Board of Directors

Mitch Horlick

Chairman

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 Critchley

Chairman-Elect

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 Miller

John Miller

Secretary

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.

Jon Carter

Treasurer

Jon currently serves as a product manager for Dell, Inc., where he is responsible for managing strategic business planning in the large enterprise storage group. He has also held various product management roles at Hewlett Packard, including the position of global product manager in both the business PC group and the LaserJet printing group. Prior to joining Hewlett Packard, Jon worked for Det Norske Veritas, a Norwegian consulting firm, as a project manager responsible for developing risk-based management programs in the energy industry. With over 15 years of computer hardware and software experience, Jon is a recognized expert in his field. He regularly speaks at industry events and contributes to related publications. Jon graduated from Baylor University, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. Jon has a vested interest in education and development programs for children. He’s currently an active volunteer for the Watch D.O.G.S. school mentoring program (www.fathers.com) and Annunciation Maternity Home (www.thematernityhome.org). He also serves on the board of directors for the non-profit Gifted and Talented Alliance of Georgetown (www.gtagt.net). Previously, he held advisory board positions with the Treasure Valley YMCA in Boise, Idaho, and the Boys and Girls Club in Nampa, Idaho. Jon currently lives in Georgetown, Texas with his wife, daughter and son.

Kevin Donaldson

Advisory Board Member

Kevin is currently part of the management team at agricultural bio-science company called Suterra. Suterra is a world-wide manufacturer of bio-rational pest control products. His focus in the organization is on operational strategy and product management. Prior to joining Suterra, Kevin worked at a wide range of small and large ventures, including start ups, his own consulting company, and fortune 500 companies such as Capital One, Toyota and Deloitte Consulting. With over 12 years in business and operational strategy, Kevin is an expert in design thinking and understanding how to make organizations work more effectively. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

With three children under the age of five, Kevin has a deep interest in the future of education, and a passion for new and innovative teaching methods and tools that can meet the needs of diverse learning styles. He serves as a board member of Create Common Good (CCG), a non-profit development organization that focuses on empowering those that have the least. A major CCG initiative is the delivery of training course and curricula to prepare refugees to find and retain work.

Kevin currently lives with his wife, two sons and daughter in Bend Oregon.

Dr. Don Enz

Advisory Board Member

Don is the current Arizona State Director of AdvancED school accreditation which accredits schools for an international commission the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement which is a division of AdvancED. Don has over 40 years of experience as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent in Arizona. Don has been an instructor at Arizona State University and served as interim administrator at Thew Elementary School in Tempe. He was hired as the interim superintendent for the Scottsdale Unified School District after serving three years as assistant superintendent for school operations in Scottsdale. He served as principal at Coronado High School and Agua Fria Union High School.

Don received his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University where he also obtained a bachelor's degree in secondary education.

Don serves on a number of associations which include: Arizona Executive Directors Association; Arizona Education Coalition; Arizona School Administrators Ed Services Advisory Board; Arizona Field Director for the National Horatio Alger Association; and the Arizona State Advisory Board “AZ Leads” Arizona Department of Education

Don lives in Arizona with his wife, two grown daughters who have given him four fantastic grandchildren.

Steve Gilbert

Advisory Board Member

Steve is currently the Managing Director of PassiveCast, an executive search and recruiting company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. A practice area at PassiveCast focuses on the education and training industry nationwide. Prior to entering the talent management industry, Steve practiced as a licensed Physical Therapist and served as a member of the diabetic education team at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Earlier in his career he worked with Boulder Connections, a non-profit organization in Boulder, Colorado that helps teens with developmental disabilities become more involved in their local communities. Steve earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Oregon. An active member in his community, Steve volunteers weekly at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Arizona (www.bbbsaz.org) and as an assistant to the troop leader in his daughter’s Girl Scout troop (www.girlscoutsaz.org). Steve is currently on the Board of Directors for the Valley of the Sun HR Association (www.vshra.org) which is the largest Arizona chapter for the Society of Human Resource Management (www.shrm.org). An amateur musician as well, Steve also has volunteer experience with the Downtown Music Lab in Roanoke, Virginia helping elementary and high school students learn the art of writing and recording music (www.jeffcenter.org/musiclab). Steve’s thirst for ongoing learning keeps him involved in the local entrepreneurial community through the local TiE chapter (www.tieaz.org) and as an active member of Toastmasters International (www.toastmasters.org). Steve is an Arizona native and currently lives in Glendale with his wife and two children.

Timothy K. Kelly

Advisory Board Member

Tim currently serves as a Vice President General Manager for the Dairy Division at Shamrock Foods Company, where he’s worked for over 20years in various positions. He’s currently responsible for managing of Shamrock Farms fluid milk and culture business. A former student of Blueprint Education, Tim graduated from the Arizona State University with both his BS and MS degrees in Agribusiness. Tim has formerly served on various non-profit boards and committees, including Grand Canyon State Games, UCP of Arizona and The Grove Bible Church. He is a current member of the Tempe Diablo’s. Tim lives with his wife Robyn and three sons in Chandler, Arizona.

John J McGuire, PhD

Advisory Board Member

John is currently Adjunct Faculty at Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho where he teaches the Introduction of Sociology and Social Problems.  He has taught undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of formal classroom, on-line, and workshop/training formats.  John recently left a career of over thirty years working in leadership capacities within the college and university division of student affairs; most recently as Associate Vice President at Boise State University.

John also has extensive leadership experience in the non-profit world.  He sat on the Board of Directors of a national service organization where he was also responsible for organizing their annual summer leadership school.  Currently, John serves as President for the Rotary Club of Boise and as Co-Chair of the Rotary District 5400 Scholarship Committee.  For six years, he served as Executive Director for the Center of Creative Justice (CCJ) in Ames, Iowa.  CCJ provides adult probation supervision through a dedicated core of volunteer supervisors.  Through applying the principles of Restorative Justice, it successfully leads greater than 85% of its clients to expunged records within one year and successful lives within the community.

John received his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Seton Hall University, his Masters of Science of Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and his Ph.D. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University.

John lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife Sharon, and two kids, Maeve and Gordon.  He loves being outdoors but especially when that involves having a fly rod in his hand or skis attached to his feet.  His family enjoys travel.  John likes to think he can home-brew beer when time allows.

Sentari Minor

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.

Emeritus Board Members

Dr. Jim Davis
Dr. Larry Kelly