OneGoal DPP Team

Postsecondary Leadership Series Coaches

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Michael Allen, Ed.D.

Postsecondary Leadership Coach, OneGoal

Dr. Michael Allen facilitates learning experiences and provides one-on-one coaching for school and district leaders. He has spent 14 years serving as Principal at various schools in the Chicagoland area and was named 2020 Elementary Principal of the Year. As a mentor and a coach, Michael has extensive experience helping leaders effectively implement comprehensive mindfulness practices in their schools. He is also a skilled researcher specializing in emotional intelligence, equity, and school improvement. Michael and his brother co-authored the best-selling children’s book, Brotherly Love. He advocates tirelessly for ending policies that hold down students of color. He was the only contributing school leader on the 2021 Inclusive Education Act, which mandates the teaching of pre-enslavement Black history to all students in Illinois. Michael holds an Ed.D. in Education Administration and Supervision from Loyola University Chicago, an M. Ed. in Education, and a B.A. in Sociology from Valparaiso University.

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Elissa Bates, M.P.A.

Postsecondary Leadership Coach, OneGoal

Elissa Bates is a Postsecondary Leadership Coach, serving district leaders in Kentucky. Before joining OneGoal, she served for over 23 years at Cincinnati Public Schools in adult education, college and career readiness, and workforce development. Her experience includes 15 years of supporting adult students on their journey from being high school dropouts to college and career ready. As a certified manager in program improvement, she has dedicated the past 8 years of her career to supporting adult educators and program directors by coordinating and facilitating professional development, program improvement coaching, and strategic planning. Driven by her lived experience as a first-generation college student, Elissa is passionate about building equitable academic systems that create clear pathways for at-promise students to complete high school ready to earn a degree, enter the workforce with an industry-recognized credential, or enlist. Elissa earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University and her B.A. in Business from Thomas More College. She is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Northern Kentucky University.

Lead Designer

Beth Bazer, Ed.D.

Senior Director, Program Design + Strategy, OneGoal

Dr. Beth Bazer oversees the design and iteration of professional learning offered through OneGoal’s District Partnership Program and the support of school and district leaders to improve their postsecondary leadership. Before joining OneGoal, Beth was the Executive Director of Schools That Can Chicago, a local educational non-profit. Before this experience, Beth was a principal, assistant principal, and teacher in Chicago Public Schools. Beth has passionately pursued equity and inclusion for her students throughout her career and is thrilled to be a part of OneGoal’s mission. Beth holds an Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Illinois Chicago and an M.A. in Education from Northwestern University.

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John Boumgarden, M.S.

Postsecondary Leadership Coach, OneGoal

John works with district leaders across Illinois by coaching and facilitating professional development sessions for OneGoal partner schools and districts. He works with system leaders to co-create coherent, system-wide solutions to ensure that all students are on their way to postsecondary success. Before joining OneGoal, John worked with the Chicago nonprofit LEAP Innovations as an Instructional Coach and helped lead their education policy initiatives. He began his career in education with Teach For America and worked in a variety of school structures in St. Louis, New York City, and Baltimore. He holds an M.S in Education from Hunter College and is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in K-12 Education Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University.

TEAM LEADER

Patty Diaz-Andrade, Ph.D.

Chief Impact Officer, OneGoal

As Chief Impact Officer, Dr. Patty Diaz-Andrade leads OneGoal’s efforts to bring impactful postsecondary solutions to school districts and communities across the country. Patty joined OneGoal in 2014 as the founding Executive Director of OneGoal Massachusetts. In that role, she launched the OneGoal program serving 700 students across seven school districts during the region’s critical start-up years and built a highly talented team focused on student post-secondary success. Before joining OneGoal, Patty directed the Strategic Data Project fellowship program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Center for Education Policy Research. Patty is a first-generation college student who earned her BA from Cornell University in Government and Economics. She began her career as a teacher in New York City and went on to earn a MA in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the Steinhardt Graduate School of Education at New York University.

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Julie Fregien, M.Ed.

Postsecondary Leadership Coach, OneGoal

Julie Fregien facilitates learning experiences for school and district leaders and provides one-on-one coaching to build their capacity to create system-wide solutions to support postsecondary success for all students. She began her career in education as a high school mathematics teacher. From teaching, she served as a high school principal in urban and rural communities. As a principal, she worked to create inclusive and compassionate school communities that supported equity and access for all students to relevant, rigorous learning experiences to prepare them for post-secondary success. Prior to joining OneGoal, Julie served as a district Director of Data Strategy, utilizing real time data to build early warning systems to design tailored intervention systems for students. Julie holds a M.ED in Educational Leadership from Ball State University, a B.A. is History and a B.S. in Education from Valparaiso University.

Team Leader

Milissa McClaire Gary, M.Ed.

Managing Director of Secondary Partnerships, OneGoal

Milissa is an experienced educational leader, coach, consultant, and National Board Certified Teacher with an MA in Educational Research and Policy. She began her career as a high school teacher in Chicago and then transitioned to work at the district level, developing teachers and supporting instructional leadership teams. Milissa went on to be a consultant and program director for New Teacher Center, where she developed instructional coaching, mentoring, and professional learning. In her current role, Milissa engages district and school leaders in the Postsecondary Leadership Series. She is also responsible for leading the Postsecondary Leadership Coaches with partner districts across the state. Her entire career has been driven by a deep desire for young people—particularly those historically underserved—to have equitable access to opportunities and choice-filled lives.

