Susan Leger-Ferraro

Chief Curiosity Officer
Founder/CEO & President

Susan Leger Ferraro

Email Susan susan@imajinethat.com

Susan Leger Ferraro started her career at the age of 17 in her parents' house and ended up building an empire 30 years later. Susan is the Founder of Little Sprouts Inc., CEO Imajine That, Inspirational Ones, and Peace Love and Happiness, LLC. Under the leadership of Susan; Little Sprouts Inc. received $10MM through the prestigious US Dept. of Education Early Reading First Preschool Center of Excellence Award three separate times, raising children's reading proficiency scores from the 60th % in most at risk communities in Massachusetts to top 5 %. Susan grew Little Sprouts 225% in four of the most economically challenged years and was awarded the Boston Business Journal's Pacesetters Award. Susan Leger Ferraro is also currently the Chief Innovation Officer for The Lupoli Companies and its real estate division of Riverwalk Properties.  Most recently, she was recognized with the US Small Business Administration’s Massachusetts Woman in Business Champion award, Greater Boston Small Business Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year award, Boston Women’s Fund Woman of Action Award, Top 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts, National Top 100 Diversity Owned Businesses, Beacon for Homeless Families award from COMPASS for Homeless Families and the Massachusetts School Committee Partners in Education Award.

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Jessica Brenes

Creator of New Relationships
Vice President
Jessica Brenes

Email Jessica jessica@imajinethat.com

Jessica has always had a passion for early education. Her quest for knowledge began at Saint Joseph's College of Maine, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She has proven herself a leader as she has progressed through various roles at both the Early Education and Childcare Center and Imajine That. Jessica started her career at the Early Education and Childcare Center in 2006 as an Executive Director; by 2011 she was overseeing six Boston Schools as the Boston Regional Director and was also responsible for New Business Development. In 2012 she joined Imajine That, her passion to provide the best education to children is clear in successfully rolling out programs, and overseeing the growth of the business. Under Jessica's leadership, Imajine That has opened Extending Learning Day Programs and Family Engagement Preschool Centers in the Lawrence and Boston Public Schools.  Jessica has developed various corporate partnerships as well as grown Imajine That by 110% in 2013. She not only continues to grow herself and her teammates in the workplace, but she takes her skills to a national level as well. Jessica has presented at numerous trainings both locally and nationally for US Department of Education and Early Reading First Conferences in New Orleans and Texas, to company trainings in both Lawrence and Boston.

Krysta O'Neill

Chief Learning Officer
Krysta O'Neill

Email Krystakrysta@imajinethat.com

As Chief Learning Officer at Imajine That, she works alongside the CEO and collaborates on the vision for instituting learning and development initiatives throughout the company.  She leads the coaching, mentoring and management training initiatives of Imajine That.  Krysta does this by being psychologically invested in the learning process herself, and maximizes the engagement of her team by measuring effectiveness. In addition to the learning development she is responsible for day-to-day activities including revenue & sales growth; strategic planning, quarterly & annual financial goal management and talent acquisition. O’Neill was formerly the VP of Operations for the Early Education and Childcare Center and a founder of Netspoke, a web and audio conferencing company north of Boston.  As VP Operations, she led the Early Education and Childcare Center to double it’s size in revenue and number of schools in 6 years.  The growth in revenue from 6 MM to 12 MM and schools from 5 to 12 during the tenure of her leadership resulted from modeling leadership to the companies 300+ employees.  She also was a key part of the leadership team that managed the acquisition of the Early Education and Childcare Center to American Education Group.  Prior to the Early Education and Childcare Center she lead Netspoke through rapid growth to over $13MM that earned a ranking in the Inc. 500 in both 2004 and 2005 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.  Under O’Neill’s direction, Netspoke expanded to 7 locations and 100+ employees in under 5 years.  She was responsible for the financial operations of the company including all financial projections, corporate audits, procurement and contract negotiations.   O’Neill managed the company through acquisition by Premiere Global (NYSE: PGI) and served as integration manager receiving the highest score possible for a successful integration. She resides in Wilmington, MA with her husband and son.

Jenn Michalozski

Regional Director, Extended Learning After School Program
Jenn Michalozski

Email Jennjenn@imajinethat.com

Jenn started her career in Early Childhood Education in 1988 while a senior at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.  From there she continued her education and passion while attending North Shore Community College and Northern Essex Community College, in the field of Early Childhood Education. Jenn has been an educator for staff, children and their families for close to 28 years. 
She started as an Assistant Teacher in a childcare center in Peabody and quickly made her way to Director, where she was employed for close to 10 years. She left this role to help support the opening of a new childcare center where she was Director for another 10 years, supporting the small community of Georgetown. From 2007-2010, Jenn was an Executive Director with KinderCare Learning Centers in Peabody and North Andover. Jenn spent the following 3 years with the Early Education and Childcare Center where she was Executive Director in Lawrence and supported the new school openings of NEBC-Andover and Wilmington where she was Director. In 2013, Jenn took on the role as Early Childhood Home Visitor for CTI Head Start in Lowell. It was Here that Jenn was able to challenge herself into a different role that supported the families in educating themselves, as well as helping them to develop skills that allowed them to be able meet the developmental milestones of their children, in the home. In June 2015, Jenn took on her current position as Regional Director for Imajine That's Extended Learning After School Program in Boston.  Jenn is currently overseeing the after school programs located in 6 of the Boston Public Schools. Jenn is also a devoted mom of 4 children ranging from age 15 to 22 years old.  She is also a Nana to her 2yr old grandson. Jenn resides in Peabody with two of her youngest girls and her husband.

