As Executive Director, Todd Mann is in charge of elevating awareness of the importance and value of magnet education. Mann’s immediate background has been STEM focused. He has served as the Executive Director of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools, an association representing the leading high schools in the country that specialize in STEM approaches and outcomes, since Fall 2013.
His career spans both association management and work in the private sector. Previously, he served in a leadership role at the National Restaurant Association. He later led a large trade association in the construction industry. Mann’s business background was as an entrepreneur, having started up three companies. He was one of six people to create the concept of placing full-service bank branches in supermarkets. Subsequently, he pioneered an educational TV channel over the Internet, made possible by patenting technology from a company he took public. Mann spent the first few years of his career on Capitol Hill.
Mann was among the first men to attend Vassar College, where he graduated cum laude and later served as a Trustee. He completed a financial executive education at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. A resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland, he served as an elected official on its Village Council. He is married to Susan Stockdale, a children’s book author and illustrator, and they have two grown children.
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Director of Magnet School Leadership
Kelly Bucherie recently served in the position of Assistant Superintendent/Academic Manager, where she supervised and coordinated the operations, program procedures, processes, and public relations of the Magnet Schools, Career and Technical Academies, and College of Southern Nevada High School campuses in Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, Ms. Bucherie supervised the Department of Magnet and Career and Technical Academies, open enrollment, flexible budgeting for schools with granted autonomies, middle school curriculum initiative, and implementation of National Academies Foundation year of planning (YOP) schools.
Her most recent work with the Public Education Foundation of Las Vegas, Executive Leadership Institute, has used her expertise in building administrative capacity with principals throughout the State of Nevada. She has further worked with the State's Regional Professional Development Program to deliver Nevada Educator's Performance Framework training to district administrators and teachers. As a team member of several previous NIMSL projects, Ms. Bucherie has consulted with districts providing program evaluation and action plans. Additionally, Ms. Bucherie was featured in WestEd's online tutorial for the Department of Education for an Evaluation Toolkit for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program.
She has served as the project manager for a MSAP federal grant and has worked to implement several magnet programs. Ms. Bucherie presents and trains locally and nationally on a variety of topics including theme integration, data dives, curriculum development, and supervision and evaluation. She also has evaluated magnet schools and programs in her previous district and at the national level.
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Director of Operations
Judy Shen joined Magnet Schools of America in 2007. She currently handles all aspects of conference planning, as well as office-related operations. In addition, Ms. Shen oversees the awards programs and manages MSA website content.
Ms. Shen graduated from the University of Maryland (College Park) with a B.A. in Communications. After graduation, she taught English overseas in China to a senior class at Hwa Nan Women’s College in the province of Fujian. Upon her return to the DC metropolitan area, Ms. Shen managed her family’s restaurant and eventually worked as a Special Events Assistant for the entertainment franchise Dave & Busters. Ms. Shen joined MSA, because she strongly believes in providing the best education possible to all students. She knows first-hand the potential each child has when they are fully engaged in something they are interested in. She has been involved in educational programming since her high school days. Starting in 12th grade, Ms. Shen managed city-run afterschool and summer programs, designed to integrate the kids and families of diverse economic backgrounds into the community.
Ms. Shen was a varsity volleyball player at the University of Maryland. She remains physically active, playing, tennis and volleyball. She also enjoys watching movies, attending concerts and spending time with her family. A Renaissance woman, Ms. Shen has taken courses in diverse fields, including art, automotive repair, education, and piano. She has also completed a massage therapy training program.
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Sponsorship and Exhibits Manager
Lauren Falotico joined MSA in August of 2016 as Manager of Sponsorship and Exhibits. Lauren is excited to step into her new role to cultivate new relationships and foster our current MSA partnerships. She will help to ensure great experiences for our partners at MSA’s annual events, to benefit educators, school leaders, and students within the Magnet Community. Lauren has a strong passion for MSA’s mission, to help enable programs that enhance Magnet schools and theme-based education.
