Meet Our Team
Thanks for stopping by to learn a bit about our team! We are passionate about preparing all students for success by empowering educators, engaging administrators, and equipping leaders.
Our Executive Team
Our Founder & CEO
“If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.” – Guy Kawasaki
Cathy is the heart and soul behind Tools for Success, a platform she crafted with the expertise of an accomplished K-12 educator and adminstrator. With roots stretching back to a fulfilling journey as a high school English and Spanish teacher, Cathy’s educational contributions are as diverse as they are impactful. She earned her Bachelor’s in Education and dual Degrees in Spanish and English Education at Marian College, setting the stage for a lifelong commitment to learning and leadership. Her graduate work led to a Master of Education and Principal Licensure from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, fortifying her resolve to shape minds and mentor future leaders. For over three decades, Cathy has been a beacon of inspiration, navigating through various administrative roles and championing teacher development, equipped with a belief in the transformative power of education.
Cathy’s foresight and dedication culminated in the inception of Tools for Success in 2014. This initiative reflects her resolve to close the systemic gaps she witnessed firsthand, with a strategy that combines support with empowerment. Cathy authored her first book, “The Education System Is Broken: Strategies to Rebuilding Hope, Lives, and Futures,” that echoes her philosophy, offering pragmatic insights into educational reform.
As a founder and CEO, Cathy steers her organization with an educator’s intuition and an entrepreneur’s acumen. Her passion for education excellence shines through in her dynamic keynote speeches and interactive workshops. Cathy’s authentic approach, characterized by energy and empathy, resonates with her audience, making her a much-sought-after voice in educational circles. Through Tools for Success, Cathy continues to be an unwavering advocate for educators and students alike, championing a future where every learner has access to an equal and exceptional education.
VP of Sales & Marketing
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” – Marianne Williamson
Education Operations Manager
“To teach, one must empathize, humanize, and contextualize.” – Unknown
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:3
Our Team of Consultants
“Love the children first, then teach them.” – Mother Theodore Guerin
“We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need to do this. Whether we do it or not must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we have not done it so far.” – Ron Edmonds
“Love the children first, then teach them.” – Mother Theodore Guerin
“Great teachers have high expectations for their students, but even higher expectations for themselves.” –Todd Whitaker
Rebecca brings over two decades of distinguished experience in sales, marketing, and leadership to her role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Her career includes pioneering business strategies and fostering growth for global tech enterprises, small businesses, and large corporations alike. Rebecca’s ability to lead and mentor is evident in her trailblazing path, where she has consistently elevated sales professionals at every career stage. An ardent advocate for gender equality in the workplace, Rebecca’s passion for promoting equity and inclusion in business and STEM fields manifests in her active community involvement. With over 15 years on boards and advisory roles, she has made significant strides in fundraising and leadership, contributing to the momentum of organizations dedicated to making a tangible difference.
Rebecca’s academic credentials are as impressive as her professional ones. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with a Certificate in Communications from Indiana Wesleyan University and an Executive Education Certificate in Business Strategy from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Her continuous development is further marked by a series of prestigious certifications and completed trainings, enhancing her proficiency in innovative sales techniques, strategic planning, effective communication, and leadership.
With a motto of “lifting as she climbs,” Rebecca embodies the spirit of collective progress and mentorship which mirrors core values of Tools for Success. Cultivating inclusive spaces and advancing professional and institutional development is the passion that propels her efforts and achievements.
Jesse is a dedicated educator and transformative leader who has cultivated his passion for teaching and administration, for over 10 years, in the heart of Indianapolis, where he grew up on the Eastside. Jesse’s professional pathway in education is marked by a diverse and robust teaching portfolio, encompassing middle school English/Language Arts, 3rd grade, AP Literature, and English, 10th grade. In 2018, he amplified his impact in education by earning a Master in Building Level Administration from Marian University, which paved the way for his roles as a department chair and assistant principal. Jesse’s administrative leadership through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic showcased his resilience and adaptability, qualities that underpin his educational philosophy. In addition to his administrative and teaching roles, Jesse has also thrived as a coach, imparting his knowledge and passion for soccer to two varsity programs. As a head coach for four years, he fostered teamwork, discipline, and excellence on the field, mirroring his approach in the classroom and in school leadership.