Noelia Caban

Director of the Early Education Program, Imajine That University
Noelia Caban

Noelia Emailnoelia@imajinethat.com

Noelia has been working on making a difference in the early education field since 2005. Noelia has over 20 years of experience in the field working as an infant, toddler, and preschool teacher, one-on-one tutoring for students, as well as school administration roles. Noelia enjoys not only making life long connections with the children, but also with the families in her programs. She understands that parents, teachers and school administrators need to be in partnership to support the development of the children successfully. Noelia resides in Lowell with her three wonderful boys who are now 13, 15 and 21 years old. She is a proud Airforce Mom to her oldest son who is in the Airforce and is working on making this world a better place.

Nancy Toso

Director of Training and Development
Nancy Toso

Email Nancynancy@imajinethat.com

Nancy has been passionate about quality early care and education since her first job as a camp counselor. She pursued this passion through college, receiving her B.S. and MEd. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Nancy spent the beginning part of her career working in the Amherst area as a toddler and preschool teacher, Director of a small parent-run center, and finally owner/director of a small center. After moving to eastern Massachusetts, Nancy helped start a Resource and Referral agency, where she worked as a parent counselor and professional development specialist for 22 years. In October 2007 she joined the staff at COMPASS for kids as the Director of Training and Program Development; Imajine That acquired COMPASS in October 2015. Nancy currently develops and oversees all aspects of the Imajine That COMPASS professional development for early childhood and school-age educators and parenting education throughout Massachusetts. Nancy has been involved in a variety of quality early childhood initiatives, including the development of professional development curriculum and QRIS. Nancy continues her engagement with the early childhood community through her many connections and relationships. She is on the Governing Boards of the Essex County and Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC), and is also an adjunct faculty member at Wheelock College.

Sharon Richardson O'Connell

Director of Imajine That After School Program at UAD
Marissa Underwood

Marissa Email marissaunder@imajinethat.com

In 2005 at the age of 16 Marissa started her journey in early childhood as a teacher assistant in a childcare center in Somerville Ma. From 2005 -2011 Marissa continued to develop her passion and skill level obtaining her CDA, as well as greatly assisting two preschool classrooms through the NAEYC Accreditation process. Leaving this program to further her education and leadership goals, Marissa decided to support the growing need for childcare within her family providing/running in-home child care for close family and friends in the year 2012. This allowed Marissa to also be more hands on with her own 4 amazing children ranging at the time from infancy to five years. In 2013, Marissa was offered a fulltime lead teacher position at a childcare center.  In 2015, Marissa concluded the journey through daycare and joined the Imajine That team as the Extended Day Group-Leader and quickly made her way to Director of the Imajine That After School Program at UP Dorchester. Marissa is still a resident of Somerville, Ma. with her beautiful growing family, and cannot wait for the many more journeys she has ahead of her within the Imajine That team.

Sharon Richardson O'Connell

Regional Manager - Boston
Sharon Richardson - O'Connell

Sharon Emailsharon@imajinethat.com

Sharon started her love for the Education field in 1982 when she was a Family Child Care provider. She had a goal to open an Early Education Center in five years. This ambition lead her to getting another degree in Early Education, joining local Community Boards that were set up by Massachusetts, to enhance the education of providers and to develop the first stages of changing the Early Education field.  Sharon was also fortunate to serve as a member of the then Governor Dukais Board of Early Education and led a group of Family Child Care providers as President of the Mass Association for Family Child Care Providers.

Four years later she opened her childcare center in Whitman. During this time she continued her education and professional development. She loved every minute of the 18 years of mentoring staff and inspiring and educating many wonderful children at this center. After this experience Sharon worked with some non-profit Education Centers to support high quality childcare to children of low-income families with working parents.  In 2016, Sharon joined the Imajine That team.  She began as a Center Director and is now a Regional Manager supporting the development of staff, and academic outcomes of the children Imajine That serves in their after school programs.

Noelia Caban

Regional Recruiter - Boston
Kenisha Cooper

Kenisha Emailkenisha@imajinethat.com

Be the positive energy other people want to be around; this is the mantra of Kenisha Cooper. She has embodied this mantra for the past 16 years working as a youth worker with all ages of youth. Her passion and purpose stems from her love for teaching young people self-advocacy. This passion lead Kenisha to her Bachelors Degree in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Growing up in Cambridge, MA, Kenisha was surrounded by a majestic tapestry of culture, which influence her teaching style with young people. Kenisha enjoyed working with: STARs (Students, Teaching and Advocating Respect) at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, OWD (Office of Work Force and Development) CYP (Cambridge Youth Programs); which allowed her to develop, coach, mentor and implement best practices that would serve them in the working world and life.

Meeting people where they are and developing their skills and methods is essential. Currently as Regional Recruiter for Imajine That, Kenisha Cooper has the honor of interviewing potential new team members for our Imajine That-Boston Public After-School Program. She inspires our Imajine That staff through professional development trainings, while also coaching and modeling in the classroom. Kenisha always comes ready to P.L.A.Y. "Passion & Purpose, Love & Laugher, Authenticity & Accountability, Young @ Heart".