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Advisory Board


Charlene Carlberg-Stewart, EdD, has 30 years of experience in both the public and corporate sector of education from PreK-12th grade. Dr. Carlberg-Stewart’s areas of expertise include leadership development, improvement science, curriculum, and instructional practice. She believes the greatest gift we can give is service to others by inspiring change that supports equity and access for all students.

Arlene Castelli, M.A. Ed., is an experienced educator with 30+ years of experience in junior high, middle and high school.  She has been a middle and high school administrator for 24 years with 17 years serving as a principal of a traditional middle school as well as a Middle Year Programme International Baccalaureate Head of School. For the last 5 years she has served as the Diploma Programme for IB Schools at the high school level.  She takes pride in serving the community she lives in and strives to provide programs for all types of learners.

Roberta Eagly has 15 years of experience working with at-risk youth.   She started her career with children with the Eckerd residential outdoor therapeutic program model as a counselor with youth at the middle and high school levels.   She began her career in education as a Social Studies and Reading teacher for middle and high school students in a Juvenile Justice program.  Roberta continues to work with at-risk students at the elementary level as a behavior specialist.

Dana Gigler, Academic Manager, Pittsburgh Job Corps Center, graduated from Carlow University with a BA in English and a teaching certification in Secondary English 7-12. She has been with Pittsburgh Job Center for ten years and in recent years, she has taken on the role Disability Coordinator, in addition to Academic Manager.

Suzanne Oakley, PhD, retired from Eckerd Connects, but recently returned to lead successful re-accreditation initiatives for Cognia/SACS. Eckerd Connects was recognized as a 2023 Cognia System of Distinction (national school system of distinction). Dr. Oakley is currently contracted to guide the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) application process.

Keith Philipson is the retired National Director of Educational Services at Eckerd Connects, where he served for over 40 years. His extensive experience includes serving as a certified speech pathologist, education administrator and community college instructor. Mr. Philipson has extensive experience with supervising educational program delivery in traditional and alternative education settings; developing, negotiating, and implementing cooperative agreements with Local Education Agencies; working with multiple national and international accrediting bodies; developing blended instructional curriculum models for special needs populations; in addition to a vast  knowledge of local, state and federal education entities to align education standards related to child welfare, juvenile justice, K-12 and adult career and technical education programs. He currently serves as the owner and managing partner of Aggregate Education Associates, LLC.

April Ross, M. Ed., has 30 years in K-12 classrooms (Public & Private) plus seven progressively responsible years in District Leadership as a Curriculum & Technology Specialist for 21 schools across eight states. (RI, VT, NH, OH, NC, TN, GA, FL)  with 17 concurrent years as an independent contractor and sole proprietor. She is a certified teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and recently retired, she served her last five years at St. Petersburg College as a Project Coordinator with oversight of the Titans UP program grant serving intellectually disabled students who worked towards modified certificates in Hospitality.