Officers


Fran Mazzolini
President and CEO

Fran was a founding officer of Standards Plus and has been the President and CEO for seven years. Before joining Standard Plus, she was a public educator for 35 years. Prior to her presidency with Standards Plus she served as the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services in a large, diverse, urban school district. During that time she coordinated the efforts to make substantial changes in the district which led to the district receiving an Ed. Trust Award. To fulfill the mission of this nonprofit organization, Fran continues to put the organization’s resources towards activities that support increased student achievement throughout the country.

Joseph Deem, Ed. D.
Executive Vice President

Dr. Deem was a public educator for 25 years. He was a classroom teacher for 12 years, a site administrator for 6 years, and a district office administrator for 7 years. Previous to his current position, Dr. Deem was the Director of Interim Assessment for the Educational Testing Service in their San Bernardino Office.

Marlin Brown, Ed. D.,
Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Brown was a public educator for 30 years. Previous to his tenure as the CFO of Standard Plus, he served as a classroom teacher for 13 years and as a site administrator for 17 years. He was also the Director of Technology for a California school district. Currently, Dr. Brown is also an elected Board of Education member in a large urban school district and has served in this capacity for 24 years. This service includes over 8 years as the board president.

Pete Watson,
Executive Director, Professional Relations

Pete Watson has spent 33 years in three different California school districts leading reform efforts through professional development and quality leadership. Most recently Pete served as Senior National Consultant for ETS after retiring as Superintendent of the Upland Unified School District where he was also Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Pete continues to advise and work with districts on leadership strategies and strategic decision making that lead to improved systems that promote student achievement.

Marilyn Lippiatt,
Executive Director, QES Professional Development

Ms. Lippiatt has served public education for the past 35 years as a teacher, principal, state professional development director and superintendent. For the past four years she worked as director of Instructional Development and Data Management for The Pulliam Group and later ETS. She has extensive experience in over 20 states in curriculum and instructional improvement and standards based teaching and assessment. She is currently working in California and Hawai’i with schools and districts on high impact teaching strategies to improve student achievement and on leadership knowledge and support of quality teaching and learning in the classroom. As Executive Director of Professional Development, she oversees the work of consultants and content specialists in districts and schools throughout California and Hawai’i.