Ted Smith has been Chairman of the MIND Research Institute since 2005. In addition to conducting neuroscience and education research, MIND Research Institute develops, markets and supports math instructional software. After founding FileNet Corporation in 1982, Ted led the company as chairman and CEO until 1998 and continued as a director until the company was acquired by IBM in 2006. Revenue at that time was approximately $500M. FileNet is the worldwide leader in software for document image processing electronic document management, enterprise content management and Internet workflow applications.
Prior to founding FileNet, Ted was President and CEO of Basic Four Corporation, a small business computer manufacturer, from 1975 to 1981. During this time, he was also a director of Basic Four’s parent corporation, MAI, a New York Stock Exchange listed company. Under his management, Basic Four grew from $40M to $220M in product revenue with more than 20,000 customers worldwide. Ted was the Executive Vice President and a director of Sycor, Inc. before joining Basic Four. Sycor, also a New York Stock Exchange listed company, was the first manufacturer of intelligent terminals. He helped build the company from a start-up to $54M in revenue before he left to head Basic Four in 1975. The Institute of American Entrepreneurs named Ted Entrepreneur of the Year for Southern California in 1987. He is a director of Apriso Corporation, a supplier of manufacturing execution software.
Ted formerly was chair of the University of California, Irvine Foundation, is currently a member of its nominating committee and has served as chairman of the Chief Executive Roundtable at UC Irvine. Ted and his wife, Janice, established the Ted and Janice Smith Dean’s Chair in the Bren School of Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine in 2001. Ted chaired the Leadership Council for ICS and in 2002 he received the UC Irvine Medal, the university’s highest honor. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the Department of Education at UC Irvine. Ted was cited as engineering alumnus of the year in 1991 at University of Maryland, where he received his Bachelor of Science in engineering. He also did graduate work in computer science and business at UCLA. After receiving his university degree, he served two years as an Air Force officer in charge of a radar site on an island in the China Sea.
Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Scientist at the MIND Research Institute. Matthew oversees the Engineering Sales, Marketing, Development and Education Services activities for the organization. The creator of ST Math, Matthew leads a team in developing math learning environments that initially convey sophisticated concepts visually, rather than verbally, enabling students to gain a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics regardless of language proficiency.
Matthew, who as a child struggled with traditional language-based instruction due to dyslexia, created MIND’s ST Math® software to enable students to learn math through his unique non-language-based visual approach. The revolutionary ST Math software has proven to raise students’ math scores on standardized tests and currently reaches over half a million students.
Matthew has spoken at numerous national and international math and education conferences, before the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and recently was featured at TEDx Orange Coast. After completing his undergraduate degrees in biology, electrical engineering and Chinese language and literature from UC Irvine, he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in visual neuroscience from UC Berkeley.
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Mark Bodner, Ph.D., is Co-founder and President of Research at the MIND Research Institute. He is an adjunct professor of mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh and visiting professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the East China Normal University. He formerly held faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Neurosurgery, and joint faculty appointments at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, and UC Irvine’s Department of Physics. His research focus is computational neuroscience and mathematical biology. Recent work has focused on understanding the patterns and mechanisms of activity in networks of neurons, and working memory, and how seizures arise in cortical networks in epilepsy and how they may be terminated through specific brain stimulation. Other work focuses on the application of knot theory and group theory in modeling the structure and function of DNA.
Mark has received several national and international awards including the J.J. Sakuri prize; the Ettore Majorana award at the Majorana School of Subnuclear Physics in Erice, Italy; and the Halliday and Resnick Award in physics for solving the liquid crystal structure of particular cholestoral esters linked to cardiovascular disease. He has been a grant recipient from the National Science Foundation for demonstrating the feasibility of elucidating cognitive function in awake behaving primates using optical and infrared imaging methods. Mark received his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in theoretical high-energy and mathematical physics from UCLA and bachelor’s degree in both physics and chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He received a fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health for postdoctoral work in neuroscience at UCLA. Mark has over 100 papers and abstracts published in neuroscience, physics and mathematics.
Prior to becoming the Chief Strategist and Vice President of Product Management in 2013, Andrew R. Coulson led the MIND Research Institute’s Education Division for 12 years, helping devise and execute the strategies and programs to increase the division’s reach from 30 schools in Southern California to more than 1,700 in 30 states. Andrew oversees the development of expansion strategies, product-to-market operations and leads a team of data analysts to conduct evaluation of MIND’s activities. Prior to joining MIND, Andrew was a program officer for a major Orange County foundation, specializing in education. He also worked for 17 years in upper management as a STEM professional in high-tech manufacturing engineering, acquiring experience in operations, process engineering, reliability and technology transfer. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in physics from UCLA.
Greg joined the MIND Research Institute in 2005 and as Chief Financial Officer, oversees finance, accounting, human resources and legal activities. Prior to joining MIND, he was the CFO of a technology consulting company that, during his tenure, successfully raised $35M in working capital over three years. Greg also rotated through various financial and planning assignments at a Fortune 100 corporate headquarters. As senior treasury consultant, he focused on domestic and international cash management and financing, with emphasis on project finance, cash resource optimization and control, liquidity and risk management. Greg also spent several years in management consulting and in conducting financial feasibility analyses and strategic and operational planning for clients. Among other companies, he was a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and a subsidiary of Towers Perrin. He holds an MBA from UCLA, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science from UC Berkeley.
