Leadership

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Great people are core to our mission. Our team includes experienced leaders in the fields of education, business, specialized learning needs and social entrepreneurship who are passionate about our work. Together with our advisory, school and therapy teams, we bring the best to our students, families and communities.  

  Marina Major, CEO

Marina Major - CEO

Marina Major joined the founding team of Capital Education after 10 years with British Schools of America, a leading provider of British style international education based here in Washington DC. Ms. Major served as both its CFO and COO and was responsible for starting up four schools in the U.S. and assisting in the development of its international school. Ms. Major had oversight and responsibility for all BSA operations, spearheaded its expansion and multimilllion dollar construction projects and served on the school’s board of directors. Previously, she was Director of Administration and International Operations for Micro Analytics Inc., a leading logistics software developer and was responsible for company-wide operations at BT Office Products, where she worked directly for the executive board on corporate development initiatives. Ms. Major received a B.B.A. from the College of William and Mary, majoring in marketing with a minor in Spanish, holds a certificate in accounting from the University of Virginia, and is currently a CPA in the State of Virginia. 

Heather Jennet, PhD, BCBA, LBA - Clinical Director Little Leaves Behavioral Services

Heather Jennett is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with individuals with autism and related disorders for 20 years. Prior to working at Little Leaves, Dr. Jennett was a Senior Behavior Analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and held a faculty appointment at the The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Jennett earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University and, while there, worked at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center in a variety of roles. She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, and has presented her research at national and international conferences and published in peer review journals.

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Amie Perl - Managing Director, Little Leaves Behavioral Services

Amie Perl has spent the better part of her career working for companies that change lives. Prior to joining Little Leaves, she served in various strategic and operational roles at Strayer University and Weightwatchers.com. She began her career in management consulting at The Boston Consulting Group where she worked with companies across a broad range of industries, and worked in finance at Goldman Sachs. Ms. Perl holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard University. She is involved with Autism Speaks and previously served on the board of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia.

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Towanda Cofield - Head of School and Educational Director, The Auburn School Baltimore Campus

Towanda Cofield was on the founding team at The Auburn School's Baltimore campus and served as a lead and lower school teacher.  She came to Auburn from Glenn Dale Elementary School in Prince George's County Maryland. She was a special education teacher for students with autism in a self-contained classroom environment for grades one through four. Before relocating to Maryland to teach, she taught life skills at Girard College, a boarding school, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Towanda received her B.A. in both Communications and Education from Temple University, and is currently working on her M.S. in Educational Studies at Johns Hopkins University specializing in school administration, autism, and other pervasive disorders.

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Josh Metz - Head of School, The Auburn School Fairfax Campus

Prior to joining The Auburn School, Josh spent 10 years as a licensed clinical social worker and then as Program Director of Neurodevelopmental Center for Early Intervention at Family Compass in Reston VA, where he provided therapy and early intervention to young children with pervasive developmental and autism spectrum challenges and their families. Josh was also a part of the Family Compass Preschool Alliance, working directly with education professionals on teacher training as well as providing in depth teacher professional development and helping teachers with strategies for the classroom. Before his time at Family Compass he worked for AOL from 1996 to 2005, where he held leadership and administrative roles and was responsible for end-to-end support services. In 2012, he joined the faculty of the National Catholic School of Social Service as a Field Instructor for the Foundation Year Field Education & Integrative Seminar. Josh holds a masters of social work from the National Catholic School of Social Service at the Catholic University of America, concentrating his studies on infant and early childhood development. Mr. Metz is also a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) Fellowship program located at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to earning his MSW degree, he obtained a B.A. from Bowdoin College in European History with a concentration in Asian Religions.

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Andy Hubner - Head of School, The Auburn School Silver Spring Campus

Andy Hubner came to Auburn with over 20 years of experience as a talented special education leader in both private and public school systems. He started teaching as a Peace Corp volunteer in Guatemala, and continued his career as a teacher, principal and central office administrator within the DC metro area. During his tenure in education he also served as a content expert in special education for the U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top State Grant competition. He is currently working on his doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University where he also served as adjunct faculty. He is licensed through the Maryland State Department of Education with endorsements as a Superintendent, Principal, Pupil Personnel Worker, Special Education Teacher and Political Science Teacher. Andy received his undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds two masters degrees, one in Student Counseling from The American University, and a second in School Administration and Supervision from McDaniel College.

Erik Heyer - Founder and CHairman

Erik Heyer is a respected education leader, business manager and social entrepreneur.  In 2006, Mr. Heyer established The Siena School in Silver Spring, MD. The Siena School has quickly become one of Washington, D.C.’s leading private schools for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. The school and its staff have earned several honors, along with accolades from area educators, community leaders and the media, including The Washington Post, Washington Diplomat and WUSA–Channel 9. Previously, Erik was on the founding team and management committee of Victory Schools, a national leader in the charter school and public education reform movements. In 2003, he was awarded a Broad Fellowship in the Broad Foundation Superintendents Academy, one of the nation’s most prestigious educational leadership training programs. He began his career in finance with Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan, before joining New Mountain Capital, a leading private equity investment firm. Mr. Heyer holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in systems engineering with high honors from the University of Virginia. He has served on governing boards of the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center, the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, and Calvert Education Services, one of the nation's oldest homeschooling organizations.