Eric Premack

Executive Director & Founder


Eric Premack is the founding Director of CSDC. For over 20 years, Premack has played a leading role in the development and spread of chartered schools, including helping to draft and implement chartered schools policy in over 25 states, at the federal level, and overseas. He has developed groundbreaking charter school policy, planning, implementation, oversight ... Read more

Stephanie Schwuchow

Director of Operations

Stephanie Schwuchow is the Director of Operations at the Charter Schools Development Center (CSDC) and has been involved in the charter school movement for over 15 years. Stephanie oversees all finance and operations, and leads the planning and execution of CSDC’s school leadership trainings, client services, and organizational strategy. Stephanie has written key grants that played a critical role in CSDC’s organizational development, and served as a lead grant-writer for our charter school clients. Additionally, Stephanie spearheaded CSDC’s first ... Read more

Beryl Nelson



Recently retired from CSDC, Beryl Nelson periodically supports CSDC in a consulting capacity. Prior to her retirement, Beryl was CSDC's Accountability Services Manager and worked with charter schools and their granting agencies on issues of accountability, particularly in the areas of educational programs, governance, and operations. She worked on more than 50 School Quality Reviews as part of CSDC teams, including reviews of schools participating in the Public Charter Schools Grant Program. Prior to joining CSDC, Nelson had extensive experience with charter schools, improving educational programs for low-performing schools, and programs serving English language learners. Nelson has also ... Read more

Susanne Coie

School Accountability and Development Specialist


Susanne Coie is the School Accountability and Development Specialist at the Charter Schools Development Center (CSDC). Coie is CSDC's point person for resources to new charter school developers. She assists with charter petition reviews; financial plan development; charter schools law, regulation and best practices; grant reviews; governing board development; and more. Her expertise includes education program, budgeting, and ... Read more

Caitlin O'Halloran

Charter School Governance and Policy Specialist


Caitlin O’Halloran began her career working for legislators in the California State Assembly and later in the Senate. She also served as a committee consultant and a lobbyist during the more than two decades she helped craft public policy. Additionally, during her career in public service, she worked on behalf of county governments and the California Department of Education. O’Halloran staffed bills related to education and human services, including, AB 602 (1997), a landmark special education funding ... Read more

Jennifer McQuarrie

Education Law and Policy Specialist


Jennifer McQuarrie is working with CSDC, while simultaneously operating her own law practice in Northern California. She specializes in charter school representation and employment litigation. Ms. McQuarrie has been practicing law for 16 years. Prior to opening her own practice where she represents charter schools throughout the state, she was the Legal Counsel for ... Read more

Leslie Loy

Training and Events Coordinator

Leslie Loy helps organize and implement CSDC’s training workshops and conference. She has a vested interest in education as a path of critical personal development and has committed much of her life to both primary and secondary educational opportunities, mostly in the private sector. She has a background in ... Read more

Anna Shchur

Business Manager

Anna Shchur is CSDC’s Business Manager. She previously worked as a Staff Accountant at Health Resources Inc. as well as a Tax Preparer in Evansville, Indiana. Anna received her B.S. in Accounting from ... Read more

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