Lauren completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. As part of her academic program, Lauren participated in community service to mentor and tutor children from local, underprivileged communities. She started her professional career in Boston, Massachusetts with a healthcare company, Concentra, as their Health Account Manager and liaison for large employers. Over the last decade, Lauren served in various leadership roles, such as the Business Development Manager with Philips Electronics (Radiology Network Division), Director of Operations with Concentra, and Regional Sales Director with Physio. In her latest position prior to MSA, Lauren led a team of ten sales professionals and assisted 148 Clinic Directors throughout the East Region to restructure their sales and marketing strategies.
Lauren now resides in Reston, VA with her daughter Sally and husband Mike. She enjoys supporting national charities, dancing, performing arts, cooking, hiking and spending quality time with her family.
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Jynaya Joiner joined Magnet Schools of America in 2015. After earning her CPA, she began her accounting career as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand/PricewaterhouseCoopers. She then transitioned to private industry, working in the accounting departments of various media companies including Weider Publishing Group and Active Interest Media, where she served as Controller.
Joiner continued honing her accounting skills as the Controller of Weider History Group in Leesburg, VA where she served for four years. She also provided her expertise as the Director of Financial Reporting for the United Way Worldwide; Assistant Market Controller for CBS Radio Washington; and Accounting Officer for the Washington Convention and Sports Authority. Joiner is particularly skilled in streamlining financial closing, reporting and budgetary practices for her clients as well as establishing sound internal controls for their financial proceedings.
Joiner graduated from Howard University with a BBA in Accounting and received an MBA from Pepperdine University. A resident of Bowie, MD, she enjoys running a dance education company for young children and spending time with her family and friends.
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Legislative & Communications Manager
John Laughner joined Magnet Schools of America in 2010. He is responsible for building federal support for magnet schools before Congress, the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and other national education groups. He also manages MSA's monthly eChoice newsletter, website, and social media tools.
Prior to joining Magnet Schools of America, John was the Legislative Director for the Committee for Education Funding, the nation’s largest and oldest education coalition. In this role, he led the education community’s advocacy efforts to increase federal funding for our public education system.
Mr. Laughner has experience working in the private sector. He worked for the lobbying firm, FBA, Inc., where he identified federal grant opportunities for universities and colleges, and assisted with congressional appropriations. He was a Legislative Coordinator at Stateside Associates, where he tracked and analyzed state legislation on behalf of multiple Fortune 500 companies. John also spent two years at the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid Office of the Ombudsman, where he helped resolve student financial aid disputes. He began his career in Washington, DC by working for several members of Congress.
Mr. Laughner earned his Bachelor’s degree in American Politics and Policy from the University of Central Florida, and his Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.
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Elaina Hundley joined MSA as Membership Coordinator in 2016. She is excited to serve as a point person to all members, to cultivate new memberships, and to coordinate with MSA's staff to continually improve and customize member benefits and services.
Elaina completed her Bachelor's Degree in Literature at American University and shortly thereafter worked as a Program Assistant to the College of Arts and Sciences Peer Advising Program. The following year she served as an Academic Advisor at the University of the District of Columbia where she worked with students from all walks of life. These experiences and others have shaped her passion for student services and enthusiasm for strong customer care. She also has event planning, marketing, writing and editing experience under her belt.
She decided to join MSA because she is fascinated by the impact schools have on society, is interested in learning more about education policy, and is invested in expanding her expertise to include non-profit development, communications, and member services experiences.
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Fawzia Ampaware joined Magnet Schools of America as an Administrative Assistant in 2015. Ms. Ampaware assists the Director of Operations in managing the activities of the national office. In addition, she provides general administrative and clerical support, as well as oversees all administrative aspects of membership and conferences.
Ms. Ampaware graduated from Frostburg State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology and a focus area in pre-pharmacy. She previously worked in the Student Support Service Office at Frostburg State University, and was also a digital imaging specialist at Best Buy Inc. At Frostburg, she was a member of the Pre-med Society, Black Student Alliance, and Student Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ms. Ampaware enjoys giving back to her community. She has been a student volunteer at Erickson Living Retirement Community where she visited patients in dementia wards for research and also assisted the staff in organizing events that best suited the patients. Ms. Ampaware shares the same vision as Magnet Schools of America and believes it is important that everyone has the right to a high-quality education.
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