Rudy Flores has more than 30 years of experience in education, and prior to ChanceLight he served as an educator, principal and school board superintendent and a consultant and entrepreneur in the fields of education, technology, health care and commercial real estate development. Flores earned a master’s degree in International Business from San Jose International University in Costa Rica and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona. He is also a graduate of the Disney Way of Leadership and Business Excellence – Disney Institute in Orlando, Fla. Rudy previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Ombudsman Educational Services, a division of ChanceLight that provides alternative education programs to serve at-risk students. Flores provided oversight and direction resulting in significant growth for the company’s Arizona-based charter schools and its programs in partnership with Chicago Public Schools.
Bill Listanski began his career with ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy and Education as a teacher at an Ombudsman center in Pennsylvania in 2006. He was promoted to center director, training specialist and operations manager, and then named a vice president of business development in 2015.
As operations manager, Bill supervised all Ombudsman programs in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and developed and nurtured strong relationships with school district partners, and led a significant expansion in Ohio. Bill graduated from the University of Scranton with a bachelor’s in secondary education social studies and political science. In 2010, he was awarded ChanceLight’s highest honor in recognition of his exemplary leadership.
Carmen Rivera-Jara, M.P.H., M.A., has more than 20 years of leadership experience in special education and mental and public health. Her depth of expertise has helped her establish more than 10 new partnerships for ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy and Education in the last five years.
Carmen earned a master’s in Public Health-Health Education and Nutrition from Loma Linda University and a master’s in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University. She served a program director in non-public schools for students with emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities and autism, and she was an administrator and adjunct professor of California State University, San Bernardino, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Carmen spent 10 years as a Mental Health Counselor and has taught in Japan and Costa Rica.
Ralph began his career with ChanceLight in 2011 as VP, Customer and Community Relations, before joining the Business Development team. Ralph is a proven educational leader with stellar relationships with school district staff and board members, community advocates, local government, law enforcement and juvenile courts, and community organizations.
Ralph served for 33 years in a number of leadership positions in the Tennessee Metro Nashville Public School system, Tennessee’s second-largest school district where he was named teacher, principal and educator of the year. Additionally, Ralph was awarded the state’s highest honor when named the Tennessee Colonel Aide de Camp in recognition of his contributions to education. Ralph is a member of the Tennessee State University Education Wall of Fame and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Anna has been advocating for families with autism since her daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two-and-a-half. Anna became a driving force behind “Ava’s Law,” which was passed by the Georgia Legislature in 2015 and requires insurance companies to cover evidence-based treatment for autism. The following year, she partnered with families and Autism Speaks to secure $30 million in the state Medicaid budget for autism services. In 2018, Anna championed the removal of unnecessary age caps for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment in Georgia. She has also succeeded in earning school district contracts for ABA in underserved areas.
Prior to joining ChanceLight, Anna worked as Director of Family Connections, a statewide network dedicated to empowering communities to provide services for families and children in need. She has served on numerous committees and study groups to develop policies related to services for autism, and in 2015, Anna was awarded the National “Speak Out” award from Bob and Suzanne Wright, founders of Autism Speaks, for her advocacy efforts.
Brooks has more than 10 years of experience in business development with school districts. During that time, he established partnerships with educators in more than 40 states by collaboratively building solutions specific to the needs of each district.
Brooks earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication from Georgia Southern University, then completed a Master of Education degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia.
Mary began her career as a Title 1 teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, where she worked with at-risk students and students with behavior disorders in grades K-8. She then served as an account executive with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, earning the award for Associate of the Year in 2015. Mary became known as a valued partner that principals of a large, urban school district could trust for curriculum direction and solution-based K-12 intervention recommendations for Literacy and Mathematics.
Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and two master’s degrees – in Education and Educational Administration – from DePaul University in Chicago.