Get Schooled

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors support us in countless ways. They make us smarter, hold us accountable, and care deeply about our mission.


David Sutphen, Chair

David Sutphen is Chief Engagement and Strategy Officer at 2U, an educational technology company that provides online degree programs to nonprofit colleges and universities. In this role, David leads the company’s communications and brand functions. Prior to joining 2U, David was a Partner in Brunswick’s Washington, D.C.

David is the Founding Board Chair of Get Schooled, an initiative he led through his tenure at Viacom as the company’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations. In addition to leading our Board of Directors, David also serves as a Board member of CityBridge Education and as the Secretary of the Board for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. 

David began his career as an Associate at Covington & Burling, following a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a graduate of The University of Michigan Law School.

Heidi L. Naunton, Secretary

Heidi is Vice President, Senior Counsel & Assistant Secretary at Viacom Inc. In this role Heidi manages the legal support for the Viacom Board of Directors, including ensuring compliance with evolving corporate governance and disclosure and regulatory developments.

In addition to her service as Get Schooled’s Board Secretary, Heidi is Co-Chair of Viacom’s companywide Pro Bono Task Force. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance for New York and Co-Chair of the Board’s Development Committee and an affiliate member of the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Heidi began her career as an Associate in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. She received her law degree in 2003 from Brooklyn Law School.

Sebastiana Tagliamonte, Treasurer

Sebastiana is Vice President, HQ Controller at Viacom Inc. In this role, she manages the accounting functions for viacom, ensures the integrity of processes, and provides meaningful and understandable financial information and analysis on behalf of the company.

Sebastiana has been with Viacom since 2007, beginning her tenure with the company in the External Reporting team as a Director. She has been in the Office of the Controller since 2012, when she transitioned from External Reporting to Assistant Controller.

In addition to serving as the Treasurer of the Get Schooled Foundation, Sebastiana volunteers her time supporting various community organizations, including the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Council. Sebastiana graduated from Iona College with a Bachelor's degree in Public Accounting in 1992.

Carl Folta

Carl is Senior Counselor at Abernathy MacGregor, a leading strategic communications firm. As Senior Counselor, Carl provides client counseling and business development, focusing on the media and entertainment industries. Prior to joining Abernathy MacGregor, Carl was Executive Vice President, Corporate Communication at Viacom Inc. where he was responsible for Viacom’s overall communications activities, both internally and externally. Prior to joining Viacom, he held various communications roles of increasing responsibility since 1984.

In addition to serving on Get Schooled’s Board of Directors, Carl is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Radio and Television Society, and Literacy Inc.

Carl graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.

David Katz

David Katz is in Entertainment Strategy Development at Celebrity Cruises, Inc., a cruise line founded in 1988 with the vision of opening up the world with their fourteen award-winning ships. In leading Celebrity Cruises Entertainment Strategy, David oversees tactical external partnerships and corporate responsibility. Prior to joining Celebrity Cruises, David was COO of MWM Live, the live global entertainment division of Madison Wells Media.

In addition to his Board Service with Get Schooled, David currently a Board Member of Literacy Inc. and a Member of Sustainability 50/ World 50.

David earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management from New York University. He holds a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Harvard Business School Executive Education.

John Smith

John Smith is Technical Director of Wargaming, a gaming company that delivers legendary online games with a passion. As Technical Director, he manages new technology development for cross-platform mobile experiences and the integration of server platform technologies to support larger scale games.

Prior to joining Wargaming, John founded Detonator Games in 2009 with the mission to take social game play to new and explosive levels. During his work with Detonator, the company partnered with TMobile, Activision, Loop Games, and of course, Get Schooled.

John received a Masters of Science in Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of British Columbia, which guided him to his passion for the potential of computing and programming.

Crystal Barnes

Crystal is Senior Vice President, Culture & Corporate Social Responsibility at Viacom. In this role, Crystal oversees the development of organizational initiatives in support of Viacom’s culture, corporate responsibility goals, and business strategies. Prior to joining Viacom, Crystal was Senior Vice President of Global Responsibility and Sustainability at Nielsen and Executive Director of the Nielsen Foundation.

In addition to her work with Get Schooled, Crystal currently serves on the New York Department of Education Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Diversity Council, as well as the Board of Advocates for Citizen Schools.

Crystal started her career as a CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and for Comcast SportsNet in Bethesda, Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University.

Alexandra Jannello Tuck (Ali)

Ali is Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at NBCUniversal (NBCU). In this role, Ali leads the creation and implementation for all CSR initiatives for the company, directs all employee engagement efforts, and drives cause marketing campaigns with each of the NBCU brands.

Prior to her role at NBCU, Ali led Corporate Social Responsibility at Viacom. In addition to leading their global CSR strategy, she drove social impact initiatives and developed nonprofit partnerships. Ali engaged fellow employees in volunteer and giving programs and was also responsible for Viacom's philanthropic investments. Ali began her career with various marketing and client services roles at American Express, the National Hockey League, and the New York Knicks.

Ali received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MBA in Marketing and Media Communications from Fordham's Gabelli School of Business.