Our mission is to help those who help students with the tools, resources, and supports that lead to world-ready students.
Matt is the Executive Director of Inspire Success. He brings over 20 years of education, career, and counseling experience to multiple projects around the country. Matt has served as a high school counselor, a state school counseling specialist, and Indiana’s state director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. He is respected among school counselors, administrators and CTE directors for developing innovative, practical solutions that improve connections between education and the needs of business and industry. As president of Fleck Education, Matt developed an online professional development series that has prepared school counselors in Indiana and South Dakota to receive a College and Career Readiness Certification.
Ben is the Director of Student Success. Prior to joining the team Ben served as the Executive Director of Career Coaching and Employer Connections at Ivy Tech Community College. Previously, Ben was the Director of Workforce and Innovation at the Department of Education leading Graduation Pathways, Work Based Learning, and STEM. Prior to coming to the Department, Ben led career education in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) as the Career and Technical Education Director. Ben earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University, and a Master in Education Leadership from Columbia University.
Kelly has been both an elementary and a middle school counselor in urban, suburban, and rural school settings. From 2000 to 2004, she served as Indiana’s School Counseling Consultant for the Indiana Department of Education. In that position, she facilitated school counselor program and student standards development and managed the state’s Elementary School Counseling Grant. Starting in 2004, Kelly taught and coordinated the school counseling field experience for the IUPUI School of Education’s Counseling & Counselor Education graduate program. Kelly is also a licensed mental health counselor who has worked with clients of all ages in private practice.
Tina brings 30+ years of experience to her position as Director of SI2 at Inspire Success. She taught English, Sociology, Psychology, and World Geography to grades 7 through 12 and as an adjunct professor. While serving as principal at an elementary school, she worked with teachers in the areas of effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She is a graduate of the Indiana Principals Leadership Academy. Representing Indiana as a Christa McAuliffe Fellow, Tina worked with the Indiana Department of Education to develop and share best classroom practices for student success.
Amy is the Director of Online Tools & Development. She has worked with school data for 25+ years. As the Director of Enrollment, Data, and Communications for Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program, she developed tools to help school counselors know which students had applied and been accepted to the program so they could identify students and families still needing encouragement. Amy was the first School Support Specialist hired by the American Student Achievement Institute. In that role, she saw the need for online tools to better facilitate school improvement planning. She transitioned to leading ASAI’s development of online tools. Amy began her career in education teaching eighth grade English / Language Arts.
Catisha Toney is the Founder and Executive Director of Coates, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to educational equity for young adults. Catisha is a first generation college graduate who worked at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education before forming Coates, Inc. She has more than 15 years of experience working in education and education consulting.
Cheryl Orr Dixon
Cheryl Orr Dixon, President Orr Dixon Consulting, LLC., brings more than 30 years of experience in education reform, public policy and leading initiatives to improve college preparation, access and success. Cheryl was a co-founder of Complete College America, Inc. and served as CCA’s Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff. She brings years of non-profit leadership experience, as well as, lessons learned from leading statewide efforts to improve student achievement for four Indiana governors.
Jon Snyder recently retired as the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). He began his career as a primary grades school teacher in Vancouver, Washington before moving to curriculum and staff development.
Jon has worked as a researcher and a teacher/educator at Teachers College; the National Center for the Restructuring of Education, Schools, and Teaching; the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future; the University of California, Santa Barbara, and immediately prior to his tenure at SCOPE, Jon served as Chief Academic Officer/Dean of the College at Bank Street College of Education. He remains engaged in researching teacher learning, conditions that support teacher learning, and the relationships between teacher and student learning.
Dominique (Domy) Raymond is strategy director for partnerships at Lumina Foundation, Indianapolis. She has over 20 years of policy experience in higher education, state policy, and workforce development. Domy has held positions in state government, on college campuses and advocacy organizations in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. In addition to Inspire Success, she serves on the board of Grantmakers for Immigrants and Refugees. A native of Chicago, she resides in Indianapolis.
Carol Lincoln is Senior Vice President for Achieving the Dream, Inc. and brings to this role more than 50 years of experience working on issues of educational access, workforce development, and rural community development. In addition to being a founding staff member for Achieving the Dream, Inc, she was Senior Program Director at MDC where she directed MDC’s Rural Community College Initiative’s (RCCI) national demonstration program to increase educational access and economic opportunity in distressed rural communities. From 1998-2004, she co-led MDC’s international work in Namibia and South Africa, where lessons from RCCI were used to help four-year institutions become catalysts for development in impoverished rural regions. project to raise public awareness of the large numbers of youth leaving school unprepared for postsecondary education or careers.