Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

Meet our senior leadership team

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Sari Factor, Chief Executive Officer

Sari began her career as a mathematics teacher, but was soon thinking of much bigger ways to impact students. Recognizing that technology could greatly transform the way students learn, she made a career move into education technology, and has been working to leverage technology to help students, schools, and districts ever since.

Sari’s background affords her a uniquely qualified perspective on modern education. She’s held leadership positions at successful educational publishing and technology companies, including Kaplan, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin, and Everyday Learning Corporation. She joined Edgenuity in 2011, after learning of the success schools and students were experiencing as a result of their products: “I knew it was a company where I could fulfill my vision to combine technology and the research on learning to make education truly student centered.”

Sari holds a BS in Education from Indiana University, an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and is a member of the Board for National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

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David Alderslade, Vice President, Finance and Administration

David Alderslade has more than 25 years of professional and managerial experience in international financial services in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Before joining Edgenuity, David held other senior positions including Managing Director and CFO at Richmond Park Partners, a London-based independent merchant bank, Global Business Manager for Corporate Finance and Origination at Dresdner Kleinwort, Head of Finance at Commerzbank AG London for both the Investment Bank and London Branch, and Head of Financial Reporting and Head of Financial Markets Product Control at ING Barings.

He qualified as an accountant with KPMG and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. David holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Andy Caulo, Vice President, Sales

Andy Caulo is an executive-level educational sales leader whose confident, comfortable management style supports and motivates his sales team and his customers. He develops strong, respectful customer relationships and works creatively to provide the highest quality educational products to districts across the nation that are continually grappling with challenging budget considerations. He is also known for building and maintaining a highly professional sales team that is customer-centric. Before joining Edgenuity in 2008, he worked with Simon and Schuster, Macmillan/McGraw Hill, and Compass Learning.

Andy holds a BA from Texas Tech University.

Michael Humphrey, Executive Vice President, Business Development

Michael’s expertise is in revenue generation, raising venture capital, and managing companies for institutional investors. In other words, Michael gives companies the resources to grow and better serve their customer base. Michael’s experience outside of education is valuable to Edgenuity, “Being able to look at something from another perspective can be beneficial … it allows me to see opportunities or gaps that may otherwise be overlooked,” he says. “And sometimes that sparks a transformation, not unlike what Edgenuity is doing now.”

Michael holds a BA from Texas Tech University and is a member of the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors.

Patty Griffin, Vice President, Professional Development

With over a decade of regional and national education leadership experience, Patty is highly skilled in building top-performing sales and services teams. Before joining Edgenuity in 2016, Patty held executive leadership positions at Odysseyware Academy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Pearson Education. She also has executive experience in education programming and delivery, virtual school supervision, and driving partnerships with K-12 districts. Patty was named “National Rookie of the Year” by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers and in 2001, she was named one of the “25 Most Innovative Women in Business” by Twin Cities Business magazine and was also cited as a commentator on the impact of technology on business in a corporate management book called, Good to Great, by Jim Collins.

Patty holds a BA in American History from Marquette University and a MA in Education from the University of St. Thomas.

Kinsey Rawe, Vice President, Online Services

Kinsey stumbled into K-12 online education after developing a learning management system for a financial services company. He soon recognized that the tools and technology being developed overlooked a crucial aspect of the learning process—teachers. Kinsey promptly began work on a dashboard containing information and features that would help teachers become more efficient and effective. And the response was overwhelming, “When I rolled it out to a group of educators, they said I had given them a ‘magic button,’ and actually gave me a standing ovation,” he recalls.

Kinsey holds a BA in Russian Language and Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and did additional studies at Middlebury College in Vermont and Russia’s Rostov State University.

Deborah Rayow, Vice President, Core Curriculum and Credit Recovery

Deborah began her career as a fifth-grade teacher. After several years in the classroom, she shifted to curriculum planning and professional development, eventually focusing on e-learning, instructional design, and product development. Her expertise was honed while working with some of the most recognizable names in education; Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Scholastic Education, and the New York Times Learning Network.

Deborah holds her BA in Child Development from Tufts University and her EdM in Mathematics Education from Rutgers University.

Jack Shira, Vice President, Product Development

Jack started his educational publishing career in sales, garnering an early appreciation and affinity for teachers, especially those who were adept at connecting with students and eager to create new solutions that improved learning. With more than 25 years of experience in the education sector at McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, he has established a track record of successful leadership and innovation in sales, editorial, software development, and product management across the K-12, higher education, and professional education markets. This extensive and diverse product development and leadership experience, coupled with his keen interest to positively impact and transform education, makes him well suited for the online learning industry.

Jack holds his BS in Management from Arizona State University.

Leslie Sobon, Vice President, Marketing and Customer Experience

A veteran of technology marketing, Leslie has spent her career building and invigorating brands, launching products, developing innovative marketing models, and helping to drive growth at Texas Instruments and Dell. As Corporate VP of Worldwide Marketing at AMD, Leslie led marketing for their mobile, desktop, and server products. Leslie was drawn to Edgenuity by the opportunity to make a real difference within the education industry. “I’ve always had a passion for technology, and I’m particularly drawn to markets where technology can make a true difference in people’s lives,” Leslie says. “The education sector has immense potential to reap some of the greatest benefits from the introduction of technology and the implementation of the kinds of innovative solutions that Edgenuity provides.” In 2010, she was named one of Chip Chick’s “Top 13 Women Who Impacted Technology”. She was also featured in Cutegeek’s “Brilliant Women in Technology” in 2011.

Leslie holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Northeastern University and an MBA from Baylor University.

Phil Steitz, Chief Technology Officer

Phil comes to Edgenuity with more than twenty years of experience in business management and technology—including solutions development, operations, information security, architecture, strategy, and technology finance. Early in his career, Phil taught courses in math and computer science at the college level, giving him a personal appreciation for teaching. He joined our team after serving as Chief Technology Officer at Deem for two years. Before that he served as Chief Information Officer for Barclaycard U.S., the credit card business of Barclays PLC in the United States, where he was responsible for all technology and information processing systems development and operations. He has also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for American Express, where he oversaw global technology standards and strategy, enterprise utilities, technology innovation, and strategic technology partnerships.

Phil holds a BA in Philosophy from Beloit College and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Maryland.

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