Syntiro Staff Bios

Kathryn Markovchick, President

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Kathryn Markovchick brings more than 30 years of experience conducting and overseeing systemic change activities. She has worked as a special education teacher, administrator and university faculty member and now, as the President of Syntiro. The scope of her work is extensive, from designing and delivering statewide professional development to managing myriad state and federal contracts. Kathryn earned her doctoral and undergraduate degrees in learning and behavior disorders and experiential education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Currently, she serves as director of the Maine State GEAR UP Program under contract from the Maine Department of Education. As President of Syntiro, Kathryn oversees more than $2 million dollars in grants, contracts and fee-for-service activities in professional development, college access projects, technical assistance and organizational development activities. She is credited, with colleague Corda Ladd Kinzie, with developing the research-based Celebratory Learning model of engaged teaching and learning. Her mission is to facilitate the change process with care, thought and purpose. Kathryn is a vibrant leader, facilitator, educator and mentor who uses a balance of "hands-on/heads-on" experience and theory in all of her work.

Debbie Gilmer, Executive Director

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Debbie Gilmer is the Executive Director of Syntiro where she directs the Center for Self-Determination, Health & Policy, the Maine High School Equivalency Program (HEP) funded by the US Department of Education's Office of Migrant Education; and the Employment for ME Workforce Development System funded by the Maine Departments of HHS and Labor.  She is active on Employment First ME, and is President of the Maine APSE chapter. Debbie is a board member of the Disability Rights Center. She previously co-directed the Maine State GEAR UP program, the Healthy & Ready to Work National Resource Center and was the Associate Director of UMaine's Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies where, among many programs, she worked statewide to build the capacity of schools to support all students in inclusive classrooms. She has directed numerous state and federally funded projects in the areas of employment, transition, health care, inclusive education and positive behavior supports and is a well-regarded presenter and teacher.  Previously she was a high school special education teacher and regional transition coordinator.

Rick Wilson, Operations Coordinator

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Rick Wilson joined Syntiro in August, 2012 after 33 years in public education. Rick had been Principal at Manchester Elementary School for the last 18 of those years; having also served as Principal of Mt. Vernon Elementary School during the last year.  Rick also chaired the Professional Development Committee at the Maine Principals' Association from 2005-2009. Prior to his years in administration, Rick was a K-8 music specialist in Union 42 (Manchester, Mt. Vernon, Readfield and Wayne). He holds a Mus. B from Boston University and an M.ED. from the University of Maine. In addition to being a HEP Regional Facilitator, Rick has also served as a Regional Facilitator   for the Maine State GEAR UP program. He is the facilitator for Professional Development in Washington and Hancock County. Rick's interests and expertise include teacher training and development, educational leadership, team building and school climate.

Joyce Lang, Office Assistant

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Joyce Lang has been with Syntiro since 1994. She is an Office Assistant for Syntiro and plays a critical role as the Administrative Assistant for the Maine HEP program. For Maine HEP, Joyce schedules project activities, coordinates travel and works directly with the Project Director and project staff to assure all project timelines and reporting requirements are met. She is also responsible for designing professional development flyers and registration sites for Syntiro and maintains the organizations calendars and address books. She assists with other Syntiro’s initiatives as needed.


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Syntiro is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

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