US Math Recovery Council® Board of Directors

Board Nominations Now Open

The USMRC Board of Directors is currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors. Nominations are due by November 22, 2021 in order to be considered for the August 2022 term. Nominations are accepted year-round for future openings. Questions may be directed to Jill Leier, USMRC Board of Directors Chair-Elect (jleier@mathrecovery.org) or Jonathan Bostic, USMRC Board Development Chair (jbostic@mathrecovery.org). Nominate Now
Julie Holmes

Julie Holmes

Chair

Julie is the Oshkosh Area School District Math Intervention Specialist - Elementary Math Coordinator. She has been a part of Math Recovery® since 2006 when she became a Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist and went on to become an AVMR Champion and MRIS Teacher Leader. Julie has a passion for professional development and helping teachers reach the needs of the diverse students they serve.

Julie earned her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

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Jill Leier

Jill Leier

Chair Elect

Jill is an Elementary Math Curriculum Coordinator for West Fargo Public Schools. She works with teachers to develop curriculum for K-5 mathematics. She coaches teachers, and provides professional development for the district. She has been a Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist since 2014. She became a Math Recovery® Champion and Leader in 2015. She is currently providing training to elementary teachers within West Fargo in AVMR and MRIS. She has also taught primary and intermediate grades for over 25 years.

Jill received her B.A. from Minnesota State University and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Leadership from Minot State University.

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Lesley Maxfield

Lesley Maxfield

Chair Elect

Lesley Maxfield serves Spokane Public Schools as a District Elementary Math Coach. In addition to implementing Math Recovery® training, she provides collaborative mentoring and professional development support for elementary math coaches and interventionists. This year, she is offering PD for the district MRIS and Champion certified staff. Lesley also does intervention work supporting students at Title 1 schools.

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Megan Kidwell

Megan Kidwell

Secretary

Megan is a Senior Mathematics Program Specialist with Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2) at New Mexico State University. She supports elementary math instruction and learning by working with teachers in small districts in New Mexico. She has been a Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist since 2005. She became a Math Recovery® Leader in 2006. She completed AVMR Champion, and SNAP Facilitator Trainings.

Megan received a B.F.A. in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.A. in Education from the University of New Mexico.

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Jonathan Bostic, Ph.D.

Jonathan Bostic, Ph.D.

Jonathan is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Bowling Green State University. He has two main research foci: (1) problem solving within K-16 contexts and (3) assessment within mathematics education contexts. He has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and shared more than 70 presentations since 2011. He is currently serving as lead editor for two books focusing on assessment and measures for mathematics education contexts, which will be published in 2019. He has earned more than $4.7 million in federal and state-level grants over the last seven years. Topics for those grants include developing robust assessments of students' mathematics knowledge and designing and leading professional development for K-12 mathematics teachers, which includes intervention specialists. Prior to his Bowling Green State University appointment, Jonathan taught grades 6 - Algebra, including remediation courses, in Virginia. He passionately believes that everyone is capable of engaging in meaningful mathematical learning and thinking. Jonathan seeks every opportunity to assist others in becoming mathematically proficient citizens capable of solving today and tomorrow's problems. He enjoys learning alongside mathematics students of all ages and engaging with teachers through professional development opportunities.

Jonathan earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education from the University of Florida in 2011. He completed minors in Research and Evaluation Methodologies and Educational Psychology during his program. Additionally, he successfully finished 18 hours of graduate-level mathematics. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the College of William and Mary and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.

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Amelia Hough-Ross

Amelia Hough-Ross

Amelia Hough-Ross is Deputy Chief Technology Officer of Companion Data Services (CDS), a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. During her career at CDS, she has supported business development for commercial and government contracts and led efforts to migrate applications to the cloud for projects supporting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Prior to working for CDS, Amelia led technical projects for The Expedia Group, Sherwin-Williams, and Progressive Insurance. Amelia is an AWS Certified Associate Developer, Solutions Architect, Sysops Administrator, and Certified Security Specialist. She received her B.A. in Computer Science from Smith College and her MBA in strategy and organizational behavior from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. In her spare time, she enjoys cardio workouts, listening to audio books, and planning family outings.

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Gary Huusko

Gary Huusko

Professional Experience: Partner in the Dakota Law, P.L.L.C. law firm; Practicing attorney in Minnesota since 1983; Admitted as a registered Patent Attorney in 1998 to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Areas of practice include Intellectual Property Law, consisting of the areas of Patent and Trademark prosecution and protection, Copyrights, and Intellectual Property Licensing, and all areas of corporate transactional law, including corporate formation, purchase and sale of businesses, contract issues and general business advice.

