We're Driven by
That all individuals have equal access to high-value career pathways leading to economic mobility.
We work regionally and in states to connect education, certification and training providers, and, opportunity seekers to employers, filling in-demand jobs and careers.
Outcomes with an Impact
Every individual has a lifelong, marketable and inclusive profile that showcases earned skills and workforce experiences, leading to employment opportunities and job placement
Diverse student and talent pipelines are created and sustained by connecting education and career pathways with companies and open jobs
Data-backed education and employment results that measure actual individual job placement
About Our Company
GoEducate is an Austin, TX - based Opportunity Technology company redefining the way people make education decisions and how companies find relevant talent.
Our company and platform were created to ensure everyone has equal access to education and life-changing career opportunities.
The GoEducate team has decades of combined success building and scaling businesses and education technology, with deep experience in platform development, engineering and product marketing in consumer, institution and government agency verticals.
We've assembled a powerhouse team to
transform the education-to-employment market
CEO & Founder
Eric is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur with over three decades of experience in bringing to the global marketplace large scale telecommunications infrastructure and next-generation Internet technologies that have translated into several innovative products and solutions.
Eric has held key leadership roles at various multinational telecommunications and data networking equipment manufacturers. He spent the majority of his technical career advancing the wireless communications industry, where he introduced several state-of-the-art communications platforms to the world, including the launch of the first GSM digital cellular network and made the first digital cellular mobile call within the United States. In addition, he spearheaded the product development and deployment of a highly-scalable digital communications platform supporting an entire wireless network in a single enclosure, primarily aimed at international rural markets in developing regions, and specialty vertical applications. His focus and work has brought wireless communications to over 75 countries and used by millions of people around the world.
Eric was the recipient of the 2013 "Innovator & Entrepreneur of the year" award by I&E Society and Modern Renaissance Corporation. The award was in recognition of an inventive mindset, ingenious design and innovative framework for ‘SONO’; a collaboration and knowledge management platform that promotes the harnessing and sharing of knowledge.
Chief Marketing Officer
Tim Johnson is a marketing, design and creative strategist who built his career in Seoul, South Korea. Through continuous learning, listening and leaning into the needs of the Asian market, Tim led award-winning marketing, brand and global advertising initiatives for brands including Samsung, Hyundai, Google, YouTube Red, Porsche, HP, Microsoft, Gore-Tex and Oakley.
Prior to joining GoEducate, Tim served as the Creative Operations Director for Compass, real estate’s premier and tech-focused brokerage that recently went public in June 2021.
Director of Business Partnerships and Implementation
John Hadad is a Product and Implementation specialist with a passion for building and delivering solutions-oriented Education technology. Driven by a commitment to expanding access to educational opportunities and career advancement, John has consulted on the development and adoption of technology solutions aimed at removing barriers and inefficiencies. In addition to his Education technology, John has a background in Human Capital Management and Talent Acquisition.
Prior to joining GoEducate, John led Product development and implementations for multiple statewide initiatives under the California Community College Chancellor's Office.
Jeff is an accomplished senior manager and software engineer. Jeff has been building and deploying complex cloud-based systems for over 20 years. Jeff is the technical director for the GoEducate platform and has led the development and coordination with the overseas technical team utilizing Jira and Agile Project Management to coordinate the system development and delivery. Jeff managed and developed the GoHubbs.com collaboration system which enhances the GoPathways platform to allow users to enhance their learning journey by sharing information and ideas.
Jeff has a BS degree in Computer Science Engineering from Arizona State University.
Gordon Freedman helped evolve the fields of education technology and online learning and is now an advocate for broad-based change across the K-to-Career spectrum. Freedman is President of the National Laboratory for Education Transformation (www.NLET.org), a California-based research and development nonprofit committed to transformational change in K12 and workforce development. Freedman is also managing director of Knowledge Base, LLC, a consulting firm established in 1998 to provide services to institutions, publishers and education technology start-ups.
