Edith Gummer
Education Research Director, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
At the Kauffman Foundation, Edith Gummer oversees the development and implementation of the education research and policy initiatives that focus on strengthening innovation and entrepreneurship in education. Before joining Kauffman, Gummer was a program officer in the Division of Research and Learning in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. Gummer earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction from Purdue University, a Master of Science in science teaching and Master of Science in biology from State University of New York at Albany and Bachelor of Arts in biology from Indiana University.

Stacey Preis
Deputy Commissioner, Missouri Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
Stacey Preis joined the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in July 2014 and has served as Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Learning Services since February 2015. The Division of Learning Services includes the offices of Adult Learning and Rehabilitation Services, College and Career Readiness, Data System Management, Educator Quality, Quality Schools, and Special Education. Dr. Preis spent six years with the Missouri General Assembly as Executive Director of the Joint Committee on Education. In addition to her education policy work, she has previously worked as a teacher and higher education advisor. She holds three degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia including a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Ellen Mandinach
Senior Research Scientist, WestEd
Ellen Mandinach is a leading expert in data-driven decision making, focusing on understanding how educators are using data to inform practice. At WestEd, Mandinach provides technical assistance to states around data systems and data use. In addition, Mandinach is the content lead for the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center’s work on data-based decision making. Mandinach served on a number of technical working groups and advisory boards on data use. She received an AB in psychology from Smith College and a PhD in educational psychology from Stanford University.

Jeffrey C. Wayman
President, Wayman Services LLC
Jeffrey C. Wayman is an education consultant, focusing on the effective use of data in education. Wayman’s research on data-based decision-making includes efficient structures for creating data-informed school districts, software that delivers student data to educators, effective leadership for data use, professional learning for data use and systemic supports that enable widespread teacher use of student data. He earned a B.S. in Statistics and a B.S.E. in Mathematics from Truman State University and an M.S. in Statistics and PhD in Education from Colorado State University.

Jeremy Kintzel
Director of Data and Research Services, Missouri Department of Higher Education
Jeremy Kintzel is the senior statistician and coordinator of data collection and administration for the Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Kintzel and the Data and Research Services group are responsible for producing higher education data on a range of topics in response to inquiries from policymakers, media, national organizations, postsecondary institutions and the public, and supporting work on grants and statewide and national initiatives. Kintzel holds an MA in English from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Information Systems Management from DeVry University.

Jason Young Jason Young
Longitudinal Data Coordinator, Missouri Department of Education
Jason Young is a coordinator in the Office of Data Systems Management for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Young is involved in the development and operations of the MOSIS data collection system, the Departments data portal, and the overall management of the Department’s data. Young has worked with Missouri’s student and educator data for 9 years and is passionate about data privacy, quality and usage. Young holds a Bachelors in Information Systems from Columbia College.

Dr. Mark Ehlert
Research Assistant Professor in the Economics Department, University of Missouri - Columbia
Mark received his doctorate in comprehensive vocational education in 1998 and has worked extensively with institution and state-level data to conduct research and evaluation on K-12, higher education, and employment and training systems. Recent research projects include statistical analyses of student outcomes from public schooling; teacher supply and demand; teacher attitudes and labor market behavior related to incentive pay systems in public education; trends in higher education enrollments and completions; the role of financial aid in college attendance and performance; impacts of professional development on teacher practice and student learning; and predicting enrollment of college applicants. Dr. Ehlert also has more than 15 years of experience providing software training and technical assistance to personnel in public schools to facilitate capturing, organizing, and reporting data for state reports and school improvement efforts.

kendra_lau Kendra Lau
Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment, St. Joseph School District
Kendra Lau leads day-to-day operations for the Assessment Office at the St. Joseph, Mo., School District. She is also working toward her second year as a Missouri Quality Examiner through the Excellence in Missouri Foundation. Previously, Lau was a teacher in Advanced Placement Chemistry, dual credit course and honors. In addition, she earned her Gifted Education certification and served as St. Joseph School District Gifted Education program director for five years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Missouri Western State University; a Master’s of Science in Science Education Northwest Missouri State University; and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Lau was recently awarded the 2015 Dan H. Cockrell EdD Dissertation of the Year Award by the University of Missouri’s Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department.

Christopher Laubenthal
Program Officer in Education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Christopher Laubenthal explores topics around data, education, and human capital through grants and programs.

Laubenthal is the creator of EdWise, a tool that looks to make publicly accessible education data more readily available at no cost to the user.

Additionally, Laubenthal provides data and analysis support to a number of Kauffman Research and Policy and Education projects. He even spent a school year at the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, as its interim data and assessment coordinator. There he was responsible for state testing, administration and analysis of assessments, scheduling, report cards, board preparation, and weekly data documentation. His modeling is still in use at the school.