Alignment USA Staff
Melissa Jaggers, President & Chief Executive Officer
Melissa came to Alignment Nashville after serving as Director of Grant Development at Nashville State Community College for six years, where she worked to secure several federally funded grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, and other sources. She also served as Nashville State's Director of Development, raising private funds for the institution and working with the Nashville State Foundation. Previously, Melissa was Director of Marketing at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee, and Account Manager at Fletcher & Rowley Political Consulting. Melissa holds a BA in Political Science from Western Kentucky University.
Heather Chalos, Vice President of National Initiatives
Heather is the Vice President of National Initiatives for Alignment Nashville, overseeing the Alignment USA network and the Nashville Hub. She is a graduate of Belmont University and joined Alignment Nashville in 2012 after having worked in children's health for over twelve years. Her experience includes non-profit management, medical practice management, volunteer management and grant writing. While working with a regional, multi-office pediatric practice, Heather implemented a program to provide incentives to employees for volunteering in their communities and was instrumental in the creation of the practice's non-profit foundation. As the director of a non-profit foundation dedicated to children's health, she implemented a program designed to provide health and wellness education to families in faith-based and community centers. Heather is proud to be a Reading is Fundamental (RIF) volunteer in MNPS Elementary Schools.
Sydney Rogers, AUSA Consultant
Sydney Rogers was the founding Executive Director of Alignment Nashville. For thirty years, Sydney served the community at Nashville State Community College in Nashville and Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville. During her tenure at Nashville State, she served as a faculty member, department chair, Dean of Technology, Executive Vice President and finally, in 2001, was named Vice President of Community and Economic Development. While at the college, she led a 10-year effort to develop state and national collaborative college and high school redesign initiatives with support and funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). She founded an NSF Regional Center for Innovation in Technological Education (CITE), The Case Files project (a national network), South East Consortium for Advanced Technological Education, and Tennessee Exemplary Faculty for Advanced Technological Education (a statewide effort).
Another highlight of her work while at Nashville State was the development of the blueprint for the unique collaborative design for the Tennessee Board of Regents Online Degree Program (RODP), one of the most successful on-line universities in the country. She has served on many local and national non-profit boards. The focus of her work in educational transformation has been in developing effective practices for creating new learning environments using authentic experiences, especially in the workplace with an emphasis on IT and STEM careers, and modeling effective methods for engaging businesses in education by using the "How People Learn" framework. She is the co-founder of "Synergy," an NSF funded bi-annual national series of collaborative meetings to integrate multiple aspects of education reform. "Synergy" events have been held in Nashville, Boston, and Phoenix and have engaged teams of educational reformers from more than 20 states.
Anthony Johnson, Senior Associate Director
Anthony B. Johnson, Esq., is a native of Memphis, TN. He has a Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University (TSU) and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Mr. Johnson is member of the Wisconsin State Bar. He has extensive legal experience in corporate and securities law, business and contract law, real estate development and intellectual property law. Mr. Johnson has taught engineering and engineering ethics classes in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Department in the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science at TSU. Anthony joins Alignment Nashville from Community Nashville, where he was Vice President of Program Services. He spends a lot of time nurturing, coaching and mentoring youth and is well versed in youth empowerment and service learning initiatives. Mr. Johnson is an experienced and gifted facilitator and well read on issues of race, diversity, privilege and inclusiveness.
Laurie Preece, AUSA Consultant
Laurie R. Preece was born in San Francisco and grew up in New England. She studied accounting at Brigham Young University. After college Laurie worked for Marshall Field & Company in both their Chicago and Texas divisions. Laurie has been an active volunteer and advocate for public education, working closely with teachers, principals, school boards and community members to improve local learning opportunities. She has started parent-teacher organizations, raised funds for myriad school programs and led an elementary school through the process of becoming a school community-based management organization. Laurie moved to Rockford, IL in 2008. In 2009 Alignment Rockford incorporated as a public school support organization. Laurie served as the founding executive director of Alignment Rockford. Laurie now serves as an AUSA Consultant.
Lwam Tecleab, AUSA Project Manager
Lwam, a native of Rochester, NY, obtained her bachelor’s from Geneseo State University in Mathematics, and continued her education, receiving a master’s in Adolescence Math Education from the University at Buffalo. While in Rochester, Lwam has spent time as a teacher. She has also spent a few years as a Compliance Specialist working directly with the business offices of school districts, assisting with regulating retirement plans.
Glen L. Biggs, Senior Associate Director
Glen brings over twenty-five years of diverse professional experience to Alignment Nashville. His experience spans the corporate, non-profit, and private sectors with various managerial responsibilities including marketing, technology and resource management. Glen proudly served at the Oasis Center, a Nashville non-profit agency dedicated to youth and teens, for ten years. While at Oasis, his areas of oversight included technology and systems administration, resource development, grants management, and staff development. Glen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from Aquinas College and is a certified Life and Business Coach (NLPC).
Our vision is to lead and develop a national community of practice that seeks to innovate and improve collective impact strategies based on Alignment Principles, Structure, Process, and Technology.
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