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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 more than 30 years’ experience in directing the development and implementation of large-scale assessment and evaluation systems for education and training programs throughout the United States. As the director of CASAS since its inception. Rickard is recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership in education research, assessment, and evaluation.
Jane-Egüez Vice President and Director of Program Development Jane Egüez provides primary leadership spearheading program development efforts and overseeing marketing and training initiatives. She has managed the design, development, and implementation of various math assessments, the Workforce Skills Certification System, and other workplace literacy initiatives used throughout the United States in employability preparation and workplace training programs.
Debalina-Ganguli Chief Financial Officer/Director of Research and Analysis Debalina Ganguli is responsible for establishing and monitoring internal control procedures for acquisitions, fiscal, and accounting processes at CASAS. She also manages research and analysis efforts and leads a team that oversees the production of state and federal reports, special study reports, and data collection efforts.
Linda-Taylor Director of Assessment Development Linda Taylor oversees the development and implementation of standardized assessment in ESL, ESL-Citizenship, adult basic education, adult secondary education, and correctional education programs. She has developed assessments in reading, listening, speaking, and writing for this population. Overseeing a team of test item developers, she directs the development of new assessments and ensures the test item bank is current and responsive to the needs of such endeavors.
Daniel-Esko Senior Project Manager – Daniel Esko manages all aspects of the test development process from item development to test construction. He works with a team of test developers with experience producing a variety of assessments. Esko has 12 years of experience in test development creating large and small-scale assessments for assessment organizations both in the United States and abroad.
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). Wright has 20 years of experience in adult education. He provides training workshops to guide assessment implementation and data management and updates the field on state and federal reporting requirements. Wright analyzes data to improve programs and instruction and identifies issues that require targeted technical assistance.
Jared-Jacobsen Senior Research AssociateJared Jacobsen supports the director of research and analysis and the psychometricians who conduct research and report results used to evaluate evidence of the reliability and validity of all assessments produced by CASAS. Jacobsen has more than 14 years of experience conducting educational research in adult education, ensuring that all research methods and procedures are justifiable and systematic.
Margaret-Kirkpatrick National External Diploma Program (NEDP) DirectorMargaret 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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