Brett Woudenberg, Chief Executive Officer, oversees core operations of the organization, including education partnerships, social impact development, outreach and engagement, program implementation, talent development and finance. He first joined MIND Research Institute in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Previously, Woudenberg served as COO of Sapling Learning and later the STEM Group at Macmillan Learning, a top publisher with products serving secondary and postsecondary 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.
Woudenberg holds a Bachelor 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.
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’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 holds a master’s degree in physics from UCLA. He has served on the MIND Board of Directors since 2000.
As Vice President of Product, Matthew Feldmann is responsible for developing a high-performing team of product managers, designers and content specialists that define the future of ST Math. Prior to this position, he led cross-functional content creation teams at MIND to expand ST Math to 6th Grade, build the ST Math Common Core edition, and launch ST Math: Middle School Supplement which was named the “Best Game-based Curriculum Solution” at the 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards. He also worked for five years in the information technology department of a biotechnology company where he designed the architecture and integration strategy for key enterprise planning systems.
Feldmann earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Purdue University and holds a master’s degree in mathematical behavioral science from UC Irvine.
As Vice President of Technical Operations, Kevin Hammer makes high-level design choices, dictates technical standards, and leads all procedures and processes for the engineering team on new technology platforms. He has been with MIND since 2014 and has been developing web applications since 1997. Hammer has deep expertise in many web technologies, and has worked with Fortune 500 companies as a technical and rich media architect. Previously, he was CTO for a social media start-up called mEgo, leading the launch of its social networking application as it scaled to 1 million active users. He also owned and managed a web development agency for ten years that produced online financial dashboards for companies like American Express, movie promotional sites’ web games for Warner Brothers and Sony, and CMS implementations for non-profits like the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles.
Hammer has a proven record of delivering on complicated objectives and pulling teams together in focused efforts to produce high quality products.
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 MIND's vision. Ingram 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.
Ingram holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from UC Irvine and a master’s in psychology and education from University of Maryland College Park.
Jim Lund joined MIND in 2013 as Vice President of Education Success, 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. Lund has more than 25 years of experience managing education technology at companies including Apple, Pearson and GuideK12. At Pearson, he managed engineering and state reporting teams, as well as a broad-range of professional development for program users and partners. Lund began his career in education technology as a public school teacher and technology administrator in Minnesota.
Lund earned a Bachelor of Arts in music education from Luther College and a master’s degree in technology for training and development from the University of South Dakota.
As Executive Vice President of Partnerships, Brian Molitor is responsible for leading a nationwide team of Education Partnerships Managers as well as licensing and selling ST Math to school districts. He joined MIND in 2011 as a Senior Account Executive and has held several other positions at MIND over the years. Molitor has been instrumental in expanding MIND’s mission through key sales partnerships. Previously, he worked in student information and data analytics for Pearson where he sold key information to schools. He also has experience in biotechnology analytics.
Molitor holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University of Michigan.
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.
Corey Vail joined MIND in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer, and oversees finance, accounting, human resources and legal activities. Prior to joining MIND, he was the CFO of E-learning company, Gaggle, when the company almost tripled in size, serving more than 2 million students during his tenure. As CFO of Kathryn Beich Fundraising, a portfolio company of a private equity firm, Vail helped execute the sale of the company for nearly double the normal valuation basis. He has also served in key leadership roles at a variety of other companies, ranging from large publicly traded entities to privately held organizations.
Vail holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Millikin University.
As Vice President of Engagement, Karin Wu is responsible for developing MIND’s marketing strategy and contributing to MIND’s organizational strategic planning process. She 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, Wu spent more than 20 years in leadership and marketing roles in a variety of sectors including education, video games 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. Wu has also served in sales and marketing management roles at Educational Software Partners International, Riverdeep Interactive/Edmark and Nintendo.
Wu holds a Master of Arts in education leadership from Argosy University, a bachelor’s in 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.