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  • Fred Franson, Co-founder and CEO

    Fred Fransen, Co-founder and CEO

    Fred’s career has been dedicated to improving the ability of people around the world to live prosperous and free lives by increasing their educational opportunities. Fred earned a Ph.D. in Social Thought from University of Chicago.

  • Lisa Roberts, Senior Vice President of Initiatives

    Lisa Roberts, Chief Philanthropy Officer

    Lisa has spent her career guiding fundraising and development for nonprofits. An adjunct professor at Indian River State College, Lisa earned an MBA from Jacksonville University and a bachelor’s degree from University of North Florida.

  • Marcus Dennis, Chief Marketing Officer Square Crop

    Marcus Dennis, Chief Marketing Officer

    Marcus Dennis has more than 25 years of marketing and leadership experience, most recently as associate director of marketing at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years in marketing at Roche. He earned his B.S. from Purdue University and an MBA from Anderson University.

  • Julie Smitherman, Director of Content Management

    Julie Smitherman, Vice President of Programs

    Julie was a high school social studies teacher for eight years before joining Certell to help craft its social studies curriculum. Julie earned a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in social studies teacher education from Purdue University.