Our Goal: Unlock Potential in 100 Million People
Associate Vice President, Client Partnerships
Alison brings over 10 years of experience in higher education to her work as part of the Client Partnerships team, where she is focused on the success of a portfolio of InsideTrack strategic partnerships. Prior to joining InsideTrack, she worked at Pearson Education in account management before moving into more technology-focused management roles. Alison was most recently District Manager at McGraw-Hill Education, where she provided strategic direction for a team of 7 account managers serving colleges and universities across the U.S.. She earned an undergraduate degree in English & History from Millsaps College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.
Vice President, Product and Platform Development
Brian Co was the Founder and CEO of Logrado, an education technology company developing mobile solutions for retention, guidance and student success. Brian has held senior technology and product management roles at consumer and enterprise technology companies. He has over 10 years of experience working in collaboration with colleges to increase the success and completion of low-income and first generation students. Logrado was a winner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s College Knowledge Challenge and was acquired by InsideTrack in April, 2014.
In my free time: You’ll find me traveling the world or on outings in my native SF Bay Area with my wife and twin toddlers, watching a movie, or playing with the latest tech gadget.
Research Programs Director
Cat Parkay oversees InsideTrack’s research and thought leadership agenda with higher education luminaries and industry partners. She manages InsideTrack’s Leadership Series and conducts original research on issues in higher education, sharing data and insights through a variety of channels. Her articles have appeared in multiple higher education publications and her areas of expertise include traditional and post-traditional student support, non-cognitive development, closing the achievement gap, and evidence-based interventions. Prior to InsideTrack, she was Assistant Director of Enrollment Management at Washington State University. Before her career in higher education she worked as an archaeologist conducting fieldwork and research in Arizona and Alaska. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and English from Washington State University’s Honors College.
In my free time: volunteering as President of Junior League of Portland addressing issues in community while preparing women for lifetime of civic leadership. Mountaineering, long-distance running, jazz musician, world traveler.
Director, Program Development
Cathy joined InsideTrack with a passion for improving student outcomes informed by her extensive experience in higher education. As Director for Program Development, she is responsible for partnering with institutions on solutions that improve student results and cultivate long-term success for both the individual and the institution. Cathy’s experience includes working at Microsoft, WebCT/Blackboard, SGHE/Ellucian, Civitas Learning and Salesforce Foundation. This broad understanding of the education landscape helps Cathy find the optimal solutions for her partners that leverage their existing investments in technology and human capital. Cathy attended the University of Minnesota studying biology and design.
My backup career: Teacher – specifically, art teacher in elementary school. With unlimited paint, paper crayons, scissors and glue!
Chris Hayes has been with InsideTrack since 2009, earning nearly every certification and award offered. Chris considers the use of creative language, structures, and strategies, combined with wit and biting humor critical to his coaching style. Chris’s mission at InsideTrack and beyond: to create positive, global impact.
My back-up career: to be a water taxi driver in the San Juan Islands
Vice President, Program Development
Chris Tilghman brings a depth of expertise working with senior administrators in developing programs that improve student outcomes. Originally joining InsideTrack in 2005 as a Coach, Chris was instrumental in forming our Advisory Board of higher education thought leaders and has forged partnerships with a broad range of universities. A keen observer of trends in higher education, Chris has written articles for a variety of publications, including AACRAO’s College and University, UPCEA’s Continuing Higher Education Review, and CAEL’s Forum and News. Previously, Chris served in product development, strategy, and investor relation’s roles for technology companies. He holds a B.A in Social Studies from Harvard University and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Education from Stanford University.
In my free time: I listen to The Great Courses, mainly history and music. Classical music is my jam. And, nothing beats a college sporting event, especially with old friends and my children, who could live on popcorn.
Vice President, Marketing
Dave Jarrat leads InsideTrack’s marketing, research and industry relation’s activities. In addition to engaging prospective university partners and building InsideTrack’s brand through thought leadership and research activities, he also manages the InsideTrack advisory board and the company’s relationships with key associations and policy bodies. Prior to joining InsideTrack, Dave spent a decade as a marketing executive building a track record of success opening new markets and growing revenues for startup and established businesses in environmental and information technology. An accomplished entrepreneur, Dave holds a B.A in Environmental Science, Economics and Politics from Claremont McKenna College and a M.B.A from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
My passion for education: Comes from my family. My dad was the first in his family to attend high school, emigrated to the U.S. and succeeded as a business person. My sister is a public school principal. My mom spent many years as a teacher.
