Dr. Lora Hodges, Executive Director


Lora Hodges has been Center for Responsive Schools’ Executive Director since July 2012.  Lora holds a doctorate in educational leadership and brings a wealth of knowledge, teaching experience, and expertise in organizational leadership and strategy to this position.

A lifetime educator, Lora has served in variety of roles in public education at the school, district, and university levels. From 2008 to 2012, she served as the Deputy Executive Director of the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  There, Lora was responsible for overseeing PK-12 research, evaluation, and technical assistance programs funded through the US Department of Education’s Regional Educational Laboratory Program and the National Center for Homeless Education Program.

The third of four generations of educators, Lora has also served as a classroom teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent, as well as a District Senior Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Over the course of her career, Lora has worked with a wide range of educators on improving schools and student learning outcomes and has received a number of recognitions for her school and district level leadership.

Tonia Bonner, Director of Programs

Tonia has over twenty years as a public and private school teacher and administrator and has extensive experience in developing, designing and reviewing classroom curriculum and in designing professional development for​ middle, high and virtual school teachers.

Tonia holds a doctorate in Teaching and Learning and spent 10 years as a contractual instructor at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, in the teacher preparation program.

Tonia began her teaching career as an advanced placement science teacher and was a high school administrator prior to coming to CRS as Director of Programs.

Crista DeRicco, Director of Marketing and Communications

Crista joined the CRS Marketing & Communications department in 2014 as the Conference Planner & Social Media Marketing Specialist. She currently oversees CRS conferences, events, advertising strategies, and marketing campaigns. She worked previously at Amherst College as the Assistant Director of Student Activities, has tutored and taught students from elementary to college, and holds a master’s degree in English Literature and Publishing.



Sarah Fillion, Director of Consulting & Certification

sarahSarah has extensive experience as a facilitator and developer of professional development for K-8 educators. Prior to becoming a director at Center for Responsive Schools, she served as a Responsive Classroom professional development designer and full-time consultant, working with schools throughout the US and in the international school community to create optimal learning environments for students. Formerly, she served as a teacher and teacher leader in urban and suburban schools.



Christine Freitas, Director of Publications

Christine comes to the Center for Responsive Schools with over 20 years of educational print and media publishing experience. She is adept at creating innovative products and processes to help expand ideas for the way educators teach and learn. For nine years Christine produced hundreds of books and teaching materials for the K-3 early literacy market at Pioneer Valley Books. Prior to that she worked for both Pearson Learning and Thomson Learning (now Cengage Learning.) She is excited to be collaborating with a team of like-minded, mission-driven individuals, to continue her dedication to improving the educational experience.


Allison Henry, Director of Program Sales & Customer Care

unspecifiedAllison has extensive experience supporting customers as part of the school and district services team for over 9 years. She’s worked with hundreds of school and district leaders throughout the US and in the international school community to plan for beginning implementation and sustainability of Responsive Classroom. Prior to joining the staff at Center for Responsive Schools, Allison was an educator and counselor.



Francine E. Wilson, Director of Finance & Operations

francine-wilsonFrancine joined Center for Responsive Schools in June 2016.  She is responsible for the operations, financial, and risk management of the company.  Prior to joining the organization, she held various positions, including Treasury Business Partner, Business Change Agent, and Senior Internal Auditor in privately held institutions and Senior Auditor in public accounting firms.  She holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices.



Dr. Herb Turner, Principal Scientist

Dr. Turner has thirty years of experience conducting scientifically valid research in education and related areas. During the past decade, he has made methodological contributions to innovative and cutting-edge initiatives designed to transform education research into an evidence-based, scientifically valid field. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and has published in several peer-reviewed journals on randomized trials, standards for impact evaluations, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis.



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