Jesse’s efforts in empowering educators and transforming schools resonate with his belief in education as a cornerstone of community development and personal empowerment. Jesse continues to be a driving force for excellence, innovation, and supportive learning environments in K-12 education as the Tools for Success Education Operations Manager and one of our esteemed Education Consultants.
Vicki’s professional journey reflects her versatile skills and adaptable nature. With an Associate Degree in Human Services from Bay De Noc Community College, Vicki has thrived in diverse environments, from the bustling dynamic of restaurants and retail to the detailed diligence required in insurance and healthcare settings. Her experience in sales and sales leader roles imbued her with a deep understanding of client relations and support services.
Beyond her professional commitments, Vicki’s personal entrepreneurial spirit shines through in a family-owned venture she runs with her husband showcasing artistry in stained, blown, and fused glass. Vicki’s accomplishments as an author of three books, a motivational speaker, and a sales coach speak volumes of her drive to empower and inspire others. With such a multifaceted career, Vicki exemplifies the essence of continuous growth and lifelong learning—values that resonate deeply with Tools for Success.
Lisa Vogel is a seasoned educator with a rich 27-year history in teaching and educational leadership. With an unwavering zeal for education, Lisa spent the first 19 years of her career teaching English Language Arts and Mathematics at the middle school level, where she honed her skill in nurturing young minds in these critical developmental years. Lisa’s dedication to academic excellence and personal growth for her students saw her transition from classroom teaching to educational leadership, serving as the principal of a PreK-8 Catholic School for seven years. In this role, she worked tirelessly to create an environment where joy and learning go hand in hand, and every child can discover their passion for knowledge.
Educated at Franklin College, Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education before further advancing her expertise with a Masters in Education and Principal Licensure from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her academic background demonstrates a career-long commitment to professional development and a personal mission to embolden the next generation through education. Her genuine love for children and young people is the foundation of her teaching philosophy. As she continues to impart wisdom to educators through her consulting and professional development training roles with Tools for Success, Lisa remains a paragon of the joy and love she seeks to instill in classrooms everywhere.
Marty brings over four decades of educational expertise to her role as a champion for teachers and building leaders in K-12 education. With a storied career, Marty’s leadership as an Associate Superintendent for Springfield Public Schools in Missouri for 7 years and as the Executive Developer for a Leadership Academy in Iredell-Statesville Schools, North Carolina, for 4 years reflects her dedication to crafting and improving educational support structures. Marty’s tenure as an educational consultant for nearly a decade honed her approach to equity and data-driven decision-making, where her role extended to crafting educational materials. This period underlines her philosophy that continuous improvement is key to excellence in education. Even with her extensive experience in educational leadership, Marty regards her 21 years in the classroom as the cornerstone of her career, proud to identify as a teacher and mentor at heart.
Marty’s academic background is as distinguished as her career, holding a B.S. in Education from Baylor University and an M.S. in Education from Indiana Wesleyan. Marty’s enduring passion is to refine educational systems to serve EVERY child. Her work is fueled by a vision for a system where all children can thrive. She finds joy in forging and nurturing relationships with educators, supporting their professional growth, and assisting them in realizing their visions for their schools and classrooms. As she continues to influence the world of educational leadership through her work at Tools for Success, she remains centered on the principle that education is the bedrock of a fruitful and equitable society.
Dr. Marilyn Sudsberry’s distinguished career is marked by her innovative leadership in educational practice and administration. As Director of the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP) at Butler University from 2008 to 2014, she orchestrated a comprehensive overhaul of the program’s curriculum, aligning it meticulously with both Indiana and National Standards for principal leadership. Her forward-thinking approach included introducing a groundbreaking international study component, allowing students to compare and contrast educational systems firsthand in Finland and Sweden.
Since 2005, Dr. Sudsberry has offered her expertise as a consultant to a diverse range of schools, advocating for improvements across the educational spectrum from curriculum development to school culture enhancement. Her efforts in fostering excellence in educational environments have been recognized with accolades such as being named IASP District #5 Principal of the Year in 2002 during her tenure as an elementary school principal.
