MTC Team

Rachael Adams Executive Assistant
Rachael brings 20 years of high-level administrative experience to MTC. Having previously managed administrative operations for a private-sector financial start-up, she will provide specialized support to Stacy and the MTC team. Contact her at adams@mastery.org.
Jenny Barker Senior Communications Manager

Jenny brings deep communications experience to her role with the MTC. She has previously worked in communications roles at Harvard University and in high-tech public relations agencies in Boston. Highlights include managing communications during significant periods of change, including Radcliffe College’s transition to Radcliffe Institute, the former Radcliffe dean’s appointment to Harvard president, and the financial downturn. She has worked on fundraising campaigns and launched technology products and companies into the marketplace. Jenny has also consulted for several years as communications strategist for Phillips Academy Andover, an MTC member school. Contact her at barker@mastery.org.

Susan Bell Director of Member School Engagement

With nearly two decades of experience working in public school systems, Susie will support MTC’s network of member schools as they work together and within their high schools to implement a Mastery Transcript. Susie had previously served as the superintendent of the Windsor Locks Public Schools and had also served Windsor Locks High School in a variety of other roles, including principal and director of guidance. Highlights of her accomplishments include working with colleagues and community members to raise academic expectations by eliminating course levels that held students to low expectations and working with her team and the Board of Education to develop the vision and systemic changes needed to make personalized and mastery-based learning a reality for all children in Windsor Locks. Contact her at bell@mastery.org.

Stacy Caldwell Chief Executive Officer

Stacy Caldwell brings to the MTC a deep understanding of innovative education models as well as the dynamics at the intersection between preparation for college and college admissions. Before joining MTC as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Stacy had served as Chief Product Officer (CPO) for The Princeton Review (TPR), where she was responsible for the company’s ongoing innovation and development of education solutions for individuals, high schools, and colleges. Prior to her work with TPR, Caldwell served as vice president for the SAT Suite of Assessments, playing the lead role during the most recent redesign of the SAT. Her previous roles include business and instructional technology positions at SCORE! Educational Centers and Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and consulting roles at Bain & Company and Arthur Andersen.

Mike Flanagan Chief Product Officer

Mike oversees the design and development of Mastery Transcript software products, connecting with members and advisors to manage the MTC product roadmap. He is an experienced education technology executive, most recently having served as CEO of the Services Division at the National Association of Independent Schools, where he led a complete redesign and relaunch of their School and Student Services financial aid platforms. Contact him at flanagan@mastery.org.

Edgar Montes Director of Higher-Education Engagement

Edgar brings extensive knowledge and an unwavering commitment to providing access, equity, and opportunity to all students, especially students in underserved communities. He brings more than 15 years of experience in supporting schools, districts, county offices, and state agencies as they work toward transforming their educational systems and practices to better prepare students for success in college, career, and life. Prior to joining MTC, Edgar served as the executive director of a California statewide initiative to scale up a multi-tiered system of support focused on advancing the academic, social-emotional, and behavioral development of the whole child through the Orange County Department of Education. Edgar also served as director of state and district partnerships for the College Board’s western regional office, college counselor at High Tech High Media Arts, and admission counselor at the University of San Diego. Contact him at montes@mastery.org.

Ben Rein Senior Director of Outreach & Partnerships

Prior to joining the MTC as Senior Director of Outreach & Partnerships, Ben has spent the prior 25 years as an independent school teacher and administrator. His independent school journey has taken him from a history teaching internship at the Culver Academies, through teaching stints at Saddle River Day School and the Haverford School in Philadelphia. Ben spent 14 years at Haverford, moving from the classroom to administration, before leaving to become Upper School Head at the Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. Ben left Richmond to assume the duties of Headmaster at the University School in Cleveland, OH, before moving to pursue the work with the MTC. Ben earned his BA in American Studies from Amherst College, and an MS Ed in School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Ben currently resides in Cleveland, OH with his wife and two sons who attend the Hawken School. Contact him at rein@mastery.org.

Patricia Russell Chief Education and Operations Officer

Patricia Russell is an experienced teacher and was the dean of studies at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, when she joined the board of directors of the Mastery Transcript Consortium in June 2016. She subsequently served as the interim executive director and started as the Chief of Education and Operations in February 2018. Contact her at russell@mastery.org

Laura Sullivan Director of Communications

Laura has spent most of her career building educational brands in a variety of sectors including media, consumer products, test prep, and tutoring. Highlight brands include Sesame Street, Discovery Kids, and most recently The Princeton Review where she led marketing and communications to multiple audience groups including high schools and colleges. She is excited about leveraging her 20+ years in brand strategy, marketing, and communications to build awareness and engagement for MTC. Reach her at sullivan@mastery.org.

Praveen Vajpeyi Creative Director

Praveen brings to MTC an extensive track-record of designing and delivering innovative and user-centric solutions across a diverse range of organizations, including most recently the College Board. Working closely with the MTC team, he will oversee the development of the MTC brand and help ensure that the Mastery Transcript provides a student-centered interface that meets the needs of all its users. Contact him at vajpeyi@mastery.org.

Jimmy Wynn Chief of Organizational Advancement

Jimmy brings 20-plus years of experience in public education policy and stakeholder engagement to the MTC. Most recently he directed the policy and development efforts at the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE), a public agency providing direct student services to the 26 school districts in Houston, Texas. Prior to his work at HCDE, Jimmy served as vice president for Governmental Relations at the College Board and as a consultant representing national education organizations including Teach for America, The New Teacher Project, and the Education Trust. Contact him at wynn@mastery.org.