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.

    • Arianne Kailas-Stern
      School Leadership Coach

      Arianne Kailas-Stern

      School Leadership Coach

      Arianne provides coaching and support to leaders in STCM’s Burke Fellowship principal licensure program at Alverno College. She helps to create Leadership Action Plans that nourish the growth and potential of future building leaders.

      Arianne began her career as a Teach For America corps member teaching both 5th and 2nd grade in the South Bronx. Arianne then took on a school leadership role as the Assistant Head of Lower School at the Bank Street School for Children.

      Arianne has a B.A. in Psychology and French from Emory University, a M.S. in Elementary Education from Pace University, and a M.S. in School Leadership for Educational Change from Bank Street College.

      In her spare time, Arianne enjoys swimming, traveling and taking long walks by the lake with her daughter Cassie.

    • Cassie Scheidegger
      Manager of Program Strategy & Implementation

      Cassie Scheidegger

      Manager of Program Strategy & Implementation

      Cassie supports our team of School Leadership Coaches, and also crunches our numbers so we can understand how to make an even bigger impact.

      Cassie’s experience working and leading in the education non-profit sector began with two years of service as a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer with City Year in Washington D.C. and Milwaukee, before she joined the City Year Milwaukee staff. As a Program Manager, Cassie managed teams of 8-10 AmeriCorps members yearly as they served as tutors, mentors, and role model in Milwaukee Public Schools. In her role as an Impact Director, Cassie supervised the day-to-day programmatic operations, relationship management, and achievement of service outcomes across six City Year partner schools, including managing six full-time staff members.

      Cassie has a B.A. in Political Science/History from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

      In her free time, Cassie loves to run, read, and travel.

    • 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.

    • Andrea Homan
      Manager of Development

      Andrea Homan

      Manager of Development

      Andrea connects our mission and goals with generous donors looking to make positive change in Milwaukee’s education landscape.

      Andrea joined Schools That Can Milwaukee after working on the fundraising team at the United Community Center, which operates Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, one of the schools that helped launch Schools That Can Milwaukee. Before that, Andrea worked for the Milwaukee YMCA, Milwaukee Health Services, Inc., and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA. Her first foray into fundraising was as a college summer intern at the Urban Ecology Center.

      Andrea has a B.A. in Technical & Professional Writing at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is currently working toward her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification.

      Andrea lives with her husband Joe. Joe’s tuxedo cat, Colonel William Tavington, puts up with her existence.

    • 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!