Board of Directors

Supporting the Vision of Providing a Bridge Between Accountability and Learning

Questar Assessment Board of Directors

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 Questar Assessment 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 continues 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. In February 2015, Ms. Candee was selected by Minnesota Business magazine as one of their 2015 (Real) Power 50. This annual list recognizes 50 “remarkable players in the Minnesota business community” for exceptional leadership in their industries and communities.

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
Why do you choose to invest your time and energy in Questar?

“My position as a partner at New Markets, and its commitment to helping innovative education companies succeed, gives me a unique view into the many ways gifted and driven education experts are working tirelessly for the good of students everywhere. In Questar Assessment, I see a unique opportunity for transformation in the high stakes assessment market.”

Something to the effect that New Markets is committed to education investing and we see a unique opportunity for transformation in the high stakes assessment market.

Questar’s foundation rests on the literacy assessment tool, Degrees of Reading Power. Given that history, what is your favorite childhood book?

“How can I choose just one? I always loved the fantasy genre, so I read anything by Madeleine L’Engle. But if I had to pick a favorite (or two), I’d choose The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.”

More about Elizabeth…

Elizabeth Chou, joined New Markets Venture Partners, an early and growth stage venture capital firm that invests in and actively assists innovative education, information technology, and business services companies. She is currently a partner in the organization.

In addition to her position on the Questar board, she is also a board director for Kickboard and a board observer for BetterLesson, PresenceLearning, Graduation Alliance, Think Through Learning, and Three Ring, and previously for Moodlerooms.

Prior to New Markets, Elizabeth was a Senior Associate at The Gladstone Companies, a family of public funds providing private equity, debt, and real estate financing based in McLean, Virginia. 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, Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College, with a Bachelor of Science in politics and received a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.

Kevin Gruneich, Retired Media Research Executive, The Bear Stearns Companies
Why do you choose to invest your time and energy in Questar?

“Because Questar is all about the students — focusing on accurately and honestly assessing their progress so they can pursue the next level. Also, because like the students we test, we pursue excellence.”

Questar’s foundation rests on the literacy assessment tool, Degrees of Reading Power. Given that history, what is your favorite childhood book?

“My favorite childhood book is Oh, the Places You’ll Go!.”

More about David…

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 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, as well as Gamechanger Films, a funding group supporting women directors.

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 Operating Officer, Camden Partners
Why do you choose to invest your time and energy in Questar?

“What attracted me to Questar was the mission of the company. As a grandparent, I know the problems associated with testing and how stressful testing can be for my own grandchildren. I appreciate the promise of Questar to make testing better and easier for children.”

Questar’s foundation rests on the literacy assessment tool, Degrees of Reading Power. Given that history, what is your favorite childhood book?

“My favorite childhood book is Robinson Crusoe.”

More about Donald…

Donald Hughes is a managing member and chief operating officer of Camden Partners. He joined Camden Partners in 1997, and has over 30 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, SEC compliance, financial reporting, information systems and recruiting, among others.

In addition to Questar Assessment Inc., Donald serves or has served on the boards of Calvert Education Services, LLC, New Horizons Worldwide Inc., Biomedical Enterprises, Inc., Occupational Health + Rehabilitation Inc., and AgilQuest 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 not-for-profit groups and presently serves on the Board of Trustees of Lycoming College.

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 chief executive officer of Questar Educational Systems 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.
Why do you choose to invest your time and energy in Questar?

“As the co-founder of Questar, it was always important to me to build a business — and to have built something as significant and meaningful as Questar has been very exciting. This business is part of me, part of my DNA. While not employed by Questar anymore, as a director, I continue to believe that my input will contribute to Questar’s success.

Questar’s foundation rests on the literacy assessment tool, Degrees of Reading Power. Given that history, what is your favorite childhood book?

“My favorite childhood book is Northwest Passage.”

More about Andy…

Instrumental in the building of Questar Assessment Inc., Andy initially served as the chief financial officer of the 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. He is currently the founder and principal of Simon Associates Management Consultants.

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 School, The Graduate School of Education at George Washington University and the Hudson Valley Trust. He is currently on the Membership Committee for the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Chapter of Washington University’s Elliot Society.

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
Why do you choose to invest your time and energy in Questar?

“I think Questar is a uniquely positioned company with a next-generation management team that can create transformative change within educational assessment. Our ability to affect and improve student outcomes through our Nextera technology is incredibly exciting.”

Questar’s foundation rests on the literacy assessment tool, Degrees of Reading Power. Given that history, what is your favorite childhood book?

“My favorite childhood book is Paddle to the Sea.”

More about David…

David is Senior Partner with Camden Partners and co-founded the firm in 1995. He has over 25 years of investment experience and focuses on investments in the business and education sectors. He serves as Chairman of New Horizons Worldwide, Inc. and Calvert Education Services, LLC. In addition, he is a director of Primo Water Corporation, Questar Assessment, Inc., Ranir, LLC, Triumph Higher Education Group and Network for Good. He formerly served on the board of American Public Education, Inc., Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. Towne Park, Ltd., and National American University, all of which were Camden Partners portfolio companies.

David was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates from 1983-1995. He served as President of T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners I & II as well as co-manager of the T. Rowe Price New Horizons Fund. David started his career at Welch and Forbes, Boston-based private trustees.

David is also involved with numerous non-profit organizations. He is the Chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Center for Urban Families and the Warnock Foundation. He is Founder and Trustee of the Green Street Academy in Baltimore City. He also serves as a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

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

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