Management Team

Jeff ElliottJeffrey A. Elliott is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for VHS. Prior to joining VHS, Jeff was the President/CEO of Advanced Academics, one the leading providers of online education for public school students in the United States.  There he led the company’s pioneering strategy to serve at-risk students and the deployment of its comprehensive online learning model. Before then, he served as Vice President of Development for the Wright Group/McGraw-Hill where he oversaw three divisions of this leading educational publishing company. He is a graduate of University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and University of Missouri School of Journalism. Email: Jeff Elliott or call: 978.450.0411.

Carol Ribeiro

Carol Ribeiro is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for VHS. She has over 20 years of experience developing and administering online education programs. Carol is responsible for overall management of operations at VHS, including management of school services, finance and accounting, technology services and support, and human resources.   Prior to her work in online education, she managed systems development for UNUM/Provident Companies, Inc. 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 (Business 5-12). Email: Carol Ribeiro or call: 978.450.0503.

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Daniel Barstow is Development Director at VHS and he works with staff to develop ideas and proposals for new funding from federal, foundation and corporate sources.. He has a deep history in developing innovative educational solutions. He founded and directed the Center for Earth and Space Science Education at TERC, was President of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and was a senior Project Manager at the Concord Consortium. He is a nationally regarded expert in ESS, climate and energy education. He has been a PI or co-PI on over a dozen NSF and NASA-funded projects in science education, technology and policy reform. He is a co-founder of the Climate Literacy Network, was a member of the National Academy of Science panel on America’s Climate Choices, and PI of Windows on Earth, creating software used by astronauts on the International Space Station. Email: Daniel Barstow of call: 978.450.0426

Chris Blake

Christopher Blake is the Technology Services and Support Manager for VHS. Chris is responsible for helping the technology team meet support expectations and project goals for both internal and external customers. Chris also collaborates with all of VHS’s functional groups to ensure technology and support needs are met in a timely and consistent manner. Before joining the VHS team Chris spent 15 years in various technology support and leadership roles. Chris attended Nichols College.  Email: Christopher Blake or call: 978.450.0445.

Photo of Jim DachosJim Dachos is Director, Educational Partnerships for VHS. He is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with district, consortium and larger educational agencies and for working with existing VHS member schools to provide an integrated solutions approach to their educational objectives. Jim has nearly 20 years experiencein public education, educational testing, and Web 2.0 technologies. As Senior Education Manager with Glogster EDU, he led the company’s marketing and sales outcomes, building the customer base to over 7 million accounts world-wide. Previously, Jim was Senior Project Director in Assessment Services with National Evaluation Systems (now Evaluation Systems Group at Pearson). He holds a BA from Bates College and Teaching Certificates in Massachusetts and Maine. Email: Jim Dachos or call: 978.450.0419.

John EnglanderJohn Englander is Director of Curriculum and Instruction for VHS. He is responsible for overall coordination of all Curriculum and Instruction initiatives for VHS, including development and management of strategic learning initiatives, coordination of professional development, and oversight of student courses. He has over 10 years of experience in online learning having worked as the Associate Director for Online Learning at Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development non-profit organization in Brookline, MA. Previously, he was a Designer for VIS Corporation and Big Mind Media. Englander received a B.A. in English from Yale University and lives in Acton, MA.  Email: John Englander or call: 978.450.0437.

Suzanne HarlowSuzanne Harlow is the School Development Manager at The Virtual High School (VHS). She has more than 20 years of experience in project management, marketing communications, product development, sales, and customer relations. As VHS School Development Manager, Suzanne is responsible for customer satisfaction with VHS programs and services. She works directly with school administrators and the VHS sales and marketing teams to help manage school participation. Suzanne directly manages all key consortium accounts, conducting site visits and overseeing user group meetings as needed. She provides day-to-day support and mentoring for all VHS sales representatives and account managers. In addition, Suzanne works closely with The Virtual High School marketing team on public relations and marketing features. Suzanne has a BS in English Education and she began her career as an English teacher at the high school and middle school level communications. Email: Suzanne Harlow or call: 978.450.0509.

Lisa JackelLisa Jackel joins VHS as a Marketing Manager in the Global Services team. For over ten years, Lisa has been a Creative Marketing Consultant and Copywriter for companies such as Marathon Technologies, BJ’s Wholesale Club and She has also worked for the Modern Creative marketing agency providing online content and web design for clients in a variety of industries including nonprofits for education. Lisa graduated from Emerson College with a BS in Communication Studies for Strategic Marketing and Advertising. Email: Lisa Jackel or call: 978.450.0449.

Jim McDonoughJim McDonough is Director of Sales and Marketing for VHS. Jim has 20 years of experience working with school districts across the country to provide the best solutions to their ongoing needs.  A former classroom teacher, Jim has also driven sales and marketing initiatives for Lexia Learning, Cengage/National Geographic Learning, Pearson/Prentice Hall, and Houghton Mifflin.  He holds a BS from Suffolk University and a M.Ed from the University of Massachusetts. Email: Jim McDonough or call: 978.450.0461.

Amy MiAmy Michalowskichalowski is Director of Academic Affairs at VHS and is responsible for determining the feasibility of new educational program initiatives and acquiring resources for successful completion of such initiatives. Amy also participates in VHS program evaluation and accreditation planning and execution at state and regional levels. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State College, Amy earned a BS in Biotechnology and a Masters in Education. Prior to classroom teaching, Amy worked for a research lab and a pharmaceutical company. Email: Amy Michalowski or call: 978.450.0414.

Kim SpangenbergKim Spangenberg is Manager of STEM. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum and initiatives. Her interactions with teachers, students, site coordinators, and parents ensure high quality science education through VHS courses. Kim also works with VHS staff to develop and facilitate professional development training opportunities. Prior to VHS, Kim worked in academic research and taught in both public and private schools. Most recently, she worked at Westborough High School where she taught biology, chemistry, and methods in research, as well as the VHS course Genes and Disease. In addition, Kim was actively involved in curriculum writing and delivery. Kim has a BS in Biology from Stonehill College and a MS from UMASS Medical School. Email: Kim Spangenberg or call: 978.450.0424.

Storie WalshStorie Walsh is the Director of Instructional Technology for VHS. Storie has over 15 years of experience in web, database and application analysis and development. She is one of VHS's first employees. Storie has overall responsibility for the technology infrastructure at The Virtual High School including technology staffing, systems support, the learning management system, and the VHS website. She considers technology options as a means to solve educational challenges and provides consultation on the integration of technology into VHS instruction. She is responsible for evaluating, planning, coordinating, and implementing new technology for use in VHS courses and coordinates the required professional development. Prior to joining VHS, she was a Web Developer/Database Designer for the Concord Consortium and was a Senior Application Analyst for R.R. Donnelley & Sons' integrated media lab division. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts with a minor in Music and her Master of Arts in Public Administration at Framingham State College. Email: Storie Walsh or call: 978.450.0504.