Our Team

What We Do: Advisory and Advocacy Services

We are solution designers. With backgrounds as educators, school administrators, business executives, nonprofit leaders, our team has extensive experience in organization management, communication and sales.

We provide a unique match of experiences and passions that drive our work.

Tom Vander Ark

CEO + Partner

Adam Kulaas

Vice President of Learning Design

Allison Brumley

Director of Operations

Caroline Vander Ark

President & COO

Emily Liebtag

Vice President of Advocacy

Erik Day

Strategy Manager

Jessica Slusser

Director of Communication

Karen Vander Ark

CFO + Partner

Kelly Niccolls

Kelly Niccolls

Learning Design Manager

Mason Pashia - Getting Smart

Mason Pashia

Growth & Marketing Manager

Rebecca Midles

Rebecca Midles

Vice President of System Design

Taylor Missal

Operations Coordinator


Kelly Tanner - Getting Smart

Kelley Tanner

Marketing & Design

Katie Vander Ark - Getting Smart

Katie Vander Ark

Creative Content

Jenni Bednarz - Getting Smart

Jenni Bednarz

Communication & Marketing

Michelle Berkeley

Communication & Research