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CEO and Founder
Marci Cornell-Feist is a national expert on charter school governance. She has worked with over 500 charter schools nationwide to improve their effectiveness—more than anyone else on the planet. She founded her charter school consultancy Meetinghouse Solutions in 2001, and has focused on charter school governance since the mid 1990s. She created BoardOnTrack to implement the most effective strategies and practices of her many clients, and as a means of spreading this information to a wider audience of charter schools.
Marci is author of the book Board Meetings: A Guide for Charter Schools and Board Structure: A Guide to Bylaws, Officers, Committees, Responsibilities and More for Exceptional Charter Schools.
Marci is also a co-founder of The Achievement Network, which helps schools use data-driven strategies to raise student achievement.
Earlier in her career, Marci worked throughout the nonprofit sector, including positions as a senior staffer at the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, Northwest Regional Director for the Student Conservation Association, Deputy Director of the Consortium/UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Lao P.D.R., and Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Marci is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bowdoin College.
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 844-268-8326 ext. 521
A process engineer on the side, Ben is constantly focused on doing things smarter, better and faster. He is the founding partner of Driven Insights, an outsourced accounting firm. Prior to Driven Insights, Ben co-founded Wheelock Partners, a boutique private equity firm focused on acquiring and operating $5-50m businesses. He led Wheelock’s acquisition of NEP where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Ben began his career at Abbott Laboratories as a program manager for Abbott’s blood glucose monitor product lines. Ben is an active advisory board member for several regional organizations, including the Foundation for Academic Excellence . He earned a B.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth College and Master of Engineering Management Degree from the Thayer School at Dartmouth College and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. Ben was a Division I NCAA All American in alpine skiing.
Director, Business Development
Phone: 844-268-8326 ext. 524
Mike joins the BoardOnTrack team with professional experience in higher education, board governance, law, and state and local politics. Most recently, Mike worked for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, where he served as the Director of Trustee and Community Relations and formerly as Deputy General Counsel. Mike began his career as a Legislative Aide at the Massachusetts State House while attending law school full-time. In addition to his professional experience, Mike volunteers for a variety of organizations. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Town of Littleton School Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Freedom Summer Collegiate, an education non-profit that he co-founded, and as an active member of the UMass Lowell Young Alumni Council.
Mike currently lives in Littleton, Massachusetts and is a proud graduate of both the University of Massachusetts Lowell and New England Law Boston. While not working, Mike enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, traveling, and spending time outside with his French Bulldog, Charlie!
Director, Member Success
Phone: 844-268-8326 ext. 507
Melissa Danisch brings the combination of non-profit board experience, lawyer and volunteer to her new role as Membership Specialist at BoardonTrack. Melissa started her professional life as a lawyer, representing both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, in corporate formation and governance matters, as well as defending families in probate court and real estate negotiations. Her volunteer experience evolved from serving as a criminal defense student-attorney in law school, coaching youth soccer for over 20 years, to serving on the boards of local non-profits organizations, like the League of Women Voters, Andover Soccer Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Lawrence and (currently) the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.
Melissa took time away from the working world to raise her three beautiful kids, all lucky recipients of her lectures on local history, usually as they explore historic sites. As an amateur historian, she is a genealogist and also volunteers at the Andover Historical Society and Lawrence History Center. Melissa is a Massachusetts native, who graduated with a BA in History from Macalester College, and a JD from Suffolk University.
Rick Thomas Jr.
Chief Software Architect and Founder
Rick is a software engineer with twenty years of expertise developing top-rated, enterprise-quality products. We’re fortunate that he wrangles BoardOnTrack code into submission with particular mission flair, as he is the proud parent of a charter school student. Rick always codes with the valiant school staff and board members in mind.
Prior to joining BoardOnTrack, Rick worked at Oracle Inc. in the Health Sciences Global Business Unit, designing and developing the Clinical Development Center system. In addition, Rick was a principal software engineer at Incipient Inc. and helped create the architecture, design, and development of a cutting edge, highly scalable, interactive Web 2.0 storage virtualization management application. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Director, Technical Operations
Phone: 844-268-8326 ext. 510
Mike brings a wealth of digital marketing experience to the team. His career began with an enlistment in the United States Marine Corps where he had the opportunity to train in Radio/Wire Communications, IT Support, and SQL. He continued to develop his technical and administrative skill set while working in a support role for the Digital Evidence and Multi-Media Section of the Mass State Police. Mike earned an MBA from Nichols College and has concentrated his career on data analytics and marketing automation ever since including a role as Sr. Data Analyst at The Channel Company; Enabling Technology Partnerships.
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