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School of Education National Advisory Council 

Jeff Weissglass

Board of Education at Oak Park and River Forest High School

Jeff Weissglass is dedicated to political bridge building and learner-centered education. He is President of the Board of Education at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, serves on the Leadership Council of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution and on the Advisory Board of Education Reimagined (a Convergence initiative), and chairs the National Advisory Council of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Jeff previously served on the board of the Collaboration for Early Childhood in Oak Park and was board chair of the Project on Civic Reflection and of More Than Money. He also had prior careers as a corporate lawyer in New York and as a community development consultant with South Shore Bank in Chicago. Jeff has a Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Organization and Management, a JD from New York University School of Law, and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.


Lisa Egbuonu-Davis

Lisa Egbuonu-Davis, MD, MPH
Vice President, Global Patient Centered Outcomes and Solutions 

Lisa Egbuonu-Davis, MD, MPH, MBA was Co-Founder and Director of ROI Squared, a start-up focused on commercializing low cost “disruptive” medical devices. She also serves as Managing Director, LED Enterprise LLC and advises life science clients on business and research strategies to address evidence needs of patients, providers, payers and policy makers.  She is an experienced life science executive with clinical research and public health expertise. Lisa has over 20 years of leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including line management of large multi-disciplinary global research staff and budgets, merger and acquisition management and public/private/academic partnership development. Previously, Lisa worked 13 years at Pfizer, serving as Vice President, Global Outcomes Research and Vice President of US Medical Operation. Other roles included Vice President, Public Affairs at Lederle and Clinical Research Physician at Eli Lilly and Company. Immediately preceding founding ROI Squared, she consulted to both industry and government as an Executive Advisor at Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Lisa earned a B.S. in Biology at M.I.T. and an MBA in health care management from Wharton; she earned M.D. and M.P.H. (epidemiology) degrees from Johns Hopkins and is board certified in pediatrics.

Dr. Egbuonu-Davis is committed to advancing the next generation of talent for STEM and health careers and has contributed to both K-12 and university based initiatives to enhance the pipeline. Previously, she has been an Assistant Director in the Office of Minority Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Director, Medical Pipeline Programs at Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education at the City College of New York. She has served as a Board Member of the Johns Hopkins University, the Council for Economic Education and the National Advisory Board of the Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center. She serves on the board of Pallus, a non-profit focused on preparing minority and disadvantaged youth for competitive colleges as well as the National Advisory Council for the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

John C. Erickson

John C. Erickson
Chairman, Retirement Living Television
Erickson Retirement Communities

John Erickson, Chairman, Retirement Living Television, rejected the traditional concept of retirement living and in 1983 struck out on his own to create Erickson Retirement Communities for people over 62 years of age. Today, the company has 19 full-service, campus-style communities in 10 states that are home to more than 23,000 people. The Erickson Foundation has invested millions in research to improve the lives of people around the world. Active aging research is one area that receives strong support. In addition, the foundation works to develop inner-city children into leaders. The Foundation’s NorthBay camp, located on the Chesapeake Bay, is a unique educational retreat with a state-of-the-art environmental education center, focused on teaching and experiencing real environmental science in the field. In April 2004, he helped establish the Erickson School—Aging, Management and Policy, which is located at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Erickson has a BA from St. Bernard’s College and an MA from Catholic University.


Charles M. (Chuck) Fleischman

Charles M. (Chuck) Fleischman
Former CEO
Digene Corporation

Charles M. "Chuck" Fleischman brings over 25 years of experience in healthcare technology and diagnostics, including leadership of both public and private companies and he has been awarded Maryland’s International Business Leadership Award. Chuck served as the President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director for Digene Corporation (now Qiagen) where he was responsible for creating a highly successful public company, building state of the art R&D and bio-manufacturing facilities, and helping change medical practice and standards of care in cervical cancer screening and prevention. He is a current board member for Cord Blood Registry, the world's largest and most experienced stem cell bank, and Assurex Health, a personalized medicine company that helps clinicians determine which psychotropic, ADHD, or pain medication may work best for their patients. He was previously a Director at One Lambda, Inc. (now Thermo Fisher Scientific) and Dako A/S (now Agilent Technologies).  Chuck received an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Fleischman lives in Chevy Chase, MD and Jackson Hole, WY.


Leslie Gilbert-Lurie
Board Member and Immediate Past President of the
Los Angeles County Board of Education

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is a writer, lawyer, teacher, and child advocate. She is a member and past President of the Los Angeles County Board of Education, and has just completed a memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, published by Harper Collins in the Fall of 2009.

Gilbert-Lurie also is a founding board member and past President of the Alliance for Children's Rights, a non-profit legal rights organization for indigent children, chair of the education committee for the Los Angeles Music Center, and a board member of several schools including Sierra Canyon and New Visions Foundation. Finally, she has just completed serving as a member of the mayor's task force charged with developing a new cultural plan for the City of Los Angeles.

