BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORS
Tom has over 20 years of educational publishing sales experience. Beginning with the Performance Learning Group, Tom worked as a Sales Support Rep to increase sales of the Job Skills Education Program in the higher education and correctional markets. At SkillsBank, a publisher of K-12 computer-based curriculum, Tom worked as an Inside Sales Rep where he quickly became a key sales team member that met or exceeded sales quota every year. As Eastern Regional Sales Manager for Discovery Education, Tom called on large school districts and supported resellers to generate sales for Discovery’s Middle School Science titles. While working as Regional Vice President for Bridges Learning Systems, a publisher of special education programs, Tom added new customers, increased customer renewal rates, and identified significant funding opportunities. At Pearson, working as a Strategic Account Manager, Tom and his inside sales team consistently exceeded sales quota for a wide range of supplemental reading titles in a multi-state territory through team work and an awareness of funding opportunities for school districts.
Lynda Ellis is the Owner, President & CEO of Washington DC-based Capitol Concierge. A graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, Lynda spent more than 25 years in instructional technology, selling and marketing computer-based education and training products. She earned numerous awards for her performance, leadership and expertise. In 1998 Lynda joined Capitol Concierge, eventually purchasing the company in 2007. Lynda and Capitol Concierge’s recent accomplishments include being named an Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Magazine 2013; Future 50 Awards by Smart CEO in both 2013 and 2014; recognition with Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Award as a top job creator in the U.S.; winning the prestigious 2012 National Capital Business Ethics Award; and earning the Apartment and Office Building Association’s "Outstanding Leadership Award" for eight consecutive years.
Lynda’s extensive community service and civic involvement includes Second Chance, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, AOBA, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, American Red Cross, Prince George’s Scholarship Program, Duckworth School, Entrepreneur Organization and St. James’ Vestry and Thrift Shop Board. As one of the first 200 pledge companies to the national Billion + Change pro bono service initiative, Capitol Concierge provided 4,000 hours of volunteerism to nonprofits in our community in 2013.
Edward de Leon
Ed has been involved in educational media for over twenty-five years. He has been nominated for five Emmy Awards and has won three, as well as numerous other industry awards. He has worked for key educational publishers, including Pearson Education, Discovery Channel, and is currently at PBS as Senior Director, Digital Product Strategy and Content for LearningMedia.
Dr. Paula Love
Known in the industry as the Matchmaker of Funding or the Funding Doctor, these phrases truly capture the essence of Dr. Paula Love. She is a renowned funding expert with decades of experience delivering grant strategies for for-profit and nonprofit organizations, state and local educational agencies, schools, and institutions of higher learning. Without a doubt, Dr. Love knows funding from every perspective, from the classroom to the boardroom. Her nearly 40-year career has earned her great respect as a highly successful funding guru, but it is a little known fact that this work actually began at an early age. Young seven-year-old Paula rallied a community, raising so much money for cystic fibrosis that she made the front-page headlines in a prominent newspaper. Her desire for funding continued into her high school years, where she led her classmates to raise the bar in fundraising. And that passion for helping others continues today, bringing funding resources to companies, classrooms and organizations. Dr. Love is a highly skilled funding consultant with a wealth of insight to offer to every company and organization she assists, helping improve processes and efficiencies while uncovering new opportunities for financial growth.