Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Cinthia Coletti/Haan currently oversees the executive management of several non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations and facilitates a number of projects in the fields of literacy, STEM, education legislation, and neuroscience. She directs the Power4Kids Reading Initiative of clinical trials in education, and is the CEO of the national organization Literate Nation, which is fueling a nationwide movement for literacy and education.
Prior to dedicating her skills to science and education, Cinthia enjoyed over 20 years of success in the business community holding senior management and CEO positions. She was a founding team member in Southern Pacific Railroad’s landmark launch of SPRINT through to its acquisition by GTE. She held the position of managing director of Ford Aerospace’s Starnet Division. Subsequent ventures were a series of successful mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunication and finance industries. Ms. Coletti/Haan serves as CEO of Syndacon Corporation and Coletti Investments, LLC. She has authored two books on education, The Power to Act: Transforming Literacy and Education, and Literacy Policy: Ground-breaking Blueprint for State Legislation. Her third book, Blueprint for a Literate Nation—Building a Better America will be published in the first quarter of 2013 along with chapters written by Literate Nation’s board leadership. Ms. Coletti/Haan has received many prestigious honors and awards in the fields of industry, education, science, advocacy, and dyslexia, and was one of the top 50 Bay Area’s philanthropists for 2012 in Gentry Magazine, a leading publication in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
Coletti/Haan serves on the board of directors of several organizations, including the Strategic Educational Research Partnership (SERP/National Academies of Science); the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE/EDResults); the Harvard Medical School, Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency (PEAR); the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at SMU; the UCSF Neuroscience Initiative, Leadership Council; the International Dyslexia Association; and more.
An advocate for education and literacy reform in Washington D.C. and in the states, Ms. Coletti/Haan focuses her work on quality research, teacher advancement, universal student educational success, and school-based leadership. She is adamant that American students receive a world-class education, become capable of lifelong learning, and compete in the global workforce and economy. She actively supports the role played by data in public education transformation efforts, understanding that student, teacher, and school achievement data must be analyzed and compared to make informed decisions that affect students’ progress and build United States human capital.
Ms. Coletti/Haan: CinthiaColetti@LiterateNation.org; Cinthia@Haan4kids.org
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Richard Long is the director of government relations for the International Reading Association and the executive director of government relations for the National Title I Association. He has been working for over 35 years to improve the education for all high need children, those who are economically disadvantaged, disabled and language minority. He works with members of Congress, the administration and other advocates. Recently, Long has written on improving literacy education for urban students, the relationship of reading and writing instruction, the role of the federal government in supporting professional development. In addition Long has a book due to be published this year, the Hidden Cauldron: the paradox of American education reform.
Long earned his masters and doctorate at the George Washington University in educational counseling, and his undergraduate degree is in psychology, also from the George Washington University. In addition, he has worked on the staff of Congressman James W. Symington (D-MO), and held consultancies with several state education agencies, the US Department of Education, the World Health Organization and USA TODAY among others.
He lives in Virginia with his wife of 32 years and they have two adult sons.
Chief of Design
Eric Berendt is the Art Director and Internet Design Director for Literate Nation. He was named to this position after designing the Literate Nation logo, shortly after the non-profits inception.
He is an educator as well as a working designer, having taught Fine Art—Painting and Drawing—at Cornell University in the late 1970’s and Graphic Design at San Jose State University and three Community Colleges in the San Francisco Bay area since 1991.
Mr. Berendt has owned and operated The Eric Berendt Studio, his illustration and design business, since August 1, 1985. During that time, from the start until August of 1990, he ran the business from his office in Arlington, Virginia. Since August, 1990, The Eric Berendt Studio has been located in Pleasanton, California; first at 4121 Moller Drive, then at 1811 Santa Rita Road, and currently at 2579 Raven Road.
Over the last twenty-eight, his clients included, but were not limited to: Adobe Systems, Billington Distributors, Cisco Systems, Harcourt, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Literate Nation, Old Dominion Brewing Company, Tuppers’ Beers, Viña Cousiño Macul and other wineries in Chile, many smaller companies.
