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Jamie Candee

Jamie Candee

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jamie Candee leads Edmentum’s strategic vision and long-term growth as President, CEO, and Board Director. She has served as CEO of Edmentum since 2017, and has extensive experience in education technology, private equity, and policy. Edmentum is a global education leader, delivering research-based digital curriculum, assessments for learning, and quality educational consulting. With over 60 years of experience, Edmentum is both a pioneer in online teaching and learning solutions and is continually committed to making it easier for educators to individualize learning for every student.

As CEO, Jamie is focused on ensuring that Edmentum programs and services empower teachers with the digital curriculum and assessments for learning they need to personalize instruction and create equitable learning opportunities for all students. Her vision is to ensure Edmentum programs are aligned to every teacher’s instructional strategies and demonstrate evidence of growth and learning. Leading with an educator first approach, Jamie ensures that teachers and students are always top-of-mind – from development through implementation of their Edmentum programs.

Jamie lives by the credo of doing well by doing good. In 2018, Jamie founded Edmentum’s We Can Learn foundation. We Can Learn is committed to making a meaningful impact in education through philanthropic giving and service, that supports equitable and innovative learning opportunities. Since its inception, We Can Learn has supported the development of a school in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, partnered with multiple local and national organizations, and provided support to over 10,000 children.

Jamie is an active member of her community, providing mentorship, speaking, and leading through a variety of volunteer opportunities and board memberships. Jamie has spoken or been quoted on leadership, education, technology, finance, and professional development in The New York Times, Forbes, Today, ASU+GSV, and AASA. Jamie is on the Board of Trustees for Visitation School, and she sits on the board of directors for Project Success and Learning Tree International. Additionally, Jamie has been recognized by various industry-leading organizations for her leadership including the Minnesota Business Magazine, Ernst & Young, The Software Report, and EdTech Digest. Jamie holds a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University and a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Wisconsin.

Why education?

“I am inspired by the students and educators I meet on a regular basis.” Jamie began her undergraduate studies in elementary education before shifting to focus on to public policy and business management. She is a committed lifelong learner and has always chosen career opportunities that allow her to both teach and continue her commitment to lifelong learning.

Why Edmentum?

“I love that I can wake up every day and be around people who share my commitment to teaching and learning.” Jamie’s dedication to the company truly shows in the positive results Edmentum’s customers experience in their program implementations and student outcomes. “Edmentum is committed to personalizing learning for every student we serve, as well as supporting teachers in their mission to support every student. We will not stop pursuing our goal to ensure every student in this country can learn and be successful”. Jamie is supported by a team that is invested personally and professionally in making a difference in students’ lives.

Hear From Jamie:

Paying It Forward, Forbes Jamie Candee - Leading Business And You To Success, On the Brink with Andi Simon Do Right for Education with Lifelong Partnerships, The Learning Counsel Inside an Expanding EdTech Company, EdTech Digest Edmentum CEO Jamie Candee on the Importance of Taking Risks, Chief Executive CEO Spotlight, KRLD News Radio 1080 Edmentum President and CEO Jamie Candee on Her Path to Executive Leadership,
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Edmentum: Blending Technology with Pedagogy to Help ALL Students, TeacherCast Women in Business Awards 2018: Jamie Candee, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal K-12 Education Delivery After the Pandemic, Knowledge Leaders Distance learning spurs surprising change: More parents consider home schooling, TODAY Parents

Frank Jalufka

Chief Financial Officer

Frank Jalufka joined Edmentum in 2020 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Frank is responsible for leading Edmentum’s finance, accounting, and legal teams. Frank has an extensive background in finance and operations management, bringing over 30 years of experience to his role as CFO at Edmentum.

Prior to joining Edmentum, Frank served as Chief Financial Officer at Education Management Corporation (EDMC), overseeing and managing all financial aspects of the business focused on post-secondary education across North America; Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer at The Dolan Company; and Vice President Enterprise Finance at Freedom Communications. Frank holds a BBA from Texas A&M University, Mays Business School.

Why education?

“Now, more than ever, we see that learning can happen successfully both inside and outside of the traditional classroom. Schools and districts all over the world are finding innovative ways to move learning forward, even when faced with unimaginable challenges. I look forward to contributing to Edmentum’s mission of building school around every student.”

Why Edmentum?

“Education is the most important thing we can do for our society. For a student, it is the key that opens up the door to opportunity. I’m thrilled to be part of a company that helps deliver the tools for a student to succeed in that mission.”

