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Malachi Pancoast

Malachi Pancoast

President and Founder

Malachi Pancoast has been helping organizations produce breakthrough improvements in performance, productivity, and employee satisfaction since 1986, when he founded his own business consulting firm. His clients typically reported a 200-300% increase in profitability within one year of their work with Mr. Pancoast.

Mr. Pancoast began applying his Breakthrough Coach Management Methodology™ to his work with instructional leaders in 1998, and founded The Breakthrough Coach in 2001. His efforts have led to dramatic increases in student achievement, staff satisfaction, retention, and productivity of administrative teams in schools and districts where TBC's Management Methodology™ has been fully implemented.

Malachi Pancoast has led seminars and workshops on transformational leadership for instructional leaders throughout the United States and internationally. He has been a featured presenter in both professional and academic settings, including the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the University of Edinburgh, and the National Associations of Elementary and Secondary School Principals.

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Jill Pancoast

Jill Pancoast

Vice President & Managing Partner

Jill Pancoast has been involved in professional development for managers since 1994, including 5 years as CEO of her own executive coaching firm. Jill and Malachi Pancoast founded The Breakthrough Coach in 2001, with the objective of translating their knowledge of effective business management practices to the education environment.

Ms. Pancoast is co-author and lead presenter of From the Front Office to the Classroom, TBC's ongoing coaching program for 2-Day graduates that guides clients during their initial year of implementation. After leading From the Front Office for five years, Ms. Pancoast synthesized the curriculum and developed the Podcast Support Series, a TBC product which is now distributed to all 2-Day graduates. She is a senior presenter for TBC and trains TBC's presenters and coaches throughout the United States. Since 2005, Ms. Pancoast has coached over 200 administrators in urban, suburban and rural school districts including New York City, suburban Denver, and the Texas panhandle. She has been instrumental in helping them become effective instructional leaders: overseeing breakthrough improvements in student achievement, even as they dramatically decrease their workloads.

Ms. Pancoast has been a featured speaker for several national and international educator organizations, including the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Developers, and the European Council of International Schools.

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Katie Reasoner

Director of Educator Events

Reasoner is expert at ensuring that events run smoothly and fulfill their purpose – skills she developed in positions with the Georgia Dome & Olympic Stadium in Atlanta. She has over twenty years of experience managing projects and organizing events, both in the education arena and outside of it. She has worked with organizations large and small, including the Park Tudor School, the Indiana University Foundation and their Women in Philanthropy program.

Ms. Reasoner holds a B.A. in Telecommunications, with a minor in business from Indiana University.

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Phyllis Greenfield

Financial Secretary

Phyllis Greenfield brings multi-dimensional experience to The Breakthrough Coach, both as an educator and a social services professional. Throughout her career, she has focused on working with underserved populations, and has a deep understanding of the challenges of working with inner city youth and adults.

Mrs. Greenfield spent nearly twenty years in education, first as a classroom teacher, then as the director of a private school. Her social services experience includes management of thousands of community volunteers, first as a director of five settlement houses and later as a vice president of United Way.

Mrs. Greenfield attended the State University of New York, Albany, and holds a B.A. in Human Resource Management from the New School for Social Research.

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Rhea Blanken – Results Technology, Inc.

Consultant, Organizational Development

Over Ms. Blanken's 25 years in the association community, she has promoted organizational development, strategic marketing and created resource-full™ relationships. Ms. Blanken is the co-author of Facing the Future, an environmental scan report published by ASAE, and Embracing the Future, a companion toolkit of future-focused exercises and activities.

Ms. Blanken is a trusted advisor to staff executives and member leaders of results-oriented, service-driven, and responsibly led organizations seeking to expand capacities that engender member loyalty, increase profitability, and sustain market relevance and longevity.

Counted among her many clients - International City and County Management Association, American Health Information Management Association, The American Psychiatric Association - has been the desire to transform their organizational culture, strategically fuse their "non-traditional" resources, and integrate their marketing efforts.

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Jerry Callison – President, Innovias, Inc.

Consultant, Chief Information Officer

Jerry Callison began Innovias, Inc. in 2005 to help small and medium-sized businesses become more effective through advanced technologies. His ideas emerged after a management career with Bank of America-where his strategic planning impacted more than 100,000 employees and millions of customers-and serving as Director of Electronic Commerce at HomeSide Lending. Today, Mr. Callison applies over 20 years of IT management experience to helping smaller organizations realize the same productivity and sales outcomes that historically were available only to larger enterprises.

