Robert C. Bowen
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Bowen resumed his role as CEO and Chairman in 2012 after previously serving as our CEO from June 2002 through 2008, Executive Chairman in 2009 and Chairman in 2010. Mr. Bowen has more than four decades of career success in building market leadership and shareholder value in the education market. In his last assignment as president of NCS Education Software and Services, he built this K-12 business into the market leader of enterprise software solutions with a 40 percent market share. NCS was sold to Pearson PLC in the fall of 2000.
Mr. Bowen has also held senior executive positions with other leading education companies including seventeen years with McGraw-Hill. He last served as executive vice president of McGraw-Hill's Education and Training group, which included seven divisions with total revenues of approximately $350 million. Early in his career, Mr. Bowen was a high school math teacher, a coach, and a school district administrator. Mr. Bowen received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Ms. Freeman rejoined us as Chief Financial Officer in July 2012. With over twenty years of strategic management and financial experience, she previously served as Scientific Learning’s EVP and CFO from 1999 – 2008. Most recently she has been a consultant to and interim CFO for several education technology startups. Prior to joining Scientific Learning in 1999, Ms. Freeman was employed in the investment industry at Rockefeller & Co. and Scudder, Stevens & Clark. She serves as Lead Independent Director of the Harding Loevner Funds.
Ms. Freeman is a Chartered Financial Analyst (inactive) and holds an MBA and BA from Cornell University. She also earned a degree in Applied Economics from the University of Louvain in Belgium.
Sherrelle Jiggitts Walker
Chief Education Officer
Sherrelle Jiggitts Walker joined us as our Chief Education Officer in July 2002. She is responsible for expanding awareness among educators nationwide about how our products and services can help significantly improve student learning and achievement. She provides leadership in setting product and implementation strategy and evaluates potential partnerships and acquisitions. Prior to joining us, she served as vice president of curriculum for Pearson's NCS Learn business. Ms. Walker has more than 25 years of experience in education as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. During her extensive career in education, Ms. Walker played a leading role in the development of the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements.
She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Washington, specializing in improving teacher impact in the classroom and throughout the school. She also established one of the nation's first Internet Academies for students, and has served on various boards in education, including the Executive Council of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
Ms. Walker has received numerous awards for her role in education and in the community, such as the NAACP Cultural Arts Award, the Jefferson Award for the state of Connecticut, and the Outstanding Leadership Award for Washington State in Education. She completed her bachelor's degree in teaching at Hampton University in Virginia, and her master's degree and doctoral coursework at the University of Connecticut.
Christopher J. Brookhart
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Christopher J. Brookhart joined us in June 2012. Prior to joining us, he was an Associate General Counsel at Ancestry.com, a subscription-based SaaS and content internet company. Previously, he served as Sr. Corporate Counsel at Novell, Inc., an enterprise software company, as a Senior Transaction Attorney at Honeywell Aerospace and as a corporate associate at the law firm of Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, PLLC.
Mr. Brookhart holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from Brigham Young University.