Ryan Hagedorn

Chief Operating Officer

Ryan has been with Edmentum since 2010 and has spent his entire career in education. He began in the organization heading the marketing team, then went on to lead multiple segments of the sales and marketing organization. He was most recently appointed to lead Edmentum's sales, services, and marketing organizations as Chief Operating Officer. In his current role, he focuses on creating an end-to-end customer lifecycle centered on a partnership. Ryan has a proven track record of producing growth, and his career milestones include launching our virtual academy and introducing the Edmentum brand. Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Hofstra University.

Why education?

A lifelong learner, Ryan is “amazed at the positive impact technology can have on the learning process.” Growing up, he had a “one size fits all” education experience. School was something he had to do, not something he felt was tailored to his learning style and meant to produce the best possible outcome. That makes him very excited about the future of education and the difference technology can make in reaching every student, wherever they are.

Why Edmentum?

Ryan believes that Edmentum is in the best position to empower educators to leverage technology to truly enhance learning because of how the organization can help educators assess students’ learning levels and help students develop the skills they need to succeed. Ryan is motivated by Edmentum’s ability to make learning more effective today and into the future.

Hear From Ryan:

Career Technical Education, 411 Teen A Data-Informed, Advice-Packed Toolkit to Boost Teacher Retention, EdSurge Edmentum's Exact Path, Oklahoma Department of Education

Dave Adams

Chief Academic Officer

Dave started with Edmentum in 1994 as part of PLATO Learning’s acquisition of Lightspan.  Throughout his tenure Dave has led content development including development of Edmentum’s online courses solution; development of the assessment products; and the ongoing innovation of online curriculum.  Establishing an evaluation and efficacy program to measure the effectiveness of educational solutions, Edmentum can now measure the impact on student learning. Dave has also led Professional Services, Training and Implementation solutions and most recently runs Edmentum’s virtual school, EdOptions Academy.

Why education?

“I have dedicated my career to education, developing innovative solutions for teaching and learning for over 20 years.”  A central goal to Dave’s career has been to help drive the transformation from a traditional one-size-fits-all education to a new 21st century paradigm where technology is central to how we accelerate teaching and learning and differentiate education for all students.

Why Edmentum?

“Our people, our culture, and our customers all share the same driving passion for helping all students learn and succeed.”  Edmentum is dedicated to helping all students succeed through innovative online technology and curriculum solutions. 

Paul Johansen

Chief Technology Officer

Paul joined the Edmentum team in December of 2009 as Chief Architect, overseeing all software development, architecture and data center operations. As Chief Architect, he led a team in launching the company’s first SaaS offering, allowing development to expand and progress its ability to react to the needs of today’s ever-changing educational landscape. In early 2012, Paul joined the Edmentum executive leadership team as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Edmentum, Paul focused on software architecture and software engineering leadership – consulting with large organizations like Microsoft. He also served as Chief Architect at Midwest Wireless and led a global development team at Deloitte.

Outside of his role at Edmentum, Paul is a member of the SciMathMN Standards and Frameworks committee which advises on the science and math standards used in Minnesota. He also serves on the IMS Global LTI Product Steering Committee, on the Carnegie Mellon METALS Program Review committee, and has participated in advisory sessions for industry companies and organizations like Clever, Project Unicorn and Digital Promise. Paul holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BBA. from University of Minnesota Duluth.

Why education?

Paul is driven by how technology can change the way students learn. He leads a team of technology professionals driven not only by their passion for their craft, but also because of the real-world impact their work has. “I’m inspired by the power of combining technology and education, and I’m excited to be part of the evolution of how we teach and learn. Using technology to provide teachers with insight to personalize learning for their students has never had more potential.”

Why Edmentum?

“Edmentum is the perfect union of a world-changing mission and world-class technology.” Paul loves that his team sits down every day and works on innovative technological solutions to the critical challenges in education. He has embraced Edmentum’s #EducatorFirst culture and strives every day to build programs that save teachers time and enrich student learning.

Cheryl Dodge

Cheryl Dodge

Chief Product Officer

Cheryl joined Edmentum in 2019 as chief product officer with over 23 years of experience as both an educator and a product leader. Cheryl leads Edmentum’s experience design, product management, research and design, learning design, and curriculum and assessment teams. As CPO, Cheryl is focused on guiding product strategy and the roadmap of the organization to deliver solutions that delight customers, increase teacher capacity, and improve student outcomes. She believes that Edmentum’s Educator First mission is a key tenet in creating powerful learning solutions that truly meet the needs of teachers and students.

