Executive Committee

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Jonathan Grayer

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan's Bio

Jonathan founded Weld North in 2010, now the largest digital curriculum provider to K-12 schools in the U.S. 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

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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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Andy Caulo

Executive Vice President, Edgenuity Sales

Andy's Bio

Andy Caulo is an executive-level educational sales leader whose confident, comfortable management style supports and motivates his sales team and his customers. He develops strong, respectful customer relationships and works creatively to provide the highest quality educational products to districts across the nation that are continually grappling with challenging budget considerations. He is also known for building and maintaining a highly professional sales team that is customer-centric. Before joining Edgenuity in 2008, he worked with Simon and Schuster, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, and Compass Learning.

Andy holds a BA from Texas Tech University.

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Eric Dalton

President of

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

Vice Chair and Chief Strategy Officer

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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Michael Humphrey

Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

Michael's Bio

Michael’s expertise is in revenue generation, raising venture capital, and managing companies for institutional investors. In other words, Michael gives companies the resources to grow and better serve their customer base. Michael’s experience outside of education is valuable to Edgenuity, “Being able to look at something from another perspective can be beneficial … it allows me to see opportunities or gaps that may otherwise be overlooked,” he says. “And sometimes that sparks a transformation, not unlike what Edgenuity is doing now.”

Michael holds a BA from Texas Tech University and is a member of the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors.

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Adam Klaber

Vice Chair and Chief Administration Officer

Adam's Bio

Adam joined Weld North in 2013 to enhance the operating capabilities of its businesses. He is a former General Manager and Managing Partner of IBM and Senior Partner at PwC. At IBM, he held a number of senior executive roles including being responsible for creating and leading the Business Analytics and Optimization / Big Data services team as well as the Mobile Technology, Interactive Agency and eCommerce units.

He led technology and business services units for IBM in Latin America and in Southwest Europe. Prior to these roles, he was one of the early founders of the Customer Relationship Management Industry, leading services practices and developing technology solutions in that space. He oversaw the growth of the CRM practice from a boutique business of $20m in 1996 to over $700m in 2002 at the time of IBM’s acquisition of PwC’s Consulting.

Throughout these roles, he continued to actively advise and consult with numerous clients on the effective use of technology in the Education, Health Care, Travel & Transportation, Retail and Financial Services Industry. Adam graduated with a B.A. from the University of Hartford in 1983 and a M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1992.

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Gautam Parasnis

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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.

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Leslie Sobon

Senior Vice President, Customer Experience

Leslie's Bio

A veteran of technology marketing, Leslie has spent her career building and invigorating brands, launching products, developing innovative marketing models, and helping to drive growth at Texas Instruments and Dell. As Corporate VP of Worldwide Marketing at AMD, Leslie led marketing for their mobile, desktop, and server products. In 2010, she was named one of Chip Chick’s “Top 13 Women Who Impacted Technology.” She was also featured in CuteGeek’s “Brilliant Women in Technology” in 2011. Leslie was drawn to Edgenuity by the opportunity to make a real difference within the education industry.

Leslie holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Northeastern University and an MBA from Baylor University.

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Catherine Cahn

Chief Executive Officer, Twig Education

Catherine's Bio

After a career in law and finance at Latham & Watkins, O’Melveny & Myers and Merrill Lynch, Catherine co-founded Twig Education in 2010. She has been CEO of Twig since 2017 and led its US expansion. She studied history at UCLA law at The University of California, Berkeley and qualified as a lawyer in California, England and Wales.

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Todd Ellermann

Senior Vice President, Product Engineering

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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Chris Graham

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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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Elizabeth Lehnertz

Vice President,

Elizabeth's Bio

Elizabeth Lehnertz brings over 25 years of experience in the education industry. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Texas before moving into educational publishing and technology. She has held leadership roles in product marketing, product management, and corporate marketing at Pearson, Renaissance Learning, McGraw-Hill, and more. With the passion to improve education for teachers, students, and families alike, Elizabeth brings the insight and experience to build and lead industry-leading teams to solve complex problems in a crowded, competitive landscape.

Elizabeth graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in mechanical engineering.

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Jeff Pendleton

Senior Vice President,
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Jeff's Bio

Jeff Pendleton has over a decade of experience helping businesses leverage technology, including to drive student outcomes. Prior to joining Edgenuity, Jeff spent nearly eight years at Imagine Learning, where he played a key role in growing the company from a PreK–2 ELL provider to a leading ELA and math curriculum company. Most recently, he served as Imagine Learning’s chief experience officer, and was responsible for the end-to-end customer experience and contributed to strategy and operations for the product, brand, and employee experience.

Jeff holds a BS in psychology from Brigham Young University.

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Kinsey Rawe

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Courseware and Instructional Services

Kinsey's Bio

Kinsey found his way into K–12 online education after developing a learning management system for a financial services company. He soon recognized that the tools and technology being developed overlooked a crucial aspect of the learning process—teachers. Kinsey promptly began work on a dashboard containing information and features that would help teachers become more efficient and effective. And the response was overwhelming, “When I rolled it out to a group of educators, they said I had given them a ‘magic button,’ and actually gave me a standing ovation,” he recalls.

Kinsey holds a BA in Russian Language and Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and did additional studies at Middlebury College in Vermont and Russia’s Rostov State University.

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Deborah Rayow

Vice President, Learning Science & Platform

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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Robert Romano

Chief Executive Officer,

Robert's Bio

Robert Romano is a successful entrepreneur and educator who has combined a formal education in engineering and literary studies to develop a leading edge curriculum for K-12, blending the latest in technology with the best of traditional teaching pedagogy.

Assembling a team of top academics and technology specialists, he developed the award-winning language arts product EDVantage Software, which he sold in 2001. Prior to that, Robert founded and ran successful startups in media, manufacturing, and real estate development.

In his latest endeavor, StudySync, he has brought to life a robust library of literary and informational texts in a dynamic, interactive learning environment that is at once engaging and relevant to students. StudySync, Romano’s second ed-tech success, is based in Northern California and develops and publishes English language arts (ELA) curricula, providing multimedia exercises, lessons, and other materials. As CEO, Romano creates the vision for the product, conceptualizing the multimedia elements and finding unique applications of technology. He also prioritizes the focus for 100 employees—among them are academic, engineering, and marketing experts.

In less than 10 years, the company has built a major foothold in classrooms across the nation. Used in all states and adapted to meet national educational standards and state adoptions, StudySync has become the country’s number one core ELA program. Robert has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Literature and the Teaching of Writing.

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Jack Shira

Vice President, Product Development

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.

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Kelly Staniec

Vice President &

Kelly's Bio

Kelly brings over 30 years of experience in accounting with both public and private companies in the real estate, health care and technology industries.  She joined Edgenuity in 2013 and established the scalable accounting infrastructure that has successfully navigated exponential growth in revenue and employees and expanded to cover all subsidiaries of Weld North Education.  Kelly has played a key role in the numerous mergers and acquisitions from the transaction execution to the successful integration of acquired company financial operations.

Kelly is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Arizona and an alumni of Arizona State University.

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Marcia Willson

Senior Vice President,

Marcia's Bio

Marcia Willson is an education veteran, with over 25 years of experience in the industry, and brings a lifetime of experience in building strong and collaborative sales teams with a focus on helping districts leverage technology to maximize student learning.

Marcia’s career includes classroom teaching, educational publishing, education technology, and most recently, sales and leadership roles at EMG Networks, Jostens Learning, and CompassLearning. She joined Edgenuity in 2008.

Marcia graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership.