Leadership

John H. Phelan, Jr.
Chairman, MIND Research Institute
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MIND’s Chairman of the Board, John Phelan, was with the Capital Group Companies, Inc. from 1992 – 2016, during which time he held several key positions, including Executive Vice President of Capital Research and Management. Previously, he was an associate partner with Andersen Consulting, where he specialized in investment management, investment banking for the banking industry.

Phelan holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Management from Northwestern University. He has served on the MIND Board of Directors since 2008.

Matthew Peterson, Ph.D.
Co-founder and Chief Research & Development Officer, MIND Research Institute
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Dr. Matthew Peterson is Co-founder and Chief Research & Development Officer at MIND Research Institute. He created ST Math®, a conceptually driven PreK-8 instructional program that guides every student through a unique path of rigorous learning and problem solving to deeply engage, motivate and challenge students toward higher achievement. ST Math® serves more than one million students in 45 states, creating learning environments that can yield the next generation of STEM leaders. Peterson is a regular speaker at national and international math and education conferences.

After completing his undergraduate degrees in biology, electrical engineering and Chinese language and literature from University of California, Irvine, Peterson completed a doctorate in visual neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mark Bodner, Ph.D.
Co-founder, MIND Research Institute
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Dr. Mark Bodner is Co-founder of MIND Research Institute. He is an adjunct professor of mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh and visiting professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the East China Normal University. He formerly held faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Neurosurgery and joint faculty appointments at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and at UC Irvine’s Department of Physics.

Bodner received his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in theoretical high-energy and mathematical physics from UCLA, and his Bachelor of Science in both physics and chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received a fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health for postdoctoral work in neuroscience at UCLA. He has served on the MIND Board of Directors since 1998.

Greg Blevins
Chief Financial Officer
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Greg joined the MIND Research Institute in 2005 and as Chief Financial Officer, oversees finance, accounting, human resources and legal activities. Prior to joining MIND, he was the CFO of a technology consulting company that, during his tenure, successfully raised $35M in working capital over three years. Greg also rotated through various financial and planning assignments at a Fortune 100 corporate headquarters. As senior treasury consultant, he focused on domestic and international cash management and financing, with emphasis on project finance, cash resource optimization and control, liquidity and risk management. Greg also spent several years in management consulting and in conducting financial feasibility analyses and strategic and operational planning for clients. Among other companies, he was a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and a subsidiary of Towers Perrin. He holds an MBA from UCLA, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science from UC Berkeley.

Andrew Coulson
Chief Data Science Officer, MIND Research Institute
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Andrew Coulson, Chief Data Science Officer, oversees the development of expansion strategies, product-to-market operations and leads a team of data analysts to conduct evaluation of MIND’s activities. Prior to this position, he led MIND Research Institute’s Education Division for 12 years, helping to devise and execute strategies and programs to scale the organization’s reach to now support student learning in 45 states across the country. Before joining MIND, Coulson was a program officer for a major Orange County foundation, specializing in education. He also worked for 17 years in upper management as a STEM professional in high-tech manufacturing engineering, acquiring experience in operations, process engineering, reliability and technology transfer.

Coulson earned a Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in physics from UCLA. He has served on the MIND Board of Directors since 2000.

Janine Ingram
Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships
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Janine Ingram joined MIND in 2013 as Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships, a role in which she creates and leads strategic partnerships with corporations, education institutions, government entities and philanthropists who share the MIND Research Institute's vision. Janine has 24 years of experience in creative and energetic non-profit leadership, specializing in imaginative corporate partnerships and media promotions for such international organizations as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In the last decade, her success in fundraising through corporate partnerships, private and family foundations, government funding and special events generated more than $50 million in funds, and led to such high-profile benefit projects as a film starring Morgan Freeman and an outstanding partnership with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Janine has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from UCI and her Masters degree in Education and Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland.

For more information about Janine’s expertise and speaking opportunities, click here.

Jim Lund
Vice President of Education Services
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Jim Lund joined MIND in 2013 as Vice President of Education Services, where he oversees the nationwide team that implements, trains and supports educators implementing MIND programs. His team ensures student success through best practice adoptions that feature innovative professional development for teachers, principals and district leaders. Jim has more than 25 years of experience managing education technology at companies including Apple, Pearson and GuideK12. At Pearson, Jim managed engineering and state reporting teams, as well as a broad-range of professional development for program users and partners. Jim began his career in education technology as a public school teacher and technology administrator in Minnesota. He earned his Master of Arts in technology for training and development from the University of South Dakota and his bachelor's in music education from Luther College.

Nigel Nisbet
Vice President of Content Creation
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Nigel Nisbet, Vice President of Content Creation, leads a team of content specialists in building engaging, interactive and completely visual games that teach all students how math really works. Nigel came to MIND Research after working as a Mathematics Specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he designed and delivered professional development programs and implemented the transition to Response to Intervention (RTI) programming. Prior to joining LAUSD, he taught Mathematics, AP Physics, and AP Computer Science at Van Nuys Senior High, where he was a pioneer of integrating technology into the classroom, and utilizing project-based learning to engage students’ critical thinking skills. At Van Nuys, he successfully spearheaded the implementation of the LAUSD Los Angeles Virtual Academy program as a solution for Algebra 1, and collaborated with UCLA AP Readiness Program in Computer Science. Nisbet received a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics at Queen Mary University, University of London in 1990. In 2009, Nisbet received a Master in Educational Administration at California State University Northridge.

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Michael Sepulveda
Vice President, Art & Experience Design
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Michael Sepulveda, Vice President of Art & Experience (AxD), leads a team of graphic designers, illustrators and user experience specialists in building the rich interactive environment of MIND’s math education programs, including ST Math. Joining MIND Research Institute as a graphic artist intern while an undergraduate student at University of California, Irvine, Michael has grown his career alongside the then-start-up organization. Working closely with MIND co-founder Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., he helped establish the uniquely visual design structure of the award-winning Spatial Temporal (ST) Math animated software games. Upon graduating UC Irvine in 2002, Sepulveda joined MIND full-time, quickly assuming the lead design role for Generation 2 of the ST Math software. Generation 3 of ST Math featured his contributions to the newly released and first-ever in the industry 13-character visual password game that gives each child user their own unique password. Sepulveda’s role increasingly expanded to user experience, and in 2008 he was appointed Art Supervisor for ST Math. In 2013, he assumed the creative oversight for art and user experience design for the organization, including print, multimedia, video, web and merchandise.

Brett Woudenberg
Chief Operating Officer
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Brett Woudenberg joined MIND Research Institute in 2016 as its Chief Operating Officer. He oversees core operations of the organization, including education partnerships, social impact development, outreach and engagement, program implementation, talent development, and finance. Previously, Brett served as COO of Sapling Learning and later the STEM Group at Macmillan Learning, a top publisher with products serving secondary and post-secondary education markets. He was also COO at national online learning platform provider Gaggle, and President and CEO at Trailblazer Learning, an online professional development solution for K-12 schools. In addition to a track record of reaching and exceeding revenue and expansion goals throughout his career, Woudenberg has extensive experience building and executing growth strategies for cloud-based learning environments and digital content products in the education marketplace. Brett holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Grand Valley State University’s Seidman School of Business, and an MBA from University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management.

Karin Wu
Vice President of Engagement
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As Vice President of Engagement, Karin Wu is responsible for developing MIND’s marketing strategy and contributing to MIND’s organizational strategic planning process. Karin leads MIND’s activities to promote, enhance and protect the organization's brand reputation. She is also an ambassador for the organization, building relationships with the media, educational influencers and advocates, administrators, and philanthropic partners. Prior to joining MIND in 2015, Karin spent more than 20 years in leadership and marketing roles in a variety of sectors including education, videogames and nonprofits. She most recently served as Executive Director of Inspire Youth Project, a Seattle nonprofit that focused on social and emotional development of at-risk youth. Prior to that, she was the academic director and an instructor at The Art Institute of Seattle. Karin has also served in sales and marketing management roles at Educational Software Partners International, Riverdeep Interactive/Edmark and Nintendo. She holds a master’s of arts degree in education leadership from Argosy University, a bachelor’s of international business administration from St. Mary’s University, and an associate’s in applied arts from The Art Institute of Seattle. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.