Who We Are

The Successful for All Foundation is committed to enabling every child to read and succeed. Its team is led by Dr. Robert Slavin and Dr. Nancy Madden, who were united in the 1970s by a shared passion to improve education, especially for children from disadvantaged circumstances.

Working as researchers at Johns Hopkins University, they turned basic research into comprehensive programs designed to harness the power of kids, unlocking their potential through cooperative learning.

The pair worked directly with educators to establish and disseminate their methods – receiving international recognition along the way – and turned Successful for All into a full-fledged not-for-profit. They are backed in their mission to erase illiteracy and change lives by a committed and experienced leadership team and Board of Directors.

At 30 years of age, the Success for All Foundation continues its strong, productive bond with Johns Hopkins University and its mission to deliver the promise of literacy to all. The university’s Center for Research and Reform in Education works with SFA to develop, research and disseminate reading programs pre-K through grade 12.

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 ranging from cooperative learning and comprehensive school reform to mainstreaming and evidence-based reform. He is also the author or co-author of 24 books, including Educational Psychology: Theory into Practice (Allyn & Bacon, 2009), Show Me the Evidence: Proven and Promising Programs for America’s Schools (Corwin, 1998) and Two Million Children: Success for All (Corwin, 2009).

The many awards he has received include 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. Dr. Slavin 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 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. She is also president, chief executive officer and cofounder of the Success for All Foundation.

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 1980–98, 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.

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 improve student success.

Executive Leadership Team

Nancy Madden, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
(800) 548-4998, ext. 2330

Lynsey Seabrook
Chief Operating Officer
(800) 548-4998, ext. 2331

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

Kate Conway
Vice President of Operations
(800) 548-4998, ext. 2414

Tracy Heitmeier
Vice President of Field Operations
(520) 977-3119



Board of Directors

Robert Slavin, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board

Nancy Madden, Ph.D.
Board Member


Barbara Haxby-Brady
Board Member

Barbara Haxby-Brady served as Vice President of Professional Development at the Success for All Foundation from 1998-2015, and during this time, directed all aspects of professional development for SFA staff and for 1,100 schools in the U.S. She is the primary developer of the Getting Along Together program, the Solutions program, and the Leading for Success program, which guide schools in school-wide prevention planning and problem solving, as well as parent involvement. In addition, Ms. Haxby-Brady worked closely with the Center for Data Driven Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University to develop ongoing leadership and data analysis training and professional development for school districts. She is a co-author of Two Million Children, which describes 20 years of development of the Success for All program. She currently spends most of her free time climbing mountains in Colorado, where she resides with her husband.

Myra Williams, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Williams recently served as president and CEO of Molecular Applications Group, a bioinformatics company that developed proprietary technology to predict gene and protein function for use in pharmaceutical and agricultural product discovery. Previously, Dr. Williams was vice president of Worldwide R & D Information Resources for Glaxo Wellcome plc and vice president and chief information officer of Glaxo, Inc. She served in an executive capacity at Merck Research Laboratories for more than 20 years. Dr. Williams is a board member for a number of companies and a consultant to venture capital, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and software companies.

Kent McGuire, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Kent McGuire, is currently the President and CEO of The Southern Education Foundation (SEF).  Prior to joining SEF, Dr. McGuire served as the Dean of the College of Education at Temple University and was a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  Previously Dr. McGuire was Senior Vice President at MDRC, Inc.  Before that he served in the Clinton Administration as Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Education.  His prior non-profit work included being the Education Program Officer for the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts and serving as Education Program Director for the Lilly Endowment.  He has written and coauthored various policy reports, book chapters and papers in professional journals.  He currently serves on many boards including: Cornerstone Literacy, the Institute for Education Leadership, The New Teacher Project, and Alliance for Excellent Education.  He received his PhD in public administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his MA in education administration and policy from Columbia University Teacher’s College, and his BA in economics from the University of Michigan.

Peggy E. Reed
Board Member

Miss Reed served most recently as a Software Director at Avaya, Inc, where she was responsible for the quality of their contact center and unified communication portfolios. Prior to Avaya, Miss Reed held technical management positions at Sybase, and several startups. In addition, Miss Reed has provided consulting services for telecommunications companies, including US West, DEX Media.