Our Leadership

Robert Slavin, Ph.D.
Cofounder and Chairman of the Board

Dr. Slavin
is currently Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, part-time Professor at the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York (England), and Chairman of the Success for All Foundation. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Reed College in 1972, and his Ph.D. in Social Relations in 1975 from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Slavin has authored or co-authored more than 300 articles and book chapters on such topics as cooperative learning, comprehensive school reform, ability grouping, school and classroom organization, desegregation, mainstreaming, research review, and evidence-based reform. Dr. Slavin is the author or co-author of 24 books, including Educational Psychology: Theory into Practice (Allyn & Bacon, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009), Cooperative Learning: Theory, Research, and Practice (Allyn & Bacon, 1990, 1995), Show Me the Evidence: Proven and Promising Programs for America’s Schools  (Corwin, 1998), Effective Programs for Latino Students (Erlbaum, 2000), Educational Research in the Age of Accountability  (Allyn & Bacon, 2007), and Two Million Children: Success for All (Corwin, 2009). 
He received the American Educational Research Association’s Raymond B. Cattell Early Career Award for Programmatic Research in 1986, the Palmer O. Johnson award for the best article in an AERA journal in 1988, the Charles A. Dana award in 1994, the James Bryant Conant Award from the Education Commission of the States in 1998, the Outstanding Leadership in Education Award from the Horace Mann League in 1999, the Distinguished Services Award from the Council of Chief State School Officers in 2000, the AERA Review of Research Award in 2009, the Palmer O. Johnson Award for the best article in an AERA journal in 2008, and was appointed as a Member of the National Academy of Education in 2009 and an AERA Fellow in 2010.



Nancy A. Madden, Ph.D.
Cofounder, President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Madden is president, chief executive officer and cofounder of the Success for All Foundation, which develops, researches, and disseminates educational programs to increase achievement, particularly for disadvantaged students. She is a professor at the Center for Research and Reform in Education at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University and at the University of York Institute for Effective Education.

Dr. Madden graduated from Reed College in 1973 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in education, and she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from American University in 1980. From 1980–1998, she was a research scientist at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk at Johns Hopkins University, where she directed the development of the reading, writing, language arts, and mathematics elements of Success for All, a comprehensive school-reform program.

An expert in literacy and instruction, Dr. Madden is the author or coauthor of many articles and books on cooperative learning, mainstreaming, and the education of disadvantaged students, including Effective Programs for Students at Risk (Allyn & Bacon, 1989) and Two Million Children: Success for All (Corwin, 2009). Current research interests include practices to increase social-emotional learning and use of interactive whiteboard technology and electronic response devices to increase student success.



Executive Leadership Team

Nancy Madden, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
(800) 548-4998 ext.

Lynsey Seabrook
Executive Vice President

(800) 548-4998 ext. 2331

Barbara Haxby Brady
Vice President of Professional Development
(800) 548-4998 ext. 2382

Tom Welliver, CPA
Vice President of Finance and Operations
(800) 548-4998 ext. 2322

Donna Bosmeny
Vice President of Human Resources and Administration
(800) 548-4998 ext. 2376

Kate Conway
Director of Programs and Publications
(800) 548-4998 ext. 2414

Janet Wiley
Director of Fund Development
(800) 548-4998 ext. 2513

Tracy Heitmeier
Director of Field Operations

Terri Morrison
Director of Program Resources Development

Ilana Brunner
Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs

Board of Directors

Robert Slavin, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board

Nancy Madden, Ph.D.
Board Member

Myra Williams, Ph.D.
Board Member

Kent McGuire, Ph.D.
Board Member

John Arnholz, J.D.
Board Member

Alice Johnson Cain
Board Member