Mr. Callison holds a B.S. Degree in Computer Information Science from the University of North Florida. He has earned Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer and Sun Java Developer certifications, as well as a Six Sigma Black Belt for Quality.

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Beth M. Hyre

Consultant, Educator Outreach

Beth Hyre has worked in the field of business-education partnerships since 1991.

Ms. Hyre began her career in Washington, D.C. at The Voice of America (U.S. Information Agency) as a radio English-teaching specialist, writer, producer and editor, then moved on to work on Capitol Hill as a public relations account executive and events planner. In New York, Ms. Hyre worked for Children's Television Workshop for seven years. She developed business-education partnerships for a large business organization, and, in her capacity as Community Relations Manager for a large for-profit university in New Jersey, Ms. Hyre either chaired or sat on education committees for 9 business organizations. She also co-chaired the Corporate Allied Partners group for the New Jersey Principals & Supervisors Association.

Ms. Hyre holds a B.A. in Communications from American University in Washington, D.C., and an M.B.A. in Management from Fordham University, New York, New York.

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Dr. Cordell Jones

Principal, Alamo Heights Independent School District , San Antonio, TX
Presenter

Dr. Cordell T. Jones has been an educator for over 20 years. He has spent the last decade in the Alamo Heights Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas, as an elementary school principal, and began in the 2012-13 academic year as principal of the Alamo Heights Junior School.

Dr. Jones began his career as an eighth-grade history teacher in San Antonio. He realized he could broaden that impact substantially by moving into administration and working with teachers and students. Dr. Jones began implementing The Breakthrough Coach Management Methodology™ in 2005. He now spends three days each week in classrooms and coaching his staff.

Dr. Jones was recently recognized as the top elementary school principal in South Texas and was named one of the top 5 elementary principals statewide. He serves on the national executive board of the School Leaders Network and promotes effective school leadership through his work with the Trinity University Principals' Center.

Dr. Cordell T. Jones holds a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College, an M.A. in Teaching, and a Masters in School Administration from Trinity University. He received his Ph.D. in School Administration from Texas A & M University.

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Esther K. McDonald

Retired Principal, Monrovia Unified School District, Monrovia, CA
Presenter/Coach

Esther McDonald has been an educator for over 40 years, including 23 years as an administrator, serving in schools across the socio-economic, geographic and grade-level spectrum prior to her retirement as a Principal in the Monrovia Unified School District, Monrovia, CA. Her wide range of experiences gives her a special ability to relate to teachers, administrators, students and the greater community in any educational environment.

Ms. McDonald began her career as a Pre-K-6 classroom teacher in suburban and urban schools in California, Alaska, and on a military base in Frankfurt, Germany. She has been a principal in four different Pre-K-6 schools, including a start-up, multi-track school in California, overseeing its growth from classes in "portables" to fully-operational, serving 900 students. She has been an assistant superintendent, district director of alternative programs, director of adult technical career programs and an adjunct university instructor. Ms. McDonald has been actively working with The Breakthrough Coach Management Methodology™ for over 10 years.

Esther K. McDonald holds a B.A. in English from Seattle Pacific University, an M.A. in Curriculum & Supervision from Point Loma Nazarene University, and an Administrative Credential from Azusa Pacific University.

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Kelly McHugh

Principal, Whitehall Central School District, Whitehall, NY
Presenter/Coach

Kelly McHugh brings a strong combination of experience and perspective to her work with The Breakthrough Coach. Her 20 years in education have encompassed both classroom teaching and administration at both the middle and high school levels. Ms. McHugh began her career as a high school science teacher, then moved into administration as an assistant principal in suburban high schools in Michigan and New York. She is currently the building principal of Whitehall Jr./Sr. High School in rural upstate New York.

Ms. McHugh began using The Breakthrough Coach Management Methodology™ in 2007. Since then, Whitehall's graduation rates have risen 23%, behavior incidents have decreased by 55%, the attendance rate has risen 8%, and tardiness has decreased 300%., even as she has reduced her average workweek from over 60 hours to 45 hours/week.

