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Our leadership team brings deep and diverse experience in education, psychometrics and business to MetaMetrics®.

Malbert Smith III, Ph.D., CEO, President & Co-founder

Along with A. Jackson Stenner, Malbert co-founded MetaMetrics. Malbert has worked on a number of prestigious research projects with the National Center for Education Statistics, the Gates Foundation and others to study a myriad of issues such as summer reading loss, the effectiveness of the NAEP assessments and English language learning. Malbert has taught graduate seminars at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also been named a research professor at UNC’s School of Education, focusing on psychological and human development studies. To learn more about Malbert, click here.

Timothy J. Klasson, Chief Operating Officer

Tim Klasson joined MetaMetrics in 2002 and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations. Formerly vice president of learning services at Tech Resource Group in Raleigh, N.C., Tim brought more than 22 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development and executive management to the company. He is a former president of a medical education firm; vice president of corporate development for InfoSource, a corporate e-learning firm; product marketing manager for both Ryder Logistics and Cordis, now a division of Johnson & Johnson; and consulting manager with Deloitte & Touche. He holds an undergraduate degree in professional management from Nova Southeastern University, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Miami.

Alistair Van Moere, Ph.D., Chief Product Officer

Alistair is chief product officer at MetaMetrics where he drives innovation in assessments, and helps organizations make sense of measurement and test scores. Before joining MetaMetrics in 2017, Alistair was President of Pearson’s Knowledge Technologies group, where he managed artificial intelligence scoring services for speaking and writing. He also oversaw development and delivery of standardized assessments for tens of millions of learners. Alistair has worked as a teacher, examiner, director of studies, university lecturer, and test developer, in the US, UK, Japan, and Thailand. He has an MA in English Language Teaching, Ph.D. in Language Testing, and an MBA. He is frequently an invited speaker at conferences and has authored over 20 research publications with a focus on educational technology and language assessments.

Todd Sandvik, Chief Financial Officer

Todd Sandvik is the Chief Financial Officer for MetaMetrics. Since joining MetaMetrics in 2002, Todd has served also as director of operations and vice president of corporate development. In 2010, as executive director of global services, he architected the Engaging English reading service, which attracted online subscribers from more than 160 countries upon release. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in business administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Trilby Berger, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

As senior vice president, Strategic Partnerships, Trilby oversees all domestic business development for MetaMetrics. In her most recent position as SVP, Strategic Partnerships, Trilby led MetaMetrics’ sales and partnership opportunities both domestically and internationally. Trilby launched our global effort including expansion into Korea and Japan where learning the English language are national priorities. Her work at MetaMetrics has included managing Professional Development, directing Marketing and inking many partnerships ranging from product development, licensing, publisher signings and highly visible marketing partnerships with the likes of Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Prior to joining the organization in 2003, Trilby served as Marketing and Communications Manager for All Kinds of Minds from 1998 to 2003.

Mike Crepeau, Senior Vice President, Sales & Customer Success

Mike is the Senior Vice President for Sales and Customer Success for the U.S. Corporate Market. He is responsible for sales, business development, and overall customer success for MetaMetrics’ domestic customers. Prior to joining MetaMetrics, Mike served as Executive Vice President at Analytic Measures Inc. (AMI), responsible for business development, revenue growth, and strategic partnerships. Mike brings over 20+ years of experience in education, including roles focused on program management, client relations, business development, sales leadership, and general management. He has served in leadership roles with Pearson, Educational Testing Service, and WestEd. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in English Education from New York University (NYU).

Eleanor E. Sanford-Moore, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research & Development

Ellie Sanford-Moore oversees MetaMetrics’ research and development projects, including The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics, linking studies and other external consulting and development engagements. Prior to joining the company in 1998, she was senior testing consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Ellie was responsible for developing the North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests of reading and mathematics for grades three through eight, and the North Carolina End-of-Course Tests for 10 high school subjects. She has served on various national committees related to large-scale assessment. Ellie earned her undergraduate degree in statistics from North Carolina State University, a teaching certificate in mathematics and general sciences from Montana State University, and both her master’s and doctorate of philosophy in psychology from North Carolina State University.

Anne Schiano, Senior Vice President, State Strategic Partnerships

Anne Schiano joined MetaMetrics in 2011 after serving many years as a senior manager responsible for policy development at the New York State Education Department. Most recently, Anne led the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology. During her tenure at NYSED, Schiano established and directed the New York State Academy for Teaching and Learning. These experiences have informed her work at MetaMetrics where she has focused on strengthening a national system of support in practical application of Lexile® and Quantile® measures. Anne has been the recipient of several honors and awards including NYS Technology Education Association’s Appreciation Award, the NYS School Library Association’s Advocate Recognition, the NYS Reading Association’s Advocate of the Year and Georgetown Washington University’s Elliot Fellow Award: Governing in the Global Age.