Holding a BS in Education from Evangel University, an MS in Education and administrative licensure through Butler University’s EPPSP, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University, Dr. Sudsberry is a sought-after speaker at conferences and a respected author. Her publications extend her influence to educational peers, parents, and leaders, including “Loving Parents: Raising Hurting Children,” co-written with her husband, Rick. Balancing her professional accomplishments with a rich family life, she is a proud parent to two sons and a doting grandmother to five grandchildren. Driven by her passion for education, at Tools for Success Dr. Sudsberry continues to sculpt educational leadership, she consistently champions the view that education is the key building block for a community’s prosperity and equity.
Peggy’s career in education is a testament to her dedication and leadership within the educational community. Her journey began in 1977 at Saint Matthew Catholic School, where she was a cornerstone of the educational landscape for 25 years. Peggy’s passion for teaching and professional growth led her to new challenges including roles as a Master Teacher in the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) at Saint Lawrence Catholic School and the TAP Director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Office of Catholic Schools enable her to enrich her skills and mentor her peers. Peggy also served as a principal, a role she embraced for five years, shaping the school’s vision and strategy. Following this, Peggy’s expertise benefited the collegiate education system, including an influential period leading the Notre Dame ACE Academies.
Peggy’s educational background is as impressive as her professional service, with a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science from Butler University, and a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University. Her commitment to fostering new learning and collaborating with colleagues has been a driving force in her career, contributing to her well-earned reputation as a respected educator.
Now as part of the Tools for Success team, Peggy is eager to continue her work in guiding and empowering educators and students alike. Her career is a vibrant tapestry of teaching, administration, and lifelong learning, showcasing her unwavering enthusiasm for shaping the minds of tomorrow.
Garry has always been passionate about education and considers himself a life-long learner, evidenced by his personal education pursuits including earning a Bachelor of Sociology from Hanover College, a Bachelor of Education from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, a Master in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master in Secondary Administration from Ball State University. For 37 years Garry made an impact on countless students and educators sharing his gifts and talents by serving in our education system. His remarkable career in K-12 education includes being a tenured classroom educator, a long-standing Varsity football and basketball coach and a transformative leader as a principal at both the middle school and high school levels.
Garry’s passion is fueled by his desire for all students to receive the necessary skills and tools to be successful in both academic and vocational fields. His career in education is driven by the profound desire to work alongside students and educators to foster educational growth and pave the way for their educational outcomes and career trajectories. As part of the Tools for Success team, Garry continues to make a lasting impact in education arming our educators with the tools, wisdom and knowledge to provide an exceptional and meaningful education experience for all their students.
P.S. Yes, Garry is the proud husband, for more than 38 years, to Marty Moore. Garry & Marty have two daughters who are also educators. Being a teacher runs in the Moore family, it is a big part of who they are! Garry and Marty are also the proud grandparents to 7 grandchildren whom they love to spoil and instill their passion and joy for learning and education.
Stephanie is a dynamic leader in the field of education, with 20 years of comprehensive experience spanning classroom instruction and administrative leadership. She is characterized by a profound passion for learning, a trait that not only propels her personal development but also inspires her to impart this zeal to fellow educators and students. Stephanie’s dedication is evident in her active engagement with educational trends and challenges, ensuring her relevance and effectiveness in contemporary educational discourse. With a solid foundation in leadership, Stephanie has shown a keen aptitude for guiding both students and staff in their pursuit of continuous improvement, shaping a learning environment that is both innovative and inclusive. Her leadership is informed by her hands-on experience in the field, which encompasses various levels of K-12 education, thus allowing her to resonate with a broad spectrum of education professionals.
Armed with a Bachelor in Elementary Education from Indiana University, Stephanie has enhanced her instructional expertise with endorsements in Technology for all grades and Social Studies. She has also acquired a Master in Curriculum Development from Indiana Wesleyan, where she further completed her Principal Licensure. These academic accomplishments provide a solid backbone to her practical knowledge.
Fueled by the belief that student growth is the ultimate reward for her educational endeavors, Stephanie advocates for strong support and professional development for teachers. She firmly believes that the key to a prosperous future lies in the preparation and empowerment of educators to expand student potential. Her work with Tools for Success is a direct reflection of her commitment to the education community and her vision for nurturing generations of well-rounded learners.