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A team of experts that shares your school's commitment to excellence


Each member of the Charter School Specialists team brings years of relevant experience and a solid commitment to school success to their unique roles. Team members' collective knowledge and expertise provide for a high level of organizational capacity and are leverage each and every day in support of Ohio's charter schools.


President: Dave L. Cash, Jr.

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Dave founded Charter School Specialists in 2004, but his commitment to helping children learn, grow and succeed is a life-long passion. His experience working for the Ohio Department of Education, where he was involved in supporting Ohio’s community school program in its early years, spanned all aspects of school development, contracts, evaluation, compliance and technical assistance. Early in Dave’s career, he served as a school leader working with disadvantaged and troubled youth, gaining a special appreciation for the difficult roles of administrative and teaching staff.



Director of Federal Programs: Michelle D'Amico

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Michelle has over 15 years of experience in education throughout the state of Ohio, having served as a charter school elementary and special education teacher, special education coordinator and assistant principal.  She has also worked as an education consultant in the Ohio Department of Education's Offices of Federal Programs and Exceptional Children



Assistant Treasurer: Lisa Biederman

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Lisa has served public schools and education-related organizations for more than 20 years, including employment as an interim treasurer, assistant treasurer, customer service coordinator, fiscal coordinator and software consultant. From payroll and other HR support, to accounts payable/receivable, bank reconciliation and budgeting, Lisa’s experience in the education environment makes her a great asset to charter schools.



Vice President of Special Education: Dr. Christine Burke

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Dr. Burke leverages her extensive experience – as a special education teacher, school psychologist and manager of a major urban district’s special education department -- to help ensure school compliance with IDEA and other laws governing special education services. From data collection, reporting, general service delivery, and addressing individual students’ unique needs, Dr. Burke serves as a hands-on, accessible resource to charter school board members, administrators and staff. Her training and consulting services are highly valued by the schools she serves.



Office Coordinator: Debra Fleming

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Deb’s background in administration and the medical field has honed her organizational skills, enhancing her effectiveness in coordinating CSS staff involvement in various school and board meetings and compliance assessments. Her attention to detail serves schools well, and her expertise in technology is an asset to CSS staff in her internal support role. Deb has held a number of executive administrative positions throughout her career including employment by The Ohio State University.



Director of Sponsorship: Brian Dunbar

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A former teacher and administrator, Brian has served Ohio community school parents, students, boards and leaders since 2001. He leverages his demonstrated success in the classroom as a teacher, curriculum coach and administrator in support of Ohio’s charter schools. He serves as chair of the Charter School Specialists Local Professional Development Committee Consortium, which helps teachers identify and pursue appropriate professional development opportunities needed for license renewal and ensures that schools are compliant with state law.



Special Projects Director: Carla Isaac

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Carla has worked in education for nearly 10 years. Her expertise in project management, document management and special projects coordination makes her a valued resource to schools sponsored by St. Aloysius Orphanage, helping to ensure their compliance in a wide range of areas. She serves as a vital link between schools and the Ohio Department of Education, and ensures timely, accurate submission of key information.



Northern Ohio Regional Representative: Delores Junior

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Delores’ 35+ years experience in public education includes teaching and administration in a major urban district. She has focused extensively on improving student achievement, and has served as a curriculum specialist, summer school coordinator, professional development coordinator, and coordinator for prevention programs for students at risk. She brings a unique, hands-on perspective in supporting charter schools throughout northern Ohio.


Treasurer: Dan Lamb

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Dan’s experience in fiscal support and assistant treasurer roles for two traditional public school districts in Ohio serves as a solid background for his position at Charter School Specialists.  Dan is a licensed school treasurer with hands-on experience in payroll processing, accounts receivable/payable, budgeting, monthly and year-end account reconciliations, state audits and records retention.  He has also helped coordinate cooperative purchasing programs, contracts and lease agreements for public school districts.  Prior to working in Ohio’s education arena, Dan held several positions in financial services.



