Transforminng Educationn

Transeo is transforming student readiness with a suite of software tools that empower students and support educators.

About Transeoo

Transeo was built by educators for educators. Our founders were frustrated with a siloed education system and the amount of time wasted on paperwork. Collaboration was a challenge and students were falling through the cracks. We began with a simple problem: why did we spend so much time digging through pieces of paper, managing endless spreadsheets and playing hours of phone-tag? When searching for a better way to prepare students for success, we found no solutions. Transeo was born out of this real educational struggle.

Meet Our Team

Our team is built of educational leaders and industry experts that share one thing in common: the drive and desire to create a positive, authentic impact on students across the country. Click any photo to learn more about a specific team member.
David R. Schuler, PhD
David R. Schuler, PhD
PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER

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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Don Fraynd, PhD
Don Fraynd, PhD
CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Don is an experienced educational leader and has served in the roles of teacher, principal, and Chief School Improvement Officer. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Don accepted a position as principal in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and under his leadership, his school was rated one of the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Later, he co-founded TeacherMatch, a research consortium focused on helping districts make more effective hiring choices. Don is now excited to help schools and districts transform their communities by empowering students with the Transeo life readiness platform.


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Jimmy McDermott
Jimmy McDermott
CTO & CO-FOUNDER

Jimmy has years of tech and product development experience working with companies across America. As one of Transeo’s co-founders and Chief Technical Officer, he helps drive systems and processes for development and integration and leads a team of powerful developers to build world-class technology. 


As a graduate of District 214 in Illinois, Jimmy was exposed to a number of career experiences and opportunities. Now, he’s passionate about helping to deliver those opportunities to others. 



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Ken Broermann
Ken Broermann
VP OF SALES AND MARKETING

After spending over a decade as a leader in award-winning organizations supporting students, Ken saw first-hand the problems facing today’s schools and the challenge of preparing students to be work-ready, for post-secondary education, and ultimately, to live a fulfilled life. First as a consultant and now in software, Ken has found avenues to empower schools across America to redefine readiness, so that all students have the opportunity to thrive.

Ken was recognized at PeopleAdmin and PowerSchool for his work helping schools hire top talent, improve their management systems, and perfect their professional learning processes. Now at Transeo, he sees the opportunity to enhance students’ community service engagement and provide them with much-needed work-readiness experiences.


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Matthew Curtis, PhD
Matthew Curtis, PhD
VP OF PRODUCT

In addition to being a teacher, counselor and educational administrator for many years, Matt Curtis has been a successful startup co-founder and Chief Product Officer. Matt’s experiences across many educational settings have indicated that static curriculum and rigid methods fail to meet the needs of many learners.  Hence, Matt has focused his career on advancing education to more effectively cater to individual students’ interests and abilities. He is excited to join the Transeo team and help transform student readiness.


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Joe Diaz
Joe Diaz
VP OF CUSTOMER SUCCESS

Working across the country Joe has over a decade of experience in Customer Success in education technology. His passion lies in encouraging students to succeed so that they may reach their fullest potential. Life after High School comes with many challenges and the better we prepare our students for the real world the better in turn the world will be. From state to state and coast to coast he's supported some of the most innovative school districts in the nation bringing cutting edge digital tools to educators and students.

Joe supports Transeo's partners as VP of Customer Success in the West.


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Dustin M. Seemann
Dustin M. Seemann
VP OF CONTENT & CURRICULUM

Dustin has worked in K-12 and Higher Education for over 15 years. Throughout his professional career, he has served as a School Counselor, Club Advisor, Graduate Professor and now Assistant Superintendent.

Dustin’s passion for the Transeo team comes from years of frustration with tracking community service through paper forms and lack of administrative assistance in overseeing the process of goal setting. With Transeo, Dustin is excited to help create opportunities for students to set achievable goals, give back to their communities while feeling supported by their School, and provide post-secondary institutions an insight into the work we are doing with our students on community service.


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Patrick Woodring
Patrick Woodring
VP, Finance & Business Operations

Patrick is the backbone of Transeo, providing financial and operational support across departments. From HR support to financial forecasting, Patrick is dedicated to creating processes and efficiencies. He believes in the power of relevant post-secondary opportunities and is grateful he can play a role in closing the access gap.

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Anne Accardi
Anne Accardi
Marketing Content Copywriter

Anne is an experienced copywriter who is thrilled to help Transeo produce accurate, high-quality and relevant content focused on college, career and life readiness. Through e-books, manuals, white papers, blog posts and more, she helps educators find new and better ways to nurture their students towards post-secondary success.

