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.
Mariemma Lopez, Esq., Executive Director
Mariemma has been working as an administrator of educational programs funded with federal funds for over 13 years. As an attorney, she started working in the education arena while being the Director of the Office of Federal Affairs, managing all funds related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) on 2005. Since 2007 she has been working and coordinating educational programs at school level as well as district level, implementing research-based practices, especially on Transformation Schools under Title I, section 1003 (g). As a senior administrator, Mariemma brings to IEP a firsthand perspective on how to guarantee that students are receiving a high-quality education as well as compliance with federal requirements.
Maritza Arroyo, Regional Director of School Partnerships
Maritza Arroyo has served over 90,000 students in her 14 year career in the for-profit and non-profit education sector. Previous to joining IEP, she was Vice President of Education at the United Way of New York City where she led the education strategy and implementation for the organization, actively influenced the educational practice and policy on student success in high poverty schools. Ms. Arroyo, as CEO at Zone 126, a nonprofit organization based in Astoria/Long Island City, led the Promise Neighborhood strategy of Cradle to Career Community Schools. She was an inaugural fellow of the Presidio Institute, in collaboration with the White House, Cross Sector Leadership Fellowship. In 2015, Ms. Arroyo was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as an advisory board member for the Children's Cabinet. She holds a BA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University and an Executive Leadership Certification from the University of Chicago Booth Business School.
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.
Laura Cheval, PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Manager
Laura leads the Human Resource and Payroll Department at IEP. She has over 20 years of HR and Payroll experience with a strong focus on compliance. She recognizes that “Employees” are the top resource within any company. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and is a member of SHRM National as well as their Morris County council. Her passions include, golf, travel, gardening and her family.
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.