Achieve3000® is led by a team of passionate and talented executives, chosen for their experience and ability to support 21st-century education initiatives across content areas and help put all students on the road to College and Career Readiness.
Stuart Udell is the CEO of Achieve3000. Stuart came to Achieve3000 with extensive leadership experience in the education industry amassed over a 25-year career. Stuart most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of K12 Inc., the nation’s largest operator of virtual schools. Previously, he served as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Catapult Learning, a school operator and provider of Title I instructional services. Stuart served as Chief Executive Officer of Penn Foster, a global leader in high school and career-focused online learning. His sale of Penn Foster to The Princeton Review was named Deal of the Year by Buyouts Magazine. Stuart spent the 11 years prior at Kaplan, most recently as President of Kaplan K12 Learning Services, where he built the K-12 school division. Stuart also served as President of the School Renaissance Institute, a division of Renaissance Learning, and years later joined the company’s board of directors.
Stuart has spent the last 16 years on the board of the National Dropout Prevention Center, where he was recognized for his substantial contribution as Chairman. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Successful Practices Network, the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, USATestPrep, and Ventris Learning. He received the Education Warrior Award from the I Have a Dream Foundation. Stuart holds an MBA from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.
Dr. Gertler has been in educational publishing for nearly 20 years, co-founding Achieve3000and serving as its Chief Academic Officer to bring online differentiated instruction to students of all grades and all reading abilities. With experience in developing curriculum, training materials, and instructional design, Dr. Gertler has conceptualized the requirements for a blended learning solution that has transformed literacy instruction. With an expertise in providing training and support for administrators, instructional leaders, and teachers, Dr. Gertler is responsible for the development of materials that help all content-area teachers support the literacy growth needed for life-long learning. She is one of a team that has been awarded a patent for developing a technology-driven solution that assesses students, differentiates content to their precise levels, and accelerates student gains through ongoing progress monitoring.
Din Heiman, President of Achieve3000, joined the company in March 2018. Din has held multiple growth and turnaround positions in education. He served as the general manager and COO at BrainPOP, led English field operations at Kaplan, and helped build up Wall Street Languages. Prior to that, he served in four countries as a career diplomat. Din holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He’s passionate about harnessing the power of engagement and efficacy to support teachers and kids.
Mike Vantusko joined Achieve3000 in 2017 as the chief financial officer. He is responsible for internal and external financial reporting and budgeting; tax planning and compliance; credit, investor, and board relations; and supporting growth by optimizing the capital structure of the business.
Prior to joining Achieve3000, Mike was the chief financial officer of private-equity backed MRI Software, a property and investment management software company, and OverDrive, which provides digital content to public libraries and schools. Earlier in his career, he was a public company chief financial officer with extensive experience in financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt capital formation.
Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Miami University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He is also a certified public accountant with an active license.
A member of Achieve3000’s founding team, Rivki has been with Achieve3000 since its inception. Prior to joining Achieve3000, she served as Curriculum Developer for Youthline USA, an educational publication for students in grades 3-8. From 1993-1999 she worked as an elementary school teacher and Reading Specialist, and holds teaching certification in New York and New Jersey. Rivki led Achieve3000’s Product Research and Development Department from 2004-2014, overseeing the development of Achieve3000’s suite of products.
Sean Meelia, joined Achieve3000 in May 2017. Sean is responsible for leading all domestic sales and renewals operations. He began his career as a management consultant focused on business process reengineering and activity-based costing projects for government agencies and middle market private companies. Sean entered the education industry in 1999 as a regional sales manager for the e-learning company Blackboard.
Prior to joining Achieve3000, Sean served as the vice president of subscriber services and was responsible for sales and implementation for all SaaS-based products for McGraw-Hill Education’s School Education Group, serving the K-12 marketplace. Before joining McGraw-Hill Education, he also held regional sales director roles for the Campus Management Corporation and Scantron Corporation. Sean earned his Bachelor of Science in finance from The Ohio State University.
Reuven Lewis is the senior vice president of international sales for Achieve3000, a position he has held since 2013. During this time, he has added three full-time salespeople and nine reseller-distributors to the international team and expanded Achieve3000’s presence into 52 countries.
Prior to this role, he was the national vice president of sales for eight years and expanded the company’s presence to all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. He continually works to develop international growth and product diversification for the company. Before coming to Achieve3000, Reuven spent 12 years with PLATO Learning as the vice president of sales.
Reuven has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA, post-secondary education in educational psychology, and teaching certifications in science, ESL, and middle and high school math, in addition to 22 years of experience as a teacher and educator for middle school.
Janette joined Achieve3000 in August 2012. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, she is responsible for human resource strategy and planning, staffing, talent management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and corporate learning and development. Janette has specialized in HR for more than 20 years. During that time, she has held many national and global positions spanning various industries. Prior to joining Achieve, Janette was Vice President of Human Resources for EducationDynamics and U.S. Head of Human Resources for Cooper Notification, where she was the U.S. delegate to the international HR council for the safety division.
Janette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from West Virginia University. She also holds an SPHR certification from the HR Certification Institute and an SHRM-SCP certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Lydia Morris manages marketing strategy and operations for Achieve3000. Lydia joined Achieve3000 with several years of broad and diversified marketing experience. Prior to joining Achieve3000, she spent six years at Time Inc., where she led marketing for the News, Education, and Sports brands, which include TIME Magazine and TIME for Kids. Prior to the media industry, Lydia spent more than 10 years in financial services marketing at Citi, where she worked in several digital marketing roles in the consumer and small business segments.
Lydia spent the early years of her career in policy roles, working on Capitol Hill and for the nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Graduate Management at Northwestern University. She is active in her community in Brooklyn, NY, serving as a board member for the St. Nicks Alliance and as a member of the School Leadership Team of Midwood High School.
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