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KrystalWhile earning her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Krystal Rogers began working with students in some of Chicago’s lowest performing high schools. Her experience had a significant impact on the direction her career would take. Upon graduation, Krystal applied for and was awarded an assistantship to the Urban Youth Leader program in UIC’s Graduate College. During her assistantship, Krystal designed and implemented programs centered on social/personal responsibility, fitness, and healthy eating at several urban Chicago middle and high schools, earning her M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership in 2005.After serving in a range of leadership roles in social service and youth-centered nonprofit organizations, Krystal sought to more directly impact the public education system, and took a position with The New Teacher Project.As Program Manager, she implemented targeted recruitment strategies to bring the best teachers to Chicago turnaround schools. In 2010, Krystal was recruited as the Hiring Project Manager for the Office of School Improvement, managing the six-step hiring process at three turnaround high schools. After successfully leading the staffing of Marshall High School, she was promoted to Senior Project Manager, where she led a wide range of projects in the areas of School Improvement Grants, including new school startup, hiring, curriculum development, and resource management.

Val Weigal
Val  joined TeacherMatch in August 2015, with nearly a decade of experience in K-12 technologies.Prior to joining TeacherMatch, Val was a Product Manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she acted as liaison between an array of teams: especially software development and content development. Val advocated for customers and identified innovative and intuitive solutions across HMH’s Assessment portfolio.Val is a graduate of Illinois State University’s Publishing Studies program, which approaches the English Studies major from an interdisciplinary lens. Val was the first recipient of the department’s Outstanding Student in Publishing Award, and was also recognized as a Future Alumni Leader.

Fascinated with process and understanding how things work, Val understands the importance of using quality data to make decisions that impact students—whether it be through assisting districts with thoughtful assessments or hiring the best teachers and school staff members.

Tom DiSessaTom DiSessa joined the TeacherMatch team in February 2015 and has previously held roles in technology organizations for 20 years.

Before joining TeacherMatch, Tom was a Sr. Director of Market Technologies at TTR, Inc. At TTR, Tom worked with payment technology integrations, the market-based trading platform, and product development.

Prior to that role, Tom accumulated 10+ years of experience in identifying, designing, implementing and maintaining high volume web and back-end systems that improve productivity and existing systems.  He has recruited, retained, coached and developed IT talent at multiple levels.

Tom attended Villanova University where he graduated with both a M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science.

TWestTamara West joined the TeacherMatch team in March 2015, bringing along 10 years of experience in various roles involving strategy, analysis, and process improvement.

Prior to joining TeacherMatch, Tamara was a Data Analyst for the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services within Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  At CPS, Tamara contributed to many key initiatives, including: crafting, implementing, and supporting data gathering tools utilized by 700 schools, aimed at enhancing supports provided to more than 50,000 students; providing data and reporting support to inform transition decisions made effecting more than 2,000 students with disabilities; and serving as an advisor on several district-wide working groups, ensuring appropriate consideration of students with disabilities.

Before joining CPS, Tamara was an Audit Officer for the Commercial Bank within JPMorgan Chase.  Tamara initially joined JPMorgan Chase via the Internal Consulting Services Management Development program after graduating from Chicago State University with a B.S. in Accounting.

Joe Anderson joined the TeacherMatch team in January of 2015.   Prior to joining TeacherMatch, Joe was a Loan Deficiency Analyst at Guaranteed Rate Inc.   As an Analyst, Joe was responsible for auditing high-risk loan portfolios, maintaining accountability for errors and issues with internal staff and ultimately correcting any deficiencies within loan portfolios.  He also managed relations with investor banks as it pertained to the sale and transfer of loan portfolios.

Prior to that role, Joe was a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  He studied Education and History.   He graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in History.  Joe is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys spending time on or in Lake Michigan.

Erik M

Erik Mejia joined TeacherMatch April of 2014, and previously worked in technology and fitness helping businesses implement systems change.

Having worked in sales, sales support, and management, Erik brings a wide variety of skill sets to the team.  While in technology, Erik worked with businesses to build relationships, craft ideal solutions, and inform clients on the possibilities of automating processes and building success.  In fitness, he worked with his organization to refine retention initiatives, and with vendor companies implementing corporate fitness programs.

Erik received a Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

A Wiggins

Ashley Wiggins joined TeacherMatch in November 2015. While earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Ashley worked with various companies and nonprofit organizations to help implement best practices.

Upon graduation, Ashley continued to working with companies to foster solid relationships with partners and create a standard for partner interaction. She also managed to increase partner retention by reducing pain points and other underlining friction.

Ashley is still heavily involved in community work in Chicago. She’s a key member of Austin Coming Together, an organization aimed at improving the educational and economic development outcomes for the Austin community.