Dr. Blackmon is CEO and Chief Inspiration Officer at ILC. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Science Education from Emory University. She has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Southern University and a M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Blackmon completed a two-year AERA-IES Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cultural Anthropology.

Dr. Ngai has expertise in studying how students identify and differentiate substances (chemical identity thinking). She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biological Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is author of seven research publications focused on chemistry education, and for this work she has collaborated with Boston Public School teachers as well as international researchers.

Dr. Pleasants is a researcher and consultant who facilitates work involving ILC and clients requiring external evaluations. Dr. Pleasants received her PhD in Educational Psychology (2000) with a specialization in Language, Literacy, and Learning from Michigan State University. She has worked in higher education and community contexts for twenty years.

Andrea is a Quantitative Research Analyst Consultant at ILC. She received her master’s in General Psychology at the University of North Florida and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology with a minor in Statistics, Methods, and Measurement at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Cassandra hails from Colorado, and currently, lives and works in Washington, DC. Over the past five years, she has gained extensive data analysis, visualization, and design skills for large and small organizations including the Ford Foundation and the University of Colorado.