Previously, Leslie spent close to a decade as an executive at NBC, where, at various times, she oversaw NBC Productions, Comedy, wrote television episodes, and co-founded a new NBC in-house production company, Lurie-Horwits productions. As a lawyer, Leslie worked briefly at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney and served as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk. She is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA School of Law.

Leslie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, daughter and step-son.


Sheldon D. Glass, M.D.
National Medical Director
MedMark, Inc.

Saralynn B. Glass

Retired Social Worker

Sheldon D. Glass, M.D. received his M.Ed. from the Johns Hopkins University and taught in the Department of Education for 12 years introducing five new courses. He is a founding and current member of the National Advisory Council of the School of Education. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry since 1968. He is on the Board of Directors for Friends Research Institute and is President of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry.. He is currently National Medical Director of MedMark ,Inc. Dr. Glass  has been Board Certified in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine.

Saralynn B. Glass is a retired social worker and has a BS and MS degree from the Johns Hopkins University. She was an original member of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council. She is currently on the national advisory committee to the Johns Hopkins School of Education and has recently endowed the “Sheldon D. and Saralynn B. Glass Counseling Scholarship.” She is a volunteer for the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore where she participates in a reading program to pre-K and Kindergarten children in Baltimore City Public Schools. Saralynn is a past and current member of the Board of Trustees of Beth El Congregation where she serves on the committee for the Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Lifelong Learning Center. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.


Nancy S. Grasmick, EdD

Nancy S. Grasmick, EdD
State Superintendent of Schools (retired)
Maryland State Department of Education

Nancy S. Grasmick, National Advisory Council Former Chair and Maryland State Superintendent of Schools (retired), is Maryland’s first female state superintendent and the U.S.’s longest serving appointed schools chief. Under her leadership, Maryland has been nationally recognized for its many achievements. Maryland’s SAT scores continue to rank first in the College Board’s Middle States region, and Maryland leads the nation in improving high school students’ performance in the rigorous Advanced Placement program. Grasmick’s career in education began as a teacher of deaf children at the William S. Baer School in Baltimore City. She subsequently served as a classroom and resource teacher, principal, supervisor, assistant superintendent, and associate superintendent in the Baltimore County Public Schools. In 1989, Governor William Donald Schaeffer appointed her Special Secretary for Children, Youth, and Families and, in 1991, the Maryland State Board of Education appointed her State Superintendent of Schools.

Grasmick received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, her master’s degree from Gallaudet University, and her bachelor’s degree from Towson University. Her numerous board and commission appointments include the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education, the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors, the Towson University Board of Visitors, and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. In 2005, she was appointed to the National Academies Committee responsible for Rising Above the Gathering Storm, the landmark report on U.S. economic competitiveness.


Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Hill Harper is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother (named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association), Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. The recipient of five NAACP Image Awards (for literary achievement and acting), Harper currently stars on the hit television drama "CSI:NY" as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. He has also appeared in numerous prime-time television shows and feature films, including "The Sopranos", "ER", "The Game", "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Lackawanna Blues", "He Got Game", "The Skulls", "In Too Deep", "The Nephew", and "The Visit". He is the founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and inspiring underserved youth to succeed through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs. Harper graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Brown University (and was valedictorian of his department) and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree with honors from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


Howard Mandel

Howard C. Mandel, MD, FACOG
Obstetrician Gynecologist

Howard C. Mandel, MD, FACOG is a practicing Obstetrician Gynecologist, who has dedicated his life to the practice of high-quality health care and assuring access to such care. To this end, Dr. Mandel’s extensive leadership in political advocacy and his education of the public has spanned over 30 years. He has held positions and chaired Board of Directors of several not-for-profit and educational institutions, served on advisory panels and councils, and has received recognition for his leadership locally, statewide and nationally. During his career, he has provided medical care to the indigent at both Johns Hopkins Hospital and Bellevue Hospital, as well as served as a volunteer at the Saban (Los Angeles) Free Clinic for three decades, advocating for equal access to health care for women, children, the homeless, and the working poor. Dr. Mandel has served on "Obama for America Health Policy Advisory Committee," was an advisor to Senator Biden on health care issues during his presidential campaign, and continues to advise Senator Mark Warner. He presently serves on California Attorney General Kamal D. Harris' "Smart on Crime" Health Committee. Currently, Dr. Mandel is a member on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Saban (Los Angeles Free) Community Clinic, Big Sunday, the UCLA School of Nursing Dean's Advisory Board, and the International Advisory Board of Jhpiego. He continues to serve on the on the Los Angeles Advisory Board of Children Now, as well as the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board and the School of Education's National Advisory Council. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Mandel lives in Los Angeles with his wife Dr. Susan Mandel and their two children, Spencer, age 28, and Mallory, 26.


