Leslie Hazle Bussey, Ph.D.

Interim Executive Director

Leslie Hazle Bussey, Ph.D.

Interim Executive Director
leslie.hazlebussey@glisi.org
404-906-4412

Leslie Hazle Bussey joined the GLISI staff in 2010 and serves as Interim Executive Director. Her background is in teaching, professional learning, and research. She began her career as a teacher of middle grades students in English and Social Studies and she has drawn on that experience extensively to develop engaging adult learning for teachers and education leaders, design solutions to problems of practice in schools and districts, and conduct research to assess the effectiveness of leadership development.

Most recently, Leslie served on Georgia’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation Advisory Council; Georgia’s Race to the Top Teacher and Principal Induction Task Force; and was one of six invited members of the Development Team for the Georgia Department of Education’s Principal Mentor training module. Formerly the Director of Research at the Southern Regional Education Board, Leslie oversaw a 16 state policy study of indicators of cohesive leadership development systems, and was lead evaluator on a federally funded grant studying teacher induction.

In her role, Leslie establishes GLISI’s strategic direction and supports our staff in working toward achieving the organization’s mission of developing world-class education leaders who advance student achievement and organizational effectiveness. She also oversees GLISI’s day-to-day strategy and operations; is the primary architect of GLISI’s federal and state grant initiatives, overseeing grant implementation; and is responsible for capturing GLISI’s success stories and lessons learned along the way. Leslie holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University, an M.Ed. in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington.

Nanci Foster

Administrative Assistant

Nanci Foster

Administrative Assistant
nanci.foster@glisi.org
770-464-9299

Nanci Foster joined GLISI in 2012 as the Administrative Assistant. Prior to entering the non-profit world, she served as a teaching assistant and held several administrative roles with Fulton County Schools, the most recent being the Professional Assistant to the principal of Alpharetta High School. For the first half of her career, Nanci worked for the Federal Computer Performance Evaluation and Simulation Center as a Project Manager responsible for data center evaluations. She also worked for the Bureau of Naval Personnel as both a computer specialist and a computer programmer, as well as the Department of Defense as a systems analyst.

In her role, Nanci provides general administrative support to the GLISI staff, facilitating office communications, maintaining calendars, and scheduling meetings.

Robert W. Gaines, Ph.D.

Communications Manager

Robert W. Gaines, Ph.D.

Communications Manager
robert.gaines@glisi.org
770 464-9299

Robert W. Gaines began his tenure with GLISI in 2012 as a Research and Evaluation intern and joined the staff in July 2013 as our Research and Communications Associate. He currently serves as GLISI’s Communications Manager. Robert’s background is in teaching and research. Rooted in his experiences as an English composition instructor, his research interests include college readiness, education history, and the intersection of religion and education policy.

In his role, Robert is responsible for communicating GLISI’s core messages, managing our brand, and broadening the organization’s base of champions and financial supporters.

Robert earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in English from Penn State University, as well as a B.A. in English Literature from Morehouse College.

Patty Heitmuller, Ph.D.

Senior Program Director

Patty Heitmuller, Ph.D.

Senior Program Director
patty.heitmuller@glisi.org
770-464-9299

Patty Heitmuller joined GLISI’s staff in 2013 and currently serves as its Director of Leadership Program Development. She previously worked with GLISI as one of its original design team members, as well as a Performance Consultant (PC). Patty brings over 30 years of combined teaching and school leadership experience to her role at GLISI, most recently serving as the Assistant Principal at Lawrenceville Elementary School in Gwinnett County. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her outstanding teaching, her excellence in leadership, and her contributions to the field of instructional supervision. As a testament to her effectiveness as leader, Patty was twice-selected to open new Gwinnett County schools: Harbins Elementary School in 1995, where she served for 9 years, and Louise Radloff Middle School in 2004, where she served for seven years.

In her role as Director of Leadership Program Development, Patty ensures that the GLISI leadership development training programs align with GLISI’s strategic direction and are executed at the highest level of professional quality and effectiveness.

Patty holds an Ed.D. in Instructional Supervision, an M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education, and a B.S.Ed., all from the University of Georgia.

Selim Ikizler

Bookkeeper

Selim Ikizler

Bookkeeper
selim.ikizler@glisi.org
7704649299

Selim Ikizler joined GLISI’s staff in 2016 and currently serves as its bookkeeper. His previous experience includes providing full range accounting services to nonprofit organizations and political campaigns. Prior to joining GLISI, Selim served as Vice President of Red Curve Solutions, an accounting firm for political campaigns, and Director of Finance & Administration for Military Families United, a nonprofit committed to honoring the service and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces members and providing support to their families.

In his role at GLISI, Selim is responsible for implementing financial processes to ensure the organization’s overall fiscal health. Selim holds a B.A. in Economics with Citation in Public Leadership from the University of Maryland.

Letishia Seabrook Jones, Ph.D.

Senior Program Director

Letishia Seabrook Jones, Ph.D.

Senior Program Director
letishia.jones@glisi.org
770 464-9299

Letishia joined the GLISI staff in 2013 as its Director of Strategic Consulting. Prior to coming to GLISI, she spent 13 years with the College Board, completing her tenure there as the Senior Director of Solutions Development, where she oversaw a team responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating professional development programs and program analysis tools for district and school leaders, teachers, and counselors. Letishia also served six years as a high school social studies teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and is currently an associate faculty member at Ashford University.

