Meet our Staff

 
Christopher R. Riano
Christopher R. RianoPresident

 
Christopher R. Riano
Christopher R. RianoPresident

 
Christopher R. Riano is the president of the Center for Civic Education, the nation's largest constitutional law and civic education nonprofit dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry both in America and ... [read more]

Mia Nagawiecki
Mia NagawieckiVice President & Chief Operating Officer
 
Mia Nagawiecki
Mia NagawieckiVice President & Chief Operating Officer
 
Mia Nagawiecki is the Center for Civic Education’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She works to advance the Center’s mission, providing meaningful civic and constitutional education to students, teachers, and citizens across the country and ... [read more]

Donna Phillips
Donna PhillipsVice President & Chief Program Officer
 
Donna Phillips
Donna PhillipsVice President & Chief Program Officer
 
Donna Phillips is the Center for Civic Education’s Vice President & Chief Program Officer for the Center for Civic Education, leading the Center’s ambitious strategic plan in development, implementation, and innovation of its national and international programs ... [read more]

James B. Heredia
James B. HerediaVice President & Chief Financial Officer
 
James B. Heredia
James B. HerediaVice President & Chief Financial Officer
 
James Heredia works with the president and other vice presidents to advance the mission of the Center by providing fiscal leadership to meet its strategic goals and objectives. ... [read more]

Mara Tolas
Mara TolasLillian B. and Martin J. Jarvis Director of Development
Mara Tolas
Mara TolasLillian B. and Martin J. Jarvis Director of Development
Mara Tolas is the Lillian B. and Martin J. Jarvis Director of Development. Dedicated to engaging friends of the Center and supporters of civic education, she works to advance the mission by deepening relationships and connecting people with opportunities to create significant positive impact. ... [read more]

Maria Gallo
Maria GalloDirector, Professional Development & Special Programs
Maria Gallo
Maria GalloDirector, Professional Development & Special Programs
Maria Gallo oversees the professional development programs of the Center and manages the presentation of Center programs and curricula at conferences, both nationally and internationally. Gallo also directs the Citizens Not Spectators voting curriculum ... [read more]

Alissa Irion-Groth
Alissa Irion-GrothDirector of National and International Programs
Alissa Irion-Groth
Alissa Irion-GrothDirector of National and International Programs
Alissa Irion-Groth has been coordinating international partnerships and other Center programs since 2004. Originally joining the Center to support the Arab Civitas Program in the Middle East and North Africa, she has worked to support programs ... [read more]

Mark Gage
Mark GageDirector of Publishing and Communications
Mark Gage
Mark GageDirector of Publishing and Communications
Mark Gage directs the Center for Civic Education's publishing efforts in traditional and new media and helps create the Center's strategy of growth and innovation. He also manages the editorial content of the Center's websites and social media platforms. Gage co-founded the 60-Second Civics podcast in 2009 with Kaci Patterson and ... [read more]

Greg Synnott
Greg SynnottDirector of Information Technology
Greg Synnott
Greg SynnottDirector of Information Technology
Greg Synnott develops and manages the Center's information systems, including data systems, accounting systems, and websites. Synnott is a hands-on leader who serves many roles, including data management, database administration, web development, and accounting. ... [read more]

Valerie Milianni
Valerie MilianniManager of Sales and Operations
Valerie Milianni
Valerie MilianniManager of Sales and Operations
Valerie Milianni is the Manager of Sales and Operations at the Center. She also provides administrative support for the Center’s educational programs, events, and conferences. Milianni has been with the Center since 1989 ... [read more]

Umesh Naidu
Umesh NaiduSenior Accountant & IT System Administrator
Umesh Naidu
Umesh NaiduSenior Accountant & IT System Administrator
Umesh Naidu is the Center's senior accountant and IT system administrator. Naidu has been with the Center since 2002. He studied in Fiji Islands and worked as an accountant prior to migrating to the United States in 2001. ... [read more]

Janel Huber
Janel HuberAdministrative Assistant
Janel Huber
Janel HuberAdministrative Assistant
Janel Huber has been with the Center since 2005. She has a bachelor of science degree in education from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at various child care centers in Pennsylvania and Vermont. Huber is the Center's receptionist ... [read more]

Chelsea M. Schuster
Chelsea M. SchusterPublic Relations and Social Media Manager
Chelsea M. Schuster
Chelsea M. SchusterPublic Relations and Social Media Manager
Chelsea M. Schuster is the Center for Civic Education's public relations and social media manager. Schuster spent nearly a decade managing communications, stakeholder engagement, and fundraising initiatives at leading civic organizations and startups including... [read more]

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