Board of Directors

Supporting the Vision of Bridging the Gap Between Accountability and Learning

Jamie Post Candee, CEO and President, Questar Assessment, Inc.
With a broad business background and extensive business management and marketing experience, Jamie Post Candee leads all aspects of the company and provides the strategic vision for growth.

Jamie commands a deep understanding of the education industry and market dynamics and how to work effectively with state, district and school level customers. Under her leadership, Questar will continue to provide assessments to states and other large scale organizations while expanding the company’s presence in the school market.

Most recently, she served as chief of revenue for Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions. Since 2005, at Edmentum and its predecessor PLATO Learning Inc., she performed successfully in a variety of other capacities, including product management, marketing, sales and service, human resources, and technical consulting.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University.

Elizabeth Chou, Principal, New Markets Venture Partners
Elizabeth Chou joined New Markets Venture Partners in 2010 and is a Principal.

She is a board director for Kickboard and Questar Assessment and a board observer for BetterLesson, PresenceLearning, Graduation Alliance, Think Through Learning, Three Ring and previously for Moodlerooms. Prior to New Markets, Elizabeth was a Senior Associate at The Gladstone Companies, a family of public funds (NASDAQ: GLAD, GAIN, GOOD) providing private equity, debt and real estate financing based in McLean, VA. At Gladstone she invested in and managed equity control and mezzanine debt investments in middle market companies in specialty manufacturing and healthcare services. Prior to Gladstone, Elizabeth was an Account Executive with M&T Bank’s Middle Market Commercial and Industrial Lending Group in Philadelphia, PA.Elizabeth graduated with Honors from Mount Holyoke College, with a major in Politics and received a MBA from Columbia Business School.

Kevin Gruneich, Retired Media Research Executive, The Bear Stearns Companies
Kevin Gruneich’s experience prior to retirement in 2004 included the position of senior managing director, senior publishing/information analyst, and co-head of the Global Media Research Group at The Bear Stearns Companies in New York. Prior to that, he was managing director and senior publishing/information services analyst at CS First Boston in New York. He also served as chairman of the media and entertainment analysts of the New York Society of Security Analysts and holds a chartered financial analyst designation.

Kevin currently serves on the advisory board of Ivy Asset Management and as an investor/adviser for HealthiNation.com, a consumer health internet business. He serves on several philanthropic boards including the University of Iowa Foundation (as well as its investment committee) and Spy Hop Productions, one of the country’s leading youth arts education programs. He is also a member of Impact Partners, focused on social-impact documentary filmmaking.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Donald Hughes, Managing Member and Chief Financial Officer, Camden Partners
Donald Hughes is a managing member and chief financial officer of Camden Partners. He joined Camden Partners in 1997, and has over 20 years of experience working with and advising small public and private companies. He serves as a resource to portfolio companies in the areas of accounting, financial reporting, information systems and recruiting, among others.

In addition to Questar Assessment Inc., Donald serves or has served on the boards of Occupational Health + Rehabilitation Inc., AgilQuest Inc. and New Horizons Worldwide Inc., all of which are Camden Partners’ portfolio companies.

Previously, Donald served as the chief financial officer of Capstone Pharmacy Services Inc., a public, small-cap institutional pharmacy services provider. He also spent 12 years as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Broventure Company Inc., a closely-held investment company and family office, and 11 years in the audit division of Arthur Andersen LLP. He has also served on the boards of several public and private growth companies, as well as several not-for-profit groups.

Donald earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College and a Master of Science in finance from Loyola College in Maryland, and is a certified public accountant.

Theodore Naegeli, Co-Founder, Questar Educational Systems Inc. and Questar Data Systems
Serving on the Board of Directors of Questar Assessment since 2006, and most recently as Chairman, Ted Naegeli has been a leader in data management, research and assessment for nearly 30 years, working with U.S. and international education, financial and retail organizations.

In 2001, Ted helped found Questar Educational Systems Inc., which later became part of Questar Assessment. He served as Questar Educational Systems’ chief executive officer from its inception to its sale in 2006.

