William D. Hansen
President and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President, Mission Advancement and Philanthropy
Thomas C. Dawson
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
A. Scott Fleming
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial and Product Officer
Larry A. Lutz
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development; President, Education at Work
Matthew B. Murphy III
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mark L. Pelesh
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Erin J. Roth
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Senior Vice President, Operations Planning and Analysis
Senior Vice President, Consumer Insights
Thomas R. Ertel
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Daryl A. Graham
Senior Vice President, Philanthropy
Senior Vice President, Cash and Investments
Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer
Michelle R. Weise
Senior Vice President, Workforce Strategies; Chief Innovation Officer, Strada Institute for the Future of Work
Board of Trustees
The Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.
The Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C. is president emeritus of the University of Portland, having served as president of that institution for 11 years. He currently is chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of Strada Education Network, formerly USA Funds, and serves on the organization’s Mission Advancement and Philanthropy Committee. Beauchamp was elected to the USA Funds and USA Group boards in 1998.
He served on the board of Lumina Foundation from 2000-2008. He previously was senior vice president of the University of Portland, executive vice president of the University of Notre Dame, and assistant professor of business and associate director of admissions at Alma College. He also has worked as an attorney in private practice and as a financial analyst. Beauchamp received his Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from the University of Detroit, and his juris doctor and Master of Divinity degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
Beauchamp serves on numerous boards, including those for the University of Notre Dame, Stonehill College, Saint Joseph Health System, Holy Cross Family Theater and Holy Cross Family Ministries. Additionally, Beauchamp serves as a member of the Provincial Council for his religious order, the Congregation of Holy Cross, and is the order’s assistant provincial and steward.
Marlene V. Coulis
Marlene V. Coulis was elected to the board of Strada Education Network, then known as USA Funds, in 2011. She currently serves on Strada Education’s Investment Committee and Mission Advancement and Philanthropy Committee.
She is a marketing strategy consultant with Coulis Consulting, which provides strategic and actionable marketing solutions to drive brand growth within the consumer and retail environment. Coulis brings to the Strada Education Network board more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising, marketing research and strategic planning. Previously, Coulis was a marketing executive with Anheuser-Busch Inc. for 18 years, most recently serving as vice president of consumer strategy, insights and innovation. In addition, she led the integration of the total marketing approach into the combined Anheuser-Busch InBev global company. Coulis also had served on the corporation’s strategy committee, a group of the most senior executives responsible for setting the company’s strategic course. During her tenure, she helped the company become a leading beverage innovator by expanding its brand portfolio to include a full line of American and craft-style beers, select imports, and premium specialty beverages.
Coulis is a graduate of Ball State University. She also is on the board of trustees for Embarc, a Chicago-based three-year program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success. She is a trustee and president for Bishop Noll Institute and a marketing adviser for Farmer’s Fridge.
Blake E. Devitt
Blake E. Devitt is a retired CPA and senior audit partner from Ernst & Young, an international public accounting and auditing firm. He was elected to the board of Strada Education Network, then known as USA Funds, in 2006. He currently serves as chair of Strada Education’s Investment Committee and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee.
Devitt was employed with E&Y for 33 years in a variety of roles, including, most recently, national director of the pharmaceutical and medical device industry practice for the firm. Earlier in his career, he was named to a term as an accounting fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, where he researched and helped resolve emerging financial reporting issues while on leave from E&Y. During the late ’80s and early ’90s, he served as the partner in charge of E&Y’s annual financial audits of USA Funds and USA Group. Devitt received his undergraduate degree from Bradley University and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He served on the board of directors of Baxalta Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company. He is president of his condominium association.
Marshall C. Grigsby
Marshall C. Grigsby is president and CEO of Grigsby & Associates LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in educational policy issues and the legislative process. Grigsby was elected to the board of Strada Education Network, then known as USA Funds, in 2002. He currently serves as chair of Strada Education’s Governance Committee and is on the Mission Advancement and Philanthropy Committee.
Grigsby has served as the senior legislative associate for higher education with the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, he was an associate dean and faculty member at Howard University, executive vice president and provost and chief operating officer at Hampton University, and president of Benedict College. Grigsby also is the founder, president and CEO of Educational Research Systems, a nonprofit research organization that focuses on comprehensive socioeconomic, educational and policy issues affecting minority students and students of color.
