Devoted to data. Passionate about learning. Driven to innovate.
Everyone at MIDAS Education is passionate about making data easier to use in order to improve outcomes for students. Whether we’re meeting with customers, working with a district to implement MIDAS, or writing code to customize a function in the system, we are 100% focused developing and delivering a system that helps educators do amazing things every day.
After careers in commercial and investment banking and eight years as treasurer of a major U.S. brewery, Steve Anderson managed a $50 million Milwaukee private equity and venture capital firm. Since retiring, he has consulted with and been on several private and non-profit boards with revenues up to $400 million. Steve was educated at Harvard College and Harvard Business School and has resided in Milwaukee for 45 years. He continues to be active in his church and in civic affairs.
Steve’s wife is a retired technical college teacher. They have four married adult children.
Charles brings two decades of experience in the educational market in K-12, higher education, and workforce solutions. Currently AVP of Supply Chain Operations for ACT, Charles began his career working in state and federal education policy after completing his undergraduate education studies at Duke University and graduate education studies at Harvard University. He led the Education Commission of the States as EVP serving federal and state policymakers including the White House Domestic Policy Office, the US Congress, governors, K-12 chief state school officers, state higher education officials, state boards of education, and various education community, business, and technology interest groups. As an experienced leader in the government and not-for-profit sectors, Merritt has led sales, marketing, policy, government relations, finance, and operations at national organizations including as VP of Government Relations and VP of Policy & Advocacy at the Northwest Evaluation Association. He has also led the development of education business opportunities with international organizations and businesses executing a range of partnership types from subsidiaries to reseller arrangements.
He resides in Iowa City, Iowa home of ACT’s corporate headquarters.
Wendy LaDuke, is the former Group Publisher of eSchool Media, and the former President of the Education Division and Group Publisher for 1105 Media. With more than 30 years in the education technology publishing market—and a father widely considered as the founder of the industry itself—she has a profound love for, and appreciation of, the education technology arena. In 2013, the Folio
100 awards honored her as an “Under the Radar” agent of change, a testament to her equally avid admiration for, and vision of the publishing industry.
LaDuke began her career in education technology at her father’s publication, T.H.E. Journal, eventually becoming the publication’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-Publisher in 1995. When the publication was acquired in 2005 by 101 Communications (now 1105 Media) LaDuke broadened her responsibilities, serving as Publisher of Campus Technology, and ultimately as President and Group Publisher for
the entire Education Group. During her years with 1105 Media she was responsible for multiple acquisitions of publications and events, including FETC—the largest national conference for the education technology industry. With the addition of products and services, she worked with multiple editorial staffs and media outlets. She led the editorial , creative, events, sales and marketing teams during her tenure. She has a deep understanding of what constitutes a “good story” which can help engage communities in the mission of their schools and a deeper understanding of the power of the tool that technology can play in accomplishing their goals.
In 2014 LaDuke joined the eSchool Media team as Group Publisher, bringing with her a deep understanding of how education has been transformed by technology, and a determination to not only continue her father’s vision to foster innovation, but to further establish and pursue her own belief that technology and innovation are two integral pieces of the education puzzle. LaDuke now spends her time and focus on programs that can successfully impact education for all students, especially those students with the highest need. She combines her 32 years of successful working relationships in the communities between content providers, educators, and industry to build best of breed programs that can be scaled and replicated for the good of all students and their families. She is an active board member for Power my Learning LA serving the local communities’ families with access to technology for their students to support learning.
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