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MindEdge Management

D. Quinn Mills, Ph.D. - Chairman

D. Quinn Mills, an educator and thought leader, has served as chairman of MindEdge, Inc. since its founding in 1998. Dr. Mills, who has taught at Harvard Business School and MIT's Sloan School of Management, consults with major corporations and governments, and lectures on management, leadership, strategy, economics, and geopolitics. He is also an expert on the differences between Asian and Western leadership styles. His most recent books include Democracy and its Elected Enemies (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Shadows of the Civil War (MindEdge Press, 2014). Dr. Mills earned his MA and Ph.D. from Harvard University, both in economics. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.


Jefferson Flanders - President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and Chief Executive Officer for MindEdge, Inc., Mr. Flanders has overseen the company's strategic and operational direction since 2005. An author and educator with a long-standing interest in how people learn and innovate, Mr. Flanders has led the company's narrative learning initiative, including the development of simulations and scenario-based instruction. Mr. Flanders brings more than twenty years of experience in media and publishing to his role at MindEdge, including stints with Harvard Business School Publishing and the New York Times Company, where he served in varied management positions. Mr. Flanders has taught in New York University's Journalism Department, Boston University's School of Management, Babson College, and the American Press Institute. He is the author of two critically-acclaimed spy novels, Herald Square and The North Building.


Sandra Slager - Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer for MindEdge, Inc., Ms. Slager oversees all daily operations of the company. Focusing on project management functions, Ms. Slager works closely with the new business, editorial, and technology teams to ensure the smooth delivery of MindEdge systems and programs. Ms. Slager received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Union College in 1997 and a Master in Business Administration from Boston University in 2013. Previously, she worked as a computer assurance associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P., specializing in market analysis and systems auditing for the financial services industry.


William F. Connolly - Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Connolly oversees the overall financial plan and accounting practices at MindEdge, Inc. Mr. Connolly has a wide range of accounting and managerial experience from nearly four decades of service in operational and corporate staff capacities at The Boston Globe and The New York Times Co. While Controller/Business Manager at the Globe, Mr. Connolly oversaw the implementation of an enterprise-wide general ledger system; he established a corporate center for integrated financial, payroll, and benefits accounting as President of the New York Times Shared Services Center. He has also provided strategic and operational oversight to the Globe Santa Fund Trust which provides holiday gifts to underprivileged children in the Greater Boston area. Mr. Connolly holds a bachelor of science from Boston College.


Ryan Russell - Director of IT and Administration

As Director of IT and Administration at MindEdge, Ryan Russell manages and leads the technical staff. He manages the timely completion of IT projects and provides oversight of systems for financial, accounting, information technology, and human resources. In addition, Mr. Russell ensures accurate documentation and compliance with policies, processes, and internal controls for administrative areas. Prior to joining MindEdge, he spent time at KPMG focusing on IT Audit and Consulting and Wellesley College as a Finance and Systems Manager. He received a B.S. in Information Management and Technology from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Information Assurance from Northeastern University and is currently working toward an M.B.A. at University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Michael Warner - Director of IT Services

Mr. Warner manages the company's technical services and support including client integration, internal support, learner support, and data management. He contributes to the innovation and maintenance of the MindEdge systems and web applications. Prior to joining MindEdge, Mr. Warner mastered several computer languages and developed custom e-commerce and CMS solutions for companies and institutions including Doble Engineering and Harvard University. Mr. Warner holds an M.S. in Instructional Technology from SUNY Potsdam as well as numerous certificates. In addition, Mr. Warner is fluent in Russian and German, having studied at the post-graduate level at SUNY Albany and at the Free University of Berlin, Germany.


Mark Sullivan - Senior Director of Strategic Alliances

Mr. Sullivan is responsible for MindEdge's customer and partner relationships as well as overseeing the development of strategic alliances. He brings a deep and varied background in sales management and training to MindEdge. At The Boston Globe, Mr. Sullivan served as the Divisional Sales Manager, Retail Advertising; Division Sales Manager (Help Wanted and Real Estate); Globe Magazine Manager; Manager of Training; Manager of Sales Development; and Senior Manager, Telephone Sales Classified Advertising. After leaving The Boston Globe, Mr. Sullivan helped lead a sales team for a regional sportswear company for five years. Mr. Sullivan holds an undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State University and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. He is certified in several sales methodologies, including Zenger Miller, Investment in Excellence, and Professional Selling Skills.


Patricia Goodwin, Ph.D. - Senior Editor

As a Senior Editor at MindEdge, Dr. Goodwin's role includes both instructional design and editing. She works closely with the editing and technology teams to construct new courses and to maintain existing ones, with an eye on how to continuously improve the learning experience. Dr. Goodwin earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside and was a Mellon Foundation Fellow from 2004-2005. She taught composition and literature at the college level for over ten years, in both traditional and online settings, before joining the MindEdge team. She is also a published editor and writer in both the academic and non-profit sectors.


Jennifer Conroy - Senior Editor

Ms. Conroy brings more than 10 years of experience as an educator and editor to her role of Senior Editor at MindEdge, where she manages the curriculum design and content creation for a variety of online college courses. Prior to joining the MindEdge team, Jennifer was an Adjunct English Professor at Salem State University, where she taught Composition courses. She also worked as part of the Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Jennifer has taught high school English in the Washington, D.C. and New York City public school systems, and she has worked as a professional writer and editor for several media and publishing companies. Jennifer earned a B.A. in English from Princeton University and an M.A. in English Education from The City University of New York.


Dan Picard – Business Content Developer/Senior Editor

Mr. Picard, a Senior Editor and Content Developer for MindEdge, has created, directed, and managed the instructional materials for many of MindEdge’s continuing education and project management courses. As a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) and Project Management Professional (PMP ®) with more than 15 years of continuous improvement expertise, Mr. Picard brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role. His work on the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) positions him as a well-informed practitioner and educator, and his grasp of Lean, Agile, and quality improvement applications is evident in the content and courses he has developed. A MindEdge contributor since 2011, Mr. Picard continues to look for new and interesting ways to present material in an informative and engaging manner and to help students increase their understanding and comprehension of important business concepts and ideas.