Global Learning, Inc.

Board Trustee

         James Cronin is an Elementary School Teacher of  Math and Science in Chatham, NJ.  

         Jim received  his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University and received his Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

         from  the University of Virginia. He is an active volunteer with the  Great Swamp Watershed Association Stream  Team 

         (2010 to present) and the Chatham Jaycees (1994 to present). Jim has been the Director for a Summer Children's

         program at Noe Pond, Chatham, NJ (1999 to present) and has served on the Noe Pond Board of Directors as President.

         Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Board.

Susan L. Wagoner,  MS is an Education Specialist for Instructional Technology with Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia, the 11th largest school district in the United States serving 184,635 students. Working with the Career and Technical Education Team in the Instructional Services Department, Mrs. Wagoner applies a systems view to integrating technology with instruction; bringing related resources, professional development, and other support to educators. In 2011, she graduated from the highly selective FCPS Leadership Development Cohort. Mrs. Wagoner was a Finalist for the 2010 Support Employee of the Year award, and graduated from the competitive FCPS Management Development Cohort that same year. As a School Based Technology Specialist at the elementary level prior to joining administration, she is experienced integrating technology with instruction to meet the common core and electives PreK-12. Mrs. Wagoner is an experienced trainer, coach, and mentor to educators using data and best practices to inform decisions. She is a current member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Women in Technology (WIT).

Board Trustee Emeritus

Erik Yates  is currently teaching in an International School in Dubai. He has served as  a Vice-Principal in New Providence, NJ, a  Supervisor of Math, Science, and Technology in Readington Township, NJ , an elementary teacher and middle school teacher in Chatham NJ and is Global Learning's  Program Director of the STEAM Summer Teacher Institute K-5.  As a member of the Global Learning team, Erik brings 23 years of experience as a photojournalist, flight instructor, teacher, and technology curriculum coordinator to S.T.E.M. development and teacher education.  He attended Bates College and SUNY at Buffalo, and Erik's graduate work was conducted at The College of New Jersey, Rutgers University, and NJEXCEL. His international teaching experience includes two years at the Tianjin International School in Tianjin, China, and he can regularly be seen zipping from rocket launches to solar car challenges in his Ural sidecar motorcycle.

Jim Kelly:   Jim Kelly received his BA from New Jersey City University in 1972 and his MA from Montclair University in 1984.  He is the published author of two books on education:  Student-Centered Teaching for Increased Participation, 1985, NEA Publishing and In Search of Leadership, 2008,  He is also the author of a work of fiction: The Lost Treasure, A Bobby Holmes Mystery, available on He is the recipient of the 1990 Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award and the 2007 NJPSA Principal of the Year Award for Visionary Leadership.  He received a 2006 Dodge Grant to sail the coast of Maine and discuss educational issues with Roland Barth, founder of the Harvard Principal’s Center and a world leader in the field of education.  He opened the Lafayette School in Chatham in 1995, a 4/5 intermediate public school,  and retired from that post in 2007.  He lives at home in Sea Girt with his wife Bronwen and three children: a son who graduated from Bucknell University, a son who graduated from the University of Richmond, and a daughter who graduated from Boston University and is now a teacher.

Board Trustee

Peter B Maulbeck:   Corporate Controller- Sun Orchard Juicery, Miami Florida. Previously-Director - Finance at AarhusKarlshamn USA Inc. a subsidiary of a public company, AarhusKarlshamn AB, listed on the Swedish NASDAQ. The company operates 3 facilities in the USA in Port Newark, NJ; Hillside, NJ; and Louisville, KY. The company processes imported vegetable oils for customers in the food industry and principally confectionary (chocolate) and bakery products. Plant processes vegetable oils utilizing hydrogenation, interesterification & deodorization. This operation has been expanded to a flaking operation (Louisville) and a food service operation (Hillside, NJ). Currently the company is instrumental in the creation of healthful products by the elimination of “trans” fats from food products or the reduction of saturated fats in food products.
       Peter is a graduate of Rutgers College (Psychology). He obtained an MBA from the Rutgers School of Management and joined Arthur Young & Co., a CPA firm, in Newark, NJ.  He then moved to KPMG and became a senior audit manager at their Short Hills NJ office.  He was a specialist in Food, Commodities and Defense Contracting.  My clients included AarhusKarlshamn USA Inc., Arcadian Corporation, Wakefern Foods, Heraeus Corporation, Crompton & Knowles Corporation and Diagnostic/Retrieval Systems.
        During Peter's time with KPMG, he worked with AarhusKarlshamn USA Inc. during its plant building phase in Port Newark. Arcadian was the spin-off of the liquid fertilizer business of Allied Chemicals with a plant in Geismar, LA and was ultimately sold in a private placement. Wakefern Foods is the procurement/warehousing operation of ShopRite Stores with major warehousing operations in NY and NJ. Heraeus is the manufacturer of technical equipment requiring precious metals (gold, silver and platinum). Crompton & Knowles was a public company and manufacturer of dyes & chemicals in the Eastern USA. Diagnostic/Retrieval is a public company and manufacturer of submarine-hunting equipment for the US Navy. This experience provided a broad base in manufacturing, commodities and public reporting.
Public service includes Treasurer for Global Learning Inc. and Chairman of the Finance Council at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.


Board Trustee

President of the Board-  * Honorary Lifetime Board Member

Executive Director

Board of Directors

Shay Coleman   is currently the Executive Director of Global Learning, Inc. Shay is also an  Elementary School Teacher of Math , Science  and Social Studies in Chatham, NJ with additional certification as a Curriculum Supervisor and has taught Problem Based Strategies for teaching Elementary Mathematics as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, for the Graduate Education Program. Shay has a Masters in Teacher Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an Undergraduate Degree in the Sciences from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. Shay is a member of NJSTA (New Jersey Science Teachers Association) , NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). and the NJEA (New Jersey Education Association).  She resides in Chatham with her husband  Richard Coleman, a Senior Project Manager in  Commercial Real Estate in NYC. They have three grown daughters: a daughter who graduated  from Middlebury College and holds a Masters Degree in Commercial Real Estate,  a daughter who graduated from Moravian College with a Mathematics Degree currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration; both currently work in NYC  and a daughter with a B.S in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, currently attending University of Colorado at Boulder pursuing her Masters Degree in Renewable Building Energy Systems.

Jon Plaut  was a former Director of Global Environmental Programs for Allied Signal Inc., had taught environmental management as a visiting professor at Penn State, and had adjunct status at Ramapo. He taught at Rutgers University. Jon had a BS in engineering from Penn State, a JD in law from Georgetown, and an LLM in international law and an MA in cinema studies from NYU . His passion was working for the environment and climate change issues. He retired from environmental law.  Jon was a Presidential appointee (Clinton), with Senate confirmation, to the NAFTA Environmental Commission from 1994 to 2002, and was the Chair of the Commission's Joint Public Advisory Committee three times. He served as a trustee of the Summit Public Library. Jon Plaut was the President of the Board of Global Learning for many years serving as one of it's founders. Jon is a legend in our organization and his contributions, passion, unending optomism, sense of humor and pragmatic spirit  is surely missed.

* Deceased