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Tess Ackerson
Tess Ackerson
Sales Development Representative

Tess is driven by helping students find their unique pathway to success in an often dismantled education system. At Transeo, she helps connect to our customers by bringing relevant solutions to appropriate stakeholders. Tess has many years of experience in sales and enjoys building meaningful relationships to help understand our customers.

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Lauren Armack
Lauren Armack
Content Specialist

As Transeo’s content Developer, Lauren believes quality and thoughtful training empowers people, makes them feel confident, and helps them to be confident with the products they are using. She is proud that Transeo allows educators and students to take control of their life-readiness experience to instill those same feelings of empowerment.

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Danielle Carbonell
Danielle Carbonell
Strategic Sales Consultant

Danielle has over 25 years of sales experience in the education industry. As she has grown in her sales career, what motivates her the most is providing solutions to students. Here at Transeo, Danielle provides a consultative approach to help track complex graduation requirements and help students explore career options so they can gain readiness for their chosen post-secondary pathway.

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Savannah Cooper
Savannah Cooper
Customer Success Director

Here at Transeo, Savannah partners with clients to help understand their goals and create a holistic strategy that works best for the student's success. Savannah believes that Transeo provides tools that are necessary for students to be successful.

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Audrey Cruz
Audrey Cruz
Director of Sales Operations & Enablement

Audrey is an accomplished consultant, strategist, and project manager with over a decade of experience cultivating high-performing teams, improving business processes, and leading through change. She enjoys translating complex ideas into actionable pieces and working collaboratively to solve tough problems. As the Director of Sales Operations & Enablement at Transeo, Audrey ensures people have what they need to succeed. For the first eleven years of her career, Audrey worked at the intersection of education and workforce development in award winning nonprofits and some of the most challenging schools in Washington, DC. She believes deeply in Transeo’s ability to transform schools and communities and knows first-hand how critical system infrastructure is to real change.

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Jason Eberly
Jason Eberly
Marketing & Events Coordinator

Jason is an accomplished marketing professional with more than two decades of award-winning experience in managing conferences and events. Prior to joining Transeo, he also served as a paraprofessional and a teacher in the Kansas City area and is passionate about helping students prepare for the next stages of their lives.

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Scott Foster
Scott Foster
Product Designer

Scott is an award-winning UX/UI developer and Transeo’s Product Designer. He works tirelessly to ensure our customers have a valuable, enjoyable, and productive experience when using the software. Scott believes equity and access are the cornerstones of our education system and is excited to contribute to moving the needle in education forward.

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James Garbaczewski
James Garbaczewski
Full-Stack Engineer

James is an enthusiastic full-stack web developer with a breadth of insight in both front and back-end technologies. With years of management experience in fast-paced environments, James understands the need for simplified, streamlined processes in business. Because of this, James is passionate about using his technical acumen to create robust software for educators and students alike. 


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Alex George
Alex George
Software Product Owner/Project Manager

Alex George is a nationally recognized work-based learning expert, having directed and consulted programs across the U.S. Most recently, Alex served as Senior Manager of Work-Based Learning at Chicago Public Schools (CPS), leading efforts that impacted over 20,000 students from 100+ schools annually.

While at CPS, Alex implemented strategies that almost tripled work-based learning participation across the district. Alex also spearheaded innovative projects such as Career Launch Chicago, Skilled Trades Career Fair, Virtual Guest Speaker Week, Youth Apprenticeship Course, and more. Through this work, Alex collaborated with and consulted senior government officials, school administrators, industry leaders, and nonprofit executives.

Previous to CPS, Alex worked at Teach for America as a 2nd Grade Teacher and Community Organizer, the Taproot Foundation as their lead Program Manager for the Chicago metro area, and other experiences consulting educational programs in under-resourced communities and schools. Alex has also been involved with numerous volunteer opportunities, focusing on after-school programming, including founding a health and wellness/basketball program funded by the San Antonio Spurs.

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Joy Green
Joy Green
Customer Success Manager

I have a B.S. in Business Administration, nearly a decade of experience as an Account and Customer Success Manager in various industries and years of volunteer experience working with community programs that aid in preparing students for college and the workforce.

I am passionate about understanding the needs of a customer and providing them with the training and resources they need to meet those needs and their goals.  I aim to provide a superior customer experience and ensure that customers get the most value out of the system.

I believe that Transeo's education technology is a valuable solution for eliminating antiquated methods and that it provides educators and students with essential tools as they prepare for life after High School.

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Vince Haass
Vince Haass
Technical Implementation Specialist

After several years in technology supporting education, Vincent is excited to join the Transeo team. He leans on his experiences in different technical administrator roles to help customers smoothly and efficiently implement Transeo into their unique ecosystem. With time in the classroom as a CTE teacher, Vincent saw that with the right tools and opportunities, students can thrive, and he is passionate about helping make those tools available to our customers and their students as well.

