Our Staff

Chris A. Flippo

Executive Director

Experience:

Over 20 years in nonprofit administration and leadership. Began serving ESLC in 2017.

Education:

M.A. in Sociology. Certification in Business Analysis.

Sharon White, OSF

Program Director and Site Coordinator, Community of Peace Academy

Experience:

Over 40 years in teaching and administration. Began serving at ESLC in 2009.

Education:

Ed.S. in elementary educational administration. 

Lauren Johnsen

Outreach and Development Officer

Experience:

Over 7 years of experience in direct service, advocacy and non-profit adminstration with both children and adults. Began serving ESLC in 2016.

Education:

Bachelors of Individualized Studies in Social Justice, Sociology, and Global Studies.

Ellen Bergstrom

Operations Manager

Experience:

Previous experience leading Minnesota Literacy Council initiatives. Began serving at ESLC in 2017.

Education:

B.A. in elementary education, Spanish

 

Catherine Manning

Accountant

Rebecca Nordstrom

Site Coordinator, HOPE Community Academy

Experience:

Over 30 years of elementary teaching. Began serving ESLC in 2010.

Education:

B.A. in elementary education

Dianne Gerlach

Site Coordinator, St. Paul Music Academy

Experience:

Over 35 years in St. Paul Public Schools. Began serving ESLC in 2007.

Education:

M.A. in elementary education 

Kathy Cosmano

Site Assistant, St. Paul Music Academy

Experience:

Previously worked as preschool literacy leader at St. Catherine's Early Childhood Center. Began serving ESLC in 2017.

Education:

B.A. in elementary education

Alyssa Hamel

Site Coordinator, John A Johnson Elementary

Experience:

Over 4 years of elementary teaching. Began serving ESLC in 2013.

Education:

B.A. in Elementary Education

Shoua Khang

Site Assistant, John A Johnson Elementary

Experience:

Several years experience working with east side children through the YMCA and professional tutoring with ESLC.

Education:

B.A. in marketing and design.

Kymberly Miller

Site Coordinator, Bruce F Vento Elementary

Experience:

4 years teaching Middle School English Language Arts, over 4 years working in Special Ed elementary classrooms and middle high school behaviorial disorder classrooms.

Education:

 B.A. in Secondary English Language Arts.