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

Danielle Freeman

Executive Assistant

Tammi Carlson

Executive Assistant

Tony Alpert

Executive Director

Kahil Morales

HR Strategy and Training Advisor

Joana Espinoza

Executive Assistant

Magda Chia, Ph.D.

Executive Strategy Officer

Christyan Mitchell, Ph.D.

Executive Operating Officer

Hillary Hunter

Executive Assistant

Communications and Public Affairs

Grace Westermann

Communications Specialist

Content and Student Supports

Swati Chauhan

Lead ELA Specialist

Rachel Kachchaf, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Content and Student Supports

Amulet Chambers

Records Specialist

Terri Gibbs-Burke

Associate Director, Mathematics

Anita Grunwald

Associate Director, Quality Assurance

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

Camilla Fincham

Project Manager

Marty Mineck

Director, Business Development

Rami Houssari

Budgeting and Financial Analyst

Russ Wegfehrt

Director, Strategic Planning

Kimberly Blanchard

Project Manager, Test Packaging

Ana Maria Dascalita Haut

Project Manager

Melissa Estuesta

Contract Monitor

Susan French

Contract Monitor

Jessica Shankar

Finance Specialist

Member Services

Audrey Lesondak

Member Services Advocate

Supports for Instruction

Sarah Birgé

Educator Engagement Specialist

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

Danny Shultz

Associate Director, Systems Architecture, CA Reporting

Addie Wright

Director, Reporting Assessment System

Systems Design

Aren Simmons

Research Data Analyst

Hotaka Maeda


Tharunya Chandrashekar

Data Analyst

Teresa Dillard

Administrative Specialist

Donald Murray

Director, Research Data Analysis

Information Technology

Melissa Lauzon

DevOps Administrator

Charles McIntyre

Senior Director, IT

Xuping Xu

Senior Java Developer (RDW)

John Wood

Sr. Business Analyst

Andrew Facchiano

Sr. Web Developer (TIMS)

Ipsita Mohapatra

Test Automation Engineer

Kristin Bradham

Senior Web Developer

David Malveaux

Associate Director of Infrastructure Services

Louis Blakely

Cloud Infrastructure Manager

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