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 and Zenith Education Group, where he leads a passionate team committed to closing the nation’s skills gap, improving student loan repayment, and increasing college access and completion. Mr. Wheaton has dedicated his 20-plus-year career to building respected institutions within postsecondary and pre-K–12 education, 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.
Tom O'Donnell – Senior Vice President, Operations
Tom O’Donnell is the senior vice president of operations for Zenith Education Group. 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, curriculum, academic technology, 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, 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 (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.
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 – 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, 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 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. 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.