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Danyeil Reese, Ed.S

Postsecondary Leadership Coach, OneGoal

Danyeil Reese is an educator with more than 15 years of experience in instruction, program administration, and leadership in career & technical education. Danyeil has experience working in every aspect of college and career readiness planning from convening advisory boards to designing content and programmatic outcomes. Prior to joining OneGoal, Danyeil was a postsecondary success specialist with Chicago Public Schools. Danyeil holds a Bachelors in Business from Wilberforce University and MAT and Education Specialist degrees in Workforce Education from the University of Georgia.

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Kayla Ritter Rickels, M.S.

Postsecondary Leadership Coach, OneGoal

Kayla Ritter Rickels (she/her) serves as a Postsecondary Leadership Coach, working with district leaders across the commonwealth of Kentucky. With a set of values rooted in the belief that education is liberation, she has dedicated her career to the creation of enabling conditions for equity in exploration, access, and attainment of a postsecondary credential. She began her career in college admissions and enrollment management and since has moved through roles within college access non-profit, K12 school district, and ed tech organization spaces that allowed driving impact and system change with a keen focus on equity for historically marginalized and minoritized students. She earned her M.S. in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati, her B.A. in Mathematics from Thomas More College, and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University.

Team Leader

Andrew Schmitz, M.A.T., M.P.P.

Managing Director of Secondary Partnerships, OneGoal

Andy leads the execution of OneGoal’s Postsecondary Leadership Series, serving leaders at partner schools and districts. In this role, he sets the vision and manages the implementation of different services and products that build leadership capacity to strengthen postsecondary practices and systems. Before joining OneGoal, Andy worked as a teacher, teacher coach, and Assistant Principal in Chicago and led the Urban Education Institute’s school improvement leadership coaching team. Andy holds an MAT from Dominican University and MPP in Education Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

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Catisha Toney, M.P.A

Postsecondary Leadership Coach, OneGoal

Catisha Toney is a graduate of Indiana University who has more than 15 years of experience working in education developing, coordinating and implementing college and career readiness programs. Throughout her entire career she has been working for, speaking for and representing underserved students. Prior to joining OneGoal, Catisha served as the Senior Director of College and Career Advising for Lighthouse Academies – supervising the network’s College and Career team across five campuses. Catisha is an advocate for equity in education and an educator who is passionate about creating opportunities for underserved students and young adults, so that they can pursue their dreams and positively impact their families and communities. Catisha also holds her Masters in Public Administration and Management through Indiana University – Northwest and serves as a consultant for the Indiana Association of College and Admission Counselors.

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Andraya White, Ed.S

Postsecondary Leadership Coach, OneGoal

Andraya facilitates learning experiences for school and district leaders and provides one-on-one coaching to build their capacity to improve postsecondary success for all students. Previously, Andraya served as a Director of Teacher Support at OneGoal, leading professional development sessions, coaching teachers, and working with school leaders to improve postsecondary outcomes in their schools. Before joining OneGoal, Andraya was a lead school counselor for a program designed to provide preventive services and promote student success. Andraya is experienced in providing learning experiences to educators that build trauma-informed and resilience practices within their schools. Andraya began her career in education in Lexington, Kentucky, after earning a BA in Secondary Education and a MA in Education at the University of Kentucky. She also holds a MA in School Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University.

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Renee Vai, MAT

Postsecondary Leadership Coach, OneGoal

Renee engages partner school and district leadership in the shared creation of systemic solutions to ensure all students have equitable and successful postsecondary opportunities through one-on-one coaching and the facilitation of professional development sessions. Renee has over 14 years of experience dedicated to creating equitable initiatives in education for underserved students with a career history steeped in the facilitation and creation of
curriculum, equitable instructional practices, productive partnerships, and individual coaching and adult capacity building. As a high school administrator, Renee identified and confronted problems with inequity at every level, from teaching and implementing culturally relevant classroom management and equitable instructional practices, to building holistic student development and supports, to improving structural and programmatic issues, including implementing college readiness workshops and work experience programs to provide real-world experience to students while connecting them to business professionals and postsecondary opportunities.

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Heather Zoll, Ed.S

Postsecondary Leadership Coach, OneGoal

Heather facilitates learning experiences for school and district leaders and provides one-on-one coaching to build their capacity in creating systems and structures that help ensure postsecondary success for all students. Heather has more than 16 years experience and leadership in education. She began her career as an English Language Arts Teacher. From the classroom, she moved into the role of Director of her district’s first stand-alone career academy. Heather most recently served in a school administrator role as Academy Coach, where she worked to help implement wall-to-wall career academies that changed the focus and quality of learning experiences for all students at her school and throughout the district. Her passion is to work with district, school, and community members to bring relevance and purpose to learning in an equitable way for all students and to help have a long term impact on student postsecondary success. Heather holds an EdS in Educational Leadership and a MA in Secondary English Education from the University of Kentucky. She also holds a BA in English from Western Kentucky University and a National Board Teacher Certification.