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

Bryce Carpenter, Ph.D.

Executive Administrative Officer

Rochelle Michel, Ph.D.

Deputy Executive Program Officer

Christyan Mitchell, Ph.D.

Executive Operating Officer

Lynelle Morgenthaler

Executive Program Officer

Executive Team Support

Tammi Carlson

Executive Assistant

Joana Espinoza

Executive Assistant

Member Services

Communications and Public Affairs

Human Resources

Kahil Morales

HR Strategy and Training Advisor

Content and Student Supports

Amulet Chambers

Records Specialist

Terri Gibbs-Burke

Associate Director, Mathematics

Natasha Johnson

Associate Director, English Language Arts/Literacy

Lori Sheirich

Technical Project Manager

Vitaliy Shyyan, Ph.D.

Director, Student Supports

Shauna Stewart

Administrative Specialist

Bryan Toller

Director, Mathematics

Mark Valderrama

Business Systems Analyst – Test Packaging Lead

Internal Operations

Camilla Fincham

Project Manager

Marty Mineck

Director, Business Development

Rami Houssari

Budgeting and Financial Analyst

Russ Wegfehrt

Director, Strategic Planning

Jackie Wyatt

Project Manager

Renee Longoria

Project Manager

Kimberly Blanchard

Project Manager, Test Packaging

Ana Maria Dascalita Haut

Project Manager

Melissa Estuesta

Contract Monitor

Susan French

Contract Monitor

Supports for Instruction

Sarah Birgé

Educator Engagement Specialist

Lauren Butler

Project Manager, Consortium Reporting

Genoa Faber

Document Specialist, CA Reporting

Chari Holman

Administrative Specialist

Danny Shultz

Associate Director, Systems Architecture, CA Reporting

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 Müller

Associate Director, Systems Architecture

Shankar Ramachandran

Associate Director, Application Administration