Superintendent Kishimoto Named to Nellie Mae Education Foundation Board

Spotlight on Excellence 
Issue 16  September 28, 2012


Superintendent Kishimoto Named to Nellie Mae Education Foundation Board

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF), the largest charitable organization in New England focused exclusively on education, announced today the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Christina Kishimoto, Stephen Kossakoski and John (Jack) F. Remondi. The new members will provide oversight for NMEF’s key funding initiatives and help advance the Foundation’s core mission of reshaping public education to be more equitable and more effective – so every learner achieves the skills and knowledge necessary for success.

“Our newest board members are well-respected leaders in their fields, and we greatly value their expertise and guidance as we continue to support student-centered approaches to learning in New England,” says Nicholas Donohue, CEO of NMEF. “We are proud to have such a diverse range of experts serving on our board.”

Dr. Christina Kishimoto is the current superintendent for Hartford Public Schools. In this capacity, she serves as chief executive officer of an urban school district, managing 3,000 employees and overseeing 25,000 students with an annual budget of $400 million. During her career at HPS she has led the redesign of 26 schools. Her previous leadership roles include positions at Area Cooperative Educational Services, Connecticut State Department of Education, Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Stephen Kossakoski is currently the chief executive officer of the Virtual Living Academy Charter School, New Hampshire’s first statewide online virtual public school with the goal of providing students with anytime anywhere access to a rigorous, personalized education. Under his leadership, the school has received numerous awards and quickly grown to become one of the largest statewide virtual schools in the country. During his career, Dr. Kossakoski has led technology, curriculum, and professional development efforts in two New Hampshire school districts, co-founded two charter schools, and served as adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire.
John F. Remondi currently serves as president and chief operating officer of SLM Corporation, the only financial services company specializing in education. In that role, he is responsible for the company’s loan servicing, collections, information technology, credit and underwriting and marketing and communication divisions. Remondi first joined SLM Corporation in 1999.
Earlier this year, NMEF awarded a total of $16.4 million in grants over three years to support student-centered approaches to learning among four New England school districts: Burlington-Winooski, Vt.; Pittsfield, N.H.; Portland, Maine; and Sanford, Maine. The grants will support the ongoing efforts of the districts and their communities to implement long-term plans to reshape their systems and teach students the skills they need to thrive. These skills move beyond the “basics” – reading, writing and arithmetic – to include “new basics,” a set of vital life skills that will enable today’s learners to perform in the workplace and thrive in the future.
About the Nellie Mae Education Foundation
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest charitable organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the middle and high school levels across New England. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes a three-part strategy that focuses on: developing and enhancing models of practice; reshaping education policies; and increasing public understanding and demand for high quality educational experiences. The Foundation’s initiative areas are: District Level Systems Change; State Level Systems Change; Research and Development; and Public Understanding. Since 1998, the Foundation has distributed over $123 million in grants. For more information, visit


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