Thomas D. Longenecker joined CCA in 2012 as chief operations officer and was appointed as president and chief executive officer effective July 1, 2020.
Mr. Longenecker leads a team of more than 1,300 professionals, who serve more than 21,500 students in grades K-12 across Pennsylvania.
His background comprises more than 24 years of school operations leadership, with previous experience working at Carlisle Area, Conrad Weiser Area, and Susquenita school districts. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Wilkes University and was previously an adjunct professor at Shippensburg University.
Mr. Longenecker holds a Pennsylvania superintendent letter of eligibility and received a master’s degree in education from Wilkes University, a bachelor’s degree in economics from Shippensburg University, and an associate degree from Harrisburg Area Community College.
He also was a two-time recipient of the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and received the 2011 PASBO Award of Achievement.
In his spare time, Mr. Longenecker enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities and taking his boys for ice cream on his scooter with a sidecar.
Roberto Datorre, Executive Vice President of Operations
Mr. Datorre joined CCA in 2018 and currently serves as executive vice president of operations, chief administrative officer, and chief compliance officer.
In these roles, he is the senior executive who oversees the daily operation of CCA and is second-in-command to the president and CEO.
Mr. Datorre is responsible for the direction of CCA’s academic programs, including oversight of teaching, academic and career outreach, special education programs, and enrollment and registration. He supports and enhances the academic endeavors of CCA by upholding the highest standards of risk management, fiscal probity and accountability, compliance with applicable legal requirements, and ensuring effective, transparent, accountable governance in line with best practices in academic and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Datorre served as deputy chief counsel and assistant counsel at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, chief counsel at the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General, assistant counsel at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and assistant city attorney for the City of Miami Beach, Florida.
Mr. Datorre holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.
He is admitted to practice law in Florida and Pennsylvania state courts; the U.S. district courts of the Southern District of Florida, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Middle District of Pennsylvania; and the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Datorre is a member of the Board of Directors for the Organization for Autism Research, a member of AMBUCS Lancaster, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Mr. Datorre is married and has three children. In his free time, he enjoys running, summer, swimming, and the beach.
Christine Hakes, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration
Mrs. Hakes joined CCA in 2015 and currently serves as executive vice president of finance and administration, chief financial officer, and chief human resources officer.
In these roles, she oversees CCA’s finances and accounting, human resource management, and real estate and property management.
With four years of public accounting experience and more than 32 years as a public school financial administrator – 28 years as a chief financial administrator – Mrs. Hakes has an in-depth understanding of school finances, budgeting, forensic accounting, and auditing.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in school business leadership.
Mrs. Hakes is a graduate of the Education Policy and Leadership Center Fellowship Program and the Leadership Harrisburg Executive Leadership Program.
She obtained her certified public accountant license in 1992, is an active Pennsylvania Certified School Administrator, and has been a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) for more than 30 years.
Mrs. Hakes is married to Mike and has two daughters, one son, and one step-daughter, and is a proud grandparent of one granddaughter. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, crafting with friends, antiquing, road trips, and attending car shows with her husband.
Timothy Eller, Senior Vice President of Outreach and Government Relations
Mr. Eller joined CCA in 2018 and currently serves as senior vice president of outreach and government relations.
In this role, he is the senior adviser to the president and CEO and senior leadership team on outreach, media relations, and government relations.
Mr. Eller is responsible for overseeing both internal and external communications to enrolled and prospective families, staff, the public, the media, and government and elected officials and policymakers.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Eller served as executive director of a statewide public charter school advocacy organization, press secretary and director of communications at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, public relations coordinator at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and producer at the Senate of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic media from Kutztown University and an associate degree from Reading Area Community College.
Mr. Eller is married and has two adult children.
Bryon Klingel, Vice President of Technology
Mr. Klingel joined CCA in 2016 and currently serves as vice president of technology.
With 18 years of experience in the technology field, he oversees the operations of multiple CCA technical teams, including networking and infrastructure, video production, and software development.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology and is certified in Comptia A+ and Comptia Network+. He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate and has professional certifications with Microsoft, Dell, and Lenovo.
Mr. Klingel is married and has two children. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, the outdoors, air-cooled antique Volkswagens, and traveling with his family.
Natasha Shane, Vice President of Family Services
Ms. Shane joined Commonwealth Charter Academy in 2011 as parent involvement coordinator before being named family involvement manager. She brings her prior leadership and organizational development experience to her current role as the director of family services. She leads a team that ensures federal program compliance, provides statewide training programs, facilitates curriculum-based educational field trips and social events, and provides mentor support to CCA learners and families statewide.
