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
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.
Ed.M., Mind, Brain, & Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
B.A., Human Services, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
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.
Ed. M., Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
B.A., English Literature, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
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.
Ed.M., Mind, Brain, and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
B.A., Special Education; History and Literature, Lesley University, Cambridge, 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
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.
B.A., Communications, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
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
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.
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