Alyson Lerma


Dr. Alyson Lerma has worked in various federal programs roles for more than a decade, both at the district and state levels. She has served as a district supervisor in large school systems in Tennessee, as well as the Director of ESEA and IDEA Monitoring at the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE). Dr. Lerma developed the three tier risk-based monitoring system currently in use at TDOE and spear-headed a state-wide initiative to restructure the Title I, Neglected and Delinquent Program in Tennessee. She currently serves as the Director of Grants Development and Management in the second largest school district in the state with more than 81,000 students and various charter and non-public schools. In addition, she has applied successfully for multiple federal grants and her team is responsible for overseeing various state and federal grants. Her workstreams and role also include the district Title II program director and equitable services liaison. She holds elected positions in two state-wide organizations, M.A.S.S. (for the state's largest school system) and TAFPA (for federal programs administrators in TN). Michael White has worked in MNPS for two decades, beginning his career in education as a classroom teacher. He has served as a Title I school facilitator and currently is the Title I Director. He works closely with the district local finance team, as MNPS has student-based budgeting (weighted student budgeting). Mr. White oversees a team of school-level facilitators who support the district's 130+ Title I schools. Krista Davis serves as the Program Evaluation Analyst in the Research, Assessment, and Evaluation office in MNPS. She has experience in federal programs, federal accountability and assessment, as well as in the private sector, having conducted research at American University, McRel Institute, Centerstone Research Institute, and more. Krista designs correlational studies to help determine return on investment for Title-funded initiatives (among many other things).