Andrew Friedman

Andrew Singleton

National Director, State Contract Initiatives & DEI Lead

Serving as National Director of State Initiatives and DE&I Lead, Andrew Singleton is responsible for working with state Department of Education leaders in order to collaborate on fulfillment, engagement and growth strategies. In addition, as Learning Ally’s DE&I Lead, Andrew executes on the overall DE&I corporate strategy that ultimately supports the needs of underserved communities. Andrew has spent over 10 years in education technology through both sales and customer success engagements advancing both reading and writing technologies designed to help educators and students bridge the literacy gap.

Prior to joining Learning Ally, Andrew's extensive experience includes working for mature companies and leading start-up enterprises both nationally and internationally in the B2B and B2C sectors across finance, healthcare and consumer goods. Andrew has served as a member of the Council of the Great City Schools Achievement committee, and as a member of the Somerset County NJ business partnership committee. Additionally, Andrew was the co-founder of Pershing’s Cultural Awareness Network (CAN) focused on employee retention by bringing a diverse group of individuals together to learn from and network with one another. Andrew holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University and partially completed his executive MBA from the same university, is certified in Miller Heiman’s Large Account Management Process, received additional accreditation in international business from the London School of The Institute of Independent Business International, and earned his Series 6, 63, 7 and 24 licenses through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly NASD).

Who We Are

We all have personal stories and motivations that connect us to the Learning Ally mission. Our strength comes from embracing our differences, enjoying and respecting each other, and sharing a passion and commitment to providing equity in education so each student is able to achieve their academic and life goals.

Leadership

David Aycan
"I am truly honored to be a part of this big mission. I believe we can support educators and students through design innovation and agile adaptive methodologies to bring solutions in PreK-12 to scale across the country and prevent students from slipping through the cracks."
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David Aycan

Chief Solutions Officer

Patrick Brennan
“I've always had a personal interest in creating equity and access for all learners, no matter where, or to whom they were born. At Learning Ally, we’re doing that.”
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Patrick Brennan

Vice President of Government Relations

Sam Edla
“Having an early introduction to books and great storytelling piqued my curiosity and challenged my thinking as a child. It opened me up to a world I never knew existed. I'm proud to be helping children unlock the magic that comes with each page turn.”
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Sam Edla

Vice President of Technology

Andrew Friedman
“I see myself in the faces and the struggles of the students we serve. My best day at Learning Ally was being asked by an 8 year old student if she could just give me a hug, because Learning Ally had changed her life. I am proud to be part of an organization that deserves hugs!”
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Andrew Friedman

President and CEO

Cynthia Hamburger
“Because I have dyslexia in my family, I know what it means to struggle to read. I like knowing that we’re making that struggle a little less for our students.”
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Cynthia Hamburger

Senior Advisor

Jeff Ho
“I’ve worked at companies focused solely on profit, but at Learning Ally, when we say that we’re focused on helping students and educators first and foremost, we really mean it. I really appreciate that we’re making a difference.”
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Jeff Ho

Vice President of Data Sciences & Partnerships

Cheri Lin
“I’m visually impaired and my sister is severely dyslexic, so I know first hand that the resources we offer have the power to transform lives. They can mean the difference between school drop out and earning your degree!”
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Cheri Lin

Chief Marketing Officer

Terrie Noland
“A curiosity cap sits atop my head daily. I not only get curious. I stay curious and run headlong into a daily commitment to learn and grow. This curiosity has driven me to smash the literacy divide by sparking a flame of understanding and enthusiasm in others.”
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Terrie Noland, Ph.D., CALP

Vice President of Educator Initiatives

Lee Peters
“As a child of educators and a former adjunct university professor myself, I've witnessed far too many students with an acute lack of the literacy skills necessary for success in college and career. We're helping them change their trajectories.”
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Lee Peters

Chief Operating Officer

Missy Sherburne<
“My former students, the educators I’ve worked with, my son and the millions of students who struggle to learn to read, inspire me to do this work. There’s a science to this work of literacy and we need to equip every educator to become literacy leaders, whether they teach Pre-K or Chemistry.”
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Missy Sherburne

Chief of Growth and Strategic Partnerships

Steve Valvano
“I believe that the ability to read and grow in one's education is directly linked to one's degree of freedom in life...and what’s more important than that?”
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Steve Valvano

Vice President of Great People,
Human Resources

Heather Wiederstein
“My work here at Learning Ally feels a lot like "coming home.” Having started my career in the classroom, I've learned how to make the lives of students and teachers a little better. It also allows me to be a part of others' classroom practice through the solutions, software, and instruction we deliver. ”
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Heather Wiederstein

Vice President of Solutions Development

Tim Wilson
“I have the opportunity to create life-changing impact through providing the tools that increase a student's ability to learn. Helping students reach their full potential is absolutely the best use of my time and knowledge.”
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Tim Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

Mona Yoast
“As a Reading Specialist, I’ve always advocated for all learners to develop strong literacy skills to maximize their potential. My work at Learning Ally allows me to continue serving educators so all of their students can achieve that very goal.”
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Mona Yoast

Vice President of Educator Success