Leadership Team

Think Through Math is a company of math teachers and technologists. We delight in knowing that our Web-based differentiation system produces measurable gains for students nationwide. We’re continually looking for ways to improve the program. Most importantly, we delight in knowing that Think Through Math transforms the way students see themselves as learners.

 

Kevin McAliley: Chief Executive Officer

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, EdNET and ASU Education Innovation Summit conferences and served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Educational Publishers. Kevin is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School.

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 at the flagship PBS station.

 

Traci Burgess: EVP Sales

Traci Burgess has over 15 years of success in creating and executing sales strategies in education. Before joining TTM, Traci was the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Catapult Learning, a K-12 instructional intervention service focusing on reading and math. During her time there, she successfully entered new markets and significantly increased market share in the core business. Prior to leading Catapult’s sales effort, Traci was the Vice President of K-12 Sales at Blackboard, where she directed all sales activities in the US and Canada for Enterprise Software. Traci is a visionary tactician, knowledgeable in empowering peak performance sales teams who consistently deliver favorable results. Traci holds an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Secondary Education, where she also earned her Teaching Certificate. She started her career as a math teacher.

 

Louis Piconi: SVP Strategic Activities/Co-Founder

As co-founder and Senior Vice President of Strategic Activities for TTM, Louis focuses on building relationships that lead to the implementation of state-wide programs and on creating our long term vision. Lou is passionate about explaining how Think Through Math can dramatically improve learning outcomes. Prior to founding TTM, Louis launched WiredOrg.com, an innovative Intranet startup company and served as COO of CommNav, Inc., an early-stage portal infrastructure company. He was also Managing Director of the IT Networks for the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Louis earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Peter Cipkowski: VP Education

With roots in the Special Education classroom, Peter Cipkowski has a deep, personal commitment to technology solutions that accelerate and motivate underperforming  students. Peter has overseen marketing, product management and product development in math and literacy at Scholastic, Pearson, and the American Foundation for the Blind. Among the groundbreaking programs he has helped develop and launch: READ 180, System 44, FASTT Math, Fraction Nation, Do The Math, DRA and Good Habits Great Readers. Peter is also the author of two books for young adults, Revolution in Eastern Europe and Crisis in the Gulf, both published by John Wiley. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bard College and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Carnegie Mellon.

 

James Wrubel: Chief Technology Officer

James is the Chief Technical Officer for Think Through Math. Prior to joining TTM, James was a Technical Manager at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute where he created the Virtual Training Environment, an online learning platform for Federal and Defense information technology and computer security training that grew to reach over 100,000 learners across the globe. Prior to the Software Engineering Institute, James worked for companies in the interactive and Internet infrastructure as a software engineer and project manager, most notably Arnold Worldwide. At Arnold James led the development of the entire consumer-facing Web presence of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He also worked at BBN (now Level3), one of the early architects of the Internet. James has been an invited speaker at several Department of Defense, IEEE and Sloan-C e-learning conferences. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Glen Zollman: VP Implementation Services

As Director of State Implementation, Glen oversees state-wide TTM programs. He works closely with Departments of Education and State Legislators to ensure effective implementations that drive state-wide improvements in math understanding. Prior to joining Think Through Math, Glen developed content and assessment tools and the secondary math standards for both the Boise School District and the Idaho State Department of Education. Glen brings fourteen years of classroom experience as a high school and college math teacher. Glen earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho and an MBA from University of Phoenix.

 

Scott Adams: VP Product Management

Scott Adams has dedicated his career to building a better world through awesome technology products. Before joining TTM, Scott was the Senior Program Manager at Apollo Group/Carnegie Learning, where he gained deep familiarity with the application of adaptive learning in education. In this role, Scott worked to both expand the use of adaptive math in the K-12 space, as well as pioneer this technology into the higher education space through the University of Phoenix. Prior to this, Scott spent over a decade building global technology products for Computer Sciences Corporation. In addition to all of his work in technology, Scott has a deep passion for public service. He has his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in Political Science, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration with a specialty in public sector performance and technology. During these years, Scott gained extensive experience in political positions in Washington, DC – capping that career with a stint at the White House in the Executive Office of the Vice President.