Shorelight was founded by educators and innovators who have worked as university leaders and alongside them as strategic counsel. We offer more than 20 years of strategic insight into the competitive educational marketplace, and know what it takes to build upon a school’s strengths.

Tom Dretler

CEO & Co-founder

Tom is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Shorelight Education.

Prior to founding Shorelight, Tom was CEO at Eduventures, a best-practices and benchmarking research firm that works with U.S. universities. Previously, Tom was an executive-in-residence at Sterling Partners, a private equity firm that invests in education, health care, and business services companies.

Tom is a co-founder, former president, and board chair of the Alliance for Business Leadership, an association of progressive business leaders dedicated to growth and opportunity in Massachusetts. Tom currently serves as a Leadership Fellow for Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-author of the Sterling Partners/Bain & Company white paper, The Financially Sustainable University.

Tom is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he was a Rhodes Scholar candidate and Phi Beta Kappa member. He also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he was awarded the Goldsmith Fellowship.

Basil Cleveland

Executive Vice President & Co-founder

Basil Cleveland is Executive Vice President & Co-founder of Shorelight.

Basil brings years of expertise in international education to his role as Executive Vice President of Shorelight Education. Prior to co-founding Shorelight, Basil helped build Kaplan’s global business while establishing 60+ transnational degree programs as senior vice president of Kaplan Global Solutions. At Kaplan, he developed partnership programs in Hong Kong, China, and Singapore, including complex consortia relationships with elite U.S., U.K., and Australian universities.

Basil holds a Ph.D. in literature and philosophy from Boston University, where he also earned an M.F.A. under the tutelage of three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. In addition, he is one of the founding editors of Antilever Press, a nonprofit publisher of contemporary poetry.

Pamela Bates

SVP, Partner Operations & Implementation

Pamela serves on Shorelight’s leadership team as Senior Vice President, Partner Operations.

In this role, Pamela manages new partner school implementation, academic affairs, student career planning, and multisite operations of Shorelight’s campus teams.

As a former senior managing director at Kaplan International, she is well versed in leading operations for higher education programs and English language schools. During her tenure at Kaplan, she managed a staff of more than 100 and oversaw operations for U.S.-based pathway programs.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Pamela oversaw U.S. operations for EC English Language Centers. Starting her career in international education at a young age, Pamela served as an intern for global women’s issues at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Pamela received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Wheaton College, where she continues to volunteer and serves as class president.

Dominic Berardi

VP, Global Admissions

Dominic Berardi is Shorelight’s Vice President of Global Admissions.

In his role, Dominic is responsible for overseeing the global admissions team, which is key for defining entry criteria for partnership programs as well as continual customer service maintenance across the United States and globally.

Dominic has previously worked on various partnership implementation teams and as a Regional Director for Southeast Asia at Shorelight. Prior to his time here, Dominic experienced a variety of professional fields, including consumer marketing and government affairs. Within the international education sector, Dominic was employed by Navitas to work in coordination with universities in a variety of countries.

Dominic attended the University of Cincinnati College of Business, where he received his bachelor’s of business administration in marketing and international business. Dominic also received his certificate in global management, international relations, and Chinese from Peking University.

James Butler

VP, Global Recruitment

James is Vice President, Global Recruitment, where he oversees the student recruitment for Shorelight’s university partnerships.

James manages a team of more than 70 staff across 16 countries.

James was formerly vice president of the recruitment group at Study Group ANZ, leading and overseeing the global revenue generation activities for Australia and New Zealand, including embedded pathway colleges at the University of Sydney, Australian National University, and Auckland University.

James received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, and an M.B.A. from the University of Sydney.

Johan De Muinck Keizer

SVP & General Counsel

Johan is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Shorelight Education.

Prior to joining Shorelight, he was executive vice president and chief acquisitions officer at Kaplan, where he built and led a sophisticated legal department, delivering expert service globally. Johan was part of the management team that grew Kaplan from a $240 million test-prep company to a web-centric $3 billion diversified multinational corporation with more than 30,000 employees.

Raised in the Netherlands, Johan moved to the United States to attend university. Johan holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Todd Fritch

Chief Academic Officer & VP, Global Solutions

Todd serves on the leadership team at Shorelight as Chief Academic Officer & Vice President, Global Solutions, drawing from his extensive experience in higher education to direct Shorelight’s academics and partnership development.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Todd served in numerous college and university leadership positions, including provost at American International College and vice president of academic affairs and dean of graduate and professional studies at the American College of Greece.

Todd has not only successfully led the development of new undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, but also established numerous institutional partnerships with colleges and universities, including DePaul University; Michigan State University; Stanford University; University of California, Davis; University of Massachusetts, Lowell; and Wagner College.