Kelly McHugh holds a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University, and an M.A. in Secondary Science Education from the State University of New York-Cortland. She also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in School District Administration from SUNY Cortland. Ms. McHugh is a member of the School Administrators Association of N.Y. State, the (NY) Capital Area School Development Association, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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Trina Rich

Retired Principal, Cherry Creek School District, Denver, CO
Presenter/Coach

Trina Rich has recently retired after almost 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district administrator in the Cherry Creek School District, (CCSD), located in the Denver, Colorado metro area. CCSD includes over 50,000 students.

She began her career with six years as an elementary school teacher, then moved to administration as an assistant principal, followed by eight years as principal of two elementary schools. Eventually, Ms. Rich became Executive Director of Elementary Education in the Cherry Creek School District, supervising 13 schools. She began using The Breakthrough Coach Management Methodology™ after her second year as a principal, and continued to do so throughout the rest of her career.

Ms. Rich served on the board of the Colorado Principals Center for three years, including one term as its president. The two schools where she served as principal both received the Distinguished Governor's Award for academic growth, and the John Irwin School of Excellence Award for demonstrating consistently high student achievement.

Trina Rich earned her B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado, and an M.A. in Leadership, Supervision of Instruction and Curriculum from the University of Colorado at Denver. She also holds an M.B.A. from Regis University.

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Tom Rooney

Superintendent, Lindsay Unified School District, Lindsay, CA
Presenter/Coach

Tom Rooney brings a wealth of experience in K-12 education to his work with The Breakthrough Coach. Mr. Rooney has worked in school districts with large numbers of socio-economically disadvantaged students and English Language Learners since 1993. He has been a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. He is currently Superintendent of the Lindsay Unified School District, Lindsay, California. He is leading a district-wide effort to implement a performance/standards-based, non-linear, curriculum, and has found that TBC's Management Methodology™ has proven invaluable in his effort to bring significant educational reform in his district.

Mr. Rooney earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from California State University, Fresno. He also holds a California Administrative Credential, a California Teaching Credential, and a Language Development Specialist Certificate.

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Lisa Kersh

Professional Service Provider, Texas Education Agency, TX
Presenter/Coach

Lisa Kersh is an educational leader in the state of Texas. An educator and administrator for 36 years, she is currently a Professional Service Provider for the Texas Center for District and School Support, a division of the Texas Education Agency which aids improvement efforts of struggling schools. She served the Plainview Independent School District for over 10 years as principal of Plainview High School and district-level Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Ms. Kersh began working with The Breakthrough Coach Management Methodology™ in 2005, during her tenure as principal of the high school, and continued to spend at least two days per week in classrooms for the remainder of her time there. In 2010, after several years of steady gains in test scores, Plainview High School was named a "Recognized School" by the Texas Education Agency.

Ms. Kersh holds a B.S. in Education, an M.S. in Early Childhood Education, and an M.S. in School Administration. She currently teaches at Wayland Baptist University, in addition to her work with the Texas Education Agency.

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Dr. Andy Johnsen

Principal at Valley Elementary School in Poway, CA
Coach

Dr. Andy Johnsen is the Principal at Valley Elementary School in Poway, California. His 20-year career as a teacher and administrator in both urban and suburban schools has made him passionate about the potential impact that a building principal can have on student success.

Dr. Johnsen served as a teacher, program coordinator, assistant principal, principal and district office director overseeing charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, working primarily with economically disadvantaged and English Learner students. Valley Elementary School in the Poway Unified School district in north San Diego County, has the highest percentage of English Learners and economically-disadvantaged students in the district.

Dr. Johnsen began working with TBC 8 years ago. TBC’s Management Methodology™ has made it possible for him to spend two days or more per week in classrooms observing instruction, coaching teachers, and gathering observational data for future professional development activities. As a result, his students have posted the largest test score gains in the district over a two-year period in 2012 and 2013, and the school’s Academic Performance Index is the highest it has ever been (842). His school has twice received the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award. He is a member of the International Coach Federation and has been trained to coach instructional leaders

Andy Johnsen earned his B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, his M.S. in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA.

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Management

Malachi Pancoast
Jill Pancoast

Administrative Staff

Katie Reasoner
Phyllis Greenfield

Consultants

Rhea Blanken
Jerry Callison
Beth M. Hyre

Coaches and Presenters

Dr. Cordell Jones
Esther K. McDonald
Kelly McHugh
Trina Rich
Tom Rooney
Lisa Kersh
Dr. Andy Johnsen