The Cambridge Consortium

Cambridge is a team of highly qualified professionals. David Waldherr is the former national director of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Professional Testing. Tom Martinson, with over 100 publications, is the nation’s most prolific writer on skills, tutoring, test preparation and admissions. Our director of research Dr. Kulicke, holds a master’s in education and a PhD in educational psychology, is a former member of a national school accreditation committee, has over 150 scholarly publications and conference presentations, and was a research fellow at Northwestern University.

We are confident in our strategies and implementation because the people who facilitate our programs are personally invested in our mission to help students of all economic backgrounds fulfill their potential. Seven members of the top staff on our project team are first-generation college students who are assigned to work at and visit partnering schools at their personal requests. We are extremely motivated to share our success stories as those seven people have eight bachelor’s, five master’s, and five doctorate degrees. While we hire local support staff at Cambridge, you are getting lifelong education “warriors” who shake the hands of your project coordinators and passionately advocate skill readiness and college admission services as their lives have been changed from it.

DAVID WALDHERR, J.D.
Founder and CEO

Dr. Waldherr, first-generation college student, enrolling only because of a scholarship, founded Cambridge in 1990 with the mission of helping all students, regardless of income level or previous achievement, build college readiness skills, increase test scores, and gain college admission and scholarships. Having spoken at hundreds of national and regional conferences, Dr. Waldherr is widely known for his commitment and expertise in providing quality test prep to all students. Cambridge materials are used by more than 2,000 schools, served over 7,000,000 students, and through its Grant Award program has given away over $7,000,000 to deserving youth programs.

CHERYL BAIRD, M.Ed.
ACADEMIC VP AND SOUTHERN SCHOOL RELATIONS DIRECTOR

Cheryl Baird has been in education for over 8 years as a high school counselor and 12 years Trio Upward Bound Director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s in Education. She is very knowledgeable regarding test materials, college preparation and assessment needs. Cheryl’s experience and insight to working with students paired with her out of the box thinking is always geared toward student success and college success. She has successfully written grants, developed high school and college freshmen curriculum and been involved in college professional development. Cheryl has the energy, drive, and passion when working with students and educators in developing and educating both to become successful.

TOM MARTINSON, J.D.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, EMERITUS

Tom Martinson, raised in the shadow of Stone Mountain (Georgia), is the nation’s leading authority on test preparation. He has written over 100 test preparation books, admissions manuals, school guides, and instructional applications; lectured on over 300 campuses; and frequently speaks on testing and test preparation at professional convocations. His works have been published by Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, McGraw-Hill, Peterson’s, and Pearson. He is a member of the bars of New York and Washington, DC, served as a Naval officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps, and taught philosophy at Queens College. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia, where he was a national championship debater, and his juris doctorate at Harvard Law School, where he won prizes in the Ames Moot Court competition and the Williston competition. He has also done significant post-doctoral work at both NYU and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

DAVID FICKETT, M.S.T.
PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

David Fickett is the executive director of school relations at Cambridge Educational Services and for over ten years he has worked closely with schools to enhance curriculum, support instruction, and build essential skills for college and career readiness. David has conducted over 200 seminars and professional development workshops for administrators, teachers, and students. He earned his undergraduate degree in actuarial science from the University of Michigan and earned his Master of Science degree in teaching mathematics from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has taught high school mathematics for nearly 20 years, with 17 of those years at nationally recognized Blue-Ribbon schools.

CAROL FORD, M.A.T.
SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOL RELATIONS DIRECTOR

Carol Ford, first-generation college student, received her Bachelor of Science in communications at the University of Central Arkansas and her master’s in the art of teaching at William Carey University. She has been a classroom educator at Collins High School in Collins, Missouri, for ten years and is a passionate advocate for children. She has served as English department chair, a member of her high school’s leadership committee, an ACT prep instructor, and an English II State Exam Instructor. Her students have consistently achieved increased levels of proficiency and growth.

