Board of Directors
In addition to being on the PAVE Board of Directors, Margie Yeager is also the Director of Advocacy and Policy at Chiefs for Change (CFC) - a nonprofit network of state and district education Chiefs dedicated to preparing all students for today’s world and tomorrow’s. In this role, Margie directs the strategy and thought leadership for CFC’s policy and advocacy in support of its bipartisan coalition of state and district members. Prior to joining the CFC team, Margie was the Chief of Staff to the DC Deputy Mayor for Education where she supported birth-to-career policy initiatives, including early childhood centers, DC public and charter schools, and higher education.
Before working in the DC Deputy Mayor for Education, Margie served as a Senior Policy Advisor at Education Counsel, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. In this capacity, she supported clients at state education agencies and other entities to inform, guide, and facilitate the process of policy change around Common Core State Standards implementation, school and district accountability, and educator evaluation. Prior to this, she was Special Assistant to the Chancellor at DC Public Schools where she managed student recruitment and enrollment, intra-district school choice, and school closures. Margie also completed a Presidential Management Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education where she oversaw evaluations of various programs under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Margie began her career as a second-grade teacher at Simon Elementary in Washington D.C. with Teach for America. She received her BA from Tufts University summa cum laude and her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School with thesis honors. Margie lives in Washington DC with her husband and three young sons. Her oldest son is in PK4 in DC Public Schools.
Suzie Parsons graduated from the University of Florida, College of Architecture with a major in design and a minor in architectural studies. She moved to Washington, DC in 1990 and has been living in Columbia Heights with her husband for about 23 years. Her two sons are both in French tracks and speak French at home with their father. One is an eighth grader at DC International School, and the other is a third grader at Elsie Whitlow Stokes.
Suzie is active in the EW Stokes PTA as the Facilities Co-chair. In this role, she has worked on both exterior and interior projects for the building with school and community input. Before that, she was a liaison for District Department of Transportation (DDOT) working on the Safe Routes to School and National Walk to School Day. Suzie has always been an active parent as part of the Parent Alumni Leadership Council for the DC Public Charter School board.
Nathaniel Beers is the President and CEO at The HSC Health Care System. He served as the Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Specialized Instruction, and Executive Director for Early Stages in the Office of Special Education in DC Public Schools since 2009.
Nathaniel volunteers as a general and developmental behavioral pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center, where he was the Medical Director of the Children’s Health Center at CNMC. Prior to joining DC Public Schools, he was the Deputy Director of Policy and Programs for the Community Health Administration of the DC Department of Health and the Title V Director for DC. He has served on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Welfare and the Children with Special Health Care Needs Advisory Board.
Nathaniel was a Past President of the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was also the Chair of the AAP National Committee on Membership. He serves on the Council of School Health for the AAP and serves in a variety of other roles for the AAP, both regionally and nationally.
Nathaniel completed his undergraduate education at the University of Rochester and his medical school education at George Washington University. Nathaniel remained in DC to complete his residency at Children’s National Medical Center. He completed the Anne Dyson Child Advocacy fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Boston and was the chief fellow for the Division of General Pediatrics. While in Boston, Nathaniel completed a Master’s in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was also the Medical Director of the Perkins School for the Blind.
Since his return to DC, Nathaniel has worked on many issues as they relate to children in DC. He was part of the executive committee and a founding member of the DC Partnership to Improve Children’s Healthcare Quality, a collaborative between the DC pediatric community and Medicaid. He was an active member of the Children’s Advocacy Roundtable, coordinated by DC Action for Children. He has served on a number of advisory committees relating to children and their health and education. He also led efforts to coordinate the first DC City-wide Childhood Obesity Summit. Nathaniel has done research on children with special needs and access to care issues and the interface between health and education systems.
Nathaniel is a DC native and graduate of the School Without Walls Senior High School. He is married to Lee Savio Beers, a pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center, and has a daughter and a son. Both of whom attend DCPS.
Erika Harrell is passionate about supporting widespread access to quality education throughout Washington, DC. After five years of working in California public education, Erika moved to DC in 2013. She has since experienced both ends of the school choice process, first as a parent and then as an advocate for fellow parents. Her children attend DC Prep and Two Rivers, two of the highest-performing public charter schools in the city, and she is grateful that her children are receiving the kind of education they deserve.
Erika relentlessly supports families in their pursuit of a quality education for their own children. She understands firsthand how overwhelming the application process can be for families, especially those who live in underserved communities. Erika appreciates the opportunity to make the application process easier for other families than it was for her own. She formerly served as a Parent Advocate and currently serves as a Data Manager with DC School Reform Now. In addition to her current position as a Board Member with PAVE, Erika also sits on the Parent Advisory Council for My School DC, which is the current administrator for the DC common application and common lottery, as well as the Parent and Alumni Leadership Council and the DC Cross Sector Task Force.
LaJoy Johnson-Law is a Ward 8 resident with a beautiful special needs daughter named Abria who attends Rocketship RISE Academy Public Charter School. LaJoy is heavily involved in the education landscape in DC, previously serving as a Board Member at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School, and currently as a parent leader at Rocketship Public Charter School, where Abria is enrolled in Kindergarten. She is constantly inspired by her daughter, who was born at 23 weeks and 1 pound 6 ounces. Motivated by her advocacy for Abria and other children like her, she has also served as a classroom paraprofessional at St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School. LaJoy has an associate’s degree in elementary education, and she is currently taking courses towards a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Nick Rodriguez is a principal at Delivery Associates, an organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness and accountability of government worldwide.
