Who We Are

We are an experienced, multi-ethnic, and diverse team of hands-on educators relentlessly committed to reinventing school.

Our vision

 We believe that if we harness the power, imagination and insights of students, educators and the community, we can reinvent an education system that’s equitable, inclusive, powerful and engaging for every learner.

Our Mission

Our mission is to fundamentally transform education by powering students, teachers, leadership teams- individually and collectively- to innovate and thrive.

Our next steps

We are currently raising funds for two additional summer sessions — which will take place as we prepare to open our first Collaborative Lab School.

Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr


Keitha-Gail has been in education for over 22 years. She has taught in Jamaica, Turks and Caicos Island, and now in the United States. Currently, Dr. Martin-Kerr is a school advocate at the Regional Center of Excellence. She also teaches graduate courses at Hamline University, Metropolitan State University, and College of St. Scholastica.

James Ewer


James is an educator but an entrepreneur at heart. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in leadership management and minor in psychology. More recently, he has a master’s in school leadership from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard. His passion has allowed him to become a teacher, director of development, school leader, charter school authorizer, and a board of director member for Loveworks Academy. While not committing his waking minutes to supporting the development of students as social entrepreneurs, he spends his time with his wife and amazing son.



Angie is a committed educator, speaker, and collaborator with expertise in assessment, leadership, system improvement, and strategic planning. Angie has supported students for nearly two decades as a teacher, principal, and director within school systems. She now revitalizes school systems by igniting creativity, leveraging strengths and assets to build capacity, and linking assessment and feedback to invest in system evolution.

Marius Massie


Marius is adamant about human connection and scaling personal transformation from one person to many. Strategic innovation is his primary expertise, with extensive background in youth services. He sincerely believe enhancing leadership and social and emotional development are key to advancing future generations. Marius brings many years of combined experience in higher education, professional development, and youth empowerment to the board. He is committed to helping build infrastructure and designing impactful learning experiences to propel Thrive-Ed and you toward greater capacity. When he’s not working, Marius loves the arts, sports, and spending time volunteering at church and with loved ones.

Amy Pucel



Amy Schreiner Pucel earned her Masters in Literacy Education at the University of Minnesota. She has taught in a Title One School and was nominated for “Teacher of the Year” as a second grade teacher in Aberdeen, North Carolina. After several years of teaching, she has received tenure in three different states. At the college level, Amy has taught coursework in Literacy Education and supervised student teachers. She is currently employed at the University of Minnesota as a student teacher supervisor in the Multiple Pathways to Teaching Program. Her leadership extends to serving on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Education at the University of Minnesota. Amy lives in Wayzata, Minnesota with her husband and three children. She enjoys golfing, boating and time spent with family and friends.

Tracie Stanton


Tracie is a successful non-profit professional with expertise in program management, community engagement, fundraising, and leadership. She currently works as a Program and Community Engagement Coordinator for ResourceWest, which is a non-profit community agency serving low-income families and individuals living in the west metro of the Twin Cities. Tracie has a passion for helping to prepare children and youth from diverse backgrounds to excel in dynamic environments. She believes in the power of equitable and engaging educational environments to create change.

Alison Bragaw-Butler


Alison Bragaw-Butler has a bachelor’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s in sports management from Virginia State University, a micromaster’s in cloud computing architecture from University of Maryland Global Campus, and is a 2022 doctoral candidate in strategic leadership. She has experience in nonprofit management, counseling, and as an associate consultant for a large tech firm. Her passion for social justice and interest in tech consulting collided when she founded Bragaw Butler and Company, a firm dedicated to reimagining diversity, equity, inclusion and social impact for individuals, teams, and organizations.  Comment end Additionally, she currently serves as an Associate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, rendering services for a large DoD client.

Karey Webb


Karey has a passion for helping young people find their “spark.” As the Vice President of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program she works with educators across forty states to support the delivery of employability skill-building competencies through engaging and meaningful projects that allow for youth to explore career interests and aspirations and connect them to employment pathways that lead toward upward mobility. Karey has “never met a stranger” and loves seeking new ways to collaborate, especially in this “virtual world.”

Lance Libengood


Lance has worked to support K-12 school operations for over 20 years as an employee and from the private sector. He is currently the owner and president of The Center for Effective School Operations (CESO), where he partners with over 100 schools and districts in the areas of Communication, Transportation, Finance, Facilities and Technology. He believes his work and passion is to empower schools to create rich learning environments where all students can thrive. Lance currently lives in Hopkins, Minnesota, with his wife and five children.

Robin Powers Kinning


Robin Powers Kinning is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School and has been practicing law for over 25 years.   Robin’s legal practice involves providing independent fiduciary services to individuals, families and businesses.  Robin also serves as a director for other non-profit organizations and advises the same on a variety of legal issues.  When not working, Robin enjoys spending time at the lake with family and friends, golfing, gardening and reading.

Executive Director

Nicole Dimich
Executive Director

Nicole Dimich is an educator, author, innovator, and expert facilitator who has worked with elementary and secondary educators, administrators, and school districts. Through presentations, training and consultations, she helps power student voice and build on educator strengths to create spaces where all feel possible and empowered.