Lesa has more than 20 years in the field of human resources, and has been the chief human resources officer for three universities. She has taught management, human resources, critical thinking, and total quality management courses as a part-time instructor. ProfHire was conceived when she and a colleague were talking about the difficulties with hiring, onboarding, and tracking part-time faculty. She knew there was a better way to hire scholars and industry professionals for part-time / temporary positions.
Lesa received a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University. While serving in the United States Air Force, she received a masters degree in Human Resources from Golden Gate University. As a part of a personal calling she returned to the academy to gain an indepth understanding of human motivation and transformation. She holds a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
In her spare time, she writes motivational books, including “Achieve in 5! - Transform your life in just five minutes a day” and three middle grade readers: “Thompson Twins Las Vegas Adventure,” "Thompson Twins and the Time Machine," and "Thompson Twins Call the Cops."
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer
Jonathan is a web technologist and entrepreneur. He thrives on designing and building software solutions
and have worked in the technology consulting sector for more than twenty years.
Prior to ProfHire, Jonathan worked for a number of Silicon Valley tech startups including:
Balluun, Meedow/Cai8dou, Edify/Intervoice/Convergys.
Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science in both Software Engineering and Electrical Engineering from
University of California, Davis. He has also provided consulting to many businesses for the delivery of
highly scalable and optimized solutions, that which meets the client's web, architectural and integration needs.
His consulting clients include: Wells Fargo, KPMG, Capgemini, Apple, Gateway, and Deloitte & Touche.
When he is not developing the newest software solution, Jonathan also enjoys choral singing and solo
performances. He holds the
Trinity College London
Advance Certificate for Singing, awarded with Distinction
under the tutelage of Ms. Stephanie Chan.
Jonathan is also a vice-chairman board member of a choral organization.
Co-founder & Chief Information Officer
Tak is an educational data consultant. Having lived twenty years at the intersection of learning and technology, he has developed a deep understanding of how schools function all while building a broad repertoire of technological expertise. He has come to believe the most powerful solutions are borne of genuine need paired with the audacity to try something new.
Currently serving as part-time faculty himself, Tak has firsthand experience with some of the challenges instructors face in higher education. His mission to raise the bar for instructional quality stems from his passion for improving student outcomes not only for his own students, but for learners everywhere. Tak received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Fine Arts in Music from Mills College.
As a practitioner of the Brazilian artform, capoeira, he studies under world-renowned capoeira masters, Mestre Acordeon and Mestra Suelli and serves on the board of the Capoeira Arts Foundation. Putting his MFA to use, he regularly teaches workshops in healthy singing technique, ear training and music theory.
Business Development Director
Bruce has more than 30 years of experience in sales and marketing, including being Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for the first international division of CBS Radio. More recently he has focused on B2B technology marketing and sales, serving as Director of Advertising and Sponsorship for IT hardware and software reseller CDW; Director of Marketing for Jabra, the world’s largest maker of headsets; and aiding innovative software start-ups in the US and Europe.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Human Behavior and his M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Chicago.
In his spare time, Bruce enjoys travel, woodworking, playing golf, and honing his far-too-slowly evolving skills as a race car driver.
Bonnie Leonhardt, PH.D.
Faculty Relations & Recruiting Manager
Bonnie Leonhardt, Ph.D.
Bonnie has a career in higher education that spans 30 years. Having been both a ranked professor and a part-time instructor, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in management and organizational topics. She developed online courses and certificate programs beginning in 2000 and served as chair in both undergraduate and graduate departments. She founded the contract training division for St. Ambrose University.
Bonnie holds three degrees from the University of Iowa. She earned a B.A. with Honors in European Literature and Thought, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in Business Administration.
Among her other interests, Bonnie has a passion for agriculture and history. She secured a grant to aid farming families that were victims of floods in 22 counties of Iowa and Illinois; and she co-authored a historical biography in the Historical Society’s biography series. She also adopts senior dogs to provide them with a great home for the remainder of their life.
