Smarter Balanced Staff

Smarter Balanced is a public agency supported by its members, and is housed at the University of California Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension. Contact us.

Executive Team

Tony Alpert

Executive Director

Magda Chia

Chief Strategy Officer

Christyan Mitchell, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Hillary Hunter

Executive Assistant


Chris Barron

Senior Director, Communications

Renee Basick

Associate Director, Communications

Victoria Lee

Communications Specialist

Sophia Sun

Administrative Specialist

Content and Student Supports

Rachel Kachchaf, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Content and Student Supports

Amulet Chambers

Administrative Specialist

Terri Gibbs-Burke

Associate Director, Mathematics

Anita Grunwald

Associate Director, Quality Assurance

Ken Hermens

Director, English Language Arts/Literacy

Natasha Johnson

Associate Director, English Language Arts/Literacy

Trisha Klein

Director, Student Supports

Lori Sheirich

Technical Project Manager

Vitaliy Shyyan, Ph.D.

Director, Student Supports

Shauna Stewart

Administrative Specialist

Bryan Toller

Director, Mathematics

Mark Valderrama

Project Coordinator

Internal Operations

Russ Wegfehrt

Director, Strategic Planning

Kimberly Blanchard

Project Manager, Test Packaging

Ana Maria Dascalita Haut

Contract Monitor

Melissa Estuesta

Contract Monitor

Chera Finkbiner

Finance Manager

Susan French

Contract Monitor

Abigail Genzink

Accounting Specialist

Mehwish Nasir

Project Manager

Jessica Shankar

Finance Specialist

Member Services

Gail Pagano

Senior Director, Member Services

Supports for Instruction

Heidi Kroog, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Supports for Instruction

Lauren Butler

Project Manager, Consortium Reporting

Genoa Faber

Document Specialist, CA Reporting

Chari Holman

Administrative Specialist

Mark Mangoba

Systems Administrator, Consortium Reporting

Chelsey Shade, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Supports for Formative Assessment

Danny Shultz

Associate Director, Systems Architecture, CA Reporting

Amy Thierry

Director, Supports for Formative Assessment

Elizabeth Wakefield

Project Manager, CA Reporting

Addie Wright

Director, Reporting Assessment System

Systems Design

Leslie Pearlman, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Psychometrics and Data Analysis

Han Bao, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Psychometrics

Alexander Brown

Assistant Director, Data Management

Tharunya Chandrashekar

Data Analyst

Teresa Dillard

Administrative Specialist

Huey Dodson

Research Data Analyst

Donald Murray

Director, Research Data Analysis

Matthew Schulz, Ph.D.

Director, Psychometrics

Carol Woods, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Psychometrics

Information Technology

Charles McIntyre

Senior Director, IT

Louis Blakely

Systems Administrator

Alex Chivers

Administrative Specialist

Alex Dean

Associate Director, Systems Architecture

Peter Flores

Director, Application Services

Jessica Muller

Associate Director, Systems Architecture

Shankar Ramachandran

Associate Director, Application Administration

Brad Walker

Director, User Experience