The thinkLaw Team
Founder | CEO– thinkLaw reflects Colin’s diverse educational and professional background. Colin began tutoring while still a teenager in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. His passion for education led to becoming a middle school math teacher and Teach for America Corps member in Washington, D.C. after earning his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and minor in African American Studies at Syracuse University.
Colin later earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and completed graduate level coursework in secondary education and economics. As a Management Analyst for the Department of Family Services in Nevada, Colin helped to transform the foster parent licensing process. He later returned to the classroom, teaching middle and high school math at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. During this time, Colin also attended law school part-time at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Prior to founding thinkLaw, Colin practiced litigation and intellectual property at Greenberg Traurig where he also provided pro bono services to the Children’s Attorney Project through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, representing children in the foster care system.
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Dr. Carrie Sampson, Ph. D.
Senior Research Advisor– Dr. Sampson is a Professor at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. She earned her doctorate at School of Environmental and Public Affairs at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was a UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Fellow. Her research interests include educational policy, school governance, and issues of educational equity and opportunity. She has a master’s degree in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University, a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Sampson also completed the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.
She has taught college-level courses in the areas of education, public administration, and women’s studies, and prior to her fellowship, she conducted educational-related research for The Lincy Institute at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Carrie’s work has been published in academic journals such as Teachers College Record and Urban Education, and most recently, in an edited book entitled Law & Educational Inequality: Removing Barriers to Educational Opportunities.
Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca
Chief Relationship Officer– Holly Maria is passionate about affording equitable access to education to all students and has been involved in the fight towards closing the achievement gap for the past thirteen years. The daughter of an immigrant mother and blue-collar laborer growing up in a small town where opportunities were limited, she was the first in her family to go to college and attended the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. After earning her Bachelor’s degrees in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Sports Management and Communications, she joined Teach for America in Houston, Texas where she taught bilingual and dual language PreK and Kindergarten for 6 years in traditional public and public charter schools.
Since transitioning out of the classroom, Holly Maria has gained tremendous experience and expertise in learning and development, instructional design and coaching across diverse audiences. She has consulted with large urban districts across Texas and Oklahoma around strategy, the implementation of software programming, district-wide evaluation systems, and strategic compensation. In 2012, she pursued graduate studies at Columbia University in the City of New York in Social-Organizational Psychology: Change Leadership and then transitioned to the corporate sphere as an implementation researcher where she conducted qualitative, applied and action research in order to inform company-wide decisions, policies and programming.
Holly Maria has been featured in Latino Leaders Magazine, is a Rotarian and serves on the City of Houston Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board. Holly Maria currently sit as District VI Trustee for the Houston, Texas Independent School District Board of Education.
Digital Marketing Strategist– Quandra takes complex ideas and turns them into user-friendly visuals to improve digital marketing campaigns for the brands that she manages. She has a master’s degree in marketing and a background loaded with marketing and graphic design projects, centered around modernizing the consumer experience. She has demonstrated the ability to capitalize on every pixel for the overall benefit of startups and established businesses trying to reach their audience. Not only is she a pro at capturing the voice of each company she works with, but Quandra’s keen and innovative insights in digital marketing keeps fans and followers engaged.
Executive Assistant– Dana Moore is a seasoned Executive Assistant with 15+ years of experience. In her tenure, she has supported executives in municipal government, private and public education, corporate offices and legal settings. A scholar in her field and graduate of Gibbs College, Dana owns and operates a virtual assistance company in NJ where she specializes in start-ups and dedicates her uniquely varied skill set to providing professional assistance, services and support to small businesses, entrepreneurs and solo-preneurs. Dana currently serves as the Executive Assistant to thinkLaw Founder and CEO, Colin E. Seale, Esq.
Though Dana considers her primary role as being a dedicated mother to two beautiful children, her passions continue to include her involvement as an early childhood educator and ministry work with youth and young adults. She is an active member of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) and the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT). Dana maintains a private practice of the healing arts and spiritual studies for those inspired to share more love and light in the world.