To bring vision to life you need the strength of great leaders and the team at Pansophic learning is unmatched. Founded in 2014 by well-known educators and visionaries Ron Packard and Maria Szalay, they have built a team of proven leaders with an extensive depth of experience and dedication to student success. Collectively they are experts at creating solutions for the education sector providing value to all levels of the learning process.
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder / Chief Operating Officer
General Counsel & SVP, Corporate Development
Ron Packard Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Ron Packard is the CEO and Founder of Pansophic Learning, a global technology based education company. Packard is a well known educator, entrepreneur and visionary as well as the author of the highly regarded and reviewed book Education Transformation. Packard was previously the long time CEO and Founder of K12 Inc. He oversaw the growth of K12 from just an idea to almost one billion in revenue, making it one of the largest education companies in the world. Before K12, Packard was the Vice President of Knowledge Universe and CEO of Knowledge Schools, one of the nation’s largest early childhood education companies. He was also instrumental in the successful investments in Learn Now, Children’s School USA, Leapfrog, TEC, and Children’s Discovery Center. Packard has received the Education Industry Association’s James P. Boyle Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, as well as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the IT Services & Solutions category in Greater Washington. The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business named him a Distinguished Alumni, and he also received an Outstanding Leadership Award from the United States Distance Learning Association. Packard previously served on the Department of Defense’s Education Advisory Committee. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, both with honors.
Maria Szalay Co-Founder / Chief Operating Officer
Maria Szalay brings over 20 years of strategy, operations, and development capability to her role. She has held key positions at a variety of educational and consulting organizations. Szalay joined K12 in 2000 and was instrumental in growing K12 from a pre-revenue startup to a $900 million public company. In this time, she served in a variety of roles including product management, product development, operations, strategy, and corporate development. Prior to joining K12, Ms. Szalay served as practice director at Operon Partners, an e-business consulting firm. At Operon Partners, Ms. Szalay led consulting teams assisting clients with turnkey eBusiness strategy, product management and business transformation consulting services. She worked directly in client organizations developing business plans to obtain funding, and also assisted with the implementation of online initiatives, with specialized expertise in integrating these solutions with their brick-and-mortar business. Prior to joining Operon Partners, she worked at Telecom New Zealand rolling out the company’s Online Solutions business, where she was instrumental not only in developing the online strategy and implementation plan for Telecom Broadband, but also in executing to the implementation plan. She holds a BS/BA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an MBA from American University.
Chris Ryan General Counsel & SVP, Corporate Development
Chris brings over 25 years of public, private and government legal experience to Pansophic Learning. Mr. Ryan previously served for 10 years as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of K12 Inc. where he managed critical legal initiatives and M&A transactions during company’s growth through IPO to $900M in revenue. Prior to K12, Mr. Ryan served as General Counsel of Everest Software, Inc., a business management software company, as Deputy General Counsel at CareerBuilder, Inc., one of the largest online recruiting companies in the country, as Assistant General Counsel at Best Software, Inc., a leading accounting and human resources software company, and as a Branch Chief at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2008, he received the prestigious “In-House Counsel of the Year” award by the Association of Corporate Counsel – National Capital Region. Mr. Ryan earned a JD from American University, an MBA in Information Systems and Marketing from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University.
Controller & SVP Finance
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Steve Goetzinger Controller & SVP Finance
Steve has a broad experience in all aspects of accounting and financial management. Steve is a hands-on manager with expertise in small to mid-size high-growth companies. He has vast experience in education, software technology, service and manufacturing industries. Steve’s specialties are Financial and SEC reporting, GAAP accounting, IPO, mergers and acquisitions, financial analysis, technical research, accounting software implementation, taxation, risk management and equity administration.
Brandon Krueger Chief Marketing Officer
Brandon brings over 12 years of education industry marketing experience to Pansophic Learning. Previously, Brandon had been the Chief Marketing Officer at Delta Career Education Corporation for over 3 years and the Senior Vice President of Marketing at K12 Inc. for over 9 years. Prior to joining K12, he held various operational roles at America Online, American Express and Arthur Andersen LLP. Brandon began his career as a Certified Public Accountant. Brandon holds a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics with Concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric Waller Chief Technology Officer
An experienced CTO and CIO with extensive background in management, architecture, software engineering, information technology, and systems engineering developing commercial products, business applications, scientific applications, and data center operations. Drives product and technology vision delivering rich user experiences through scalable architectures for commercial enterprise and consumer products.
EVP, Online Schools
Allison Cleveland EVP, Online Schools
Alison is an accomplished senior executive with over fifteen years of experience in the education industry. Deep operational and academic expertise in running public and private schools at scale. Experience spans operations, academics, marketing, human resources, compliance, and business development in complex regulatory environments. Committed to expanding educational opportunities for students across the globe by innovating, replicating, and scaling proven solutions to increase access to high quality academic programs. Able to lead large teams through complex change management processes by using effective communication and consensus building skills.