Leadership Team

Valentina Texera Parissi

President & CEO

Peter Walton

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Claypool Friedland

Executive Director of Business Development

Rick Booms

Executive Director of Sales

Louise Galpine

Executive Director of Creative Development

Great Books Team

Denise Ahlquist

Denise Ahlquist
Senior Academic Consultant

Kelly Emanuel

Kelly Emanuel
Senior Educational Consultant & National Training Instructor

Linda Barrett

Linda Barrett
Senior Professional Development Consultant

Danielle Martin

Danielle Martin, M.Ed.
Professional Learning Consultant & Trainer

Dan Lindstrom

Dan Lindstrom
Marketing Manager

Brian DeSoto

Brian DeSoto
Assistant Director for K–12 Programs

Matt Lemen

Matt Lemen
National Consultant for K–12 Programs

Nancy Carr

Nancy Carr, Ph.D.
Senior Editor and Professional Development Consultant

Amanda Brenner

Amanda Brenner
Senior Production Editor

Mike Elsey

Michael Elsey
Director of Digital Media and President of International Training

Josh Sniegowski

Josh Sniegowski
Multimedia Content Developer

Ellen Youniss

Ellen Youniss
IT Director

Pam Vogan

Pam Vogan
Senior Sales Support Specialist

Jay Geverola

Jay Geverola
Inside Sales Manager

Roula Villis
Customer Service Representative

Bridgette Jackson

Bridgette Jackson
Senior Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable Specialist

Peter Swanke

Peter Swanke
Office Services Assistant

Carly Brink

Carly Brink
Executive Team Assistant

Shawn Xiao

肖连余丨Shawn Xiao
China Educational Consultant

Punit Dhandhania
Senior India Educational Consultant

Board of Directors


Charles Brummell, Jr.
Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter


Alex J. Pollock
R Street Institute


Paul Barton
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Barbara T. Bowman
Chicago Public Schools

Lindsey Ciochina
Cloud for Good

Alyssa Conrardy
Prosper Strategies

Marcia Wachs Dam

James M. Reum
Winston & Strawn, LLP (Retired)

George L. Schueppert
The Great Books Foundation

David Ward
Great Books Summer Program

Life Members

James W. Haugh

Jane C. Hunt
College of DuPage

Michael L. Igoe

William Lawlor
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney