Cheryl remembers being one of very few people when Ford NGL started and is so incredibly grateful that she works with a group of people that are smart, passionate, bold, big thinkers who seek to continuously improve. She also appreciates all the incredible people in Ford NGL communities who work tirelessly on behalf of the students in their community.
She is secretly an interior designer who drives her husband crazy when she is not on the road because she has visions of knocking out a wall, creating a new space, redecorating or better yet throwing a party! Her husband is secretly happy she is on the road so much so he doesn’t have to deal with her whims.
She feels a heaping mound of gratitude to Ford Motor Company for giving her the opportunity to take on new adventures and to eventually help build Ford NGL -- of which she is immensely proud.
She lives to be with her grandchildren and was so proud when one of her friends said she could not tell who the bigger kid is when she is with her grandchildren.
Students are today’s leaders in addition to tomorrow! Janet’s passion for working with youth and lifelong leadership work influences everything she does.
She feels a personal responsibility to make sure that all students have the social capital that she had access too. She ended up at Ford NGL in 2004, after participating in a fellowship that Ford sponsored. Ford NGL allows her to fulfill her passion and commitment to students.
Janet has grown up with her Ford NGL family, she joined the team before it was called Ford NGL and has become an expert facilitator in the journey as well as learning how to grow and run a social enterprise as the Chief Operations Officer!
For fun, Janet enjoys piloting leadership courses for leaders between 18-35 and she is currently tinkering with her next course.
Janet was the first in her family of over 150 first cousins to graduate from college and obtain a Masters degree on a full scholarship based on her leadership work. She currently lives in Chicago with Talia, her 4 year old daughter and her entrepreneur husband, Andrew.
Allie manages Ford NGL communities in Phases 1-3 and helps the Ford NGL Coaches maintain their sanity.
Allie’s an advocate for non-traditional paths, trying new things, and doing what you love. She’s been a high school counselor, bus driver, piano teacher, bike mechanic, and a DJ for a ska and punk radio show. She’s a distance runner, mediocre soccer player, so-so painter, and a songwriter when the mood strikes.
Allie lives in one of the prettiest places ever (Charlottesville, VA), is a double-Hoo (#UVA), and will one day finally learn to surf.
Education is economic development! Over the past twenty years, Paula helped to further the Career Academy movement through her work at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, St. Johns County School District, and in private industry. Back in her chamber days, she thought her ideal future would be engaging business and other chambers to embrace Academies and become engaged in a meaningful way in education. Through her work with Ford NGL, she considers she is “living the dream”.
Paula is energized by new ideas and opportunities to connect with amazing people who are passionate about this journey! She loves talking to girls about careers in STEM fields and encouraging them to try something new even if it seems intimidating. “Just try it” she’ll say! (and she’s not talking about the broccoli!)
She loves to spend time with her girls and their cats and hopes to go on a mission trip in the next two years to visit one of their Compassion kids.
Every conversation with a new community starts a dialog that will improve the lives of thousands of students.
Life experiences define his contribution to Ford NGL. The drive of a Marine Corps officer from the ‘60’s. Surviving the Mad Men era at Scientific American in the ‘70’s. Business and marketing know-how from Time Inc. and Hearst in the ‘80’s. Educational experience from Scholastic in the ‘90’s. Unique perspective on generational personalities from authors Strauss and Howe in the 00’s.
On the lighter side, Rick enjoys golf, including the 19th hole and traveling for pleasure whenever that might someday happen.
Jess believes marketing is everything. She dips her toe in all things Ford NGL to make sure everyone feels like they're part of the family. She has an eye on design and aims to elevate the Ford NGL aesthetic. Jess is a creative at heart, home, and work, and is inspired by her free-spirited sons and funny man husband.
She feels ripped off by the public education she received and is disheartened knowing that so many young people are not engaged in their learning. Her silver lining is in knowing she’s part of the Ford NGL movement.
Born, raised, and educated in the Windy-City she's a Latina fashionista who loves ballet, Oprah, and all things sweet.
