Core Members Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Nona Ullman

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Ms. Ullman has 25 years of process, technology, and program evaluation consulting experience with over 50 state and local educational agencies in 20 states. She has spent the last five years providing project management, professional development, and program evaluation services to school districts helping them use technology as a catalyst to improve classroom teaching and learning.  

Ms. Ullman started, developed and led KPMG Consulting’s national K-12 practice from 1994-2005 where she grew the practice from $500,000 to $20 million and was promoted to Managing Director and National K-12 lead. 

Prior to KPMG, Ms. Ullman started her career at Accenture where she worked on the firm’s training methodology and developed and delivered training for large scale technology projects.  She has spoken at the NCES IES MIS Conferences on national best practices and solutions for data dashboards and cultural change.

Ms. Ullman graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and holds a M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Email me: nona.ullman@edtechlive.com

Phillip Dunn

Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Mr. Dunn spent over 10 years in executive technology leadership roles within urban and suburban K-12 school systems.  A former software developer and teacher, Mr. Dunn helped develop the Teacher Value-Added Data System for NYC Schools, a data platform that mined student achievement and human capital data for over 80,000 teachers in the nation’s largest public school system.  Mr. Dunn has also led digital learning initiatives as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for each of Stamford Public Schools and Greenwich Public Schools.

A passionate technologist, Mr. Dunn holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Biometry and Applied Statistics, a M.A. from Columbia University in Quantitative Methodology, and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law.  He is also licensed to the practice law in New York State.

Email me: phillip.dunn@edtechlive.com

Liz Earley

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Ms. Earley has nearly 20 years of industry experience in strategic planning, financial modeling and analysis, and project management. She has lived and/or worked in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Ms. Earley is currently a Managing Director at Golden Seeds, one of the nation’s most active angel investment firms providing early-stage and growth capital to female-led businesses with diverse management teams. 

Ms. Earley earned her M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a M.A. in International Political Economy from Johns Hopkins University, and she holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Cornell University.

Ken Nakai

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Mr. Nakai’s over 20 years of experience in startups coupled with a broad technology skill set enables him to help build and mature early or late startups. Originally following a scientific career path, he shifted gears during the heady days of Web 1.0. From apartment rentals (Rent.com) to amateur event registrations (imATHLETE), he brought the process to the chaos of early startups and worked within a variety of budgets.

In the Ed Tech space, he led the development of NTI Connect’s telecommunications platform, which advanced the automated calling technology that delivers those dreaded robocalls of today and would eventually become Blackboard Connect, and built the MassiveU platform which serves major educational publishers such as Pearson and McGraw-Hill.

Mr. Nakai earned a Bachelors of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego, minored in Theatre, spent several years at the University of California, Los Angeles doing graduate research in Microbiology and Immunology before that famous career switch and finally settling on an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management, while working at NTI. 

Rachelle Dene Poth

Chief Professional Learning Curator

Ms. Poth is a Foreign Language and STEAM Teacher at Riverview Junior/Senior High in Oakmont, PA. Ms. Poth serves as past-president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and on the leadership team of the Mobile Learning Network. She was selected as One of “20 to watch” by the NSBA and the PAECT Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2017, and Future Ready Instructional Coach.

Ms. Poth is an ISTE Certified Educator and received the Making IT Happen Award during ISTE 2019, as well as a Presidential Gold Award for Volunteer Service to Education. She is the author of Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU, “In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking”, the Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead and Chart a New Course: A Guide to Teaching the Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World with ISTE. 

Ms. Poth co-hosts #Formativechat on Mondays and maintains her “Learning as I Go” blog site at http://www.Rdene915.com, and has her own podcast and a weekly show ThriveinEdu on learning revolution.

Ms. Poth has a J.D. and Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University and a B.S. from Penn State in Secondary Education/French.  

Marcia Dixson

Educational Researcher & Principal Investigator

Dr. Dixson is currently Associate Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning and a Professor of Communication at Purdue University, Fort Wayne (PFW). Before that, she was the chair of the Department of Communication for ten years following three years as Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching and seven years as the Basic Course Director for the Fundamentals of Speech Communication course. She won the campus Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007.

Dr. Dixson is also a member of FACET (Indiana University’s Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching) where she serves on the Steering Committee, as an Associate Director, and was a contributing editor of the 2012 FACET Quick Hits: Teaching with Technology. FACET awarded Dr. Dixson the PA Mack Award for Distinguished Service to Teaching in 2016.

Her recent research area, communication in the online teaching environment, has yielded three top panel papers in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the National Communication Association Conference as well as publications in Communication Education, Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks

She has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of interpersonal communication, family communication, business and professional communication, research methods, communication in the classroom, nonverbal communication, relational communication, and the dark side of communication.  She is currently researching sustainable teaching during a crisis.

Email me: dixson@pfw.edu

Suzanne Lee

Chief UX/UI Researcher & Designer

Ms. Lee has project experience in iterative user-centered design, from empathizing with users, to producing multi-fidelity prototypes, and in conducting meaningful usability tests.

Her most recent project was for Workday Student, where she designed app interfaces and conducted usability tests for user validation.

Her design decisions and research methodologies are informed by her understanding of human behavior, perception, and cognition. For more work samples, visit https://suzanneleeux.com.

Ms. Lee holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.P.S. in Information Science from Cornell University.

Email me: suzanne.lee@edtechlive.com


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