John Albietz - Advisor
Co-Founder & CTO, One More Cloud
A serial entrepreneur, a DevOps architect and consultant, and is a mentor for the Founder Institute. John is the founder of AirStack.io, Buildaroo, Presentage Inc. and YDA Group. He has also led the technology efforts at Clinkle, Versal, Gap Inc, and Chartboost. A National Merit Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar, John received his B.A. in Environmental Studies and Computer Graphics at the University of Pennsylvania and studied entrepreneurship at the Wharton School.
Geoffrey M. Cox, Ph.D. - Advisor
Stanford University, Sr. Assoc. Dean, Graduate School of Education
Geoffrey M. Cox, Ph.D.
Geoffrey Cox is the Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance in the Graduate School of Education for Stanford University and President Emeritus of Alliant International University. He previously held senior administrative and academic positions at the University of Chicago and at Stanford University. He also served as chief academic officer of UNext, an early internet education company created in partnership with leading research universities. He is a former member and vice chair of the senior accrediting commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Knox College.
Rani Croager - Advisor
Co-founder, Uptima Business Bootcamp
Co-founder, Uptima Business Bootcamp, a member-owned accelerator for small businesses and freelancers. She advises individuals and organizations on launching, going to market, funding and scaling their businesses. As co-founder and vice president at Altius Education, she raised over $30 million of capital. As an investment banker, she led and took part in financing, merger, acquisition and joint venture transactions, representing over $15 billion. Rani received her B.A. in mathematics and economics from Duke University.
Paul D'Souza - Advisor
Sales Strategy Consultant & Angel Investor, The D'Souza Group
Paul holds a Masters degree in Administrative Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. He started the D'Souza Group in 2003 helping small business increase revenue. He is currently a Business Mentor and teaches Sales classes at the Founder Institute in Palo Alto, CA. He helps several start-ups in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Paul is also the author of the Sales Book titled -
The Market Has Changed - Have You? and believes that all business is personal. Paul is deeply committed to increasing the authenticity and professionalism in the business of selling.
Joyce Freedman - Advisor
University of California, Asst. Vice Chancellor, Research, Emeritus
A nationally recognized expert in research administration and funding. Joyce has served in senior roles at University of California, San Francisco, University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago, and Stanford University. She has consulted with small liberal arts universities as well as large R-1 research institutions. She has been on the Board of Directors of Academic Engine, Muller and Associates, Achievement U, and National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).
Paul Freedman - Advisor
CEO of Entangled Ventures
Founding partner and CEO of Entangled Ventures. Paul has founded, managed, and invested in several successful education ventures. Most recently, Paul was Founder & CEO of Altius Education. While at the University of Chicago, Paul created Academic Engine, a college recruitment technology company that he later sold to Hobsons Inc. in 2004. Paul joined Hobsons as the president of its subsidiary focused on online student recruitment technologies, prior to founding Altius.
As a known growth hacker, his experience includes CEO of Student Blueprint, V.P. of Marketing and Partnerships for Altius Education, and Head of Digital Media and Marketing for the lead generation arm of Monster.com - responsible for Monster Communities, Fastweb, and Education.org. Vincent holds a degree from University Claude Bernard in Lyon, France in computer science, and a B.S. in international business from San Jose State University.
Ramon Torrecilha, Ph.D. - Advisor
President, Westfield State University
Ramon Torrecilha, Ph.D.
An elected member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Commission, Dr. Torrecilha has served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at CSU-Dominguez Hills; Executive Vice President at Mills College; and Provost and Executive Vice President at Berkeley College. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from Portland State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Michael J. Vartain, Esq. - Advisor
Principal at Vartain Law Group
Michael J. Vartain, Esq.
The Principal at Vartain Law Group, a San Francisco based higher education legal firm.
He is the designated higher education legal counsel for Employers Group Insurance.
Prior to opening his firm in 2000, he was Legal Counsel for Stanford University.
He consults with universities and university associations on best practices in part-time faculty
hiring and employment. Mike received his A.B. and J.D. from Boston College.