Jenn is an energetic instigator, an innovative designer, and a passionate person who is known for speaking her mind, always talking from the heart, and for her obsession with systematic approaches to learning and development. Plus, we cannot forget her other obsession, her own personal/professional growth journey.
Are you a Jenn? You might be if you're super organized and have at least ten #1 priorities, have your hands in almost every aspect of Ford NGL, love tackling community problems and challenges, seriously enjoy empathizing with others, are constantly 10 steps ahead of the game, and rely on the power of the collective to get things done all for the sake of impacting our future generation.
What else? She has two amazing kids and a wonderfully supportive husband and are used to a "launch" schedule. Even going to the grocery store is part of a larger plan.
Tami Hatfield-Kennedy has worked with Ford Motor Company for over 20 years. She has held the positions of Production Supervisor, Quality Analyst, and Sr. Labor Relations Representative. She currently is the Senior Human Resource Associate and serves as a Community Relations Representative and Training Coordinator at Louisville Assembly Plant.
Some of the highlights of her career include: hiring over 7,000 hourly (Assembler and Skilled Trades) and 200 salary employee's (Supervisor, Engineers, etc.), negotiating two local contacts with the UAW, plant tour guide and coordinating all fundraising, volunteer programs and/or employee events for the 5000 employees at her plant. She also hosts job shadows for over 500 high school students on an annual basis and serves as the Ford NGL Partnership Manager with JCPS in Louisville, KY
Tami has a B.S. in Business Marketing from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), a M.S. in Manufacturing Technology from Eastern Kentucky University and a MBA from Bellarmine University. She serves on the boards for Boys and Girls Club Kentuckiana, Junior Achievement, March of Dimes and Make-A-Wish.
Tami is married to her husband Chris and has three children: Hannah, Colin and Cate.
Starr Herrman is recognized for her work with high school transformation, and particularly, the academy model. She was instrumental in planning, directing and implementing the smaller learning communities/academies model (The Academies of Nashville) for the Metro Nashville Public School system from 2006 to 2012. She is a former high school teacher, CTE Director, Director of The Academies of Nashville and IT manager.
Since retirement in 2012, Starr remains active in the school system, working on contract to help support educational transformation, She has also served as director of the Nashville Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) Hub, serves on the Ford NGL Leadership Council, is a Ford NGL coach and transformational specialist. Starr also consults with many districts across the U.S. in high school transformation. The academies are her professional passion because she has seen it impact all types of students in a positive way. As Director of the Hub, she has been instrumental in hosting the many study visits, VIP Tours, and helped orchestrate the Hub as a stellar professional development center that supports NGL and non-NGL communities implementing the academy model with fidelity.
Some of her “starrisms” are: Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast, Implement with Fidelity, We have a moral and economic imperative to allow students to explore, experience and plan for life after high school through rigorous, relevant classes, while interacting and building relationships with professionals in the real world so that they are ready for success.
The world needs invested, thoughtful, and empowered students and teachers, and Jessica has devoted her entire career to making this happen.
As a lifelong learner and educator, Jessica specializes in supporting districts and schools in making systemic changes and building communities to ensure students acquire the skills and knowledge they need to become meaningful and engaged participants in a democratic society. She brings more than 20 years of experience in advancing innovations in instructional design and teacher development that enhance students’ learning, improve their academic achievement, and prepare them for college and careers. She has designed and managed professional learning systems and experiences in national and international settings that bridge the divide between work and school.
Drawing on her years as a high school social studies and humanities teacher, Jessica works with districts, teachers, and employers to bring real world relevance and problem solving to students. As a trained coach, she develops and supports virtual and face to face learning communities, and collaborates with school teams to facilitate change using user-centered design principles and continuous improvement processes.
When she’s not working, Jess is running around after her four children and husband in between spontaneous road trips in the minivan. She loves living in the Boston area, and can teach anyone how to play cribbage or eat a lobster.
