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Staff Directory


Linda Bevilacqua - President


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Photo of Linda Bevilacqua Linda Bevilacqua is the president of the Core Knowledge Foundation. She is the co-author, with E. D. Hirsch, Jr. of three publications, What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Read-Alouds to Get Ready for Kindergarten and What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Activity Books 1 and 2. She developed the Core Knowledge preschool program and is actively involved in the development of the Core Knowledge Language Arts program, which has been successfully piloted in ten New York City public schools. She has served as a consultant regarding national curricular and educational policies, most recently in the development of the Common Core State Standards, as well as for Head Start, the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Albert Shanker Institute. She earned her BS and M.Ed from the University of Virginia and has taught and supervised programs for children with learning disabilities.

Elizabeth Bland - General Counsel


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Photo of Elizabeth Bland Elizabeth Bland joined the Core Knowledge Foundation in 2013. Elizabeth is a licensed attorney who has been authorized to practice law within the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2010. As such, she oversees the Foundation’s legal matters and ensures the protection of its rights and interests. Elizabeth received her B.A. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Melanie Jones - Operations Director


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Photo of Melanie Jones Melanie manages the operations surrounding the sales of Core Knowledge publications, the online bookstore, customer call center, warehouse & inventory management, and reprint activities. Additionally, Melanie oversees all IT and web-related activities. Melanie joined the Foundation in January 2008. Prior to joining Core Knowledge, Melanie spent 13 years at the UVa Darden School as a marketing case-writer and research associate, and helped to implement the MBAExec Program. Melanie studied computer information systems and general studies at Piedmont Virginia Community College.


Will Ashby - Customer Service Manager


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Photo of Will Ashby Will joined the Foundation in May of 2013 after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, and brings several years of experience as a customer service representative. Will is also a Spanish translator, has spent considerable time in the nonprofit industry at the United Way in Richmond, and has spent time volunteering in Peru as an English teacher to children. Will very much enjoys learning new technologies, playing guitar and crafting digital music.

Christina Erland - Schools Support & Curriculum Specialist


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Photo of Christina Erland Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary/Special Education and a Master of Education in Reading Education. Christina began her career as a special education and classroom teacher supporting students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. At the Foundation, Christina has provided consultation to schools implementing the Core Knowledge Sequence and CKLA. In addition, she has designed and conducted professional development workshops and presentations. She also directed the professional development for the New York State Project. In this role, she and her team support NY schools implementing CKLA through face-to-face trainings, on-demand webinars, and office hours.

Linda Fromm - Director of Accounting


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Photo of Linda Fromm Linda holds the distinction of having served the Core Knowledge Foundation for longer than any other staff member. She joined Core Knowledge in 1993, as one of a handful of employees who did whatever was needed to run the Foundation during those early days. Linda is now the business office director where her duties include managing the day to day bookkeeping responsibilities, as well as human resources and benefits administration. Linda continues to fulfill an essential role doing whatever is needed to keep things running smoothly Foundation wide.

Karen Goss - Bookkeeper, AR/AP


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Photo of Karen Goss Karen joined the Foundation in December of 2009.  She is responsible for daily bookkeeping including accounts payable and receivable, as well as collections.  Karen brings over 35 years of customer and financial service experience, both in banking and educational travel fields.  Karen attended Piedmont Virginia Community College and James Madison University.  She and her husband, Scott,  have been actively involved in their community Volunteer Fire and EMS agencies for 36 years.

Rosie McCormick - Writer & Curriculum Specialist


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Photo of Rosie McCormick Rosie McCormick, M.A., is the author of over 30 children’s fiction and non-fiction books published in both the US and the UK. She began working for Core Knowledge as a freelance writer in 2009. Rosie joined the CKLA team in 2011 as an in-house writer and editor. Rosie studied English and History at London University, and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Rosie has an extensive background in trade and educational publishing, and has also taught third, fourth, and fifth grades.

Richard Talbot - Schools Support & Curriculum Specialist


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Photo of Richard Talbot Jamie comes to us from the Social Development lab at the University of Virginia. He has a B.A. in Biology, a M.T. in Secondary Biology Education, and is currently working toward an Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in Instructional Technology. Jamie has a keen interest in online education - he was instrumental in the selection and implementation of a distance learning system for district level home-bound and alternative students.

Sherman Thompson - Warehouse Manager


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Photo of Sherman Thompson Sherman has been with the Foundation and has managed our warehouse operations since November of 2003. In addition to managing the day-to-day shipping operations, Sherman manages the facilities for the Foundation. Sherman ensures timely order fulfillment and accurate inventory, and ensures our parking lots and sidewalks have been safe during the recent abundance of snow storms.