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NWEA Contributors

  • Joi Converse Joi brings passion, creativity and a desire to "connect people with people" as Community Engagement Manager at NWEA. In her role, she develops strategies for building community, manages daily interactions and updates web properties. Joi received her Masters in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Whitworth University. When she is not at work, she enjoys exploring the beauty of the Northwest with her family which includes the cutest puggle named Delta. However, Joi still has not found mountains that can compare to those in her home state of Alaska.


  • Danielle KernsDanielle brings 6+ years of dedicated partner support experience at NWEA. She considers herself a strong partner advocate and always strives to provide the most helpful resources available as our Partner Support community manager. She enjoys connecting with our community visitors and brings the ‘voice’ of our partners to NWEA teams to ensure we are providing the best experience possible to them. On her own time, she enjoys every activity – especially those on the water – that takes her outside to enjoy the beautiful Northwest.


  • Angela Nicholas - Angela brings 20+ years designing and developing online learning experiences for adult learners. In her role, she creates a variety of online learning courses and resources to support teachers and educators. Angela earned her Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University and her Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from Wichita State University. She enjoys trips to the Oregon coast and Mt. Hood when not working or performing.


  • Vicki Rodriguez - Vicki So Rodriguez has 15 years of experience in curriculum & instruction, education technology, and adult learning. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service and Arab Studies from Georgetown University, where she began volunteering as an ESL teacher for the immigrant and refugee community. She fell in love with the classroom, later taught 3rd-6th grades in St. Louis Public Schools, and earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Missouri with capstone research on formative assessment. Vicki is passionate about helping teachers gain confidence in making data-driven decisions and serving as their advocate to inform and design solutions that help more students succeed.