Neil Peterson, Founder, Chairman and CEO

Neil Peterson is a social entrepreneur. He has served in a variety of leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He was the CEO of the public transportation agencies in the Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angeles metropolitan regions; … Read More

Jan Carruthers, Executive Director

Jan Carruthers has performed a wide range of functions for Edge since 2012.  Previously, she was a Capitol Hill aide, serving as Chief of Staff for two House members and Staff Director of the International Development Institutions and Finance Subcommittee.  … Read More

Terry Matsumoto, CFO

Terry Matsumoto founded Matsumoto Consulting LLC in 2014 to provide financial and administrative consulting to governmental and transit agencies and the private sector that supports them.  Previously, he was the Chief Financial Services Officer (CFO) of the Los Angeles County … Read More

Jami Vass – Chief Engagement Officer

Jami comes to The Edge Foundation with 17 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising.  She has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout her career and enjoys helping individuals and organizations achieve their philanthropic goals.  At Edge, Jami will … Read More

Denise von Pressentin, Coach Matchmaker

Denise von Pressentin has a special ability to make matches between our students and our Edge Coaches.  She has performed this role with the Edge Foundation since its founding in 2005. She also performs a variety of accounting and administrative … Read More

Rick Ackerly, Academic Advisor

Rick Ackerly is a nationally recognized educator and speaker with 50 years of experience working in and for schools. With a master’s in education from Harvard University, Rick has devoted his career to building thriving learning communities.  He has served … Read More

Mike Powell – Regional Manager / Edgeucator – Prince George’s County

Mike Powell is a veteran training professional. With over 15 years of training and development experience Mike has helped equip over 15,000 employees with the skills to be successful both personally and professionally. A dynamic speaker and trainer, Mike draws … Read More

Brad Ward – Fidelity Manager – Riverside County / Coachella Valley, CA

Bradley K. Ward, ACC, is a coach and consultant whose 20 years in the nonprofit sector influenced his decision to become a coach. He opened his practice, The Mission Coach, LLC, after relocating with his husband from Washington, DC to … Read More

Wendy Renoso – Consultant

With over 20 years experience in nonprofit education, Wendy Reynoso has a proven track record in management, leadership coaching, fundraising, strategic planning, and program development. In addition, she has extensive experience in creating, facilitating, and leading training sessions. As an … Read More

Lisa Sargent – Fidelity Manager – Yakima, WA

Yakima is home to Lisa and she has enjoyed working with the community through church, service clubs and volunteering within the Yakima School District.   Lisa has a passion for youth and a commitment to helping them realize their potential now and … Read More

Judy Feinerman – Regional Manager / Edgeucator

A Northwest native of Portland, Oregon, Judy Feinerman has a career background in both Journalism/ Advertising and Education  with a B.S. from the University of Oregon.   She worked as an Advertising Copywriter in L.A. before obtaining her Masters Level … Read More

Diane Roesch – Regional Manager / Edgeucator – Western NY

Diane Roesch is a consultant and author who provides leadership development and executive coaching in the US and Canada. She specializes in the use of assessments such to help individuals discover their strengths. She also designs and provides training to … Read More

Serene Cook – Regional Manager / Edgeucator – Tacoma, WA

Serene Cook comes to Edge with a long history in K-12 and higher education and program development, management, and implementation. Serene began her career coordinating a high school career pathways program and an internship program for students receiving state assistance … Read More

Nelson Garbutt – Fidelity Manager – Tacoma, WA

Here at Edge I am a Fidelity Manager and I have six schools that I am assigned to within Tacoma Public Schools. I help support and ensure high quality Edge coaching at each of the six locations. I am also … Read More

Edwin Vega – Senior Trainer and Fidelity Manager – New York City

Edwin Vega, is a Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach and Facilitator. As a consultant, he serves as a Senior Leadership Consultant with the Full Circle Group, Faculty/Front of Room Leader for the Co-Active Training Institute (for both their coaching … Read More

Becky Daniels, ACG, ICF – Fidelity Manager – Western New York

Rebecca Daniels ACG, specializes in coaching students and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Executive Function (EF) issues such as challenges with planning, prioritizing, organization and time management.  She holds a BS in Organizational Management from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, … Read More

Tony Armstrong – Finance Director

Tony is first and foremost, an accountant. He has served as a Controller, CFO, Regulatory and Governmental Advocate, Sales Executive, Finance Director, University Lecturer and CPA. He has worked in corporate for-profit organizations including a 26 year career with GTE/Verizon, … Read More

Janet Landon, MA – Regional Manager / Edgeucator – Los Angeles, CA

Janet Landon serves as the Los Angeles Director for The Edge Foundation. The mission of Edge aligns with Janet’s strong belief in the personalization of support for students. In a 20 year career as a teacher in Los Angeles and … Read More

Gerry Neighbors – Regional Manager / Edgeucator – Riverside County, CA

Gerry Neighbors has been an advocate for children with special needs for the past 14 years working at both the school and school district levels.  She enjoys helping to create a solid foundation for children so they can develop into … Read More

Robert Perkins – Regional Manager / Edgeucator – Staten Island, New York City

Robert Perkins enthusiastically represents the Edge Foundation to schools, educators, after school programs and youth-serving organizations, parents, and others interested in understanding the program. He is the key regional representative of the Edge Foundation in informing schools, after school programs … Read More

Dominic Cipollone – Regional Manager / Edgeucator – CT

Dominic Cipollone, M.S., is a trained coach, an educator, and instructional leader with more than thirty years of experience in the NYC Department of Education. He strengths lie in school turnaround as he led his school to being designated as … Read More

Craig Shurick – Advisor

Working with Educational Leaders in all markets to endorse, support, and enhance client efforts to implement the Edge Foundation’s principles and objectives. Assisting to provide the shift to coaching from teaching, mentoring and advising. Why Edge:  Chose to work at … Read More

Debra Trudeau – Regional Manager / Edgeucator – Riverside County, CA

With over 25 years experience in both the medical and educational field Debra Trudeau thrives in finding ways to make needed resources available for all types of individuals. Debra enjoys connecting one on one as well as bringing people together … Read More

Kevin Reeves – Fidelity Manager – Los Angeles

As the Los Angeles Fidelity Manager, I love my job due to a passion and desire to help students that I’ve had for the last 20 years.  From sports camps, to church groups, to working as a Elementary and Middle … Read More

Ben Wyeth – Fidelity Manager – New York City

Ben Wyeth is a certified life coach with his own private practice, as well as a musician. He is passionate about helping others to step fully into their unique greatness. In his role as Fidelity Manager for Edge, he is committed … Read More

Bob Cunningham, EdM – Senior Advisor

Bob Cunningham is a nationally known education leader whose career has focused on students who learn and think differently.  Bob serves as Executive Director, Learning Development and is a founding expert on learning and attention issues for Understood. Previously, Bob … Read More

Derreck Torres, Senior Trainer

Derreck Torres, ACC, CSS is the Lead Trainer for the Edge Foundation. He is a certified life and AD/HD coach, having received training through JST Coaching and Fast Track Coaching. For the past decade, he has been working to transform … Read More

Aparna Barde – Regional Manager / Edgeucator – WA

Aparna Barde comes to Edge with her experience in education, technology, management and nonprofit organizations. The mission of Edge aligns with Aparna’s strong belief in enabling every individual to achieve their full potential! She has worked in high tech companies, … Read More