President & Staff
Robert L. Martin
President, Imagine America Foundation
Robert L. Martin was appointed President of the Imagine America Foundation in March 2006. The Foundation, which is the preeminent scholarship provider and research-funding organization for the career education sector, came under his direction in 1999 when it was then known as the Career Training Foundation. As the Foundation began to increase its operations and responsibilities, Mr. Martin earned eventual appointment to President.
Through Mr. Martin's leadership, the non-profit organization has become its own influential organization in the career college realm. Once the in-house research body under the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), the Foundation has considerably expanded its member schools and charitable donors and has established its own identity as an independent organization. Today, the Foundation supports more than 550 career college members across the United States and Puerto Rico. The Foundation, through financial support from the 21st Century Workforce Fund, has initiated research studies focused on the impact of career colleges, their role in meeting the nation’s current skilled-worker shortage and other broad public policy issues facing the higher education sector. The Foundation has also provided more than $50 million in scholarship and award support for graduating high school seniors, adult learners and U.S. military veterans attending career colleges nationwide.
Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Martin was an independent consultant serving both public- and private-sector clients. He assisted with government relations, marketing and business development service initiatives for national trade associations, major textbook publishers, educational software developers, computer hardware manufacturers and Internet service providers.
Prior to his consulting work, Mr. Martin attained senior positions at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as the Vice President/Executive Director of the Center for Workforce Preparation. His involvement led the Chamber to create the Center and develop a national outreach program that now serves the more than 3,000 state and local chambers of commerce nationwide. Mr. Martin also worked extensively with senior-level officials at the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, as well as the White House and other leading business/trade associations. He directed all research and public policy activities in these areas.
In addition, Mr. Martin was selected to serve on the personal staff of Congressman Robert W. Daniel of Virginia. He also spent five years in state government: three working for the governor's office in the State of Indiana directing state manpower programs and two as a senior staff associate at the National Governors Association in Washington.
Mr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master's of Public Administration from Indiana University.
Student Services Representative
Lee Doubleday is the Student Services Representative. Lee is responsible for guiding applicants through the Imagine America High School Scholarship Program, Military Award Program (MAP) and the Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP), which helps more than 20,000 students a year with tuition assistance.
In addition to working with students, Doubleday is responsible for assisting the more than 850 career schools and colleges and 16,000 high school advisors, participating in the Scholarship and Award Programs.
Lee has recently graduated with a B.S. Degree from Radford University, in May 2012. Before joining the Imagine America Foundation, Lee had held several customer service positions.
Director of Communications
Jenny Faubert has six years’ experience in the career education sector and currently serves as the Imagine America Foundation’s Director of Communications. Jenny is responsible for developing new projects such as Imagine America Foundation’s Financial Planning Made Simple and the Student Success Zone. As the Director of Communications, Jenny also oversees the Foundation’s website, marketing, PR, and publications including the Imagine America Foundation's annual Fact Book.
Previously, Jenny served as a production assistant on the National Geographic Society's web site. While there, Jenny did research, collected data, and wrote captions for the photo of the day. Additionally, she managed the education guide page, which was updated weekly. Jenny has also worked as an editorial assistant on Voyageur magazine and as a researcher for a National Science Foundation Grant.
Jenny holds a B.A. in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Patricia Gallagher (Patty)
Executive Assistant to the President
Patty is the executive assistant to the President of the Foundation. She is essential in organizing the President’s schedule and travel, collaborating with the staff on coordinating and planning of events and projects, updating and managing the President’s mail and phone inquiries, preparing materials for board and committee meetings, and seeing to the everyday administrative duties for the President of the Foundation.
Patty comes from 14 years of experience as an assistant to the Pro where she managed events and activities for a Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.
Patty is the mother of three grown sons and lives in Rockville with her husband.
Chief Financial Officer
Milt Girdner joined the Imagine America Foundation and Career College Association in January 2004 as the Chief Financial Officer for both organizations.
Prior to coming to IAF/CCA, Milt served as Vice President, Finance and Administration for the Footwear Industries of America for sixteen years. He has also held senior financial positions at the Association of School Business Officials International, National Glass Association and National Grocers Association.
Milt holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Originally from Portland Oregon, Milt now lives in Herndon, Virginia, with his wife Linda.
Director of Technology/Operations
Javier Icaza joined the Imagine America Foundation as the Director of Technology/Operations. In this role, he will lead all of IAF's technology initiatives, including developing new web-services and projects, implementing dynamic CRM 4.0, and guiding the strategic direction of technology at IAF.
Most recently, Javier worked as the Network Manager at The Association for Private Sector Colleges and Universities. He has over 13 years of IT experience, primarily in associations and nonprofit organizations. Javier holds a BA in World Politics from The Catholic University of America, and an MA in Latin American Studies from The George Washington University. He is a certified Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator.
Originally from Miami, FL, Javier now lives in Montgomery Village, MD with his wife, 6 year old son, and 1 year old daughter.
Andrea W. Spisak
Director of Strategic Development
Andrea focuses on the development of the Imagine America Foundation scholarship award programs. Andrea is the contact for career colleges that are interested in participating with the Foundation to offer the Imagine America high school scholarship, Military Award Program (MAP) and Adult Skills Education Program (ASAP).
Andrea has extensive experience with the career college sector. Before joining the Imagine America Foundation, she worked for four years as a Regional Sales Manager for Student Resource Services, LLC. In her role she worked with career schools by implementing student retention services and offering resource assistance and training for both the faculty and students. Andrea graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Cheri’s primary responsibility is to retain and strengthen superior relationships with participating career colleges of the Imagine America High School Program, Military Award Program (MAP) and Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP).
Cheri has extensive experience in customer relations. Before joining the Imagine America Foundation, Cheri worked in sales and customer service for several companies.