President and CEO
Rebecca Sipos is the President and CEO of Character.org. She joined the organization in February of 2007 and has served in the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Director of Communications. She coordinates the National Forum on Character Education and directs various writing projects. Prior to starting at Character.org, Becky, a reading specialist, taught English and journalism for more than 30 years. At her last school, she directed various character education programs that led her school to recognition as a National School of Character finalist. She also has worked as a news reporter, freelance writer and editor. Becky has received numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year, Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Journalism Education Association’s Medal of Merit. Becky holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as well as a bachelor degree in English from Drake University. She serves on the advisory board of the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University. She is married to Larry Sipos, and they have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Director, Schools of Character
After earning a BS in Elementary Education, Sheril Morgan spent four years in the classroom teaching 5th and 6th grades and sponsoring the school’s Character Club. Upon receiving her MS in School Counseling, Sheril spent four years as a prevention specialist working at the district level for an Oklahoma school system. She sponsored the largest volunteer student prevention organization in the State. During this time she helped lead the district’s high school to National Schools of Character (NSOC) status by driving character program development. This was followed by two years as a counselor in a large Oklahoma high school. During this same time Sheril served for three years as a volunteer co-coordinator for Oklahoma’s State Schools of Character (SSOC) program. While an SSOC coordinator, three additional schools were named SSOC and NSOC and a fifth named Honorary SSOC. Sheril has spoken at numerous State and National conferences, has served as the director of youth conferences and summits, and built relationships and partnerships with Common and Higher Ed organizations across Oklahoma to further the SSOC initiative. Sheril will continue working toward the vision of all children attending Schools of Character. Her primary goal in her family and professional work is to raise children who will not just survive in our world, but change it. Sheril is a wife and the mother of three boys, Kort, Dylan, and Taylor.
Director of Communications and Outreach
Tucker Wannamaker is Director of Communication and Outreach for Character.org in Washington, DC where he oversees all branding, media relations, communications and marketing efforts. In this role he developed and led the rebranding strategy from the Character Education Partnership to Character.org. He joined the Character.org staff after working for the nonprofit for two years as a consultant from a company that he co-founded, Magneti, which is a full-service marketing firm based in Colorado and Washington, DC. Tucker has experience leading branding, communications and fundraising strategies for many non-profits including a very successful fundraising campaign, Wild Fire Tees, which sold over $1 million in T-shirts in 2012/13 for wildfire relief efforts in Colorado. Tucker loves to inspire people through great story telling. He is the proud father of four children and enjoys spending his free time riding his mountain bike, exploring museums and the outdoors of DC with his wife of 10 years and children.
Dr. David Keller
Director of Professional Development
Dave Keller is our Director of Professional, leading efforts to expand Character.org’s impact through many exciting new endeavors. Dave came to Character.org following a noteworthy 20+ year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he directed all cadet character and leadership programs at the Air Force Academy, including 120 annual seminars and the Academy’s acclaimed 2-day National Character & Leadership Symposium. Dave led many of the Academy’s organizational culture/climate change efforts, to include guiding the nation’s largest collegiate peer education cohort, championing gender equality issues, and managing licensed counselors at the Academy’s counseling center. In 2009-2010, Dave served as the senior U.S. advisor to the Iraqi Air Force Academy in Baghdad, working side-by-side with Iraqi leaders to rebuild the Iraqi military. He later guided the efforts of U.S. Air Force personnel across 7 locations in Iraq, and was one of the principle authors of the initial U.S. drawdown strategic plan. Dave is a popular and engaging classroom instructor, having taught leadership and character development courses for both the Air Force Academy and Texas A&M University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Human Behavior & Leadership from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a Master’s in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from St Mary’s University in San Antonio. Dave earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M, where his primary research focused on moral and ethical development of leaders.
Director of Development
Sora Wondra joined Character.org in 2013 after several months of volunteering and conducting legislative research on character education. She assists with Character.org’s development and advancement efforts. Prior to joining Character.org, Sora taught psychology to gifted and talented students in the U.S. and also lived abroad in the Republic of Georgia, where she taught English as a Foreign Language and conducted research on educational reform. She has an M.Phil. in Education from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Psychology from Coe College. Sora is a member of the Pi Lambda Theta Education Society, has been a Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholar, and is a recipient of the Linnie E. Schloeman Prize in Teacher Education Excellence at Coe College. When she’s not working or otherwise supporting the efforts of educational improvement, Sora enjoys backpacking and mountaineering with her husband, Nic Wondra.
Iris returned to Character.org in July of 2007. She previously worked at Character.org from 2001 to 2005. Iris oversees membership activities and formats and distributes the Essential Character electronic newsletter each month. She has 20 years of experience providing field service and technical support to a variety of companies and holds an associate of arts degree from the University of the District of Columbia in advertising design.
Director of Operations
Heather joined Character.org after graduating with an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She has a brief background in nonprofits but extensive experience in education and social justice work. Her main duties include office management, event planning for the annual Forum, the National Schools of Character program, and generally keeping the cogs turning. Outside of work, Heather loves to write short fiction and draw.
Rebecca joined Character.org in August 2014 after graduating from Vassar College with a B.A. in Psychology and a Childhood Education Teaching Certificate. Rebecca has been passionate about character education ever since she helped to found an ethics committee at her school, a previous School of Character. She has experience working in a variety of school settings and has been a student teacher, after school program counselor and Day Program Director at a summer program at Wellesley. Her main duties include assisting with development, forum planning and advocacy, as well as providing general support to the CEO.