About Us:

Our Team

At Steppingstone, we take pride in the expertise and dedication of our staff. Learn more about who they are and how to contact them in our directory.
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Karin Elliott

Executive Director, National Partnership for Educational Access

Karin joined Steppingstone in 2008 to lead the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA). Bringing many years of experience in nonprofits, management, and professional development, prior...


Kelly Glew

President & CEO

Kelly was first hired in 1990 as a consultant and joined the staff as Director of Development in 1992. After 18 years leading the development team, Kelly became president in 2010. Prior to Stepping...

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Katarina Ng

Vice President of Scholar Support Services

Kat joined Steppingstone in 2013 as an Advisor. She later served as the Director of Admission and the Senior Director of Middle School Success. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Kat interned at...

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Christopher Parris

Chief Program Officer

Chris is an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of leading start-up initiatives in the field of education. Skilled in program development, Chris' expertise lies in the development and...


Kerry Tavernese

Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Kerry Tavernese joined Steppingstone in 2008 and has spent the entirety of her 20+ year career working in the non-profit finance field. She graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. in...

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Jane Ventrone

Vice President of Academic Programs

Jane joined Steppingstone as an Advisor in 2006. She later served as Senior Director of Teaching and Learning and then became Vice President of Academic Programs in 2019. Prior to joining...


Kate Wood

Chief Advancement Officer

Kate Wood joined the Advancement team at Steppingstone in 2007 and has held several roles throughout her tenure. In 2017, Kate was promoted to the Chief Advancement Officer. Prior to joining...