Freedman formerly served as Vice President Global Education Strategy, Blackboard Inc, during its growth from 100 million dollar in annual revenue, to going public, to its exit at 1.4 billion dollars. During his tenure, Freedman traveled to 19 countries examining learning models and policy strategies, launched the Blackboard Institute and provided thought leadership for the company globally. He was part of the start-up of California State University Monterey Bay, the dot-com portal HungryMinds, the Prometheus Learning Management System at George Washington University, and recently the Precision Institute at National University. Freedman’s early career was in government, media and film.
Product and Client Success Manager
Having started his educational journey at a community college, Brandon has experienced firsthand the challenges that come with navigating the education system. This experience was oftentimes frustrating and confusing; he knew there had to be a better way. Going through this has fueled his passion to help others have a better experience obtaining their degree.
At GoEducate, Brandon ensures all technical requirements meet business needs and all issues are addressed before the system goes live. Brandon has a BS degree in Business Management from Sacramento State University
Having been raised all over the world, Jade offers a unique perspective on the current education system in various countries and cultures, and the universal challenges it presents. She has first hand experiences trying to bridge the gap between languages and cultures to education and employment. Jade has over a decade of experience in executive administrative assistance and management and excels in organization of information.
At GoEducate, Jade manages courses and pathway intake of school programs for our system to prepare as skills level data, ready to link to learners or employers.
Stephanie Caruso manages the business office for GoEducate, Inc. Stephanie is assisting Go Educate with the state organization processes and contracts as the business grows. With a background in accounting and financial management in the application development, non-profit education, real estate development and retail sectors, she manages the back office for GoEducate, Inc. as it grows into a global business.
Prior positions included National Account Director at Brooks Fiber and Services Marketing Specialist at IBM, both quite rewarding as they were developing new markets and services nationwide. Stephanie also enjoyed a change in direction to implement Blackbaud at in a private school where the financial side of education was balanced with the rewards of helping students in need succeed.
As owner and operator of Caruso Family Vineyards, Stephanie has a passion for growth of the family business as well as small business. Current additional ventures include Caruso Consulting and managing commercial office space.
Shah S. Ardalan, Ed.D.
President, Lone Star College-University Park
Dr. Shah Ardalan has invested over 30 years in executive and pivotal roles in global corporations, distinguished universities, and prominent community colleges in North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas.
Ardalan joined Lone Star College System as Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in January 2008 and was named Lone Star College-University Park’s founding President in 2012.
Ardalan is considered one of the nation’s top technology and higher education visionaries recognized for impactful innovation through inclusion and building high performing teams to advance socio-economic mobility.
Ardalan is grateful to have developed many leaders and honored to have served over 800,000 students as an Instructor, Research Associate, Director of Business Development, Associate Vice President, Special Assistant to President, Vice President, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Vice Chancellor, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and College President.
Ardalan volunteers for many community, nonprofit, and professional organizations. His contributions to technology, education, students, and workforce are mentioned in over 100 national and international articles, case studies, books, and conferences.
Ardalan’s academic credentials include a Doctoral degree in Community College Leadership, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. He also holds multiple diplomas and certificates from University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Harvard University.
Strategic Consultant & Advisor
A. Kanish is a tech entrepreneur, writer and speaker.
Kanish is Founder & CYO of Clapself, a media technology startup company. Earlier, Kanish co-founded and led multiple ventures offering innovative software solutions including a patented technology that was acquired by Google. His last venture offered a patent-pending software testing automation solution that was acquired by a software services company in 2016. Recently, Kanish published his debut book, You Are The Source.
Kanish serves GoEducate as Advisor and Consultant guiding the company as it transitions from early stage to growth stage.
Rod Johnson through RBJohnson Investments has been the primary venture capitalist for the founding and product development of the GoEducate brand and products. Rod serves on the Board of Directors and provides direction and advice as GoEducate navigates the challenges of a new company and product launching.
Rod is committed to propelling GoEducate to the educational “frontlines” offering K-12 and post-secondary students and educational institutions the tools to propel students into the job marketplace.
