Relay Leadership

Our leadership team turns Relay's ambitious vision for educator preparation into reality every day.

Mayme Hostetter working with a colleague on a laptop in a Relay library.

Meet Our People

Our people are the heart of our organization. Relay’s leadership team is a diverse group of individuals committed to Relay's mission of providing all PK-12 students with high-quality education and choice-filled lives, and to translating our bold vision for educator preparation into a powerful impact across the country.

Executive Leadership

Mayme Hostetter
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Dr. Mayme Hostetter

President
Mayme Hostetter

Dr. Mayme Hostetter assumed the role of President in 2018, having previously served as Relay's National Dean, Dean of Relay NYC, and founding Director of Teaching and Learning in the decade prior. Additionally, Hostetter serves on the board of Deans for Impact, where she was a founding member, as well as on the board of directors at Cents Ability. Before joining Relay in 2008, she conducted reading development research in the Gabrieli Laboratory of M.I.T.'s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Prior to that, she taught English and coached everything at KIPP Academy in the South Bronx and Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts.

Hostetter earned her A.B. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was an Urban Scholars Fellow in the Mind, Brain and Education program. She earned her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Mayme Hostetter

President
Maya Weatherton
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Dr. Maya Weatherton

Provost, Teacher Prep
Maya Weatherton

In her role as Provost, Teacher Preparation, Dr. Weatherton leads Relay and the Teacher Prep team to key institutional milestones, maintaining outstanding institutional performance and recognition, faculty performance and staff experience.

Dr. Weatherton brings her current experience as both a Regional Dean as well as the Dean of Relay Houston to the role. She was also the Director of Teacher Residency for Relay Houston, where she was responsible for teaching and coaching incoming teacher residents.

Before coming to Relay, Dr. Weatherton served as Principal of Foerster Elementary in the Houston Independent School District (HISD). There she dramatically turned around student performance, student and teacher attendance, and teacher morale. She did exemplary work for students in HISD for 16 years, including winning numerous awards for work as a teacher, regional curriculum specialist, assistant principal, and principal in at-risk schools.

Dr. Weatherton graduated from Paul Quinn College, earned her Masters in Educational Administration from Texas Southern University, and is part of the prestigious Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program. Dr. Weatherton recently completed her PhD in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies (HELPS).

Dr. Maya Weatherton

Provost, Teacher Prep
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Dr. Shavonne Gibson

Provost, Professional Education

In her role as Provost, Professional Education, Dr. Shavonne Gibson leads the Professional Education team at Relay. 

Prior to this role, Shavonne was the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington, DC. Shavonne had oversight of training and technical assistance for educators, educator quality and effectiveness, including educator licensure and approval of teacher preparation programs, English learner education policy, and educator awards. Shavonne is a career educator having held roles ranging from teacher, assistant principal, principal, and managing director of schools/principal supervisor in New York City and Washington, DC schools. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester, a master’s degree in Secondary Education-Social Studies from Long Island University, second master’s degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University, and her doctorate in Learning and Organizational Change from Baylor University. Shavonne lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons.


Dr. Shavonne Gibson

Provost, Professional Education
Anne McCarley
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Anne McCarley

Chief Strategy Officer
Anne McCarley

As Chief Strategy Officer, Anne McCarley is responsible for the institution’s strategy and revenue through the leadership of teams charged with strategic partnerships, innovation, development, policy, marketing and communications. Before joining Relay, McCarley served in a number of capacities on Teach For America’s national development team, securing over $150 million in philanthropy to support the organization’s growth in scale and impact from 2008-2015. She began her career as an associate at the global investment research firm, Morningstar, Inc.

McCarley earned an M.A. in English from Northwestern University and a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame.

Anne McCarley

Chief Strategy Officer
Julian Roberts
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Julian Roberts

Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Julian Roberts

Julian Roberts is Relay’s Chief Financial and Operating Officer and leads the finance and technology areas. Prior to joining Relay, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Foundation for California Community Colleges for over four years where he implemented new systems and partnered to triple operating revenue. In his work, he emphasizes the strategic and programmatic value finance and operations contribute to the organization through vision, collaboration, and systems.



Before Foundation for California Community Colleges, Julian held positions at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Special Olympics International, and Population Services International.



Julian earned a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and an MPH/MBA from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Julian Roberts

Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Akilah Rosado
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Akilah Rosado

Chief Equity Officer
Akilah Rosado

Akilah Rosado is a lifelong Brooklynite and anti-racist practitioner and educator who approaches interrupting systems of oppression through strategic design and implementation. Recently, Akilah was appointed as Chief Equity Officer at Relay Graduate School of Education, an inaugural role at Relay. Akilah has spent the last 12 years at Bank Street College of Education serving in multiple roles, most recently as Vice President for Governance, Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion. Throughout her career, Akilah has continued to find ways to redesign systems that disrupt systemic oppression by influencing and shifting strategic levers of change.

