Meet the Executive Leadership Team Guiding Our Strategy and Mission

Jamie Post Candee

President and
Chief Executive Officer

With a broad business background and extensive business strategy and general management 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, of market dynamics, and of how to work effectively with state-, district-, and school-level customers.

Jason Hake

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 Partner 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.

Nate Ober

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.

Jim McMann

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.

Jennifer Bergstrom


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.