Rod’s interest in post-secondary student success was the connection point with GoEducate’s founder, Eric Kmiec in 2015. Together they discussed how educational trends were not meeting the needs of the student. In particular, how the education process was leaving many students disillusioned resulting in low graduation rates and low upward mobility success rates. Rod offered the start-up company office space and became the primary investor.
Rod Johnson, now retired, had been involved in commercial property development for over 30 years and participated in the development of over ten million square feet of commercial projects and land development throughout the United States.
Rod co-founded Capital Partner Development Company, LLC. Capital Partners developed over six million square feet of commercial, office and industrial projects.
Rod received his BA and MBA from California State University, Chico and was a licensed CPA and California Real Estate Broker.
Strategic Consultant, Data Scientist
Yustina has been on a quest for connecting people with opportunity for over 20 years. Her life goal is to help people and organizations unlock their unique niches and then find and be found by their perfect matches. Yustina’s journey started in 2006 when she became the Labor Market Information Director for the New Jersey Department of Labor overseeing all federally mandated employment, unemployment, and census programs. Yustina spearheaded the rapid reemployment response efforts for the NJ Department of Labor.
Realizing that traditional labor market information would not provide answers on where the jobs are and where regional workforce agencies could focus their training and workforce resources, Yustina created and deployed the first real time labor demand/supply tool in USA, called NJ Real Time Jobs in Demand. Later, she became an advisor to many other state labor market information offices to replicate the model. Yustina was then tapped to found the analytics division for Burning Glass, where she created skills, occupation, and education taxonomies, and a wide array of labor market, workforce, and education products. At Emsi, Yustina created the ‘intel chip’ of skill-based hiring, career pathing, and precision training that powered a wide array hiring, regional planning, and education analytics products. As the Chief Product and Analytics Officer for ProFinda, Yustina leads all product, tech, and R&D teams tasked to build a workforce optimization platform that aligns the mission of the business with the desires of the workforce.
Capitalizing on 15+ years experience leading government and private sector labor market analytics operations, Yustina will help build a robust methodology for connecting the fuzzy dots of learning and work and will help GoEducate build machine learning algorithms that enable a current or prospective student to find hidden pathways possibilities.
Finance & Business Strategist
My philosophy is simple, I add value through excellence and integrity! Managing a company’s strategic and business planning is my expertise. My contribution as a finance and business strategic advisor
is earmarked for their strategic planning needs and prioritizing their long-term performance.
With 20+ years of executive financial management leveraging appropriate strategies with careful market research to direct financials year over year. My oversight, vision, and leadership assist companies in determining their full potential to deploy optimal strategies to ensure growth both short term and long term.
I have held the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance & Technology positions for nonprofit organizations committed to empowering communities through innovative pathways to success. I have challenged complex business situations to innovate and enhance financial and operational flexibility in support of furthering its mission. During my career I have restructured and rebuilt organizations by deploying progressive disciplined strategies that empowered companies to develop stakeholder relationships, eliminate debt, build reserves for investing, and technology implementation. I have an Executive Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Management both degrees from Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School. With over 25 years of accounting and financial reporting experience, my leadership also integrates specialized skills in government contracting, forecasting and budgeting, market research for startup social enterprise business, debit card services and supporting organizations undergoing major transformations.
My management style is hands-on and decisive, yet flexible. I value, celebrate, and reward creative thinking, initiative, teamwork, commitment, and performance. Capitalizing on the strengths of others, I can consistently transform diverse staff into empowered, smooth-running teams.
GoEducate has a disruptive platform that differentiates itself with an open marketplace that connects all learners and job seekers to career pathways, in-demand skills and workforce opportunities. We have earmarked the collaboration of the valuable benefits for everyday use for individuals. GoEducate has aligned its strategic direction to dominate the job seeker marketplace and help them find the right pathway that leads to success. The platform supports the community with valuable options for economic equity and flexibility to achieve financial freedom.