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The AXIS Administrative Team

Hello AXIS Explorers and Families! Please see below a list of your AXIS Administrative Team, the "AXIS Bunch"
Jenny Whitaker, Head of School & Director of Finance and Operations
What I Do: Cheerleader for AXIS staff & families. Ensuring all aspects of AXIS - financial, operational, and academic - are meeting the mission and goals of our Board.
Fun Fact: As a 15 year old aspiring cinematographer, I submitted a video to animal planet that they paid me royalties for and still use today.
Melissa Schramm, Director of Program
What I Do: Promote and ensure the educational integrity and success of the AXIS program. Ensure that all aspects of the program are being met and implement services to ensure a successful program outcome.  Supporting a continuous growth cycle for both staff and students. 
Fun Fact: I went to the McDonald’s in Moscow the first week that it opened. 
Elisa Welch, Program Specialist
What I Do: Support with all aspects of our programs initiatives, support staff in growth and development 
Fun Fact: I have ziplined near Volcan Arenal in Costa Rica. 
Elena Chappelle, Operations Specialist: Records and Enrollment
What I Do: Manages databases, student records and supports all aspects of enrollment.  
Fun Fact: I used to teach kayaking and lead wilderness backpacking trips in Alaska through Girl Scouts.  
Ashley Byers, Operations Specialist: Finance, HR & Office Management
What I Do: Supports AXIS staff, manages Enrich programming, assists with payroll and accounts payable.  
Fun Fact: I’ve scuba dived the blue hole in Belize 
Kari Anne Calarco, Founding Head of School, now Special Projects 
What I Do: Ensure a successful leadership transition; Create and support an evaluation system for the AXIS organization; help Jenny with other projects. 
Fun Fact: Living in Denmark 
Chen Hong, Operations and Program Consultant
What I Do: Provide consultation and support on program grants and projects; Ensure preschool compliance with state regulations  
Fun Fact: I grew up on an island and my favorite seafood dish is raw shrimp dipped in vinegar.