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Board of Directors
Mitch is the CEO of nSpire, a technology company that provides web based incentive and motivation solutions. nSpire specializes in health and wellness, customer loyalty, employee recognition and sales productivity. Before founding nSpire in 2005, he demonstrated management and leadership abilities over 15 years in national sales for information technology, distribution and manufacturing based businesses. Mitch has extensive experience recruiting and building sales teams that have outperformed the competition. He previously started the firm, Aztech Consulting Group which provided recruiting and payroll services to clients as well as career counseling and mentoring to job seekers.
A common theme that runs through Mitch’s career life as well as social life is that of mentoring. He has helped guide many individuals through difficult decision making regarding their career path. He also has a strong interest in current worldly and political issues. This passion helps him understand and have great patience for how individuals from different backgrounds and cultures function. Mitch also has worked with mentally and physically disabled teens to teach them life skills and self-motivation. He has a strong desire to foster this passion, as it is self-fulfilling in a way very different than his everyday business career.
Mitch earned a Bachelors of Business Administration specializing in Economics and Public Policy from George Washington University.
Mitch lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Nancy, and two kids, Megan and Andrew. He enjoys tennis, golf, hiking and trying to beat his kids at Xbox.
Leigh is Executive Director of Non-Degree Studies at Grand Canyon University responsible for Dual High School, Continuing Education for Teachers and Single Course Enrollment programs. Before joining Grand Canyon University, she held a variety of positions in the training and education industries, most recently as Director of Enrollment at University of Phoenix. Leigh has extensive experience growing new product lines in the training and education industries. She held startup roles at University of Phoenix creating the Non-Degree department, was responsible for establishing the training product line for the Business Division of Gateway Computers and opened up the London office for a technical training company called Mastering Computers. Leigh earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science at University of Toronto and Master of Arts in Adult Education Distance Learning at University of Phoenix. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. In her spare time, Leigh volunteers with refugee families through the IRC (www.rescue.org) and is an avid traveler.
John currently serves as an Agile Coach and Trainer for the Braintrust Consulting Group where he is responsible for helping organizations become more innovative and collaborative through Agile product development methods. Prior to his work as an Agile Coach, he proudly served as a K12 Education Technology Director for almost a decade. John was involved in several startup companies in Silicon Alley during the dotcom boom, such as Register.com and Imbot.com . John speaks regularly at local, national and global conferences centered around Agile, Project Management, and education. John graduated from New Jersey City University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He is a Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Project Management Professional, and a Co-Active Coach, as well as holding many other certifications in the IT industry.
John is passionate about innovation in education. He started the first Makerspaces in schools in Arizona. He’s currently an active volunteer for Blueprint High School and for the Blueprint Administration team. John leads an initiative named RightShift Learning www.rightshiftlearning.com, bringing innovative 21st Century learning methods to the classroom, inspired by the way the most innovative companies work. John currently lives in La Jolla, California with his wife and daughter.
Advisory Board Member
Sentari has extensive nonprofit experience with particular interest in program implementation. On staff at the Rodel Foundation, he ensures successful project implementation and facilitation as assigned by the President & CEO. Through additional training and programming he's also gleaned best practices for nonprofits in the realms of effective communication, capacity building and volunteer management.
While sitting on various boards and chairing committees, he has also organized and planned events, communicated with local businesses for fundraising and development and helped effectively manage staffs and volunteers. Through his roles with the American Red Cross and Hands On Greater Phoenix he has also participated in direct service. Great experience with creative solutions for small businesses and start-ups. His portfolio ranges from writing and editing business plans to marketing materials to complete web and print content for emerging companies. As writer and editor for Community Arts Create (a Seattle based nonprofit), he has been in charge of composing marketing materials and content as well as press releases and grant editing. As Communications Chair for KEEN Phoenix, he has created an effective and strategic communications plan and following through with all aspects of implementation. His previous position at Citation Technologies has strengthened his skills, particularly with technical writing and editing while understanding complex processes on a daily basis. Additionally, that position helped him master task delegation and small-project management.
His special skills include: Creative Content Writing, Business Plans, Volunteer Coordination & Management, Project Management, Non-Profit Development, Program Implementation.