Education and Education Leadership Positions: B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth; J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law); Former ISD 196 School Board Member, 2011-2017, served as Vice Chairperson 2016-2017 and on the Board's Audit and Finance Committee, the Legislative Committee, and the Policy Review Committee, and served on the District's Budget Advisory Council, Community Education Advisory Council, and Legislative Advisory Council.

Community Leadership Positions: Board Member of The District 196 Foundation, Inc.; Active in the Eagan Rotary Club 2004-present, served as President 2016-2017, and as its Director of International Service and Fast for Hope Chair in the past. Past member of the Apple Valley Rotary Club 1997-2004, serving as its President in 2002-2003 and as Centennial Project Committee Chair. Served as an Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 5950, Area 2, Past Board Member of the Capital Facilities and Finance Commission Board for the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Minnesota United Methodist Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for the Dakota County Technical College Institute for Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the District 196 Foundation Incorporated Board of Directors, the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Served on the Advisory Planning Commission for the City of Eagan, the Eagan Citizens' Crime Prevention Association Board, and the Northern Dakota County Chamber Foundation Board.

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Jeff Little

Jeff Little

Jeff Little is Vice President of Solutions Operations with Thrivent, a Fortune 500, member-owned, not-for-profit, financial services organization. During his career at Thrivent, he has held positions in a variety of areas including product management, pricing, risk management, expense management, and strategic development. Jeff is an actuary and achieved his designation as Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in 2001. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Illinois State University. In his spare time, he enjoys being active outdoors, reading, and planning his family’s next travel adventure. He lives with his wife Jennifer, his daughter Claire, his son Gabe, their three cats, and their one dog in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

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John Loehr

John Loehr

John is the founder of Evoque Business Consulting, where he creates business strategy, marketing and sales plans, develops communications and assesses acquisition targets for consumer product companies. He has held leadership positions at Crystal Farms and The Schwan Food Company. John has experience growing established national brands in addition to launching new ones, both driven by a desire for innovation.

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Beth MacDonald

Beth MacDonald

Beth is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Utah State University. She has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and shared more than 40 presentations since 2010. Beth is currently writing and designing grant proposals to examine transitions students with learning disabilities make when reorganizing whole number and operational schema to construct fractions and fraction operations.

Beth earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education from Virginia Tech in 2013. She also holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Studio Art from SUNY Potsdam and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Mathematics Specialist certificate from Virginia Tech.

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Drew Polly

Drew Polly

Drew Polly works as a professor in the Elementary Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and serves as a pro-bono consultant and curriculum developer for elementary school teachers across the Charlotte region and the state of North Carolina. Drew taught fourth and fifth grade in Williamsburg, VA, and served as a researcher and professional development facilitator at the University of Georgia before moving to Charlotte in 2006. Drew has 19 years facilitating professional development to elementary school teachers and teacher-leaders in building and district-level positions. Drew has conducted and published research articles and book chapters about the use of technology to support mathematics teaching and learning as well as ways to effectively develop and support future teachers and current teachers in their use of student-centered approaches to teaching mathematics. Drew lives in Charlotte with his wife Angela, their daughters Breleigh and Journey, and their dog Ollie Polly.

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Yaralize Soto

Yaralize Soto

Yaraliz Soto is currently the Math Instructional Leadership Specialist (ILS) for Morgan Full Service Community School (Grades Pk-4) in Holyoke, MA. She has been in this role for the past five years. Prior to that, she was a district-wide Math ILS for grades 4-8. She started her educational career as a 7/8 Math and Science teacher for Holyoke Community Charter School, working in this role for 7 years. In 2018, Yaraliz began her Math Recovery journey as a Math Recovery Intervention Specialist and has since added Math Recovery Champion to her resume.

Yaraliz received her B.A. from Barnard College in New York City and her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

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Christina Miller

Christina Miller

Executive Director

Dr. Christina Miller, Executive Director of the US Math Recovery Council® (USMRC), has been an active member of the Math Recovery® community for over 15 years serving in various roles including Math Recovery trainer, board member, Program Development Director, and serves currently as Executive Director. Before joining the US Math Recovery Council team full-time, Christina worked over 19 years in K-12 public education in capacities including classroom teacher, math interventionist, and instructional coach. She worked with students, teachers, and administrations to improve the quality of math instruction including supporting large-scale initiatives and implementations of Math Recovery. Christina has supported both undergraduate and graduate-level coursework in higher education. Her current work involves leading the organization in fulfilling the mission of the US Math Recovery Council to transform numeracy education through Math Recovery principles. Christina holds a B.A. in Elementary Education, M.A. in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics and elementary education.

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