Associate Vice President, Client Partnerships
As part of the Client Partnerships team, Ellen ensures the success of a portfolio of InsideTrack partnerships. Prior to joining InsideTrack, she spent 15 years as a Senior Relationship Manager at what is now Pearson eCollege, where she worked with institutions across the country to improve online learning platform functionality. Ellen leverages people and technology to improve the student experience while guiding organizations to measure the success of their initiatives so they can continuously improve. She earned her B.S in Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In my free time: I can be found chasing around my two daughters, traveling to visit family, reading a book, trying a new recipe, or enjoying a glass of wine.
Hollie works as an Elite coach, moving from team to team to help in whatever capacity she is needed, which typically includes working with a very large roster. This role means regularly getting to work with new teams and coaches that have taught her a lot in her nearly 7 years with InsideTrack as a certified Master and Mentor coach. Hollie believes that every person who wants higher education should be able to achieve it for themselves, and is honored to be let into the busy lives of her students. Her approach toward students is a straightforward and honest one: don’t let things like negative self talk or fixed mindsets go by without talking about it and telling the student the truth, even if it leads to a difficult discussion. Because students can trust in her compassion, this tactic has never backfired.
Once, I: ran over a sleeping alligator while riding my bicycle in the pitch dark, after seeing the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Thankfully, the alligator never woke up.
Associate Vice President, Client Partnerships
With more than 10 years of experience in higher education, Jessica provides exemplary consultation for InsideTrack partnerships. Jessica began her career at Prentice Hall Publishing through Pearson Education in 2004. She most recently served as Strategic Account Manager for Pearson Education, where she collaborated with universities and colleges to enable, support and grow online and traditional learning programs by providing services and solutions that focus on student success. Jessica earned an undergraduate degree in English from The Ohio State University.
Elite CoachJessie Stone has been at InsideTrack for 3.5 years, having worked with community colleges and traditional schools as a senior coach. She is certified for career, master, observer and PSS coaching, and has enjoyed getting to know the world of yield coaching in her most recent assignment. Jessie approaches her work as a coach with zest, infusing humor into her coaching sessions, with a focus on quality.
My Passion for Education: was ignited by my experience with Teach for America, Hawaii and has since been fueled by an educational/social entrepreneurship group I’m a part of called REALITY, which works to support educational access for underserved populations in the U.S. and Israel.
Vice President, Human Resources
Joe Donato comes to InsideTrack with more than 25 years of human resource management experience in both the private and public sectors. Immediately prior to joining InsideTrack, Joe was the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for a healthcare management company that provided personal health coaches for individuals with chronic diseases. Joe received his B.S in Business Administration and A.S in Computer Technology from the University of Indianapolis, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute.
My advice to my 20 year-old self: Choose a profession you’re extremely passionate about and you’ll have more than a job. You’ll have a career you’ll thrive and excel in for life. If you’re not sure what career to choose, intern and try out different ones.
Associate Vice President, Program Development
Josh Williams brings more than 10 years of education experience, ranging from senior finance, to operational and administrative functions. Most recently, Josh was Senior Vice President for The National Education Alliance (NEA), an advocacy organization where he built relationships with institutions offering financial assistance and other unique educational incentives to support the adult learner. Previously, he was recruited by Montreat College (Black Mountain, North Carolina) to serve as Interim Vice President for the School of Professional and Adult Studies, where he helped the institution reengineer its enrollment management function. Josh currently serves on the Board of the Indiana Practical Nurses Association. He received an M.A degree in Leadership and Liberal Studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his B.A in Mathematics from Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana.
My most influential coach/mentor: My seventh grade math teacher, who placed me in an accelerated track despite receiving a ‘C’ in his course…fast forward nine years, I received my undergraduate degree in Mathematics.