Todd received his doctorate and master’s degrees in geology from Baylor University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Lake Superior State University.

Dan Grace

VP, Product Management

As the Vice President of Product Management, Dan oversees the strategic vision and execution of our technology roadmap.

Before joining the Shorelight team, he served as Vice President, product management, at Bullhorn, leading product management efforts for the SaaS-based CRM company.

Prior to Bullhorn, Dan was director of product management at NetSuite, where he developed the strategy and go-to-market plan for NetSuite’s services product line. Dan boasts extensive experience in product management, SaaS, and enterprise software, spanning various industries.

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, where he was the recipient of the Kellogg Departmental Top Student Award for Entrepreneurship.

Chris Hoehn-Saric

VP, Portfolio Design

A member of the Global Solutions team, Chris serves as Shorelight’s Vice President, Portfolio Design.

Prior to joining Shorelight, he was a principal and deputy chief of staff to the chairman at the Parthenon Group, a global strategic advisory firm. Chris led growth strategy, branding, and merger and acquisition–related efforts with large higher education and health care clients.

Chris graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Huckaby

Chief Marketing Officer

Michael is the Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director of U.S. News Global Education, Shorelight’s subsidiary company.

Michael is a passionate and energetic global executive with an entrepreneurial mindset, who has been focused on driving growth for consumer service and product companies for more than 20 years. He has significant higher education experience, having served in various positions at Laureate Education, most recently as CEO of hospitality and culinary education, during which he led a global network of highly reputed universities by opening new branch campuses and launching new degree programs. Before that, he was senior vice president of global marketing and enrollment at Laureate, where he transformed their recruitment and distribution models, integrated the global digital strategy and increased brand perception across distinct markets. These experiences allowed him to establish strong competencies across multiple functions in marketing, sales, business development and general management.

Michael is multilingual and has a thirst for knowledge of the world, which has led him to live in five countries and travel to over 80. Michael loves building and leading high-performing global teams and driving growth by maximizing value creation for the organization and investor.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in international business from the University of Alabama, Manderson Graduate School of Business. Michael is co-located in Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA.

Patriek Karayil

VP, Direct Marketing

Patriek is the Vice President of Direct Marketing at Shorelight.

With an extensive background in digital marketing, Patriek has worked at large-scale and high-growth companies managing business strategy and marketing. Most recently, he served as the chief marketing officer for Fareportal, a $4 billion travel conglomerate focused on international consumer growth.

Before that, he was the managing director for Dell’s global consumer marketing, focused on driving adoption in Latin America and Asia. He started his career as a computer engineer at the Langley Research Center, the aeronautical division of NASA.

Patriek holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Philip Kenny

Chief Information Officer

Philip joined Shorelight Education in 2016 as the Chief Information Officer.

As CIO, Philip works with our internal operations teams to strengthen cross-functional processes, promoting technology-enabled solutions to increase quality and efficiency and enable scalability. Through creating strategic plans for the Information Technology department, Philip is leading the initiative to improve our internal infrastructure and employee productivity.

Before taking this role at Shorelight, Philip worked in the technology field at a variety of other companies. At West Corporation, an organization focused on delivering business-critical telecommunications services to businesses and consumers, Philip served as a senior vice president of product development. Prior to this, Philip worked on the leadership team at British Telecom as the Global CIO of the Conferencing Business unit.

Philip received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Chris Hoehn-Saric

Chairman

Chris Hoehn-Saric, chairmain of the Shorelight board of directors, co-founded Sterling Partners in 1983 and is co-chair of the investment committee.

As chairman of the board of directors, he works on all aspects of the deal process including identification and due diligence of prospective acquisitions, and management and oversight of the active portfolio. He currently works on the following portfolio companies: Keypath Education, Meritas, I/O Data Centers, Spartan College, and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy.

Immediately prior to rejoining the investment team at Sterling, Chris was chief executive officer of Educate Online. Prior to this position, he was the chair and co-CEO of Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.

Chris attended Johns Hopkins University, where he now belongs to the boards of trustees for both Johns Hopkins University and Sheridan Libraries. He also serves on the board of managers of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Andrew Cohen

Board member

Andy Cohen is a managing director of Cohen Private Ventures, LLC, and manages the family office for Steven A. Cohen, investing and overseeing a portfolio of private investments among other responsibilities at the firm since 2010.

Prior to this position, Andy was an analyst and portfolio manager for S.A.C. Capital Advisors from 2002 to 2005, where he invested in public equities and debt securities. Then, from 2005 to 2009, he was a partner of Dune Capital Management LP, an investment management firm based in New York City. Andy began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he was an analyst in the real estate principal investing group and then an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group after business school.

Andy currently serves as a board member for a number of private companies, including the New York Mets baseball club. He received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

William Hansen

Board member

Bill Hansen has more than 30 years of experience in education at the K–12 and postsecondary levels.