He also created a number of covers and interior spread and spot illustrations for IBM’s AS400 Magazine, MacUser, the Hartford Courant, Inc. Magazine, many smaller magazines, the online woman’s magazine VIV, and various companies. In 2006 he became a “preferred supplier” to Adobe’s Acrobat Marketing Division, creating over 200 info graphic illustrations and 450 icons for executive presentations describing the uses and workings of Adobe software in the enterprise arena. This lasted until 2009 when Adobe purchased MacroMedia, dissolved the Acrobat Marketing Division, and let go of all the members of that team. He has illustrated two books for early readers published by Harcourt, P. W. Cracker Sees the World and The Early Bird’s Alarm Clock.
Many of his clients stayed with him long term. Old Dominion Brewing Company came to him before they were incorporated and he continued to design labels and packaging for them until the company was sold in 2002. Billington Distributors began with him before they started the business and stayed until 1999 when its founder retired. For seventeen years, starting in 1992, he designed and created digital photo-collages of the employees of Moulthrop Sales, Inc. in various humorous situations for the company’s annual Thanksgiving Card.
Much of this work is currently on display on his web site, www.berendtstudio.com.
MFA: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1973 | BA with Distinction, Fine Arts major: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 1971
Chief Financial Officer
Attorney at Law
CFO and Legal Counsel, Literate Nation
Law Practice: Tax and Business, San Francisco, California
Law practice emphasizing tax and business matters. Clients served include high net worth individuals and small to medium size businesses. Areas served include income tax planning and compliance; business formation; representation in income tax disputes before the IRS; estate tax planning, and general corporate and contract matters. 1990 – Present
Tax Associate: Cades Schutte, Fleming and Wright, Honolulu, HI
Tax associate for an 85+attorney firm. Clients served included high net worth individuals and multinational corporations. Responsible for advising on structuring of inbound foreign investment in real property and U.S. businesses to minimize tax consequences. 1987 – 1990
Certified Public Accountant: Touche Ross & Co., San Francisco, CA
Audit senior with the then Big 8 accounting firm. Responsible for planning of audits and day-to-day management of audit staff in the field. Clients served included private and public corporations in the retail, medical, financial and agricultural industries. 1980 – 1984
LL.M. (Taxation) Golden Gate University, San Francisco,with honors, attended 1992-1993
J.D. (Law) Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley,attended 1984 – 1987
B.S. (Accounting) U.C. Berkeley, High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa,attended 1978-1981
State Bar of California Admitted to Practice Law, 1987
U.S. Tax Court Admitted to Practice Before the Court, 1988
CPA, California 1984 (Inactive status)
Chief Operations Officer
Norma S. Garza, CPA, is the founder of Silent Partners, a consulting company targeting education, business, and human services industries. She served as the director of marketing and outreach for Olivia’s Place, a pediatric therapy center in Shanghai and Beijing, China (2011-2012). From 2005 to 2010 Norma worked at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC where she served as senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Education in the area of early childhood education and as the executive director to the National Board for Education Sciences for the Institute of Education Sciences. She received an undergraduate business degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and has practiced as a certified public accountant for 25 years. In 1996, Norma co-founded the Brownsville Reads Task Force, a non-profit organization of community members and educators who have joined together to promote research-based reading instruction in the public and private schools of Brownsville, Texas. Norma served as a commissioner on the White House Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Commission (2002-2005) and the National Reading Panel (NRP). In 2000, “The Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read.” was submitted to Congress with findings on how to teach reading based on scientific evidence. In Texas she was a member of the Governor’s Focus on Reading Task Force, Governor’s Special Education Committee and Academics Goals 2000 Texas Panel. Ms. Garza became interested in education when her youngest of three sons struggled to learn to read. To contact Ms. Garza in Spanish: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffany Coletti Titolo
Chief Marketing Officer
Tiffany Coletti Titolo is one of the new generation of most important women in advertising. In her 12-years in the business, she has had a meteoric rise…winning business, growing teams, building out capabilities and skill-set, while enhancing individual agency culture. Tiffany is currently Global Director, StrawberryFrog, with oversight of the agency’s global account teams, business development, and agency process/systems, across their offices in New York, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Mumbai. Tiffany was recently named to Ad Age’s prestigious “Women To Watch 2012.” Her background includes being the first woman Managing Director at DOJO in San Francisco, where she led the agency on a quick succession of new business wins. Prior, Tiffany was Group Account Director at Eleven, Inc., with a dual role, in business development and account management, winning and leading the Virgin America, Callaway Golf, Visa, CoinStar, Xilinx, Eaton Vance and McKesson accounts, among others. Before that, she was Business Development Director for McCann Worldgroup West, where she won and worked on GM, Nortel, MasterCard, Microsoft and Xbox. Her advertising career began at Grey San Francisco on the Oracle business. She also consulted with clients like Sonic to create the Sonic BLAST(r), partnering with M&M/Mars; and, AT&T to help create the first-ever Holiday Pop-Up footprint and go-to-market strategy. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts from Temerlin Advertising Institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is a frequent speaker on women in advertising, and a role model for next-gen advertising women.
