Welcome to

The Educational Empowerment Group

Educational Consulting, Services and Management

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Join our current schools and experience a new level of professionalism!

Education Is

Doing What Is Best For Kids

Mission: The Educational Empowerment Group will promote knowledge, wisdom and understanding to all stakeholders that empowers success in our global society.

What makes EEG different?

High-risk students are unsuccessful not because they do not want to succeed, but rather due to not having a system that is designed to meet their needs. The Educational Empowerment Group’s (EEG) educational program is based upon the premise that high-risk students have different needs, learn at different rates and have diverse learning styles.  Currently, these are not being addressed by traditional public schools, causing many high-risk students to be disengaged and apathetic toward school. 

Whereas many schools focus mainly on providing educational services, EEG, by contrast, is multi-dimensional.  EEG's focus is holistic- encompassing the whole body, mind and emotional well-being of a student.  The holistic approach will be taught and promoted throughout the course of the school year.  We view each student as having strengths not deficits and we will adapt our programs and practices to provide the support each student requires to achieve their fullest potential.

Some important facts about us




Staff Members





The Educational Empowerment Group Team

Wendy Rydarowicz
Co-Founder/Chief Academic Officer
Wendy has spent twenty-two years of her professional career in education as a teacher and educational leader focused on inner city and at-risk populations. She brings twenty years of instructional leadership and executive management to our group. She excels at developing mutually beneficial relationships with students, parents, staff, sponsors and board members that foster academic growth.
Reggie Ray
Co-Founder/Chief Operations Officer
Reggie has served in various roles within the educational environment for over 13 years including Teaching, Administration, Educational Consultant and Professional Development Trainer. Reggie has spent most of his recent time traveling the states of Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania providing training and educational consulting services to public, private, and community schools alike.
Danielle Artl
Director of Curriculum and Instruction - K-8
In her eleven years of teaching and administration, Danielle’s main focus has been to create a culture of high academic and behavioral expectations that creates a successful learning environment. The resulting framework emphasizes essential elements of a school that is successful at helping all students achieve academically and helping them to be caring, contributing, productive, and responsible citizens. These dual missions, educating the hearts and educating the minds of youth, are considered of equal importance to Danielle. Danielle’s top priority will be to ensure that the network of EEG schools will continue to provide high instructional quality, and that the schools will master their academic goals and maintain a culture of diversity and accountability. She is excited about being an integral team member in an amazing network of schools that puts students first!
Jill Blanchard
Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Central Ohio
Dr. Blanchard has worked in the field of education for twenty years. Her educational experience includes educational administration and first through eighth grade, all content areas. Dr. Blanchard believes that all students can learn in an environment where they feel safe and are given an opportunity to find success.
Regina Burgan
Director of Accounting
Regina has 15 plus years’ experience in customer service, A/P and A/R. Her background also includes training (team and trainers), process development and compliance auditing. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Management from Walsh University.
Sandy Calvert
Regional Director of Community Engagement Legislative Liaison
Sandy Calvert has made Medina County her home for more than forty–five years. In 1991 Sandy was selected as the AAUW Woman of the Year and in 1996 was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA. In 2005 Congressman Regula chose Sandy to represent the 16th Congressional District at the White House Conference on Aging. Sandy was awarded the 2008 Benjamin Rose Institute Katz Advocacy Award for her work on behalf of older adults in Medina County and across the state.
Tina Davenport
Executive Director of Assessment, Analysis and Accountability
Tina Davenport serves as the Executive Director of Assessment, Analysis and Accountability. In this role she will be responsible for establishing a rigorous vision for academic performance districtwide, developing systems to inform schools about school performance and ensuring that the district uses high-quality data to drive its decisions. She will oversee the core functions of data analysis, program evaluation and school performance management.
Lisa Davis
Vice President Elementary Education
Ms. Davis joined Educational Empowerment Group in June 2016. She is currently responsible for the successful operation and academic success of Elementary schools within EEG. As the Vice President of Elementary Education, she provides leadership, focus and direction to the school Principals.
Veronica Fly
Vice President of School Operations, Central Ohio
Veronica Fly has worked in the field of education for nineteen years. Currently, she is the Vice President of Operations in Central Ohio for The Educational Empowerment Group.
Kate Gulliford
Director of Curriculum and Instruction - High School
Kate Gulliford recently joined the Educational Empowerment Group as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The primary goal for the Director of Curriculum and Instruction is to provide oversight, leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, direction and evaluation of EEG’s high schools’ curriculum and instructional services. Ms. Gulliford will ensure that the schools’ education objectives are aligned to state frameworks and to instructional practices that yield the highest standards of student achievement and instructional excellence.
Pamela Martin
Director of Student Services
Pam has been employed with Charter Schools for the last 17 years, and has an extensive experience in processing State Reporting. She is a Certified EMIS Professional and supplies outstanding and valuable knowledge in her effort to assist our schools accurately with student based reporting. Pam has successfully processed and completed State Reporting for numerous states which include Ohio, Florida, Michigan and Arizona.
Gina Nash
Director of Food Service
Gina joined The Educational Empowerment Group in December 2017. She has been working in School Food Service for 11 years. She’s been the Director of Food Service for one of the larger charter school management company’s in Ohio for the past 7 years. At one point, she was overseeing 30 schools in the state. She has a reputation with the ODE as being organized, efficient and knowledgeable in the school food service area, as evidenced by her spotless audit record.
Janet Pahlau
Director of Marketing
Janet Pahlau’s marketing design, production and coordination experience covers more than 22 years in print, and over 13 years in online marketing and design. Her previous project experiences are in the B2B, B2C and Nonprofit sectors. Janet’s best and most fulfilling work has come from projects and volunteer time with organizations that aim to uplift and educate the community.
Kyle Putinski
Regional Director of Community Engagement
Kyle is a Stark County native, growing up in North Canton. Previously, Kyle served as the Director of Community Impact with the United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties. As the Director of Community Impact, Kyle brought over $150,000 in new grants to Wayne County. Kyle also coordinated the Wayne County Opiate Task Force. Under his leadership, the Task Force saw a 30% decrease in Opiate Overdose Deaths. Kyle worked extensively with the local school districts creating county wide change in regards to combating the summer slide and implementing new strategies to improve literacy rates.
Christina Ray
Director of School Billing
Christina Ray is a very valuable asset to the Educational Empowerment Group (EEG) Family. She has served various schools in different capacities including Purchasing/Personnel Secretary, Office Manager and Human Resources. She brings a very polished set of organizational skills and quality customer service to her role as Director of Human Resources.
Thomas Rydarowicz
Director of Teacher Support Services
Tom brings 15 years of teaching experience in the mathematics and social studies fields. Tom instructed within the charter school movement at Hope Academy Brown Street Campus located in Akron, Ohio. He created and established various classroom management techniques and plans that have been proven very effective in maturing students while concurrently maintaining discipline within the classroom.
Jillian Thornton
Executive Director of Compliance and Operations
Jillian Thornton has over 13 year of experience in corporate compliance. Her previous experience includes serving as the Director of Compliance for a national background screening and investigation company. Jillian also spent 8 years as the Director of Governance and Compliance for a national charter school management company.
Ann Wyant
Director of Human Resources
Ann joins the EEG team as the Manager of Student Services and Human Resources. She brings with her a multitude of experiences as she has served in variety of capacities in her years in education. She embraces a culture of high academic and behavior