Big thanks to @XanEdu for working with our curriculum team to create over 400,000 learning support materials for NHA students during COVID-19. We appreciate the high-quality materials and record turnaround. We’re so grateful for your team’s hard work & dedication.
Often, teachers feel like they should stick with the exact language in the textbook, but our open custom solution provides an opportunity to adapt [the material] and make it appropriate for the students in their classroom.
We choose to use XanEdu because of their excellent customer service and hassle-free returns policy. I have over 10 years of experience doing business with XanEdu and have never been let down. We highly recommend using XanEdu to all our colleagues.
Not only is the custom organization of the units more impactful for student achievement, but the strategies used to unpack a text or create a piece of writing have helped our teachers improve their practice.
XanEdu was a pleasure to work with as we put together a custom course reader for a large class of 500 students. (They) were consummate professionals throughout, listening to our needs, setting clear time lines, and keeping us on track with everything that needed to be done.
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of XanEdu Publishing, John oversees the global products and services operations. Prior to accepting the role as Chief Executive Officer, John served as XanEdu’s Chief Financial Officer. Previously, John served as CFO at Applimation, Inc., a world-wide provider of application data management software that was acquired by Informatica in early 2009.
His experience at Applimation included all facets of financial management, from acquisitions to international tax to treasury management. John also worked for Allied Domecq and Price Waterhouse.
John earned his Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, has completed executive studies at the University of Michigan and Babson College, and is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan.
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Chief Operating Officer
Brett Costello places partnership at the center of all aspects of his work. Over the past 20 years, Brett has developed a unique ability to cultivate enduring relationships and solutions through close collaboration with customers, vendors, and internal stakeholders.
By keeping partnership at the core of his philosophy, Brett has successfully built and led dynamic teams of sales, marketing, product development and operations professionals to drive sustainable growth, profit, but most importantly - customer satisfaction.
Brett earned a Master of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations
As Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations, Kevin is responsible for the day to day operations of XanEdu’s production and fulfillment teams. He provides strategic direction to the company in order to improve processes and develop customer service initiatives.
Kevin has been with XanEdu for over 11 years and has served in various roles such as Account Executive, Regional Sales Manager, and Director of Folio-xPress.
Kevin earned his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and then went on to earn his MBA at Eastern Michigan University.
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Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer , Marc designs, manages, and supports digital strategies and systems to deliver maximum value to our customers. His portfolio spans all facets of technology, including architecture, engineering, infrastructure, and customer-facing technical support.
Marc previously held technical leadership roles at SkillCheck and First Advantage, most recently acting as Senior Director of Software Development for First Advantage. Marc began his career writing curriculum and software for QWIZ (now part of SHL).
Marc earned his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts where, in addition to all things technical, he pursues music composition and enjoys almost any DIY project, from amplifier circuit design to whole-house renovation.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom joined XanEdu in 2020 as Chief Financial Officer following several years as the CFO for RS Energy Group, a private equity owned technology company. Prior to RSEG, he was the CFO for Crain Communications, a privately held media company, and VP of Finance at ProQuest, leading their digital content publishing efforts.
He has also held executive level positions with publicly traded entities, including Pulte Homes and Borders Group, was an equity analyst with Manning & Napier Advisors, worked in M&A with Deloitte, and began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young.
Tom has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University.
Vice President, Human Resources
As Vice President Human Resources, Sharon provides leadership and guidance to XanEdu’s HR operations. She is responsible for setting, enforcing, and evaluating legally compliant human resources policies, procedures, and best practices, and identifying and implementing long-range strategic culture & people goals.
Sharon holds a BS from Oakland University, with a major in Human Resource Management and post graduate studies at Central Michigan University in HR Leadership.
With over 20 years of Human Resource experience and she has worked in the airline, telecommunications and Education Tech industries. She is a certified sales training facilitator, a certified “Mind Gym” facilitator, and a certified Leadership Development Coach. Sharon is a former Board member of the “YES” Foundation, an education equity organization, and a current member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Society Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Passionate about serving her community and mentoring future leaders, she serves as a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan and mentors young women from a residential empowerment program in Metro Detroit.
Vice President, Operations
As the Vice President of Operations, Aaron Meyers oversees fulfillment and customer service for all of our Higher Ed and K-12 customers. Aaron has been with XanEdu for seven years, has a passion for our people, and is driven by providing the best customer experience possible.
