Leadership


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Jonathan Grayer

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Weld North Education


Jonathan's Bio

Jonathan founded Weld North in 2010 in partnership with KKR. He is the former Chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc., a global education company.  Upon completing his M.B.A., Jonathan joined Newsweek, a WPO company, where he was soon named marketing director. He joined Kaplan in 1991 as regional operations director, and held several titles before becoming President and CEO in 1994. Jonathan was named Chairman of Kaplan in 2002.  When Jonathan became CEO of Kaplan, the company was an $80 million test preparation business. Through a series of strategic acquisitions that brought Kaplan into the higher education and professional training markets, and by creating substantial organic growth in Kaplan’s traditional lines of business, Kaplan grew into a company that provides lifelong learning to students around the world. The company had more than $2.3 billion in revenue in 2008 when Jonathan left Kaplan.

Jonathan founded Weld North Education (WNE) to drive changes in the way digital curriculum is used to achieve better learning outcomes for students.  By using the power of data-driven personalization, teachers are able to better tailor lessons plans for their students.  Parents and Administrators can understand student and classroom progress on a daily basis.  Since its first acquisition of E2020 in July of 2011, WNE has grown to be the largest provider of digital curriculum to the K-12 system.  Today, it serves over 10 million students each day.  In 2018, a majority interest of WNE was sold to Silver Lake Partners (SLP) and Jonathan is working with SLP to change the way teachers teach and students learn.

Jonathan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School . He now serves on the boards of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he Chairs the Patient Care Committee, the Partnership Fund for New York City, and the Columbia Global Reports. In September 2005, he was named by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

In 2006, Jonathan founded the Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF), which seeks to eliminate barriers to education for overlooked and underserved students and to develop them as leaders for the American workforce.  To date, KEF has supported 105 scholars with intense college preparation, counseling, admissions guidance, and work force readiness training.  These students have successfully transferred from NYC community colleges to elite four-year institutions.  KEF students have graduated from the Ivies, Stanford, Amherst, and many other elite colleges.




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David Alderslade

Chief Financial Officer

Weld North Education


David's Bio

David Alderslade has more than 25 years of professional and managerial experience in international financial services in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Before joining Edgenuity, David held other senior positions including Managing Director and CFO at Richmond Park Partners, a London-based independent merchant bank, Global Business Manager for Corporate Finance and Origination at Dresdner Kleinwort, Head of Finance at Commerzbank AG London for both the Investment Bank and London Branch, and Head of Financial Reporting and Head of Financial Markets Product Control at ING Barings.

He qualified as an accountant with KPMG and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. David holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

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Jeremy Cowdrey

Chief Executive Officer

Imagine Learning


Jeremy's Bio

Jeremy Cowdrey is CEO of Imagine Learning, a leading educational technology company providing supplemental digital curriculum for PreK through 8th grade students. Jeremy joined Imagine Learning in 2006, serving as a Regional Partnership Director and then as Executive Vice President over Sales and Marketing. In July 2018, Jeremy was named President of the company. Previously, Jeremy worked for Scott Foresman Addison Wesley, Pearson, and Novell in sales and management positions. Jeremy has a deep-seated belief in the value of education and was the first person in his extended family to graduate from college. Jeremy has a B.S. degree in business administration.

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Eric Dalton

Executive Vice President and General Manager

Weld North Education Consumer


Eric's Bio

Eric Dalton’s experience in K-12 education and senior leadership spans over a decade. Dalton’s career includes stops at the Giati Group, a company with more than 40 years of experience serving online, distance, correspondence, and residential education programs; AOP, a faith-based curriculum provider for K-12 education; and Glynlyon Inc., a world-class educational technology company providing services to over 1 million students annually. Fast forward nearly a decade and various senior leadership positions, you’ll find that Eric leads by example. Colleagues and clients have come to admire his ability to ask questions to better both his peers and himself.

“Both education and life are about continuous improvement,” Dalton said. “I don’t like to sit still, and as a company, we’re always striving to move forward to make a daily impact on our students, teachers, and families who use our curriculum.”

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Sari Factor

Chief Executive Officer

Edgenuity


Sari's Bio

Sari began her career as a mathematics teacher, but was soon thinking of much bigger ways to impact students. Recognizing that technology could greatly transform the way students learn, she made a career move into education technology, and has been working to leverage technology to help students, schools, and districts ever since.

Sari’s background affords her a uniquely qualified perspective on modern education. She’s held leadership positions at successful educational publishing and technology companies, including Kaplan, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin, and Everyday Learning Corporation. She joined Edgenuity in 2011, after learning of the success schools and students were experiencing as a result of their products: “I knew it was a company where I could fulfill my vision to combine technology and the research on learning to make education truly student centered.”

