Our Team

What We Do: Advisory and Advocacy Services

With backgrounds as educators, school administrators, business executives, nonprofit leaders, our team has extensive experience in organization management, communication and sales.

We provide a unique match of experiences and passions that drive our work.

Tom Vander Ark

CEO + Partner

Karen Vander Ark

CFO + Partner

Caroline Vander Ark

COO + Partner

Mary Ryerse

Director of Strategic Design

Megan Mead

Director of Growth

Allison Brumley

Director of Operations


Adam Kulaas


Jessica Slusser

Project Manager

Catherine Wedgwood

Project Manager + Editor

Emily Leibtag

Project Manager

Erik Day

Project Coordinator

Getting Smart Associates

Michelle Berkeley. Specializes in social media and communication.

Kelley Tanner. Specializes in visual design and learner environments.

Elizabeth Wimmer. Specializes in social media and communication.

Comprehensive. Customized. Creative.

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