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

Svetlana Grishtaev-Smith – VRABE Regional Adult Based Education

Kristin Hempel – EASTCONN


Wyvonne Stevens-Carter – Massachusetts Dept of Elementary & Secondary Ed

Lisa Cook – Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences (SCALE)

Johannah Malone – Mujeres Unidas Avanzando

Luanne Teller – World Education, Inc.

New Hampshire

Sarah Wheeler – 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

Chris Bourret – Providence Public Library

Joan Ford – Community College of Rhode Island

Sophie Tan – Rhode Island Dept of Elementary & Secondary Ed


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 Faust – 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.