In 2003 Grigsby was inducted into “The History Makers,” a national video database of outstanding African-Americans. The database is housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He received his undergraduate education at Morehouse College and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.
Michael D. King
Michael D. King was elected to the board of Strada Education Network, then known as USA Funds, in 2015. He currently is a member of Strada Education’s Compensation and Investment committees. He is vice president and general manager, global education industry, for IBM, with responsibility for strategy, marketing and sales across schools and higher education. He oversees all facets of IBM’s work with K-12 schools and higher education institutions, including the development of industry-specific solutions. IBM’s portfolio in education includes consulting and information technology services, analytics tools and other software, as well as cloud and high-performance computing.
King has been with IBM for more than 30 years in various executive and management positions, with more than 20 years focused on education and learning. He has held a variety of roles in the education industry, developing programs like ThinkPad University, Insight at School and Learning Village. He also has worked in IBM’s corporate training segment, leading marketing, strategy and partner programs.
He has served on various client advisory groups, such as the California P16 Council, as well as industry associations, such as the Business Higher Education Forum, where he is a member of the executive committee. King also serves on the board of directors for both the IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Business Higher Education Forum. He holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Thomas B. Mangas
Thomas B. Mangas is the Chief Executive Officer of International Car Wash Group, the world’s largest car wash operator with nearly 900 sites in Europe, USA, and Australia. He serves on the Board of Directors of Tab Food Investments, a leading quick service restaurant operator in Turkey and China, with over 1,700 restaurants. There he is the chair of both their Corporate Governance and Risk Committees.
During 2016, Mangas was the Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., and also served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2014 to December 2015. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Floor Products, a division of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of floors and ceilings, from November 2013 to September 2014, and as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. from February 2010 to November 2013.
Mr. Mangas spent 20 years at The Procter and Gamble Company, a global consumer packaged goods company, in progressively senior roles and, from August 2008 to January 2010, served as Vice President, Finance and Accounting for the Global Beauty & Grooming business of The Procter and Gamble Company. Mangas has deep experience with numerous growth focused transactions (spins, mergers and acquisitions), Wall Street interactions, capital allocations, regulatory compliance, technology development, and effective cost reduction initiatives.
Mangas earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and History in 1990 from the University of Virginia, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society.
Mr. Mangas was elected to the Strada Education Network Board in 2017. Mr. Mangas is currently a member of Strada Network’s Compensation and Finance & Audit Committees.
Erik I. Moreno
Erik I. Moreno is executive vice president, Corporate Development and M&A at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is responsible for developing growth strategies for the studio, identifying potential partnership or acquisition prospects and managing other business opportunities alongside SPE’s senior executive team.
Moreno is a seasoned M&A and Strategy executive most recently serving as EVP and President of Corporate Development, New Ventures and Investments at Time, Inc. prior to Time Inc., he held a number of key roles including: senior vice president, corporate development, for Fox Networks Group, co-general manager of Mobile Content Venture, director of corporate development for eBay Inc., and vice president of corporate development and Strategy for Level 3 Communications.
Moreno began his career at Gleacher & Co., a boutique investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He also serves on the boards of the School of Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania (board overseer), The Opportunity Network and CoachArt. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ilene H. Nagel
Ilene H. Nagel is President of Education Executives, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in the search for AAU university presidents, provosts, and deans, as well as the search for senior leaders of distinguished scientific organizations, especially academic medical centers and hospital CEOs. Consulting services are also provided for those in senior leadership positions. From 2005-2017, Dr. Nagel led the Higher Education Practice for Russell Reynolds Associates.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates as a Managing Director, Ilene was the Senior Advisor to the University of California, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and to the Office of the President of the University of California System. Before joining the University of California Office of the President, Dr. Nagel was the Executive Vice Chancellor (chief academic officer) of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and before that, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Research at the University of Maryland (College Park). She served for two decades as a Full-Time Professor of Law at Indiana University (Bloomington), with visiting appointments as a Guggenheim Fellow at Yale Law School, as a Fellow at Cambridge University, as a Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law and as a Professor of Law at the George Washington University School of Law. From 1985-1994, Dr. Nagel was a presidential appointee in the federal judiciary, where she served full time, as a Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission.