Before Ms. Shane joined CCA, she worked as an office manager for Dataware Inc. in York.
She attended Penn State University and American Public University for business. She’s been a United Way Capital Club and Bridges Society member since 2010. She is a certified Love and Logic facilitator, and Student Assistance Program certified. She previously served a term as president of a local chapter of the International MOMS Club.
In her free time, she enjoys gardening and traveling with her family.
Michelle Orcutt, Vice Provost for Special Education
Mrs. Orcutt joined CCA in 2016 and currently serves as vice provost for special education.
In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing structures, policies, guidelines, metrics, and accountability measurements for a large team of special education professionals. In addition, she sets the course for CCA’s special education needs for a growing student population, and leads and manages special education directors and other administrators/professionals to provide overall support, strategy, and proactive staffing equipped to ensure the best educational experience for CCA’s special education and 504 Plan student population.
With 21 years of experience working in education, Mrs. Orcutt has in-depth, hands-on working knowledge of providing special education services and support to students and families in alignment with CCA’s mission, vision, and values.
She completed the post-master’s Special Education Administration Program at Lehigh University and obtained a master’s degree in special education from DeSales University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mississippi State University.
Mrs. Orcutt is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and holds the following certifications: Supervisor of Special Education and Special Education Instructional II from the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology.
She is married and has an adult son. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling abroad, cooking, and watching sports.
Matthew Treese, Ed.D., Vice Provost for Secondary Education – Middle School
Dr. Treese joined CCA in July 2021 as vice provost for secondary education – middle school.
In this role, he works with parents, students, administrators, teachers, and staff to facilitate an online-based instructional program to achieve superior outcomes for each student in accordance with CCA’s mission and vision.
With 17 years of experience working in public and non-public schools as a teacher, department chair, department supervisor, and district administrator, Dr. Treese has an in-depth understanding of providing high-quality educational opportunities to students.
He obtained a doctorate of education in educational leadership/K-12 administration, a master of science in instructional technology, and a bachelor of arts in English from Wilkes University.
Dr. Treese holds the following certifications from the Pennsylvania Department of Education: English 7-12; English as a Second Language Specialist K-12; Instructional Technology Specialist K-12; Principal K-12; Assistant Superintendent K-12; and Superintendent K-12.
He also is an adjunct instructor for Wilkes and Bloomsburg universities, and facilitates a course for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Program.
A resident of Cumberland County, Dr. Treese is married and has one son. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, the beach, and spending time with his family.
Stephanie McHugh, Ed.D., Vice Provost for Secondary Education – High School
Dr. McHugh joined CCA in June 2021 as vice provost for secondary education – high school.
In this role, she works with parents, students, administrators, teachers, and staff to facilitate an online-based instructional program to achieve superior outcomes for each student in accordance with CCA’s mission and vision.
With 22 years of experience, Dr. McHugh has served in various educational leadership roles before joining CCA, including special education, pupil services, counseling, and career readiness.
She obtained a doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s degree in educational administration from Duquesne University; and a master’s degree in counselor education, a bachelor’s degree in economics, and a bachelor’s degree in government and public service from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. McHugh is a National Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors and holds the following certifications from the Pennsylvania Department of Education: Secondary School Counseling 7-12; Supervisor School Counseling K-12; Principal Certification K-12; Curriculum and Instruction K-12; and a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility.
She is an adjunct professor at Duquesne University and California University of Pennsylvania; a consultant for College Bound Academy, Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, and the National Center for College and Career Transitions; and a Pennsylvania Department of Education Career Readiness Trainer for the Statewide Workforce Regional Network.
A resident of Washington County, Dr. McHugh is married to David, and they have two children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading historical fiction, bike riding, spending time with her family, and watching the sunset.
Khaleel Desaque, Ed.D., Associate Vice President of School Transformation Programs
Dr. Desaque joined CCA in May 2021 as associate vice president of school transformation programs.
In this role, he ensures that CCA remains at the forefront of researching and implementing innovative educational programs that transform public education and prepare students for success in school, careers, and life.
Dr. Desaque has more than a decade of experience in school, district, and state-level educational leadership positions, including as director of school improvement, dean of students, principal, and assistant principal.
He obtained a doctorate in educational leadership from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from McDaniel College in Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hampton University in Virginia.
Dr. Desaque holds the following certifications from the Pennsylvania Department of Education: Superintendent Letter of Eligibility and Principal K-12.
A resident of York County, he is married, has an adult son and two adult stepdaughters, is a second-generation public educator, and is an avid sports fan.