Meet Our Advisors

Mario Lopez

Actor/TV Host, EXTRA
Mario LopezMario Lopez is the Emmy winning host of EXTRA, a nationally syndicated daily show. Concurrently, he hosts the nationwide iHeartMedia radio shows On with Mario Lopez and iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez. In September 2014, Lopez released his first autobiography, Just Between Us. He became a New York Times bestselling author for his healthy eating guide Extra Lean. He released the follow up entitled Extra Lean Family, featuring recipes and tips that are beneficial to the entire family. Additionally, Lopez penned Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness and Mud Tacos, a vibrant children’s book he co-authored with his sister Marissa. As a follow up to Mud Tacos, Lopez released Mario & Baby Gia. The book is currently being developed into an animated series. He was a finalist on Dancing With the Stars and starred in the hit Broadway musical A Chorus Line. Lopez currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Courtney and their daughter, Gia and son, Dominic.

Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan

Executive Director of Academic Innovation, University of Pennsylvania
Barbara KurshanDr. Kurshan provides executive level leadership of a series of entrepreneurially focused programs and efforts and helps develop new degree and non-degree programs at Penn Graduate School of Education. Dr. Kurshan has been involved with education and technology for over 35 years. She has had a career as both an academic and award winning entrepreneur. Kurshan has honed her vision of “what can be” using technology while supporting the growth of new education companies and developing innovative software products.

Leslie Mitts

Chief Executive Officer, Education Design Studio Inc.
Leslie MittsLeslie is the CEO of the Education Design Studio Inc., (EDSi), a seed Fund and Accelerator affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and supporting education technology companies from around the world. Leslie also serves as a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.  From 2004 to 2015, Leslie led the consulting practice and experiential education program of Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs. She was previously a founding Managing Director of Phoenician Ventures.

Granetta Blevins

Chief Financial OFficer, Education Design Studio Inc.
Granetta BlevinsGranetta Blevins is the CFO of the Education Design Studio Inc. (EDSi). She was most recently Acting President of Georgetown College and has served as CFO for private and nonprofit organizations. Current extended projects include those with the Education Design Studio, Inc. and GlassLab, Inc. Since 2000, Granetta has been part of the executive management team of four successful education related start-up companies. She has been a member of the Georgetown College board of trustees for twenty years, including serving three terms as board chair.

Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., CNS

On-air Health and Diet Editor for NBC News and the TODAY Show
Madelyn FernstromMadelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., CNS is a Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Fernstrom is also a board certified Nutrition Specialist from the American College of Nutrition. She is the founding director of the UPMC Weight Management Center and a former Senior Advisor for Health Management at the UPMC Health Plan. A nationally recognized expert in the field of nutrition, weight control, and wellness, Dr. Fernstrom is an established media expert and health journalist.

Mitchell Scherzer

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Hearst Corporation
Mitchell ScherzerMitchell Scherzer is a senior vice president and chief financial officer of Hearst Corporation. He is also a member of the Hearst Board of Directors and is a testamentary trustee under the will of William Randolph Hearst. Scherzer is a former investment banker who has concentrated most of his 20-plus-year banking career in the communications, media and entertainment industries.

James Stovall

Chief Executive Officer, Victory Education Partners
James StovallJames Stovall is chief executive officer of Victory Education Partners, a mission-driven education services organization that empowers community groups and nonprofits to create and control their own neighborhood public charter schools. Prior to becoming chief executive in July 2010, Stovall served as the organization’s chief administrative officer and general counsel, and was responsible for all non-instructional departments and functions of the firm, including finance, human resources, operations, strategy, business development and legal.

Todd D. Flaherty, Ed.D

President & CEO of The College Crusade of Rhode Island
Todd FlahertyTodd D. Flaherty is president and chief executive officer of The College Crusade of Rhode Island. He is responsible for setting the overall strategic goals and operational priorities that advance The College Crusade’s mission. Between 1995 and 2007, Dr. Flaherty served as Rhode Island Deputy Commissioner of Education, where he played a vital role in developing and implementing the state’s systemic school reform initiatives.  Previously he was president of the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association and principal of two award-winning high schools.

JoJo Rubach

President, US Standard Products Corporation
JoJo RubachJoJo Rubach is the President of US Standard Products Corporation, a business to business direct marketing firm. He has been in the direct marketing business for over 30 years. After training for and completing the New York Marathon, JoJo became committed to leading a healthy lifestyle. His passion for healthy cooking and exercise has been a great influence on his friends and family. For many years JoJo has been very active in community service. He sits on the board of Englewood Hospital and is the current president of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly NJ. Through the Ironwill Foundation JoJo hopes to makes a difference in the lives of children and families across the nation by showing them that a healthy lifestyle can be a delicious one as well.

Ailene Altman-Mitchell

Principal, Middle School 88 – Brooklyn, NY
Ailene Altman-MitchellAilene Altman Mitchell has been principal of The Park Slope Education Complex at Middle School 88 in NYC since 2005, and she has been engaged in educational leadership and instruction for over twenty years. She is recognized for having transformed M.S. 88 from one of the most challenged New York City Public Schools into one of the most prominent middle schools in the United States.