MARILYNN KULIEKE, PH.D.
PROGRAM AND SUCCESS STRATEGIST

Dr. Kulieke earned her bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Illinois, master’s in education and doctorate in educational psychology at Northwestern University. She has been the executive director of the Pathways Learning Group for the past 10 years and the vice president of the Gains Education Group for the past 15 years. She has served as senior vice president for Research and Development, AdvancED/National Study of School Evaluation, and director of research and evaluation for Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Her university teaching experience includes positions at Northern Illinois University and Aurora University. As head of the Research and Instructional Strategies Division of Cambridge, Marilyn ensures that our instructional methods, testing, and curriculum are most current and advantageous to supporting student learning and growth.

CHARLOTTE RAINEY PARHAM, ED.D.
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

For more than 20 years, Charlotte Rainey Parham has been an educator in the Arkansas community. Dr. Parham served as an elementary teacher, gifted specialist, principal, and district administrator. She is a national consultant and author who currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. Her research focuses are systems of equity, parental involvement, academic achievement gaps, school readiness, and disruptive innovation. Dr. Parham is the executive director for Arkansas Imagination Library, the state’s affiliate for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library book gifting program. She is also the founder and CEO of Strategic Inc., a consulting firm that partners with schools and various organizations to support areas of equity and literacy. Dr. Parham is a published educator who has written several articles and two books, Because I Said So: A Discussion on Parenting Styles and Achievement Gaps and Parent Bailout: The Bailout that is Really Crippling America.

DOUGLASS PETTY, PH.D.
CAMBRIDGE CONSORTIUM, MIDWESTERN REGION

Douglass Petty, first-generation college student, has over 30 years’ experience as an organizational consultant, educator, community organizer, life coach, and motivational speaker.  He has earned a doctorate in Christian counseling, a master’s in psychology, a bachelor’s in psychology, and an associate in physical education. During his career, he has provided training in every school district in St. Louis city and county. He has served as adjunct faculty at University Missouri-Kansas City, Harris–Stowe State University, and St. Louis Community College and as the lead principal for Christian Counseling & Resource Consultants. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, American Psychological Association, National Association of Multicultural Educators and National Diversity Council, National Center for Crisis Management, International Christian Coaching Association, and the Desegregation Monitoring Task Force. He serves on several boards, including the executive board of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater St. Louis, the African American Advisory Board (as chair), and the Washington University School of Medicine Memory and Aging Project.

MARTIN NALLS, ED.D.
CAMBRIDGE CONSORTIUM, SOUTHEASTERN REGION

An educator since 1997, Dr. Martin Nalls is the current head of school of i3 Academy in Birmingham, Alabama, and is the president and founder of College Admissions Made Possible (CAMP), a nonprofit organization that seeks to address the obstacles to college access that low-income, minority, and first-generation students face. He holds a doctorate in instructional leadership from the University of Alabama. He won the 2007 Alabama Assistant Principal of the Year award and is currently a member of the CLAS (Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools) and a board member of Spina Bifida Association of Alabama and Childcare Resources.

GRAYLING TOBIAS, ED.D.
CAMBRIDGE CONSORTIUM, MIDWESTERN REGION

Dr. Grayling Tobias is a first-generation educator with over 34 years of educational experience. He served in the following roles: teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary education, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a master’s degree from Truman State University, and a doctorate in education leadership from Saint Louis University. Educators have enriched his life, and he would like to share with administrators, teachers, students, and parents the rich educational experience that he has received. He believes he can make a difference in the lives of young people because education has made a profound difference in his life.

AARON PATTERSON, M.A.T.
CUSTOMER VP AND NORTHERN SCHOOL RELATIONS DIRECTOR

Aaron Patterson has worked with Cambridge Educational Services for 16 years and has the privilege of helping hundreds of schools and thousands of students with college-readiness and ACT/SAT preparation. A native of West Virginia, holds a Bachelors and Masters in Teaching. he has a passion to help students with little or no college-bound goals to realize their potential. He has presented at dozens of local and national conferences on the topic of using data to target instruction in the classroom.