Before moving into education, Akilah worked for ten years in the New York State Assembly before joining the Public Strategies Group, a boutique consulting firm where she focused on organizational development, change management, and strategic leadership coaching to staff and leaders working in government agencies. These experiences have yielded a skill set that allows Akilah to examine issues of equity within educational and nonprofit organizations through an analysis of systems with a goal of creating more equity institutions.

Akilah is currently a PhD candidate in Urban and Public Policy at Milano, at the New School where she is examining education policy through an intent (policy creation) versus impact (policy implementation) paradigm with the goal of centering the voices of those most adversely impacted by education policy implementation (i.e., zero tolerance policies) with a particular emphasis on Black girls.

Akilah received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Milano, at the New School.

Akilah Rosado

Chief Equity Officer
Jessica Smith
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Jessica Smith

Chief People Officer
Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith is Relay’s first Chief People Officer. She is a culture and change leader who believes in creating radical spaces of belonging. Jessica spent the last six years at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, most recently as the Vice President of Employee Relations & Engagement.


In that role, Jessica built Alliance’s first employee relations and engagement team and systems, started the organization’s first DEI working group, and created and led Alliance’s organizational strategy of becoming an anti-racist and pro-Black public charter school network.


Prior to Alliance, Jessica worked for Atlanta Public Schools leading employee relations work and advising management on the handling of employee relations and human resource matters while ensuring compliance with laws, policies, and regulations. Jessica began her career advising senior school system administrators and board members on labor and employment matters. Her experience has allowed Jessica to hone in on her skills of building strong people-centered systems that are grounded in equity and belonging. Jessica earned a B.A. from the University of Miami, and a J.D. from Emory University.

Jessica Smith

Chief People Officer
Pete Kauffman
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Peter Kauffman

General Counsel
Pete Kauffman

Peter serves as Relay’s General Counsel. Before Relay, Peter was a commercial litigator at Sidley Austin LLP. He began his career as a sixth grade math teacher through Teach for America at the Democracy Prep Public Schools. Peter has served on the Board of Trustees of an elementary school in Harlem, as a Public Leaders Fellow with Leadership for Educational Equity, and as a member of the NYC Bar’s Education and the Law Committee.

Peter received his B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where he was a Student Marshal. He received his J.D. from NYU Law, where he was on NYU Law Review.

Peter Kauffman

General Counsel

Senior Leadership Team

Nichelle Bowes
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Dr. Nichelle Bowes

Vice Provost, Student Affairs
Nichelle Bowes

Dr. Nichelle Bowes is the Vice Provost of Student Affairs at Relay Graduate School of Education where she leads the institution’s efforts to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and academically fulfilling experience for all students. Dr. Bowes has previously served the institution as the Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Dean, and later Dean of Relay’s Newark campus. Her scholarly interests include culturally responsive practices, academic advisement, and the centrality of the student experience at institutions of higher education. Prior to joining Relay, Dr. Bowes held teaching positions at K-12 institutions in urban settings in New Jersey.  Her certifications include K- 5 teacher, School Counselor and Principal in the state of New Jersey.


Dr. Bowes earned her BA in Psychology and English from Binghamton University (SUNY), her MA in Counselor Education from Kean University, her Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University, and her Ed. D. from Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the Education Steering committee of NACADA and chair of its scholarship subcommittee, a member of the Advisory Board of the St. Petersburg Sister Kin-nect Leadership Fellowship, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Dr. Nichelle Bowes

Vice Provost, Student Affairs
Warren Chancellor
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Warren Chancellor

Managing Director, Strategy and Operations, Professional Education
Warren Chancellor

Warren Chancellor is the Managing Director of Strategy & Operations for the Professional Education team at Relay. In this role, he supervises the events and operations team as they plan and execute 50+ intersessions per year as well as the partnerships team as they enroll thousands of teachers and leaders in our teacher and leader programs.

Prior to joining Relay, Warren served as the Managing Director of Events & Operations at Teach For America, leading the operations team in the planning and execution of the 25th Anniversary Summit that was hosted in Washington D.C. in 2016, attracting more than 15,000 participants from all over the country. Warren began his professional career in the classroom teaching high school math in Atlanta Public Schools and is a graduate of Morehouse College where he earned a bachelors of science in mathematics. He was born in Charlotte, NC and raised in Irian Jaya, Indonesia but currently resides in Washington, DC.

