Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."
– Andrew Carnegie
Angela Nelson, Ed.M. J.D.
Angela founded Stages Learning Materials in 1997 as a vehicle to publish and distribute her line of photo-based teaching tools for autism and special needs. Angela has a BA in Psychology, and a JD, both from UCLA; and an M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education from the Technology, Innovation and Education Program.
Angela studied behavioral psychology under Dr. Ivar Lovaas, head of the premier program in the treatment and education of children with autism, and worked as a senior therapist for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, supervising educational programs, performing assessments, and conducting workshops for parents and professionals across the country and in Europe.
Angela is Chair of the Education Market Association, and serves as a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the lead creator and author of all of Stages products, and editor of the Autism Resource and Community website and newsletter, has written for numerous industry publications, and speaks at national conferences and education institutes on autism education, early literacy, education technology, and entrepreneurship in education.
Cindy is an attorney who worked for Morrison & Foerster before becoming the General Counsel and Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for the restaurant chain Saddle Ranch Chop House. She has an undergraduate degree in political science from UCSD and a J.D. from UCLA. She joined Stages in 2018 as the C.O.O.
Chris Spence, Ed.M.
Chris is the President and Founder of Educational Media Associates and has a professional background in rich Internet application development and education work. Chris began working with Stages in 2014, providing software development for innovative learning tools and apps. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Technology, Innovation and Education Program, and currently serves as a teaching fellow at Harvard.
Leslie Stebbins, Ed.M.
Leslie is a writer and educational consultant at LeslieStebbins.com and also serves as the Director for Research at Consulting Services for Education. Leslie joined Stages team in 2016 as a project manager, content strategist, and researcher to help inform the design and development of new learning tools. She is a graduate of University of Michigan, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and of the Technology, Innovation, and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Leslie has served as a teaching fellow and is currently a researcher at HGSE.
Laura Danforth, Ed.M.
Laura works with Stages in all areas relating to communications, social media marketing, and newsletter development. Laura worked as a second grade teacher for several years in Chicago and is a graduate of Northwestern and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Language and Literacy Program. Laura joined the stages team in 2017.
Patty is an Educational Technology professional with an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Cal State University, Northridge and a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She initially joined Stages in 2012 and has worked in various positions including Operations Manager. Currently, she works on the Autism Learning Line Community, and the Stages Learning Consultant programs.
Heather has extensive experience working with children with unique needs and abilities. Creating individualized and meaningful programs for children and adolescence using evidenced based practices of ABA in home, community and school settings has become a passion for Heather. She focuses on the design and implementation of educator and parent training programs as well as supervision and mentorship practices for students of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Heather has training and experience that spans several States and two Countries. She has training and experience in Functional Behavior Assessments, staff and parent training, IEP processes and professional consultation and plan development.
Heather has a background in social work, ICF-DD-H administration and is Board Certified as a BCBA. Heather joined Stages Language Builder ARIS writing team in 2018.
Sophia Chung is an education entrepreneur, technologist, and teacher. Her work and research has focused on integrating technology, art, and imaginative play. In 2018, she spent a year researching how fablabs shape local communities across India. She is currently a Blended Learning Design Associate at the Obama Foundation.
John Milano joined Stages as the Lead Graphic Designer in 2018. John has over 30 years of creative experience working in the advertising industry and specializes in creating effective marketing materials.
Prior to Designer’s Touch studio in 1997, John was employed for over 14 years by two Boston Ad agencies, working his way up to an Associate Creative Director. He created ad campaigns, direct response programs and many other marketing initiatives with clients such as Tyco International, Marriott International, General Electric, Polaroid and Borden Foods. Before entering the advertising world, John graduated from the New England School of Art & Design in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jennifer Frakes has more than 20 years of experience in writing, editing and marketing. She received her B.A. in Communications and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and held marketing and fundraising positions at both her alma mater and the University of San Diego. Jennifer has written for a variety of community and industry publications, and currently works for Stages Learning Materials as the ARIS editor. She is proud to be part of the Stages team and is excited about the continuing role ARIS and other Stages products play in the lives of children, parents and educators around the world. Jennifer resides in San Diego, CA with her husband and two daughters