Team6

Mona Yoast

Vice President of Educator Success

Mona Yoast was appointed Vice President of Educator Success in November 2018. She works to ensure a customer success mindset drives everything we do across the organization, and translates this to student outcomes through her leadership of best in class Customer Care, Educator Success, and Professional Learning teams. Mona is a career educator with a passion for accelerating learning for children as well as adults. During her years in public education she taught Fourth Grade, Reading Recovery, and K-3 intervention. After achieving her Masters in Reading Education and Reading Specialist credentials she became a National Literacy Consultant helping educators across the country improve their literacy practices to get better outcomes for the students they serve.

She joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and served as Director of Consulting, Director of Program and Services Alignment, and Executive Director of the Leadership and Learning Center. In all of these roles the goal was to improve the implementation and professional learning services provided through growing high performing teams. She then moved to Renaissance Learning as Vice President, Professional Services. There she led their various professional services teams as well as helped to envision and create their first Customer Success team designed to ensure customers achieve the greatest value out of their software investment.

Mona combines all of these experiences on a mission to ensure every student that needs Learning Ally solutions not only gets access, but also has a knowledgeable educator that can leverage the tools to ensure students meet success.

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

Andrew Singleton
“My dream is for other diverse populations to stand on my shoulders to achieve more. That’s only possible if I make a concerted effort to remove all obstacles and help pave the foundation through an organization that embraces DE&I.”
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Andrew Singleton

National Director of State Initiatives and DE&I Lead

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, 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, 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, Educator Success