Meet Magnolia Consulting

Our team

Partner

Christie Schutz Vincelli, Ed.D.

Founder & Advisor

Frankie Jones

Consultant

Carol Cannerelli, J.D.

Consultant

Caitlin Colandrea, Psy.D.

Consultant

Donna Curtis

Consultant

Kelly Lindenfelser

Consultant

Rosemary Lucia, Ed.D.

Consultant

Megan McCormick

Consultant

Emily Preisler

Consultant

Meredith Thomas, M.S.E.

Consultant

Jenna Zatz, M.Ed.

Partner

Christie Schutz Vincelli, Ed.D.

Dr. Schutz Vincelli is an award-winning teacher, presenter and school administrator with over 15 years of experience in Pre-K-12 education. She has a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry and is skilled in MTSS/RTI, special education, staff development, teaching, educational technology, research, program and curriculum development.  

Following her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Music Education from The College of New Jersey, she went on to earn her master’s of arts degree in Special Education from Rider University.  Upon graduation, Dr. Schutz Vincelli was presented with an award for Excellence in Special Education. Her doctorate of education degree focused on educational leadership and administration from Seton Hall University, where she was recognized by the university for her research publication.

Founder & Advisor

Frankie Jones

Ms. Jones is a results driven leader and high energy individual contributor with 25 years of experience in educational technology. She has a track record of success in supporting growth and scale for organizations ranging from small start ups to Fortune 1000 corporations. Her expertise lies in training, implementation, account management, project management, product management, operations and sales.

Consultant

Carol Cannerelli, J.D.

Dr. Cannerelli has been involved in education since 1982 with masters degrees in School Psychology and in Reading Education. She was a school psychologist in New Jersey and in New York State for nine years. She then practiced law in both private and public sectors for 17 years where she represented several school districts. While practicing law in the public sector, Dr. Cannerelli served as a director of human resources and legal services in two school districts. She then served as director of special services for a large district in South Jersey. 
Dr. Cannerelli is a strong leader with broad experience in special education compliance, IEP development, assessment of special needs students, anti-discrimination investigations and procedures and public employment law. She has provided professional development to attorneys as well as school district employees.

Consultant

Caitlin Colandrea, Psy.D.

Dr. Colandrea currently works for Old Bridge Township Public Schools in Old Bridge, New Jersey as the supervisor of intervention services. She received her masters in Educational Psychology and her professional diploma in School Psychology from Kean University and her doctorate in School Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Colandrea’s areas of expertise include: program evaluation, co-teaching, Response to Intervention (RTI) implementation, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), data-based decision making, academic and behavioral interventions, reading interventions and literacy instruction at the elementary level, professional development, supervision and evaluation, assessment, and data management systems

Consultant

Donna Curtis

​​Donna has 20+ years of special education experience with an emphasis in behavioral management and developing analytical curriculum for social-emotional learning. She has worked in a variety of settings, ranging from the classroom, in-center, in-home, and consulting. Her work aims to bring meaningful behavior changes that are functional and important to increase quality of life by collaborating with parents and other professionals. 

Her experiences include early intervention, social skills, functional communication training, verbal behavior training, instructional design, parent training, staff training, and functional analyses. In addition, she’s interested in staff training on ABA applications in order to ensure student success and generalization of skills across multiple settings.

Consultant

Kelly Lindenfelser

Kelly has developed thousands of educational programs for students with special needs, ages 0-22. As a retired special education director turned consultant, she works to ensure that services for this population are clearly defined and implemented. In her capacity as an administrator and teacher, she has helped parents, grandparents, and guardians navigate special education systems, in addition to supporting special education attorneys, medical professionals, service providers, and agencies in service to children with special needs. With more than 20 years of experience, her priority remains setting students up for success.

Consultant

Rosemary Lucia, Ed.D.

Dr. Lucia has worked in the field of education for more than 35 years. Her experience spans from classroom teacher to school-based leadership roles to the director of training & sales support for major software companies. Dr. Lucia’s varied experiences allow for a comprehensive view of school districts’ needs. Her curricular experiences help clients improve student performance while utilizing varied technological skills.

Consultant

Megan McCormick

Megan brings more than 27 years of experience in special education and intervention services to our team. She was a special education teacher, CSE/CPSE chairperson and director of special education in NYS public schools for 17 years. She has extensive experience with special education regulations, NYS Mandates, RTI/MTSS, Medicaid reimbursement/maximization and state reporting. She is an accomplished learning and training professional with expertise in blended learning, virtual learning/training, process improvement and consultation.

Consultant

Emily Preisler

Emily has varied experiences teaching elementary students in both Wisconsin and New Jersey for more than a decade. She specializes in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Response to Intervention, and focusing on solutions when considering how districts begin to implement new processes to meet the needs of all children. Emily earned her masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she learned how to use data in ways that support socially just and equitable education for students from diverse backgrounds.

Consultant

Meredith Thomas, M.S.E.

Meredith is a passionate and dedicated educator with 20+ years of experience in the classroom from Pre-K to college. Her work expanding services and restructuring the gifted and talented program for Holmdel School District is now an exemplar in the state, making her one of New Jersey’s leading authorities on gifted and talented education. Accordingly, she regularly presents at conferences and serves as a resource for other educators. 

Meredith’s work has been published by Educational Viewpoints, NJEA Review, Promise Magazine, NEA Today, and NJAGC. She has also co-authored a mentor text entitled Amplify Learning: A Global Collaborative. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from Northcentral University, with a focus on effective gifted programming and instructional strategies. 

Consultant

Jenna Zatz, M.Ed.

Jenna is passionate about ensuring equitable education is accessible to all students so that each learner can reach their fullest potential. As a special education teacher specializing in autism and ABA programs, she has regularly worked with students in self-contained and in-class support settings. As a teacher leader, Jenna has facilitated professional development on best educational practices, behavior modification, data-driven decision-making, and foundations of ABA.

Currently, Jenna is pursuing an Ed.D. degree at Rutgers University, with research focused on the impact of K-12 education as it relates to postsecondary outcomes for individuals with autism. She is also working toward her behavior analyst certification, all while continuing to publish research.