Buddy Harris

VP of School Improvement Buddy has worked in public education and community organizations for over twenty-five years. Prior to joining CSS, Buddy directed the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Innovation where he designed and led large-scale initiatives to promote innovative practice, competency-based education, and alternative education. Buddy holds a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi, was a Strategic Data Project Agency Fellow at the Center for Education Policy at Harvard University, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the UNC at Chapel Hill. Buddy, his wife Abigail, and their two daughters Pearl and Liberty live in central Ohio. EMAIL

Porsche Chisley

School Improvement Coordinator Porsche has worked professionally in public education since 2011 serving in various roles. She began her education career by becoming a Teach for America corps member, working as a kindergarten teacher for underserved and inadequately resourced public schools in St. Louis, Missouri. After relocating to Columbus, she taught 6th grade English Language Arts, served as the Data Director and Instructional Coach for a local community school, and worked as an Education Program Specialist for the Ohio Department of Education. Porsche currently holds an Ohio teaching license in Early Childhood (PK-3) and is an Ohio-approved trainer for Early Childhood Educators. Outside of her professional work, Porsche is an active member of the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals and spends much of her time serving in ministries at her church and parenting two young children whom she adores. EMAIL

Nannette Sherman

Director of Federal Programs/School Improvement Coordinator Nannette has been an educator since 1985. She holds her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of California. She has experience in a wide variety of educational fields including general education, special education, and administration both at the district and school levels. Nannette currently holds Ohio teaching licenses for Biology, Social Psychology, and Learning Disabilities/Behavior Disorders. She currently provides oversight and technical assistance for federal title programs, including Title I, II-A, III, IV and School Improvement 1003 G. EMAIL

Kerry Jupina

Director of College and Career Readiness Kerry has over twenty-five years of serving disadvantaged young people, with fifteen years specific to charter school leadership. Her experiences include demonstrated and proven success as a building leader, training and developing school leaders, board membership, as well as executive experience in overall operations for two education management companies. Kerry is able to leverage her firsthand knowledge of community schools, school improvement, and school operations to assist CSS partner schools.  She has provided training and technical guidance to community schools in all areas of college and career readiness and school improvement in general. EMAIL

Delores Junior

Northern Ohio Regional Representative Delores’ 35+ years’ experience in public education includes teaching and administration in a major urban district. She has focused extensively on improving student achievement and has served as a curriculum specialist, summer school coordinator, professional development coordinator, and coordinator for prevention programs for students at risk. She brings a unique, hands-on perspective in supporting charter schools throughout northern Ohio. EMAIL

Andrea Dobbins

School Improvement Coordinator Andrea began her career in public education in 2006 at an online charter school, Buckeye Online School for Success as a high school history and government teacher. She helped develop virtual classes offered to students in real-time so they could experience an interactive classroom environment similar to their brick-and-mortar peers. Andrea was promoted to become the district’s principal in 2012 where she facilitated and implemented the pilot of what is now Ohio’s Improvement Process. Andrea has worked as a data and instructional coach and is also experienced in the development and implementation of school improvement plans. Andrea received her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Salem International University in 2010. Andrea currently holds an Ohio teaching license in 7-12 grade Integrated Social Studies, as well as administrative principal license, and administrative specialist license in curriculum, instruction and professional development. Andrea plays a very active role in her three young children’s school and extracurricular activities. Andrea also volunteers much of her time coaching and supporting many of her community’s youth programs. EMAIL

Mia Kern

Education Program Assistant Mia is a recent graduate of THE Ohio State University with a dual Master of Public Administration and Master of Education Policy. She most recently served as an Intern at the Ohio Department of Education where she assisted with projects in both the Office of Educator Effectiveness and the Office of Career-Technical Education. She also has experience with OSU’s Center on Education and Training for Employment, where she worked on career-technical education and family engagement projects. Outside of work, Mia enjoys baking and spending time with her cat. EMAIL