Ted also co-founded Questar Data Systems in Eagan, Minnesota in 1985 and has served as its president and chief executive officer since 1991. Under his management, the company has grown from a visionary startup to a mature services company. Over the past 28 years, Questar Data Systems has transformed itself from a company that used paper as its means of collection and reporting to web based data collection, reporting and analytics. In prior years, Ted was the president of National Business Systems Inc. and remains on its board.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and worked as a certified public accountant prior to joining National Business Systems as its chief financial officer.

Christopher L. Nguyen, Managing Partner, DCP Group LLC
Christopher Nguyen is the managing partner for DCP Group LLC, a Baltimore, Maryland based technology solutions firm he co-founded in 2002 with Lee O. Clinton.

Christopher has over 20 years of experience in multiple enterprises in the education and training areas. These enterprises have served a broad range of markets from K–12 services to corporate training software systems. Christopher also built companies from zero stage startups to over $100 million in revenues and been involved in two IPOs.

At DCP, Christopher focuses on two areas: helping organizations to develop customized technology solutions to manage their business operations and developing growth strategies. His clients are primarily educational, learning and training organizations. He is an expert in the global English language learning marketplace with an emphasis on India, China, Japan and Korea.

Prior to DCP, Christopher was the president and CEO of Caliber Learning Network Inc., a startup jointly funded by MCI and Sylvan Learning Systems, from its inception in 1996 through 2001. Caliber focused on bringing high end, university-based programs into a distance learning framework and had distribution agreements with The Wharton School, Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University among other partners. Caliber grew to revenues in excess of $25 million. During his career at Caliber, Christopher raised over $100 million in financing for the company, including a public offering in May of 1998.

Prior to Caliber, Christopher was the COO for Sylvan Prometric, a division of Sylvan Learning Systems. While at Prometric, he developed a network of over 2000 computer-based testing centers in 100 countries. Christopher also worked with key clients and was also responsible for managing the operating infrastructure of the company. Prometric grew to over $100M in revenues while he was involved and had over a 95% market share. Before joining Prometric, he held senior executive roles in various training and education companies.

Christopher is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

Andrew L. Simon, Retired Executive, Questar Assessment, Inc.
Instrumental in the building of Questar Assessment Inc., Andrew Simon initially served as the chief financial officer of partner company, Touchstone Applied Science Associates Inc. (TASA), from its inception in 1976 until his election as director and president in 1995. Andy served in a dual role as TASA’s CEO and CFO during the acquisition of Questar Education Systems in 2006. He was CEO and president of the newly formed Questar Assessment Inc. from 2006 to 2008 and served as chairman of the company’s board of directors from 2008 through 2011.

 

Earlier in his career, Andy ran two divisions in the Bankers Trust private clients group and built the electronic banking unit for Citibank. Before his positions in the financial services industry, he ran portions of the proprietary/consumer products group for Lederle Laboratories; Revlon’s health care group, Norcliff-Thayer; and L’Oreal.

 

Andy has served on the Alumni Board of Governors for Washington University, as a trustee for the City of Poughkeepsie Partnership, The Harvey SchoolThe Graduate School of Education at George Washington University and currently serves as a member of the Hudson Valley Trust.

 

Andy earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University.

David L. Warnock, Managing Member, Camden Partners
David Warnock, co-founder, managing member and partner at Camden Partners, has over 24 years of investment experience and specializes in investments in the business and financial services and education sectors.

In addition to the Questar Assessment board, David serves on the boards of American Public Education Inc.New Horizons Worldwide Inc.Nobel Learning Communities Inc., Primo Water Corporation, Towne Park Ltd., CIBT School of Business and Technology Corporation and Ranir LLC, all of which are Camden Partners’ portfolio companies. He is also on the board of Camden Learning Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company focused on the education sector.

Previously, David was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates from 1983 to 1995 as president of T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners and T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners II, and as co-manager of the T. Rowe Price New Horizons Fund. After forming Camden Partners (formerly known as Cahill, Warnock & Company) in 1995, he served for two years as a consultant to the advisory committees of T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners and T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners II. He started his career at Boston-based private trustee, Welch and Forbes.

David is involved with numerous non-profit organizations. He is the chairman of the Center For Urban Families and serves on the board of the University of Wisconsin Applied Security Analysis Program. He is also a trustee on the board of the Baltimore Museum of Art and serves on the board of the George O’Keeffe Art Museum.

David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware, holds a Master of Science degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.

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