Imagine America Foundation Elects New Officers for Board of Directors

Washington, DC (July 22, 2008) - The Imagine America Foundation (IAF) today announced the appointment of three officers to its Board of Directors. The new appointments are new Chair Michael Platt, Vice Chair James R. Gessner and Treasurer Dennis Spisak. These officers will lead the board in guiding the research-and scholarship-providing arm for the career college sector throughout the 2008-2009 year as it continues to make vital contributions to postsecondary education and its students.

Michael Platt is the CEO of Adventure Interactive and founder of PlattForm Advertising.  He has provided out-of-the-box marketing and advertising solutions for all types of learning institutions for nearly 20 years.  Michael has been a member of IAF’s board since 2005.

James R. Gessner is the President of Duluth Business University and has been a member of IAF’s Board since 2005. James has been actively involved in postsecondary education for over 30 years.

Dennis Spisak is the VP of Sales, National Sales Manager, for the Career College Division of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Dennis has been a member of IAF’s board since 2006.

"We're delighted with the appointment of Michael, James and Dennis to officer roles on the IAF Board. Their deep professional experiences and passionate commitment to career education bring valuable perspectives to our Board,” said Robert L. Martin, President of IAF.

Other IAF board members include:

  • Joseph Davis, President and CEO of MedTech College
  • Danny Finuf, President of Brown Mackie Colleges
  • Russell T. Freeman, President of Coyne American Institute
  • Sabrina Kay, President and CEO of Fremont College
  • Robert L. Martin, President of Imagine America Foundation
  • Harris N. Miller, President and CEO of Career College Association
  • Craig Quigley, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors (MS2)
  • Keith Zakarin, Lawyer and Partner at Duane Morris, LLP

Full biographical information on each board member is available at www.imagine-america.org.


Contact: Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation President
Phone: (202) 336-6758
E-mail: bobm@imagine-america.org


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 $37 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 .