Warren Chancellor

Managing Director, Strategy and Operations, Professional Education
Christine Eisenhauer
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Christine Eisenhauer

National Executive Director of Partnerships
Christine Eisenhauer

As National Executive Director of Partnerships, Christine Eisenhauer leads Relay’s teacher partnership and strategy team to support PK-12 school partners through robust programmatic offerings. Prior to this, Eisenhauer was the Dean of Relay’s Delaware and DC campuses and managed campus deans across Relay.

Prior to Relay, Eisenhauer was the Managing Director of Academics at KIPP Philadelphia Schools, worked with schools in Wilmington, Delaware, and on staff with Teach For America. Eisenhauer’s first love is math, and she began her teaching career as an 8th grade math and science teacher with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education, and her B.A. from Furman University in Greenville, SC.

Christine Eisenhauer

National Executive Director of Partnerships
Piper Evans
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Piper Evans

Managing Director, Finance
Piper Evans

As Relay’s Managing Director of Finance, Piper Evans is responsible for all aspects of financial management and planning at Relay. Prior to Relay, Evans consulted on economic development and sustainability at O-H Community Partners, where she worked with nonprofits, foundations and government agencies to create jobs, develop entrepreneurial communities, and reduce CO2 emissions. Before that, she worked at The Walt Disney Co., in operations planning and analysis, for three years. She also worked at a boutique investment bank, advising parties to corporate bankruptcies, for two years.

Evans earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and she has lived in North Carolina, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

Piper Evans

Managing Director, Finance
Rebecca Good
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Dr. Rebecca Good

Vice Provost, Teacher Preparation
Rebecca Good

As Vice Provost of Teacher Preparation and Founding Dean of Relay Connecticut, Dr. Good believes that empowering teachers with a rigorous curriculum of practical application, theory, and educational pedagogy grounded in culturally responsive teaching, can have a dynamic impact on PK-12 students. An award-winning educator, Dr. Good started her career as a secondary language arts teacher in the Miami-Dade County Public School district, as a charter corps member of Teach For America. Upon relocating to New Haven, Connecticut in 2006, Dr. Good, inspired by the middle school experiences, spent 9 years teaching and leading at Elm City College Preparatory, 6 of those years as principal. Dr. Good earned her B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D in Global Education at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. Dr. Good serves on multiple educational boards and was appointed by the Connecticut Commissioner of Education to serve on the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Minority Teacher Recruitment Policy Oversight Council, given her extensive research on the role of state legislators in diversifying the teaching workforce.

Dr. Rebecca Good

Vice Provost, Teacher Preparation
Rachel Innes
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Rachel Innes

Managing Director, Development
Rachel Innes

As Relay’s Managing Director of Development, Rachel Innes is responsible for defining and executing Relay’s national and campus-specific fundraising strategies. Prior to joining the development team in 2016, Rachel led Relay’s new sites efforts and co-managed the institution’s accreditation activities. Before joining Relay in 2014, Rachel worked in operations at the New York City Department of Education. She began her career as a third grade teacher in the South Bronx as a Teach for America corps member.

Innes earned her MBA with a concentration in Social Enterprise from Columbia University, a MS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Pace University, and a BA in Government from Georgetown University.

Rachel Innes

Managing Director, Development
Ben Klompus
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Dr. Ben Klompus

Managing Director of Impact and Innovation, Professional Education
Ben Klompus

As Managing Director of Innovation and Impact, Dr. Klompus drives institutional efforts to identify, codify, and share impactful practice that measurably improves learning and experience for all PK-12 students. As the founding Dean of the National Principal Supervisor’s Academy, a selective, national cohort of accomplished system-level leaders, Klompus supports system level leaders in their quest to support and accelerate the development of the school level teams they serve. With more than 25 years of experience serving students at the classroom, school, and system level, Klompus has worked extensively at the nexus of data informed school improvement, instructional leadership development, and design thinking.

Dr. Klompus holds his Ed.L.D. and Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.S. in Philosophy from The Colorado College. He and his spouse Janine live in Williamstown, Massachusetts where their five sons keep them busy and smiling.

Dr. Ben Klompus

Managing Director of Impact and Innovation, Professional Education
Sarah Marder Eppstein
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Dr. Sarah Marder-Eppstein

Managing Director of Professional Education, Teacher Programs
Sarah Marder Eppstein

As Managing Director of Professional Education, Teacher Programs, Dr. Sarah Marder-Eppstein oversees all aspects of professional learning opportunities for teachers at Relay. Prior to joining professional education, Dr. Marder-Eppstein co-led degree-granting programming for over 1,500 teachers in Relay’s online campus and taught elementary methods and general pedagogy coursework. Dr. Marder-Eppstein also ran the annual Educator Summit conference for six years in partnership with the Character Lab, serving thousands of educators from around the world.