Prior to becoming USA Funds’ president and chief executive officer in July 2013, Bill worked for 15 years in the public sector and 20 years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.

Most recently, Bill was chair and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C., consulting firm Madison Education Group. He also served as president of Policy Impact Communications, a Washington-based public relations and government affairs firm. Bill served as deputy U.S. secretary of education from 2001–2003 and previously served as assistant secretary for management and budget and as chief financial officer.

Bill’s previous private sector experience includes service as president and chair of Scantron Corporation and Global Scholar. He has been an advisory board member for the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, Brigham Young University–Idaho, the George W. Romney Institute of Public Management at BYU, and Southern Virginia University. A graduate from George Mason University in Virginia, Bill also attended Idaho State University, which recognized him as a distinguished alumnus in 2003.

Jeffery Keith

Board member

Jeffery Keith has more than 25 years of executive and board experience in private and nonprofit organizations and education.

He has founded or co-founded multiple successful companies in various sectors including education, retail, manufacturing, financial services, and commercial real estate.

Currently, Jeffery is a senior operating partner at Sterling Partners, a $5 billion private equity fund that invests in education. He is the chairman of the board for multiple Sterling education companies including Spartan College and Tribeca Flashpoint College, and serves on the board of the National Research Center for College and University Admissions and Amerigo Education. Jeffery is a special peer reviewer for the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additionally, he serves on the board of the University of Dubuque, Alliant International University, and Calumet College of St. Joseph.

Jeffery was the chief visionary and architect of the TCS Education System where he served as an executive. TCS was the first Type II SO nonprofit system created in education and includes various colleges and universities (the Chicago School, Saybrook University, Pacific Oaks College, Dallas Nursing Institute, and the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law). He holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in economics and management from Purdue University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. (A.B.D.) from the Stuart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Additionally, Jeffery has a graduate certification in financial law from the Kent College of Law and attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Education IEM program.

James Roth

Board member

Jim Roth serves as chief executive officer, president, and member of the board of directors of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

Before taking on these roles at Huron in 2009, he served as the company’s vice president and practice group leader of its Health and Education Consulting segment.

With more than 30 years of consulting experience, Jim has worked with many of the premier research universities and academic medical centers. Moreover, under his leadership Huron has been named by Consulting magazine as one of the “Best Firms to Work For” (2011–2014) and been ranked number three on four Modern Healthcare’s lists of “Largest Healthcare Management Consulting Firms.”

Jim is a frequent speaker in national forums on matters relating to higher education and academic medical centers. In March 2013, he was appointed to the board of Aviv REIT, a self-administered real estate investment trust specializing in skilled nursing facilities. He received a B.A. in political science and economics from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

Luis A. Ubiñas

Board member

From 2008–2013, Luis A. Ubiñas was president of the Ford Foundation, the second-largest philanthropic foundation in the United States.

Prior to joining this organization, Luis was a director at McKinsey & Company, leading the firm’s media practice on the West Coast. He served technology, telecommunications, and media companies, working with them to develop and implement strategies and improve operations.

Luis has served on several multilateral, government, and nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including the U.S. Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation, the advisory committee for the U.S. State Department’s 100,000 Strong Initiative in China; he also chairs the northeast regional committee for the White House Fellows program. He currently serves on the boards of the New York Public Library, Electronic Arts, and Valassis Communications.

Luis is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Mitch Leventhal

Fellow

Academic Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Mitch Leventhal is a recognized leader in international education policy and practice, with decades of experience in disciplines including recruiting practice reform, campus internationalization, technical systems, and engagement with corporate partners.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Mitch served as vice chancellor for global affairs at the State University of New York. Prior to that, Mitch served as vice provost for international affairs at the University of Cincinnati. At Cincinnati, he developed an open source database for managing global operations that became the foundation for the UCosmic Consortium. He is also a co-founder and past president of the American International Recruitment Council and served as senior advisor for academic affairs at the United Nations Global Compact.

Before entering the academic world, Mitch founded three companies and served as a top executive for a fourth — the Australian global student recruitment firm IDP, where he headed North American operations. He was founder and president of the financial technology firm Microstate Corporation; founding CEO of the Intellectual Property Technology Exchange, a corporate spin-off from Yale University; and co-founder and vice president for strategic initiatives of Planet Payment, Inc., a provider of multicurrency payment solutions.

Mitch earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. in the international political economy of higher education from the University of Chicago. He is a tenured professor at the University at Albany, where he teaches international education management, educational entrepreneurship and educational leadership.

John Kissell

VP, Marketing

As Vice President, Marketing, John leads the university partner and corporate marketing communication initiatives.

