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2016 Families Learning Summit Speakers

Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. which launched Make:magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire, which held its first event in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Dougherty's vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the family of brands. When not in the office, Dougherty can be found making award-winning wines with his family in Sebastopol, Cali. He will keynote the Summit's closing brunch on Wednesday, October 19.



Michael H. Levine is the Founding Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The Center conducts research, builds multi-sector alliances, and catalyzes industry and policy reforms needed to advance high quality media experiences for all children.

He leads the research team at the Cooney Center that has helped shape the national dialogue surrounding digital equity, and co-authored Tap, Click, Read with Lisa Guernsey. He will lead a panel on Integrating Technology in Early Learning and Family-Strengthening Initiatives on Tuesday, October 18.


William Mehojah, Jr. is the past Director of the Office of Indian Education Programs. He worked as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in the Office of Indian Education Programs, now the Bureau of Indian Education, for thirty-six years. He helped develop the Family and Child Education program that started in five schools on the Navajo Nation. It has expanded to 43 schools and over the past 26 years has enrolled more than 47,000 adults and children. He is currently semi-retired and works with schools on the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona.


Anne Mosle is a leading thinker, advocate, and voice in building pathways to opportunity for low-income families. With more than 20 years' experience in policy and philanthropy, Mosle has been recognized as Washingtonian of the Year, Ms. Magazine Woman to Watch, and Visionary Philanthropist. Currently, she directs Ascend, the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents towards educational success and economic security. Ascend is investing $1.5 million in promising two-generation programs and policy solutions, has launched a national network and fellowship, and is leveraging resources for better outcomes for families. Mosle will lead the Funder Roundtable for Two-Generation Solutions.


Jason Quiara is a Program Officer for the Education Program at the Joyce Foundation, which works to ensure all students—especially those who are low-income and minority—are prepared for life success by improving the quality of teachers they encounter in school, enhancing early education policies, and supporting policies that ensure high school students have a seamless transition from high school to college and careers. Quiara will join Michael H. Levine for the panel on Integrating Technology in Early Learning and Family-Strengthening Initiatives on Tuesday, October 18.


As Vice President of Research and Development, Gene Roehlkepartain provides leadership for Search Institute's research and development projects as well as serving as part of the nonprofit organization's leadership team. Working with colleagues, he designs and implement major projects and partnerships aligned with Search Institute's strategic priorities. He is co-author of the study Don't Forget the Families.



Dana Suskind, author of the book, Thirty Million Words: Building A Child's Brain, is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program, and Founder and Director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative. Based on scientific research that shows the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child, Thirty Million Words helps parents enhance their home language environment in order to optimize their child's brain development and, therefore, his or her ability to learn. She will join us for a keynote presentation, question-and-answer session, and book signing on Monday afternoon, October 17.