Meet Our Team
All of our team members are passionate about education. We bring a diverse set of experiences and expertise to help us deliver exceptional before and after school programming. Learn more about our leadership team below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our offerings.
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Freidberg is the Chief Executive Officer for Leading Edge, and over the past 20 years, he has held leadership roles in both domestic and global education companies. He also serves on the Board of Education for the Cold Spring Harbor School District.
He is passionate about ensuring that every student understands what they learn in order to develop a love for learning. In his role, Mark continously looks to improve the company’s operations, expertise and partnerships in order to deliver on Leading Edge’s mission.
Before joining Leading Edge, Mark led Embassy English, a global English language training business that served more than 10,000 students across five countries. Prior to joining Embassy English, he held a series of leadership roles at Kaplan Test Prep and in his last role, he led Kaplan’s College Prep business which focused on getting more than 50,000 students from a diverse set of backgrounds and schools into college.
Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University.
Regional Director of NJ/PA/OH
Nicole Baur is the Regional Director of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio with 10+ years of management experience and 4+ years of multi-unit operational experience. Nicole is responsible for leading 50+ staff members at 22 schools in the region.
Prior to joining Leading Edge, Nicole held leadership positions in several growing companies, including Target and Wawa, where her fast-paced leadership style and focus on shifting business priorities made her successful.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science in biology with a microbiology concentration from West Chester University.
In her current role, Nicole uses her prior leadership experience to support and challenge her staff to achieve operational excellence. She focuses on delivering outstanding service and support to the diverse families that utilize Leading Edge’s care.
Director of Operations Support
Arielle Romita is the Director of Operations Support with 5+ years of management experience. Arielle was previously the Senior Program Manager of New Jersey and Pennsylvania responsible for leading 45+ staff members at 12 schools as well as summer camp programs. Prior to joining Leading Edge, Arielle was a public school teacher and then held a leadership position at Primrose Schools.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Earth Science from Kean University. Arielle is certified to teach Preschool through Grade 3, Elementary School Grades K-6, and Supplemental Instruction: Reading and Mathematics, Grades K-8. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, National AfterSchool Association, and NJ Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Area Director, Colorado Schools
Dana Hill is the Area Director of the Colorado schools. Dana has worked in the early childhood education field since 1992. Dana’s years of experience include education management in both profit and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to joining Leading Edge, Dana worked for the largest early care and learning company in the United States. Her roles included School Director and District Quality Leader. Dana brings experience in leading teams to a high commitment of quality education and compliance. Dana has a strong passion for engagement with her team, parents, and school partners.
Dana holds a bachelor’s degree from William Woods University in Early Childhood Education and Business Administration.
Manager of Accounting & Finance
Chris Hui is the Manager of Accounting & Finance with five years’ experience in financial management, full cycle accounting and investment advisory.
Prior to joining Leading Edge, Chris worked as Director of Finance for a government subcontractor and as a licensed investment professional for Citizens Bank, even appearing in a commercial that aired throughout the northeast United States. Chris also has international teaching experience, having lived and taught in the Dominican Republic.
Chris is also a Board of Director for Halcyon Healing Center, a non-profit organization that uses alternative healing methods. Halcyon primarily focuses its resources on providing services to US Military veterans and their families.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in English Literature from Fitchburg State University.
Program Manager for NJ/PA
Huma Hussain-Abidi is the Program Manager of New Jersey and Pennsylvania with over 6 years of education management experience. She started her journey with the company as a Lead Teacher, and quickly moved up the ladder to her last position, Multi-site coordinator, where she directed two programs as part of our field team.
Huma is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University, while doing extensive research in the field of Education. Additionally, she holds a Master’s in Education degree as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University.
As a Program Manager, Huma uses her extensive theoretical and practical knowledge and experience to cultivate the best environment for the numerous
children that benefit from Leading Edge’s care.
Director of Communications
Kerith McElroy is the Director of Communications for Leading Edge, where she helps develop and improve the platforms that connect our team with our partner schools and families. To this role, Kerith brings years of communication and content production experience across multiple platforms. This includes working for Woman’s Day magazine, Lifetime Television and Parents.com (the website for Parents magazine).
Kerith is passionate about education, having served on the PTA boards of her daughters’ preschool, elementary school and high school. She also serves as a volunteer board member of the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, a non-profit educational center dedicated to educating visitors about the freshwater ecosystems of New York.
Kerith received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University.