We are proud to have a team of accomplished individuals to lead our nonprofit learning institutions focused on long-term student success — and to manage the day-to-day operations of these schools moving forward.
JEREMY J. WHEATON – President and Chief Executive Officer, ECMC Group; President and Chief Executive Officer, Zenith Education Group
Jeremy J. Wheaton is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of ECMC Group, where he creates and executes strategic initiatives for ECMC Group and its affiliates, and the president and CEO for Zenith Education Group, a nonprofit provider of career school training. Mr. Wheaton has dedicated his 20-plus-year career to building respected brands within postsecondary and pre-K–12 education. His focus has been growing schools and companies through exemplary offerings, student service and outcomes made possible by superior teams.
Mr. Wheaton joined ECMC Group from Triumph Higher Education Group/Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, where he served most recently as president and CEO. In that role, Mr. Wheaton and his executive team set the strategic direction to recognize Escoffier Schools’ vision of becoming the world’s premier culinary and hospitality education provider, worked with the U.S. Department of Education to secure Title IV funding for Escoffier’s innovative online program, and presided over industry-leading student and employee satisfaction and loyalty scores.
Previously, Mr. Wheaton served as chief operations officer at Meritas International Family of Schools, a global leader in pre-K through 12th grade preparatory schools, as well as Pearson Embanet, an online education management company. At both companies, he oversaw the business units and corporate functions, including global and domestic admissions, marketing and student services.
Mr. Wheaton held multiple school, corporate, and board leadership positions over his 18-year tenure at Career Education Corporation (CEC), culminating as chief executive officer of Colorado Technical University. In addition to leading multiple schools and functional areas, he consolidated all CEC student financial services, resulting in gold standard compliance and student outcomes. Mr. Wheaton also worked to acquire many of the quality school brands within CEC along with growing their online student body.
Mr. Wheaton received a bachelor’s degree in finance and political science from Clarkson University and an MBA from Moravian College.
DR. MARY OSTRYE – Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Mary E. Ostrye joined Zenith Education Group (Zenith) as its first provost and chief academic officer in August 2015. In this role, she led the integration of former online operations into a unified institutional model; implemented a strategic plan to align programs of study to Zenith’s mission; successfully led the transition of 12 campuses to ACCSC accreditation; and is leading several initiatives to improve academic quality and the student experience.
Dr. Ostrye formerly served as provost and senior vice president at Ivy Tech Community College, the community college system in Indiana. She was instrumental in establishing the state’s first general education core and co-led a government-appointed statewide committee to establish single transfer pathways for popular degrees. She also led the development of an institutional academic advising model, a co-requisite remediation program, and a restructure of mathematics curriculum into three defined pathways to support disciplines and careers. Prior to Zenith, her higher education career spanned 34 years serving in several leadership and academic roles, including promotion to full professor.
Dr. Ostrye earned her doctorate in higher education from Indiana State University; a master’s degree in vocational-technical education from Marshall University; and a baccalaureate of science degree from West Virginia University. She serves as a team leader for the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges. Dr. Ostrye was selected as one of the initial recipients of the Pillars of the Profession Indiana State University alumni award (2014) and is a member of several honor societies and a graduate of multiple leadership programs.
TOM O’DONNELL – Senior Vice President of Operations
Tom O’Donnell is the senior vice president of operations for Zenith Education Group. In addition to overseeing the successful teach out of 21 campuses, Mr. O’Donnell is responsible for all operational areas of Zenith, including the campuses, as well as a small, centralized campus support team comprising financial aid, registrar, admissions and marketing. He joined Zenith in March 2016.
Prior to joining Zenith, Mr. O’Donnell spent 13 years with Career Education Corporation in several positions, including vice president of strategy and finance for the career schools segment, vice president of operations for the health education group and vice president of operations for the start-up division. His prior experience includes marketing and finance roles in start-up distribution, telecommunications, consumer package goods and public accounting.
Mr. O’Donnell holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School, a MSA in accounting from DePaul University and a BA in economics from the University of Chicago.
RAHOUL GHOSE, Chief Information Officer of ECMC Group
Rahoul Ghose, an information technology (IT) executive with more than 30 years of experience, joined ECMC Group as the chief information officer (CIO) in July 2018.
Mr. Ghose is responsible for the technology vision and strategic leadership for all business lines across ECMC Group. He has held senior leadership positions with Lifetouch, Best Buy, Cargill, Ecolab and Honeywell. Most recently, he worked at Winnebago Industries where he partnered with the Winnebago CIO to drive a technology-enabled transformation for the RV company. Mr. Ghose has a history of transforming IT capabilities through innovation, building shared service organizations and driving business value through technology.