Ilene Kantrov, Ph.D., has led teams from Education Development Center (EDC) in collaborating with Ford Motor Company Fund on education transformation initiatives since 2000. She currently serves as Senior Project Director for EDC’s work with Ford NGL, is a member of the Ford NGL National Team, and previously led development of the Ford PAS curriculum and related professional learning opportunities for educators. At EDC, Ilene directs Pathways to College and Careers, whose staff of over 30 technical assistance, professional development, curriculum, technology, and research experts develop and support programs that promote the intellectual and career development of learners to prepare the next generation of leaders and the workforce of the future.
Rebeca helps to support a variety of people and projects under the Ford NGL umbrella; from assisting with the day to day operations of the team to diving into the weeds of communication she’s here to help!
She’s passionate about closing the achievement gap that exists in our nation as well as developing and serving on platforms that provide more educational opportunity to all students. Becky is a two-time University of Michigan graduate born and bred in Southwest Detroit, Michigan who enjoys fitness, sports, traveling, and cooking in her spare time. Go Blue!
Whether she’s running a household or keeping business on track, Millie is at the center of the action like a traffic cop at a busy intersection. All she needs is a whistle.
She can pull together a conference for educators or put together a Thanksgiving dinner complete with the best apple pie you’ve ever tasted.
And she’ll do it with a smile or a laugh or some interesting conversation on most any topic.
Raising three kids, a dog and a husband will get you ready for just about anything life or Ford NGL can throw at you.
Charles Mojkowski is an independent consultant who works primarily in the areas of school and curriculum transformation, leadership and organizational development, program evaluation, and applications of technology that support that work. Mojkowski is the co-author (with Elliot Washer) of Leaving to Learn: How Out-of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates. Heinemann, 2013). He has written scores of articles and presented widely on non-traditional designs for schools and schooling. He serves as a Community Coach for Ford Next Generation Learning.
Mojkowski is a former English teacher. He has served as an elementary school assistant principal and as an administrator in the RI Department of Education. He served for ten years (1984 to 1994) as the Executive Director of the RI Association of School Principals and in a similar position for ten years (1985 to 1995) at the RI Educational Leadership Academy. Mojkowski served as an Associate Professor in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Johnson & Wales University from 1995 through 2005.
Mojkowski received his undergraduate (1967) and Masters (1969) degrees in English and Secondary Education from Rhode Island College. His Doctorate is in Secondary Education and Educational Research and Evaluation and Secondary Education from Boston University (1973).
Scott Palmer is a coach. Not just in title for Ford NGL, but in life. No, he’s not a life coach, but he could be! Rewinding the past quarter-century, you’d find Scott pacing the sidelines of a football field, basketball court, or the dugout of a baseball diamond honing his craft—helping his teams achieve success by attacking obstacles with focus and grit while challenging his players to find their “why” to drive them toward reaching their goals. Seeing the heights to which fully engaged student-athletes can soar motivated Scott to create similar relevance in his students’ learning as a classroom teacher and school-to-work coordinator.
Trading in his whistle for an office with a window and his clipboard for a clicker didn’t change his approach. Scott coached a phenomenal team of teachers in co-creating (it was a team effort) and leading (at least the staff let him think so) an award-winning career academy. Armed with a desire to replicate this model and a passion to change the high school experience for all students, Scott subsequently supported a larger (200+ programs) and more diverse (30+ buildings) team as a Regional Career Technical Education Administrator.
While on the road preaching the gospel of the career academy, Scott connected with the Ford NGL leadership team and was immediately hooked. The inclusive and collaborative organizational culture and transformative model for changing secondary education left Scott begging Cheryl Carrier to let him join the team. While he was willing to be the NGL waterboy (and sometimes is), it was fitting that Ford NGL gave Scott the role of...coach.
Patrice Washington has a passion and a vision for educating students and preparing them for life beyond the classroom. She’s a thinker and works to create the future she wants to live in. She truly believes students deserve the best chance at a great education that there is and if we work to provide it for them it can transform the communities in which we live. Patrice is currently serving as the Student Relations and STEM Coordinator for Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) working on the Powered by Ford STEM Academy project, where that vision is being made more of a reality.
Prior to joining the Ford NGL team Patrice received her B.A. and M.A. in Organizational Communication from the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. In her career Patrice has developed a catalogue of experience and expertise in student leadership development, communications and human resource/training and development.