Ms. Truong leads Envision and oversees all operations including 120 employees and 4 senior management staff. Ms. Truong reports directly to Envision’s Board and supports their work in overseeing each school site and all operations. Prior to joining Envision, Ms. Truong was the Executive Officer of Oakland Unified’s 60-member Curriculum and Instruction Department, where she led strategic planning and reorganization; and OUSD’s Effective Principals and Leadership Task Force. Previous to that she was OUSD’s Network Executive Officer and led a network of middle schools. She also has served as principal of Urban Promise Academy and as a teacher for 8 years in both district and charter schools. Ms. Truong has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Asian-American Studies from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Teaching from Brown University, and earned her Administrative Credential through the New Leaders Principal Residency Program.
Sarah leads and supports the talent, growth, development and communications teams at Envision. Prior to joining Envision, Sarah served in multiple roles at Summit Public Schools, leading adult learning, summer programming, growth, and facilities. Sarah began her career in education at the Bridgespan Group in Boston, advising nonprofits in strategy, and she discovered her passion for education through teaching a theater program in Boston Public Schools in college. Sarah holds an A.B. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Harvard College and a joint Master’s in Education and M.B.A from Stanford University.
As Chief Operating Officer, Terry oversees Envision’s finance, facilities, operations, and technology. Mr. Cumes comes to Envision having helped a variety of higher education organizations with their strategy, growth, and operations, most notably serving as Chief Student Officer at the Minerva Schools of KGI. Previously, Mr. Cumes led the outbound education abroad division of Intrax Cultural Exchange, launching and managing several businesses dedicated to helping high school and college students study, intern, and volunteer abroad. Mr. Cumes has worked internationally extensively, overseeing European operations for Backroads Active Travel in France. He also began his career as a management consultant in Latin America, opening offices in Mexico and Brazil. Mr. Cumes holds a B.A. in Political Economics and in Spanish/Portuguese from U.C. Berkeley and an M.B.A from Stanford University.
As Chief Schools Officer, Laura Robell oversees the schools, leaders and instructional program for the entire Envision network. Laura has more than 18 years of teaching and leadership experience in the Bay Area. Previously, Ms. Robell was the principal at Envision Academy, an Envision High School in Oakland, CA. Ms. Robell was also the Managing Director of Programs for New Leaders in the Bay Area and principal and founding administrator of Elmhurst Community Prep (ECP), a middle school in Oakland Unified School District, for four years. Prior to becoming a principal, she taught English and journalism at San Lorenzo High School. Laura holds a Bachelors from Duke University and a Masters in education from Stanford.
As the founding English teacher of Envision’s first school, Justin helped develop Envision’s graduation portfolio and defense system. For six years, he led teacher teams in the design and implementation of semester-long, multi-disciplinary projects that drew recognition, media coverage, and research attention from ABC News, KQED, Stanford University, the Oracle Education Foundation, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Recently, Justin served as the associate research director for performance assessment at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), where, among other Common Core transition projects, he designed the prototype performance tasks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Justin recently co-authored, along with Bob Lenz and Sally Kingston, a new book about the Envision education model: Transforming Schools Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core Standards (Wiley, January 2015).
Carole Fisher is Envision Education’s Director of Special Education. She has been in the field of education for 20 years and held a variety of classroom and administrative positions in general and special education. She began her career in education in Michigan and has also worked in public and charter schools in southern California.
Carole holds a B.S. in Social Science with a minor in Biology from Marygrove College in Detroit and a Master of Arts in Special Education from National University. She has helped establish policies and developed the special education and English language learner programs for School for Integrated Academics and Technologies, a multi-state public charter high school.
Mark Isero is Envision Education’s Director of Instructional Development. Through instructional coaching and targeted professional development, Mark helps build the capacity of teachers in the network.
Before joining Envision, he was a teacher and instructional coach in the Bay Area for 15 years, most recently serving at Leadership High School in San Francisco. Mark has a B.A. in History with a minor in education from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University.
An ardent advocate of reading, Mark is also the founder of the Kindle Classroom Project, which uses technology to connect students with high-interest books.
Ms. Nadel-Hayes is responsible for school site operations, compliance, facilities, risk management, nutrition services, procurement, and financial management. Ms. Nadel-Hayes joins Envision after nearly nine years at OUSD, including Financial Services Director in the Budget Department, where she developed and implemented a budget monitoring and management system for 86 schools and 40 departments, and as Manager of Operations Support leading a team of coaches charged with optimizing operational systems at schools across the district. She previously served as the Youth & Training Director of the Freedom Archives and the Organizational Development Administrator for Kids First. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Geography from Macalester College and a Masters of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Ms. Nilson leads recruitment and HR, and previously served as Envision’s Operations Manager. Prior to joining Envision, Ms. Nilson was the founding administrator of FAME Charter, where she oversaw program development and growth, operations, and co-managed a team of 35 staff. She also has worked in international sales, managing 25 accounts worldwide. Ms. Nilson has a B.A. in Business Administration from CSU Chico and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.