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Ann Herbener
Ann Herbener
Education Services Manager

Ann has been an educator for 36 years, the last 20 as college counselor and counseling department chair. She served as President of Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling and Admission Practices Committee for NACAC. She was honored as the 2021 Nebraska State High School Counselor of the Year.

As a result, Ann brings a passion for post-secondary planning, the role of school counselors, and technology as a tool for student success to the Transeo team. Pivoting between teams, Ann provides expertise for counselors regarding implementation and college admission work to empower educators. Transeo’s capabilities to serve all aspects of a students journey excite Ann about the impact we can have on their lives.

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Art Hughes
Art Hughes
Strategic Sales Consultant

Art is a seasoned consultant in the education field and brings decades of experience in the field. His role allows him to demonstrate realistic, real-word ways to empower students' goals and prepare for college, career, and life readiness.

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Bill Lewis
Bill Lewis
Customer Success Manager

Bill has 29 years of experience in education ranging from the classroom to the superintendency. He is a passionate advocate for teachers and students. As a Customer Success Manager at Transeo, he ensures that clients have tools needed to utilize the program the most effective way so that school staff can concentrate on student success.  


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Cathleen Millar
Cathleen Millar
Solutions Engineer

Cathleen began her career as a classroom teacher and has brought that lens with her throughout her career in ed-tech. Over the past eight years, she served partners as a Professional Development and Customer Success Manager. In her new role at Transeo, Cathleen will be working to strategically collaborate with partners to identify solutions to help students become college, career, and life ready. When not working, Cathleen loves being with her family and finding new places to explore and share adventures.

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Bob Peacock
Bob Peacock
Director of Engineering

Bob is passionate about technology that makes a difference. He believes that the right application of innovation, ingenuity, and team coaching is the recipe for great customer solutions. With nearly 30 years of public-facing technology experience across large and small solution providers he is a seasoned technologist.


Bob served as a lead architect at System Innovations/Financial Data Planning Corp, before transitioning to director of technology at SunGard Insurance Systems, vice president of implementation at leading fintech solution provider, Insurance Technologies, vice president of application development with Flatiron Capital / Wells Fargo Bank, NA, and CTO of Spyder, Inc.


When not rolling up his sleeves and building solutions, Bob loves traveling the world and exploring the mountains of Colorado where he lives.

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Amanda Petrarca
Amanda Petrarca
Content Specialist

Amanda has dedicated many years to education and has served as an educator since 2002. She gained a strong passion for helping students access opportunities to find their unique career pathway, whether that is continued education, or becoming successful doing whatever they love. At Transeo, Amanda feels as though we are making a difference by providing the necessary tools to support their chosen path.

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Brandon Schroth
Brandon Schroth
Strategic Sales Consultant

After earning his BA in Business Management, Brandon started his career in sales shortly after. As he has worked closely in the tech industry, he has found passion in the Ed-Tech community. Here at Transeo, Brandon finds great passion in providing the tools students can use to empower them in their post-secondary journey.

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Casey Wyatt
Casey Wyatt
Technical Implementation Manager

With years of technical implementation under her belt, Casey designs and develops training content to enhance customers’ learning and skill-acquisition goals. Paired with her academic experience in anthropology, she’s committed to using natural human behavior to influence training and technology.


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Kelly Zura
Kelly Zura
Technical Implementation Specialist

With many years of experience working as a SIS administrator within public education, Kelly now helps customers to implement Transeo into their district’s SIS. She is passionate about education and helping students prepare for their post-secondary journey.

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Don Fraynd
Don Fraynd
CEO & Co-founder
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Joe Diaz
Joe Diaz
Director of Customer Success
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Alyson Emmett
Alyson Emmett
Customer Success Director
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Beth Ferrigno
Beth Ferrigno
Strategic Sales Consultant
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dustin M. Seemann
Dustin M. Seemann
VP of CONTENT & CURRICULUM
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ken Broermann
Ken Broermann
VP of Sales
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Natalie Smith
Natalie Smith
Customer Success Specialist
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jimmy McDermott
CTO and Co-Founder
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jake Ashley
Strategic sales consultant
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jessica Block
Senior SDR manager
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Matthew Curtis
VP of product and success
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Andrew Edwards
Backend developer
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Hannah Gerstner
Director of marketing
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Wendy McKethan
Customer success director
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Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about the importance of community service learning and preparing all students to be college, career and life ready.

Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, during his time as 2015-16 president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2018, Dr. Schuler was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and that same year he was named the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jaleesia Roberson
Technical specialist
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Our advisors play a crucial role in our company as we turn to them for insight and advice.
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Mike English
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Kathy Hurley
Kathy Hurley
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Bob Sanders
Bob Sanders
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Stephen Smith
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