Frank Bonsal III
Frank Bonsal III has spent over twenty-five years advancing efficacy, innovation and productivity in and around education and the knowledge economy. Frank is a General Partner of New Markets Venture Partners focused on early and growth stage investments in education technology and service companies. Beginning in 1999, as Partner of Bonsal Capital, and through his role at New Markets, Frank has invested in over fifteen private education companies, most notably American Public Education, Blackboard, Capella, Headsprout, Moodlerooms, Questar Assessment, Smarthinking, Spectrum K12, Starfish Retention Solutions and StraighterLine.
Frank is currently a Board Director of Questar Assessment and a Board Observer of BetterLesson and Starfish Retention Solutions. For 15 years leading up to his full-time venture capital path, Frank served as teacher, advisor, coach, and administrator to students in middle and high schools. Frank serves on several Mid-Atlantic-based nonprofit education boards, most notably the Center for Education Reform, and is a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Stevenson University. He has served on numerous panels and committees on the topic of education innovation, investment and productivity and is a former President of the Board of Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. Frank has a M.Ed. and M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.
Robert Bowen is one of the most accomplished educational technology executives in the United States. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Scientific Learning, an electronic learning company that leverages advanced research about the brain to improve literacy outcomes.
Bob has more than four decades of success in building or helping build market leaders in K-12 education. Prior to joining Scientific Learning, Bob was president of NCS Education Software and Services. He built a small business into the leader of enterprise software solutions with a 40 percent market share. NCS Education Software and Services won numerous awards for the quality of its software offerings. NCS was sold to Pearson in the fall of 2000 for $2.5 billion. Previously Bob spent 17 years with McGraw Hill, last serving as executive vice president of McGraw-Hill’s Education and Training group, which included seven divisions with total revenues of approximately $350 million. Mr. Bowen began his career as a high school math teacher, and later as a school district administrator. Mr. Bowen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
Allison Duquette has been a leader in educational technology companies serving K-12 and higher education students for over 20 years. She currently serves as Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, for Blackboard Transact, which provides enterprise software solutions to post-secondary institutions. Previously she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Archipelago Learning. Prior to joining Archipelago she was President of Maximus, Inc., a provider of enterprise software to K-12 schools and districts, as well as President and CEO of Spectrum K-12, the award-winning provider of special ed software. Earlier in her career she held a variety of positions with NCS and NCS Pearson, including President of the K-12 Software and Services Division and Vice President of Application Software. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Arizona.
Allison is passionate about charities that support a better world for both children and adults, and is an active supporter of Water1st, The ARC, and the National MS Society.
Arrun Kapoor is a Managing Director at SJF Ventures, an impact investing venture fund focused on partnering with rapidly growing companies that address social or environmental problems. He is an advisory board member of two incubators–NYC ACRE: NYU-Poly and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Green Business Accelerator. He is on the board of FieldView Solutions and has been a board observer to ServiceChannel and Truist, a software company that facilitates corporate giving and philanthropy programs. Kapoor was most recently with Bain & Company in London and Delhi where he launched the firm’s internal green practice initiatives. Prior to Bain, he was a founding member and manager with a successful consulting start-up in New York and London. He holds an M.A. in International Political Economics from the London School of Economics and completed a B.A. from New York University with an economics and business focus.
Arrun resides in New York with his wife and child. He leads his fund’s work with education companies and specific areas within resource efficiency and sustainability. He enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs who have a passion for building rapidly scaling businesses and, in doing, make the world a better place. He is a Ventures Advisor to the SJF Institute, a not-for-profit organization that helps to support social entrepreneurs in a range of sectors including education, health/wellness, and the environment.
Robert Marcus is the managing partner at the law firm of Marcus and Mack. Robert was an early investor in Think Through Learning and has supported the Company in each of the capital rounds raised to date. Robert is a past Chairman of the Indiana County School-to-Work Partnership. He previously held Board positions for the Indiana County Development Corporation and the Center for Economic Operations. Robert currently serves as a Director for the Board of the Indiana County United Way, the Indiana County Strategic Planning Commission, and the Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is currently a Team Pennsylvania Ambassador and a member of the PA Liquor Control Board. Robert has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association since 1977 and holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School Of Law and a BA from Syracuse University.
John W. (Jack) Martin is an independent financial consultant with a thirty year background as an executive and advisor in public and private companies. Jack has played a significant role in a number of financing, partnership, and purchase transactions involving businesses defined by unique intellectual property, creative people, and remarkable growth. Jack joined Groove Networks in 1998 as its vice president of finance and administration. He advised Groove and its founder Ray Ozzie on its startup plan and early financing strategy, served as its CFO, and oversaw the financing and merger transactions between Groove and Microsoft, while serving as a Board member on two venture-funded clients during this period.
Jack’s software industry involvement began in 1987 at Lotus Development Corporation, where he served as the corporate VP of Finance before assuming finance and business development responsibilities for a newly formed Communication Products Division. Previously, Jack served as Senior VP and CFO of Courier Corporation, a publicly held printer and specialty publisher of trade, educational and religious books. Jack has completed or managed a large number of other acquisition, divestiture, and licensing transactions during his career that began as a CPA and audit manager at Arthur Andersen after graduating from the University of Notre Dame.
Kevin is passionate about building teams that create breakthrough programs that powerfully improve learning. He has led four educational organizations to strong growth and actively supports K-12 causes. As CEO of Triumph Learning, he led its team’s growth from 45 to over 400 employees. Kevin also led Films Media Group, Newbridge Educational Publishing, and the Channel One network and advised The Walt Disney Company on its global education strategy. He has spoken on technology and learning at SIIA, BMO Back to School, EdNET and ASU Education Innovation Summit conferences. Kevin is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School. Kevin is a co-finalist for the national Ernst & Young 2013 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.
Kevin was recognized by the New York City Schools Chancellor for his work on behalf of high-needs schools. After being Principal for a Day at PS 40, Kevin raised over $100,000 in cash, books, technology and supplies for it and other New York schools. Kevin was honored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children along with the Director of the FBI and America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh for educating children on Internet safety. He was also honored for his work on behalf of The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Association of Hispanic School Administrators. He began his career at the WGBH Educational Foundation where he was a leader of Emmy Award-winning production teams.
Jeffrey McCormick is the founder and Managing Partner of Saturn Partners, a Boston-based venture capital firm founded in 1993. With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Jeff has helped build valuable companies in software tools, education, biotechnology and alternative energy. He works closely with management teams to develop strategic relationships and formulate product development, marketing, and distribution strategies. In addition to Think Through Learning, he serves on the boards of American Made (specialty materials), SureLogic (software), Knopp Biosciences (an ALS treatment) and Applied Clean Tech (waste management/energy), among others.
Residing in Boston with his wife and three children it is tremendously important to Jeff to be an active participant in his community. He is the Founding Principal Sponsor of the Sean McDonough Charities for Children, whose goal is to raise and distribute funds to children’s charities throughout Massachusetts. Education and mentoring are an area of great interest for Jeff. As an alumnus of Syracuse University, where he holds his MBA in finance and BS in biology, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the Whitman School of Management. His pay-it-forward attitude also inspires his commitment to providing internships as well as mentoring and collaborative programs at Saturn, giving him the opportunity to share his experience, knowledge and success with up-and-coming leaders.