We formed the KMS&T team because we wanted to work together -- to spend our work days (and nights) with people who worked smarter, harder, and closer to the edge of what's possible! You know the type. Driven by challenge; never satisfied with what is; never happy until it's right; smarter together than apart.
MARGY HILLMAN, PRESIDENT
Margy Hillman's creativity and innovation in digital and social
networking solutions set a benchmark in the social applications space. Why? A combination of art and
science -- analytics and the human touch. As president of KMS&T, she
and her team have demonstrated significant solutions in social game
design, mobile apps, social media communications, assessment,
professional development, education, and training applications for
clients ranging from Chungdahm America, Chungdahm America, PLATO
Learning, Let's Go Learn, SAIC, Peregrine, Alaris, Pearson Education,
Knowledge Adventure, and Harcourt Achieve to the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting and the Q Group. Previously as Senior Vice President of
Development for CDIA, Ms. Hillman was responsible for the design,
development, and implementation of global literacy and communication
programs. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Development at
Co-nect and a founder of and Vice President of Curriculum Development at
Lightspan. She was president of Cosmos Literacy, where her team created
a new CD/online early reading program and developed a series of Reader
Rabbit products, ELL assessment systems, math and language arts
programs, and correlation tools for educational publishers. (Sold in
2008) She also served in design and development leadership capacities at
Jostens Learning, Computer Associates, and Andersen Consulting. Margy
recently spoke at SDCUE on using social media in schools. Her recent
publications include "Evaluation of Digital Learning for Young
Children," to be published in Computers in the Schools by The Hawthorn
Press (2009); “The Web and Early Literacy,” published in Computers in
the Schools by The Hawthorn Press (2004); and “ELL Professional
Development—Making a Difference for Diverse Students,” in Harcourt
Happenings, (Fall, 2005). Ms. Hillman holds a BA in literature and MA in
American Studies, as well as a Lifetime Adult Teaching Credential in
Language Arts and Literature and History.
read more HA PHAN, UX DESIGN, E-COMMERCE, BUSINESS STRATEGY Ha Phan has over 15 years of experience in user interface design, business analysis, project management, analytics, graphics design, and content design, development, and production for high-tech applications. She founded UBWebbin, a high-tech consulting services company that specialized in web/database design. Prior to UBWebbin, she was a web producer at The Lightspan Partnership (TLP) for its subscription-based Web site, a project that began in 1996 and quickly became a revenue source. Before coming to TLP, Ha was a graphics designer and animator for Jostens Learning and Andersen Consulting. She has produced projects for NPR, Discovery School, Fisher-Price, McDougal Littel, McGraw-Hill, and Education Week. Ha has a BA in Fine Arts from San Diego State University. Dr. JAMES MARSHALL, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
Dr. Marshall is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Technology at San Diego State University and an expert in the implementation and evaluation of technology-facilitated programs. He teaches graduate-level courses in instructional design, multimedia development, teaching with technology, and research methods. Dr. Marshall’s research interests include needs assessment for, and program evaluation of, technology-based education products and their use by teachers and students in K–12 classrooms. He has conducted evaluations for federal and state departments of education representing over $20M in funded projects.
read more JOHN DOYLE, APPLICATIONS MANAGER/DESIGNER
John Doyle has over 15 years of experience managing and designing multimedia technology solutions. In addition to his strong leadership skills, John is skilled project management, ensuring adherence to timelines and budgets. An excellent communicator, he is able to relay to the team both the creative and technical aspects of production. While effectively juggling multiple responsibilities under tight deadlines, he uses his keen analytical skills to solve problems and ensure the details. John is well-versed in PC and Mac platforms, MS Office Suite, Photoshop, DreamWeaver, HTML, Visio, video production and editing, and digital photography. A man of many talents!
GARY HOLLEY, VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS AND ANIMATION
Mr. Gary Holley has over fifteen years’ experience in interactive design, programming, and animation for high-tech applications and programs. Mr. Holley was founder of Gene Pool Hall, a visual communications company that created graphics, animation, photography, and programming for online and desktop marketing, training, and educational applications. Prior to Gene Pool Hall, Mr. Holley was Art Director for Imagix Studios and was on staff in the Hughes Aircraft Training Department. Additionally, Mr. Holley is a professional photographer and an adjunct instructor at San Diego City College in Digital Imaging. He has a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of San Diego.
HEIDI JANZEN, MARKETING AND CONTENT DESIGN
Ms. Heidi Janzen has worked in education and training for over twelve years. Her consulting clients include Future Kids, McGraw-Hill, and Classwell/Knowledge Adventure. She was Vice President at Lightspan, Inc., responsible for directing and marketing Lightspan's interactive online products. Prior to Lightspan, Ms. Janzen was in the public and private educational sector. Ms. Janzen has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Education from San Diego State University.
SERGIO GARCIA, TECHNICAL SYSTEMS AND ARCHITECTURE
Sergio Garcia has more than 20 years of techologly and service operations experience across a variety of industries. Prior to adding his expertise to KMS&T, Sergio was the Vice President of Software Development for PLATO Learning. There, he oversaw the development of application software platforms for the K-Post Secondary education market and was the driving force behind the development of the company's flagship Learning Management System. From 1994 to 2003, he was the Vice President of Technology at Lightspan, where he was responsible for the technology road map that drove the company from startup phase, through various acquisitions, an IPO, and a corporate merger. Sergio also spent 3 years as Senior Software Engineer at Computer Associates.
ERIC AYASO, HUMAN RESOURCES
With over 10 years in the field of implementation and project management, Eric's experience spans a diverse range of industries that include education, healthcare, and the music business. A proven leader and communicator, he balances the creative and technical aspects of human resources to realize complex company objectives. Eric has applied his analysis and problem-solving skills to multimillion dollar design and implementation projects, locally and internationally. He has a BS from San Diego State University and an MA in Management from New York University.
DR. DIANE LAPP Dr. Lapp is a Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University, which was recently names the top small research university in the US. Dr. Lapp is an internationally recognized authority in language acquisition and development, reading and language arts, and first and second language learning and assessment. She is Co-Chair of the International Reading Association's (IRA's) Commission on Literacy and has been recognized by IRA by induction into its Reading Hall of Fame in 2005 and by selection as Teacher Educator of the Year in 1996. Dr. Lapp is co-editor of the California Reader, one of the most widely circulated literacy journals in the world. She is co-author of innumerable pedagogical texts that include Teaching reading to every child, 2006; Teaching literacy in first grade, 2005; 75 literacy lessons, 2003; and Handbook of research in teaching the English language arts, 2003. She is also co-editor of multiple books, including: Methods of research on teaching the language arts, 2005; Teaching all children: Strategies for developing literacy in an urban setting, 2004; and Teaching writing: Strategies for developing the 6+1 traits, 2004. Dr. Lapp is also co-author of many textbooks, including Scott Foresman Elementary Science Program, 2006 and the McGraw Hill Reading Program, 2000. SARA HILL, EDUCATIONAL & DIGITAL CONSULTANT
Sara Hill researches and analyzes educational content; edits our website, emails, and blogs; constructs and edits test items; and designs professional development. She also does our competitive research and creates white papers. Additionally she creates email blasts and builds and maintains our customer database. Sara has over 6 years of experience at a variety of agencies in project management and digital external and external communication. She graduated cum laude from University of San Diego.