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.
Todd Steele, President, ECMC Education
As president of ECMC Education, Todd Steele leads all operational and development activities for ECMC Education. Such activities reflect a technology-driven approach to career and technical education, encompassing new program development, program delivery methodologies and modalities, and student services. Additionally, he leads ECMC Education's burgeoning employee partners initiative, in which partnerships holistically address specific employer talent gaps and improve students' educational return on investment.
Mr. Steele brings decades of experience as a postsecondary executive leader. Previously, Mr. Steele served as chief executive officer at Tribeca Flashpoint College, where he led the transformation of the former media arts academy into a four-year college. During his tenure, he helped the organization achieve impressive results in career services and industry partnerships, new degree program offerings and student enrollment. Mr. Steele also has significant experience acquiring, building and transforming postsecondary educational institutions and educational service businesses in the United States and abroad in a manner that has enhanced both institutional and student success.
Mr. Steele holds a master of business administration in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree in economics from Northwestern University.
Tom O'Donnell – Senior Vice President, Operations
Tom O’Donnell is the senior vice president of operations for ECMC Education. Mr. O’Donnell is responsible for all operational areas of ECMC Education, including the campuses, as well as a small, centralized campus support team comprising financial aid, curriculum, academic technology, registrar, admissions and marketing. He joined ECMC Education in March 2016.
Prior to joining ECMC Education, 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, 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.
Martin Scanlon – Chief Financial Officer, 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 (ECMC Education) 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.
Sarah Strehl – Chief Human Resources Officer, ECMC Group
Sarah Strehl joined ECMC Group in May 2015 as 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. Ms. Strehl serves on the HR Committee of the board of directors for the Jeremiah Program.
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 20 years’ experience in human resources, with more than 16 years in a leadership position. She leads with energy—creating an environment that enables individuals to fully use their talents to execute against the company’s mission and drive value for the organization.
Jacob Kassuba – Vice President, Campus Operations
Jacob Kassuba is the Vice President, Campus Operations for ECMC Education 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, Virginia; South Plainfield, New Jersey; and Southfield, Michigan. His leadership focus has been building efficiencies, driving outcomes and developing teams for student-centered educational environments. He has led and created a diverse array of projects and initiatives within his school groups around compliance, leadership, accreditation, outcomes, community partnership, enrollment, faculty development and student success.
Prior to joining ECMC Education 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. Being both a first-generation college student and graduate, Mr. Kassuba is especially passionate about what education can do to change an individual's circumstances.
Mr. Kassuba holds an MBA from Cornerstone University and a BS in health sciences from Grand Valley State University.