Advisory Board

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.

  • Chuck Amos
    Chuck Amos
Chuck Amos

Chuck Amos, a proven industry executive, has more than two decades of experience in the EdTech industry and currently serves as CEO of Minnesota-based GuideK12. Chuck began his career in the EdTech world with Apple, serving as the Central US Education Regional Manager. After several years at Apple, he cofounded and became the CEO of Atomic Learning. Under his leadership, Atomic Learning grew to become the world’s leading provider of web-based software training.

Between his tenure at Atomic Learning and his current role as CEO of GuideK12, Chuck worked with many ed-tech companies in a consulting role, allowing him to support many established and up-and-coming technologies in the education marketplace. Chuck stepped in as CEO for GuideK12, geovisual analytics for education three years ago as the company was ready to go live with its innovative technology offering. GuideK12 helps districts solve critical educational challenges by visualizing student and household details via an interactive map and Chuck has been instrumental in introducing the geo-visual analytics category into the education sector.

  • Megan Harney, Ed.M.
    Megan Harney, Ed.M.
    Chief Executive Officer
Megan Harney, Ed.M.
Chief Executive Officer

Megan is the founder and CEO of MIDAS Education. She holds a master’s degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education as well as a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in English and computer science from Harvard University. Megan has previously managed developers at Microsoft, taught students and teachers, consulted with district administrators to solve business problems, and conducted neurodegenerative research. She co-chairs the Harvard Club of Wisconsin’s admissions interviewing effort and serves on the Coca-Cola Scholars’ Alumni Advisory Board. She also coaches mock trial at her local high school.

  • Patrick Leonard
    Patrick Leonard
    Chief Operating Officer
Patrick Leonard
Chief Operating Officer

Patrick brings nearly three decades of experience in K-12 Education. He started his career as a high school English teacher and basketball coach and most recently worked as a Strategic Executive at Blackboard. During his time in education technology, Patrick has held positions as VP of Curriculum Development, VP of Business Development, Regional Manager of Sales, and Director of US Sales. In every role, he has held one, very basic belief: kids are individuals, and teachers know them best. The goal is to provide the resources, training, and tools to help teachers help kids!

  • John Whitcomb, M.D.
    John Whitcomb, M.D.
John Whitcomb, M.D.

Dr. John Whitcomb has been an innovator in education for 40 years. At heart, John is an educator. He is also an inventor and business owner. As a physician, John was one of the first in Wisconsin to start Wellness University, an innovative platform for teaching preventative medicine. In his early years at Yale University, John was the prime medical student starting a longitudinal clinic for students, the first of its kind in America and now the model for over 120 others.

John has been on the Oprah Winfrey show as the author of the book Capitate Your Kids, Teaching Teens Financial Independence, and for many summers, he has taught teachers financial literacy at Wisconsin’s Financial Institute.

John and Holly have two children in San Francisco and Geneva, Switzerland. They have been married 42 years. Holly is a clergy woman in the United Church of Christ and an author/retreat leader. John gardens oaks and hosta. They live in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.

  • Steve Anderson
    Steve Anderson
    Senior Adviser to the Executive Team / Board & Investor Liaison
Steve Anderson
Senior Adviser to the Executive Team / Board & Investor Liaison

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.

  • Kathy Hurley
    Kathy Hurley
Kathy Hurley

Kathy Hurley is a 40+ year veteran of the education industry. Throughout her career, Kathy has served in top positions in both publishing and technology companies, which includes executive positions with Pearson and  IBM. In December of 2014, Kathy retired from Pearson where she spent ten years and served as Executive Vice  President Education Alliances, for the Pearson Foundation. Kathy utilizes her expertise in education policy, sales,  marketing and business development to help further the work of top businesses, executive level customers,  associations and foundations.

In 2013, Kathy was selected as a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University for 2014. Upon completing the ALI at Harvard, Kathy co-founded a global non-profit organization called Girls Thinking Global, which has as its mission to connect global change-makers to empower adolescent girls around the world.

In April 2015, Kathy published her first book, Real Women, Real Leaders (Wiley) with co-editor, Priscilla Shumway. Kathy currently sits on the Board of Directors for Nervanix, an edtech neuroscience company; the Center for Teaching Quality, a non-profit that connects, readies, and mobilizes teacher leaders to transform schools; the Concord Consortium, a non-profit educational research and development organization; and the Advisory Board for the New York Academy of Sciences.

Kathy holds a B.A. degree in special education from the University of Dayton and a Master’s degree in education from Jersey City State College. She is a former NJ teacher. She is married to Charles Blaschke and resides in Arlington, Virginia.

  • Charles Merritt
    Charles Merritt
Charles Merritt

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.

  • Jim Hager, Ph.D.
    Jim Hager, Ph.D.
Jim Hager, Ph.D.

Jim began his teaching career in 1964 as a science teacher in an all-girls boarding school. He quickly progressed through the administrative chairs as principal, Director of Secondary Education, Deputy Superintendent, and twenty years as a Superintendent of Schools. Following his successful tenure as a school superintendent, Jim spent seven years as a Professor-in- Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership. Jim Co-Directed the Center for Education Policy Studies and the Superintendents’ Institutes. He also coordinated the Executive Leadership Doctoral Program. His areas of expertise included policy, politics, and governance, organizational development, school improvement, the principalship, and the superintendency.

Currently, in addition to his position as President of Atlantic Research Partners, Jim holds a Graduate Faculty appointment at the University of Washington and teaches graduate classes at the University of Washington|Tacoma.   Jim has served as an Academic Advisor as well as held executive positions in a number of private sector companies.

Jim  was  honored  in  2004  by  receiving  a  number  of  prestigious  awards  for  his  leadership as Superintendent. He was named State Superintendent of the Year by both the Nevada State Superintendent’s and the Nevada School Board’s Associations.  He was one of four finalists for AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year and was named Plato Learning Corporation’s Educator of the Year. He also received various local leadership awards including Educator of the Year by the Reno Chapter of the NAACP.  Jim has been named to many boards and committees. Two of note is an appointment by former Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn to the Juvenile Justice Commission and the second by the U.S. Secretary of Education to serve on a Western Regional Advisory Committee on technology.   In 2007 he was inducted into the Nevada Education Hall of Fame for his state leadership in education.

Dr. Hager received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Science from St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas; a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas; and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

  • Wendy LaDuke
    Wendy LaDuke
Wendy LaDuke

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.

  • Peter Storer
    Peter Storer
Peter Storer

Peter has spent most of his life working with media and computer systems. Raised in the broadcast industry, Peter earned his BA in Economics from Harvard University in 1976 while working at the student-run Harvard Radio Broadcasting (WHRB) and the Harvard Video Center.

After graduation, Peter joined CBS Network Sales, where he developed one of the first computerized systems for sales planning. He subsequently served as Director of Research for Storer Television Sales, and later, as National Sales Manager for the Storer station in Milwaukee, WITI. In 1986, Peter started his own software firm specializing in systems for broadcast channels and cable networks. He sold his company to SintecMedia in 2012 and is now a consultant for MediAnswers specializing in broadcast system integrations for numerous major industry clients.

Peter serves on several non-profit boards and is chairman of the George B. Storer Foundation, which provides grants to support early childhood and nature-based education.

Peter and his wife Jean have been married for over 40 years. They have two daughters and three granddaughters. Peter also enjoys the outdoors as an avid golfer and fisherman, and he is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot. They live in Mequon, Wisconsin.

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