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Jim Cole has over 20 years of experience in leading-edge software development for companies including Adobe and Intuit. As founder of the Covero Consulting Group, a successful computer consulting firm, Cole brings substantial business management expertise as well as technological savvy to the Big Learning organization. He holds an M.A. in Economics from San Jose State University and a B.S. in computer science, Phi Beta Kappa, from Indiana University. He holds 7 U.S. patents for computer design.

Karin Green is an attorney, legal writer, and parent. Karin is the Assistant Editor of Gilson on Trademarks, a ten-volume legal treatise. She also litigated for a large national law firm, clerked for a federal judge, worked on Capitol Hill, and helped manage a national educational and political non-profit. Karin is the mother of two eager, hands-on learners and has volunteered in their classrooms and PTAs. Karin earned her B.A. from Macalester College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was the Supreme Court Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Jessica Tierney is a program director at the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. Prior to that she was site director at Highland Elementary School’s Linkages to Learning program. She brings to Big Learning extensive knowledge about educational programs for disadvantaged youth.

Don Vogel teaches at Garrett Park Elementary School. Don also recently served on the board of directors of the Garrett Park Elementary School Education Foundation.