Our Team

Meet our Team

Priyanka Sharma
Priyanka Sharma
Andy Nash
Andy Nash
Senior Advisor
Cynthia Peters
Cynthia Peters
Change Agent Editor and Production Coordinator
Ebony Vandross
Ebony Vandross
Staff Associate

Our Advisory Board

NELRC is directed by the needs and priorities identified by the board. Each state team is entitled to four voting seats filled by the state ABE director, professional development, and practitioner representatives. 


Susan Pierson – Connecticut State Department of Education

Anthony (Tony) Sebastiano – EdAdvance

Aileen Halloran – Adult Training & Development Network of Capitol Region Education Council

Svetlana Grishtaev-Smith – VRABE Regional Adult Based Education

Kristin Hempel – EASTCONN

New Hampshire

Sarah Bennett – NH Department of Education

Deanna Strand – Dover Adult Learning Center

Ginette Chandler – Second Start

Lauren Osowski – Nashua Adult Learning Center

Rhode Island

Patricia Bellart – Mentor Inc. dba RIRAL

Joan Ford – Rhode Island Adult Education

Jill Holloway – The Governor’s Workforce Board 

Philip Less – Rhode Island Dept of Elementary & Secondary Ed

Karisa Tashjian – Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative/ALLAccess


Robin Castle – Vermont Agency of Education

Peter Fish – The Tutorial Center, Inc.

Hal Cohen – Vermont Adult Learning

Carol Shults-Perkins – Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, Inc.

Michelle Tarryk – Northeast Kingdom Learning Services

The Change Agent Magazine

The Change Agent provides socially relevant content, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and ready-to-use, CCR-aligned lesson plans – all oriented toward a multi-level audience.