Experts in school development and innovation

New Tech Network has offices and staff located throughout the country and our experience in education is as diverse as our schools.

New Tech Leadership

President and CEO

Lydia has combined careers as a technology entrepreneur and executive, with education policy and non-profit service. She served two terms as a school board member, led an education foundation and directed replication strategies in the non-profit education sector. As President and CEO of New Tech Network, she directs strategy, new initiatives, product development, and school development services. Among the chief initiatives for New Tech are expanding its network of 160 schools, working with districts and communities for systemic change, further development of the learning management system, NTN Echo and expansion into K-12.

Prior to joining NTN, Lydia was the Director of Strategy and Expansion for RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching), a leading non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the classroom experience through innovative inquiry-based learning. She also served as president and vice president of the Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School board, a publicly elected position. Lydia was the founder and co-executive director of a non-profit education foundation dedicated to improving public schools in Los Gatos, California.

Her entrepreneurial and executive career featured work in the high technology, online services, consumer products and health care industries. Previous roles for Lydia included CEO of, VP and General Manager for AOL and VP of Corporate Marketing for Ashton-Tate. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Chief Operating Officer

As the COO of New Tech Network, Tim's primary focus is to help cultivate and support new schools in the planning and implementation of the New Tech design. Tim also directs all internal and external operations with a focus on a cost-effective an efficient operation.

Prior to joining NTN, Tim was a founding teacher at Sacramento New Tech High School. He taught English and Social Studies and also served as Social Studies Department Co-Chair, Lead Teacher, and New Tech Site Advocate. Working in schools as a teacher, a coach, and finally a guide for planning and start up has provided Tim with a unique opportunity to work with the New Tech model through every phase of implementation.

Tim graduated with High Honors from U.C. Berkeley in 2000 and earned a Masters of Education from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2002.

Chief Learning Officer

As Chief Learning Officer, Megan Pacheco focuses on the quality of professional development that is the trademark of the New Tech Network. Working with coaching teams throughout the country, Megan helps drive pedagogical innovation using project-based learning as the primary method of instruction.

Megan joined the New Tech Network in 2005 and has coached schools in California, Oregon, Texas, North Carolina, and South Dakota. Prior to joining New Tech Network, Megan taught math at the flagship school, Napa New Tech. Megan co-developed an integrated math/science class, taught algebra I and geometry, and served as the New Tech Site Advocate.

Megan graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1999 with a B.S. in mathematics and a masters in mathematics education from Sonoma State University.

Senior Director, Schools and Leadership

As Senior Director of Schools and Leadership, Jim focuses on supporting the implementation efforts of the over 150 schools that make up the New Tech Network. Working to ensure that every school in our network has the support it needs to become a great school, Jim works to support our school coaches, assessment, and our leadership development work.

Jim joined the New Tech Network in 2011. Prior to joining the network Jim helped open a project-based elementary and middle school in Washington, DC, also serving as principal. Jim has also served as a high school social studies teacher and as special education teacher and transition coordinator.

Jim graduated from Presbyterian College (1997) in Clinton, SC with a BA in history and a minor in education. Jim also holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The George Washington University (2005).

Senior Director, District Support

Serving as the Senior Director of District Support, Jude Garnier leads New Tech Network’s support at the systems level for districts and charter organizations housing multiple New Tech schools. Joining New Tech Network in 2010, she has helped to develop the leadership development framework for New Tech school leaders as well as our emerging strategy for support of district leaders.

Jude’s sixteen year career as a public school teacher established a solid foundation in teaching and learning, which grounds her work in school and district change. Since 2000 she has served as a founding member of the Change Leadership Group at Harvard Graduate School of Education (and is one of the co-authors of the Change Leadership Handbook); led an eight year professional development and coaching effort for districts and schools involved in a significant reform initiative in Washington State; and directed the leadership development work for school and central office leaders within Seattle Public Schools.

Jude holds a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education, an M.Ed. in Special Education and a Ph.D. In Educational Systems and Leadership.

New School Development and Planning

Alan Veach
Director of Regional Development
Kristin Cuilla, Ph.D.
Director, New School Development
Lisa Caldwell
New School Development Account Coordinator
Nick Kappelhof
Director, New School Development
Paul Buck
Director, New School Development
Sandra Marinos
Accounting Clerk and Tour Coordinator
Tim Presiado
Chief Operating Officer

School Design and Implementation

Alix Horton
Literacy Coach
Amil Gehrke
Research Associate
Anna Kinsella
School Development Team Leader
Beth Boesche-Taylor
School Development Coach
Charlene Glassley
School Development Coach
Charlotte Tyran
Event Coordinator
Cody Whitesell
School Development Coach
Dese Zuberi
School Development Coach
Drew Schrader
School Development Coach
Geoff Krall
Math Coach
Jeff De Varona
School Development Coach
Jenny Pieratt
School Development Coach
Jose Garcia
School Development Coach
Julia McBride
Manager of Coaching
Kelley McKaig
School Development STEM Coach
Kelly Camak
School Development Team Leader
Kris Williams
Manager of Coaching
Leah Henry
School Development Coach
Mary Ayers
NTN Events Lead
Matt Thompson
School Development Coach
Paul Curtis
Director of Curriculum
Peter Newman
School Development Coach
Ryan Baxter
School Development Coach
Sara Johnson
National Events Coordinator
Sarah Leiker
School Development Coach
Sherrie Reed
Research Manager
Starla Collins
School Development Coach
Zach Powers
School Development Coach

Infrastructure Solutions and Technology

Carolyn Ferris Parker
Echo Community Manager
Frank Weitl
Project Manager
Mackenzie Knight
Technology Solutions Specialist
Stephanie Kolcun
Technical Support Manager


Chris Chaleunrath
Director, Development
Christine Lintz
Director, Human Resources
Cindy Skinner
Eileen Grady
Krista Clark
Director of Communications
Lorraine Machado
Administrative Assistant
Theresa Shafer
Online Community Manager
Zac Wheatcroft
Marketing Associate