Pen Portraits of Members
Dr. Michael J. Corso teaches in the Theology Department at the Catholic Memorial School and serves on the school’s Professional Learning Team. He has a doctorate in Education from Boston College, has been an educator for nearly forty years, and has taught at every grade level kindergarten through graduate school. He is deeply committed to the belief that students are the agents of their own learning. Dr. Corso has worked throughout his career to improve teaching and learning through teacher training and education and by preparing students to have a voice in their schools. He is the author of several articles on student voice and aspirations and is the co-author of Student Voice: The Instrument of Change (Corwin Press, 2014) and Aspire High: Imagining Tomorrow’s Schools Today (Corwin Press, 2017). He has been working with the schools managed by Steve and Paula Kenning for over fifteen years.
Nasrin Farahani has had 28 years successful experience in leading & managing large, complex and multi-faceted commercial businesses, voluntary organisations, secondary schools and further education colleges in urban, rural and international settings. As an Ofsted inspector, she supported the improvement of colleges and work-based learning institutions. As a head of school, she witnessed the diverse range of mental health issues that young people were grappling with. As her awareness of mental health issues grew, so did her passion and enthusiasm to support. She is a Registered Member of British Associations for Counselling and psychotherapy and a qualified integrative counsellor. Through her private counselling practice, she supports adults and young people to have a more fulfilling lives with emphasis on developing confidence, self esteem and resilience.
Sir Ian Livingstone CBE is a founding father of the UK games industry. He co-founded Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and Warhammer. In 1982, he co-authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook in the series which has sold 20 million copies worldwide. When serving as Executive Chairman of Eidos plc, he launched Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He is a leading advocate for computing in schools to promote creativity, computational thinking and problem solving. With a focus on digital creativity, the Livingstone Academy, Bournemouth opened in 2021 in association with Aspirations Academies Trust. His directorships include Non-executive Director National Citizens Service, Member of the Aspirations Academies Trust, Non-executive Director Foundation for Education Development and Non-executive Director Creative UK. He is presently a General Partner of Hiro Capital, a venture capital fund investing in video games and technology companies.
Raymond J. McNulty is the President of the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) and the Successful Practices Network (SPN). Before that, Ray was Dean for the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University, which Fast Company magazine named the 12th most innovative organization in the world in its World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. Ray has served as the President of the International Center for Leadership in Education and was also the Chief Learning Officer for Penn Foster, a global leader in online education. In addition, Ray has been a Program Director and Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked with leading educators on improving our nation’s high schools. Ray is a past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and author of It’s Not Us Against Them — Creating the Schools We Need, published in 2009 by the International Center. He is also the co-host of K12 Confidential, a podcast series on Spotify and iTunes focused on steadfast leadership in uncertain times.
An educator since 1973, Ray has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. From 2001-03, he served as Vermont’s education commissioner. During his tenure, Ray focused on aligning the Department of Education’s work on three key issues: early education, educator quality, and secondary school reform.