Board of Directors

Imagine America Foundation Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN — Tracy Kreikemeier

As Chief Relationship Officer for EducationDynamics, Tracy works with our incredible team to drive enrollment growth for schools. She helps develop strategy and drive performance to ensure our college and university partners exceed enrollment goals. With almost 20 years of education marketing experience, Tracy has been an integral part in the continued evolution of education marketing strategy. Tracy enjoys sharing what she has learned with the higher education community, and is a regular speaker at higher education and marketing conferences, including conferences hosted by UPCEA and the American Marketing Association.

Tracy also supports and leads EducationDynamics’ efforts to find and acquire new college and university clients through her leadership of corporate marketing strategies and business development initiatives.

Tracy has a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas.

PAST CHAIRMAN — Daniel Levinson

Levinson began his career as an audio instructor in the audio and video department at The Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Levinson has held a number of executive management positions in both administration and education with The Art Institutes, providing strategic direction and leadership to students and faculty while maintaining campus growth. Previous positions with The Art Institutes include group vice president, where he oversaw 12 campuses and played a key strategic role in both expansion and additions of new campus locations, as well as president at both The Art Institute of California, Orange County; and The Art Institute of California, San Diego. Additionally, Levinson spent five years as the dean of education at The Art Institute of Phoenix.

Levinson holds a master of education in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor of music in music composition from Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts.


Christopher M. Cimino

C.M. Cimino Holdings LLC
Falmouth, Maine

Mr. Cimino serves as Executive Vice President for C.M. Cimino Realty Inc. He is responsible for the oversight of the portfolio of Section 8 elderly housing units owned and operated by the firm. Mr. Cimino also directs activities around the acquisition of elderly housing units for the Cimino portfolio.

In 2012 Mr. Cimino rejoined the Cimino real estate and construction companies after two decades within the higher education sector. His career in higher education includes work for Forbes Magazine, Pearson Education, Nelnet Inc., as well as various software and technology companies focused on serving the for-profit and not-for-profit education markets.

Mr. Cimino has over 25 years of management and board expertise. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for JMG, Vice President of the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and on the Board of Trustees of Maine Medical Center. He also serves on the board of directors for the Imagine America Foundation.

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.

Cimino resides in Falmouth, Maine, with his wife and three children


Robert L. Martin
Imagine America Foundation
Reston, Virginia

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, Martin earned appointment to president and CEO.

Through Martin's leadership, the nonprofit 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 400 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 $130 million in scholarship and award support to hundreds of thousands of graduating high school seniors, adult learners and U.S. military veterans attending career colleges nationwide.  In 2011 the Foundation launched its financial literacy tool, Financial Planning Made Simple, and has also had thousands of applicants complete the program and benefit from the advice provided.
Before joining the Foundation, 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, Martin attained senior positions at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as the vice president and 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 more than 3,000 state and local chambers of commerce nationwide. Martin also worked extensively with senior officials at the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, as well as the White House and other leading business and trade associations. He directed all research and public policy activities in these areas.
In addition, 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.
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.

Roger Becker

Oakland, California
Roger Becker is the founder and president of Becker Media, a full-service advertising agency serving colleges and universities exclusively since 2001 with offices in California and Maryland. Becker has published articles and spoken on the importance of brand development and lead generation for schools since joining the industry. Before specializing in schools, Becker worked with retail advertising accounts in his home state of Ohio and in California, where he relocated in his mid-20s. Roger lives in Alameda, California, with his wife and two children.

Steven M. Blicht

 Melville, New York
As Chief Executive Officer and a founder of Ambassador Education Solutions, Steven stands as a leader in the course materials industry and a champion for affordable and accessible course materials, driving down costs for schools and students alike. Forging key relationships with academic leaders, he has built Ambassador into a reputable and scaled enterprise with a vested interest in its clients’ operations and their students’ success. Under his vision, Ambassador has expanded its technology footprint and evolved its service models and offerings, collaborating and customizing not only for today, but also evolving for the future. Previously, Steven practiced law at a prominent law firm specializing in corporate and commercial matters. Steven graduated from Hofstra Law School and is admitted to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey and Florida.

Edward Chairvolotti
President and CEO, MBA, CEFEX
Chairvolotti Financial
Winter Park, Florida

Edward Chairvolotti holds FINRA Series 7, 24,63 and 66 licenses through LPL Financial and is certified by the Center for Fiduciary Excellence. He is approved by LPL Financial to act as your Retirement Plan 3(38) ERISA Fiduciary Investment Manager. Edward recieved a BSBA in Finance from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He was recently named one of Financial Times Top Financial Advisers of 2016 and Plan Adviser’s 2017 Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers.

Danny Finuf
Salem Education LLC
Salem, West Virginia

Danny Finuf serves as CEO of Salem Education LLC, which currently consists of Salem University, Salem International University and Schiller International University. Before accepting the position at Salem, Finuf was president and CEO of Brown Mackie College. Prior to his appointment as president of Brown Mackie College, Finuf served as group vice president, regional vice president and regional campus president. He also previously served as vice president of administrative services for Spartan College of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Russell "Wicker" Freeman

Chicago, Illinois

Russell has been actively involved in Postsecondary education for 32 years. Prior to joining the Imagine America Foundation (IAF) board, Russell served on the Career Education Colleges and Universities(CECU) board of directors from 1995 to 2001 where he served as a member or Chairman of many committees including Litigation, Membership, Awards, Skills 200 (grassroots lobbying efforts).

Russell also is a member of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois’ board of directors.  He has served on this board since 2003.  He is a second generation owner of Coyne College which his father, John purchased in 1974.

Bruce Leftwich

Leftwich Public Policy LLC

Washington, D.C.

Leftwich Public Policy LLC's primary purpose is to deliver high-quality strategic policy recommendations both in appearance and content. The firm's 25 years of experience in public policy and relationship development offer clients effective results, as the firm has unmatched experience working on issues in Congress for organizations large and small, for-profit and nonprofit. Leftwich PP LLC listens to clients and implements action plans to achieve each client's goals.

Timothy McMahon

President and COO
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tim McMahon is president and chief operating officer of the Triangle Tech Group with corporate offices in Pittsburgh. McMahon is responsible for directing all operations of the corporation, including its six ACCSC-accredited, degree-granting technical schools that are located in Pittsburgh, Erie, Greensburg, DuBois, Sunbury and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

David Neal


Collegiate Housing Services

Indianapolis, Indiana

David Neal is president and co-owner of Collegiate Housing Services (CHS) headquartered in Indianapolis, IN.  CHS specializes in developing & managing student housing programs for career and community colleges.  Since its founding in 1988, CHS has implemented student housing programs for over 125 college campuses across the country.    The company also specializes in corporate/executive stay lodging.

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