IEA’s staff is made up of dedicated individuals who are passionate about gifted youth and interested in devoting their time and energy to the personal development of every child who walks through our doors. IEA trains all staff members on the needs of highly able children and the best practices in the field of gifted education.

Elizabeth D. Jones, President & Co-Founder

Ms. Jones has been an educator, researcher, and administrator of educational programs for over 35 years. She holds a master’s degree in special education from the University of Southern California and has completed doctoral work in the field of educational policy and learning theory. Ms. Jones served as the Associate Director of Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and the Director of the Western Region for 10 years prior to founding the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) in 1998, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the unique educational needs of gifted children and their families. While at CTY, Ms. Jones served as Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Sally Ride and Dr. JoBea Way for a NASA and National Science Foundation-sponsored educational initiative called KidSat. She received recognition from the National Diffusion Network for the creation and implementation of exemplary programs for underserved gifted students and specialized in the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of students. She also created and implemented the Sarah D. Barder Fellowship teacher recognition program and expanded the scope of services at CTY. As President of IEA Ms. Jones was contracted to assist in the creation and implementation of the Davidson Young Scholars program. With IEA, she went on to lead in the creation and implementation of the award-winning Yunasa summer camp for the gifted and the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship program. Since its inception, IEA has impacted the lives of over 10,000 young people through direct programs and services. Ms. Jones currently serves on the Advisory Board for GRO Gifted, the Advisory Board for Young and Healthy, and the Board of Directors for Math Academy.

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Mallory Aldrich, Manager of Advanced Programs – High School

Mallory Aldrich graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education. She then pursued a MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Gifted Education at Arizona State University. Prior to joining IEA she worked an Advanced Placement High School Social Studies teacher for nearly nine years in Arizona. She is thrilled to be working with CDB Scholarship Program and continuing her work with Gifted Students. Outside of work Mallory loves cheering on her beloved University of Arizona Wildcats, traveling and running.

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Nicole Endacott, Manager of Advanced Programs – Middle and Lower School

Nicole Endacott has been an outdoor educator at a school science camp in the Santa Cruz redwoods, a volunteer mentor at a homework help center in an underprivileged community, an instructor for college students struggling in higher-level science and math courses, a test prep tutor, a classroom teacher for middle school science students, and, of course, an instructor for several IEA Academy courses. She has a B.S. in Biology from Azusa Pacific University, where she participated in field research focused on ecosystem recovery after fires. Nicole has loved forging connections with remarkable and unique IEA students who are just as passionate as she is about learning more about how the world works. When she’s not at work or planning her next class, Nicole spends her time exploring new places with friends, spending time with family, and watching nature documentaries or baking shows. She is excited for her growing role in continuing IEA’s mission in her home community of Pasadena and beyond!

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Alexis Hopper, Program Coordinator

Alexis Hopper holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA in Music from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. Her love for working with children stems from 15 years of experience coordinating educational programs for institutions such as Chicago Children’s Museum and teaching group and private music lessons for ages two and up. Prior to coming to IEA, Alexis served as Program Coordinator for adult English language programs, a role in which she provided academic counseling and supported teachers in their endeavor to serve the needs of a highly diverse student body. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to a team that is uniquely equipped to respond to the needs of gifted children, and looks forward to fostering existing and future ties within the community. In her free time, Alexis loves to explore local neighborhoods by foot, bicycle, train and car, and looks forward to planning her next great camping adventure.

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Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations

Zadra Rose Ibañez joined the IEA team in 2005 after several years of office and finance administration in banking and pension administration. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado State University and holds a Certificate in Global Sustainability from UCLA. She remembers how frustrating it was to be an inquisitive child and appreciates that IEA provides the solution for that frustration, giving joy and a feeling of belonging and satisfaction to otherwise thwarted children. In addition to managing the operational side of IEA, Ms. Ibañez helps support individuals in their health and wellness goals, collects fountain pens, and sings in a band.

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Direct Line: (626) 403-8900 ext. 212

Nancy Kane, Office Manager

Nancy is grateful to support the IEA team and families. She has spent the last 15 years involved in education and non-profit work and is excited to bring her expertise to the organization. Nancy has a BFA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. And outside the office, she enjoys yoga, walks, and working on and going out in her vintage travel trailer with her husband.

