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Rethink Ed is a division of Rethink First, a company that aims to place evidence-based treatment solutions in the hands of every educator, clinician or parent working with a child with special needs. We are unique in our footprint, leveraging the power of technology to provide clinical support, best-practice tools, and research-based content to all market segments, reaching more children with special needs than any other solution.

Our Team

Rethink First is lead by a team of education, clinical, business and industry experts with a shared commitment to making best-practice treatment solutions available to every child with special needs. Meet the Rethink First Leadership Team.

Rethink Ed

Rethink Ed combines the power of technology and research to deliver innovative, scalable and evidence-based instructional materials and supports for learners with disabilities. The comprehensive suite of tools ensures that every student develops the academic, behavioral and social/emotional skills they need to succeed in school, at work and in life. Rethink Ed positions educators, students and families for success.

Senior Vice President, Education

Diana Frezza

Diana brings to Rethink nearly two decades of executive experience in the U.S. and global education sector ranging from startups to global leaders. In her current role, Diana oversees the Education group delivering best in class services and solutions to educators nationally and globally. Diana has held sales, marketing, product and services leadership roles at Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Scholastic and Amplify. Throughout her career, Diana has led innovative digital solutions that have transformed classrooms across the country and positioned her as an EdTech industry leader. Diana is passionate about bringing innovative, accessible and scalable solutions to educators that fuel positive learning outcomes and equity for all students.

Diana Frezza
VP Curriculum and Family Services

Lin Chong

Lin currently serves as rethink's Vice President of Curriculum and Family Services. She is also the therapist featured in rethink's training and video tutorials, demonstrating best practice strategies for 1:1 and classroom wide teaching interactions. Prior to joining the Company, Lin was teaching at the New York Center for Autism Charter School, the first charter school for children with autism spectrum disorders in New York City. Lin has specialized in the education and treatment of children with autism and other learning disabilities for more than two decades, and has worked in home, center-based, school and non-profit organizational settings. She is equally passionate about helping children learn and providing parents, caregivers and educators with the support and training they need to more effectively teach and interact with individuals with autism and learning disabilities. Ms. Chong is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are included in society and has created training content and presented nationally on making inclusion a success in the classroom. 

Lin Chong
Vice President, Professional Services

Dr. Patricia Wright

Patricia joined Rethink's Scientific Advisory Board in 2010 and moved into her current role as Vice President of Professional Services in 2014. In her current role she works with the Professional Services Team to ensure Rethink's products are implemented effectively, promoting quality outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Prior to joining Rethink Patricia was the National Director of Autism Services for Easter Seals, one of the largest social service providers to those living with autism. She began her career as a special educator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Patricia frequently presents at national and international conferences, while also providing consultative services to educators and healthcare providers. She is a member of the Organization for Autism Research's Scientific Council and has served on the Executive Committee for the Friends of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Patricia received her doctorate in Education and her Master of Public Health from the University of Hawaii in 2006. She received her Master of Arts in Special Education degree from San Francisco State University in 1997. 

Dr. Patricia Wright
Vice President, Sales

Summer Allison

Prior to joining Rethink, Summer spent 13 years in various sales roles, including 9 years in the special education sector as an executive. During that time she oversaw sales, implementation, and product design. Summer joined Rethink as the Regional Vice President and leads our national sales team. She is a graduate of Missouri State University with a BA in Political Science and Master in Public Administration.

Summer Allison

Education Advisory Team

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Experts

Ph.D

Christina Cipriano

Dr. Cipriano is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. An Applied Developmental and Educational Psychologist, and Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, her research focuses on serving vulnerable youth through systematic examination of the interactions within their homes, schools, and communities to promote pathways to optimal developmental outcomes. She is currently a Service Learning Fellow and Community Engaged Research Scholar at the University of Massachusetts, where she directs a team of student and faculty researchers committed to improving outcomes for students and teachers in classrooms serving students with special learning needs. Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience working in classrooms with diverse student and teacher populations, providing training to teachers and support staff, and direct instruction to students. Dr. Cipriano is the Principle Investigator of several funded research to practice projects and regularly disseminates her science in both academic journals and professional development workshops for pre-service and in-service educators and school personnel. Dr, Cipriano completed three years of post-doctoral training at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and received her Ph.D. from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice from the Boston College Law School. At Rethink, Dr. Cipriano currently serves as the Project Manager for the evidence-based SEL solution including training, assessment, and classroom management tool across all tiers of learning (Tier 1, 2, & 3). She directs program design, content writing, and assessment methodology, and recruits and supervises a larger team of content creators.

Christina Cipriano
Ph.D

Susan E. Rivers

Susan E. Rivers, PhD, a social psychologist, is an expert in social and emotional learning. She earned her doctorate at Yale University where she served on the research faculty in the Department of Psychology and co-founded the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and several social and emotional learning curricula for preschool through middle school grades. She currently serves as Executive Director and Chief Scientist of iThrive Games at Centerstone Research Institute. iThrive Games is a nonprofit committed to empowering youth to thrive using great games. Susan oversees the strategic direction for iThrive Games and fosters the development of programs and a cooperative ecosystem of youth, game developers, researchers, parents, mental health experts, and investors and donors. She uses her expertise in emotional intelligence to enhance the social and emotional well-being of adolescents by accelerating the development and widespread adoption of interactive, evidence-based digital products. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband and three children.

Susan E. Rivers
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