Aaron has been in the publishing industry for almost 20 years and has a wealth of experience in operations, account management and customer service. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from the University of San Francisco.
Vice President, OER Solutions
As Vice President of OER at XanEdu, Barbara uses her experience as an educator and successful sales and management to develop new and affordable solutions, partnerships and strategic initiatives for colleges and universities across the country.
Barbara first joined XanEdu as an Account Executive in the Southeast after a successful career at Pearson Publishing. She spent many years in the classroom as an adjunct professor at Fort Hays State University and a K-12 educator in both Florida and Kansas public schools. Barbara is proud to serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors at Emerald M Therapeutic Riding center where the mission is to renew and improve the lives of children through the use of equine-assisted therapies.
Barbara graduated from the University of South Florida and resides in Tampa, Florida.
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development
As the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, Rich brings more than 25 years of experience in the education sector, with executive-level sales expertise working with colleges and universities, K-12 Districts, public and academic libraries, and for-profit organizations across the country.
A key part of XanEdu’s management team, Rich works to expand opportunities in XanEdu’s custom publishing solutions, seek strategic partnerships and assist in developing digital and custom sales.
Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development
Lance is responsible for the SharedBook business unit and our Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for Training Firms, L&D organizations, Associations and Publishers. Since joining XanEdu in 2013 Lance has played a key role developing new market segments and managing strategic opportunities.
Lance has 20+ years of sales management and strategic alliances experience with leading Learning Technology vendors, enterprise application providers and software startups.
Lance served as Vice President, Business Development at Applimation (now Informatica) as Director of Alliances at Sybase and as Director of Business Development at Docent (now SumTotal Systems).
Lance graduated from Boston University’s School of Management and resides in greater Boston.
Vice President, K-12 Sales
Tonia Slain joined XanEdu Publishing in 2015, with 16 years of K-12 ed-tech and curriculum solutions experience. Over the course of her career supporting educators, Tonia has served as a partner to thousands of school districts and curriculum partners across the country.
Tonia's experience centers on helping educators accomplish district-specific goals, narrow achievement gaps and ensure school districts have access to reliable, effective resources. At XanEdu, Tonia oversees a national team that empowers educators to break free of the traditional textbook model through scalable alternative customized curriculum solutions.
Outside of working with school districts directly, Tonia applies her passion for education by continuing to support organizations like MZUZI, WorkForce High, Chicago Architectural Foundation and the Art Institute of Chicago that help ensure students have access to quality education resources and life skills.
Tonia is a graduate of Indiana University and a proud resident of the best city in the US, Chicago, Illinois.
Vice President, Finance
As the Vice President of Finance, Jason works closely with all groups of XanEdu to ensure all functions of accounting and finance run as smoothly as possible. He has been with the company since 2008 after being in public accounting for 8 years as a CPA.
As the company has changed over the years, many opportunities and challenges arose at XanEdu to allow him greater growth and to gain invaluable experience in finance and business in general.
Senior Vice President, K-12 Product Management and Strategy
John has joined XanEdu as the SVP, Product Management & Strategy. In his role, John is responsible for the strategic vision and implementation of XanEdu’s K-12 product roadmap and its content/curriculum vision.
John has over 15 years of edTech experience in the K-12 school market including Product Management, Marketing, and Strategy roles at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw Hill Education, Pearson School, and Scholastic.
John holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Vice President, User Experience and Design
Since joining XanEdu in 2013, Hilary has worked with team members across the organization to ensure engaging human-centered experiences to support XanEdu’s mission of accessible learning experiences that drive student success.
Hilary brings over 20 years of experience in web and application design and development, and working with web-to-print workflows. Prior to XanEdu, she worked at a technology startup specializing in web-based story creation, sharing, and printing, as well as customizable photo merchandise creation and printing for companies including Universal Orlando Resorts, IBM and Royal Caribbean International.
Hilary is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and lives outside of Boston, MA where she enjoys drawing and trying to keep up with her ever energetic Boston Terrier.
Director of Marketing, K-12
Chris is responsible for the development and execution of XanEdu’s K-12 marketing strategy. He believes some of the most effective education occurs when students can learn “in context” with relevant, meaningful curriculum materials.
Chris has worked in the education community for more than 15 years, serving both higher-ed and K-12 institutions and believes that educators are some of the most underappreciated and underpaid people on the planet.
Chris earned his undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University and his MBA from Walsh College.
