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.

Mike Luciano

Director of Development
Michael Luciano

Email Mikemike@susanvibe.com

Michael Anthony Luciano is a social entrepreneur, with a diverse background including sales, culinary arts, social media marketing and real estate development. Mike's various skills reflect his constant craving to know more. Pursuing his passion early in his working career; Mike rose through the culinary ranks as he climbed from the dish pits into the trenches as a line cook and eventually rising to the rank of sous chef. The skills learned in the kitchen including dedication, communication, organization and attention to detail helped to mold him into the businessman he is today. After conquering the many challenges of the culinary world, Mike made a drastic career change and decided to move into sales. Two years in sales added some more crucial skills to Mikes repertoire including prospecting, time management and active listening. These skills helped Mike to grow his book of business over 80% over his tenure. Currently Mike holds two roles working under social entrepreneur, Susan Leger Ferraro's, Vibe Inc. as the Director of Development for Imajine That and G3. Mike leads both companies social media marketing and brand development. Mike also is the Director of Experience for Peace Love Happiness LLC real estate group. This role includes guest relations and services, property management and real estate development.

Shannon Dannible

Regional Director, Extended Learning After School Program
Shannon Dannible

Email Mikeshannon@imajinethat.com

Shannon has spent almost 25 years advocating for children who need help finding their voice. She obtained her undergraduate Degree from Assumption College and continued her academic journey ultimately earning two Master Degrees in Education. Shannon began her professional journey as a high school biology teacher and quickly moved up to run after school programs in New Hampshire, lead schools toward improvement as a school principal and then worked with the Special Education population as the Education Director for Lahey Health Behavioral Services. Shannon has successfully worked with multiple organizations to create cultural changes as a trainer in the Sanctuary Model. Additionally, Shannon has been the recipient of the Cummings 100K for 100 grant, 21st Century grants, Apple Education grants as well as multiple grants from the Tower Foundation, ultimately providing opportunities for her programs to grow and develop in service to youth and their families. Shannon has presented at numerous trainings for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as for the National Alliance for Mental Illness MA chapter. As a member of the Imajine That team Shannon will continue to be effective agent of change and growth for children and their families

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.

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.

Dr. Frances Hurley

Director of Research and Evaluation
Dr. Frances Hurley

Fran's Emailfran@imajinethat.com

As Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Frances Hurley (Fran) leads the education consulting division of Imajine That. The consulting division manages and executes projects in the realms of strategic planning, curriculum development, professional development, and program evaluation. Our work is data-driven, and we particularly specialize in the use of new technologies to enhance teaching and learning. Fran has led projects at the local, state, and national level, and clients tend to return to her time and time again for subsequent support and consulting services. An accomplished academic, Fran finished first in her undergraduate studies in education and was awarded the University medal for this accomplishment. Her master’s thesis (an ethnographic study of language and literacy in early childhood) won the College Reading Association best thesis award in a North America-wide competition. As a promising scholar, she was invited to present the results of this study to an audience of early childhood experts in Washington, D.C. She then attended both Oxford and Harvard Universities, graduating from Harvard with both a second master’s degree (in cognitive and symbolic development) and a doctoral degree (in human development and psychology.) Fran is also a filmmaker, and she has played a major part in multiple award-winning films.

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".