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 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.
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.
Kristen Lombardo is currently an Executive Assistant at IBM. Prior to and through an acquisition, she was with Kenexa for nine years supporting two senior executives. Kristen focuses on calendar management, prioritization of needs and action items, ensuring smooth day-to-day operations, event planning, and assisting with special projects as needed. She has over twelve years of experience as an assistant. Kristen joined Taly to be part of something that will make a difference and a positive impact in the lives of so many children.
Dr. James Cuff
James Cuff is the Assistant Dean for Research Computing at Harvard University. During his D. Phil. in Molecular Biophysics from Oxford University he applied computational neural networks to the problem of predicting protein structure. As an investigator on the National Institutes of Mental Health, Harvard Conte Center, James supports high performance computing and informatics to underpin research into maternal and paternal genetic imprinting, advanced neural imaging, connectomics and the importance of neural plasticity within the developing brain.
While having no children of his own, from his years of research James deeply understands early development and its impact on the childhood brain, but more importantly the critical impact of a quality childhood education. James is inordinately excited to bring his years of experience to support the Taly Foundation leadership in their mission to provide access to quality early childhood education.
Eric Bloomstein is the father of two preschool age children, and has been working in the field of education helping children succeed for over 15 years. His innate ability to work with students who struggle has come directly from the experiences he encountered having dyslexia and the challenges he faced in the public schools. After earning his masters degree he began teaching Special Education in Framingham, MA and worked with students with a wide range of learning differences. During his teaching in Framingham, Eric attended Simmons College and earned his Ed.S. in Special Education Administration. Upon completion of this degree he became a middle school Special Education Director in Shrewsbury, MA. He later opened an advocacy and consultation business to work more closely with students, families, and educational institutions to improve the lives of children with learning differences. In the summer of 2013 he attended the Institute of Special Education Advocacy at the William and Mary Law School.
All of these experiences have culminated to create a very rich and diverse background which allow Eric to have a unique understanding of how schools operate and what children should get out of their educational experience. He brings to the Taly Foundation a true passion for helping students reach their potential and fostering hope and enthusiasm for students, their families, and the communities they live in.