In her role as Director of Strategic Consulting, Letishia oversees the process of developing, supporting, and delivering GLISI’s full suite of educational leadership consulting services.

Letishia earned her Ph.D. in Professional Studies in Education at Capella University. She holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University in Teaching and Curriculum and a B.A. in History from Wake Forest University.

Meca Mohammed, Ph.D.

VP of Operations & Talent

Meca Mohammed, Ph.D.

VP of Operations & Talent
meca.mohammed@glisi.org
770-464-9299

Meca Mohammed joined the GLISI staff in 2011 and currently serves as the Vice President of Operations & Talent. Her previous experience includes education research, program evaluation, and teaching. Prior to joining GLISI, Meca served as a graduate research assistant in the University of Georgia’s Education Policy and Evaluation Center, an evaluation consultant for Northeast Georgia Regional Service Agency, and a Fellow for the Southern Education Foundation. Meca also spent several years as an English Language Arts and AVID teacher in the Cobb County School District.

In her role, Meca is responsible for measuring the effectiveness of GLISI’s programs and services and overseeing the development and publication of research reports, briefs, and impact studies. She also leads GLISI’s external evaluation efforts.

Meca holds a PhD. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia, an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Boston College, and a B.A. in English Literature from Spelman College

James Osanyinbi, M.P.A.

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

James Osanyinbi, M.P.A.

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
770-464-9299

James Osanyinbi joined the GLISI staff in 2014 as our Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist. Prior to joining GLISI, James served as the Public Policy Intern at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Competitiveness and the Research and Evaluation Intern for Junior Achievement of Georgia. He was also a graduate assistant in the Andrew Young School Career Services and Student Life Office, as well as an Education Pioneers Graduate Fellow with Amplify Education Inc.

As the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, James monitors trends and developments in education reform and leadership development, collecting, managing, and analyzing data sets to assist in the development of GLISI’s programs.

James holds an M.P.A. with a concentration in Policy Analysis, and Evaluation from Georgia State University, a B.B.A. in Finance from Georgia State University, and national certification in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the Georgia State Chapter Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Terri Seay, Ph.D.

Program Director

Terri Seay, Ph.D.

Program Director
terri.seay@glisi.org
770-464-9299

Terri joined the GLISI staff in 2016 as the Program Director. Terri brings over 10 years of experience working in instructional leadership and organizational development to improve academic outcomes for P-12 students. Most recently, she led school improvement efforts as a district instructional coach in the Office of Staff Development for Gwinnett County Schools. Prior to that she began her career in education as an elementary school teacher before serving as a school-based instructional coach in the Cobb County School District. During her tenure as an educator, Terri also served on Georgia’s 2012 State Superintendent Teacher Advisory Board, was a member of the Georgia Partnership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program, and was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2008.

In her role as Program Director, Terri is responsible for developing, supporting, and delivering GLISI’s full suite of educational leadership development services.

Terri earned her Ph.D. in Professional Studies in Educational Leadership from Mercer University. She holds an M.S. in Social Foundations of Education from Georgia State University, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky.

Jennie C. Welch, Ph.D.

VP of Strategy & Finance

Jennie C. Welch, Ph.D.

VP of Strategy & Finance
jennie.welch@glisi.org
770-464-9299

Jennie C. Welch began working with GLISI in 2011 as its inaugural Doctoral Fellow, a position she held for three years until joining the staff as the Marketing Analyst. Jennie brings research and teaching expertise to GLISI, as well as a background in non-profit leadership and business management. She has filled analyst positions for the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration and J.P. Morgan Chase, and worked as a research assistant for the Delaware Academy for School Leadership and the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Jennie has also worked as a development manager for a national non-profit organization, and taught public administration and public policy at the post-secondary level. Jennie’s research focuses on district-consultant partnerships and consulting effectiveness in K-12 education; identifying essential dispositions of education leaders; and university performance assessment.

As GLISI’s Vice President of Strategy & Finance, Jennie is responsible for overseeing all aspects of GLISI’s brand and messaging, fee-based business development strategy, and financial operations.

Jennie holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy from the University of Georgia, an M.P.A. with a specialization in Public Budgeting & Finance from the University of Delaware, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Bucknell University.

Kasey C. Wood, M.Ed.

Project Manager

Kasey C. Wood, M.Ed.

Project Manager
kasey.christian@glisi.org
770-464-9299

Kasey C. Wood joined the GLISI staff in 2015 as our Program Manager. Prior to joining GLISI, she served as program coordinator for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, where she developed curriculum, facilitated trainings, and maintained the website and online course for the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Her previous experience includes teaching at an outdoor learning center, facilitating adventure trips, and leading preschool, after-school, and summer camp programs.

In her role as Program Manager, Kasey coordinates GLISI’s full suite of services, overseeing the development, implementation, and integration of project management systems, processes, and protocols to ensure the highest quality customer experience for GLISI’s clients as well as clear alignment across our internal teams.

Kasey holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Health and Wellness Promotion from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.