Thom Jackson is President and Chief Executive Officer of EdisonLearning, a leading international educational services provider with nearly a generation of experience creating effective and sustainable solutions to raise student achievement. He is among the small segment of unique business leaders who are able to build relationships, trust, and rapport – that in turn result in solid partnerships and alliances. This quality was best exemplified when in 2014, he brokered the acquisition and directed the restructuring of the company.
Thom initially joined EdisonLearning as General Counsel, and later assumed the role of Chief Operating and Legal Officer. Throughout, he has served in critical leadership roles developing, articulating and executing the company’s growth and implementation strategies. Thom’s leadership has deepened the company’s focus on Growth; “Operational Excellence:” ensuring that the domestic field operations are implemented with fidelity to the company’s proprietary Five Strand Design®; successfully re-tooling the company’s enrollment function; building and implementing an effective and efficient account management model; developing a coherent communications and social media strategy; and managing the operational features of the company’s strategic alliance with Magic Johnson Enterprises.
Before joining EdisonLearning, Thom held various key leadership positions at international and Fortune 100 companies. As the Chief Legal Officer at the GAB Robins Group of Companies, a private equity portfolio company with operations in over 50 countries, Thom led international acquisition teams and negotiated complex financial instruments in excess of $400 million. At both Prudential and MetLife, Thom held positions of increasing responsibility and managed enterprise-wide projects, helping to design and implement corporate compliance and “early warning” systems that mitigated high-profile legal and regulatory risks.
Thom has served three New Jersey Governors, including leading a budget task force of New Jersey business leaders established by Governor Richard Codey to streamline New Jersey’s $30 billion budget and serving on the budget transition team for Governor Jon Corzine. In 2007, Thom was appointed to serve as the inaugural Chairman of the Board of Directors for New Jersey’s largest charity care hospital, the UMDNJ’s University Hospital, with more than $500 million in revenues. Under Thom’s leadership, University Hospital posted its first profitable years in more than two decades.
Thom received his undergraduate degree in Political Science at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with an emphasis on economics and international relations. Thom received his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Maureen Ryan is Chief Financial Officer of EdisonLearning, a leading international educational services provider with nearly a generation of experience creating effective and sustainable solutions to raise student achievement. In this role, she is responsible for the financial leadership of the company, and for upholding strong financial management and accountability.
Throughout her tenure with the company, which began in 1999, Maureen has held positions of increasing responsibility in both the operational and financial divisions of the organization. In her most recent role as Senior Vice President of Budget and Operations, she created and executed the annual operations budget, successfully implemented innovative solutions to complex operational needs, and monitored company progress against strategic initiatives and academic achievement targets.
Maureen also served as Senior Vice President for Financial Planning and Analysis, and on two occasions as Interim Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining EdisonLearning, Maureen served as a Municipal Financial Analyst in the Office of the New York State Deputy Controller. Earlier, she was an Economic Analyst with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
Maureen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) from California State University-Northridge, and her Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.
'Tim Nash serves as Managing Director of EdisonLearning UK, the organization’s international operations. His career in education started more than 25 years ago as a Physics and Technology teacher. In common with many of his peers, he was involved in the early development of information and communications technology in schools and developed a strong reputation as a pioneer in the teaching of robotics and computer control technology.
This eventually took Tim out of the classroom and into a new career working for a leading educational information technology manufacturer, where he provided educational, technical and eventually commercial expertise. Tim’s move to EdisonLearning in 2003 was driven by an increasing concern regarding the return on investment of technology in schools. Evidence from his work suggested that a significant contributor to this problem was the difficulty experienced by schools in innovating and changing practice, and this has remained a key focus of EdisonLearning’s activity to date.
In his time at EdisonLearning, Tim has led the company's team of educationalists, worked on Academy and BSF programs, and driven new areas of research and development, most notably into the operation of virtual and hybrid schools, but his main area of activity has been in the development of the company’s commercial activities in the UK and beyond.
Tim is a member of the CBI's Education and Children's Services Panel, and is a regular contributor to written and social media in the education sphere.
SVP Achievement Solutions and Corporate Strategy
Natalie Williams is SVP Achievement Solutions and Corporate Strategy for EdisonLearning, a leading international educational services provider with nearly a generation of experience creating effective and sustainable solutions to raise student achievement. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s growth strategy, and for securing and maintaining the organization’s strategic alliances. In particular, Natalie manages EdisonLearning’s alliance with Magic Johnson Enterprises, and oversees the activities of Friends of Magic as a part of the corporate and community engagement initiative for the national network of Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies
Although an attorney by training, Natalie’s professional path has always been connected to education. She began her career as Assistant Attorney General in the Education Division of the Minnesota State Attorney General’s Office; served as a Vice President for the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, which helps women transform their lives through personal development and education; and later on was hired as a mid-year turnaround principal at Teleos Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. Within three months under her leadership, the school exceeded its enrollment target and met its Annual Yearly Progress goals.
Prior to assuming her current position with EdisonLearning, Natalie provided legal advice to the organization on charter school agreements, and was instrumental in establishing the partnership with the Clark County School District.
Ms. Williams holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University.
Curtiss Stancil is SVP, Sales & Marketing for EdisonLearning, a leading international educational services provider with nearly a generation of experience creating effective and sustainable solutions to raise student achievement. In this role, he is responsible for the management and implementation of organization’s sales and business development operations.
Curtiss brings more than 25 years of executive management leadership, business development, sales, operations and strategic marketing experience to the organization. Prior to joining EdisonLearning, he was an equity owner and President of CurtMont Global, an integrated services and strategic business development company. Curtiss previously served EdisonLearning as a Vice President for Business Development, and was instrumental in fostering the organization’s relationship with Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
Earlier in his career, Curtiss served as Vice President, Sales for Sodexo USA, and was responsible for sales, marketing, operations and business development for colleges, universities and large urban K-12 school districts. In addition, he held various executive level sales, strategy and marketing positions with Proctor & Gamble, L’Oreal, Gibson Greetings, First Transit, GEMS Education and Carson Products.
Curtiss has been recognized for his leadership in the African-American community with the "Emerging Leader Award" from Applause! magazine, and his research on marketing to African-American consumers have been featured in publications including Jet magazine. Curtiss holds a B.S. degree in Business Marketing from Albany State University.