Our Staff

CEO & CHIEF SCIENTIST

Aisha Cooper

Ellen Forte, Ph.D., is our CEO & Chief Scientist at edCount, LLC. Dr. Forte’s work focuses on validity evaluation and on policies for how students, including those with disabilities and English learners, engage in instructional and assessment contexts. She particularly specializes in designing, developing, and evaluating assessments for alignment quality.

PRINCIPAL AND MANAGING ASSOCIATES

LizSummers headshot

Elizabeth Summers, Ph.D.

is our Executive Vice President at edCount, LLC. Dr. Summers has extensive experience in assessment validity and alignment evaluation.

Aisha Cooper

Melissa Fincher, Ph.D.

is a Managing Associate and the Director of Assessment Analytics at edCount, LLC. Dr. Fincher guides edCount’s work in the assessment and accountability arena, including the alignment team.

Aisha Cooper

Lisa Rose, M.S., PMP

is a Managing Associate and our Director of Business Development at edCount, LLC. Ms. Rose contributes to edCount’s organizational objectives through intellectual engagement, technical expertise, and staff and company resources management.

SENIOR ASSOCIATES

Aisha Cooper

Erin Buchanan, M.A.

is a Senior Associate at edCount, LLC. Ms. Buchanan brings with her over a decade of experience in instruction assessment and curriculum development.

Aisha Cooper

Jean Clayton, M.A. Sp. Education

is a Senior Associate at edCount, LLC. Ms. Clayton has over 30 years of experience as an educator and alternate assessment expert.

Aisha Cooper

Bill Herrera, M.S.

is a Senior Associate and Assessment Specialist with edCount, LLC. Mr. Herrera has over 20 years of experience in education as a state assessment director, researcher, and teacher.

Aisha Cooper

George Ligon IV, Ed.D.

is a Senior Associate and Mathematics Specialist at edCount, LLC. Dr. Ligon works on the New York State Department of Education large-scale alignment evaluation in grades 3–8.

Aisha Cooper

Charlene Turner, B.S.

 is a Senior Associate and Assessment Specialist with edCount, LLC. Ms. Turner brings with her over 30 years of experience in education as a state alternate assessment director, special education teacher, and researcher.

ASSOCIATES

Aisha Cooper

Tracy Fazio, M.Ed.

is an Associate and Mathematics Specialist at edCount, LLC. Ms. Fazio has extensive knowledge of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and application in instructional settings.

Aisha Cooper

Heather Peltier, Ph.D.

is an Associate at edCount, LLC. Dr. Peltier has over 20 years of experience in education, serving in various roles, including as an educator, administrator, and instructional and assessment specialist.

Pat Richard

Patricia Richard, M.A.

is an Associate and Deputy Director of Business Development at edCount, LLC. Ms. Richard supports edCount’s business development activities and contributes to project activities by facilitating expert panels, authoring and reviewing reports, instruments, and protocols.

PROGRAM SPECIALISTS

Aisha Cooper

Kevin Konort, M.Ed.

is a Program Specialist at edCount, LLC. Mr. Konort provides support to associates and senior staff in the execution of project tasks, research activities, report production, and proposal development.

Grace Karani-Luguya

Grace Karani-Luguya, LL.B.

is a Program Specialist at edCount, LLC. Ms. Karani-Luguya provides support to associates and senior staff in the execution of project tasks, research activities, report production, and proposal development.

Grace Karani-Luguya

Austin Heitzinger, M.P.A.

is a Program Specialist at edCount, LLC. Mr. Heitzinger provides support to associates and senior staff in the execution of project tasks, research activities, report production, and proposal development. 

Grace Karani-Luguya

Allison Kaczmarski, M.P.P.

is a Program Specialist at edCount, LLC. Ms. Kaczmarski provides support to associates and senior staff in the execution of project tasks, research activities, and report production.

Aisha Cooper

Emily Peña, M.S.

is a Program Specialist at edCount, LLC. Ms. Peña provides support to associates and senior staff in the execution of project tasks, research activities, report production, and proposal development.

ADMINISTRATION

Aisha Cooper

Beth Smucker, B.S.W.

is our Director of Administration at edCount, LLC. Ms. Smucker is responsible for providing operational leadership and day-to-day support for the business.

Contact Us

1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 600 Alexandria, VA 22314

(202) 895-1502

lrose@edcount.com