Nick’s primary expertise is in the effective management of public sector reforms at scale. Prior joining Delivery Associates, Nick was the co-founder and K-12 Director of the Education Delivery Institute (EDI), a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping education leaders improve the implementation of their reforms. In this role, Nick was responsible for growing and maintaining a network of school, district, state, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders who are changing the way they work to serve students through better practices in planning, performance management, and organizational change. Nick also co-authored with Sir Michael Barber, “Deliverology 101,” a field guide for education leaders that is the basis of EDI’s approach to implementation, and its successor, “Deliverology in Practice,” which was published in 2017.
Prior to joining EDI, Nick was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company’s education practice, where he advised education leaders on policy and implementation at the district, state, and national level in the U.S. and abroad. He began his career in education over a decade ago when he served as the student member of the California State Board of Education and as a youth advocate and trainer with the California Association of Student Councils. Nick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Oxford University, where he was a British Marshall Scholar.
Lucretia Talley was born and raised in Washington, DC and attended public school in the District. She has been married for 20 years and has two children with her husband. The elder of the two is a sophomore at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and the youngest is enrolled in fifth grade at BASIS DC.
Lucretia has been an active participant in public school parent associations for her children’s schools. She also served as a voting member of the KIPP DC Board of Trustees when her daughter was a student at KIPP DC. She currently works at the National War College and was voted as the 2016 MVP Employee of the Year at her seasonal job with the Washington Nationals.
Maya Martin is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who resides in DC’s Ward 6. Currently, Maya serves as the Executive Director of PAVE, which she founded in 2016 as an Entrepreneur in Residence with New Schools Venture Fund from November 2015 to April 2016. Prior to PAVE’s founding, Maya served as the Chief of Staff at Achievement Prep, a public charter school network located in Ward 8, where she focused on developing and leading the organizational infrastructure as the network grew. In her role, she managed operations, enrollment, board relations, development, data, compliance, external relations, and special projects. Prior to her role at Achievement Prep, Maya served as the Director of Policy and Special Programs for Center City PCS, another DC charter network with six campuses throughout DC, as a Senior Program Manager for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a nonprofit that places students of color in corporate financial internships, and as an Assistant Director of Admissions for her alma mater, Dartmouth College.
Maya received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and History from Dartmouth College and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Maya serves on the Advisory Board of the DC chapter of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) and on the Alumni Board of the DC chapter of Education Pioneers.
Cathy Zaragoza comes to PAVE with a strong foundation in nonprofit work and a lifelong passion for education. Prior to joining the PAVE team, worked at a nonprofit development consulting firm in DC, where she worked with organizations nationwide. To date, she has written and cultivated grants totaling over $11 million for nonprofit organizations. Previously, Cathy held a P55 Fellowship through Princeton AlumniCorps in the network office at Achievement Prep Public Charter School in DC’s Ward 8. Prior to her role at Achievement Prep, Cathy proudly completed two terms as an AmeriCorps Fellow with Reading Partners.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.
Sarah Blanke joins PAVE after two years working at The Madeira School in McLean, VA. During her time there, she developed professional experience overseeing logistics, event planning, communications, and web content. Sarah also worked with families and staff to streamline communications pathways, disseminate program information, and optimize data tracking. She additionally created content for the program's website, social media, and newsletters and oversaw a major web content redesign.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of William and Mary.
Billy Cerullo joins PAVE with a passion for and dedication to serving students and families throughout DC. Prior to joining PAVE, Billy served as a two-time AmeriCorps member with Reading Partners. During his two terms in DC, Billy served in Wards 1 and 7, crafting individualized reading plans for his students. His additional responsibilities included fostering relationships with parents and teachers while managing a portfolio of community volunteer tutors.
Billy received a Bachelor of Arts in American Government and Public Policy from Suffolk University.
Peter joins PAVE after two years of AmeriCorps service with City Year DC. Peter was a Team Leader in his second year, taking on a leadership role for nine other City Year AmeriCorps fellows. His responsibilities ranged from in-classroom support, tutoring, coaching and professional development, to event planning and communications. He also has held internships with Breakthrough Greater Boston, Ready for Hillary, and the Sheridan Group.
Peter earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tufts University.
Jessie joins the PAVE team after teaching for four years at Capital City Public Charter School in Ward 4. During her time there she was a member of the Lower School Instructional Leadership Team, meeting bi-weekly with the Principal and other Instructional Leaders to discuss curriculum, instruction, professional development, and family engagement and to plan for consistent implementation of best practices.
Jessie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Brown University and received her teaching certification in elementary education through the Inspired Teacher Certification Program.
Kerry comes to PAVE with a passion for educational equity. Kerry spent three years in the classroom as a Teach For America corps member in North Carolina. She taught English and Language Arts, served on the School Leadership Team to consult on culture and policy, and served as a lead for professional development. Kerry gained significant policy experience from her time as an Urban Leaders Fellow with the Metro Nashville Public Schools Board and Hands on Nashville.
Kerry earned her bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing at the University of South Carolina.
Sabriya I. Williams joins PAVE as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director. Sabriya resides in Chevy Chase in Ward 4, and is a District of Columbia International School (DCI) and Washington Yu Ying parent. Sabriya attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and has deep experience in meeting planning, event coordination, and communications. Sabriya worked at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center for 12 years as Outreach Manager, and co-managed several high profile campaigns including "A Healthy Baby Begins with You." After leaving the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, she was home for 5 years with her children. During that time she has been on the PA Board and volunteers regularly at both DCI and Washington Yu Ying. Sabriya is excited to bring her work experience and her experience as an active parent of two PCS students to PAVE.