Anthony “Tony” O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer & President
Mr. O’Donnell began his career as a speech pathologist. His first company, Independent Child Study Teams ("ICST"), was founded to conduct evaluations on students to determine their needs and to construct appropriate Individual Educational Plans (IEPs). He then began a division of the company that delivered Title I and New Jersey 192-193 services to students in parochial schools in New Jersey. This led to the founding of Educational In-Roads (EIR) which delivered Title I products and services to 36 states. IEP’s experience with private-public partnerships goes back to 1977 when Mr. O’Donnell, the owner of IEP, began his first company, Independent Child Study Teams. When ICST sold in 1997 along with its sister company, Educational In-Roads (EIR), they were serving 36,000 children every day. Later that same year, Mr. O’Donnell founded Innovative Educational Programs ("IEP"). For the past twenty years, Mr. O'Donnell has built IEP into a well-respected educational services company that actively serves approximately 20,000 students every day in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
James MacMahon, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. MacMahon is the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Innovative Educational Programs, LLC with responsibilities for internal and external financial reporting, bank relations and commercial insurance.
Al Gilson, Chief Academic Officer
Al Gilson has been an educator and senior level educational administrator for more than 20 years. He has worked as an English Teacher, as a Principal, and as a Central Office Administrator. Al gained valuable experience working in several turnaround districts where he was able to improve the quality of instruction by implementing research-based practices into the classroom. As a senior administrator, he brings to IEP a firsthand perspective on how to guarantee that students are receiving a high-quality education. Al was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Connecticut State University; a Masters in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Education Administration; he is currently working on his Doctorate in Education at Seton Hall University.
Anthony Giudice, Director of Marketing & School Partnerships
Anthony Giudice has over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors of K-12 education and business operations. As a school faculty member, Anthony had many roles: educator, administrator, coach, adviser, and mentor. Before joining IEP, Anthony spent the better part of a decade with one of America's largest and successful supplemental education and tutoring companies. As a marketing executive, Anthony is responsible for managing organization branding efforts including, but not limited to: website, social media, email marketing, printed materials, and media relations as well as collecting, tracking, analyzing, and evaluating organizational data and metrics. Anthony holds dual degrees from the University of Central Florida in History and Liberal Arts with a focus in Communications.
Winifred “Winky” Jenkins-Rice, Director of Professional Development
Ms. Jenkins-Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Elementary Education from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA and a Master of Education degree from Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum and Instruction. She also holds certification in Exceptional Education and Varying Exceptionalities (K-12). Ms. Jenkins-Rice has been an educator for over thirty years in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida with expertise at all levels from Pre• K to high school. Ms. Jenkins-Rice was one of the founding members of the Institute for School Innovation, the creator of Project CHILD and managed all aspects of the educational programs for over two decades. She has presented at numerous educational conferences, organized national conferences and seminars, designed curriculum materials and produced numerous professional development workshops. Ms. Jenkins-Rice has also been active in the charter school movement for over a decade, having been the founder of a charter school in 1999 and continues to serve on multiple advisory boards and committees.
Monica Vines, Director of Early Childhood Education
Monica Vines has served as the Executive Director of Early Childhood Education with IEP since the programs began in 2003. Monica oversees NAEYC accredited early childhood programs and after care programs in Newark and Paterson New Jersey, serving over 700 students. With over 22 years of education experience, Monica has worked as a school administrator and teacher with Newark Public Schools. She has presented at several conferences and serves as a mentor to administrators and teachers. Monica has also served as an adjunct instructor at Bloomfield College and Passaic County Community College. She holds a NJ Principal’s Certificate and a NJ Administrator’s Certificate, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Stockton University, Masters in Education Supervision and Administration from Saint Peters University, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Rutgers University.
Deborah Vanterpool, PHR, SHRM-CP, Sr. Human Resources Generalist
Deborah (Debbie) Vanterpool is a graduate of Pace University in New York. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Human Resources Management. Debbie is currently pursuing a Masters in Labor Relations at Rutgers University. She obtained her Professional Human Resources Certificate (PHR) in 2013 and her Certified Professional distinction in 2016. Debbie has over 12 years’ experience in Human Resources and previously worked at Hooper Holmes, Inc. as a Sr. Human Resources Generalist for over a decade.
Anthony O’Donnell, Director of Corporate Real Estate
Anthony O’Donnell is directly involved with day-to-day operations of high school and early childhood centers at the local and national levels. Mr. O'Donnell manages all service agreements and contracts while overseeing building restoration including but not limited to structural upgrades and on-site renovations. Projects include but are not limited to: roof restoration, major floor replacement, and HVAC overhaul.