Founder and President
Kai Drekmeier has made a life commitment to helping others as a leader and innovator in the field of education. At InsideTrack, Kai is responsible for development of coaching programs with new clients, for business partnerships, and for organizational outreach. In the past Kai has also held a number of other key functions at InsideTrack, including performance management, professional development, and recruiting. Kai also plays an important role in managing the growth and strategic direction of InsideTrack. Prior to InsideTrack, Kai co-founded SCORE! Educational Centers, where he helped to develop the concept and served in a number of key operational roles crucial to the success and growth of the organization. Previously, Kai worked in secondary education and received a B.A in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
My passion for education: There is nothing more beautiful and important in life than facilitating the process of helping someone figure out who they are, what they want to do, how they will do it and why they will do it.
Kay has been with InsideTrack for over 8 years, and has in that time worked with traditional and non-traditional students, including community college students, military and veteran students. Kay works to bring a big-picture perspective and objectivity to her work with students, building relationships through trust. She believes in the transformative power of education and the impact of multi-channel coaching, having seen it in practice every day.
My passion for education: came a little later in life – I like to say I was a late bloomer. I think this helps me connect with students who are late bloomers themselves and with those students who have not quite gotten that spark for learning yet.
Vice President, Finance and IT
Kirsten Edwards leads InsideTrack’s finance, accounting and IT divisions and serves on the executive leadership team. Prior to joining InsideTrack, Kirsten spent over a decade in equity research specialized in the education industry. As a part of her work as an Equity Research Analyst, Kirsten regularly published in-depth company specific and industry research on the Higher Education, K12, and consumer education industries and helped guide major investment decision-makers in education related investments. An accomplished education industry and finance expert, Kirsten holds a B.A in Psychology from Colgate University and is a Charter Financial Analyst charter holder.
In my free time: You can usually find me outdoors, running around after my three amazing, energetic young boys. I also like to hike, play tennis, travel and curl up with a good book.
Lara Corey oversees the legal affairs of InsideTrack, including contractual relationships we have with our partners. Lara keeps abreast of the federal and state regulatory landscape to ensure that InsideTrack delivers coaching in accordance with the various laws that are of special relevance to higher education. Lara began her legal career at New York’s Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where she litigated a wide variety of antitrust, intellectual property, and general business matters, and, most recently, served as an instructor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She holds a B.A in Psychology from Florida’s state honors college, New College of Florida, and a J.D from the University of California, Berkeley, where she obtained a certificate in Berkeley’s top-ranked Law & Technology Program and published on intellectual property matters.
In my free time: I can be found swimming with my two daughters, trying new restaurants with my husband, or getting lost in a novel.
Senior Vice President, Client Partnerships
Marijean Hamilton is responsible for the success of all InsideTrack partnerships. Marijean first began working in education in 1999 with what was then eCollege (now Pearson). Marijean’s responsibilities over the past 14 years have centered on assuring the success of universities offering programs online. Marijean’s career in education includes managing support teams such as Client Services and Helpdesk, as well as, representing Pearson’s largest partners as the VP of National Accounts. Prior to InsideTrack, Marijean was VP of Program Initiatives at Pearson, responsible for building and overseeing partnerships. Marijean feels strongly that her work over the years has helped to improve the lives of people who could not otherwise earn degrees. Marijean has an undergraduate degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology – both from Oklahoma University.
Patrick has been with InsideTrack for 3 years, and in that time has worked as a career coach, with adult, working professional and graduate students. He is skilled in working with clients to build trust in coaching by demonstrating the value of his work, and his impact on the lives of the students he coaches. Patrick is critical of the processes involved in his work, while remaining solution-focused, a trait that has served him well as he teaches his teams to question, experiment and innovate.
My Backup Career: is to work as a Disney Imagineer creating new rides at their theme parks.
Chief Executive Officer
Pete Wheelan has dedicated his career to leading mission-driven, high growth companies focused on helping individuals live up to their full potential. Before joining InsideTrack, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer at Blurb, a groundbreaking leader in unleashing creative expression through self-published books. Prior to Blurb, he held the position of SVP, Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Lonely Planet Publications, then the world’s largest independent publisher of travel content. Pete was also co-Founder and CEO of AdventureSeek, an online portal for adventure travel purchased by The Unexplored Travel Network, and was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Pete has a B.A from Dartmouth College, an M.B.A from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a J.D from Northwestern Law School.
