide cost-savings to schools, coordinating with other OPSRC directors to ensure that services meet the needs of schools, and providing guidance and technical assistance to entities preparing applications for new charter schools.

After an award-winning career as a band director and music teacher in both Texas and Oklahoma, Eric took over the leadership of Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences (TSAS), a liberal arts-based charter school in 2010. Eric has a Bachelor's of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master's of Education from the University of Oklahoma.

Anne Herr – Friends of Choice in Urban Schools

Anne is responsible for FOCUS’s services to public charter schools, including performance management support and the start-up and expansion programs. Anne co-founded the Capital City Public Charter School in 2000 and served as its Executive Director, providing leadership during its expansion from a successful Pre-K-8th grade school to incorporate a high school. Before getting involved with education and charter schools, she worked for the U.S. Department of State as an intelligence analyst, covering arms control and Russian foreign policy. Anne is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs. 

Tim Nicolette – Massachusetts Public Charter School Association

Tim provides strategic and operational leadership for all of MCPSA’s staff, programs, and advocacy work. Tim joined the association having worked in both district and charter public school sectors, with specific experience in education policy and management. Prior to joining MCPSA, Tim served as President of UP Education Network, a nonprofit school turnaround organization with schools in Boston, Lawrence, and Springfield that applies charter and district school best practices to rapidly turn around low performing district schools. He has also served as Chief of Staff to former Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Carol Johnson, managing relationships with community stakeholders across the city and identifying policies to accelerate student achievement as well as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for BPS. Prior to working at BPS, he was an education advisor to former Boston Mayor Tom Menino. He began his career as a strategy consultant with L.E.K. Consulting where he was elected Executive Director of Inspire, Inc., an organization that provides consulting services to education and youth development nonprofits. Tim holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Tony Roberts – Georgia Charter Schools Association

Tony has significant experience in the areas of associational and nonprofit management, resource development, advocacy, and government relations. His first experience in the field of charter schools came while serving as Vice President of Development for Texans CAN! Academies based in Dallas, Texas. He previously served as the Executive Director of Camp Fire USA, a children and youth development agency located in Dallas. He has also served as Vice President of Development for Evergreen Foundation, where he was in charge of all fundraising, board development, marketing, and public relations. Prior to this, he served as CEO for Sertoma Center, Inc., an agency serving persons with disabilities in Knoxville, Tennessee. Additionally, he served as the CEO of a local affiliate of the National Home Builders Association in the Greater Knoxville, Tennessee area.

A native Tennessean, Tony earned the M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He received his B.A. degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Elizabeth Robitaille, Ed.D. – California Charter Schools Association

Elizabeth Robitaille is Senior Vice President of Achievement & Performance Management and School Development & Support for CCSA. Dr. Robitaille leads CCSA's accountability and research initiatives, using academic achievement data to highlight charter schools' areas of success and needed growth, and partnering with schools, researchers, and funders to strengthen the California charter school movement. Dr. Robitaille also leads CCSA's School Development and Support Team, which provides the highest quality, most extensive charter development support in California with documented success in higher academic outcomes and school success for supported schools.

She earned a Doctorate in Education, MBA (Nonprofit Management), MA (Urban Planning/Community Development), and BA (Communications) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jill E. Shahen – Northeast Charter School Network

Jill is the Managing Director of NECSN, where she oversees the daily operations for the Network, the membership program, new school incubator program, technical services, and in-school support for member schools in New York and Connecticut. 

She helped create and launch Elevate Charter Schools, a national charter school services division of NECSN, that provides support to other state associations in relation to school services. Jill has provided services for charter schools in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, South Carolina, Illinois, and Nevada. In addition, Jill is on the Program Committee for the annual National Charter Schools Conference.

Jill began working with charter schools in 1999 at the Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York.

Doug Thaman – Missouri Charter Public School Association

Doug Thaman is the Executive Director of the Missouri Charter Public School Association. Prior to becoming the organization’s third Executive Director, Dr. Thaman served as the Director of Professional Services for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). Dr. Thaman received his Doctor of Education from St. Louis University and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Southwest Missouri State University, a Masters in School Administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, as well as a Specialist in School Administration from St. Louis University.

Based in St. Louis, Dr. Thaman has served as a teacher and administrator, an adjunct professor, educational consultant, and was the founding executive director of St. Louis Charter School located in South St. Louis City.

Alicia Urbain – Michigan Association of Public School Academies

Alicia received her juris doctor degree from Michigan State University and her BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Prior to MAPSA, Alicia worked for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Michigan as a Projects Coordinator tasked with the court’s legislative agenda. Alicia has also worked as legal counsel for the Michigan House Republican Policy Office, Governor John Engler’s Legal Division, the Michigan Senate Majority Counsel’s office, and the office of United States Senator Spencer Abraham. She has taught political science and administrative law as an adjunct professor. 

Sarah Vandergriff – Louisiana Public Charter Schools Association

Sarah Vandergriff, a New Orleans native, received her bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in religion and psychology. After briefly teaching at her alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, she then earned a dual J.D./M.A. from Loyola University of New Orleans in law and religious studies (ethics). A William Crowe Scholar, she primarily focused her legal studies on constitutional law and received a Certificate in International Law, with an emphasis on human rights. Prior to joining LAPCS, she worked for the law firm Phelps Dunbar, LLP in the commercial litigation section.

Sarah has been recognized as a “2017 Leader in Law” by New Orleans City Business Magazine and a “2017 Top 40 Under 40 Professional” by New Orleans Gambit Weekly Magazine. Sarah was also the recipient of the “2016 Good Apple” Award by Louisiana Appleseed and has been a selected participant for various leadership programs, including the Aspen Institute, the Loyola Institute of Politics, and the Anti-Defamation League. Additionally, Sarah currently serves on advisory committees for the National World War II Museum and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.