Meet the Leadership Team

FolioCollaborative was founded by a team of educators committed to the mission of developing the best possible system for enhancing faculty and staff development in independent schools.

Our leadership team is ready to work with you to implement a comprehensive system designed to meet your unique needs.

Meredith Monk Ford

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of FolioCollaborative, Meredith manages an organization that seeks to support faculty and staff professional growth and development in over 160 independent schools around the world. For the past five years, she has had the pleasure of leading and working with the FolioCollaborative team on this important endeavor.

Before joining FolioCollaborative, Meredith was a classroom teacher and coach. Her teaching career began when she returned to her alma-mater, the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, as a middle school ancient history teacher and coach, upon graduation from the University of Maryland. While teaching at Bryn Mawr, she also completed her first master’s degree in Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University. In 2009, Meredith pursued a second master’s degree in School Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The following fall, she joined the middle school faculty at McDonogh School where she served as a teacher, coach, grade-level administrator, and Folio Administrator.

School leadership and managing the change process in educational institutions are her passions, which is why she is excited by the opportunities Folio provides to enrich school culture and teacher engagement. She also enjoys learning from FolioCollaborative members about their experiences with the program. When she is not running the FolioCollaborative business, Meredith enjoys opportunities to train and facilitate conversations amongst administrators and faculty around professional growth, leadership, conversations, and feedback.

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Lissa Caltrider

Lissa Caltrider

Director of Membership

Lissa is a school’s principal contact as they explore how to harness the power of the Folio system for their school. Lissa provides the introduction and guides the process as Folio members become acquainted with our services and benefits.

Lissa has a passion for creating new ventures. Most notably, she built a 30-person team offering computer consulting services for Interim Technology. She also has a passion for the independent school experience. Besides being an independent school alumna and parent, she has worked in development at schools in Baltimore and New York. She understands how independent schools work and what the people who work there need, and she skillfully connects schools to the Folio platform.

Lissa is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

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Karen Bond

Vice President, Operations and Strategy

Karen is a well-respected nonprofit leader whose past experience in strategy and innovation allows her to effectively refine Folio’s systems and procedures, and support the development of new experiences that benefit our members. In addition, Karen collaborates with school leaders and manages our day-to-day operations.

Karen knows and understands the nuances and challenges facing independent school leaders. She served as Executive Director of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST), a nonprofit which help talented, economically disadvantaged young people attend independent schools. While at BEST, she taught diversity and organizational development classes for NAIS’s Diversity Leadership Institute.

Karen has also served on the leadership team of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She led the identification of students nationally and internationally, the Next Generation Venture Fund, the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program and admissions operations. Karen has also served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, where she taught diversity management. She is active in the Baltimore philanthropic community, where she has served on several boards, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Meals on Wheels, Maryland Nonprofits, Invest in Girls and Executive Alliance.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University. 

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Natika Stewart

Director of Member Success

Natika creates and leads Folio’s growing portfolio of educational programs – facilitating conversations, providing training and identifying the resources that will help our members succeed. This includes Implementation Workshops and an increasing number of online courses and learning experiences.

Prior to joining Folio, Natika served as the Project Manager for the Schools team at EL Education, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing student engagement and elevating and expanding student achievement. In this role, Natika helped launch the inaugural EL Education School Design Fellowship, supported schools through the partnership selection process and worked as a member of the National Credentialing Review Committee.

Prior to joining EL Education, Natika worked as a district administrator in Baltimore City Public Schools, where she focused primarily on evaluating educator professional development, conducting qualitative school reviews, and assisting with the design of the District’s new growth and evaluation systems for teachers. Natika was also Program Associate on the Educational Leadership Initiative at the Wallace Foundation and a Program Manager for the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. Natika began her career in education as a classroom teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools, serving as a reading specialist and English teacher for students in grades K through 10.

Natika holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kenyon College and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

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Sean Flaherty

Director of Technology and Software Evolution

Sean has been a software developer in the Baltimore area since the late 1990’s.  He’s had experience with all facets of the software development lifecycle and with a broad range of technologies, starting with Windows WinForms and MS-Sql through to today’s open-source web technologies.

The most recent tool he has put in his tool box is the Ruby programming language and the Ruby on Rails framework.  This fits well with the Folio web application, since it is built using (among other technologies) Ruby on Rails.

In his role at Folio, he will focus on customers: the member schools and his Folio teammates.  For the member schools, he provides technical support, to answer “how do I” questions, and to listen to their ideas about potential software enhancements.

As we look to make enhancements to the software platform, he leads the entire process from initial design, through specification development, to final testing and deployment.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Science from the George Washington University School of Business.

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