Dr. Nagel was elected to the USA Funds’ Board in 2000. Dr. Nagel currently serves as Chair of Strada Network’s Mission Advancement and Philanthropy Committee and serves on the Governance Committee. She previously served on the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Investment Committee.
Dr. Nagel received her Masters of Legal Studies from Stanford University School of Law and her Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. Nagel also serves on the Board of CGS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina, and previously served on the board of Palmetto, GBA.
Dr. Nagel resides with her husband, Aristides Burton Demetrios in Montecito, California.
William R. Neale
William R. Neale is the senior partner with the law firm Krieg DeVault LLP in Indianapolis. He was elected to the board of Strada Education Network, then known as USA Funds, in 1997 and served as chairman of the board from 2000-2009. He currently serves on Strada Education’s Mission Advancement and Philanthropy Committee and Governance Committee. He was a director of USA Group from 1997-2000. He received Bachelor of Science and juris doctor degrees from Indiana University.
Neale has numerous community affiliations, including: a member of the advisory board of the Butler University Old National Bank Center for Closely Held Business; director of Indy Chamber and its executive committee; chair of the Butler University Business Consulting Group advisory board; a member and past chairman of the board of visitors of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; emeritus board member and former chairman of Young Audiences of Indiana; member of Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis; and member of the Indianapolis, Indiana and American bar associations.
From 2000-2007 he served on the board of Lumina Foundation. From 1992-1995 he was a presidential appointee to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a federal agency formed to advise the executive, legislative and judicial branches concerning administrative law matters.
Ernest J. Newborn II
Ernest J. Newborn II is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of USI Insurances Services LLC, the 12th largest insurance brokerage firm in the world. He was elected to the board of Strada Education Network, then called USA Funds, in 2000 and served as chairman of the board from 2009-2014. He currently serves as chair of Strada Education’s Compensation Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee.
He previously served as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Acordia Inc., a formerly Indianapolis-based publicly held insurance brokerage administration company. Newborn also has previously served as associate counsel for Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. He received his juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree from Drake University.
Until he assumed his current role with USI, Newborn resided in Indianapolis and was active in the Indianapolis nonprofit community. He has received numerous awards for his civic and professional achievements. He is president of the Ridgefield High School Boys Basketball Booster Club.
Edward R. Schmidt
Edward R. Schmidt serves as chairman of the board of Strada Education Network, formerly USA Funds, and is a member of the Governance Committee. He is president and CEO of Silver Creek Partners LLC, based in suburban Indianapolis. He is a retired partner of the Indianapolis-based law firm Krieg, DeVault LLP, a former executive vice president of Sallie Mae Inc., and the former executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of USA Group Inc.
Schmidt joined USA Group in 1991. He was elected to USA Group’s board in 1993 and USA Funds’ board in 1996, and was a director and trustee until July 31, 2000. He was re-elected to the USA Funds board in 2001. He was a member of the Lumina Foundation board from 2001-2009. Schmidt previously served as president of Commonwealth Title Services of Indiana Inc. and senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Wainwright Financial Corp. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Susquehanna University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American, Indiana and Indianapolis bar associations.
He is vice chairman of the board of Susquehanna University and a member of the boards for Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center and the Indiana State Chapter of JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Schmidt is chairman of Health Initiatives Inc. and is on the Law Advisory Council for Notre Dame Law School.
Mimi Wolfe Strouse
Mimi Wolfe Strouse is a private equity investor and has served as a senior adviser at Accretive LLC since 2010. She was elected to the Strada Education Network Board in 2017 and serves on the Compensation and Investment committees.
Previously, she was managing director and partner at Warburg Pincus LLC, from 2002 until 2008. She worked in the Warburg Pincus New York office, focusing on business process outsourcing and human capital management investing. Upon joining Warburg Pincus, Strouse was a member of the media, technology, and telecommunications group and was responsible for leading investments in the business process outsourcing, financial technology and postsecondary education markets.
She also was a principal at General Atlantic Partners LLC, which she joined in 1996. Strouse also served as a financial analyst in the mergers and acquisitions division of Credit Suisse First Boston. She is a director of Everspring and previously served on the boards of Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Fortent, Yodlee, Skillsoft, WNS, MLM and Rebus. Strouse received a bachelor’s degree in history and African studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and an honors diploma in African studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.