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April Kea, Records Assistant

April graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior. Prior to joining the IEA team, she worked as a Special Education Instructional Aide and Behavioral Interventionist. She recognizes that each child has their own unique set of strengths and struggles and is more than excited for the opportunity to contribute to an organization that helps gifted children reach their full potentials. Outside of the office, April enjoys swimming, yoga, anime, and educational podcasts.

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Direct Line: (626) 403-8900 ext. 213

Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant

Anvi Kevany has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California, and an M.S degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from California State University at Northridge. Anvi has worked with several non-profit and government agencies, and, for the past 17 years, worked as a child and parent advocate, providing support, leadership and advocacy training to parent and community leaders. Anvi’s three children have all been identified as gifted learners, and she feels honored to be a part of a dedicated and talented team of professionals working to accomplish the ideals and mission of IEA.

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Direct Line: (626) 403-8900 ext. 205

Jane Laudeman, Development Manager

Jane Laudeman has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles and Pasadena including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Huntington Library, Natural History Museum of LA County, Pasadena Museum of History and Pasadena Community Foundation. Growing up in the Pasadena area, Jane was an accomplished harpist and part of a family that encouraged a love of learning, the arts and her community. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English and then received an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. Jane is passionate about the importance of nurturing the whole child and helping each child reach their full potential. She is delighted to join the IEA team and work to help IEA continue to accomplish its mission and reach more children in need of its unique services. She enjoys researching genealogy, writing about local history and architecture, reading, spending time with her husband and son and walking – particularly through the beautiful neighborhoods and gardens of her hometown.

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Amber McClarin, Enrollment Manager

Amber is dedicated to connecting students to resources that can help them expand their potential. Prior to joining the IEA team, she held a marketing and outreach role at a private Los Angeles area high school where she especially enjoyed connecting with the students outside the classroom and using those opportunities to guide their developing views of themselves and the world. Amber obtained her BA in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico. She is passionate about documentary films, history and reading.

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Direct Line: (626) 403-8900 ext. 216

Laurie Mittermiller, Program Coordinator

Laurie has been involved in education, child development, and non-profit work for over a decade. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Psychology and Economics, Laurie went on to attend UCLA’s Teacher Education Program where she earned her Master’s in Education. Focused initially on classroom teaching, Laurie worked for seven years in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she taught many gifted students and ultimately became the GATE Coordinator at her school site. It was during this time that Laurie learned how unique each gifted student is, which is why she is excited to be part of an organization that provides children with highly personalized intellectual, social, and emotional support. In her free time, Laurie enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, going on long walks with her two rescue pups, playing softball, and cheering on the Dodgers.

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Direct Line: (626) 403-8900 ext. 211

Justin Pansacola, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Justin is a digital communications professional working to promote IEA as a national leader in gifted education. He attended the University of California, Riverside, where he earned his B.A. in Creative Writing. He is a Los Angeles native and has a dog named Biff.

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Bonnie Raskin, Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Program Director

Bonnie Raskin is the Program Director of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship at IEA, where she has worked for the past fifteen years, following a career in television as an executive and producer in addition to assisting the admissions staff at Campbell Hall and Marlborough schools in Los Angeles. Ms. Raskin attended Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with a B.A. in English literature and journalism and did her Masters level graduate work at Boston University’s School of Speech and Public Communication and the Harvard Business School. Her husband works in television and film production, and their daughter is a doctoral student in clinical psychology with a focus on chemical dependency and addictive behavior. Ms. Raskin is devoted to animal rescue, rehabilitation and adoption through her involvement with Los Angeles animal rescue organization Wags and Walks. She enjoys the vitality, enthusiasm, smarts, savvy, generosity, support, and camaraderie of her colleagues at IEA and the CDB Scholar community.

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Direct Line: (626) 403.8900 ext. 203

Issabela Tulalian, Program Coordinator

Issabela is excited to move back to California to continue her pursuits working in the nonprofit sector. Her experience working for nonprofit organizations and as an ESL teacher inspired her to continue advocacy towards child development and understanding the holistic well-being of youth. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Florida Atlantic University and is looking forward to furthering her community outreach in the LA and Pasadena area. She is thankful to be an addition to a dedicated team and having the opportunity to serve the families in need of the services that IEA provides. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping, spending time with her dog Kopi and her cat Holly, and being with her loved ones.

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