Dr. Patricia Alvarez McHatton, Ph.D., is BranchEd's Chief Program Officer. As Senior VP, Dr. Alvarez McHatton oversees all MSI Educator Preparation Program faculty- and leader-facing programming, including capacity building and professional learning initiatives. Previously, Dr. Alvarez McHatton served as the founding dean for the College of Education and P-16 Integration at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she led multiple initiatives to enhance educator preparation programs within the college, expand the educator pipeline and cultivate and maintain strong, collaborative partnerships with districts and members. She is the author of and contributor to over fifty reports and publications and has presented at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Elizabeth Lisic, Ph.D., serves as a Continuous Improvement Coach supporting Educator Preparation Programs and their district partners in BranchED's Transformation Center. Previously, Dr. Lisic co-led the Center for Assessment and Improvement of Learning, an educational research lab at Tennessee Tech University focused on the assessment and improvement of outcomes such as critical and creative thinking and real-world problem solving. She has extensive experience in program improvement, evaluation and assessment, professional development and quantitative reserach methods. Dr. Lisic has presented at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally and contributed to numerous journals and special editions.