President and Founder of Hanley Harper Group, Inc.
Beata Chochla is a woman of two worlds joined by education.
Growing up in Poland, Beata Chochla learned the value of a quality education. In her home country, where education, family and church are revered, Beata learned that with the three in balance everything is possible.
Today, she leads a successful education management company, Hanley Harper Group, Inc. (HHG), whose mission, in part, is to establish schools with a quality curriculum based on national and international standards. She founded HHG, Inc. in 2004 along with her first school, Hanley International Academy.
Her keen business sense was honed as the founder of several successful small businesses including a travel agency, specialized home care services and property management company. Beata also served as a paralegal and a multi-lingual translator interpreting documents and coordinating citizenships programs.
Beata believes that the avenue to prosperity and peace, as Poland has demonstrated, is through education and by working in the community, as she does by volunteering often at her church and with local organizations.
Just as she has experienced success through education, first obtaining her degree in Theology and now pursuing her doctorate degree in Human Psychology and Theology at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland, Beata’s objective is to provide educational opportunities to unite students around the world.
Beata has successfully opened half a dozen of charter schools. She is committed to develop high quality schools and has personal passion and desire to prepare students to be ready for college, work and life.
June Wuopio, Ed.S comes to our organization with over 37 years of education experience. She has been involved in everything from preschool to adult education. She has been a Principal, Central Office administrator, and worked in higher education. June spent eight years at the Oakland University Public School Academy Office providing oversight and accountability for their authorized charter schools.
We are excited to welcome June and to add her experience and expertise in academics and leadership to the rest of our specialized and qualified team of professionals.
Compliance and Reporting Director, Hanley Harper Group, Inc.
Sarah J. Peters is the Human Resource Specialist and Compliance and Reporting Director for the HHG. Sarah joined HHG in the Winter of 2013. Having Studied at Wayne State University in English and Psychology, this is her first career within the charter school sector. Sarah is well versed in union contract negotiations and elections and has an extensive background in customer service.
Director of Payroll and Benefits at HHG Central Office
Maria works closely with the finance department. She assists to make sure each HHG managed school is perfectly prepared for an annual audits. Working for many years as bookkeeper in a facilities maintenance company and providing stellar customer service to employees and vendors makes her a great addition to our team. Maria graduated from the Economy University in Wroclaw, Poland with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Finance. Spending time with her family, she is also a dedicated wife, mother and a grandmother. Her hobbies include reading, traveling and spending time with loved ones.
Dr. Elizabeth Herron-Ruff
Principal, Jefferson International Academy
Dr. Elizabeth Ruff is the founding principal of Jefferson International Academy, a charter school managed by HHG in Waterford, Michigan. Dr. Ruff brings a well-rounded educational background with experience as a classroom teacher, master teacher, administrator, as well as working for an authorizer. In her authorizer role, Dr. Ruff was active in the development of curriculum review processes and procedures to assist school leaders with their curriculum implementation. She also reviewed curriculum and educational programs to ensure compliance with contract reporting and all applicable law. Previously, Dr. Ruff served as interim administrator and master teacher at the Life Skills Center of Pontiac, a technology-based charter school serving at-risk high school students. She was also the Principal-Teacher at the Johnnie John Sr. School, Crooked Creek, Alaska, a rural K-12 school.
Dr. Ruff earned her Doctorate Degree at Central Michigan University in 2013. Her dissertation, A Case Study Examining the Implementation of a Curricular Innovation in a K-12 School, focused on curricular implementation and the role of the school leader. Dr. Ruff holds a Master’s Degree in education with an emphasis on educational technology from the University of Alaska, Southeast, and a Master’s Degree from The Master’s College. Her Bachelor Degrees are from the University of Michigan and William Tyndale College, respectively. Dr. Ruff is also a certified coach with the Alliance for Building Capacity in Schools (ABCS) Coaching Institute as well as an ARCTIC Ambassador (Alaska Reform in the Classroom with Technology Integration and Collaboration), University of Alaska, Southeast.
Kathleen Farrar Alexander
I am so excited and truly honored to be the Assistant Principal at Jefferson International Academy. I look forward to working with Dr. Ruff, as well as the entire faculty and staff, to continue to provide a challenging learning opportunity for all students at JIA. I have been in education for 14 years and during those years I have been an elementary teacher, RTI interventionist, child care director, instructional coach, and assistant principal. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University in 2003 and my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University in 2008. During my educational career I have served on numerous committees including School Improvement, Curriculum, Fundraising, and PTSA Teacher Liaison. I implemented Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) school wide. I’ve served as both a mentor teacher and team lead teacher. I have included my resume to give you a more in depth view of my experience I was fortunate enough to have previously worked for HHG from 2013-2015. I feel privileged to once again join this dynamic team.Nicholas Schaible
Technology Specialist, Hanley Harper Group, Inc.
Nicholas Schaible is the on-site, HHG Network and IT Administrator, and began his career with HHG in 2011. Mr. Schabile has been instrumental in ensuring all charter schools managed by HHG are equipped with the appropriate technology, pre-operationally, and continues to offer technology support to all charter schools managed by HHG.
Mr. Schaible has over five years experience working in information technology, assisting all of HHG’s charter schools with any technological needs. He is in charge of deploying all of our schools’ technology into the classrooms – including our world class Promethean Smart Boards and Projectors, laptops, desktops and iPads. His other skills include photography, cinematography, photo and video editing, graphic design, web design and management, and technology repair.
Jeremy M. McVety
Jeremy M. McVety has over 17 years, of school accounting and fiscal experience. Jeremy graduated with honors from Oakland University in 2000, and in 2009 he obtained a Master’s degree from Walsh College in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Jeremy is a team player and looks forward to contributing to the success of the organization.Darlene Linski
Co-Founder and Honorary Member of the Hanley Harper Group, Inc.
In 2004, Darlene Linski and Beata Chochla partnered to establish a presence in Hamtramck, Michigan. With more than three decades of seeing projects through from concept to completion for multi-million dollar commercial projects, including participation in the building of the MacNamara Terminal at the Wayne County Airport, Darlene was the perfect person to help renovate The Hanley School Building, formerly known as the Tau Beta Community Center. From this initial experience, Darlene began working with the HHG team to establish and assist in founding several of our HHG schools.
In addition to her HHG role, Darlene served as an active ambassador for educational choice and academic quality on a local, state and national level. She interacted, effectively, with all relevant stakeholders and was known for “getting the job done.”
Darlene retired from HHG in 2014. HHG has reserved the title of honorary member for her because of the unprecedented and tireless contributions she made toward ensuring school quality from the charter application phase to school launch through school operations. Darlene obtained her builder’s license from the State of Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She resides in Macomb, Michigan.