Francisco Alarcón is Professor of Mathematics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Among his main areas of professional interest are effective professional development for K-12 teachers, the use of technology in the classroom, and ethnomathematics, in particular the arithmetic and geometry of the Maya culture. He has been a principal investigator or co-investigator in 35 grants to diverse agencies in the US, including the National Science Foundation, Exxon Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He has also been actively connected with Hispanic high school students in his region. The Allegheny Mountain Section of the MAA has honored his contributions with a mentoring award. Francisco is originally from Guatemala City.
Leslie Babinski is a research scientist and Associate Director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. Among her current project is the development of a professional development program for ESL and classroom teachers in language and literacy instruction for Latino(a) English learners. She is also Director of the Child Family Policy Certificate Program at Duke. She has served on the education faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
James “Jim” Barta is Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Ecology at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. He is internationally known for his work in ethnomathematics, focusing on the relationship between culture and mathematics. It was his service in Guatemala with HELPS International that inspired Chadd McGlone to create Teachers2Teachers-International (as it was formerly known). Jim has previously served on the boards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and the North American Chapter of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics. Currently he serves on the US National Committee on Mathematics Instruction.
Hunter Bost is co-founder of McDuff Capital, where he focuses on small manufacturing, as well as multi-family, residential, and commercial real estate development. Previously, Hunter was a principal with Electra Partners, where he put his fluent Spanish to use managing the firm’s Latin American investments. Hunter currently lives with his wife and sons in Antigua, Guatemala.
William “Bill” Bunch is founder of the professional accounting firm William H. Bunch, CPA, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, which he recently sold to focus on other pursuits. Prior to creating this firm in 2001, he was a partner in another local accounting agency. He has practiced accounting for more than 20 years. In addition to his service with T2TGlobal as its Treasurer, Bill also serves as a board member for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools Foundation.
Shirley Disseler is Associate Professor of Education at High Point University in High Point, NC, where she also coordinates the STEM education program. She leads the Center for Educational Outreach and Teacher Training and conducts research in poverty and learning, creativity in the classroom, transitioning issues for middle school students, and teacher training. Shirley has an extensive involvement with LEGO, for example, as a member of its Education Advisory Panel and as an Education Specialist for North America. She won many awards for her classroom teaching prior to joining academia. She currently serves on the editorial boards of two education journals.
Cynthia K. Fioretti is a marketing and communications strategist for socially conscious businesses. She helps entrepreneurs and small business owners effectively communicate their mission to their audiences, taking their ideas and turning them into meaningful action. Born in the US to European parents and raised in Venezuela, she is passionate about intercultural communications. A graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in Business Administration, her work experience has encompassed Latin America, Europe, and the US. Cynthia now uses her marketing superpowers to help the greater good. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, son, and rescue dog.
Linda Gojak is Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. After teaching mathematics in grades 4-8 for more than 20 years, in 1999, she became the first director of the Center for Mathematics Education, Teaching, and Technology at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has received several teaching awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Linda has authored a series of books on problem-solving for grades 3-6 and is currently completing work on a series for elementary teachers entitled The Common Core Mathematics Companion.
Julie Kinnard is Assistant Director for Outreach at World View, a global education outreach program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In that role, she coordinates professional development for K-12 schools and districts across the state. Julie is a former Peace Corps volunteer and has led educator study visits to Easter Europe, India, Brazil, Senegal, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands. Previously, Julie taught English at a high school in Albania, ran a learning center for a Boys and Girls Club in Highland Park, Michigan, and coordinated school-based dental clinics in Detroit.
Mary Ollila is a public school math teacher in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, area. She came to the education field after a career in fundraising. Originally from Ohio, she graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Analysis. She has served as development director for a children’s hospital, a medication foundation, and the United Way of both Los Angeles, California, and Columbus, Ohio. Her love for numbers and adolescents led her back to school to earn a middle school math certificate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Given her experience in philanthropy combined with her math education expertise, Mary adds significant value to the T2TGlobal Board.
Tim Pope is Board President of T2TGlobal and PreK-12 Curriculum Developer at Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. Previously, he was a high school teacher and administrator before leaving the classroom to work in curriculum design and professional development at the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. From there he went to Key Curriculum Press, which was eventually sold to Kendall Hunt. Tim currently lives in Dubuque, Iowa, with his family. He has traveled on T2TGlobal programs, most recently leading its first team to Kenya.
Arthur B. Powell is Professor of Mathematics Education at Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey, the Associate Director of the Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning of the Graduate School of Education, and directs the Research Group on Communication, Technology, and Mathematics Learning. His research interests include ethnomathematics, critically and socially responsive mathematics education, the subordination of mathematics teaching to learning, and computer-supported collaborative learning. Among Arthur’s books are Math: A Rich Heritage, Ethnomathematics: Challenging Eurocentrism in Mathematics Education, and Culturally Responsive Mathematics Education. He was Co-Chair of the AERA SIG/Research in Mathematics Education. Before his travels began with T2TGlobal, Arthur had taught in Brazil, China, Canada, Haiti, and Mozambique.
Steven “Steve” Rasmussen is an education professional with a long track record in mathematics education and publishing. Currently a Senior Associate with SR Education Associates, Steve was the co-founder and president of Key Curriculum Press, where he worked on software and textbook development. Steve was also president of KCP Technologies, the developer of The Geometer’s Sketchpad software for dynamic geometry, and he worked with school and publishing organizations around the globe on technology initiatives related to mathematics education and inquiry-based learning. Steve has authored mathematics workbooks and served as Principal Investigator on numerous NSF projects. Steve serves on the board of many organizations, and the T2TGlobal Board is fortunate that he serves as its Vice President.
Patrick “Rick” Scott is a professor emeritus of mathematics at New Mexico State University, where he has been a faculty member for 19 years. He has been involved in higher education since graduating with a doctoral degree in mathematics education from Teachers College of Columbia University. Among his other contributions have been serving as the Program Director for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, as well as the Bureau Chief for Math and Science for the New Mexico Public Education Department. He was honored with an appointment to the US National Commission for Mathematics Instruction, charged with promoting mathematics education throughout the world. His publications include co-authoring the text Mathematics and Its Teaching in the Southern Americas.
Kristine Urrutia is an entrepreneurial professional with over 15 years of experience in global, community, and foundation development. She currently works full time for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. In the past, she has held Director positions at MiracleFeet, Charley Girl Designs, and the University of Wisconsin School of Business. With particular interests in environmental education and social entrepreneurship, at the heart of all of her efforts is a relentless drive to lead, seek, design, or create ways for people to collaborate with purpose. Kristine has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and is a certified Teacher Naturalist. Together with her husband Tim and their three active children, Kristine enjoys all things outdoors, including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, running, and paddling.