President & Co-Founder
Jill is the mother of two amazing children and President for Taly Foundation. As a successful sales professional for more than 20 years, Jill focused on solving complex business issues at every level for her clients. With a passion for making an impact and advocating for children so they can achieve their full potential, Jill is thrilled to lead Taly Foundation in its mission to provide access to and improve the quality of early childhood education.
Jill brings to Taly Foundation her dedication to children and advocating on their behalf. She volunteered for the first time while in elementary school and fell in love with bringing smiles and laughter to children. Jill continued to celebrate victories with children as a babysitter, lifeguard, and summer camp counselor throughout high school and college. Jill believes that every child deserves access to, and the ability to successfully participate in, a quality preschool program. Jill is committed to helping children experience excellence in early childhood education, express themselves, and develop a deep love of learning.
Treasurer, Co-Founder & Chairman
Phil has spent more than 20 years in Operations managing risk, objectively measuring success, and building talented teams to meet business needs in creative ways. As an Operations Manager at Google, he focused much of his time integrating and operating acquired companies. In his previous role as the Vice-President of Operations at ITA Software, Phil helped guide ITA from a startup to its ultimate acquisition by Google.
Phil's passion for helping his teams succeed in business is only outmatched by his devotion to young children. He is excited to commit his methodologies and analytical spirit to positioning Taly as the leading influence on quality early childhood education and establishing a model that can be replicated nationwide.
Lisa Kuh has been in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, district administrator, and researcher. She is committed to providing quality places for teachers, children, and families to learn, play, and grow. Lisa earned her doctorate from University of Washington's College of Education, and has a masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
She is currently the Director of Early Education for the city of Somerville, Massachusetts where she works to align early education and care practices across the city and cultivate high quality programming. Prior to working in Somerville she held positions as an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire, and a classroom teacher, lecturer, and researcher at Eliot-Pearson Children's School at Tufts University.
Lisa has also published and presented in the areas of outdoor playspaces and environments for young children, teacher professional development, documentation, Montessori education, and anti-bias education, as well as literacy and math content. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, has two sons, and an almost empty nest.
JD comes to Taly with extensive experience in early childhood education. From 2002 to 2004, JD served as Legislative/Issues Director for the Early Education for All (EEA) Campaign, where he was responsible for developing and driving legislative support for EEA’s legislation and agenda. His work helped pave the way for the creation of the Massachusetts Board and Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) in 2005. JD served on the Board of the EEC for 10 years.
JD currently serves as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable (MBR) where he is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic framework and direction for MBR in partnership with the Chair, Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He works with MBR Task Forces and MBR leadership to develop its agenda on public policy matters and convey those ideas to opinion leaders and policy makers to help inform their deliberations.
JD serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and is a member of the boards of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, and Science from Scientists. He also serves on the Advisory Board of ReadyNation.
JD holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Public Policy and Telecommunications Writing from Syracuse University.
Marketing and Communications Intern
Saul is currently a senior at Bentley University in Waltham, MA, majoring in Management with a minor in Marketing. Throughout his time at Bentley, he has held several internships in various industries and functions of business. He found a passion for making positive social impact through his internships with various non-profit organizations and is ecstatic to be able to put his skills and newly attained business knowledge to good use with Taly.
Saul understands the importance of early childhood education and that it is a necessary and essential component to the proper development of children socially, mentally, and emotionally. He knows that his work with Taly will only positively contribute to the better preparation of the next generation and he hopes that he is able to increase awareness of Taly and its cause exponentially.
Archie Jones is a product of high-quality preschool education. He attended preschool for several years and his mother began her career in education as a preschool teacher. This drives his involvement in Taly Foundation and its mission to provide access to high-quality preschool education.
Archie spent his early career in private equity with firms in New York City and Boston. He has served on several corporate and non-profit boards. He currently serves on the following boards: AIT Worldwide Logistics, Year Up- Atlanta and Taly Foundation.
Archie is currently the Chief Financial Officer of NOWaccount Network Corporation. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College with a major in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Archie resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three sons.
Jan met Jill Dixon through the Leadership Metrowest Academy Program (class of 2018) shortly after moving with his family to Marlborough, MA from Belgium in the summer of 2017. Jan is a social entrepreneur who has held management and executive roles in profit and non-profit organizations. His background spans various industries, including labor, health care, environment, community, and enterprise development.
Shortly after arriving in Massachusetts, Jan sought to enroll his children in preschool and learned firsthand how inaccessible and expensive preschool is in the United States, and how the quality of education varies from program to program. In contrast, ninety-eight percent of the children in Belgium ages two to five attend free public preschool, and all of the teachers have a higher education degree.
Jan is constantly looking to drive systemic change and create social impact through an appreciative inquiry approach, and he was inspired by the Taly Foundation and their mission. This landed Jan in a position as Taly’s strategic advisor where he is able to use his experience and passion to help drive a positive change in early education during his stay in the US.