The Learning Center for the Deaf Partners with Innivee Strategies, Inc. to Lead Superintendent Search

Framingham, MA — The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC), a pioneer in Deaf education American Sign Language/English bilingual instruction, announces its partnered with Innivee Strategies, Inc., a Deaf-owned and led firm that provides executive search services, to support the search for the next Superintendent of Marie Philip School (MPS). TLC’s Pre-K-12+ day school, MPS enrolls nearly 200 deaf and hard of hearing students on its Framingham campus.  

Home to two world-class schools serving deaf and hard of hearing students, TLC is an internationally-recognized, multi-service agency and is the largest provider of services benefiting deaf and hard of hearing children and adults–and families–in New England. “The Learning Center has continuously broken ground over the past 50 years, making it a truly inspiring place to work,”said TLC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Sarah Glenn-Smith. “As I look to what lies ahead, I see a continued commitment to further enhance the quality of our education, mental health, advocacy, audiological, and interpreting services, while also working to become a more equitable organization throughout.”

The search process is being supported by a superintendent search committee consisting of TLC staff, parents, and students. The search committee members were selected to represent the full breadth of the TLC community, and will be guided by the Innivee Strategies team throughout the search and selection process. The members of the search committee are:

  • Karen Bishop, Chief Operating Officer
  • Kyle Amber Clark, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, and MPS Parent
  • Isidore Niyongabo, Chief People Officer
  • Chris Kaftan, Director of Student Services
  • Toni Amirati, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Elisa Valles, Director of Walden Community Services
  • Andrew Veith, Director of TLC Interpreting Services
  • Dr. Lydia Colon, Audiology Clinic Director
  • Dr. Glenda Savitz, TLC Board Member, and MPS Parent

The committee will also include student and parent representatives from the MPS and Walden School communities.

“Innivee Strategies, Inc. has long admired The Learning Center for the Deaf and is excited to be part of the MPS superintendent search,” said Shane Feldman, CEO of Innivee Strategies. “TLC has had a tremendous impact on the lives of Deaf and hard of hearing people throughout New England since its founding. We will work closely with TLC and the search committee to engage the community in the process that will bring a new leader to MPS.”

For more information about the MPS Superintendent search, please monitor the dedicated TLC MPS superintendent search page, the Innivee Strategies website, as well as the TLC and Innivee Strategies social media pages. 

Individuals interested in this role are asked to inquire with Innivee Strategies at [email protected]. Community members are also encouraged to recommend qualified candidates using the email above.

About The Learning Center for the Deaf

The 2020 Metrowest Nonprofit Partner of the Year, 2019 Outstanding Organization of the Year by MCDHH, and two-year winner as Best Audiologist in Metrowest, The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) is a nationally-recognized leader in educational, therapeutic, and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults and one of the largest private employers of Deaf individuals in the Massachusetts. The organization honors and celebrates Deaf culture through bilingual-bicultural education; linguistically accessible and culturally-responsive service provision; audiology and hearing aid services; public school consultation; professional consultation and training; Deaf community events; ​interpreting services and more. For more information visit

About Innivee Strategies, Inc.

Innivee Strategies provides a systemic framework for organizations to facilitate a strong strategic direction toward the desired vision. Our services include Executive Search & Transition, Governance Training & Consulting, Strategic Planning, Executive Support Systems, Leadership Development, and Guided Facilitation. Please visit our website at to learn about our clients and their testimonies about how our services have benefited their organizations.