David Adler’s experience is diverse and rare for an educator. He has degrees in education and advanced theoretical mathematics. Having worked in education for almost 20 years, he also has experience as a cryptographer, technical writer and statistics professor. David uses his background to bring a fresh perspective to educational administration.
As the principal of a chronically-underperforming charter school in Springfield, MA, he brought data-driven reforms that resulted in the largest standardized test score gains in the history of Massachusetts. As a curriculum director in a Vermont Supervisory Union, he has brought nimble, efficient programs that improve effectiveness and lower costs.
David is currently completing his doctoral thesis on creating measures of school effectiveness that improve accuracy and are more useful to educators. His work has been well received across New England.
Mary Westervelt – Director of Operations
Mary brings her experience in the start up environment to ReContext Data Solutions. She was a member of the launch team for the CAIA Association, an international finance education firm, where she served as the director of marketing and industry relations. During her tenure, CAIA Association annual enrollment increased by over 400%.
In addition to her work with ReContext, Mary provides market strategy direction for Vermont small businesses, serves as a member of the Energy Action Network and sits on the Hardwick Electric Commission. She holds a BA summa cum laude in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and an MBA in Sustainable Business Management from Marlboro College.
Marina Chapman – Research Director
As a researcher, technology geek, and communications strategist, Marina is ReContext’s resident “translator” when it comes to project planning, technical assistance, and stakeholder engagement. She takes pride in her ability to combine research methods, data tools, communications and collaboration to help educators bridge the gap across research, policy, and practice.
Over the past decade, Marina has held leading roles in college readiness research projects, performance management initiatives, enterprise data integration and visualization projects, and continuous improvement efforts in both large urban districts and small rural school systems. She’s brought her insights and leadership skills to teams at the state, district, and school level across the country. She is known for asking tough questions, bringing people together to tackle problems, and working within teams towards innovative, efficient, and useful solutions.
Marina holds a BA summa cum laude in Sociology from Seattle University as well as a MS summa cum laude in Nonprofit Management from The New School, with a concentration in governance and evaluation. When she is not elbow-deep in spreadsheets or communication plans, Marina can be found a couple miles into an open-water swim or on a mountain trail with her dog, Oscar.
Ralph Warren – Regional Adviser and Lead Trainer
Ralph’s unique insights and skills come from the marriage of two distinct components of his professional life. He draws extensively from his 30 years of experience in research and development engineering and business management with IBM Corporation in Research Triangle Park, NC. That arena provided experience in development method, organization, personnel operations, and international business.
Concurrent with his corporate years, Ralph was elected to two terms on the Orange County NC School Board where he held the offices of chair and vice-chair within his service. He was elected to a seat on the NCSBA Board of Directors during his tenure on the Orange County board.
In 1995 Ralph began his K-12 career as an administrator when he was appointed to be Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services for the Danville VA Public Schools. He later served as Interim Superintendent there for more than one year, during which time the district went from 13% to 53% of schools meeting state exam benchmarks, including one school that achieved the single largest Virginia state exam score increase in one year. In addition he served as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in Bibb County GA.
Ralph currently serves as a Master Board Trainer with the NC School Boards Association and as a mentor for superintendents across the state.
Mariah Keagy – Outreach Director
Mariah brings a varied skill set to the ReContext team as a former classroom educator, small business owner, and college instructor. She holds a Master’s of Science from Antioch University New England and a current teaching license in middle and high school science, and has classroom experience ranging from school districts to small liberal arts college classes.
In addition to her public and private sector work, Mariah has spent years in the non-profit sector, writing and executing education focused grants. Most recently, Mariah oversaw the development of a district-wide farm-to-school curriculum initiative, bringing together educators, administrators, and community members around a common vision.
In addition to her work with ReContext, Mariah also works with a statewide education program focused on supporting schools, teachers and students in improving energy literacy at every grade level. Much of this work involves supporting teachers and schools in their approaches to new statewide mandates and initiatives, such as implementation of Next Generation Science Standards.