Carolyn D. Cowen
Vice President Media
Most recently, she was Executive Director of Carroll School’s Center for Innovative Education, where she oversaw various outreach and professional-development programs, convened the Dyslexia Leadership Summit, and spearheaded the Dyslexia Geno-Phenotyping Initiative. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of The Learning Disabilities Network—a nonprofit she co-founded and operated for 20 years that provided services to individuals with LD, their families, and professionals working on their behalf.
In her 35-year career in education and nonprofits, Carolyn has worn many hats, including: teacher, reading therapist, speaker, author, editor, consultant, professional-development planner, executive director, think-tank convener, fundraiser, funder, and research coordinator. Carolyn earned her master’s degree in reading education and learning disabilities from Harvard University (during the Jeanne Chall era). She received the Alice H. Garside Award from the New England Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and chaired IDA’s nominating committee. She also serves as a founding member on the Literate Nation Board of Directors. These days, she is especially interested in new-media/print literacy intersections, social media as a tool for driving change, and creative ways nonprofits can ”power the mission with the message.”
Vice President Science
Doctor Smartt holds a doctorate in school psychology from Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in special education and reading from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Formerly in her work at Vanderbilt, Dr. Smartt engaged in research focusing on improving teacher preparation for reading teachers. Dr. Smartt currently provides educational consulting services and teacher training to states and local school districts focusing on school reform, reading intervention for low-performing schools, using data to inform practice, developing response to intervention initiatives and implementing scientifically based literacy programs.
Dr. Smartt owned and directed a reading clinic for 20 years in which she provided comprehensive psychoeducational assessments and tutoring services. She has been a clasroom teacher, a reading coach, a reading specialist, a principal, a university faculty member, and a researcher. Her publications include authorship and coauthorship of journal articles, edited volumes, and books on research-based reading intervention and policy initiatives, including Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction: Connecting Assessment to Effective Interventions (Paul Brookes Publishing Co, 2010) with Deborah R. Glaser, Ed.D. Recently she and Marty Hougen, Ph.D. collaborated on the edited volume, Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, PK-6 (Paul Brookes Publishing Co, 2012). Dr. Smartt travels the country extensively presenting workshops for classroom teachers and administrators.
Vice President Advocacy
Elenn Steinberg began her journey into the world of education and literacy sixteen years ago when the school informed her that her son was at risk for reading failure. At that point she had no idea that such a journey would result in her becoming a passionate voice for students, a highly skilled reading interventionist, an advocate for families, a consultant and a nationally known speaker in the areas of dyslexia, literacy, student self-advocacy and literacy legislation.
In her work as both a member and Co-Chair of the Colorado Special Education Advisory committee, she was able to work with the Colorado Department of Education in various capacities including, developing the Colorado Reading Summit and with the decision making process of the Response to Intervention implementation in Colorado. As a board member and president of six years, Elenn built parent, family, and educator programs that have received local and national acclaim for the Rocky Mountain Branch of The International Dyslexia Association.
Further, she was the local chair of the 2005 national IDA conference and continues to lead Reading in the Rockies, Colorado’s leading literacy conference addressing the needs of students with dyslexia and literacy challenges. She is a founding board member and Vice President of Advocacy for Literate Nation, a national organization dedicated to literacy for all students. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the International Dyslexia Association.