Mr. Ghose serves on the board at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis and on the Analytics Advisory Board for Hamline University’s School of Business. He has an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
ANNIE SARVER-BODOH – Chief Philanthropy and Development Officer
Annie Sarver-Bodoh is a longtime nonprofit executive with more than 25 years of fundraising experience. Having served both national and local nonprofit organizations, she has raised more than $75 million through the course of her career. Ms. Sarver-Bodoh’s areas of expertise include strategic business development, constituent relations, corporate and foundation giving, special event management, and strategic planning. Additionally, she has a deep background in marketing including brand architecture, key message development, and print and electronic communications.
As a passionate and engaging leader, Ms. Sarver-Bodoh is especially effective at growing charitable giving and engaging individuals in the organization’s mission. It is this expertise that will empower her to lead Zenith’s new development department to grow revenue and capitalize on philanthropic investment opportunities.
Ms. Sarver-Bodoh holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of the Institute for Executive Director Leadership at the University of St. Thomas.
MARTIN SCANLON – Chief Financial Officer of ECMC Group
In August 2018, Martin Scanlon became the chief financial officer (CFO) for ECMC Group. His responsibilities include treasury, internal and external financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, financial operations, tax, budgeting, and business development, including mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Scanlon has more than 20 years of experience leading high-growth businesses, including multiple Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and consumer finance firms. He has effectively led and managed a full spectrum of disciplines including finance, accounting, business services, operations, human resources, product management, sales and marketing.
Previously, he was the senior vice president of finance and CFO of ECMC, where he is responsible for finance across both our guarantor (ECMC) and career and technical education (Zenith) business lines. He also served as the president and chief executive officer of ECMC Holdings, where he was responsible for ensuring continuous improvement to sustain operational excellence, as well as pursuing revenue diversification opportunities through investment or acquisition in other companies.
Prior to joining ECMC, Mr. Scanlon was CFO at EdFund, and held senior positions at the consumer finance firms Washington Mutual and Sallie Mae. As CFO at EdFund, he led and was responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, business operations and human resources. He also directed and managed EdFund’s strategic planning, company-wide performance measurement, research, financial, and business activities. As vice president and national manager at Washington Mutual, he led the Student Relationships and Education Lending division. He also served as vice president of finance for Student Loan Finance Association, an education credit division of Sallie Mae.
Some key accomplishments include: managing the finance division at the largest student loan secondary market in the Northwest during a period of 500 percent asset growth and 300 percent annual revenue growth; administering the issuance and management of $1.7 billion in education loan revenue bonds; managing a $100 million line of credit to purchase student loan portfolios; and guiding financial transactions during the mergers and acquisitions of a $100 million student loan servicing company, as well as a $120 million student loan finance company.
SARAH STREHL – Chief Human Resources Officer of ECMC Group
Sarah Strehl joined ECMC Group in May 2015 as senior vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). In this capacity, Ms. Strehl is responsible for the human resources function and people-related processes, policies, and decisions for ECMC Group and its subsidiaries.
Prior to joining ECMC Group, Ms. Strehl was vice president of human resources in the for-profit higher education industry for several years. From 1998 to 2012, she served in various human resources roles at Cargill, Inc., including enterprise human resources leader, organization effectiveness practice leader, human resources process leader and human resources generalist.
Ms. Strehl has more than 18 years’ experience in human resources, with more than 14 years in a leadership position. She leads with energy—creating an environment that enables individuals to fully utilize their talents to execute against the company’s mission and drive value for the organization.
JACOB KASSUBA – Executive Director
Jacob Kassuba is the executive director of Zenith Education Group and is responsible for campus operations for the three Altierus Career College campuses. Previously, Mr. Kassuba was the executive director at the Chesapeake, Virginia, campus, with responsibility for the campuses in Chesapeake, Virginia; Woodbridge, New Jersey; South Plainfield, New Jersey; and Southfield, Michigan. His leadership focus has been building efficiencies, driving outcomes and developing teams for student-centered educational environments.
Prior to joining Zenith in February 2015, he had more than 13 years of higher education experience in multiple markets throughout the country. His previous roles have included instructor, program chair, associate director of education, director of education and campus president. Additionally, Mr. Kassuba spent four years at his alma mater as an instructor, tutor and counselor with TRIO Upward Bound, which serves high school students from low-income families and high school students pursuing a path to become first-generation college graduates.
Mr. Kassuba holds an MBA from Cornerstone University and a BS in health sciences from Grand Valley State University.