Home Office Team
Andrew E. Boy
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Andrew E. Boy is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at the United Schools Network (USN). Boy began his career as a teacher at W.E.B. DuBois Academy, an urban charter school in Cincinnati. He served as the science lab director and designed the school’s science program and vastly improved students’ proficiency scores. During Andrew’s time with this school district he was twice awarded Ohio’s charter school Teacher of the Year, he facilitated several mentoring relationships between students and various Cincinnati professionals, and the academy earned Ohio’s top rating for academic performance.
In 2006, Andrew began the competitive Building Excellent Schools Fellowship where he received extensive training on charter school founding and leadership, and best practices in urban education. He completed the BES Fellowship and opened Columbus Collegiate Academy (CCA-Main), in 2008. The school, which serves about 240 students in grades 6-8, received an “Excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education in 2012. Recently, CCA-Main also won the Gold Star EPIC award from New Leaders for New Schools for its extraordinary student achievement gains; it was one of only four schools nationwide to win the honor. The school has consistently been one of the top performing public middle schools in Franklin County since opening.
CCA's academic results and Columbus’ need for more high-quality educational options for urban students prompted Boy to open a second middle school, CCA-West Campus, in 2012, and also to form a charter management organization, United Schools Network (USN). USN now operates four schools across Columbus, serving 800 students.
In addition to two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati, Boy holds a master’s in educational administration from Xavier University.
Chief Schools Officer
In her role as Chief Schools Officer for United Schools Network, Kathryn leads and coaches the school directors at the network’s four campuses. Kathryn is instrumental in connecting each school to the development and operational support provided by Home Office and in cultivating meaningful partnerships that enhance the existing programs and enrich the educational experience at each school.
As a former School Director herself, Kathryn led CCA-West (now CCA-Dana) to outstanding academic results. Under her direction, the school grew from 75 students in 2012 to 230 students in 2016. The school was recognized for exceeding expectations in student growth by the Ohio Department of Education, earning a Momentum Award in 2016. Due to the school’s excellent academic results, Columbus Collegiate Academy-West was one of only 13 charter schools in Ohio eligible to apply for the Ohio Facilities Construction Committee grant in 2016; as a result, the school was awarded $1.7 million dollars for facilities updates in 2016.
Kathryn earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Miami University. In 2014, Kathryn was named the “Instructional Leader of the Year” by the Excellent Schools Network, a consortium of 21 high-performing charter networks across the country.
John A. Dues
Chief Learning Officer
John A. Dues is the founding director of the School Performance Institute, a new social enterprise division of the United Schools Network (USN). He also serves as the Chief Learning Officer of USN, a network of high-performing public charter schools in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, he has served as a School Director and Dean of Academics at USN. Under John’s leadership, USN schools have regularly been among the state and nation’s highest performing urban schools. In 2013, John was recognized as the Ohio School Leader of the Year by the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Prior to joining USN, John taught in and led schools in Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; and Cleveland, Ohio.
John graduated with Honors from Miami (OH) University, holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, and is an alumnus of Teach For America. John and his wife Jen are the proud parents of Jack, Allie, and Will.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Dante's career of service began as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Hands On Atlanta. After completing his year of service, Dante went on to work in community programs with different organizations that serve the Atlanta community (Hands On Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity International). In 2008 Dante moved to New York City and began working in the urban education reform space and served as Director of Operations for two different organizations, before returning to his home state of Ohio. Currently Dante lives in Lewis Center with his wife Ashley, and their seven year old daughter, Ella.
As Development Coordinator, Diana Wakim collaborates with schools to provide the best possible funding and programmatic opportunities for students. Prior to joining the United Schools Network team, Diana was an educator at USN’s CCA-Dana campus, where she taught 8th grade reading and writing and served as Grade Level Chair. She was also a 2012 Teach for America corps member in Eastern North Carolina. Ms. Wakim graduated magna cum laude from Ohio University with a degree in Integrated Language Arts Education. During her time at OU, she established her passion for educational policy and reform by conducting, co-authoring, and publishing research exploring student leadership learning. Currently, Diana serves on the Central Ohio Association of Fundraising Professional’s Education Committee and USN’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
External Relations Director
In his role as External Relations Director, Kevin aims to leverage is knowledge and expertise in policy/legislation, marketing/branding and community partnerships to provide as many opportunities to the students of USN. With over 15 years of experience in electoral politics, government, marketing communications and community relations, Kevin's background is well-suited to take USN to the next level. Kevin was born and raised in Columbus, received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys traveling, March Madness working out and teaching olympic lifting. He currently resides in Northwest Columbus with his partner Greg and dog Nigel.
Brett McAdoo is a results-driven operations leader with experience in, and commitment to, operational excellence who provides day-to-day support and compliance oversight to the USN school operations teams. Brett grew up in Northeast Ohio and studied communication and marketing at Miami University. As if growing up a Cleveland sports fan wasn’t hard enough, Brett moved to Columbus in 2013 a University of Michigan football fan to reinvent his career in urban education. In his spare time he enjoys talking about training for half-marathons, eating seasonal candy corn, and debating the merits of the film Forrest Gump. Brett is a firm believer that every child deserves an equal opportunity for an excellent education and that nothing worth having comes easy.
Strategy & Operations Manager
As an integral part of School Performance Institute, Laura merges her passion for creative marketing and design with her experience in brand strategy, and project development and execution. Her goal is to build the SPI brand, helping SPI become a leader in education training, and transforming the lives of disadvantaged students by engaging and motivating educators with SPI’s best practices.
Prior to joining SPI, Laura led creative and account teams as the vice president of Summerfield, a local creative agency. She graduated from Chatham College with degrees in Media and Visual Arts. In 2014, she was recognized as one of Columbus Business First’s "40 Under 40" and is a graduate of Leadership Columbus (Class of 2014). In her free time, Laura enjoys eating her way through many tacos, dancing with her three kids, and traveling with her husband.