About Our TeamOur team is comprised of committed and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about UDL and education, and are focused on providing the highest quality professional learning services available in PreK-12, higher education, and beyond.
UDL Implementation Specialist
Niel comes to CAST as a UDL Implementation Specialist, working with school-based teams to develop understanding around the UDL framework and customize their experience to their context.
As an educator for 20 years, Niel has worked in Special Education, Middle School Mathematics, and as an Instructional Coach. He is most passionate about Engaging all Learners and designing Learning Environments that reduce barriers for students.
M.Ed. in Reading, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership, American International College, Springfield, MA
Operations and Marketing Coordinator
Alison Berg is the Operations and Marketing Coordinator for CAST Professional Learning and Publishing. She helps to organize logistics for online courses and institutes, manages marketing projects, and coordinates professional publishing operations. Alison enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
B.A., Psychology, Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Innovation Network Manager
Ari Fleisher manages visioning and operations for the NH UDL Innovation Network. She supports educators in exploring how UDL can help to further meaningful learning in their classrooms. Ari facilitates small and large teams as they identify barriers and design strategic, intentional ways to make learning more effective and inclusive.
Through her previous work with curriculum, school climate and culture, and social-emotional learning, Ari has loved to see learning environments come alive, both in and out of classrooms. Ari believes that UDL can help to deepen students’ excitement about learning, sparking that innate joy of discovering something new. She is thrilled to be spreading UDL to help students, educators, schools and systems set up for long-term success.
Ari enjoys camping, biking and singing.
Ed. M., Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
B.A., English Literature, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Director of Research and Curriculum for Professional Learning
As Director of Research and Curriculum for Professional Learning, Jenna W. Gravel works to connect research and practice by supporting educators to apply UDL to the classroom in order to engage all learners in rich, sophisticated learning opportunities. Specifically, Dr. Gravel’s research explores the intersections of UDL and disciplinary thinking in English Language Arts (ELA) and the ways that these intersections can promote diverse learners’ engagements in discipline-specific practices, commitments, and habits of mind.
Prior to assuming her role at CAST, Dr. Gravel worked as a middle school special educator and co-taught inclusive classes with English and Social Studies general educators. She also worked as a research associate and project manager at CAST where she played a role in the development of CAST’s UDL Guidelines.
EdD, EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
BA, Colby College, Waterville, ME
Instructional Designer, Social Media & Communications Strategist
Mindy Johnson participates in the formative development and research of technology-based universally designed learning environments. She also provides knowledge and expertise in the use of web-based social media, collaborative tools and has a strong interest in gaming and gamification in educational contexts. Mindy also manages social media for the Professional Learning team and other groups at CAST.
Ed.M., Technology in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
B.A., Sociology, Minor in Education, William Smith College, Geneva, NY
Certified, K-12 special education and K-6 elementary education, North Carolina
Director of Professional Learning
As the Director of Professional Learning, Jennifer Levine is responsible for shaping the design and delivery of services related to the implementation of UDL principles to multiple audiences nationally and internationally. She is passionate about teaching students in the margins and sees her role at CAST as an opportunity to support systemic changes that will support society’s most disenfranchised students.
Before joining CAST in 2016, Jennifer spent over 20 years working in urban education as a teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Her positive experiences with UDL in the classroom led her to her current position.
M.Ed., School Leadership, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
M.Ed., Adolescent Risk and Prevention, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Curriculum and Design Specialist
Allison Posey participates in professional development, instructional design, and online course instruction at CAST. She also provides background in the application of neuroscience research to instructional practices. Her background in Mind, Brain, and Education as well as life sciences gives her an appreciation of the dynamic learning processes. She collaborates with teachers, researchers, and students with the goal of making complex topics accessible to all learners. Allison enjoys spending time with her two children and husband.
M.Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
B.S., Biology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Certificate of Fine Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Operations and Marketing Manager
As the Operations and Marketing Manager for CAST Professional Learning, Madeline Reggiannini manages contracts, marketing projects, and operational aspects of projects and events. Madeline also oversees hiring and staffing for the Professional Learning team, and manages process improvements. Madeline enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.
MLA, General Management, Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, MA
B.A., Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
Melissa comes to CAST with a passion for re-designing schools and curriculum in order to meet the needs of all learners. As an Implementation Specialist, she works with school teams to rethink curriculum, instruction and environments to provide access for all, using the UDL framework as a tool for redesign.
Melissa brings her experience as a teacher, licensed social worker, school leader and school designer to the work. She has spent much of her career refining personalized instruction, shifting to competency-based models, building trauma-sensitive school environments, implementing social and emotional learning and instituting restorative justice practices for service to off-track youth. She believes strongly in access and equity and has a passion for working with students who have traditionally been marginalized.
Master of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
When Susan Shapiro came to know the work of CAST, it was love at first sight. She saw her professional goals reflected in the organization’s mission and read books and articles that didn’t tempt her to write in the margins because her thoughts were already there. She joined the staff at CAST in 2018 as an Implementation Specialist. In this role, Susan partners with educators to implement the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to practice.
Before coming to CAST, Susan was on the faculty at Plymouth State University where she designed and coordinated a graduate teacher certification program and taught graduate and undergraduate courses about inclusive elementary education. For over twenty-five years, Susan has consulted with in-service educators on issues related to inclusive learning design in her roles at both the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UCED) and at the University of Vermont’s Center for Disability and Community Inclusion (UCED). She has presented nationally and internationally and co-authored books, chapters, and teacher resources on this topic. Susan taught as an adjunct professor in the Special Education Department at the University of New Hampshire’s Graduate School for nearly a decade. Her earliest jobs were in public elementary schools where she worked as a special educator, a general education classroom teacher, and as one of New Hampshire’s first Inclusion Facilitators.
M.Ed., Elementary Education, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
B.A., Elementary and Special Education, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH
Bill Wilmot comes to CAST with the belief that school can be redesigned for all students. As an Implementation Specialist, he works with school teams to rethink curriculum, instruction, and learning environments to provide access to all, using the UDL framework as a tool for redesign.
Bill also brings his experience as a school leader and math, science, and music teacher in a variety of inclusive schools, project-based, and arts-integrated schools. He also brings a special interest in the role of social emotional learning in achieving academic and personal goals. His impulse to teach grew out of his journey through rocky and transformative school experiences. From this he believes firmly in the need to reshape the relationship between students and teachers from control and compliance toward mutual learning and ownership.
Ed.M., School Leadership, School Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
B.A., Liberal Arts, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD