Catapult Learning Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Cohen joined Catapult Learning in September 2015 as Chief Executive Officer. Jeff previously served as the President of Catapult Learning from 2001 to 2006, when the company was a division of Educate, Inc. In 2008, he oversaw the sale of the business to JMI Equity and The Carlyle Group, still two of the company’s current investors. For the past seven years, Jeff served as the President and CEO of Sylvan Learning. Prior to his time at Sylvan and Catapult Learning, Jeff held senior management roles with Thomson Learning and served in the Clinton administration, first as Chief of Staff for the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor and then as a detailed attorney in the White House Counsel’s Office. Jeff holds a B.A. in economics from Tufts University, an M.B.A. from the Boston University Graduate School of Management, and a J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law.
Co-Founder and Vice Chairman
Stephen Freeman is the co-founder and Vice Chairman of Catapult Learning. He previously held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. In 1976, Stephen co-founded a private and religious schools educational services business that was acquired by Sylvan Learning Systems in 1995 and later became Catapult Learning. His professional experience—spanning three decades—has focused on the development and management of educationally related services programs for nonpublic and public schools. Stephen is a school psychologist as well as a licensed clinical psychologist, and has practiced as both. Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in School Psychology from Temple University.
Chief Financial Officer
Chris Catalano joined Catapult Learning in December 2016 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Catapult Learning, Chris served in many operational, financial and investment leadership roles in private equity backed organizations. Most notably, Chris served as chairman and CEO of the School of Rock, from 2009-2014 where he built the company into the country’s largest after-school provider in the music education industry. Chris also spent five years as CFO and Chief Investment Officer of McDonald’s Ventures, where his financial expertise led to significant returns to McDonald’s shareholders from some of the best known retail brands, including Boston Market, Chipotle, and Pret a Manger in the UK. As Chairman of the Board of Redbox, he oversaw the growth of that company from its first location to over 12,000 installations. Chris holds an MBA from Rider University and a BA degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.
Chief Information Officer
Eric Wenck joined Catapult Learning in 2016 and serves as the Chief Information Officer. Prior to Catapult, Eric was at Sylvan Learning for seven years where he served in various roles including COO, CTO and GM of the digital transformation project that transitioned Sylvan from a paper-based tutoring operation to one that leveraged technology to tutor children. Eric also has held leadership positions in Operations, Account Management and Product Management at Prometric, where he was for 13 years prior to Sylvan. Eric received a B.A. degree in Mathematics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
President, Education Solutions Group
Steve Quattrociocchi joined Catapult Learning in November 2016 and serves as President of the Education Solutions Group. Steve has a long track record of leadership and operational experience in the field of education. Prior to joining Catapult Learning, Steve served as the COO and CFO of Ashford University. He also led technology-enabled education services at the C-level or as Division President at three public higher education companies, where he was responsible for implementing technology solutions to enable meaningful interactions between education professionals, students, and families. Steve also spent several years leading the test preparation business at The Princeton Review through the launch of online learning, an IPO, and international expansion and growth. Steve is a native of Rochester, NY and holds a BS degree from M.I.T. and an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
President, Schools Group
Andrea Vargas joined Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI) in July 2004 and now serves as President of Catapult Learning’s Schools Division, where she is responsible for the growth and development of Catapult Learning’s alternative education, dropout recovery, and special education programs. Andrea previously served as CFO for Catapult Learning, as well as the Company’s Controller, Chief Accounting Officer, and Vice President of Finance for SESI. Andrea is an operations-focused, mission-driven executive. Her range of expertise extends from managing lender and banking relationships to implementing cost-saving and revenue-generating initiatives. Previously, Andrea worked as an accounting manager with General Cigar, a $150 million manufacturer of premier cigar brands. Prior to General Cigar, she worked in various finance and accounting functions at several large corporations, including United Technologies, The Stanley Works, and ING, Inc. Andrea earned her B.A. in Finance from Bryant College and her MBA from the University of Hartford. Andrea holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant, in good standing, issued by the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy.
Kristen E. Campbell
Chief Strategy Officer
Kristen Campbell joined Catapult Learning in 2011 and currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer. Kristen is charged with driving the continuous improvement of Catapult Learning programs with the goal of bringing to market innovative products and services for students and educators with a focus on exceptional user experience. In this role, Kristen oversees the company’s education, marketing, and research teams. Prior to joining Catapult Learning, Kristen worked for Kaplan, Inc.’s K−12/Pre-College business unit, leading strategy and product marketing efforts. She began her career in equity research at Salomon Smith Barney and SoundView Technology Group, where she focused on software and Internet infrastructure companies. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from The College of William & Mary and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations
Michal Kisilevitz joined Catapult Learning in May 2016 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations. Prior to joining Catapult, Michal was the Executive Director, Joint Venture Advisory Group, at Water Street Partners, where she was also a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership team. Her work at Water Street included advising executives on governance, strategy, organization and other business challenges, as well as leading the firm’s membership business, where she spearheaded efforts to grow its member base. Prior to Water Street Partners, Michal was a Managing Director at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), where her advisory work focused on Human Resources, compensation, and benefits. She managed two businesses at the Board, significantly growing the company’s benefits and compensation businesses. She came to the CEB from McKinsey & Company, where she was an Associate Principal primarily advising financial institutions on organizational performance and effectiveness challenges. Michal holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Valerie Mogavero joined Catapult Learning in June 2016 as Chief Human Resources Officer. Valerie has more than fifteen years of senior HR leadership and operations experience in the behavioral healthcare industry. From 2005 to 2015, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources at CRC Health Group, a treatment provider for substance abuse services, education programs for struggling teens, weight management issues, and eating disorders. CRC employed more than 5,000 employees in more than 140 locations. While at CRC, Valerie was responsible for taking the HR lead in a number of acquisitions and start-up ventures. Prior to CRC, she held HR leadership roles with companies such as The Renfrew Centers, SunGard, and Arthur Andersen. Valerie earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Drexel University and is an active member of the Delaware Valley’s HR Executive Alliance.