About Our Team

Our 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.
Niel Albero, UDL Implementation Specialist

Niel Albero

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.

Education
M.Ed. in Reading, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT

C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership, American International College, Springfield, MA

Alison Berg, Operations/Outreach Services Coordinator

Alison Berg

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.

Education
B.A., Psychology, Suffolk University, Boston, MA

Jennifer Dee, Implementation Specialist

Jennifer Dee

Implementation Specialist

As an Implementation Specialist, Jennifer Dee supports educators in their use of Universal Design for Learning to provide the best learning experiences for a wide variety of students. Prior to joining CAST, she worked as a special education teacher in Louisiana, and is certified in special education and secondary math. Jennifer enjoys running, spending time with her niece, and watching the Boston Red Sox.

Education
Ed.M., Mind, Brain, & Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

B.A., Human Services, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Ari Fleisher, Professional Learning Associate

Ari Fleisher

Professional Learning Associate

Ari Fleisher facilitates and manages CAST Institutes, and supports the Professional Learning team with operations and staffing. She has seen learning environments come alive in and out of classrooms through her work with curriculum, school climate and culture, and social-emotional learning. Ari believes that UDL can help to deepen students’ excitement about discovery, and is thrilled to be spreading the word of UDL to help set students (and educators) up for long-term success. Ari enjoys camping, biking and singing.

Education
Ed. M., Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

B.A., English Literature, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Heather Francis, Implementation Specialist

Heather Francis

Implementation Specialist

As an Implementation Specialist, Heather Francis collaborates with educator teams to facilitate the application of UDL in the education field. With a background in educational neuroscience and special education, Heather is passionate about working with researchers and practitioners to create more inclusive learning environments for all students.

Heather enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling with her husband.

Education
Ed.M., Mind, Brain, and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

B.A., Special Education; History and Literature, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Sherese Harris, Director of Operations

Sherese Friberg

Director of Operations, Professional Learning and Publishing

As Director of Operations, Sherese Friberg oversees the following areas of CAST Professional Learning and Publishing: Data/analytics management, operations, and infrastructure management. She also co-leads Professional Learning and Publishing marketing efforts. In her spare time, Sherese enjoys reading novels, watching British comedy shows and cooking and traveling with her husband.

Education
Ed.M., Education Policy and Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

B.A., History, Tufts University, Medford, MA

David Gordon, Director of Publishing & Communications

David Gordon

Senior Director of Publishing and Communications

David Gordon has led CAST’s communications and publishing efforts since 2004, including the development of numerous books, articles, videos, websites, and other media about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). David is also the Editorial Director of CAST Professional Publishing.

Education
M.F.A., Emerson College, Boston, MA

B.A., Columbia University, New York, NY

Mindy Johnson, Instructional Designer, Social Media & Communications Strategist

Mindy Johnson

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.

Education
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

Jennifer Levine, Director of Implementation

Jennifer Levine

Director of Implementation

As the Director of Implementation, Jennifer Levine oversees school, district, and state-wide implementation of UDL practices.  She is passionate about teaching students in the margins and sees her role at CAST as an opportunity to support systemic changes to support these students.

Before joining the staff at 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.

Education
M.Ed., School Leadership, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

M.Ed., Adolescent Risk and Prevention, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Leslie O’Callaghan, Professional Learning Operations Coordinator

Leslie O’Callaghan

Professional Learning Operations Coordinator

Leslie O’Callaghan aids the Professional Learning Team by supporting onsite and offsite workshops, conferences, and institutes.  Additionally, Leslie supports the online component of CAST’s Professional Learning Products and Services, including online course administration, data management, and analytics.  She is also responsible for updating CAST’s Professional Learning website.  Leslie enjoys running, Yoga, the beach, and traveling.

Education
B.A., Communications, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Allison Posey, Professional Learning Associate

Allison Posey

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.

Education
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

David Rose, CAST Founder and Chief Education Officer

David Rose

Founder and Chief Education Officer

David Rose is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning. In 1984, Dr. Rose co-founded CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology and contemporary research in the cognitive neurosciences. That work has grown into a new field called Universal Design for Learning which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and beyond. Dr. Rose has also taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for nearly three decades.

Education
Ed.D., Human Development & Reading, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

M.A., Teaching, Reed College, Portland, OR

B.A., Psychology, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA