Board of Directors
Carol Ribeiro (President & CEO) Carol has over 20 years of experience in online education management and systems development. Prior to becoming President in 2015 she served as the Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for overall management of operations at VHS, including school services, finance and accounting, technology services and support, and human resources. She has designed and delivered online courses and has been with The Virtual High School since its inception. Prior to her work in online education, she managed systems development for UNUM. Carol holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University and an MBA from Clark University. She is also a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI) and a licensed MA educator. Email: Carol Ribeiro or call: 978.450.0503.
Chuck Olson (Chairman of the Board) brings over 30 years of executive experience in product vision, development, and business development strategy in educational technology. He co-founded and is a partner at LTGO, growing development companies, building award-winning products, and establishing partnerships for Scholastic, HMH, Discovery education, PBS, Reader’s Digest, Follett, NetTrekker and others. Chuck founded and was Chief Operating Officer of the venture backed social networking company Quickdot Corporation, which grew to over 6 million users in 18 months. As CEO of LearningWays, he grew the company and sold it to Davidson & Associates, later helping to sell a group of their assets to form the new Simon & Schuster subsidiary, Learning Technology Group, where he served as CEO for three years. Prior achievements include successes running a business unit at Lotus Development Corporation, and leading the development team of the Bank Street Writer for Broderbund and Scholastic. Chuck graduated cum laude with a B.A. in mathematics from Messiah College in Grantham, PA.
Chad Dorsey (Treasurer) is President and CEO of the Concord Consortium. Chad's professional experience ranges across the fields of science, education, and technology. Prior to joining the Concord Consortium, Chad led teacher professional development workshops as a member of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. There he developed technology-embedded assessments, analyzed Web-based phenomena and representations for an online library, and co-authored an NSTA Press book of science formative assessment probes. Chad has also taught science in classrooms from middle schools through college and has guided educational reform efforts at the district-wide and whole-school levels. While earning his B.A. in physics at St. Olaf College and his M.A. in physics at the University of Oregon, Chad conducted experimental fluid mechanics research, built software models of Antarctic ice streams, and dragged a radar sled by hand across South Cascade Glacier.
Jodi Fortuna Ed.D. was appointed as the Superintendent of Schools in Hudson, Massachusetts in June, 2014. Prior to becoming Superintendent in Hudson she served several roles within the district, including Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to her work at Hudson Public Schools she was a Principal with Narragansett Regional School District. She holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Educational Leadership and Administration from Boston College, a Master of Arts (M.A.), Educational Leadership and Administration from Framingham State College, and a Bachelor of Science (BS), Special Education and Teaching from Bridgewater State University. Dr. Fortuna is a believer in lifelong learning, and the potential in every child.
Tom Anderson is a long-time educator and curriculum expert, with over 15 years of experience in online education. While Curriculum Director for the Collingswood, New Jersey public schools, Dr. Anderson completed The Virtual High School online teacher training program, and developed and taught the VHS course, Lewis and Clark Expedition. He has also taught the VHS course AP Government, and developed and taught the course AP Human Geography.
Dr. Karen Billings is Vice President and Managing Director of SIIA’s Ed Tech Industry Network (ETIN), where she drives strategic direction, programs and initiatives for the 200 company members focused on providing technology products and services to the K-12 and Higher Ed markets. She has 50 years of experience in the ed tech industry and in K-12 and higher ed classrooms. She has authored four books and numerous articles for education journals, and is a frequent speaker at education conferences.
Michael Ehrhardt worked as a journalist in New Jersey before beginning his education career in Cyprus. He later worked at two large American international schools in Brazil and the UK, holding positions as a teacher, director of technology, assistant high school principal, middle school principal, and assistant head of school. He is currently Head of School at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina. Mike grew up in Minnesota and earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Olaf College, a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Massachusetts--Lowell, and a doctorate of educational administration from the University of Minnesota.
Kevin Lyons Ed.D. was appointed as the Superintendent of Schools at Masconomet Regional School District in July, 2014. He served as Superintendent of Schools in Hudson, Massachusetts from July 2009 through June 2014. Prior to serving in Hudson he was Superintendent of Schools in Newburyport, MA and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Hopkinton, MA. He was an administrator and taught at Suffolk University (1979-1984) and Boston College (1984-1999). He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master’s in Reading and Language from the University of Lowell, and his Doctorate in Reading and Language from Boston University. Lyons served on the Governor’s Readiness Task Force in 2007-2008 and has a keen interest in 21st century skill development, educational technology, and K-12 instructional and assessment best-practices.
Dr. Mark McQuillan has spent his entire career in education; Dr. McQuillan holds advanced degrees from Harvard University and has served in a number of administrative capacities: Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, and Deputy Commissioner of Education and Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Education. Dr. McQuillan began his career as a teacher in the Newton Public Schools where he taught English at the F.A. Day Middle School. Dr. McQuillan also served as Executive Director/President of EDCO, the Education Collaborative for Greater Boston. In 2007, Dr. McQuillan was appointed as Commissioner of Education by the Connecticut State Board of Education until his resignation in 2011. The author of several publications, Dr. McQuillan has written extensively about curriculum and staff development, leadership training, and strategic planning. He is co-editor of Thought and Language/ Language and Reading, published by the Harvard Educational Review. He is also the editor and producer of No Child Left Behind, A Toolkit for Massachusetts. Dr. McQuillan's research interests are centered on secondary school reform, English language learning, and federal policy. He has just completed a comparative study of education reform in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Linda Roberts is best known as the former Director of the U.S. Department of Educational Technology and for her role as the Secretary of Education’s Special Adviser on Technology, both under the Clinton Administration. A former elementary school teacher, university professor and Academic Dean, Roberts’ illustrious career includes developing our nation’s first National Technology Plan, launching five new technology programs for the Clinton Administration and increasing the Federal technology budget. Roberts advises state and local education agencies, foundations, corporations, and government on the use of technology for teaching and learning, focusing on STEM, 21st century skills and literacy, open education resources (OER) and digital content, social networking and online communities of practice. Roberts currently serves as a visiting scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.