Jason Brown, Ed.D., is Chief Technology Officer at MIND Research Institute. In this role, he drives the technology vision for MIND Research, along with all aspects of the software development life cycle. Jason earned his academic degrees from Duquesne University, including a bachelor’s in both computer science and math, a master’s in environmental science and management, and a doctorate in education in instructional technology leadership. His dissertation focused on using neural networks to predict math and reading proficiency. Throughout his career, Jason has been a lead innovator on many cutting-edge projects, including the patent-pending engine used by Parchment Inc. to automatically parse and extract academic information from transcripts. He was the senior software architect for the Apple team that created the PowerSchool student information system, which was later acquired by Pearson. Jason’s professional history also includes serving as vice president of development and systems for TH(i)NQ Ed, as director of educational technology and co-director of the Center for Distance Learning at Duquesne, and as director of Internet strategy at Carnegie Learning.
Ingrid Ellerbe, Chief of Staff, joined MIND Research Institute in 2008 as Director of Corporate Communications. Ingrid oversees a cross-functional team focusing on outreach, advocacy and communications to engage new philanthropic and education partners with MIND’s mission.Throughout her career, Ingrid has consistently and successfully met new challenges while contributing in a leadership capacity to each organization for which she has worked. She has more than 30+ years of experience in both the K-12 and higher education markets, which gives her the breadth to understand the needs of all the stakeholders at MIND Research Institute and to make major contributions to MIND's growth. Ingrid's marketing expertise and acumen have been key to moving companies to the forefront of their industry, including Carnegie Learning, Edison Schools/Newton Learning, ProQuest Company's education unit, XanEdu, Boxer Learning, Hewlett-Packard, SkillsBank Corporation, Commodore, Davidson & Associates, and Broderbund. Ingrid has a Bachelor of Arts in communication and media studies from California State Dominguez Hills.
Janine Ingram joined MIND in 2013 as Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships, a role in which she creates and leads strategic partnerships with corporations, education institutions, government entities and philanthropists who share the MIND Research Institute's vision. Janine has 24 years of experience in creative and energetic non-profit leadership, specializing in imaginative corporate partnerships and media promotions for such international organizations as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In the last decade, her success in fundraising through corporate partnerships, private and family foundations, government funding and special events generated more than $50 million in funds, and led to such high-profile benefit projects as a film starring Morgan Freeman and an outstanding partnership with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Janine has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from UCI and her Masters degree in Education and Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland.
Jim Lund joined MIND in 2013 as Vice President of Education Services, where he oversees the nationwide team that implements, trains and supports educators implementing MIND programs. His team ensures student success through best practice adoptions that feature innovative professional development for teachers, principals and district leaders. Jim has more than 25 years of experience managing education technology at companies including Apple, Pearson and GuideK12. At Pearson, Jim managed engineering and state reporting teams, as well as a broad-range of professional development for program users and partners. Jim began his career in education technology as a public school teacher and technology administrator in Minnesota. He earned his Master of Arts in technology for training and development from the University of South Dakota and his bachelor's in music education from Luther College.
Kathy Naylor, Vice President of Human Resources and Talent, is responsible for leading a strategic and integrated HR function that supports MIND Research Institute’s high performing, entrepreneurial team. She is focused on programs that attract exceptional talent; facilitate collaboration, innovation and teamwork; and support continuous learning making MIND an Employer of Choice. Kathy brings 20 years of human resources experience in publicly and privately held companies in leading financial, manufacturing, semiconductor and software industries. Prior to joining MIND, she served as Director of Global Human Resources at iRise and worked for Broadcom Corporation, where she lead a global human resources team supporting more than 2,100 employees and developed a global workforce plan to add 200 employees annually. At Jazz Semiconductor, Kathy set up an office in Shanghai and participated in several successful contract negotiations. She has a Bachelor of Science in human resources from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Theresa Poprac is Chief Partnerships Officer for MIND Research Institute. Joining MIND in 2004, she is responsible for directing the national team that develops partnerships between school districts, philanthropists and MIND in order to make MIND’s programs available to more schools across the country. Additionally, she oversees collaborations with philanthropic partners to advocate for math education broadly and advance MIND’s mission of ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Theresa has more than 20 years of experience in sales and sales management in the education technology field at companies such as Houghton Mifflin, Sylvan Education Solutions, Knowledge Adventure, Curriculum Advantage and Futurekids. She taught at the middle school level in Los Angeles for four years before starting her education technology career with Futurekids. She received her Bachelor of Arts in economics from UCLA and her master's degree in education from Loyola Marymount University.
Nigel Nisbet has been with MIND Research Institute since 2010 and was named Vice President of Content Creation in 2014. At MIND, Nisbet devotes his time to reaching into the structure and beauty of mathematics, finding ways to build engaging, interactive games that teach all students how math really works. He leads the team that develops new games for all ST Math programs, including middle and high school games thatintroduce Algebraic concepts visually. Prior to joining MIND Research, he spent more than seven years teaching high school mathematics in California and the UK and several years as a District Math Expert for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the U.S. At LAUSD, Nisbet designed conceptual math lessons and delivered professional development programs to implement those lessons at scale. He has written, designed and implemented several instructional guides and curriculum, focusing primarily on middle school and high school math. Nisbet holds a bachelor’s in Pure Mathematics from Queen Mary University, University of London.