Imagine America Foundation Adds Three New Board Members

(Washington, D.C.) – The Imagine America Foundation has updated its board of directors, adding three new members to replace departing members:

Christopher M. Cimino
Mr. Cimino serves as Senior Vice President of Nelnet, Inc. He brings 18 years of experience in higher education, with expertise in publishing, online learning, technology and educational finance. In his leadership role, Mr. Cimino is responsible for the overall success of brand asset generation and sales across all of Nelnet, Inc.’s services and products within the career education market.

Mr. Cimino received his B.S. in Economics from Bentley University, a Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management and his MBA from Bentley University McCallum Graduate School.

Patricia Kapper
Patricia Kapper, Ed.D., of Forefront Education, Inc., grew up in a small town in northwestern Wisconsin and received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She began her teaching career in Kenosha, WI, teaching high school and later at a technical college. Over time, she took on various administrative roles in the Wisconsin technical college system, the most recent being that of Dean of Business and Graphic Arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

In addition to her Bachelor’s degree, Ms. Kapper also holds an M.S.T. and an Ed.D. in Adult Education. These credentials prepared her for her role as Dean of Academic Affairs at DeVry. Institute of Technology in Addison, IL, and for her position of Sr. Vice President of Education at Career Education Corporation, a private for-profit system of 81 career colleges around the world.

Piper Jameson
Ms. Jameson brings her experience as Sr. Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Lincoln Educational Services to the boardroom. Her areas of expertise include Internet, e-mail and e-commerce marketing; media buying and placement; and brand identity and loyalty marketing among other talents.

Ms. Piper earned a B.S. in Marketing Business Management from University of Phoenix. Later she received an MBA in Leadership Institute Services from Arizona State University. She is currently studying for her Master’s in Strategic Communication & Leadership at Seton Hall University.

The Imagine America Foundation would like to thank its departing board members for their dedicated service.

Departing members are:

  • Joseph Davis of MedTech College
  • Sabrina Kay of Fremont College
  • Craig Quigley of Lockheed Martin

The Imagine America Foundation (IAF) is currently run by Chairman Jim Gessner, Vice-Chairman Dennis Spisak, Treasurer Russell “Wicker” Freeman and Former Chairman Michael Platt.


About the Imagine America Foundation

The Imagine America Foundation (IAF), established in 1982, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarship, research and training support for the career college sector. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $40 million in scholarship and award support for graduating high school seniors, adult learners and U.S. military veterans attending career colleges nationwide through its award-winning Imagine America® programs. The Foundation also publishes vital research publications for the higher education sector, honors achievement in career education and offers faculty development training. For more information about the Imagine America Foundation’s programs, please visit www.imagine-america.org.