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Theo L. DawsonTheo L. Dawson, Executive Director

Dr. Dawson is the founder and managing director of Lectica, Inc. She received her Ph.D from the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. Her award-winning dissertation presented a new approach to measuring learning and describing learning pathways. Since the early 1990s, Dawson's research has focused on developing methods for building an alternative assessment infrastructure and the technologies to support it. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and papers on issues related to human development in journals such as Cognitive Development, Mind, Brain, and Education, The European Journal of Developmental Psychology, Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, The Journal of Applied Measurement, and Developmental Review, has contributed chapters to several edited books, and has made many dozens of presentations at professional conferences and events. more

Dr. Dawson has run several successful organizations, including Lectica, Inc., and its predecessor, the Developmental Testing Service, LLC. She has secured more than $1.5 million in grants from funding agencies like the Spencer Foundation, the NSF (pending), and IES, and has held appointments at the University of California ant Berkeley, Hampshire College, the Medical Center at Louisiana State University, and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Dr. Dawson has also acted as a consultant to institutions like the U.S. Federal Government, Harvard University, the University of Texas at Arlington, JFK University, the University of Ireland, the University of Cyprus, and a variety of businesses and schools, both in the US and abroad.    CV

Zak SteinZak Stein, Director

Zak Stein has been working with Dr. Dawson since 2002. He received a B.A. from Hampshire College 2004, where he studied religion, philosophy, and cognitive science. In 2006 he received an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and was awarded several honors for outstanding academic performance. He received his Ed.D. from Harvard in 2014, and his dissertation was published as, "Social justice and educational measurement," in 2016. Zak is the author of dozens of articles, book chapters and papers on issues related to human development in journals such as American Psychologist, New Ideas in Psychology, and the Journal of Philosophy of Education. He is an editor for the journal Mind, Brain, and Education, and has presented at dozens professional conferences, where he has received several awards for excellence in research. Zak has held teaching appointments at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and John F. Kennedy University. He is currently the Director of Assessment and Student Development at Meridian University

Tom CurrenTom Curren, Director

Tom Curren MBA, is the founder and President of Hawthorne Consultants, working primarily at the CEO and Division President level as a consultant, "thought partner," coach and facilitator. Tom received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. For over 15 years, he has been developing a successful practice in aligning top teams, improving strategy execution, and shifting organizational cultures. In addition to Hawthorne Consultants, Tom periodically partners with Blu Skye Consulting to implement business sustainability projects and with the Trium Group to improve executive team performance. He has done substantive work in media, oil and gas exploration, leisure products, health care, home building, financial services, retailing, travel and industrial products. Tom occasionally serves as a leadership trainer for Mobius consultants. more

Concurrent with founding Hawthorn Consultants, as a Fellow at the McKinsey Change Center in New York, Tom helped develop leading edge techniques to improve the implementation of major change initiatives. These techniques give equal weight to the decision-driven and behavior-dependent aspects of performance. As the senior planning officer of the corporation at Marriott, Tom contributed significantly to its long term growth. Sales increased from $ 1 billion to $ 7.5 billion through the 1980’s, with a compound profit growth rate of 17%. Tom was a member of the Finance Committee and considered one of the top 10 executives in the corporation. Additionally, Tom has worked with Procter and Gamble, the United States Navy, and was the President and co-founder of an electronics company venture while still in business school, Allen-Curren Electronics. A lifelong learner, Tom has participated in over 20 professional development courses and programs in leadership, facilitation, and Integral Theory.

Tom brings to Lectica’s board long standing experience in partnering with non-profit and governmental organizations to help them align their leadership teams, clarify strategy and take a comprehensive approach to improvement performance.








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