Our Staff

Chris A. Flippo

Executive Director

Experience:

Over 20 years in nonprofit administration and leadership. Began serving ESLC in 2017.

Education:

M.A. Sociology, William and Mary
Business Analysis, University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education
B.A. Sociology, Biblical Studies, Evangel University

Sharon White, OSF

Program Director and Site Coordinator, Community of Peace Academy

Experience:

More than 40 years in teaching and administration. Began serving at ESLC in 2009.

Education:

Ed.S. in elementary educational administration. 

Shoua Khang

Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator

Experience:

Several years experience working with East Side children through the YMCA and professional tutoring with ESLC.

Education:

Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Advocacy & Political Leadership

Suzanne Al-Kayali

Development Associate

Experience:

Previous experience leading nonprofits, development, and communications

Education:

M.A. in Sociology

 

Paul Simone

Director of Strategic Services

Experience:

Previously served as Executive Director of Quality Education Services, as Director of Math and Science Academy, Woodbury, MN. He previously taught high school Social Studies. 

Education:

M.A. in Educational Leadership, St. Thomas University
K-12 Administrative License
B.A., St. Thomas University

Rebecca Nordstrom

Site Coordinator, HOPE Community Academy

Experience:

Over 30 years of elementary teaching. Began serving ESLC in 2010.

Education:

B.A. in elementary education

Erin Simon

Asst. Program Director and Site Coordinator, Higher Ground Academy

Experience:

Previously served as Volunteer Director at Quality Education Services and more than 6 years supporting literacy programs for children. 

Education:

Bachelor's degree in English. 

Kathy Cosmano

Preschool Coordinator

Experience:

Previously worked as preschool literacy leader at St. Catherine's Early Childhood Center. Began serving ESLC in 2017.

Education:

M.A., Early Childhood Education

Alyssa Hamel

Site Coordinator, John A Johnson Elementary

Experience:

Over 4 years of elementary teaching. Began serving ESLC in 2013.

Education:

B.A. in Elementary Education

Peter Redmond

Site Coordinator, Harvest Prep Academy

Experience:

Peter served as a secondary English teacher for 38 years. 

Kymberly Miller

Site Coordinator, Saint Paul School of Northern Lights, Southside Family Charter, and Hiawatha Academy

Experience:

4 years teaching Middle School English Language Arts, over 4 years working in Special Ed elementary classrooms and middle high school behaviorial disorder classrooms.

Education:

 B.A. in Secondary English Language Arts.

Mary Noble

Site Coordinator, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and Martin Luther King Rec Center

Experience:

Previously served as a teacher and administrator in Minneapolis Public Schools. 

Education:

M.A. Learning and Emotional Behavior, Xavier University
M.A. Montissori Education, Xavier University
B.Sc. Education, The Ohio State University