Meet the Team

Austin Sroka, Montclair Center Director

Austin’s professional experience has been focused in the areas of education, human services and small business development. Managing a family-owned business, Austin was involved with day-to-day operations and customer service at a flower shop. Austin has also worked as a program instructor at an after-school program providing reading and math support to struggling students, leveraging an educational technology platform. Most recently, Austin was a resident counselor at a transitional housing program based in New York City. He is passionate about the fusion of education and technology to impact student engagement and learning in the digital world. Austin graduated from Fairfield University with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences.

Kimberly Williams Manis, Parent Outreach

Kimberly has spent the density of her professional career in education and financial services, with technology serving as a common thread. She most recently completed a Certificate in Future Commerce (FinTech) with MIT and was invited to serve as an Adjunct Professor in Business Analysis for Fairleigh Dickinson’s Supply Chain Management program. Kim also holds an MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, as well having completed graduate-level coursework at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. She resides in Verona with her two children and devotes time to fundraising for The Lustgarten Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Mike Halbert, Co-founder

Mike has spent the past 10+ years leading development teams in the investment banking industry. His experience is focused around building and managing strong software development teams and delivering solid software with an intuitive and engaging user experience. He has been in the IT industry for over 20 years and has been developing software and leading programs of change for most of his career. Mike is passionate about software and optimization of the development process. He holds a BS in Meteorology from North Carolina State University.

Jamie Pagliaro, Co-founder

Jamie has spent the past 20+ years working in the field of education. He started his career tutoring and managing programs for young children with autism. From there, he went on to start the first public charter school for children with autism in New York City, and then co-founded an innovative educational technology company that focuses on inclusive education in public schools. He earned his MBA from Villanova University and BA with honors in Psychology from Wesleyan University.

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