Leadership & Oversight
Darci Burns, Ph.D.
Dr. Edward J. Gotgart
Dr. Ed Gotgart (PI): Harvard College – A.B. in Government, Yale University Graduate School of Architecture – A.M. in Urban Studies, Harvard University Graduate School of Education – Ed.M. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Boston University Graduate School of Education – Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
Ed is a lifelong educator and has held roles as teacher, principal and most recently Chief Operations Officer. In his most recent role, he managed the financial and administrative operations of a public school system of 9,000 students and over 1,200 faculty and staff with an operating budget of $128 million. Acting Superintendent (2016-17) with overall responsibility for the district.
Mr. Jermain is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of management experience in commercial and non-profit organizations.
Over the past decade, he has served in various positions, including President, on the Cape Ann TV board of directors. And, he also served as an interim Executive Director during a key transition point in the organization’s history.
Paul’s work in the commercial sector started with a successful five-year stint in industrial sales. After graduate school, he was recruited to participate in Nortel Networks executive development program where he rotated through various marketing management assignments within the company’s large and medium-size telecom switch divisions. In 1988, Paul transferred to Nortel’s Norstar group, a start-up division established to compete aggressively in the small business arena. At Norstar, Paul was responsible for a number of key activities: competitive analysis, market research, public relations, advertising, training, strategic and annual plans, channel management, and new product introductions. During his tenure, the start-up grew from posting monthly losses to annual revenues of $.5B.
While serving in various marketing management roles at Nortel, Paul delivered marketing and general business training and consulting to hundreds of small organizations, primarily through the Small Business Development Center and Senior Core of Retired Executives organizations. He also supported the launch of small business programs sponsored by the North Dallas and Nashville Chambers, and sat on the board of the Nashville Incubation Center.
Paul served as director of marketing for a VC-backed telecom start-up prior to the dot.com meltdown. Subsequently, he became involved in leading the Commonwealth’s Entrepreneurial Training Program in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. Through the twenty week business plan program, he taught and consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurs to help them launch new businesses and non-profit organizations.
In recent years, Paul has served as a business adjunct professor at UMass Lowell, leading courses in business management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. And, he has produced over 200 episodes of Smart Boating, an educational TV show aired nationally on public access cable TV stations and the Internet.
Paul is a graduate of Penn State’s MBA program and resides on Boston’s Northshore.
John H. "Joe" Knowles
Joe Knowles is an experienced entrepreneur, focused on enterprise development in public health since 2003. In addition to his role as president and chief executive officer of IHM, Joe was founder and vice chair of IHM Services Company, a venture-backed, for-profit subsidiary of the Institute, which provides SaaS-based clinical quality and regulatory reporting for over 100 hospitals across the country.
Prior to co-founding IHM, Joe was a co-founder of Brooktrout Technology, a leading voicemail and voice processing firm; LittlePoint Corporation, whose sustained-release products included the first insect repellent for children registered by US EPA; and Wakefield Partners, a consulting partnership of technology, financial and investment professionals.
Active with a number of not-for-profit organizations, Knowles was founder and managing partner of Neighborhood House, LLC, which assembled capital and pro-bono real estate and legal expertise in order to purchase underutilized commercial properties in Boston’s inner city.
Joe holds an AB from Harvard College, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a visiting scientist in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health from 2002 to 2010.
David C. Poole
David Poole founded Lahinch Capital, a family wealth management vehicle, in December 1997. Prior to setting out on his own, he served as a Senior VP – Wealth Management at several financial institutions, Lehman Brothers, PaineWebber, and Tucker Anthony. David graduated from Lehigh University with a BS degree in finance and began his career at AT&T. There, he developed an interest in the challenges facing our institutions of higher education while managing a team that sold to universities in NJ. Successes came in the mid-‘80’s with sizable wins at Stevens Institute (sale of PC’s to all incoming Freshman) and Princeton (departmental networking using mini-computers). Since 2010, David has been very active in the education startup community, as an advisor and investor to many small companies.