Meet our Team
Our team understands the important role that School Boards play in advocating for and advancing local public schools. At Advancing Public Schools, LLC, we have developed tools to assist School Board members to build a network of public school advocates as well as analyze school and district student literacy programs to improve outcomes in all areas of education.
Glenda Ritz is the President and CEO of Advancing Public Schools, LLC where she provides expert analysis in the areas of advocacy and literacy to public schools.
Glenda is a National Board Certified Teacher with advanced degrees in special education, general education and library science. She has more than 30 years of experience analyzing public school systems of student support at both the state and local levels.
As a public school advocate, she most recently completed a four-year term as Indiana's State Superintendent of Public Instruction. As Superintendent, Glenda created a statewide literacy initiative called the Hoosier Family of Readers that put tens of thousands of books directly into the hands of students both at home and in the classroom. Her unique model for school improvement, called Outreach, resulted in dramatic educational improvement and was identified by the United States Department of Education as a national model.
Linda Randolph is an educator with more than 20 years of administrative experience in both Indiana and Illinois. She is a proven leader in school turnaround where she focuses on improving instructional leadership and school management. In addition to serving as a school administrator in Chicago Public Schools, Linda has served as an Education Advisor to the mayor of an urban city. Her many years of experience include developing relationships and providing guidance to school administrators, school board members, parents, business and community leaders. Linda is also an education consulting partner with L&R Innovative Solutions, LLC. In her free time, she serves on several boards promoting excellence in education.
Jenny Berry is an educational consultant with 24 years of service to public schools as a special education teacher, coordinator, and state level director of college and career readiness. Jenny’s professional expertise includes the development of multi-tiered systems of support to differentiate instruction and engage learners, the employment of systemic career pathway systems that begin at the elementary level and continue through adulthood and the facilitation of instruction through technology to personalize and individualize the learning experience. Jenny also brings proven experience as a state level collaborator, where she worked with colleagues to build partnerships with higher education organizations and the business community to provide guidance and services to PreK-12 schools.
Marsha Reynolds has spent her career in public education, serving as a teacher, magnet school coordinator, principal and director of elementary education. Under her leadership, her elementary school was named a National Blue Ribbon School. Most recently, Marsha has worked with public school districts on a counseling initiative and as a coordinator for a statewide literacy initiative. Additionally, Masha has worked with education leaders at both the state and local levels on school leadership and quality assurance as part of school improvement work. Marsha serves on Butler University’s Board of Visitors, St. Luke’s Methodist Church Governing Board, the Indiana Council of Economic Education Board and the Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation.
Caterina (Cathy) Cregor Blitzer has applied multilingual skills and global competencies throughout her career. During her recent tenure with the IDOE, she garnered business and foundation support for a statewide program to advance global learning in Indiana schools that brought together corporate and university partners, K- 12 educators and civic leaders speaking to the case for high quality K-12 education in their communities. She has held leadership roles including Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of Indianapolis and Executive Director of the International Center of Indianapolis. Caterina serves on the Board of Advisors of the Immigrant Welcome Center, the Board of Visitors of the Butler University College of Education and consults on education initiatives.
Rebecca Reeves has worked in public education for nearly 20 years as an early childhood teacher, elementary teacher, media specialist, International Baccalaureate Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator for the State of Indiana Department of Education. With advanced degrees in administrative leadership and curriculum development, Rebecca led two elementary schools in Wisconsin and Indiana to attain the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme certification. As an Outreach Coordinator in Indiana, she promoted and supported the implementation of best practices such as Hoosier Family of Readers and other programs while working one on one with superintendents, principals and staff to support their school and community improvement efforts. Rebecca is passionate about supporting educators in order to advance their literacy programs, effective teaching and leadership practices.