About Us

Our Team


Rick Dalton
President & CEO

Karen Judge
Executive Vice President for Development

Tara Smith
Vice President for Programs

Elaine Dixon-Cross
College and Career Ambassador

Kristina Hartzell
Director of Advancement & Digital Content

Andrea McDonald
Director of Special Programs

Dara Schechter
Director of Communications

Aurora Butera
CFES Fellow

Deirdre McAdams
CFES Fellow

Program Directors

Angel Acosta
Doctoral Student, Columbia University (NY)

Steve Boyce
Retired Curriculum Coordinator, Ticonderoga Central School District (NY)

Robin Choate
Retired Educator (KY)

Hasan Davis
Former Commissioner at Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (KY)

F. Dennis Fahey
Retired Principal, South Middle School (MA)

Jerry Garfin
Retired Principal, Christopher Columbus High School & Adjunct Professor, Lehman College (NY)

Cliona Hannon
Director of Trinity Access Programmes, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

John McDonald
Superintendent of Schools, Ticonderoga Central School (NY)

John Mills
Retired President, Paul Smith's College (NY)

Lisa Nelson
Retired Principal, Isaac Newton Middle School for Math and Science (NY)

Leroy Nesbitt, Jr.
Retired Senior Advisor, Institutional Diversity Middlebury College (VT)

Ron Rix
Program Director


Board of Directors

Ernie H. Stretton
Retired Superintendent, Lake Placid Central School District (NY)

Rick Dalton
CEO and President, College for Every Student

Lawson Prince Allen

Gary Belske
Americas Senior Vice President & COO, Ernst & Young LLP

Porter Braswell
CEO, Jopwell

Stanton L. Brown
COO, Bard Early Colleges

James H. Carter
Superintendent, Greene County Schools

Dean C. Garfield
President & CEO, Information Technology Industry Council

Michael Lynch
President & CEO, ML Consulting

Andy C. Ng
Staffing Services Associate, Recruiting (Americas), Google

Don Outing
Chief Diversity Officer, United States Military Academy

Scott Pioli
Assistant General Manager, Atlanta Falcons

Binkley C. Shorts
Apsley House Research

Carolyn Slaski
Ernst & Young, LLP