The thinkLaw Team
Founder | CEO– Tackling inequity hands-on has always been personal to Colin, because the amazing educational opportunities he received in gifted and talented courses and an exclusive specialized high school despite his underprivileged background growing up in Brooklyn, NY made him an exception to a painfully unjust rule. So whether Colin was teaching middle and high school math in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, NV, applying his computer science degree and Master’s in Public Administration to fight for child safety at Nevada’s largest child welfare agency, or practicing as a business attorney at one of Las Vegas’ top law firms while representing children in foster care, Colin has always dreamed of a world where stories like his were no longer the exception, but instead, all students had an equal shot at being exceptional. Colin created thinkLaw to give all students access to the type of game-changing critical thinking education they need to not only fully understand the way the world is, but to question it and imagine the way the world ought to be. When he’s not serving as the world’s greatest critical thinking evangelist, Colin proudly serves as the world’s greatest entertainer for his two little kiddos and loving husband to his wife Carrie.
Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca
Chief Relationship Officer– The daughter of an immigrant mother and blue-collar laborer in a small town with limited opportunities, Holly Maria was the first in her family to go to college, and she developed a deep passion for educational equity at an early age. This resolve has stuck with her throughout as she’s been involved in the fight towards closing the achievement gap for the past thirteen years; first as a Teach for America corps member from 2004 to 2006 having taught bilingual and dual language PreK and Kindergarten for 6 years in traditional public and public charter schools and now as a District VI Trustee for the Houston, Texas Independent School District Board of Education. Holly is the “bread and butter” at thinkLaw, forging new partnerships and advocating for public education, specifically Socratic learning strategies that will best serve and advance the needs of educators and students in her community. She enjoys a good cup of Boba tea, busting a few Salsa moves on the dance floor and a little competition at the bowling alley. She also wants to win that Board of Education vote come November!
Chief Operating Officer– Dana was born with ministry and entrepreneurship in her blood. She’s been called “the preacher” by her peers since childhood—for inspiring others to see the silver lining within themselves and coaching them to thrive and flourish in their personal lives. These qualities have transcended into the professional space as well—with 15 years of coaching and support experience to “C” level executives in the private and public sectors and as an owner of a virtual assistance company that specializes in helping startup entrepreneurs with business operation and growth strategies. As Chief Operating Officer, Dana drives the daily strategic decisions at thinkLaw and keeps everyone on the team organized, and moving forward…. not to mention joyous. Dana’s the official thinkLaw “beacon of hope” because she loves us unconditionally when we make a royal screw up. When not nurturing her two beautiful children, Dana’s fully committed to being a social justice warrior through her ministry work with youth and young adults. She’s also an active member of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) and a certified Reiki Master through the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT). When she has a moment for herself, she geeks out to John C. Maxwell audio books and YouTube Meditations, hugs trees, and nibbles on cheese, in no particular order.
Chief Marketing Officer– Quandra’s favorite movie is Kung Fu Hustle, partially because of as strange as it sounds, the prolonged martial-arts combat movie is really about a rag to riches tale in which a slum-child rises to glory against a brutal gang and comes to the rescue of a little girl being bullied. It’s this kind of “bait and hook” story telling that gets Quandra stoked at driving thinkLaw’s marketing and communication strategies. Quandra is a North Carolina based creative director, graphic design and story teller. For the past 5 years, she has helped businesses tell beautiful and inspiring stories and she prefers to let the content speak for itself. As thinkLaw’s Creative Director, she is most happy when she is constantly learning, collaborating and crafting thinkLaw’s inspiring story, sharing it with our audiences through social media and content marketing as well in our offline brand experiences and marketing initiatives. With she is disconnected from the computer—she’s a food addict (particularly anything of the pasta and cheese persuasion), a philosophical/epistemological kind of gal, a player of pickleball (yes, this is a sport) and travel.
Training & Curriculum Manager– Sarah’s career has always focused on equity for all students. Teaching in Kansas City for 14 years at private, charter and public schools gave her an incredible respect for the extremely hard work of educators and the power they have to change lives. She has taught English as a Second Language, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math and has worked with learners in grades K-12. She recently left the field of teaching to take on the new job of Wonder Woman – no joke – and focus on what she enjoys most which are creating powerful critical thinking curriculum and tools that will literally change our world! When she’s not buried deep in a 100th revision to the thinkLaw curriculum, you’ll find her keeping up with her rascally four boys in the great Missouri outdoors. She swears most of her free time is spent at Costco stocking up on 10lb bags of chicken nuggets just to keep her boys well fed and growing! She also is a huge advocate on foster youth issues (she spent 6 years as a licensed foster parent and loved it!) and a Harry Potter fanatic. She’s completing her yearly read as we speak!
Sales & Marketing Manager– Britt’s an entrepreneur groupie/apprentice with more than a decade’s experience in marketing, sales, and business development. Except for her time in the United States Air Force, she’s spent most of her career helping smart, creative people get their innovative ideas off the ground, building up each organization and launching products and services to expand the organization’s reach. She’s worked with fair trade jewelers in Guatemala, lived in remote Africa with the Big 5 in her backyard (no joke!) and started up an international NGO focused on safe housing and education for vulnerable children. She’s traveled all around the world and still only caught a glimpse. Recently, Brittan worked as a Business Development manager for a tech software startup helping to attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers. In this post-truth and “fake news” age, she’s moved by critical thinkers and social justice activism; specifically ensuring education and knowledge is an equal right to the masses. She has a penchant for dark chocolate, for dancing to Pacific Northwest sunsets, and for keeping her house clean from my sticky-fingered littles. The world is a marvelous and inclusive classroom and the teacher-student ratio is one-to-one.
Carrie Sampson, Ph. D.
Senior Research Advisor– Dr. Sampson is an Assistant 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 the 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 the 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.
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