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Director of Marketing, Higher Education
Effective educational experiences can transform lives and Joyce is thrilled to lead marketing for XanEdu's Higher Education team. The marketing team works diligently to translate customer insights and trends into actionable, measurable and impactful marketing programs.
Joyce's journey has taken her through a diverse array of industries including education, consumer services and manufacturing. This broad base gives her an expansive viewpoint from which to challenge teams to find innovative ways to reach customers and bring relevant products to market.
Joyce feels the opportunity to play a role in advancing affordable education tools that complements evolving learning styles brings nonstop, intriguing business challenges that are incredibly fulfilling.
Managing Editor, Higher Education and Custom Books
Mandy Gagel is Managing Editor for Custom Books and Higher Education. She leads the Custom Books editorial team and oversees the production of approximately 150 custom and OER titles a year.
Mandy has over 15 years of experience as an editor for scholarly publications and textbooks for colleges and universities. She holds a PhD in scholarly editing from Boston University, and prior to joining the XanEdu team worked as an editor for a number of university publishing projects, including the Mark Twain Project at UC-Berkeley.
Mandy loves working with our authors to discuss and craft their custom books and is happy to share her knowledge about textbook publishing with them.
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Director of Fulfillment, K-12
As Director of Operations for K-12, Mike oversees the production, manufacturing and delivery of all print and digital solutions for the K-12 team. This includes leading and supporting the editorial and permission teams as well as the Operations and Key Accounts Manager and Production Team to ensure the best customer experience and the highest quality products in the market.
Previously, Mike spent 25 years at Hayden-McNeil Publishing (Macmillan Learning) working with the leadership team to create the foundation of the production, warehousing, and shipping workflows and processes. Mike has deep expertise in designing, implementing and managing production, ERP, warehouse processes and workflows within the educational business space.
Mike studied business at Eastern Michigan University, and when he isn’t on the job at XanEdu he enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing, and his favorite pastime is baseball.
National Sales Director, Higher Education
As the National Sales Director for Higher Education, Don leads our talented team of Sales Consultants in growing our traditional custom solutions business and in strategically expanding our new digital courseware offering, FlexEd. Don brings valuable experience in creating and transforming sales teams utilizing change management strategies and fundamentals.
Prior to joining XanEdu, he created and led new sales teams, from the ground up, based on new go to market strategies for Staples Business Advantage. Don earned his Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University
Managing Editor, K-12
Tamra Tuller, Managing Editor, joined the XanEdu K-12 team in May 2019. Prior to that, she was Creative Director for the Publishing Services department at Thomson-Shore in Dexter, Michigan, as well as being an acquisitions editor in New York and San Francisco for companies like Scholastic, Penguin, and Chronicle Books, where she specialized in editing middle-grade and young adult novels as well as children’s picture books.
Throughout the course of her career, she has edited and worked with New York Times bestselling authors and illustrators as well as National Book Award-winners, and she traveled internationally speaking at conferences for authors and publishers.
K-12 Operations and Key Account Manager
Jerry has experience managing just about every aspect of book publishing, including editing & design, eCommerce & wholesale distribution, print manufacturing, and supply chain management.
As the Key Accounts & Operations for XanEdu K-12, Manager, Jerry leads the production coordination team responsible for guiding projects through to completion, ensuring thoughtful and efficient execution and timely delivery.
Director of Operations, Higher Education
Kate Newlin is the Director of Operations for Higher Education, overseeing coursepack production for all Higher Ed customers. She started at XanEdu in 2014 building coursepacks for a few select schools and has worked her way up to her present role leading the team. She brings this experience and perspective to her role, ensuring her team has the tools and processes they need to perform at the highest level of operational excellence in meeting the needs of customers.
Kate moved to Ann Arbor in 2011 to attend graduate school at University of Michigan and is one of those people who never left.
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Customer Service Manager
Jim is responsible for overseeing XanEdu’s Support team, which provides customer and technical assistance to our end users across multiple product lines. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in managing customer-facing support groups, and has been with XanEdu for the last 16 years.
Production Manager, K-12 Guidebooks
As K-12 Guidebooks Production Manager Kelly builds and organizes the materials and process guidebook orders. She has been with XanEdu for 3.5 years and started journey in Higher Education as an Account Representative.
Last year Kelly made the move to work with the K-12 team. She has two dogs and lives in Kentucky.