DoDEA Staff Biographies

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  • Thomas M. Brady, Chief, Education Partnership and Resources Department of Defense Education Activity
    ETAC SEL Publication April 2017

    Thomas M. Brady is the Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Mr. Brady became the Director on March 12, 2014. As DoDEA’s Director, Mr. Brady has oversight of all Defense Department K-12 schools, both stateside and overseas. DoDEA operates 166 schools in 8 districts, serving more than 72,000 students. Mr. Brady has extensive experience as an educational leader, most recently as a former Superintendent of Providence (RI) Public Schools. Prior to his leadership of Providence Public Schools, he was the Chief Executive Officer for the School District of Philadelphia, and Chief Operating Officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools. Under Mr. Brady’s leadership of Providence Public Schools, the largest district in Rhode Island serving more than 24,000 students in 45 schools, student achievement and proficiency improved in mathematics, science, and reading. He also introduced a new district-wide math and science curricula; opened two new schools; created a comprehensive reform plan for the city’s most underperforming schools; and revised teacher hiring protocols. Faced with operational budget deficits in the School District of Philadelphia, the eighth largest school system in the country, serving nearly 200,000 students in more than 260 schools, Mr. Brady initiated and began implementation of strategic and business plans that reduced operating budget shortfalls nearly 90%. As the Chief Operating Officer for the District of Columbia (DC) Public Schools, a system with more than 75,000 students and over 200 schools, he secured more than $3.1 billion for capital improvements over a ten-year period. He was also instrumental in revamping the DC Public Schools’ food and nutrition program. Serving as the Chief Operating Officer for Fairfax County Public Schools, the 12th largest school system in the United States with more than 180,000 students, Mr. Brady led the school system’s human resources, finance, facilities, transportation services, and information technology divisions. Mr. Brady’s commitment to public service is not limited to the education sector. He served as a commissioned officer for 25 years in the United States Army. Highlights of his military career include serving as the Commanding Officer, Fort Belvoir, VA, and a battalion commander at Fort Benning, GA. Prior to his selection as DoDEA’s new director, Mr. Brady was a senior advisor with Alvarez and Marsal’s public sector services team where he led the education team in assisting states and local school districts restore fiscal sustainability, budget reform, and operational improvements. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of GEMS Education. Mr. Brady earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education (Social Sciences) from Niagara University in New York and his Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University in California. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy. DoDEA schools have played a significant role in Mr. Brady’s family. His wife attended DoDEA schools as have all of his children and two of his grandchildren.

  • Kathleen Facon, Chief, Education Partnership and Resources Department of Defense Education Activity
    Charter Schools Brief

    As the Chief of the Education Partnership and Resources Division within the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Kathleen Facon is responsible for leading DoDEA’s efforts to champion quality educational opportunities for military children in public schools by supporting military-connected local educational agencies (LEAs). Additionally, she is responsible for overseeing the policy and management of the Non-Department of Defense School Program (NDSP), which provides support and funding for the education of authorized command-sponsored dependents of military members and Department of Defense civilian employees assigned to overseas areas without DoDEA schools. Over the past 27 years, Ms. Facon has served in various capacities in support of military child and youth development, early education, national accreditation systems, partnerships, parent education and involvement, curriculum programming, youth education support and exceptional family member programs. She has held leadership positions at the Marine Corps Headquarters in Virginia and on Marine Corps and Army installations in California and Germany. Ms. Facon, a native of California, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Facon has been awarded the Commander’s Medal for Civilian Service and the Army Achievement Medal for Superior Civilian Service. Also, Ms. Facon has received twice, commendation from the Department of Navy for civilian service.

  • Jennifer Dailey-Perkins, Education Partnership and Resource Specialist Department of Defense Education Activity
    Strategy Boosters

    As the Educational Partnership and Resource Specialist within the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Jennifer Dailey-Perkins is responsible for establishing and nurturing networks, collaborative efforts, and coordinating agency outreach to champion quality educational opportunities for military children in public schools. Major components of her duties include serving as DoDEA’ s Grant Program Manager responsible for the oversight of over $500 million in grant funding to schools serving highly military impacted school districts throughout the United States. These grant funds directly impact over 600,000 military-connected students and over 2.1 million public school students. Additionally, she serves as the technical advisor to the Department of Defense (DoD) Ex-Officio member to the National Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, whose membership includes all 50 states, DC and DoDEA committed to addressing key educational transition issues encountered by military-connected school aged children. Mrs. Dailey-Perkins holds a Post-Graduate certificate in Strategic Planning and Urban Policy from Walden University, a Master in Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University (OH), and is a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management, Graduate School USA Executive Leadership Program. Prior to arriving at DoDEA in 2012, Mrs. Dailey-Perkins served in various federal capacities for more than a decade in support of military child education. She has held positions throughout the DoD to include aboard, providing exemplary civilian service as a regional and major command School Liaison Officer. Mrs. Dailey-Perkins, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is a proud soccer mom, and the wife of a post 9-11, Air Force veteran.

  • Vanessa Hardnett, Grant Program Analyst Department of Defense Education Activity
    Math Brief

    As the Grant Program Analyst for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Education Partnership and Resource Branch, Vanessa Hartnett oversees the financial reporting controls for over 400 Grants to Local Educational Agencies for Military-Connected Academic and Support Programs. These grant funds directly impact over 600,000 militaryconnected students and over 2.1 million public school students. Major components of her duties include working with the DoDEA Grant Program Manager to oversee internal controls to provide assurance that applicable federal administrative and clerical responsibilities associated with DoDEA grant terms and conditions are properly conducted in an efficient, accurate, and timeliness manner. Additionally, she works with over 1,000 school districts nationwide to provide recommendations and technical assistance on ways to ensure successful grant implementation. Prior to arriving at DoDEA in 2013, Ms. Hardnett served in various federal capacities for more than two decades in support of military service members and their families. She has held positions throughout the federal government to include overseas assignments with the Department of the Army and the Department of Air Force. She has also served in federal positions with the Defense Logistics Agency and Department of Interior. Throughout her career, she has received several DoD and federal performance awards to include the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Superior Performance and numerous Certificate of Commendations and Recognitions.

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