Sari holds a BS in Education from Indiana University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

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Chris Graham

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Weld North Education


Chris' Bio

Chris is a business lawyer with over 20 years of corporate and transactional experience. Before joining Weld North Education, he was a partner at Verrill, a leading Northeast regional law firm, where he was Chair of Verrill’s Corporate and Business Law Group. At Verrill, Chris advised private equity funds and their portfolio companies, including Weld North Education, on mergers and acquisitions and the legal aspects of their businesses. He also served for 5 years as General Counsel of a publicly-traded technology company where he managed the company’s legal function.

Chris is also involved with the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center where he has worked on the pro bono representation of veterans. Chris holds a B.S. in finance from Lehigh University and a law degree with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law.<

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Gautam Parasnis

Chief Operating Officer

Weld North Education


Gautam's Bio

Gautam is a former consulting Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM’s Global Business Services.  He spent his consulting career focusing on assisting corporate leaders, across several industry verticals, drive technology enabled transformations of their customer relationships and their customer’s digital, mobile, and social experiences.  At IBM, Gautam held several senior leadership roles including being the Global Leader of the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) practice for their consulting business, and being the Growth Markets Unit (GMU) Practice Leader for their Oracle business.

Gautam recently served as the Chief Technology Officer of one of Weld North Education's portfolio companies, Learning House, where he transformed the technology department, aligning it with the growth drivers of the company.  He is now focusing on driving technology and operational efficiencies across the Weld North Education portfolio.

Gautam graduated with a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



Other Senior Leadership

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Waseem Alam

Senior Vice President of Development

Weld North Education


Waseem's Bio

Waseem joined Weld North’s investment team in 2015. Prior to joining, he worked at EdisonLearning, a K-12 education services and technology company. In this role, he focused on corporate strategy, operations, business development and strategic initiatives. He worked to expand the company internationally and to develop a network of new blended learning dropout recovery schools. Waseem started his career as an associate at PwC’s consulting practice working on a wide range of engagements advising Fortune 100 companies. Waseem graduated with a B.S. in Management from Binghamton University in 2009 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 2015.

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Todd Ellermann

Vice President, Engineering

Weld North Education


Todd's Bio

Todd brings a wealth of software engineering, data science, and technology management experience to Edgenuity, Imagine Learning, and Weld North Education. As a college student, he founded a services organization that helped expand Internet access to both small businesses and his alma mater, University of Arizona. From there, he pivoted to focusing more directly on education with the development of a web-based distance learning application SBIR for the US Department of Transportation. He then spent several years managing engineering teams at various companies, eventually becoming the Director of IT and Web Development at Lynda.com (now LinkedIn Learning), a leading online learning company.

Todd holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona, as well as an MBA and certificate of Software Engineering Management from Arizona State University.

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Keith Maynard

Vice President, Product Experience Design

Weld North Education


Keith's Bio

Keith brings an intense focus on building solutions around a deep understanding of and empathy for the people they serve. He has helped software teams, international organizations, educators, and parents to leverage design thinking to create people-centric solutions to complex problems. Some of the most meaningful work Keith has been involved with includes prototyping solutions with the United Nations, conducting research that was read in the Mississippi Supreme Court, and working directly with students and educators across the country to develop new educational products and solutions.

Keith has spent much of his career working with government agencies to provide better experiences for the diverse populations they serve. He has worked with criminal justice, transportation, and education organizations to provide new, transformative ways to work, interact, and learn.

Keith holds BAs in English and Political Science from Utah State University.

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Deborah Rayow

Vice President, Instructional Design & Learning Science

Weld North Education


Deborah's Bio

Deborah began her career as a fifth-grade teacher. After several years in the classroom, she shifted to curriculum planning and professional development, eventually focusing on e-learning, instructional design, and product development. Her expertise was honed while working with some of the most recognizable names in education; Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Scholastic Education, and the New York Times Learning Network.

Deborah holds her BA in Child Development from Tufts University and her EdM in Mathematics Education from Rutgers University.

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Jack Shira

Vice President, Curriculum Development

Weld North Education


Jack's Bio

Jack started his educational publishing career in sales, garnering an early appreciation and affinity for teachers, especially those who were adept at connecting with students and eager to create new solutions that improved learning. With more than 25 years of experience in the education sector at McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, he has established a track record of successful leadership and innovation in sales, editorial, software development, and product management across the K-12, higher education, and professional education markets. This extensive and diverse product development and leadership experience, coupled with his keen interest to positively impact and transform education, makes him well suited for the online learning industry.

Jack holds his BS in Management from Arizona State University.