Advisory Board

Don Benson | Board of Advisory Member
In addition to being amember of Creative Minds Squared’s Advisory Board, Don serves on the following boards:

InStream-Board of Advisors, Jones & Carter, Inc-Board of Directors, CHR Solutions, Inc-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Compass EMP, Fund Trusts-Board of Trustee, Net America Alliance-Board of Managers, Agile Edge Technologies, Inc-Board of Advisors, S & S Healthcare Strategies, LLC-Advisor.  Previously, Don successfully led a number of companies: President / CEO of TriSurant, CAO & Sr. Vice President of National Nephrology Associates, President & CEO of The Methodist Office Building Co, Sr. Vice President of Methodist Healthcare System.  

Jeff Creighton | Board of Advisory Member
Successful, serial entrepreneur with a passion for, and deep domain knowledge in, the education space. Successfully started and exited three venture backed education eCommerce businesses, with significant returns to investors. Created several successful new businesses by bringing fundamentally new business models to the historically conservative education space, causing significant disruption and driving very rapid growth.

Founded EduPoint in 1996, creating the education industry’s first online lead generation platform. EduPoint grew to a valuation of $55 million in 18 months. Directed the close of a major co-branding sales agreement with Microsoft, creating an online learning marketplace within the Encarta portal.  Chief Business Officer to Telanetix, helping position the Company for a successful IPO within 5 years.  Formed and led EdAssist, a SAAS application that managed over $100 million in annual tuition volume prior to its sale to Bright Horizons in 2010.

Recently launched Knoitall, whose mission is to “Build and Support the world’s largest online destination for consumers in pursuit of learning”.

Tammy Fernandez | Board of Advisory Member
In addition to being a member of Creative Minds Squared’s Advisory Board, Tammy Fernandez also serves as the Executive Director for Apollo Education Group.  In this role, she created strategies for the company’s premier integrated Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.  Tammy oversees company partnerships, employee engagement programs and corporate contributions.  Her leadership and handwork directly contributed to Apollo being recognized by Bloomberg Media as one of the nation’s top 50 Civically Minded Companies in the US in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Previously to this role, Tammy served as Vice President / Director for the University of Phoenix where she successfully led multi-state operations.


Jane Baker Pierce | Board of Advisory Member
Jane brings 28 years of higher education leadership and business experience to CM2. In various roles throughout her career, she began building marketing and adult enrollment management expertise at the Institute for Professional Development, a subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. She expanded her role into developing strategic partnerships with private, non-profit institutions. Leveraging her experience, Jane works collaboratively with each partner to improve student engagement, retention and graduation rates. Proficient in forecasting, she assists institutions with growing enrollment and revenues by alignment of strategic goals which support the institution’s mission and vision. Jane transitioned to Helix Education in 2014 where she continued to serve as Regional Vice President until retirement in early 2016. Providing world-class service as a consultant or partner is the core of her belief system in serving the higher education community.

Jane has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin.

Chad Bandy | Board of Advisory Member
Chad brings almost two decades of senior executive level experience in higher education industry to CMSquared.  Chad’s expertise lies in building and developing business operations to enable the growth of an organization. Chad’s leadership style relies on the presence of a strong organizational vision and mission. Chad’s talent centers on disrupting conventional leadership thought and challenging teams to work together to maximize their potential.

He is energized by managing complex organizations and enjoy the challenge of achieving success for the team I work with. He has proven success in management of profit and loss objectives while focusing on the growth of a company.

Chad has a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Phoenix.

Art Monger | Board of Advisory Member
Art brings 30 years of accounting, finance and business operations experience with 17 years in higher education. He began leveraging his skills in higher education at the Institute for Professional Development in various campus based roles which included student accounting, reporting, marketing and enrollment management. Ultimately he moved to corporate finance leadership roles. As finance leader of the organization, he collaborated with colleagues on developing viable new client models, presenting to potential new clients and serving as primary finance liaison with partner institutions.   In addition to new business, Art also oversaw internal P&L reporting, Title IV compliance, budgeting, forecasting and student accounting operations. In 2014, he transitioned to Helix Education, continuing his role as VP Finance and Business Operations until late 2015. Art currently works at Synergis Education overseeing contact center operations as well as enrollment management for a partner institution.

Art earned his B.S. in Finance and Master of Business Administration from Goldey-Beacom College.

We will not be successful until our client is successful

Chad Bandy

“Charlie possesses the innate ability to discover the immediate needs to make a project or business unit successful. He works hard to understand the variables that dictate success and quickly implement a plan to execute.
Charlie understands that successful organizations must take risks and be willing to change and he replicates that behavior in his approach to running businesses and leading an organization. He is never satisfied with the status quo and always searches for ways to improve.
Charlie was presented with some of the greatest organizational challenges I have seen and he found a way to create productive and high-performing business units, all the while driving change through changes in organizational culture and performance. Charlie has the ability to ask the right questions to uncover the needs of an organization but most importantly the talent to mobilize a strategic approach to solving problems.”

Vice President of Student Services | Blackboard

We will not be successful until our client is successful