Sue Steinkamp, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research & Development

Sue oversees the research and development activities related to MetaMetrics’ Frameworks, including the design and execution of linking studies and research projects to support new tools and product offerings. Prior to joining MetaMetrics, Sue held leadership roles with Scantron, Pearson VUE, and Prometric where she led teams of assessment development and psychometric professionals responsible for all aspects of creating and maintaining valid, reliable, and high-quality examination programs, both domestically and internationally. She has more than 25 years of experience in the assessment and measurement arena. Sue holds a BA in Psychology from the College of St. Catherine and a MA and PhD in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis on Quantitative Methods in Education, from the University of Minnesota.

Jason Turner, Senior Vice President, International Sales

Over the last ten years, Jason has had a variety of roles with MetaMetrics before becoming Senior Vice President of International Sales. Jason has worked extensively in the training and implementation of the Lexile and Quantile Frameworks in classrooms across the globe. He has also worked closely with assessment and publishing partners around the world in the implementation and development of reading and math programs. Jason has published extensively on educational topics, including measurement and performance standards, trained thousands of educators and administrators, and has presented at conferences and symposiums around North America and the UK. Prior to joining MetaMetrics, Jason worked across a variety of educational and commercial fields, including as a consultant and professional development trainer.

Luci Willits, Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Before joining MetaMetrics, Inc., Luci worked in publishing and testing at both Curriculum Associates and Smarter Balanced. For eight years, Luci led the daily operations of the 140-person Idaho State Department of Education as the Chief of Staff. She worked directly with the Legislature, Governor’s office, and national education groups, passing more than 100 education policy changes in the state of Idaho. Luci began her education public policy work as the Communications Director for the Idaho Board of Education, where she advocated for increased accountability and redesigned high school graduation requirements to include additional math and science courses for all Idaho high school students. She is passionate about education and helping all kids succeed, including her two daughters. Luci is a women-in-business leader in her home state of Idaho and currently serves as the president of Go Lead Idaho, a non-profit organization.

Lisa Bickel, Vice President, Customer Success

Lisa supports customer success by helping MetaMetrics partners understand and leverage Lexile and Quantile measures. She communicates with partners to ensure successful implementation of every aspect of MetaMetrics deliverables and offers sales and implementation training for Lexile and Quantile measures and related products. Joining the company in 2013, Lisa has used her extensive background in product development to direct efforts in advancing the Quantile Framework for Mathematics. That work included quantifying the demand of mathematics materials to create a path for college and career readiness. In addition, Lisa worked with mathematics publishers to add Quantile assessments and measures to their products.

Elizabeth Lattanzio, Vice President, Marketing Communications

Elizabeth Lattanzio joined MetaMetrics in 2007 and oversees our marketing and professional learning efforts. Her team shapes messaging for products and services and assists clients with their communications needs. Her team also delivers professional learning workshops and sales training. Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University.

Ryan Leathers, Vice President, Software Engineering

Ryan has held a number of high tech senior management positions in Research Triangle Park over the past twenty years. While at MetaMetrics, he led the transition to a Cloud-Based/Software-as-a-Service organization enabling innovative new product offerings. Prior to MetaMetrics, Ryan was IT Director for American Research Institute, a pioneering start-up in the Serious Gaming space. He joined ARI from Global Knowledge where he lead the R&D team responsible for the world’s largest hands-on remote labs infrastructure supporting world-wide technical certification training.

Neena Saha

Neena Saha, Ph.D., Vice President, Science of Reading

Neena was a classroom teacher for children with exceptional needs, (including children with severe and persistent reading difficulties) before getting her PhD in Special Education from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. At Vanderbilt her research focused on individual differences in decoding skill acquisition. Dr. Saha’s research can be found in The Journal of Learning Disabilities, Annals of Dyslexia, and Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Prior to joining MetaMetrics, Neena founded Elemeno® to help bridge the research-to-practice gap in early literacy by creating research-based tools for reading teachers, reading tutors, and literacy specialists.

Sue Ann Towle, Vice President, Product Management

An experienced K-12 education product and marketing professional, Sue Ann leads the activities for both the product and project management teams with responsibility for MetaMetrics’ product portfolio, including The Growth Planner®, The Lexile® Framework for Reading Find a Book and Analyzer tools as well as The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics resource library. Prior to joining MetaMetrics®, Sue Ann was director of channel management at Pearson, responsible for development, training and implementation for seven K-12 digital assessments. During her nearly 15 years at Pearson, Sue Ann also led the successful launches of the award-winning digital learning tools, WriteToLearn™ and the Pearson Test of English Language Learning (TELL™).

John Williams, Vice President, Finance

John is responsible for the company’s finance and accounting operations. Before joining MetaMetrics, John worked in Deloitte’s audit practice and served in senior-level finance positions at various companies. John is a licensed CPA and holds a master’s degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.