Eric Paquette

Eric Paquette
Senior Vice President of Production
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Screen Gems

Eric Paquette has spent 20 years as an executive in the motion picture and television business, including the last five years as a senior vice president of production at Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Screen Gems division. Prior to joining Screen Gems, Paquette held senior executive positions at Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Phoenix Pictures. From 1993 to 1996, he was an associate producer for CBS News, where he worked with anchors Dan Rather and Connie Chung on breaking news stories, social issue features, and hour-long specials. Paquette also has been deeply involved in working with disadvantaged children and youth through New York Cares, LA Works, The Liberty Hill Foundation, and The Fulfillment Fund. A former member of Senator Obama’s national finance committee, he currently serves on the executive committee for Human Rights Watch and on the Democratic National Committee’s national finance committee. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.


Abhay Parekh

Abhay K. J. Parekh, Ph.D.
Lytmus, Inc.

Adjunct Professor
College of Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
Venture Capitalist

Abhay Parekh is CEO of Lytmus Inc., an early stage startup founded in 2013, and has been  Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California at Berkeley since 2003.  He has spent a bulk of his career in the Bay Area as an entrepreneur, investor and academic. He received a B.E.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Dr. Parekh spent a number of years in industry (AT&T Bell Laboratories, T. J. Watson Research Center IBM, Sun Microsystems) working on various research problems, mostly in the area of computer networking. He was co-founder, President and CEO of San Francisco-based FastForward Networks, which developed products to enable the large-scale distribution of broadcast video on the Internet. He was associated with Accel Partners, an early stage venture capital firm as a Venture Partner. He continues to make individual investments in companies. 

Dr. Parekh has a strong interest in supporting access to high quality education. He serves on the board of the Meritus Fund and MIT’s Open Courseware Initiative. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Kay and two teenage children.


E. Magruder Passano, Jr.

E. Magruder Passano, Jr.
President and CEO
One Waverly LLC

Edward Magruder “Mac” Passano, Jr., is a Baltimore native who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Johns Hopkins University. Passano is the CEO of One Waverly LLC, consulting in strategic visioning and in the effective uses of corporate philanthropy. In 2001, the Association of Fund Raising Professionals honored him, his wife, and three daughters as Philanthropist of the Year. He is chairman of a charitable foundation that bears his name, and former chair of the Combined Health Agencies of Maryland and the Voluntary Council on Equal Opportunity. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the Baltimore Economy and Efficiency Foundation, the Pride of Baltimore, the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and numerous other organizations. He also spent sixteen years on the Governor’s Commission on High Blood Pressure and Related Cardiovascular Risk Factors and over twenty years on the board of the Independent College Fund of Maryland. Passano’s dedication has earned accolades from such organizations as the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the Independent College Fund of Maryland, the Baltimore Jaycees, the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens, and the Greater Baltimore Minority Purchasing Council. He has also received a Mayor’s Citation for Public Service, given by former Mayor William Donald Schaefer.


Maxine D. Phillips

Maxine D. Phillips
Vice President of International Business Development
Phillips Food, Inc.

Maxine Phillips is vice president of international business development of Baltimore-based Phillips Foods, an international manufacturer, retailer, and restaurateur of innovative flavors and food solutions. Prior to joining Phillips Foods, she worked as an educator for nearly three decades, serving as a classroom teacher with extensive experience in curriculum development, teacher supervision, and staff development. Phillips taught in a variety of locales, including on a Navajo reservation boarding school and on the East Coast, with rural, suburban, and urban student populations. She received a BA in special education and an MA in educational administration. Additionally, she also earned certifications as an elementary principal and special education supervisor; in 2000, she earned the National Board Certification in Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist. The developer of a curriculum for summer accelerated learning programs targeting at-risk youth, her publication credits include articles in Exceptional Children and Teaching of Reading. She and her husband reside in Annapolis, Maryland.


Courtney Williams

Courtney Williams
Co-Founder & CEO

Courtney Williams is the Co-Founder & CEO of Torsh Inc., an education technology company that seeks to drive significant gains in student success by improving instructional effectiveness. Specifically, Torsh harnesses the power of video, actionable data and expert coaching to increase access to high quality growth opportunities for all educators - accessible at any time and from anywhere. Prior to his role at Torsh, Mr. Williams served in a number of senior executive roles at Interactive One LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Radio One and at AOL Time Warner, Inc. While at AOL, Mr. Williams was responsible for structuring and negotiating cross-brand marketing agreements across the AOL Time Warner Inc. family of brands as well as leading AOL's e-commerce initiatives in the Financial Services and Insurance categories. Before joining AOL, Mr. Williams was an Associate in the New York offices of Loeb & Loeb LLP an entertainment law firm. Mr. Williams is an active member of his community as well as a 2010 CUP Fellow, a fellowship that is awarded to deserving business executives with a strong interest in facilitating social change through public service. He was also a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami from 2004 until 2007 where he was the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Impact Circle, BBBS' young professionals group. Mr. Williams has also been a volunteer for Camillus House, a community based organization which helps recently incarcerated and indigent individuals and families.Mr. Williams is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law where he received his law degree, and of Oberlin College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics with Honors. He currently resides in New Orleans with his wife and family.