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.
Sheri Rodman, Director of Data and Operations
Sheri Rodman 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.
Mary Conroy Almada, New York Program Manager
Since joining the Fellowship, Mary has worked on a variety of projects and initiatives to increase the organization's impact and reach. Mary recently transitioned into the New York Program Manager role, overseeing the Educator Voice Fellowship in New York. Mary graduated from the University of Georgia with an A.B.J. in Public Relations and a B.A. in Spanish. Her previous work in education includes tutoring low-income students, teaching at an elementary school in Atlanta through Teach For America, and working as a project manager for an education technology startup. Wanting to gain a deeper knowledge about the issues surrounding education and levers for improvement, Mary attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she earned her Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management in 2015. She currently lives in New York City and enjoys traveling, yoga, and exploring the city's food, comedy, and music scenes.
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.
Brit Havey, Colorado Assistant Manager
Brit Havey is Assistant Manager for the Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship and served as Lead Fellow in the Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship last year. Brit is also the Outreach Director for Climb Higher Colorado and is passionate about elevating the voices of educators. Brit earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Journalism with an emphasis in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During college, she became an advocate for students and worked as Legislative Affairs Director for the University of Colorado Student Government to make higher education more affordable and accessible. In 2010, she joined Teach for America in New Orleans and taught sixth and second-grade. Brit currently acts as an academic coach for high school students and serves on the boards of Omar D. Blair Charter School in Denver and the Ghana Educational Collaborative.
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.