Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bree Butler joined InsideTrack in 2012 as a success coach, playing an integral part in driving retention rates and coaching to engage and empower students. She was part of the initial pilot project of InsideTrack's uCoach platform, providing highly-skilled, multi-channel coaching. Butler comes to InsideTrack from a counseling background, with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Kai Drekmeier has made a life commitment to helping others as a leader and innovator in the field of education. At InsideTrack, he is responsible for development of coaching programs with new clients, for business partnerships, and for organizational outreach. In the past Drekmeier has also held a number of other key functions at InsideTrack, including performance management, professional development, and recruiting. Drekmeier also plays an important role in managing the growth and strategic direction of InsideTrack. Prior to InsideTrack, he co-founded SCORE! Educational Centers, where he helped to develop the concept and served in a number of key operational roles crucial to the success and growth of the organization. Previously, Kai worked in secondary education and received a B.A in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Alison Newcomb brings over 10 years of experience in higher education to her work as part of the Client Partnerships team, where she is focused on the success of a portfolio of InsideTrack strategic partnerships. Prior to joining InsideTrack, she worked at Pearson Education in account management before moving into more technology-focused management roles. Newomb was most recently district manager at McGraw-Hill Education, where she provided strategic direction for a team of seven account managers serving colleges and universities across the U.S. She earned an undergraduate degree in English & History from Millsaps College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.
Chris Tilghman brings a depth of expertise working with senior administrators in developing programs that improve student outcomes. Originally joining InsideTrack in 2005 as a Coach, Tilghman was instrumental in forming our Advisory Board of higher education thought leaders and has forged partnerships with a broad range of universities. A keen observer of trends in higher education, he has written articles for a variety of publications, including AACRAO’s College and University, UPCEA’s Continuing Higher Education Review, and CAEL’s Forum and News. Previously, Tilgham served in product development, strategy, and investor relation’s roles for technology companies. He holds a B.A in Social Studies from Harvard University and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Education from Stanford University.
Since joining InsideTrack in 2013, Micah Wheeler has coached students at eleven college campuses in three states and has been a driving force in adapting success coaching to multi-channel platforms. He earned a BA in History from Asbury University and a MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Baylor University; his experience in higher education includes three years of implementing community building and retention initiatives.
Sasha Thackaberry is the director of eLearning technologies in the Office of eLearning and Innovation (eLi) at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). She is responsible for three main focal areas – propelling institutional innovation, managing the eLearning technology infrastructure team, and implementing Quality Matters and instructional design and development projects college-wide. She is the project lead on Tri-C’s CBE program development with Educause’s Breakthrough Models Incubator. Current focus areas include Competency-Based Education, Prior Learning Assessment, MOOCs for developmental education, and the use of game mechanics to improve student resilience. She is one recipient of the 2014 MOOC Award for CourseWare Excellence as well as the Innovation of the Year Award in 2010. Thackaberry has published articles in the journals Internet Learning and Distance Learning, eLearn Magazine, and an OLC (formerly Sloan-C) Effective Practice for the Faculty Instructional Design Toolkit. Find more at edusasha.com.