LeadershipMeet the Executive Leadership Team Guiding Our Strategy and Mission
President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen (Steve) Lazer serves as Questar Assessment’s president and chief executive officer. A long-time veteran of Questar’s parent company, Education Testing Service (ETS), and highly respected throughout the industry for his assessment expertise and business acumen, Steve plays a pivotal role in driving innovation and ensuring that the company continues to build on its track record of exceptional growth and achievement.
Chief Financial Officer and
Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations
Jason Hake is the financial leader for the company, guiding the strategic direction, identifying revenue and profit improvement opportunities, and analyzing the financial implications of business activities through his demonstrated ability to resolve complex financial issues; and manage cash flow, assets, liability, and all fiscal reporting activities.
Katie McClarty, Ph.D.
Chief Assessment Officer
Dr. Katie McClarty possesses deep expertise in assessment design and K–12 educational research and policy. She leads Questar’s Assessment Services division and oversees item development, test design and development, psychometrics, editorial, graphics, and assessment and training support for Questar’s staff and clients, while guiding design and development of testing programs.
Brad M. Baumgartner
Chief Operating Officer
Brad Baumgartner heads the organization’s domestic and international sales effort. With 10 years of experience selling enterprise level software and services to the government and education markets, Brad brings an elevated focus and direction to Questar’s sales and marketing strategies.
Chief Technology Officer
As Questar’s chief technology officer, Nate Ober provides a broad vision for our product development that includes innovating in automation, customization, and reusable processes and software systems, and leads teams in the areas of technology, infrastructure, and quality analysis.
Cheryl Hilinski, PMP
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Cheryl Hilinski, PMP, is responsible for leading strategic and business initiatives. Her deep industry experience includes a broad scope of programs, including high-stakes graduation exams, end-of-course assessments, assessments for English language learners, and alternate assessments.
Vice President of Operations
With over 20 years of experience in the state summative educational assessment market, Jim McMann provides direction to our team members in process flow, procedures, training, and quality for pencil/paper materials production and fulfillment, shipping and receiving, warehousing and materials processing, and scanning.
Kristin Werk, PMP
Vice President of Partner Effectiveness
Since joining Questar Assessment in 2015, Kristin Werk, PMP, has proven herself to be a highly effective and adaptable leader, advancing rapidly from the role of senior director of sales effectiveness to vice president of partner effectiveness.
In her role as Questar’s controller, Jennifer Bergstrom oversees day-to-day financial operations and works closely with the CFO to set and track progress toward the company’s financial goals.