Staff

  • Meet Our Team

    Program Team

    • Rashida Evans
      Chief Program Officer

      Rashida Evans

      Chief Program Officer

      Rashida is the Interim Executive Director for PAVE + STCM. She also leads our team to implement programs that support school leaders in executing their vision to close the achievement gap and send Milwaukee’s students to and through college.

      Rashida has worked in school leadership for the past 12 years as school turnaround principal, district administrator, academic director, and dean of students.  She is most proud of her seven years as an elementary school teacher, and for her work at a school that was honored as Charter School of the Year under her leadership.

      Rashida has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, a M.S. in Education Counseling from Concordia University – Mequon, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from National Louis University – Wheeling Campus via KIPP.

      Rashida’s daughters, Olivia and Lauryn, keep her very busy. Together they are always laughing along with her husband, Terry, the lonely man of the family.

    • Stephanie Maney
      Director of Leadership Development

      Stephanie Maney

      Director of Leadership Development

      Stephanie directs the principal licensure program we operate with Alverno College, identifying high-potential leaders and developing them through a blend of rigorous study, coaching, and field experience.

      Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Stephanie was a teacher and administrator in Milwaukee Public Schools. Most recently, she served as Director of School Turnaround. Her prior roles included teaching elementary and middle school children, 10 years as assistant principal at the Milwaukee Sign Language School and School of Languages, and 4 years as principal at Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy.

      Stephanie earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. Currently Stephanie is working toward her PhD. in Leadership, Learning, Service, and Research at Cardinal Stritch University.

      Stephanie, her husband Joe (a retired School Administrator) and their two daughters reside in Milwaukee.

    • Andy Vitrano
      Director of Partnerships

      Andy Vitrano

      Director of Partnerships

      Andy works to strengthen and nurture our partner relationships while also paving the way for new opportunities to work with others. He forges connections between leaders, school communities, and external organizations to build strong collaborations throughout our city.

      Prior to becoming a member of the Schools That Can Milwaukee team, Andy was a teacher and administrator in Milwaukee Public Schools. Most recently, he served as principal within the high-performing Milwaukee College Prep charter school network. As school leader of MCP’s Lloyd Street campus, Andy helped create a vibrant climate and culture in what was once a struggling school community.

      Andy earned a B.A. in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Marian University. He is also an alum of the New Leaders for New Schools initiative.

      Andy lives with his three amazing children.

    • Andre Cowling
      School Leadership Coach

      Andre Cowling

      School Leadership Coach

      Andre is part of our School Leadership Coaching team, supporting school leaders across Milwaukee.

      Andre served in the U.S. Army and in a private sector management role before achieving his lifelong dream to become an educator. He was a member of the first residency class in Chicago’s Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), and then worked for 4 years as a classroom teacher. He first began pursuing school leadership through Chicago’s New Leaders for New Schools principal residency program. After more than 15 years as a principal, Andre became Executive Director of Regional Programs at New Leaders. Most recently, he was Chief of Schools at Baltimore City Public Schools.

      In the Army, Andre achieved the rank of Sergeant as an enlisted soldier. He then earned a B.A. in Political Science from Norfolk State University. Subsequently, he returned to the Army as a Captain during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As an AUSL Resident, Andre earned a M.A. in Teaching, and as a New Leaders Resident, he earned a M.A. in Education Leadership, both from National Louis University.

      Andre Cowling is a native of Suffolk, Virginia. He has one son and four grandchildren. Andre is a car guy, and also loves dogs and tennis.

    • Molly Long
      Program Assistant

      Molly Long

      Program Assistant

      Molly supports our team of School Leadership Coaches. In particular, she helps to ensure all trainings, events, and Collaboratives are excellent learning opportunities for our leaders.

      Molly is a student at Marquette University, where she is pursuing a degree in business. Before college, graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.

      In her free time, Molly loves spending time with her family and friends. At Marquette, she is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and also a part of Midnight Run, a campus service club.

    Organizational Support Team

    • Isral DeBruin
      Director of Communications

      Isral DeBruin

      Director of Communications

      Isral tells our story in ways that engage the community in our work. He is also a member of our Leadership Team.

      Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Isral taught upper elementary students at La Causa Charter School, initially as a Teach For America corps member and later as an after-school tutor and long-term substitute. Before joining TFA, Isral was an award-winning education reporter covering suburban school districts for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s NOW Newspapers.

      Isral has a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University. He is also a licensed educator.

      Isral and his wife, Joanna, are working to renovate a 100-year-old house in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.

    • Samantha Bronson
      Office Assistant

      Samantha Bronson

      Office Assistant

      Samantha supports our entire team through a variety of office management tasks.

      Samantha came to Schools That Can Milwaukee from the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland. At this fast-paced hunger relief organization, she coordinated a 30% increase in volunteers – from 13,000 to 17,000 individuals – over the course of just one year. Samantha has more than five years of administrative experience and seven years of experience working in education, working directly with students from kindergarten through graduate school.

      Samantha has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation with an emphasis on Gender, Ecology, and Society from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

      In her free time, Samantha is a life-long learner who enjoys being in nature and practicing yoga. Her 3-year old daughter, Aurora, keeps her and her partner Brandon on their toes!

    PAVE staff team

    In spring 2018, Schools That Can Milwaukee merged with PAVE, and the two organizations are now operating jointly. Click here to learn more about the PAVE team.