A former classroom teacher, curriculum developer, K-12 product editor, and print and digital product developer for Pearson and Curriculum Associates, Johanna currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder for two companies: EvoText, an educational software development house, and Ogment, a teacher-focused curriculum and lesson creation and delivery platform. The team at EvoText has worked with basal and supplemental publishers on several award-winning digital and print products, including SpringBoard Digital and Big Ideas Learning. Johanna holds an Ed.M. in International Education Development from Boston University and a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Leadership and Learning from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. In 2016, Johanna was named to the exclusive AAP list of promising education professionals who are “On the Rise” and demonstrate remarkable leadership and innovation in the education resource industry. She has been named CEO of the Year—Startup by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for 2017 and the EdTech Digest Leader Setting a Trend for 2018.
Chris has been applying technology to education for the last 15 years (13 years supporting the Lycea platform at Harcourt/Riverdeep, Pearson, Scholastic, Triumph, and Curriculum Associates). Millions of students have utilized various products that he has consulted on. Chris is a member of the Association of Educational Publishers and was a speaker on The Promise of XML at their annual conference. Chris holds 2 Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Math minor) and English (concentration in Technical Writing, minor in Anthropology).
A pioneer in the education technology industry for over 30 years, Michael brings a wealth of expertise to EvoText. Before joining the company, he owned his own consulting firm, Full Potential Associates, helping countless businesses of all sizes and markets to quickly build and execute focused strategies. Michael spent over 15 years at Follett Corporation, where he held a variety of positions across the organization including Vice President of The Follett School and Library Group and Chief Operating Officer at Follett Digital Resources. Michael served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Education Publishers for five years. He currently serves on the Higher Education Board for SIIA. Michael is a sought-after speaker, bringing his energetic style and practical approach to industry events and to his weekly podcast, Common Sense Comments. Beyond his everyday business efforts, Michael writes constantly. He is the author of the first two books in the Common Sense Business series; As Heard On The Internet and Kill the First Tiger. He also makes the argument that Cricket really should be America‘s pastime in his best-selling book The 5 Reasons Why Cricket Is More American Than Baseball.
Tim is a 20+ year experienced creative, marketing and UI design professional. Products he has worked on have been AEP and SIIA CODIE finalist and award winners, including iReady. He holds a Bachelor’s in Printing Management and a Master’s in Electronic Publishing, both from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Maureen is responsible for financial reporting and analysis, cash forecasting and management of business operations. Maureen has more than 20 years of financial leadership experience. Prior to EvoText, she spent over 15 years as Principal for her own accounting consultancy firm, maintaining the financials for business clients in the banking, insurance, educational, software, and entrepreneurial sectors. She served for two years as Corporator for Belmont Savings Bank (BLMT : NASDAQ), transitioning to her current role as a member of the BSB advisory board. Maureen brings a unique perspective to her role from an educational standpoint, having served for three years as Treasurer, and continuing her role as financial consultant to CNS, a community nursery school in her hometown of Lexington. She spent a semester studying abroad at SAIIE in Seville, Spain, and received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Carroll School of Management, Boston College.
Alan brings to his position more than 20 years of software development, software quality assurance and customer support experience in several industries including: Education Technology, Retail, Manufacturing, Financial and Insurance. A consummate perfectionist, Alan’s passion for creating and sustaining the highest level of customer support makes him the perfect fit to lead our Customer Experience team. Alan has held several senior engineering management positions in Quality Assurance and Customer Support, including leading the QA and Support teams for the CODiE award finalist, i-Ready. Alan earned his B.S. in Mathematics and Minor in Computer Science from Penn State University.
Jill brings more than 15 years of strategic marketing experience to Ogment, including several years in educational publishing, educational non-profit work, and marketing consulting. She has a strong track-record for delivering cost-effective, successful marketing campaigns within the educational discipline, including several product launches. An award-winning copywriter adept at building brand recognition through strategic planning and implementation, Jill’s work has been recognized by the AEP and SIIA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Business and Technical Writing from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Laura has more than 14 years of experience in Quality Assurance, with 10 years as a Lead Quality Assurance Engineer. She has worked in the manufacturing, finance, insurance, and education industries and has a proven record in applying solid analytical skills to successfully test applications and resolve complex technical issues. Laura has developed and executed a variety of testing scripts including functional, regression, user acceptance, usability and smoke tests. She holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Syracuse University.
Susan is a certified project manager with over 15 years of experience in complex technical system implementations and creative project management. Her career has spanned the consulting, healthcare, finance and education industries, which results in a blend of strategic and tactical skills that she extends to the Ogment family. Most recently, Susan managed the development of custom e-learning portals for the corporate learning division of Harvard Business Publishing.
Annette brings 15 years of educational publishing and technology experience to the EvoText team. She began her career at Holt, Rinehart and Winston and held several leadership roles as the company was acquired by Harcourt and eventually became Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has led teams in charge of application development, publishing applications and tools, content development (digital and print), support and training. An expert in facilitating user adoption of software solutions, implementation of comprehensive training and support, contracts management and negotiation, as well as application and process development, Annette has most recently served as an independent consultant for several educational technology companies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Western Illinois University.