Before joining Relay in 2013, Dr. Marder-Eppstein taught third grade at Achievement First Brownsville in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Marder-Eppstein holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master’s in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education, and a Doctorate in Education from the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. Her research interests include new teacher retention strategies, culturally responsive teaching, and character development.

Dr. Sarah Marder-Eppstein

Managing Director of Professional Education, Teacher Programs
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Avi Popovich

Chief Information Officer


Avi Popovich, Relay’s Chief Information Officer, oversees the technology team. Avi has extensive experience in IT with over 15 years of IT leadership, across multiple industries. Prior to joining Relay, he was the Chief Information Officer and Information Security Officer of Tri-State Memorial Hospital as well as a member of their Executive Team. Avi directed key technology initiatives, including large scale EHR system projects, technology infrastructure, cybersecurity, and cloud compute adoption. Under his leadership the hospital was awarded a top technology ranking (CHIME) for several years running. He also led the expansion of a new IT team that supported Tri-State hospital’s extensive growth in recent years.

Avi holds a master’s degree in Information Technology Management – with specialization in Project Management from Southern Cross University. Avi’s technical expertise allows him to take hands on approach to problem solving and leading. His diverse work experience spans across multiple countries and three different continents.

Avi Popovich

Chief Information Officer
Jesse Rector
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Jesse Rector

Vice Provost, Regional Leaderships Programs
Jesse Rector

As Dean of school leadership programs at Relay, Jesse Rector leads all aspects of training for current and aspiring school leaders. In this role, he teaches courses on instructional leadership and serves as an advisor to the participants in our leadership programs.

Previously, Rector spent sixteen years in Newark, New Jersey, as a high-performing teacher in both the Newark Public Schools and at North Star Academy Charter School of Newark. During his last six years in Newark, Rector led North Star’s Clinton Hill Middle School.

Rector earned an M.A. in organizational leadership from Columbia University and a B.A. from Rutgers University.

Jesse Rector

Vice Provost, Regional Leaderships Programs
Clifford Thomas
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Clifford Thomas

Managing Director, Public Partnerships
Clifford Thomas

Cliff Thomas is the Managing Director of Policy and Government Affairs, leading the public funding teams, policy strategy, and government affairs work. He has previously served as a high school science teacher, founded and led a high-performing charter middle school, and led the initial national expansion of the JP Morgan Chase Foundation's Fellowship Initiative. He's a passionate amateur paleontologist and (unfortunately) loves the New York Jets.

Clifford Thomas

Managing Director, Public Partnerships
Kianti Brown Whitney
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Kianti Brown Whitney

Managing Director, Marketing and Communications
Kianti Brown Whitney

As Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, Kianti Brown Whitney’s role is to continue to increase brand awareness through creating powerful and compelling content for Relay’s key audiences. Prior to joining Relay, Kianti worked for a charter management organization, a financial institution, and multiple advertising agencies.

Whitney earned her MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Rice University. She has a BA in Communications from the University of California, San Diego.

Kianti Brown Whitney

Managing Director, Marketing and Communications
Therese Zosel Harper
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Dr. Therese Zosel-Harper

Senior Dean of COllective Campuses
Therese Zosel Harper

As Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, Kianti Brown Whitney’s role is to continue to increase brand awareness through creating powerful and compelling content for Relay’s key audiences. Prior to joining Relay, Kianti worked for a charter management organization, a financial institution, and multiple advertising agencies.

Whitney earned her MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Rice University. She has a BA in Communications from the University of California, San Diego.As Senior Dean, Dr. Therese Zosel-Harper oversees all aspects of teacher preparation across our campuses. Prior to serving as Senior Dean, Zosel-Harper was Relay's founding dean in Colorado and was New York's Assistant Dean of Students and an Assistant Professor of Practice. Before joining Relay, Zosel-Harper served as a high school social studies and adolescent literacy teacher at Peace and Diversity Academy in the Bronx, NY. Zosel-Harper earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College. She earned her M.S.T. in Teaching Social Studies at Pace University and her Ph.D. in Education Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. Zosel-Harper’s research interests include teacher recruitment, support/development and retention, and teacher evaluation policy.

Dr. Therese Zosel-Harper

Senior Dean of COllective Campuses

Our Board

  • Mayme Hostetter, President, Relay Graduate School of Education (ex officio)
  • Norman Atkins, President, Together Education; Co-Founder and President Emeritus, Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Donnell J. Butler, Founder & President, Opportunity College
  • Aimée Eubanks Davis, Founder & CEO, Braven
  • Alex Hernandez, President, Champlain College
  • Dave Levin, Co-founder, KIPP
  • Larry Robbins, Founder & CEO, Glenview Capital Management
  • David Steiner, Executive Director, Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy
  • Dacia Toll, Co-Founder and CEO, Stepmojo