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.
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.
A skilled educator and administrator, Gurmeet brings more than 15 years of experience in education, project management, curriculum development, and sales to ChanceLight. She has worked alongside publishers in the K-12 and higher education markets to facilitate curriculum adoptions and implementations.
Gurmeet started her career as a secondary school teacher in English and Language Arts and special education. She then transitioned to higher education, where she served as a department chair and a curriculum manager.
Gurmeet earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, a master’s degree in Education from University of Phoenix, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instructional Design from Capella University.