Leadership

Catapult Learning Leadership

Stuart Udell
CEO

Stuart Udell is the CEO of Catapult Learning.  Prior to joining Catapult Learning, Stuart was Chief Executive Officer of Penn Foster, which he sold to The Princeton Review, where he also served as President of Postsecondary Education.  Stuart was formerly President of Kaplan K12 Learning Services and President of the School Renaissance Institute, a division of Renaissance Learning.  Stuart currently sits on the boards of Renaissance Learning and the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.  Stuart holds a BS from Bucknell University and an MBA from Columbia University.

 

Stephen Freeman
Executive Chairman, Board of Directors

In 1976, Stephen Freeman was a co-founder of the private and religious schools educational services business that was ultimately acquired by Sylvan Learning Systems in 1995 and later became Catapult Learning. His professional experience has focused on the development and management of educationally related services programs for nonpublic and public schools—spanning three decades. Steve is a school psychologist as well as a licensed clinical psychologist, and has practiced as both. He holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in School Psychology from Temple University.

 

Al De Seta
President

Al brings more than 20 years of operating and investing experience in a variety of education, media and information companies. Prior to joining Catapult Learning, Al served as Dean and Executive Director of the Continuing Education division of the University of Phoenix. Prior to that, Al served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Penn Foster, one of the largest virtual high schools and career schools in the country. Al also served as President of the K-12 Market at ProQuest and as Group President of WRC Media and CEO of Primedia Reference, where he managed well-known brands including Weekly Reader, World Almanac, and various online and print publications. Al holds an M.S. and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and an M.B.A. from New York University. He is currently a General Partner in the Mid-Atlantic Angel Fund and serves on the advisory board for the College of Engineering at NJIT.

 

Nick Bates
Chief Financial Officer

Nick Bates serves as Chief Financial Officer of Catapult Learning. Prior to joining Catapult Learning, Nick served as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at MedQuist, a NASDAQ listed medical transcription company. Nick holds a B.S. in Finance from Rutgers University.

 

Anthony L. Manley
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Anthony Manley joined Catapult Learning from Kaplan, Inc., where he most recently held the position of General Manager of its K-12 and Pre-College business unit. Anthony spent more than eight years with the company, serving in numerous senior management roles and leading businesses that supported schools and helped students to achieve their educational goals. Prior to joining Kaplan, Inc., Anthony worked for Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he helped pioneer web-based professional development and support for teachers.  Anthony holds a BA from Fordham University.

 

Matt Given
Chief Development Officer

Matt has held numerous leadership rolls over his 16-year career in educational services including executive positions at Kaplan Test Preparation and Kaplan Virtual Education. Over the past 10 years, Matt’s career has focused on business and corporate development, marketing and government relations. Immediately prior to joining Catapult Learning, Matt was the Chief Development Officer at EdisonLearning. In that role he spoke often on educational policy including Congressional testimony regarding the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at a full committee hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee as well as lectures on educational policy at Tufts University.

 

Liza Wolf, Esq.
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Wolf brings to Catapult Learning’s Senior Management Team more than 20 years of experience in both corporations and large law firms. Prior to joining Catapult Learning, she served as Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President at Blue Sky Power, LLC of Camden, N.J., where she worked with the CEO and the Chief Development Officer to develop the strategic, legal and corporate direction for the clean energy infrastructure developer and managed its legal and finance issues.  Her previous positions include Partner in the Business Law Department, Public and Project Finance Group at Cozen O’Connor, where she counseled and represented underwriters, energy and utility companies, healthcare institutions, higher education facilities, and state and local governments, and Associate in the Corporate Department at Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen of Philadelphia. Liza L. Wolf was profiled in South Jersey Biz Magazine’s “2013 Women to Watch” issue and featured as one of New Jersey’s “2012 Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ.  Admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ms. Wolf received her Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY.

 

Kristen E. Campbell
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Product Management

Kristen Campbell oversees corporate strategy and product management for Catapult Learning.  In this capacity, she’s charged with driving the continuous improvement of Catapult programs with the goal of bringing to market innovative products for students and educators with a focus on exceptional user experience.  Prior to joining Catapult, Kristen spent six years with Kaplan’s Pre-College/K-12 group, leading strategy and product marketing efforts where she helped develop Kaplan’s first blended, SAT test preparation offering.   She began her career in equity research at Salomon Smith Barney and SoundView Technology Group focused on software and Internet infrastructure companies.  Kristen holds a BA in Public Policy from The College of William & Mary and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Eurmon Hervey Jr., Ed.D.
National VP and Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Hervey is an accomplished educational executive with a comprehensive blend of non-profit, government, and academic management experience.  He has served in senior leadership positions in colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern geographical regions.  In Washington DC, he served as Assistant State Superintendent and Deputy Chief State School Officer, where he worked directly with District of Columbia Public Schools.  He sits on the board and is the current Chairman of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.
Dr. Hervey earned the Doctor of Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and the Master of Education from Harvard University.  He also earned two degrees in pure mathematics; the Master of Science from Clark Atlanta University and the Bachelor of Science from Edward Waters College.

 

Sharon Haverlak
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Sharon Thole Haverlak joined Catapult Learning in 2012 as Senior Vice-President Human Resources.  She previously served as Senior Vice-President Human Resources for The Princeton Review and Penn Foster Schools.  Previous experience includes Human Resources leadership positions with RCN Corporation, Pathmark Stores, and HJ Heinz.  She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America and received her MS in Human Resources Administration from the University of Scranton.  She is also a graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre.