Our Team

Judy Peppler

President and Chief Executive Officer

Judy Peppler is President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks, leading the social enterprise that is working in more than 40 states to improve the numbers of students who graduate ready for college or career. Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, Peppler was a consultant for the Broad...read more

Department Staff:

Judy Peppler President and CEO

Patty Casey Senior Executive Assistance and Manager of Office Operations

Catherine Allshouse

Chief Information Officer

Catherine Allshouse joined KnowledgeWorks in August 2012 as Director of Software Development. In this role, she leads a team that develops and supports a large-scale, high-volume SaaS Learning Management System used in hundreds of schools, as well as technologies that enable the analysis of...read more

Department Staff:

Catherine Allshouse Chief Information Officer
 
Matt Godsted Director, Infrastructure and Technology

Holly A. Brinkman

Vice President and Controller

Holly A. Brinkman has served as the Vice President and Controller of KnowledgeWorks since January 2002. Responsibilities include management of the financial responsibilities of the Foundation and its subsidiaries, preparation and analysis of financial reporting, budget forecasting, grantor...read more

Department Staff:

Holly Brinkman Vice President and Controller

Joy Bradford Staff Accountant

Lisa Nienaber Senior Accountant

Jeffery Nimersheim Financial Analyst

Shannon Herald

Human Resources Manager

Shannon Herald currently serves as the Human Resources Manager for KnowledgeWorks Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for all HR functions for the Foundation and its subsidiaries. She also serves as Benefits Manager/Advisor for the staff and Board members and is liaison with insurance...read more

Department Staff:

Shannon Herald Human Resources Manager
 
Christy Wagner Human Resources Assistant

Greg Landsman

Executive Director, The Strive Partnership

Greg Landsman currently serves as the Executive Director for The Strive Partnership, an education consortium of local providers and funders working together to improve academic achievement along the education continuum – kindergarten readiness, proficiency scores, graduation rates, and...read more

Department Staff:

Greg Landsman Executive Director, The Strive Partnership
The Strive Partnership Staff

William McNeese

Senior Vice President & CFO

As senior vice president and CFO for KnowledgeWorks Foundation, William L. McNeese manages the Foundation's investment portfolio and all aspects of accounting and finance. McNeese brings significant experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations to his CFO position.

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Department Staff:

William McNeese Senior Vice President & CFO

Holly Brinkman Vice President of Finance/Controller

Shannon Herald Human Resources Manager

 

Meredith Meyer

Vice President of Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff

As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff, Meredith Meyer is responsible for strategic planning, evaluating new opportunities and strategic initiatives for the foundation, internal operations and people strategy. 
 
Meyer has led the development of...read more
Department Staff:

Meredith Meyer VP of Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff

 

Cris Mulder

Vice President Communications and Marketing

Cris Mulder serves as the Vice President of Communications and Marketing. Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, Mulder served as the Deputy Secretary of Communications for the North Carolina Department of Transportation where she led all communication efforts for the second largest transportation...read more
Department Staff:

Cris Mulder Vice President of Communications and Marketing

Damian Hoskins Digital Media and Graphic Designer

Emily Smith Senior Communications Associatre

Mary Kenkel PR Specialist

Kate Westrich Digital Marketing Manager

Matt Williams

Vice President, Policy and Advocacy

Matt Williams currently serves as the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for KnowledgeWorks. In this role, he is responsible for directing both federal and state relations on behalf of the Foundation. Matt assists the various divisions, subsidiaries, and major investments of KnowledgeWorks in...read more

Department Staff:

Matt Williams Vice President, Policy and Advocacy

Nancy Arnold Coordinator, Policy and Strategic Foresight

Sarah Jenkins Policy and Research Analyst

Jesse Moyer Director of State Advocacy and Research

Lillian Pace Senior Director, National Policy

Katherine Prince Senior Director, Strategic Foresight

Jason Swanson Director, Strategic Foresight