LEAP Team

Emily Bader
VP - Marketing Communications

With more than 20 years of marketing agency leadership, Emily has elevated the relevance and talkability of many of the world’s top brands through storytelling. At LEAP, she shapes and advances the stories of our work, through strategy, content and stakeholder engagement.

Sean Brazier
Senior Strategy Advisor

Sean brings experiences as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and in leading organizations in economic development, workforce development, and PreK-12 education. He supports LEAP in developing business and operational strategies related to new product and service lines.

Connie Cielenski
Manager, Personalized Learning Coach

Connie is a former educator, mentor teacher and Instructional Coach, whose experience driving collaborative improvement as well as curating and facilitating professional development has transformed teaching and learning experiences for educators and their students.
At LEAP, Connie continues to build trusting relationships with working teams, using her experience with personalized learning to strengthen the outcomes for students, teachers, and administrators.

Courtney Crary
Executive Assistant

Courtney's professional experience spans the Shedd Aquarium, Guaranteed Rate, and Chicago's theater community. At LEAP, she curates a fantastic culture by supporting internal administrative functioning and events.

Edith Gummer
Senior Research Advisor

Edith’s extensive education roles have spanned classroom science teacher and department chair, university faculty, researcher/program evaluation director in the Regional Educational Laboratory system, and program officer at the NSF and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Edith has supported LEAP research and evaluation work for the past 8 years.

Jordan Gutterman
Senior Data Analyst

Jordan has a rich background serving as an organizer of political campaigns. At LEAP, he works on research and data collection efforts to help schools and partners identify how best to support students and teachers in the transformation to personalized learning.

Silvia Kosovich
Manager, Administration and Operations

Silvia has over 20 years of experience in senior executive administrative and office management roles, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations at LEAP. As a founding member of LEAP, she is dedicated to creating opportunity for every student.

Danielle Moehrke
Director of Strategy and Operations

Danielle has worked at the school-, nonprofit- and district-levels in a variety of roles--as program director, coach, facilitator, algebra teacher, design-thinker and strategist. At LEAP she brings her innovative mindset to strategy development, executing big new ideas, and working with a wide range of stakeholders.

Katie Speth, Ed.D.
Vice President of Learning Innovations

Katie has extensive experience in education and in the corporate world. As a teacher, teacher leader and principal, she has led successful change management efforts focusing on personalized learning. Katie brings her expertise, dedication to student centered learning, understanding of adult learning, and a passion for innovation in education to LEAP.