The Team

Donna Lasinski

Donna Lasinski is the award winning author of the Parent Guide to Summer  and the ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program. Donna’s passion is to reduce the achievement gap while building bridges between home and school. Donna’s research based summer skill retention curriculum was honored as a finalist for the National Summer Learning Excellence Award, 2012. A longtime education advocate, Lasinski has served as an appointee of the governor in the state of Michigan for the Early Learning Advisory Board, and holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a BBA from the University of Michigan. She currently is an elected Board of Education Trustees for Ann Arbor Public Schools and continues to advocate for quality education funding .

Amy Pachera

Amy joined Donna at ThinkStretch in 2010. Amy’s passion for education, desire to improve the lives of children struggling socially or economically combined with her business background, have made this a perfect match. Amy received her BBA from Central Michigan University and worked for EDS in leadership in CRM (customer relationship management) for 12 years. Amy is very active in her community, within in her school district, church and at Peace Neighborhood Center serving as President board of directors for the past several years.

Denise Murphy

Denise Murphy is the co-author of the upcoming Parent Guide to School.  Her recent work as a Title One teacher and Reading Interventionist has been both rewarding and challenging. Denise finds great pleasure in helping her students discover the joy of learning. Denise lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and three children.

Kate Chapman

Kate is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education. She has a degree in elementary education with endorsements in reading and math. In addition to math curriculum writing for ThinkStretch, Kate works as a Title One Tutor at Allen Elementary in Ann Arbor.