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 educational technologies that powerfully improve learning. He has led four educational organizations to strong growth and he actively supports K-12 causes. Under his leadership, Think Through Learning has grown from 40 to 150 employees and has twice won the prestigious Software and Information Industry Association CODiE award as the Best Math Instructional Solution (2014 and 2012). As CEO of Triumph Learning, he led its growth from 45 to over 400 employees. Kevin also served as the CEO of Films Media Group, Newbridge Educational Publishing, and the Channel One network. He has advised both The Walt Disney Company on its global education strategy and Israeli companies on how to take their cutting edge software to global markets. He has spoken on technology and learning at SIIA, EdNET, APA, BMO Back To School, AGC and the ASU Education Innovation Summit conferences and served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Educational Publishers. Kevin is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School. In 2013 along with his partner Lou Piconi, the founder of Think Through Learning, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year in Pennsylvania for Software Services.
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 high need 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, Safe Schools 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.
Traci Burgess: Chief Operating Officer
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.
Allison Duquette: EVP Business Development and Marketing
Allison Duquette has been a leader in educational technology companies serving K-12 and higher education students for over 20 years. Prior to joining Think Through Math as Executive Vice President for Business Development, she led the global sales and marketing team for the campus commerce and security business unit with Blackboard Inc., the largest education technology company in the world. Previously, Allison held various general management and senior executive roles in several market-leading educational technology organizations, including Archipelago Learning, SchoolMAX/Maximus, SpectrumK12, Pearson and National Computer Systems. Allison brings to the organization considerable depth and breadth in many functional areas within education technology, including professional services, product line management, business integration, strategic planning, operations, business development, marketing and sales. She has a degree in accounting from the University of Arizona and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
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
As a former Special Education teacher, Peter Cipkowski has a deep, personal commitment to solutions that accelerate and motivate underperforming students. As VP of Education, Peter works with educators and organizations around the United States to ensure that Think Through Math continually provides effective instructional design and delivers meaningful results. Peter has overseen product development, management and marketing in math and literacy at Scholastic, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and the American Foundation for the Blind. 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 Bachelor’s from Bard College and a Master’s from Carnegie Mellon University.
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.
Christian Swango: VP Finance
Chris is a multi-faceted accounting and finance leader with over twenty-five years of experience in both corporate and public accounting. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Pennsylvania and earned his Master’s degree in Taxation. Chris’s strengths include GAAP accounting, financial statement development, operational finance, human resources and staff leadership. Chris also brings to the TTM organization advanced financial planning and analytical skills that include forecasting, budgeting, variance analysis and financial modeling. Prior to joining Think Through Math as Controller in 2009, Chris held increasingly more responsible executive roles at Chicago Title Company, a large division of a Fortune 500 organization. Chris began his career in public accounting where he worked with companies of varying sizes across multiple industries. Chris was promoted to Vice President of Finance of Think Through Learning in 2014. Chris earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with high academic honors from Robert Morris University.