Treasurer: Bob Lotz

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Bob has dedicated his career, which spans more than 40 years, to public education. His 20 years of service as a district school treasurer – coupled with his service as a district superintendent and, early in his career, as an assistant principal – serves as a solid foundation in providing strong fiscal support to Ohio charter schools. In 1995, Bob was named “Treasurer of the Year” by the Ohio Association of School Business Officials. He is a past president of the association, and has served as a board member for the Northwest Ohio Computer Services Cooperative for whom he organized and chaired the Cooperative Worker Compensation Group.



Educational Programs Assistant: Angie Mann

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Angie brings more than a decade of experience providing administrative support in a variety of work environments, including the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Professional Conduct. Her attention to detail and commitment to consistently meeting deadlines are valuable assets in her role of providing support to the CSS School Improvement team, which was created to assist schools in achieving academic excellence. In addition to helping ensure that schools are compliant with federal program requirements, she also provides valuable assistance in other areas of CSS operations, including sponsorship contract renewals and monthly “school-at-a-glance” reports.




CFO: Steve Schultheis

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Steve's career spans over 30 years in business and corporate accounting.  His experience provides valuable support to the CSS team, and a good foundation for fiscal reviews and other compliance assessments.  Steve has experience in compliance with many state and federal agencies, and prior to joining CSS held many accounting and finance positions.



General Counsel: Tammie Osler

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An attorney and former assistant prosecutor, Tammie provides assistance and support to charter schools sponsored by St. Aloysius Orphanage, relying on her past experience with the ODE Office of Professional Conduct. Her knowledge of Ohio charter law provides a solid foundation for conducting schools’ compliance reviews and providing quality technical assistance. She plays a key role in executing contracts between Charter School Specialists and the many schools it serves.



School Improvement Coordinator: Sue Mash

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Sue’s 25+ years of experience in education is distinguished by a strong background in school improvement and systems of support. She has been a classroom teacher, teacher leader, mentor, coach, state-level agency manager and educational consultant. Her in-depth experience in standards-based education includes curriculum alignment, unit and lesson design, instructional strategies, formative and summative assessments, and literacy across the curriculum. Sue has designed and facilitated high-quality learning experiences for novice and experienced educators. Her tenure with the Ohio Department of Education focused on development, coordination, and implementation of products, services, and technical assistance for improving learning and closing the achievement gap for all students.



Fiscal Specialist:  Kim Dunlap

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Kim's 17-year accounting career, including seven years with a large Ohio charter e-school, serves as a solid foundation for her role at Charter School Specialists. Her experience includes budgeting, account reconciliations, implementing new accounting systems, developing internal controls and procedures, payroll, preparing financial statements and tax returns, and accounts receivable/payable. Kim has excellent team building and customer services skills, and plays an important role in support of schools that rely on CSS for treasurer/fiscal services.



Director of College & Career Readiness:  Kerry Jupina

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Kerry comes to us with over 25 years of serving disadvantaged young people.  15 years specific to charter school leadership.  Her experience includes demonstrated and proven success as a building leader, training and developing school leaders, board membership, as well as executive experience in overall operations for two education management companies.  Her years of dedication, and passion for ensuring that our young people have every opportunity to experience life success is a true asset for all our partners.



Director of Special Education Program Compliance:  Susan Scarponi

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Susan Scarponi spent the last 14 ½ years as the Director of Special Education for an educational management company. During that tenure her duties included training teachers, supervisors and administrators; overseeing Section 504 compliance; working with parents and advocates to enhance the education of students with disabilities; and coordinating the delivery of related services. She has served on a variety of advisory panels at the local and state level. Susan began her career as a special education teacher and taught at Ohio State University while in graduate school.



Operations Coordinator:  Frank Stoy

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Frank Stoy has been engaged in Ohio's Charter School movement for over thirteen years. He has worked with sponsors in directing and coordinating charter contract functions included renewal, new school contracting, contract amendments and development of meaningful education and performance and accountability plans. Frank managed sponsor intervention efforts to improve school performance and helped develop communications plans with stakeholders.  Testifying before the State Board of Education and House and Senate Education Committees on community school issues, as well as presenting at conferences and professional development sessions, Frank has been able to leverage his first hand knowledge of community school and sponsor operations.  He has provided training and guidance to community school governing authorities and community school developers.






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