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Executive Team

By progressively strengthening CASAS products and services, the Executive Team commands respect for its contributions to the field within the United States and for broadening the impact of CASAS internationally.

Pat-Rickard President — Patricia Rickard has headed CASAS since its founding. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership in education research, assessment, and evaluation. Throughout her career, she has directed the development and implementation of large-scale assessment and evaluation systems for adult education and training programs throughout the United States and abroad. President Rickard continues to be the driving force behind the growth and expansion of CASAS in testing initiatives, computer-based testing and technology, software development, and program services for schools and agencies nationwide serving a diverse adult education population. Her team leadership approach encourages staff at every level to participate in projects of interest as they broaden their knowledge and ensure their ability to meet the increasing demand for CASAS services.
Jane-Egüez Vice President for Program Development Jane Egüez provides primary leadership in directing standards-based program development efforts and overseeing quality marketing and training initiatives. She brings substantial project management and leadership skills to manage the design, development, and implementation of work readiness assessments. Her expertise extends to workforce literacy and test development, having led teams of workforce professionals in development of the Workforce Skills Certification System and other workforce literacy initiatives used in the United States and overseas. Vice President Egüez has worked and taught in the United States, Mexico, and South America – all experiences confirming the importance of education to building and strengthening families and communities.
Debalina-Ganguli Chief Financial Officer/Director of Research and Analysis Debalina Ganguli leads a team of accountants and others responsible for establishing and monitoring internal control procedures for acquisitions, fiscal, and accounting processes. Additionally, she manages research and analysis operations and oversees an accomplished team of researchers with significant experience in the field of adult education. As her expertise lies in statistical analysis, programming, and psychometrics, she is responsible for ensuring the development of valid and reliable testing instruments for both computer-based and paper-based testing. In line with this responsibility, she oversees the production of state and federal reports, special study reports, and data collection efforts.
Linda-Taylor Vice President for Assessment Development Linda Taylor directs all facets of the design, development, and implementation of standardized test instruments for English as a Second Language, ESL-Citizenship, adult basic education, adult secondary education, and correctional education at the federal level. With her extensive knowledge of and leadership in adult education, she has developed assessments in reading, listening, speaking, and writing for populations in this country and in Central America and Asia. Vice President Taylor heads an experienced group of assessment specialists and oversees their collaboration with the research and analysis group at CASAS. She is responsible for ensuring that the test item bank is current and ready to meet the demands of all test development endeavor.
Daniel-Esko Senior Project Manager — Daniel Esko manages all aspects of the test development process from setting initial project goals to organizing and guiding each project through to completion. He has many years of experience overseeing teams of test developers, item development and review, and the validation of assessments. In collaboration with research and analysis specialists at CASAS, he is responsible for ensuring that all assessments are valid, reliable, and responsive to the needs of the community. He has developed large and small-scale assessments for organizations both in the United States and Asia. He is integral to the management and completion of CASAS test development projects.
Jay-Wright Accountability Manager — Jay Wright manages training and technical assistance for federal and California accountability requirements, including California WIOA, Title II: AEFLA federal reporting requirements and the California Adult Education Program (CAEP). He has worked in several areas of adult education including special needs, program development, and data analysis. He applies this experience to improving programs and instruction and identifying issues that require targeted technical assistance. With his extensive knowledge of federal and state reporting requirements, he provides a variety of training workshops to guide schools and agencies with assessment implementation and data management strategies and procedures.
Jared-Jacobsen Senior Research Associate — Jared Jacobsen supports the director of research and analysis to ensure research methods and procedures used at CASAS are justifiable and systematic. He contributes to ongoing studies and reports and evaluates evidence of the reliability and validity of all assessments. Collaborating with psychometricians, he analyzes the psychometric properties of all assessments and reports all technical information. Working with the senior project manager, Jacobsen oversees assessment fairness and sensitivity studies to ensure equity and diverse multicultural and gender representation of all CASAS-developed assessments. He is instrumental in developing and managing new research projects.
Margaret-Kirkpatrick National External Diploma Program (NEDP) Director — Margaret Kirkpatrick manages NEDP, a pathway to a high school diploma. She oversees outreach, technical assistance, marketing, training, and new program implementation, as well as educational research to ensure that NEDP is in ongoing program improvement. These activities support the goal of better serving the states that offer NEDP as a high school diploma pathway. In addition, Kirkpatrick has more than 30 years of experience in adult education, in roles ranging from teacher and adult school principal to state director of adult education.

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