Cheryl began her career as a classroom teacher. She taught several elementary grade levels and mathematics to middle and high school students and adult learners. Prior to joining Edmentum, Cheryl directed the development of assessment solutions, teaching and learning products, and professional services as Chief Business Officer for Pivot Learning, Vice President of Technical Product Management for McGraw-Hill Education, and Director of Instructional Design for Scholastic. She is an inventor on an adaptive learning patent and a patent submission for a network-based educational system.

Cheryl holds an M.A. in education from Chapman University, and a B.A. in liberal studies from Saint Mary’s College of California. She also holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development certificate.

Why education?

In elementary school, Cheryl realized she wasn’t an auditory learner; instead, she thrived on visual learning experiences that allowed her to model her thinking. It wasn’t long after she uncovered her own learning style that she became aware of the learning differences in her classmates. “I always was drawn to helping kids who were struggling. I thought that if I could help them create meaning in what they were doing, learning would be easier for them.” Cheryl’s love for learning compelled her to become a teacher, where she worked for several years in elementary and secondary classrooms. Later, she moved into ed-tech because she wanted to have a broader impact. “Technology can take us places in teaching and learning that I never dreamed was possible when I was a classroom teacher.”

Why Edmentum?

Edmentum’s Educator First mission is the primary reason Cheryl is thrilled to work on the Edmentum team. “Elevating the craft of teaching and helping students unlock their own potential is my passion. I get to live that passion every day with like-minded people who are keenly focused on serving the education community so well.” Edmentum’s commitment to education is evident in its leading-edge innovations and the diversity of solutions it offers teachers and students.

Karen Barton, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Research & Design

Karen joins Edmentum as the Senior Vice President of Research and Design. Karen brings passion for and experience in empowering educators and all of their learners through digital innovations in teaching and learning, and in content and embedded assessments that are designed to reach learners regardless of ability and need, school type, or placement. Karen started her career as a special education teacher and has more than 20 years of experience in education, psychometrics, and research, contributing to the field on topics such as validity and accessibility, evidence based test development, scoring, scaling, reporting, learning progressions and analytics. Prior to joining Edmentum, Karen served Vice President of Learning Analytics at Discovery Education and most recently as Vice President of Assessment Solutions at NWEA. She was a Principal Research Scientist and Senior Manager, leading psychometrics for numerous large-scale testing programs, responsible for the defensibility and quality of assessment content, designs, and results.

Why education?

Karen enjoys being a lifelong learner, teacher, and mentor. From her early teens, Karen has worked with children and adults with hearing and visual impairments, and with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. As a special education teacher, Karen’s passion for equitable education and accountability for all learners led her to a career in psychometrics with a focus on accessibility and validity in assessments. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege of learning from many people in the field of assessment and psychometrics; however, it’s the invaluable interactions with inspiring students who face daunting life challenges every day that most inspire Karen to empower educators to serve and ensure the success of each of their learners.

Why Edmentum?

Edmentum squarely aligns with Karen’s passion for the intersection of instruction and learning, of content and assessment, and the potential for digital innovations to bring equity in education. Edmentum is committed to empower educators, to reach students in multiple educational environments, settings, and walks of life, to provide opportunities for students in college AND career paths, and truly personalize and ensure success for all students.

Christy Spivey

Vice President, Curriculum & Assessment Development

Christy has been with Edmentum since 2001. She is a former English language arts teacher for secondary and postsecondary institutions. During her time at Edmentum, Christy has served in a variety of roles within the organization that focus on Edmentum’s curriculum development strategy, and was most recently appointed Edmentum’s Vice President of Curriculum & Assessment Development. Overall, she has spent over 17 years supporting students and teachers in the field of education. Her experiences have allowed her to bring educational and business expertise together to lead an amazing team of curriculum and design experts who develop online courses, assessments, and other digital age learning products. Christy holds a BA in English from the University of West Georgia and an MA in English from East Tennessee State University.

Why education?

From a very young age, Christy wanted to be a teacher. “School was always a place that I looked forward to going to and loved every minute of my learning. I even had a chalk board when I was 4 years old and would setup my ‘class’ and teach to anyone who would listen.” Working in education made sense because it matched Christy’s passion for learning with making a difference. Christy has dedicated her career to educating and developing programs that make a difference in students’ lives.

Why Edmentum?

