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Wendy Nadel

Cathy Toohey

Wendy Nadel’s career in the not-for-profit sector began 25 years ago while a student at Emory University. As a co-founder of Volunteer Emory, the first United Way satellite branch on a university campus, Wendy experienced early-on, the impact that not-for-profits can make on societal change.

Wendy worked for ten years at the national office of the March of Dimes, as the Director of National Youth Programs where she developed the Foundation’s national high school leadership program and then later, as the Director of Chapter Services.

In 1996, Wendy formed, CreativeVision, a not-for-profit consulting firm. Her client list included dozens of organizations such as The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The American Cancer Society, Save the Children Federation, Girl Scouts, Inc and Childbirth Connections.

Beginning in the late 1990’s, Wendy traveled to some of the nation’s poorest communities to research rural child poverty, and served as Save the Children’s lead researcher/writer for their 2002 publication, America’s Forgotten Children. In addition she was the author of Save the Children’s, 2000 publication, The Web of Support; Developing Safe and Nurturing Learning Environments During Out-of-School-Time, a guide for organizations and school districts serving youth during the out of school hours.

In 2007, Wendy became the Executive Director of the Yonkers Partners in Education. She currently serves as a member The Volunteer Center of United Way.

Cathy Toohey

Cathy Toohey

Cathy Toohey is a marketing consultant with over twenty years of experience in the publishing industry. Her background includes fourteen years at Scholastic, Inc., where she was Marketing Vice President for Scholastic Education. Prior to that, she held executive posts at Macmillan McGraw Hill and HarperCollins Children’s Books. Cathy has taught in the elementary grades as well as an adjunct in Children’s Literature and Educational Publishing.

Joan Walker, Ph.D.

Joan Walker, Ph.D.

Joan Walker, Ph.D., Pace University School of Education
In her work, Professor Joan Walker examines how people learn in a variety of settings. Her current research and teaching in the Pace University School of Education fuses cutting-edge interactive technology, psychology, education and the performing arts. This multidisciplinary approach immerses future educators in simulations of professional practice where they can experience real-time decision-making under no-fault conditions. She is particularly interested in using technology to prepare teachers for the social and emotional dimensions of teaching, such as communicating with families about student learning and forging positive teacher-student relationships. Her K-12 education experience includes 10 years as the director of a nationally accredited, school-based before and after school program in Nashville, TN. She has also been a music educator in conservatory and preschool settings. Professor Walker received her Ph.D in psychology from Vanderbilt University and holds bachelor and master of music education degrees.

Leslie Zuckerwise

Leslie Zuckerwise

Leslie Zuckerwise, M.A., is the Assistant Head of Windward's lower school. She taught at Windward’s middle school since 2001 and has a graduate degree in Education, Curriculum and Technology. In addition, she held the Instructional Technology Support position since its inception in 2007 until 2010, as well as the Assistant Teacher Staff Developer position during the 2010-2011 school year. In 2010, Leslie was awarded the Isabel Greenbaum Stone Master Teacher Award. She has presented at the Windward parent seminar “Lessons from the Classroom” and has conducted numerous technology workshops and training seminars for Windward’s staff development program and the Windward Teacher Training Institute. When in the classroom, Leslie delivers her multisensory lessons using a SMARTBoard and SMART Notebook software. She is a certified SMART trainer.