Meet the Team

Matt Mervis

Matt has worked as an entrepreneur, consultant, and edtech product developer for over 20 years. He has served in roles including classroom teacher, district technology director, professional development specialist and innovation designer. Matt brings a unique set of skills and experience to help lead the exceptional team at Skills21. Matt lives in western Massachusetts with his kids where he enjoys making lots of music.

mervis@edadvance.org

Debbie Giacin

Debbie has worked with EdAdvance for 10 years an has been a critical member of the Skills21 team for 5 years. Debbie manages accounting at Skills21 and loves the variety in her job. Each day brings something new whether it is maintaining budgets, organizing contracts, or planning large events like Expo Fest.

giacin@edadvance.org


Cameron Audia


Cameron received her B.S. in Mass Media Communications from Castleton State College, it was there she found her love for film making and continued to receive an M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing at Chapman University in Orange, California.  When she moved back to Connecticut and joined the world of education she found her producing skills made her a perfect candidate for organizing student events. Cameron is the Executive Producer of Expo Fest for Skills21 and when she isn't busy making spreadsheets you can find her on hiking/biking trails, at the movies, traveling or seeing live music.

audia@edadvance.org

Liz Radday

Liz joins the Skills21 team after teaching math and special education for over fifteen years in Camden, NJ and Connecticut.  She has a passion for working with students that learn differently and for using social justice focused lessons in the classroom.  After spending 8 months in Finland as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher she decided to move out of the classroom and into a position where she could do research, connect with more teachers and students, and bring challenge based, hands-on learning to more students in Connecticut. She is excited to continue her work with high school students and is inspired by the projects students bring to Expo Fest.  Liz lives in New Milford, CT with her husband and two daughters.  

radday@edadvance.org

Gary Robinson

Gary is our Skills21 Coach, he engages and coaches all student teams and Capstone students who compete at Expo Fest. Gary joins Skills21 after spending four-plus years working in collegiate athletics. He earned his M.B.A in Marketing at UMass Dartmouth and his B.A. in Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University. During the summer while the students are off relaxing, Gary works as the accounts manager at Camp Moe. He lives in Torrington, CT, where he enjoys hiking, attending MLB games and playing men’s league basketball.

robinson@edadvance.org



Kerry MacFarland

Kerry holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Prior to joining the Skills21 team as a science program manager, Kerry was an instructor and curriculum developer for the Bioscience Explorations Program. She particularly enjoys working with Expo teams to develop strong science and research components within their projects.

macfarland@edadvance.org


Kevin Glass


Kevin has nine years of science teaching experience in both urban and suburban school districts in Connecticut. His passion for the implementation of innovative classroom technologies led him to a job with Google where he worked to improve the feasibility of Google Apps in the classroom. Kevin currently acts as the Director for the Center for Program Research & Evaluation at EdAdvance and supports the research efforts of the Skills21 team.  He is an accomplished program evaluator, excelling at quantitative and qualitative research, assessment tool generation, focus groups, STEM program evaluation, collaborative strategic change, organizational change management services, data analysis, and internal and external evaluations.

glass@edadvance.org