Steve Quattrociocchi is the President of Catapult Learning. Steve has a long track record of leadership and operational experience in the field of education. Prior to joining Catapult Learning, Steve served as the COO and CFO of Ashford University. He also led technology-enabled education services at the C-level or as Division President at three public higher education companies, where he was responsible for implementing technology solutions to enable meaningful interactions between education professionals, students, and families. Steve also spent several years leading the test preparation business at The Princeton Review through the launch of online learning, an IPO, and international expansion and growth. Steve is a native of Rochester, NY and holds a BS degree from M.I.T. and an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
Annette Charles is Catapult Learning’s Territory Vice President for the South territory and provides operational oversight and leadership for all Catapult Learning programs delivered in the region. Her division delivers services for public and non-public schools, including instruction, intervention, and professional development. Annette has nearly 2 decades of experience maintaining strong professional relationships with key personnel in school districts and customer service. In addition to her excellent management and communication skills, she has five years of educational experience as an assistant principal in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. She received a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Northeastern University in Boston.
Diane Rymer is Catapult Learning’s Territory Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic and provides operational oversight and leadership for all Catapult Learning programs delivered in the region. Previously, Diane served as Catapult Learning’s Vice President of Professional Development and was responsible for the overall development and implementation of all professional development programs. She has extensive experience providing thought leadership, direction, and support to school administrators as they lead complex instructional change and foster a culture of learning in their schools. Diane brings a wealth of professional development experience, including Supervisor of Professional Development at Baltimore County Public Schools and Assistant Director of Professional Development at Maryland Public Television. Diane earned her Master of Science/Technology for Educators from John Hopkins University and her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Loyola University, Maryland.
Suzanne DeZego is Catapult Learning’s Territory Vice President for the state of Missouri and provides operational oversight and leadership for all Catapult Learning programs delivered in the state. Before joining Catapult Learning, Suzanne served in a number of roles within the education community, including serving as an English teacher, a principal, director of curriculum and professional development, and was the founding principal at EAGLE College Preparatory School. Suzanne earned her Doctorate of Philosophy, Educational Administration as well as a Master’s in Educational Administration from St. Louis University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Joy Westdorp is Catapult Learning’s Territory Vice President for the Midwest and provides operational oversight and leadership for all Catapult Learning programs delivered in the region, including instruction, intervention, and professional development in both public and non-public schools. Prior to her role at Catapult Learning, Joy served as President of Writecosm/Vantage Labs. She has also held multiple roles for Princeton Review including Senior Vice President, Operations; Vice President, Eastern Region, and Executive Director. Joy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. She also earned a Certificate in Leading Strategic Growth from Columbia Business School.
Bill Backall is Catapult Learning’s Senior Vice President of Operations for the Northeast and provides operational oversight and leadership for all Catapult Learning programs delivered in the region. Joining the Catapult Learning family in 2000, Bill has since held positions at various levels of management within our operations teams and leverages nearly two decades of experience in ensuring operational excellence in his region. Bill earned his MBA in Management Information Science from Drexel University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University.
Sue Gerenstein is Vice President, Professional Development, and is responsible for the overall development and implementation of Catapult Learning’s professional development programs. Sue brings over 30 years of experience in teaching, school administration, management, professional development, marketing, and product development to her role. Before joining Catapult Learning, Sue served as the Vice President for Academic Partnerships for American Reading Company and Senior Director of Education for Foundations, Inc. Prior to these appointments, Sue was the Vice President of Professional Development and Curriculum for Edison Learning, and oversaw the development of the products, tools and resources associated with school design implementation, including the creation and coordination of professional development and supporting resources designed to facilitate improved student performance in our partnership schools and alternative academies.
Sue earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University. She acquired supervisory certification from Seton Hall University.
As Catapult Learning’s Vice President of Academics, Devon Wible oversees the development of programs and services, including overseeing their alignment to various standards. Devon also manages Catapult Learning’s instructional quality initiatives and team. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas. She taught high school social studies in New Jersey. When she left the classroom, Devon managed social studies curriculum development at Kaplan K12 Learning Services, where she partnered with school leaders at middle and high schools to develop standards-aligned core curriculum, model lessons, performance assessments, and professional development. After two years leading social studies development at Kaplan, Devon was promoted to lead the College Prep and K12 curriculum and academics teams where she pioneered a new approach to differentiating instruction in test prep.
As Vice President of Research and Evaluation, Salem is responsible for leading all research and evaluation work related to the success of our programs. She has extensive experience in this area including National Director roles with Summer Search and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Research Manager for University of Pennsylvania Emergency Care Policy Research Group. She has also conducted family, student, and behavioral research for various research organizations. Salem holds a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science, a M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, and a B.A. in Psychology with Highest Distinction (Phi Beta Kappa).
Stephen Freeman is the Vice Chairman of Catapult Learning. He previously held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. His professional experience—spanning four decades—has focused on the development and management of educationally related services programs for nonpublic and public schools. Stephen is a school psychologist as well as a licensed clinical psychologist, and has practiced as both. Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in School Psychology from Temple University.