LessonLoop Core Members

LessonLoop’s founders have over 50 years of experience designing, developing, and implementing technology-enabled teaching and learning experiences essential for educators, administrators, and school districts to improve educator practice and student outcomes.

Meet the Core Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Nona Ullman

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Ms. Ullman has 25 years of process, technology, and program evaluation consulting experience with over 50 state and local educational agencies in 20 states. She has spent the last five years providing project management, professional development, and program evaluation services to school districts helping them use technology as a catalyst to improve classroom teaching and learning.

Ms. Ullman started, developed and led KPMG Consulting’s national K-12 practice from 1994-2005 where she grew the practice from $500,000 to $20 million and was promoted to Managing Director and National K-12 lead.

Prior to KPMG, Ms. Ullman started her career at Accenture where she worked on the firm’s training methodology and developed and delivered training for large scale technology projects. She has spoken at the NCES IES MIS Conferences on national best practices and solutions for data dashboards and cultural change.

Ms. Ullman graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and holds a M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Email me: nona.ullman@edtechlive.com

Phillip H Dunn II

Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Mr. Dunn spent over 10 years in executive technology leadership roles within urban and suburban K-12 school systems. A former software developer and teacher, Mr. Dunn helped develop the Teacher Value-Added Data System for NYC Schools, a data platform that mined student achievement and human capital data for over 80,000 teachers in the nation’s largest public school system. Mr. Dunn has also led digital learning initiatives as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for each of Stamford Public Schools and Greenwich Public Schools.

A passionate technologist, Mr. Dunn holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Biometry and Applied Statistics, a M.A. from Columbia University in Quantitative Methodology, and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law. He is also licensed to the practice law in New York State.

Email me: phillip.dunn@edtechlive.com

Ken Nakai

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Mr. Nakai’s over 20 years of experience in startups coupled with a broad technology skill set enables him to help build and mature early or late startups. Originally following a scientific career path, he shifted gears during the heady days of Web 1.0. From apartment rentals (Rent.com) to amateur event registrations (imATHLETE), he brought the process to the chaos of early startups and worked within a variety of budgets.

In the Ed Tech space, he led the development of NTI Connect’s telecommunications platform, which advanced the automated calling technology that delivers those dreaded robocalls of today and would eventually become Blackboard Connect, and built the MassiveU platform which serves major educational publishers such as Pearson and McGraw-Hill.

Mr. Nakai earned a Bachelors of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego, minored in Theatre, spent several years at the University of California, Los Angeles doing graduate research in Microbiology and Immunology before that famous career switch and finally settling on an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management, while working at NTI.

Melissa Payette

Director of Professional Learning and Customer Support

Ms. Payette has experience as an elementary school teacher and is a certified reading specialist. She is an advocate for students and teachers and was a founding member of her school’s Equity Team and Disproportionality Data Inquiry Team. She is passionate about supporting all students and making content accessible to all learners. Ms. Payette uses her background in education, psychology, and child development, along with her experience as an educator in the New York City Public Schools to help her create opportunities for growth for students and teachers. 



Ms. Payette graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. having majored in Elementary Education and Language and Literacy Studies. She holds a M.Ed from Harvard University.

Rachelle Dene Poth

Chief Professional Learning Curator

Ms. Poth is a Foreign Language and STEAM Teacher at Riverview Junior/Senior High in Oakmont, PA. Ms. Poth serves as past-president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and on the leadership team of the Mobile Learning Network. She was selected as One of “20 to watch” by the NSBA and the PAECT Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2017, and Future Ready Instructional Coach.

Ms. Poth is an ISTE Certified Educator and received the Making IT Happen Award during ISTE 2019, as well as a Presidential Gold Award for Volunteer Service to Education. She is the author of Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU, “In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking”, the Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead and Chart a New Course: A Guide to Teaching the Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World with ISTE.

Ms. Poth co-hosts #Formativechat on Mondays and maintains her “Learning as I Go” blog site at http://www.Rdene915.com, and has her own podcast and a weekly show ThriveinEdu on learning revolution.

Ms. Poth has a J.D. and Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University and a B.S. from Penn State in Secondary Education/French.

Art Fessler

Academic and Outreach Advisor

Dr. Art Fessler began his teaching career with Community Unit District 300, where he taught biological sciences for eight years prior to serving as a building principal and later an assistant superintendent in Barrington School District 220. In 2010, Art was appointed superintendent for Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123 and beginning in 2013, where he served as superintendent for Community Consolidated School District 59 in Arlington Heights, IL until 2021. Dr. Fessler is currently serving as an interim principal in District 46.

Art holds a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from the University of Illinois, a Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University, and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Judson University. In 2012, Dr. Fessler received the Robert Kottkapp Outstanding Dissertation Award (North America, Educational leadership Category).

In 2014, Art was named a Future Ready Superintendent by the United States Department of Education and was invited to attend the Future Ready Superintendent Summit in Washington DC. Dr. Fessler was also named to the National School Board Association 2014 “20 to Watch” in education. He has also been recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for service in the development of administrative preparation programming.

Art has served on national governing boards for AASA: The School Superintendents Association, the National Center for Education Research and Technology (NCERT), and the Institute for Education Innovation (IEI). Dr. Fessler held appointments to the Illinois Association of School Leaders (IASA) South Cook Professional Development Coordinator, Treasurer of the Suburban Superintendent Association, and the Finance Chairman and Executive Board Member for the South Cooperative Organization for Public Education.

Art lives with his wife Jill and family children in West Dundee, IL.

Suzanne Lee

Chief UX/UI Researcher & Designer

Ms. Lee has project experience in iterative user-centered design, from empathizing with users, to producing multi-fidelity prototypes, and in conducting meaningful usability tests.

Her most recent project was for Workday Student, where she designed app interfaces and conducted usability tests for user validation.

Her design decisions and research methodologies are informed by her understanding of human behavior, perception, and cognition. For more work samples, visit https://suzanneleeux.com.

Ms. Lee holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.P.S. in Information Science from Cornell University.

Email me: suzanne.lee@edtechlive.com


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