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The mission of Project 5000 Opinions is to engage Delaware’s citizens on behalf of every child’s right to a great public school.

What's Project 5000 Opinions About?

P5KO was created by citizens concerned about public education in Delaware. The oversight committee consists of members with diverse backgrounds but a common goal: to provide a way for Delaware citizens to have their opinions about public education heard.

Our Oversight Committee

Our Oversight Committee

Caridad Alonso

Caridad Alonso is an 18-year veteran teacher in the Delaware public school system. She holds both a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Delaware and a Reading Specialist certificate. She brings expertise in the areas of reading, special education, English Language Learners, and dual language. She has extensive experience differentiating reading instruction in both a traditional and dual language program within the Response to Intervention Model. Additionally, she served as the K-5 English Language Learner Support Specialist for the Red Clay School District, providing research-based professional development to teachers to advance English Language Learners’ social and academic language acquisition.

Caridad is a co-founder of three bilingual schools in Delaware including The Spanish Garden, Las Americas Aspira Charter School, and La Academia Antonia Alonso Expeditionary Learning and Dual Language Charter School, opening in the fall of 2014. In addition, she is a part-time certified facilitator for Expeditionary Learning, providing professional development to districts this summer in New York and Kansas implementing the 3-8 English Language Arts Common Core aligned curriculum modules.

She is the recipient of several awards including Delaware State Teacher of the Year (2007); Red Clay Consolidated District Teacher of the Year (2007); Teacher of Excellence Award, Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education (2007); Distinguished Hispanic Delawarean Award, Latin Community Center (2007); University of Delaware CHEP Outstanding Alumni Award (2007); and Superstars in Education Award, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (2002).

Thomas H. Kovach

Thomas H. Kovach is a Special Counsel at A.M. Saccullo Legal, the founder and director of Assist & Inspire Delaware, Inc., and an Adjunct Professor at Wilmington University.

Tom's legal practice is focused in the areas of commercial and corporate litigation, mediation, intellectual property litigation and environmental law. His environmental work focuses on brownfields transactions, compliance, administrative issues and litigation. Tom is a past chair of the Litigation Section and Environmental Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. He has served as an attorney coach for the Delaware High School Mock Trial program for the past 12 years.

Tom is the past President of the New Castle County Council, where he served from 2011-2012. Tom also served as a State Representative from 2009-2010, representing Eastern Brandywine. While in the State House, Tom served on the Education Committee and the non-partisan Kid's caucus, in addition to other committees.

Since leaving elected office, Tom has continued his commitment to public service by starting a nonprofit, Assist & Inspire Delaware, Inc., to provide encouragement and guidance to Delaware nonprofits and small businesses serving others. Tom also serves on the boards of Goodwill of Delaware and Boy Scouts of America for the Del-Mar-Va Council (he is an Eagle Scout).

At Wilmington University, Tom is a member of the Adjunct Faculty, teaching classes in the Legal Studies and Government and Public Policy Programs. Tom also serves on the Advisory Boards for the Legal Studies and Government and Public Policy Programs.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Delaware, and a Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law.

Tom and his wife Sandi, who holds a degree in Early Childhood Education, have three school-aged children who attend Delaware public schools.

Leroy A. Tice

Leroy A. Tice, Esquire, is a Delaware native and proud alumnus of Delaware State University where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. Mr. Tice earned his Juris Doctor from the Seton Hall University School of Law where he served as a Public Interest Fellow in Columbia, South Carolina, performing death penalty appellate work, and as a Teaching Fellow in Seton Hall's Academic Support Program, concentrating on Constitutional Law.

Mr. Tice is licensed in Delaware and New Jersey. He currently practices in the areas of personal injury, workers' compensation, and criminal defense. Mr. Tice also currently serves as counsel for the Delaware House of Representatives’ Democratic Caucus.

His current non-legal affiliations include the Delaware State University Board of Trustees; Wilmington Hope Commission Advisory Board; East Side Charter School Board; and Innovative Schools Board of Directors.

Rod Ward

Rodman Ward III is president and chief executive officer of Corporation Service Company® (CSC®). A fourth-generation descendant of one of the company's founders, Ward served on the CSC board for more than 15 years prior to his election as CEO in April 2010.

Prior to that, Ward was president and chief executive officer of Speakman Company, a premier supplier of faucets, showerheads, and related fixtures to the plumbing trade. He serves today as chairman of Speakman's board of directors and is past president of PMI, the leading trade associating for supply manufacturers. Ward held previous roles at Snap-on Inc., FMC Corporation, and Credit Suisse.

In civic life, Ward serves on the boards of the Delaware Public Policy Institute and the Rodel Foundation of Delaware. He is the board vice chair of East Side Charter School & Learning Center and a member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization, as well as a board member of the World Affairs Council of Wilmington and the Delaware Theater Company. Ward holds a B.S. in Geology and Economics from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife, Gina, and their three children, Carolyn, Julia, and Robby.

Kiran Clements

Kiran Clements owns an insurance agency in Dover after retiring from Prudential Financial, where she worked as an insurance and financial representative for 21 years. She served on the Capital School District Board of Education for five years (2007-2012) as a member, vice-president, and president. She was Capital’s board representative for the Race to the Top, Vision 2015, and the Partnership Zone. She received the 2013 Capital School District VIP (Very Involved Partner) Award for her work on the Partnership Zone Committee.

She currently serves as community member on the executive planning committee for all construction projects in the Capital School District, including the new Dover High School. She also served on the legislative committee and board of directors for the Delaware School Boards Association, and as a board member of the Murphey School in Dover. She is past president of Soroptimist International of Dover, and a member of the Indo-U.S. Society of Delaware.

Ms. Clements holds a BA (Hons.) in History and Political Science and an MA in History from the University of Bombay. She also holds an MSc. in Communications from Shippensburg University, and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Ms. Clements has lived in Kent County for 32 years and resides in Dover with her son, Will.

John Hollis

John Hollis is the founder of Sussex Outdoors, Sussex Manager of Community & Government Affairs for Nemours Health & Prevention Services, and former Vice President at the Delaware Community Foundation. Previously, he served as Director at Delaware Technical & Community College. He has also served as an administrator, teacher, coach, and guidance counselor in the Seaford School District. He is an adjunct faculty member at both Wilmington and Salisbury Universities.

John is a graduate of the University of Delaware and earned a Master's degree in counseling from Salisbury University. He is a recipient of the Governor's Volunteer of the Year Award (Gov. Carper) and the Rural Educator of the Year Award. John and his wife live in Seaford.  

A Special Thanks

The P5KO Oversight Committee would like to thank Erik Raser-Schramm and The Twelve Seven Group for their work on Project 5000 Opinions.

Read Erik's Bio