Michael joins Cyanna after working as an educator and consultant for 11 years in both K-12 and Secondary Education. He received a Bachelors of Art Education and Master of the Arts degrees from The Ohio State University, specializing in Technology and Contemporary Education.
Michael has led projects with non-profit arts organizations, K-12 educators and administrators, after-school organizations, and independent production studios. He has a passion for creative problem solving, and proudly works with educators of all backgrounds to reach their creative goals and develop flexible curriculum models for successful online education. As a tech guru himself, Michael enjoys connecting people to the digital world and coaching them to confidently grow their own skills. Above all things, Michael loves cultivating relationships among the educational community.
As Cyanna’s Director of Client Solutions, Allison Jenkins helps schools, state agencies, accreditors, and other partners find more efficient ways to run their organizations and deliver education to students.
Before joining the Cyanna team, Allison led all sales and business development initiatives for a large, online institution. She’s also worked at software providers Pathlore and Compuserve. Her extensive background in both education and technology makes her a natural fit to assist Cyanna clients.
Aaron brings a rich and diverse background working in education to Cyanna. He’s been a private tutor for ages ranging from K to college, a science educator performing hands-on experiments with K-12 students in schools throughout Chicago, and a staff educator at two zoos. In addition, Aaron has worked as an instructional designer at Loyola University Medical Center, Bath Spa University in England, and DeVry University.
Aaron holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrative Biology from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters of Science in Education from Purdue University.
At Cyanna, David focuses on curriculum development and support. He has over 10 years experience in IT, education, instruction, curriculum design, combined with extensive management and leadership experience in the private and non-profit sectors. His passion for technology and education has led David to work as an academic dean, student services director, technology coordinator, teacher, consultant, and technology columnist and blogger.
David holds a Master of Education and a B.S. in Technology Education from Ohio State University. In addition, he has IT industry certifications and has been published in a book on gamification in the classroom.
David received Ohio Associated Press award for his work as a technology writer at a news agency, an Innovation in Education Award, and has been a repeat presenter at the Ohio Education Technology Conference.
Daniel is a software architect with over ten years of experience developing web, mobile, and desktop applications. He has co-founded a company that participated in the StartupChile incubation program, developed a mobile platform for locating bars & restaurants through novel use of social media, implemented a product that reduces network latency for players of popular online games, and is a contributing advocate of open-source software.
Daniel’s background is in algorithm design, security analysis, systems programming, and business intelligence, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas. He leads new development on Cyanna’s EDlumina 2.0 platform.
Ahmed is a passionate educator and web developer. He’s worked as a teacher, a technologist, and an entrepreneur. At Cyanna, he leads technology initiatives for our clients to create elegant solutions that make their work easier, more efficient, and more profitable. Never content with the status quo, Ahmed is continually learning new things and pushing himself and his team to explore new possibilities. He holds both a Bachelor’s of Science, and one in Education.
Mark brings over twenty-five years experience in business and management, including nearly fifteen years in education and workforce development. Most recently, Mark was the VP of Business Development at Market Motive, a developer of online curriculum and training for digital marketing. Before that, he was Executive Director at Education To Go, and was COO at Gatlin Education Services.
Mark received a B.A. in Business from Briar Cliff University, and a M.Ed. in Educational Technology, from the University of Texas/Brownsville.
Kyle received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire in the area of Psychology. He received his Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in the area of Educational Psychology and his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Kyle’s career in education has included positions as a School Psychologist, Assistant Principal, Principal, Executive Director, and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He has been instrumental in starting several new public and private kindergarten through twelfth grade schools as well as private, post-secondary institutions. These schools have used the traditional brick and mortar model of instruction, online model of instruction and hybrid models of instruction.
Vickey has worked as an Instructor, a School Director, and a Director of Administration & Education. Looking for a new challenge, she transitioned from working in schools to helping schools improve and validate their processes and delivery through accreditation. She’s worked for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), and with the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) conducting new program review and approvals, program revision review and approvals, institutional effectiveness evaluations, workshop facilitation, staff training, completion placement oversight, and site-visit coordination. With visits to literally hundreds of schools and reviews of even more self-evaluation reports, Vickey adds twenty years of unequalled expertise to the Cyanna consulting team.
Anna has worked in all areas of Cyanna’s business. In her current role as the Edvera Product Manager, she focuses on supporting and training clients who use the system.
Previously, she was a Client Services Specialist for WebOps, where she assisted clients nationwide with software implementations, both onsite and remotely. Anna has also worked with Georgia’s Non-public Post-Secondary Education Commission, gaining knowledge and experience in licensing and regulatory affairs. Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia.
Laura Rees brings over fifteen years of brand and marketing experience to the Cyanna team. With a background in copywriting, she’s helped clients large and small talk with their audiences in compelling ways.
Before finding a home at Cyanna, Laura spent five years as an Associate Creative Director at Ologie where she led brand projects for higher education clients like Marquette University and Southeast Missouri State. Laura also spent several years working independently as a freelance copywriter, and started her career as the Communications and HR Manager for an IT Services firm. She works with Cyanna clients to help them communicate their value to the world.
Josh oversees all aspects of Cyanna’s technology platforms and services. He has over fifteen years of full-stack software development experience in a variety of industries including education, healthcare, finance, non-profit, aerospace, and military.
Josh is recognized for the breadth of his technological expertise, having developed or contributed to numerous open and closed source projects ranging from a web-based satellite telemetry monitoring application for the European Space Agency, to a custom developed application for a German entertainment agency, to an online collaboration platform for the U.S. Navy.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Northern Arizona University.
Jennifer brings twelve years of experience in postsecondary education to the Cyanna team. She began her career at TechSkills, a private, postsecondary school. During her tenure, she was promoted multiple times and developed skills and knowledge in campus administrative management, student admissions, state licensing and regulatory compliance, and accreditation.
After leaving TechSkills, Jennifer worked at Education To Go as the Manager of Government Sales, assisting a network of almost 2000 partner community colleges, universities, and other training providers with participation in and administration of federal benefit programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Adult, Occupational, and Continuing Education from Kansas State University.
At Cyanna, Jennifer leads the consulting offer and plays an active role in all areas of the business.
Tim is a founding partner of Cyanna, and spends much of his time supporting our software and curriculum clients.
Before Cyanna, Tim served for nine years as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs for TechSkills, a 30-campus national private postsecondary institution. Tim has also been General Manager of US Operations for a German industrial automation software company, and has held Executive Account Manager and engineering positions at Eaton Corporation and Motorola Inc. He is the named inventor on several U.S. patents related to electronic appliance control.
Chris is a founding partner of Cyanna. Although he’s active in all areas of the business, he spends most of his time working with clients in the consulting area.
Before starting Cyanna, Chris was Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Relations for TechSkills, a large, privately held post secondary, proprietary school with thirty campuses across seventeen states. He oversaw accreditation, compliance, regulatory, and government affairs for the entire network. Chris also spent part of his career as the Director of Government Affairs for the Printing Association of Florida, successfully spearheading the passage of two pieces of legislation for Florida’s largest manufacturing industry. As a licensed attorney admitted in the State of Ohio, Chris is a member of the American Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.