Professional Support

ELA currently retains the services of several independent contractors for the professional support of its programs and operations:

Interim Executive Director 

Hutton head shotTom Hutton, Education Adjuncts LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii 

A long-time ELA member and an independent consultant to charter school authorizers, school districts, and other education stakeholders, Tom Hutton accepted the part-time, contractual position as ELA's Interim Executive Director in August of 2019, tasked with helping to reposition ELA for a bright future. Tom is a former school attorney who served in-house with the National School Boards Association and its Council of School Attorneys and later in private practice in Seattle. He had been a co-founder as a law student of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School, a law-themed high school in the District of Columbia, more recently served as the first executive director of the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission, a statewide authorizing agency, and currently serves on the governing board of Wai'alae Elementary Public Charter School in Honolulu. During his career he has been a frequent speaker, writer, and news media source, as well as a sometime adjunct professor of education law, most recently at Indiana University Bloomington. Tom was educated in public schools in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Colorado, went to Connecticut College, holds a graduate certificate in public administration from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. 

Publications Support 

Pam HardyPam Hardy, Publications Consultant, Cleveland, Ohio

Pam Hardy had a marketing and copy editing career in the publishing industry before joining ELA as its Publications Specialist, where for seven years she supported ELA's publications and periodicals before becoming an independent contractor in October, 2019. She continues to provide these supports and others to ELA on a part-time basis during ELA's reorganization. Pam earned her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.

Administrative Support

Pat PetruskyPat Petrusky, Data and Bookkeeping Assistant, North Royalton, Ohio

Pat Petrusky served for seven years as ELA's Member Services Administrator before becoming an independent contractor and then obtaining full-time employment elsewhere. However, she continues to provide much-needed help to ELA and its members on the side as available and needed. Pat earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.