Catapult Learning Leadership
Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Cohen joined Catapult Learning, Inc., 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, Cohen served as the President and CEO of Sylvan Learning. Prior to his time at Sylvan and Catapult Learning, Mr. Cohen 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. Mr. Cohen 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.
President, Education Solutions
Stephen Freeman is President of the Education Solutions Group for Catapult Learning. He previously held the position of President and Chief Economic Officer until 2011, when he named Stuart Udell as his successor. 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 and President, Schools Group
Andrea Vargas joined Specialized Education Services, Inc. in July 2004 and now serves as Chief Financial Officer and President of Catapult Learning’s Schools Division. During her career with SESI, Andrea served as the Company’s Controller, Chief Accounting Officer, and Vice President of Finance. In her role as Corporate CFO, Andrea oversees corporate finance, accounting operations, financial planning and analysis as well as merger and acquisition diligence and integration. 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.
Senior Vice President, Special Education Schools
Todd McIntire manages Catapult Learning’s national network of more than 50 special education schools that serve students with significant learning, language, and/or social-emotional challenges that impede their progress in traditional schools and classrooms. Todd joined Catapult Learning in December 2013 as part of an acquisition of assets from EdisonLearning and was most recently Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Public Group. During his 14 years at EdisonLearning, Todd served as a principal, achievement director, regional general manager, and division leader. His work included leadership of major client relationships across the eastern half of the U.S. and in the United Kingdom. Todd began his career in education as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize and continued with assignments in West Africa and New York City. Later, he held district administrative positions in suburban New York before moving to the private sector in 2000 with LearnNow, an educational management company that was acquired by EdisonLearning in 2001. Todd holds a B.A. in physics from Grinnell College and a M.A. in education from Columbia University, where he won a fellowship for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
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 technology teams. Prior to joining Catapult Learning, Kristen spent six years with 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, and a member of the company’s executive team. 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.
Senior Vice President, Development & School Partnerships
Pat Lacognata joined Catapult Learning in 2004 and now serves as Senior Vice President of Development and School Partnerships overseeing the company’s non-public school sales efforts. Previously, Pat co-owned and served as President of Worldwide Educational Services. She started her career as a classroom teacher at both the elementary and high school level. Pat received her bachelor’s degree in Business from St. Francis College and her master’s degree in Literacy from Fordham University. Pat has worked tirelessly for the last decade to advocate for our partners and the schools and students we all serve. As a result of her passion and unbending commitment to our important work, her direct efforts have helped us to establish countless new programs that have benefited tens of thousands of educationally and economically disadvantaged students.
Liza Wolf, Esq.
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Liza Wolf, Esq., joined Catapult Learning in August 2013 and serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Liza brings to Catapult Learning’s senior management team more than twenty 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 for Blue Sky Power, LLC, a clean energy development company based in Haddonfield, New Jersey. In this role, she worked with the CEO and the Chief Development Officer to develop the strategic, legal, and corporate direction for the company and managed its legal and finance issues. Previously, Liza was a Partner in the Business Law 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 an Associate in the corporate department at Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen of Philadelphia. She 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, Liza received her Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Union College.