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Meet Our Team

SESI is led by a team of individuals focused on educating and serving students with special academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs. The dedication, experience, and vision of our leadership team enable students to thrive within the classroom and beyond.

Andrea Vargas

President

Andrea joined SESI in July 2004 and, as president, is responsible for the growth and development of SESI’s special education and MORE>

Dave Wood

Senior Vice President, Special Education – East

Since 2016, Dave has served as SESI’s senior vice president of business development, responsible for the development and MORE>

Grace Losada, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President, Special Education – West

Grace Losada joined SESI in September 2020 with over 20 years of experience working with diverse student populations. MORE>

Joseph Carter, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President, Operations – Alternative Education

Prior to joining SESI in his role as senior vice president, operations – alternative education in 2020, Joe began working with Camelot MORE>

Diane Myers, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Special Education – Behavior

Diane joined SESI in February 2020. She leads behavioral initiatives across SESI and oversees implementation of the CASE approach MORE>

Ellen Gaske, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President, Academics

Dr. Ellen Gaske has served as SESI’s senior vice president of academics since 2014, overseeing the academic needs of students MORE>

Sophie Lubcher

National Director of Enrollment

Sophie joined SESI in 2020 as the national director of enrollment. She received her Juris Doctor (JD) from Rutgers Law School after MORE>

Monique Robinson

Vice President, Corporate Development and Operations

Monique joined SESI in 2021 as the vice president of corporate development and operations. In this role, Monique leads MORE>

Emily Fizer

Vice President, Recruiting

Emily joined the SESI team in 2020 as the vice president of recruitment. In this role, Emily leads, develops, and executes overall MORE>

Salem Valentino, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research and Evaluation

As vice president of research and evaluation, Dr. Salem Valentino is responsible for leading all research and evaluation work related MORE>

Celeste Chatman

Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Talent Management

Celeste Chatman serves as vice president, diversity, equity, inclusion & talent management where she leads the MORE>