LINDA WALLS, M.ED.
WESTERN REGION ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Linda Walls, first-generation college student, was born and raised in Skidmore, Texas, in a low-income household. Through the support and guidance of the Upward Bound program, she earned a business administration degree and a teaching certificate from Texas A&M Kingsville and later obtained a master’s in education at The University of Texas San Antonio. As a result, she is very passionate about helping today’s youth achieve all they can using the tools that are available to them. She became an Upward Bound instructor, and a Barnhart mentor to facilitate the success of young students today.

KELLY DAIL, M.ED.
EASTERN SCHOOL RELATIONS DIRECTOR

A native of Eastern North Carolina, Kelly Dail earned her BS and MEd from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining Cambridge as school relations director, Kelly’s career included program management in higher education, marketing, communications, fundraising, and administration. As a passionate advocate for life-long learning, Kelly is honored to have the opportunity to support Cambridge’s mission of educational advancement for all students, not just the privileged few.

DENNIS RABBE, B.S.
CAMBRIDGE CONSORTIUM, NORTHERN REGION

Dennis Raabe, first generation college graduate, earned his BS in Elementary Education, his MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and his Specialist Degree in Educational Administration. He has been a classroom teacher, a university instructor, and has 35 years’ experience as a school administrator both as a building principal and District Administrator in school districts throughout Wisconsin. He has developed educational material related to educational best practices, effective instructional strategies, and expanding opportunities for all scholars. He is committed to promoting the ideals that education is the portal for success in our society and that educators make a difference in the lives of young people, especially those who have been traditionally marginalized.

BARRY STANBACK, B.S.
CAMBRIDGE CONSORTIUM, EASTERN REGION

Barry Stanback is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The UNC-CH School of Law. Mr. Stanback was a partner for 15 years with Stanback & Stanback Atty’s, P. A. In Greensboro, NC. Subsequently, he served as General Counsel to The NC Department of Human Resources (now NC Department of Health and Human Services) before being appointed Deputy Secretary of that Department. After leaving state government, Professor Stanback was instrumental in the Founding of National Test Preparation Service. He currently serves on the Pre Law Advisory Committee at Shepherd University. NTPS, under Professor Stanback’s guidance, has had it’s program implemented at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, Duke University, Winston Salem State University, Fayetteville State University, Central State University, Jackson State University and Saint Augustine’s University.

KEN HUNTER, Ph.D
DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Ken Hunter is an educator with over 40 years of experience. Ken has served as teacher, administrator, Assistant and Acting Principal in Chicago’s Catholic schools, and Principal in Chicago Public Schools. In 1999 the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) appointed Ken administrator-in-residence at East St. Louis. He has served as ISBE chair of the Language Arts Advisory Council, the Testing Review Committee and multiple standards setting ELA teams. He was also selected by the ISBE to review the Prairie State Achievement Examination reading assessment (ACT and Work Keys Reading) for the US Department of Education Technical manual. He attended Loyola University for his bachelor’s and the University of Chicago in pursuit of his Ph.D.

JOHN LASATER, B.S.
STANDARDS AND INTEGRATION SPECIALIST

John Lasater earned his B.S. in Mathematics, Physics, and Business Administration from Belmont University and spent most of his career in the telecommunications. During that time he earned his MBA. He then spent 12 years teaching high school mathematics and physics in both private and public schools. During his 10 years with Sumner County Schools, he earned his graduate certification in instructional coaching while serving as Teacher Leader and Lead Educator at Westmoreland High School. During that time he developed and administered multiple programs to enhance the school’s academic program. Most notable was a practice ACT program through which ACT standards were integrated with state academic standards. The analysis of individual student results were shared with classroom teachers (ELA, Math, and Reading intensive courses). The result was a steady progression of both EOC and ACT results for students, teachers, and the school.