Meet The Team

Our team is a group of practitioners, thinkers, and creators that are passionate about supporting our Partners and their innovative work in education. We like to question, hustle, and have fun.

Greg Schermbeck

Founder & Principal

Greg Schermbeck is the founder and principal consultant of SchermCo, an education advising and implementation firm. Here’s more about Greg:

  • In October of 2015, he completed the Marshall Memorial Fellowship with the German Marshall Fund.
  • He previously served as Nashville Prep’s (part of RePublic Schools) Founding Dean of Students, Science Department Chair and Director of Innovation.
  • Greg began his career as a Teach For America Corps Member teaching High School Science at West Charlotte High School.
  • He earned his B.A. from the College of Wooster and M.Ed. from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
  • Greg’s dream is that one-day Boyz II Men & Bruce Springsteen tour together.

Lori Schermbeck

Director of Operations

Lori Schermbeck serves as the Director of Operations. Here’s more about Lori:

  • Yes, she’s Greg’s Momma.
  • She’s also the proud mother of twin boys, Kyle and David Schermbeck.
  • Lori has worked in various capacities for Target, Kohl’s, and other organizations.
  • When not directing operations at SchermCo, Lori can be found crocheting or attending football games.
  • Lori once made 20+ of her world famous apple pies for one of her son’s weddings.

Alex Abisch

Director of Strategic Implementation

Alex serves as the Director of Strategic Implementation. Learn more about Alex:

  • She is an art therapist turned business developer with a passion for innovation in education.
  • In 2012, she earned a merit scholarship to George Washington University, where she obtained her Masters of Art Therapy and Counseling.
  • In 2018, she transitioned into corporate relations at The Arts and Science Council.
  • Currently serves as the President of the Board of Lorien Academy of the Arts, where they work to create upward mobility through the arts.

Jia Lin-Bothe

Family Empowerment Associate

Jia serves as our full-time Family Empowerment Associate. Learn more about Jia:

  • Born in a farming village in the Pearl River Delta, in China.
  • In college, she studied architecture and learned to think critically about how there are always multiple ways to solve problems.
  • In June 2019, she started working with the SchermCo team as a Special Projects Fellow.
  • She will create opportunities to ensure parents and families feel comfortable at school events and become an active advocate for their students.

Ana Cunningham

Project Associate

Ana provides project management and capacity building support for our school focused initiatives. Learn more about Ana:

  • In 2015, she raised over $5,500 with ten amazing students to visit Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee to broaden college academic horizons
  • Ana began her career in education as a 2012 Teach for America Corps Member and has remained at her placement school–Phillip O. Berry Academy–for the past six years
  • Ana earned her B.A. from Northwestern University with a double major in English and Political Science
  • Ana’s favorite quotation stems from William Somerset Maugham’s novel The Painted Veil— “I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.”
  • Ana is a proud parent to young Cody–a beagle-hound mix she rescued in April 2017.

Katie Schermbeck

Design Associate

Katie serves as the Design Associate. Here’s more about Katie:

  • Born and raised in North Carolina, Katie loves her home state and is proud to have graduated from Appalachian State University (‘12) and then started her career in education as a 2013 Teach For America corps member in Charlotte, NC.
  • In pure Enneagram 9 fashion, she has many identities but holds a few closest to her heart: wife, daughter, sister, writer, artist, and friend.
  • Over the course of the last 8 years, Katie has worked for many educational equity-based non-profits that include: Breakthrough Collaborative, UrbanPromise Charlotte, Citizen Schools, and Teach For America.
  • And yes, she’s also a Schermbeck as of 2015 and adores her “in-loves.”

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