Welcome, New Distinctive Schools Board Members!

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Sara Ray Stoelinga, PHD and Chuala Gupta to the Distinctive Schools National Board! We are committed to bringing together brilliant, forward thinking individuals to help Distinctive Schools continue to be practice leaders, and innovative thinkers.

Dr. Sara Ray Stoelinga is the President and CEO of Easterseals, serving Chicagoland and Rockford, an organization specializing in early childhood education and support for special education and people with disabilities. Dr. Stoelinga also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to her role at Easterseals, she was the Sara Liston Spurlark Director of the Urban Education Institute, a 500 employee, $50M operating organization focused on urban education. Dr. Stoelinga also served as a Clinical Professor at the University of Chicago, teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Stoelinga is a Board member and an Officer on several non-profit Boards both in Chicago and Nationally. Dr. Stoelinga received a B.A., MA and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Chuala Gupta serves as Vice President and Chief Program Officer at Digital Promise, where she leads the team responsible for Digital Promise’s award-winning and heavily utilized Learner Variability Platform and Navigator. Gupta brings two decades of experience in public education and social innovation. She serves on the board of GirlTrek, a national health movement serving over a million Black women and on the board of Chapin Hall, nationally reputed pioneer in child and youth development research at the University of Chicago. Most recently she founded Teach For America’s Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative, which coached alumni entrepreneurs to push the boundaries for change through innovative solutions to education challenges. She graduated from Mumbai University with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications engineering and received a master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University.