The Team

The Team

For over 24 years, Educational Vistas has worked tirelessly to bring the most talented individuals together to create our powerful, diverse corporate team. Each member brings a wealth of life and work experiences, offering a value to our clients that is greater than the sum of its parts! The products and services created here in Schenectady, NY, rival those from any individual competitor. However, when you review the totality of all we have developed and offered to schools, you will find no other company with our depth and breadth. Each member of the EVI family has assisted in this success and in building our collective reputation.



Scott B. Crowder
Chief Executive Officer


Scott serves as product development director, facilitator, and chief executive officer for EVI. He heads the EVI Programming team, developers of DataMate, AIMS, SEMS, and an abundance of other EVI software solutions for educators. In addition, he works with school districts designing and scoring assessments through the ELITE assessment software system. He brings 30+ years of technical experience in the design, delivery, and training related to software products. His experience ranges from programming to design and data management with an extensive background and training in application distribution across network platforms. He has provided consultation to school districts in the areas of student information system (SIS) selection, data warehousing, zone integration solutions (ZIS) and custom software development to meet district, state, and federal requirements. He also manages relationships/partnerships such as an EVI’s 'preferred vendor' status with the New York Charter Schools Association (NYCSA) and agreements with multiple Boards of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES).

Dr. Bruce H. Crowder
Senior Researcher & Facilitator


Dr. Crowder is a former NYS Assistant Commissioner of Education for Quality Assurance and the State's Excellence and Accountability Program (EAP). IBM and the NYC Chancellor selected him to guide a major educational initiative in the most poverty-stricken school district in the city. He was also superintendent of schools for the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery CSD, location of the United States Military Academy at West Point, assistant superintendent for instruction at Scotia-Glenville CSD, and principal of Colonie Central High School. In addition, he has filled the roles of teacher, department head, and coordinator. Dr. Crowder has authored numerous documents in education with particular emphasis on curriculum and assessment. 


Bill Bouchard
Solutions Architect & Data Manager


Bill works with EVI's Programming team to address the needs of school districts and oversees the Product Support team, Data Capture, and the Data Entry staff. Moreover, he works with school districts to process their data to be loaded into various EVI products. Bill brings 25+ years of IT and technical experience in the design, implementation, delivery, and training related to software solutions. His experience includes business management, data and data center management, IT Staff management, staff training, and design of custom software applications. Bill has an extensive background in data scrubbing and reporting across multiple hardware platforms and operating systems. He has provided consultation and managed implementations for such companies as Omnicare, Cardinal Health, Ecolab, VWR Scientifics, McKesson, Corporate Express and many others. He enjoys evaluating school district requirements, creating detailed project plans, and managing implementation to meet district needs. 


Caroline Papanikos
Coordinator, Assessment & Data Services


Caroline works closely with school districts and charter schools in the scoring and reporting of local and New York State assessments. In this capacity, she oversees the design and development of a wide range of assessments, including State practice tests, pre and post, baseline/summative, and custom-built unit assessments. Additionally, Caroline manages a broad range of data processing services that allow educators to use their assessment data for instructional analysis.

Caroline earned her BA from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mayence, Germany, in English Studies. She possesses a depth of skills in technology, communications, administrative services, office management, and team building. Upon taking over the Assessment Division, she has streamlined and organized processes for assessment customization. Caroline has systemically coordinated operations and services that support districts in the management of testing and test development, freeing teachers and administrators to devote that time to student instruction. She is fluent in German, Czech, and English. 


Lukas Crowder
Accounts & Operations Manager

Lukas is responsible for day-to-day management of EVI offices and maintains all client account records. In addition, he oversees EVI's corporate accounts, payroll services, and legal advisers. Lukas graduated from Siena College, earning a BS in Business Administration, and from SUNY Albany, an MBA. He has a unique understanding of the business and brings his many talents to this position. Lukas plays a vital role in all corporate communications with school districts and BOCES, as well as directing the EVI pickup/delivery services staff.

 


Mary Beth Amato

Coordinator, State Assessments & Training

Mary Beth is the Albany site scoring director for the following tests: NYS Assessments, ELA, math, science, and NYSESLATS. In addition, she trains and coordinates all teachers who score the NYS Regents exams in January, June, and August. Also, Mary Beth works with schools to create math assessments to meet district needs as well as professional development training for math. She is a NYS certified math teacher, having taught in middle school (6th through 9th) and college for over 20 years.

 

 


Anthony Moody

Printing & Assessments Specialist

Anthony coordinates all the printing and shipment of projects such as assessment materials and trade show folders. He also assists with NYS scoring, ELA assessment scoring, and ELA test passage writing. 

 

 

 

 


Tara O'Neill
Marketing & Communications Specialist 

Tara manages all marketing and communications with an emphasis on social media. In addition, she supports product & assessment, SEOs, RFPs, and trade show promotions. Tara brings a strong educational background and a cornucopia of creativity. She holds a NYS Secondary English teacher's certification (6-12), AP English & Gifted certification, along with a Master's degree in English. For over 15 years, Tara taught in NYS, NC, FL, grades 7, 10, 12, and traditional/online college courses.

 

 

Michael Black
NYS Scoring Process Consultant 

Michael's wealth of knowledge and experience working with schools and staff make him a valued EVI asset. For over a decade, he has been an integral part of our NYS assessment scoring process and management. Also, Michael serves as a liaison for districts.

 

 

 


Dr. Phil Fusco
EVI Consultant & Facilitator

A career educator, Dr. Fusco has served as a grade 7-12 Social Studies teacher, K-12 principal, and program consultant. Most recently, Dr. Fusco’s work has focused on collaborating with school districts in the development of character-based learning cultures that support students achieving their maximum potential. As an extension of that initiative, Dr. Fusco facilitates the NYS School of Character mentor program in conjunction with The Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges and Character.org in Washington, DC. Through the creation of NYexcelsior.com, Dr. Fusco has enhanced his work with schools to build pathways to achieving excellence within character development. By incorporating core character beliefs as the foundation for their program into strategic planning, school districts pave their path to a culture of excellence.