“For 17 years, I’ve gotten up every morning excited to see what great things will happen each day at Edmentum. The culture and people make me strive to be better and more curious every day.” Christy believes that Edmentum has the ability to make a difference and change the world by using technology to bring education to children wherever they live. Education is the great equalizer and brings hope and positivity for the future. Students need education, hope and positive experiences to help solve tomorrow’s problems. Christy is very excited that Edmentum has the opportunity to bring access and equity to education around the globe.

Lynelle Morgenthaler

Vice President, Learning Design

Lynelle Morgenthaler joined Edmentum as Vice President, Learning Design in April 2019. She brings a successful track record of bridging educational research into winning product design. Her passion for enabling educators to embrace innovative instructional practices to improve student outcomes shows in everything she does. She has a deep respect for educators that leads her to meet practitioners where they are in order to find the best way to contribute to accessible educational change. Her previous executive positions include CEO at EDEPT consulting, VP Content Development at Compass Learning, VP Product Development at Harcourt Achieve, EVP Digital and Print Content at QBS Learning, and VP Product Leader at Hispanic Telecommunication Network. She has led the development of digital, supplemental, and core programs across diverse subject areas, with a particular focus on reaching disenfranchised learners.

Lynelle holds a B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College and a Master of Arts in Education & Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught adult ESL, PreK, and K as well as had responsibility for research on Chicago Public Schools State PreK and Title 1 Kindergarten programs in the Department of Research and Evaluation.

Why education?

"I’ve always felt called to improve the lives of children. I can’t think of a more tangible way to do that than devoting my life to students and the educators who serve them.” In addition to a focus on innovative instructional design, Lynelle is drawn to solving the problem of merging digital instruction into the core of a student’s day, seamlessly integrating digital and face-to-face interactions in a way that reflects the lives of 21st-century learners. Her dream is to be at the forefront of creating blended learning offerings in a way that honors what educators know and do well.

Why Edmentum?

“The people and the passion. The integrity and commitment to doing the right thing at Edmentum really stood out to me. We don’t simply want to win; we want to serve.” Edmentum’s #EducatorFirst initiative is a great example of hearts and minds working on the right problems and the right way to solve them.

Marty Thomas

Vice President, Professional Services

Marty Thomas joined Edmentum as the Vice President of Professional Services in April 2018. Marty began her career as an elementary teacher and school administrator. Marty has an extensive background leading professional services teams, and she brings deep experience partnering with K-12 school districts to implement instructional technology tools. Marty and her team are focused on implementing Edmentum solutions to delight customers, amplify product adoption and enable successful student outcomes. Prior to joining Edmentum, Marty served as the Vice President of Education Solutions at Schoolnet and the Director of State Implementation Services at Pearson. Marty’s most recent role was Vice President of Partner Support at Ellevation Education. Marty holds an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and a B.S. in Elementary Education.

Why education?

Marty comes from a family of educators. Her Mother was a first grade teacher for over 30 years. Marty saw first-hand the positive impact her Mother had on students’ lives and how that impact often extended well beyond the classroom. Her Mother’s example inspired Marty’s desire to make a difference and her decision to become a teacher.

Why Edmentum?

“I am excited about the opportunity we have to positively impact teaching and learning. I remember the challenges that I faced as an educator, and I believe that Edmentum’s instructional solutions can help to level the education playing field and increase student outcomes.”

Andrea Walton

Chief People and Culture Officer

Andrea is an accomplished human resources leader who translates business strategy into talent and organizational plans that drive capability and performance. She brings nearly 20 years of experience as a recruiter, business partner, manager in performance and talent management, leader in organizational design, and vice president of human resources to her role at Edmentum. She has also been able to make tremendous impact in diverse communities through diversity, equity, inclusion initiatives, and employee resource groups.

Andrea's transparency and ability to build relationships across organizations at every level have been keys to her success. She earned her MBA and Bachelor of Science from the University of Phoenix and organizational design certification through Cornell ILR. She is a frequent speaker for community workshops that help individuals prepare to enter the workforce, as well as offer support to teenage motherhood organizations.

Why education?

"Education literally changed my life’s trajectory. I was a teen mom and a high school dropout. I went back and finished high school by earning my GED, and years later went to college, worked hard, and earned my bachelor’s degree and MBA. The access to education regardless of socioeconomics creates opportunities and future leaders."

Why Edmentum?

"I experienced an instant personal connection to the organization’s mission, vision, and values. Additionally, I was excited for opportunity to further enable the organization through efforts focused around developing amazing people and elevating corporate culture to then impact and educate the next generation of leaders. Who wouldn’t want to do that every day?!"



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