Our Team


Dana Diesel Wallace

Dana is President and CEO of Schools That Lead, Inc. She also teaches courses at Wilmington University on the use of improvement science in schools to students pursuing their doctorates in educational leadership. Previously Dana led school development efforts at a state-wide education non-profit in North Carolina and worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, central services director, and superintendent in states throughout the country. Dana has an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, a master's from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor's from Old Dominion University.


Our Board

Sofi Frankowski

Sofi is the Chief Learning Officer for Schools That Lead. She has taught elementary, middle school and high school students in Connecticut, Washington DC, Japan, California and North Carolina. Her leadership has been shaped by a belief in the power of adult collaboration and a commitment to improving outcomes for all students. A National Board Certified teacher, Frankowski holds a bachelor’s in public policy studies from Duke University and a master’s in education from Stanford University.

Robert BartoLi

Robert spent his entire professional life as an educator, having retired with forty years of experience in schools — eighteen years teaching kindergarten through twelfth grade and twenty-two years serving as a school administrator. Since retirement, Robert continues to be involved with school administrators to assist them with their goal of maximizing their effectiveness as educational leaders.

Eliz Colbert

Dr. Eliz Colbert joined the team at NC Virtual Public School in 2013 and currently serves as the Executive Director. She has over twenty years in service to NC public schools including twelve years as a school administrator and six years leading professional learning initiatives at the state and local level.  These roles have allowed Eliz the opportunity to study and deploy best practices in learning for students of all ages through the online classroom.

Kae Keister

Kae Keister served for  33 years in public education as a preschool and middle-level math teacher as well as an elementary and middle level administrator in Delaware. She is now an Associate Professor at Wilmington University in the College of Education, where she teaches in the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.  She graduated from Pfeiffer College, Salisbury State University and Nova University, and is a native Delawarean.

Ashby Kilgore

Dr. Kilgore was appointed Superintendent of Newport News Public Schools, Virginia in May 2007 -- the first woman ever to lead the 29,000-student school division. An early leader in youth development, Dr. Kilgore established a comprehensive district-wide youth development initiative to assist students in growing their skills in leadership, citizenship and teamwork. Service learning is now part of the curriculum in NNPS She has over 35 years of experience in public education as a teacher, principal, college professor and deputy superintendent.

Paul Le Mahieu, Board Chair

Paul LeMahieu is the senior vice president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he manages all of its programs. Previously at Carnegie, he directed the work of the Carnegie Hub, which supports the networks the Foundation convenes to engage problems of education practice in the field. LeMahieu came to Carnegie from the National Writing Project (NWP) at the University of California, Berkeley where he was director of research and evaluation. He has also served as superintendent of education for the state of Hawaiʻi, the only state in the nation that is a single unitary school district with operating and capital budgets totaling over $1.8 billion.

Austin Obasohan

Austin Obasohan serves as superintendent of Duplin County Schools in North Carolina, where he has led the implementation of a district-wide Early College High School design and advanced STEM education K-12. A native of Nigeria, Austin earned a marketing degree from Sussex College of Technology in England and his doctorate in educational leadership from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. In his 30-year career in education, he has worked in public schools in Alabama, Virginia, and North Carolina.