In my free time: Travel and the outdoors are huge passions for my family and me. On weekends we’re either skiing, running, hiking, mountain biking—or on the sidelines watching my two sons play soccer, lacrosse or baseball.
Renee has worked at InsideTrack for over a decade, and believes that education opens doors and ultimately builds stronger communities. With experience in non-traditional student populations, including high risk populations, Renee has found that identifying trends, strengths and areas of opportunity for students and colleges alike builds strong learners, and stronger learning environments.
My Backup Career: Professional karaoke singer. Renee is ready to sing karaoke pretty much anytime, anywhere.
Corbo has worked at InsideTrack for 7 years. In that time she has worked with adult and professional learners, graduate students, traditional students, community college students and low income students receiving scholarship assistance. The two most influential certification programs for her have been Coach Mentor and Career Coaching. Corbo works with a goal to make everyone’s job easier through collaboration and creative problem solving. She uses her background as a visual artist, activist, and community organizer to offer alternative approaches to challenges inherent to our work.
My Backup Career: running an art practice called Cicada Ink Studios that focuses on mural painting and public art education- work I am currently involved in!
Vice President, Program Solutions
Ruth ensures the success of InsideTrack programs. Before joining InsideTrack, Ruth was Vice President of Client Services at Monsoon Commerce where she introduced an emphasis on designing an outstanding customer experience. Ruth developed a deep understanding of education and leadership during her time at Knowledge Universe, an early childhood education company, and as Vice President of Program Development at Via Training, an e-learning company. Client input is essential to Ruth and her team in their effort to further InsideTrack’s mission of student success and developing the most effective strategies to sustainably operationalize best practices. Ruth has also taught Community College business courses and enjoys occasional opportunity to work directly with students. Ruth holds a M.B.A from Portland State University and a B.A from the University of Oregon.
My passion for education: I have always loved the moment when a student “gets it” and their knowledge is immediately expanded. Those are the moments I enjoyed when teaching community college courses and have witnessed with my own children.
Director, Client Partnerships
As part of Client Partnerships at InsideTrack, Seth energetically serves our partner universities to ensure our services and products exceed expectations. Before joining InsideTrack in 2009, he split his time between successfully growing a Portland, Oregon-based retail sporting goods store and teaching for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a Univ. of Utah-accredited experiential leadership skills training school. An expert mountain guide, Seth draws upon the strategy required to thrive and grow in remote wilderness settings to enable our clients to reach their own lofty goals. Prior to his current position, Seth led InsideTrack enrollment and retention-growth coaching teams, serving students and institutions across the full-spectrum. He holds an English degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, where he currently resides, never too far from away the inspiration and thrill of the mountains.
My passion for education: comes from being an optimistic and lifelong learner – joining university leadership in discourse and partnership to jointly unlock pathways for greater student successes is a real privilege. I do what I do now because my belief in the unlimited potential within all human beings is unwavering.
Shannon is going on 10 years working with InsideTrack, and in that time has worked with traditional and non-traditional students alike, along with students on academic probation. Shannon works to positively impact students, fellow coaches and clients with quality coaching, direct advice and the undying belief that coaching works.
In my free time: I like to go hiking and walk on the beach with my husband, daughter and our dog Hugo. I also play more video games than most adolescent boys.
Director, Program Development
With more than 12 years of experience in higher education, Steve is responsible for building relationships and partnering with traditional four year institutions and senior administrators in developing programs that improve student outcomes. Prior to joining InsideTrack, he worked at Eduventures a Boston based research and consulting firm. Steve had two tenures at Eduventures responsible for the launch of the Enrollment Management, Development and Student Affairs Learning Collaborative/Knowledge Community programs. He was also the Director of University Relations for JumpOffCampus a startup company that provided safe off campus housing solutions for students. He was responsible for all marketing and expansion to housing directors and students across the United States. Steve attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables FL. where he studied Business