About Us



Advisory Board











Dr. Steve Gladis

Dr. Steve Gladis, our inspiration and advisor, cracked the code for freshman dropout prevention with his book and seminar series, Surviving the First Year of College. As the president and CEO of Steve Gladis Communications – a leadership development firm, focused on helping leaders achieve both success and significance through executive coaching, leadership development, and motivational speaking – Dr. Gladis’ clients include CEOs and C-level executives from a wide range of companies and organizations, including: public and private companies, nonprofits and associations, as well as the federal government. At George Mason University, he also teaches a Leadership Communication Series to first-line and mid-level leaders. Author of 15 books, Steve is a former member of the University of Virginia’s faculty and served as an associate dean and the director of the university’s Northern Virginia Center. He is currently an executive coach for the Darden Business School’s executive MBA program. A former FBI special agent and US Marine Corps officer, he is also a committed civic and academic leader. Steve serves on the Executive Boards of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia.





Victor Reinoso

Victor Reinoso currently serves as senior special projects advisor to Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia. Reinoso served as Washington, D.C., deputy mayor for education under former Mayor Adrian Fenty and had responsibility for the city’s education reform initiatives. Prior to public service, Reinoso served as chief operating officer and director of education initiatives for the Federal City Council, an organization comprising the region's top business, professional, educational and civic leaders. In addition, Reinoso has served as board member, founder, staff, and advisor to a number of start-ups in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Reinoso graduated from Georgetown University and earned his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management.





Dr. Joy Hughes

Since 1997, Dr. Hughes has been Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at George Mason University and also a member of the engineering faculty.  She provides leadership for the technology organization, the libraries, IT security, and a television station that reaches over 700,000 homes.  Since 2010 Dr. Hughes has also served as executive director of 4-VA, a consortium of four Virginia universities organized to use emerging technologies to constrain the cost of education, improve access to education, and increase student success rate in STEM courses. Since 2009, Dr. Hughes has had executive responsibility for the Confucius Institute at Mason, a joint project of George Mason University, the Beijing Language and Culture University, and the Chinese Ministry of Education.   Previous CIO positions held were at Oregon State University, State University of New York- Potsdam, and the University of Charleston.





Dr. Jeffrey W. Pollard

Dr. Jeffrey W. Pollard has had a long and distinguished career in college-level counseling psychology. He most recently was the executive director of George Mason University’s Counseling and Psychological Services and professor of psychology. He earned a B.S. and M.S. at Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. at The University of Virginia after completing a clinical psychology residency at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine. He served as a staff psychologist at Villanova University before becoming Director of Health & Counseling Services at Denison University, where he served for twenty-two years. He then went to the University of West Florida, Pensacola, and served as Director of Counseling & Health Services and Professor of Psychology. Dr. Pollard is Board Certified in Counseling Psychology and is past-president of the American Board of Counseling Psychology as well as the American Academy of Counseling Psychology. He served as a trustee of the American Board of Professional Psychology and as a Board Member of the International Association of Counseling Services. He also served on the editorial board of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy for eighteen years and currently serves as a board member and senior examiner on the American Board of Counseling Psychology. In 2008 he was recognized for his leadership by the American Board of Professional Psychology and in 2010 he won the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors’ Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Pollard currently consults nationally with universities in the area of threat assessment. 













G. William Bavin

Bill Bavin has more than two decades of financial, business, and management experience, and has founded two specialized investment banking firms in the Washington, DC area.  Since 1994, he has specialized in advising education companies and investors on capital formation, mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, valuation, and strategy. His practice includes all facets of the education market across the life-long learning continuum, including content companies, education service providers, and infrastructure. In 1998, Mr. Bavin co-founded Education Capital, LLC, which provided capital market solutions, sophisticated transaction advice, and sound consulting services to scores of emerging and middle-market education companies. Mr. Bavin co-founded and served as Managing Partner of the Washington Corporation, merging the company with Chessiecap in 2013.  Prior to his concentration on the education industry, he was a generalist with significant experience in a broad range of industries and financial instruments. Mr. Bavin received his B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Total Education Solutions, Inc., a California-based special education company from 2000-2013, and is a director at Move This World, a non-profit addressing school violence and bullying.  Additionally, he serves as a Venture Forward Mentor for UVA Innovate at the University of Virginia, advising Goha Learning, The Institute on Aging, and PALS.