Charlie Cummings, Senior Director
Charlie is the Senior Director for the Fellowship. After joining America Achieves’ national fellowship team, he led the initiative to create state-wide teacher and principal fellowships in Colorado, Michigan, and New York. His career began as a fifth grade teacher in St. Louis, where he founded an after-school sports club. After teaching, he earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland. As a graduate assistant at Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, he co-founded the Do Good Challenge, a campus-wide social impact prize competition. Charlie attended public schools in West Virginia and Indiana that prepared him to earn a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. Charlie loves playing sports, traveling, cooking, and attending live music performances. He is on the Executive Board of New Leaders Council DC.
Cheri Farrior, Program Associate
Cheri Farrior is the Program Coordinator for the Educator Voice Fellowship. She graduated from North Carolina A&T State University where she earned a B.S. in Public Relations and most recently completed her Master of Public Administration from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Prior to joining America Achieves, she taught 7th grade social studies at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, NC, as a Teach For America corps member. Cheri grew up in Newport News, VA and has always valued education and community service. She enjoys reading, traveling, and attending sporting events.
Lance Hostetter, Colorado Program Manager
Lance Hostetter serves as the Colorado Program Manager for the Educator Voice Fellowship. Over the past several years, Lance has served in various roles in Colorado education advocacy, government, and politics. Prior to joining the Fellowship, Lance worked the Colorado Department of Education as a Communications Manager where he primarily supported the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness with external and internal communication. He also worked with the Denver Scholarship Foundation, a Denver public charity, where he advocated for equitable college readiness and success practices for Denver Public Schools students. Lance also has experience with the Colorado Legislature, the governor's office, and with congressional campaigns. He earned a Master of Public Administration from CU Denver; he also earned a B.A. in communication.
Heidi Ramírez, Senior Advisor
Heidi Ramírez serves as senior advisor to America Achieves, where she provides strategic leadership in the design and implementation of a portfolio of state-specific and national education leadership networks to improve student preparedness for 21st century careers and lifelong success. Ramírez, who has spent nearly twenty years working in urban education, previously served as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for Shelby County Schools (Memphis, TN) and for Milwaukee Public Schools. She served also as Associate Dean for Professional Education and founding Director of the Urban Education Collaborative in the College of Education at Temple University (Philadelphia), and in a variety of roles in philanthropy, education research, and government. She is also a prior member of Philadelphia’s public school board (School Reform Commission) and multiple community boards. She currently serves on the board for Women’s Foundation for Greater Memphis and The Institute for College Access and Success. Dr. Ramírez earned her Ph.D. and MA in sociology of education from Stanford University, an Ed.M. in education administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a BFA in art education (and public policy) from Syracuse University.
Sheri Rodman, Director of Data and Operations
Sheri joined the America Achieves team in 2014 and currently serves as the Director of Data and Operations for the Educator Voice Fellowship team. Sheri began her career in education as a high school math teacher in Washington, D.C. While teaching, Sheri served as a teacher leader in her school building by heading the math department, founding an international club for students, and founding a faculty community committee for colleagues. Prior to becoming the director of data and operations, Sheri served as the New York State manager for the Fellowship team, was on the policy team at Teach Plus and worked in teacher selection at TNTP. Sheri earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Education from American University. She and her husband live in Buffalo, New York and in her spare time, Sheri can be found on her yoga mat, enjoying the outdoors, or baking something sweet in the kitchen.