Bringing more than 16 years of experience in the education industry, John has an extensive background in branding, product development, and educational software technology. He previously served as vice president of global education at GlobalClassroom, and before that was director of marketing and technology at Palmer Creative Group.

John received a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Bates College.

Brian Meagher

Chief of Staff

Brian Meagher is the Chief of Staff at Shorelight, where his focus is on strategic projects and student-focused growth strategies.

Before joining the leadership team, Brian served as Head of Analytics at Shorelight, providing market intelligence and analytical insights on international higher education and international student behavior.

Prior to Shorelight, Brian worked on the international team at the College Board as assistant director of international market analytics.  He also has several years’ experience teaching in Lima, Peru, where he was an ESL instructor at Colegio Santa Maria and worked in the Bilingual Education department at La Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Missouri State University; an M.B.A. from University of Missouri, Kansas City; and a postgraduate advanced certificate in bilingual education from New York University.

Emily Minton

VP, Human Resources

As Vice President of Human Resources, Emily leads the team in its many important roles, including onboarding, developing, recognizing, engaging, compensating, and evaluating Shorelight’s talented team.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Emily was the director of human resources at Eduventures for nine years. She also worked in human resources for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hill Holliday, Professional Staffing Group, and the Department of the Army.

Emily is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in child development.

Tom Nolan

Chief Operations Officer

As Shorelight’s Chief Operations Officer, Tom is responsible for managing and delivering on all operations across the organization. He brings his knowledge of the hospitality industry, specifically customer satisfaction and the value of true partnerships, to the education sector.

Tom most recently worked as the senior vice president of operations at Interstate Hotels and Resorts. Before that, he was the executive vice president and chief operations officer at Meyer Jabara Hotels. Tom also created the “10 Who Are 10” Foundation, which is a scholarship program for 10-year-old D.C. students. He formerly served as the American Cancer Society fundraising chairperson for the Capital Barons’ Ball, the Society’s largest ACS fundraiser in the area.

Tom is an alumnus of Bentley University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics.

Imran Oomer

VP, Recruitment Partnerships

Imran leads Shorelight's student recruitment through institutional partners, working across government, private sponsors, and academic feeders to grow international student flow.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Imran was based in India as a principal in the Parthenon Group’s education practice, working with universities, vendors, and investors across the U.S., European, Australian, and Asian K–12 and higher education markets. Before that, he served as senior analyst at Eduventures.

Currently, Imran serves on the board of trustees at Lowell Community Charter Public School, a sector-leading school serving international English language learner communities across Massachusetts.

Imran attended Northwestern University where he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology. He also has an M.B.A. from ESADE Business School in Spain.

Mary Kaye Pepperman

VP, Talent Acquisition

Mary Kaye leads Shorelight’s talent recruitment efforts as Vice President, Talent Acquisition.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Mary Kaye was senior director at Eduventures. She has 25 years of experience in sales management and client services at Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and Boston Scientific. In addition, Mary Kaye also owned a high-talent executive recruiting firm.

Mary Kaye is a graduate of Florida State University where she was senior class president.

Jim Sheehan

Chief Financial Officer

Jim is the Chief Financial Officer at Shorelight, overseeing all financial, human resources, and information technology activities across the company.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Jim was the chief financial officer and treasurer of edX Inc., a leader in online learning and massive open online courses, where he was responsible for all financial, human resources, information technology, and facilities operations. He brings more than 30 years of financial and operations management experience in the service, software, and manufacturing industries.

Prior to working for edX, Jim was the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Ember Corporation, which was sold to Silicon Laboratories in July 2012. He has extensive strategic and operational experience as well as strong backgrounds in financing and mergers and acquisitions. Jim has also held senior finance positions at Demantra (acquired by Oracle), BISYS Networking Services, Network Integrity, EMC, and Epoch Systems.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Bonaventure University.

David Stremba

Senior Vice President, Global Solutions

David is the Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, and brings over 17 years of experience to Shorelight.

In his role, he develops and executes a comprehensive, long-term business development strategy targeted at cultivating relationships with American universities to drive institutional growth, create new revenue streams and expand options for students.

David has extensive experience working with U.S., U.K., Australian and Canadian universities; he previously oversaw the strategic development of pathway operations in North America as executive general manager at Navitas. Prior to that, he was the managing director, North America at INTO University Partnerships, where he established the organization in the market and oversaw the planning, launch and management of INTO’s initial six university partnerships in the United States. Under David’s leadership, INTO grew its North American university partner network and student populations from the ground up. David also spent time at Kaplan Inc., where he was instrumental in the development of Kaplan’s first university partnership in the United Kingdom.

He has traveled extensively in over 50 countries, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. David is based in San Diego, CA. David holds a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Penn State University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he graduated with high honors. 

Dan Grace Vice President of Product Management

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