Board of Directors
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.
As Senior Director of Talent Optimization for Banner Health, Michael leads the organization’s leadership development programs. Based in Phoenix, Ariz., Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country with over 35000 employees providing world class healthcare and service. Prior to his work at Banner Health, Michael spent six years at Avnet, a Fortune 500 company, where he held executive positions in corporate training, global web services and eCommerce. A prolific trainer in Avnet’s award winning international executive development program, he taught courses in the US, Belgium, Germany and the UK. Michael has also served on several industry association and non-profit board of directors, such as the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), Arizona Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (AZHIMSS) and Blueprint Education. Michael holds both MBA and Master of Education degrees, and is also certified in Ken Blanchard's Situational Leadership II and Wilson Learning’s Sales Excellence. Michael proudly calls Phoenix, Arizona home, and he lives here with his son and daughter.
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.
Terry is currently a real estate investor and manager of a small law firm in Austin, Texas. His diverse past experience includes brokering commercial real estate transactions in southern California, owning and operating The Willow House Café here in Phoenix, as an urban and wild land firefighter in Arizona and California, a Hotshot helicopter rappeler for the United States Forest Service and serving in the United States Air Force as an emergency medical technician. Terry graduated from Arizona State University cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
Terry has a profound interest in improving quality of life for children. A wish grantor and community representative for the Make-A Wish Foundation, has granted the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their human experience. He has also been involved in community service programs including Habitat for Humanity, Transformational Training Staff and Toastmasters International. Traveling around the globe and experiencing the rich diversity of cultures is his most enjoyable adventure.
Terry grew up in Arizona and currently resides with his wife in Austin, Texas.
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.
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.
Dr. Anne Auten
Advisory Board Member
Anne recently retired as an associate dean for the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Before joining the university, her employer for nearly 20 years, Anne worked as an English teacher for grades 6-12, as a freelance editor, and as a staff writer and information services coordinator for the National Council of Teachers of English. At the university, she held various faculty and administrator positions and led numerous initiatives, including marketing communications, grant writing and budget management, and faculty development in teaching, critical learning and computers as cognitive tools. An advocate of collaboration and community-based urban teacher education, Anne also coordinated a partnership with nine public schools to develop circles of advocacy for metro school children, their parents and college students in pre-service teacher education.
Anne received her Master’s in Education and Instructional Applications of Computing (IAC) at the University of Illinois, and her PhD in Higher Education Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota.
Anne offers a wealth of experience in teaching K-12 and graduate students, professional writing, project management and marketing, research assessment, faculty and staff development, and collaborative initiatives. In addition to serving as Capella adjunct faculty, she is engaged in the standards-based redesign of a community college’s urban teacher education curriculum.
Anne lives in Minnesota, where she enjoys cross-country skiing, biking, geo-caching and spending time with friends and family.
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.
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.
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.
Advisory Board Member
Sade is a solo law practitioner in Austin, Texas. Her law firm is a general practice focusing on family and consumer law. She is a member of the Texas Lawyers for Children helping to provide assistance with child abuse and neglect cases.
Previously she worked as a software analyst at Bridgeway Software and as a Special Education teacher. As a special education eacher she was responsible for teaching life skills, developing modified curricula and co-teaching mainstream classrooms. She decided to become an educator so that she could inspire children to learn, just as her teachers had fostered her love of knowledge. She has a passion for children and is committed to serving children in various capacities. She believes every child is trainable and advocates the use of alternative methods to accommodate individual learning styles. She tutored after school programs with Houston Independent School District, organized community outings for the Special Needs program in Katy Independent School District, and participates in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record programs. She is currently a volunteer member of Child Advocates Inc., where she serves as a court appointed advocate, and is a volunteer attorney with American Gateways and Volunteer Legal Services in Austin, Texas.
Sade received her Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law, her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Houston, and holds a Texas Special Education K-12 Teacher Certificate.
One of her favorite quotes is "The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” – John Lubbock
Advisory Board Member
Tara Russell is the CEO & Founder of Create Common Good (www.createcommongood.org), a social + entrepreneurial venture that provides job-training and employment for refugees and other disadvantaged populations. Tara is a visionary, an entrepreneur, a wife, and a mother to kids who inspire her daily. Tara is passionately committed to empowering those with the least through innovative business and training.
Tara's background is in engineering and has worked extensively internationally. She did process engineering at General Motors, both at Saturn Corporation and in Shanghai, China with GM China. She worked at Intel in Technical Marketing and Sales, and did Footwear Product Development at Nike in Beaverton, Oregon. Tara co-founded NightLight International (http://nightlightinternational.com/), an organization serving women at-risk in Bangkok, Thailand, while living overseas. Tara speaks frequently about the issues facing the international community and hopes to transform the way the next generation thinks about how to best use their talents and passions to help change the world.
Tara received her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. She lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jeff, and her two kids, Tyson and Lucy. She loves to run, bike, hike, ski and do just about anything outdoors.
Emeritus Board Members
Dr. Jim Davis
Dr. Larry Kelly