LeadershipCommittee for Children’s leadership team is dedicated to ensuring that children everywhere can thrive. Led by Chief Executive Officer Colleen Oliver, the team provides thought leadership in the fields of SEL and child advocacy, as well as strategic and operational direction to the organization’s employees. The team’s vision and combined expertise have distinguished the organization as the global leader of research-based educational programs that promote social-emotional skills and prevent bullying and sexual abuse. Committed to excellence, innovation, and the advancement of the social-emotional learning field, the team applies its unique expertise and perspectives to drive profitable, sustainable growth while staying true to the organization’s vision: safe children thriving in a peaceful world. Colleen Oliver Chief Executive Officer × Colleen Oliver Chief Executive Officer As CEO of Committee for Children, Colleen Oliver leads a global nonprofit organization that has been on a mission for over 40 years to ensure children everywhere can thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. Oliver has over two decades of leadership experience gained from directing large-scale transformation efforts in the education and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Colleen served as vice president of school leadership at the New Teacher Center, a national nonprofit focused on accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. Before that, she was executive director of the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, where she oversaw grantmaking, primarily in the areas of public education and workforce development. During her time as chief academic officer at the Partnership for LA Schools—a comprehensive school turnaround organization launched by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa—Oliver’s commitment to educational equity led her to spearhead a program to transform sixteen of the historically lowest-performing schools in three high-poverty, underserved communities: Boyle Heights (East LA), South LA, and Watts. In the 2011–12 and 2012–13 school years, the Partnership helped these schools achieve the highest academic growth among all mid- to large-size districts in California. Oliver’s genuine reverence for people and her unique ability to bring them together in unprecedented ways played a pivotal role in her work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she managed school/district transformation and comprehensive teacher effectiveness efforts in Chicago and Memphis. Throughout her career, Oliver has remained steadfast in her focus on helping children, youth, and families, and she’s passionate about being in service of others at Committee for Children. Oliver obtained her masters degree in education at Seattle Pacific University. John Hults Chief Operating Officer × John Hults Chief Operating Officer As chief operating officer, John Hults manages Committee for Children’s strategic planning from a business and operations standpoint. With experience as a leader of strategic business partnerships and chief financial officer at Global Scholar, John brings a strong finance and operations background to the team. Before joining Committee for Children, John founded two successful digital imaging companies, Azul Images and Blue Jean Images, which operated in international markets. John’s previous positions include director of financial analysis and process at McCaw Cellular/ATT Wireless and vice president of financial planning and analysis at Getty Images. Mia Doces Vice President of Innovation × Mia Doces Vice President of Innovation Mia Doces is exploring new avenues for broadening Committee for Children’s mission impact. Before taking on this role, she worked for seven years with the talented research and development team in creating Committee for Children’s social-emotional learning and anti-bullying curricula and trainings. She works on state- and national-level youth initiatives, serving on the Washington State legislative anti-bullying work group and advising organizations such as Sesame Workshop and the Born This Way Foundation on bullying prevention and social-emotional learning. Mia holds a BA from Vassar College and a master of education from Western Washington University. She has 15 years of media production experience with an emphasis on educational media, and her work was recognized with a 2011 CINE Golden Eagle award. Mia worked for five years in Seattle Public Schools as a teacher and school counselor. From 2007–2011, she co-chaired Prevention Works in Seattle, a Drug Free Communities coalition. Tia Kim, PhD Vice President of Education, Research & Impact × Tia Kim, PhD Vice President of Education, Research & Impact Tia Kim leads the development and evaluation of Committee for Children’s programs. She’s committed to enhancing their quality, effectiveness, and reach through innovation, partnerships, and rigorous, continuous improvement processes. Tia received her doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and completed three years of post-doctoral training at the Academic Center of Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention where her research focused on the etiology and prevention of youth violence and aggression. She served as an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State, Brandywine, for three years before taking her current position at Committee for Children. Khan Klatt Vice President of Technology × Khan Klatt Vice President of Technology Khan joined the Committee for Children (CFC) team in December 2018. He began his tech career in the mid-90s, when he and his college friends started an internet service provider in Bellingham, Washington. Since then he’s led the technology organizations of three startups and worked in education technology at McGraw-Hill Education for nearly five years. Khan is skilled in building publishing pipelines for educational content production, as well as highly scalable and reliable services for consumer-facing websites and applications. With this and his experience in mobile and web application development, process improvement, and continuous integration and delivery, Khan’s contributions to CFC’s work will help support our commitment to positively transform the social-emotional well-being of 100 million children annually by 2028. Kelsie Longbrake Vice President of Finance & Operations × Kelsie Longbrake Vice President of Finance & Operations As the director of finance and operations, Kelsie Longbrake contributes to high level, day-to-day and strategic operations while also overseeing the company’s finances, facilities, operations, human resources, and warehouse. Kelsie is a key leader on the management team and a valuable team member on the board finance committee. She has worked for Committee for Children since 1998, beginning as an accountant, then taking on multiple management positions before moving into her current role as director of finance and operations. Kelsie holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from City University of Seattle and has over 20 years of experience in the field. Andrea Lovanhill Vice President of Marketing & Client Relations × Andrea Lovanhill Vice President of Marketing & Client Relations Andrea Lovanhill has worked for Committee for Children since 2007. She oversees all aspects of client and product support for and marketing of the Second Step program. Andrea holds a masters in communications in digital media from the University of Washington. She has been working in the field of social-emotional learning for more than eight years and in nonprofit management for more than 10 years. Her past experience includes working with nonprofit organizations and schools to build products and marketing campaigns designed to engage kids and families in conservation, social-emotional learning, bullying prevention, and child safety. Her academic and career focus is on how nonprofit and social enterprises can build digital experiences and use other technology to improve their own products and help schools boost social-emotional competencies. Polly Stansell Vice President of Product × Polly Stansell Vice President of Product Polly genuinely enjoys her role helping to provide children with the necessary building blocks for their future. Having worked in the ed-tech industry since 1993, Polly joined Voyager Sopris Learning (VSL) in 2013 and was responsible for strategy, ideation, instructional design, and product development. Before VSL, Polly worked for McGraw-Hill’s Reality Based Learning, Lightspan Partnership, and Edmark Center, completing her experience with their Digital Innovation program as senior director of emerging curricula. In addition to Polly’s product-development responsibilities, she has served as a board member and on the strategic council for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and worked on the Corporate Advisory Council for Excellent in Education. Polly is also a member of numerous industry-related organizations. Maybe most influential for Committee for Children and our ongoing mission, she has been a classroom teacher in grades 2–6. Polly also completed her bachelor’s in elementary education from Westminster College and earned her master’s in educational technology from San Diego State. With Committee for Children, Polly handles our strategic product vision and guides product delivery and execution through its full delivery cycle. In addition, she leads the creation of our Product Development team, coordinating closely with co-members of our executive leadership team.