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Janelle M. Johnson, PhD

Workforce Development, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Dr. Janelle M. Johnson is the SVP Chief Learning Officer at Intellegi. Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of STEM Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver and co-editor of STEM21: Equity in Teaching and Learning to Meet Global Challenges of Standards, Engagement, and Transformation (2018). Her primary areas of focus involve addressing disparities and improving learning outcomes for participants in both formal and informal STEM settings.

Dr. Johnson works with teachers, administrators, families, and organizations of local, national, and international scope. Dr Johnson is a leading consultant for the Increasing Marginalized Girls Access to STEM initiative of the National Girls Collaborative in partnership with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, the White House Domestic Policy Council and Council on Women and Girls, and the U.S. Department of Education. She taught Math and Science to multilingual students in Guatemala and in Arizona.

Dr. Johnson is a leading consultant for the Increasing Marginalized Girls Access to STEM initiative of the National Girls Collaborative in partnership with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, the White House Domestic Policy Council and Council on Women and Girls, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Her Master’s and PhD are from the department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona.

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Esther Celestin-Wang, MAEd, ESOL, PMP

Language Skills, Communication and Content

For nearly a decade, Esther Celestin served as an enthusiastic classroom teacher. She spent 3 years teaching various levels in China from high school seniors to government officials before repatriating to the US to continue teaching middle school students in Texas and Georgia. She specializes in teaching language skills, communication and writing. As a teacher, Esther’s main objective was to see growth in comprehension for her students whether it be in classroom content or every day life issues that her students would eventually grow up to encounter as world citizens. She strongly believes in the constant evolution of innovation in the classroom.

Esther served as a Unit Supply Specialist at the Florida Army National Guard.

Esther graduated from Wesleyan College with bachelor’s degree in Communication, and MAEd in Education from the University of Phoenix. She holds various teaching Licenses and Certifications, including from the Georgia Department of Education and Texas Education Agency. She also holds a Certificate in Project Management.

Esther is fluent in English (native language), Creole as well as conversational in Spanish and Mandarin. Esther is the Director of Customer Success at Intellegi.

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Joe Schneiderwind, MS

Inclusive Technology, Privacy & Security

Joseph Schneiderwind is the Director, Inclusive Technology & Design at Intellegi. He graduated with a BS in Engineering Physics and a MS in Computational and Applied Mathematics at the Colorado School of Mines. He achieved PhD candidacy in Acoustics at Pennsylvania State University where his research focused on underwater sound transmission in the Arctic.

Joe was a U.S. Department of Defense Graduate Research Fellow from 2014 to 2016. After leaving the PhD program due to further progression of his multiple sclerosis, Joe decided to follow his passion to teach by seeking licensure to teach secondary mathematics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Joe’s reflection on his own educational experiences led him to begin researching the underrepresentation of learners with disabilities in STEM fields.

Joe now has multiple publications and conference presentations on this issue and is passionate about continuing to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion for people with disabilities. His work at Intellegi focuses on conducting research in voice recognition, natural language processing (NLP) — designing, integrating and maximizing the value of accessibility to enhance the effectiveness and ease of use of Intellegi’s products.

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Cheryl Browne, PhD

Evaluation, Innovation, Wellness and Resilience

Dr. Cheryl Browne is the SVP and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) at Intellegi. Dr. Browne is a research scientist who specializes in Developmental Psychology, including cognitive development, metacognition, social/emotional learning and wellness, program evaluation, and assessment. She has worked as a researcher/evaluator at Harvard Medical School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, New England Research Institutes, Career Agility, and University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness, and serves as a consultant for academic researchers. She has been an avid mindfulness practitioner for over twenty years. A fan of puppetry, she has worked with Jim Henson Productions for their International Puppetry Festival at the Public Theater in New York City.

Dr. Browne has a unique ability to translate complex ideas into accessible language for a variety of audiences. She is a problem solver who is also a sought-after counselor in times of crisis, with the ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams across cultural and geographic boundaries.

Dr. Browne earned a BA in Psychology from Yale University and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin with minors in Statistics and Philosophy. Her doctoral research focused on children’s understanding of causation in the social and physical domains and how people make sense of the world through mental models that are updated as they learn.

Journel Joseph

Data Science, ML, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Journel Joseph is Intellegi’s CEO. He is responsible for setting the overall direction, culture, vision and strategic priorities for the company. Journel is a data scientist with a passion for VR/AR, WebVR technologies, entrepreneur, polyglot, and author with more than 15 years of research and management experience in healthcare, leadership development and education. He is a visionary, team builder, empathetic and pragmatic leader who draws inspiration from his worldview, multidisciplinary education, immigrant story, background and diverse experiences that contribute to shape his values and how he approaches his work.

Journel has experience designing and implementing software solutions, systems integration, data visualization – and building ML/AI models. He has provided technical, data & analytics solutions to several federal contracting projects, including the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). He has also worked as a researcher at the New England Research Institutes – acquired by HealthCore, Tufts University, The Executive Leadership Council (ELC). Journel has contributed to the multiyear study of “Board Diversity Census of Women & Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards” published by Deloitte and the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD). He also served as an analytics advisor for CEOs. Journel is the author of Data & Analytics 4.0: The Future of Work, Privacy and Trust in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

Journel is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a master’s degree in Economics, International Trade and International Affairs. In addition, he has a Master of Public Policy degree from the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning (UEP) at Tufts University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Technology and Media from the University of Massachusetts. He holds a CAGS in Program Evaluation from Tufts University.

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