About Us

Meet Our Talented Team

We are a ‘people business’ striving to form long-lasting partnerships with those whom we can work (together) with to improve the mental health of students.


We Are BASE Education

Our Team

Robin Glenn LPC, CAC, MAC
CEO / Founder

Robin is an accomplished therapist with over 18 years experience in working with at-risk teens. Robin’s history includes roles as a School-Based Therapy Specialist for at-risk teens, private practice therapist for adolescents and their families, Treatment Coordinator for intensive in/outpatient teen programs, and Research Specialist in clinical trials for adolescents with addictions. While serving in her various roles, Robin served on panels and boards for various teen organizations. She has and continues to train law enforcement, school administrators and faculty, medical professionals, and members of the community through various speaking engagements and seminars on issues pertaining to at-risk youth. Robin earned her MA in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a licensed professional counselor, certified school counselor, and a master addiction counselor. In her free time, Robin spends time with her littles hiking, skiing, and doing anything outdoors.
Coping skills: Humor and friends.

Mac Angell
Co-Founder/Lead Technologist

Mac is a passionate technologist with over 15 years of experience in the Ed Tech space. Having worked for Pearson and Aetna, Mac has built secure applications that are COPPA and HIPAA compliant. He also has designed and implemented many applications and services that have served millions of students and users. Having kids of his own, he knows how much SEL is needed, which motivates him to make BASE the best solution out there. In his free time, Mac enjoys being outdoors, traveling, playing guitar, and playing games with his family.
Coping Skills: Music and the outdoors

Barry Swihart
SVP of Sales

Barry has over 18 years of experience in the ed tech industry. As one of the first 10 employees at OdysseyWare, he helped establish the company as a leading provider of online education across the US. Following the sale of the company in ’19, he enjoyed consulting for other ed tech companies in the industry before joining the BASE team in ’21. With a passion for empowering educators to connect better with their students, he is a natural fit at BASE. During his free time, you can find him spending time with his wife and 3 kids, working in the yard, fly fishing in the AZ mountains, or reading a book on sales.

Coping Skills: Family, humor, sports, and outdoors

Tracie Howerter
Chief Financial Officer

Tracie brings over 20 years of financial experience to BASE Education with leadership roles in a variety of industries such as SaaS, consumer packaged goods, distribution, and automotive. Having raised two young adults who are now in high school and college, she is passionate about kid’s social and emotional well-being. She is fortunate to be able to work with BASE Education to bring their SEL solutions to the forefront to support kid’s unique needs. She and her family (which includes two huge and lovable Shiloh Shepherds) are avid outdoor explorers, and love to ski, hike, paddleboard, camp, and travel.

Coping Skills: Being around her dogs and dancing

Sara Jones
VP of Strategic Operations

Sara brings over a decade of experience scaling startups ranging from SaaS to Supply chain management. She is familiar with rapid growth and listens to what truly drives teams.

She is passionate about implementing strategic procedures and systems while establishing effective operational processes to catalyze business success and culture. During her free time her current interests include traveling and pushing the boundaries of mother nature with her two young boys and husband in beautiful Colorado.
Coping Skills: Gardening and laughing with my kids

Donna Thomas
VP of Exceptional Services

Donna joined the BASE Education team with 25 years of classroom and EdTech experience. As a Teacher, Donna helped at-risk students to reach their best potential. As the Regional V.P. of Professional Development at a leading online education provider, Donna developed systems of Implementation, Customer Support, and Engagement for partner schools across the nation. Donna’s experience with learning management systems and her passion for helping Educators make her a great fit at BASE Education. Outside of work, Donna enjoys spending time with her family, watching her grandchildren grow, and traveling the world.
Coping Skills: Family and travel

Lindsay Bullington
Director of Corporate Culture

Lindsay has 7 years of educational technology experience, previously with Pearson and Odysseyware working in both Sales and Business Operations. She is passionate about mental health and awareness, especially within the youth population. She is responsible for leading the day-to-day core operations and culture of the company. Lindsay has a beautiful “Brady bunch” family, she shares 5 daughters and 1 son with her husband. She enjoys traveling to New England to visit her family when she can and spending time by the pool!
Coping Skills: Spending time with family, hiking, anything comedic, and spa visits when she can.

Jennifer Yamnitz
Marketing Director

Jennifer has a master’s degree in marketing and brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing-related fields to BASE Education. Over the course of her career, she has worked in public relations, creative services, marketing, and brand management.

She also has more than 10 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in building brand awareness and revenue growth. Working in higher ed marketing for eight years, Jennifer became very aware of the mental health struggles and the need for better mental health supports for students of all ages.

Coping Skills: Gardening and experimenting with using native plants and water-wise practices to create a lush-looking yard that’s environmentally friendly in the desert environment where she lives.

Brianna Guarino
Instructional Designer

Brianna joined BASE Education with seven years of classroom and EdTech experience. She began her career as a teacher and soon began partnering with different entities, such as universities, school districts, and non- and for-profit organizations, as an instructional designer. As a teacher, Brianna saw the importance of and found a passion in developing students in ways that curriculum might overlook–specifically their social and emotional skills. In her spare time, you can find Brianna on a rock climbing wall, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking with her two dogs, or traveling with her husband. Coping skills: Rock climbing, spending time in nature, traveling

Micah Reid
Software Engineer

Micah Reid is a software engineer with a passion for mental health care and alternative schooling. They have previously founded a mental health tech startup, and have published research on mental health outcomes of people with acquired disabilities the Journal of Personality. Micah currently resides in the Boston area, and in their free time they like to paint, read, and tend to their many houseplants. Coping Skills: going for long walks, listening to music, and utilizing grounding techniques.

Taylor Kinzer
Regional Partnerships Manager

Taylor has several years of sales experience where he has cultivated positive relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds including executives of Fortune 100 and 500 companies, military personnel, physicians, and professional athletes. As a former professional athlete, he saw how one’s social and emotional wellbeing impacts quality of life and desires to share that story with others. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, hiking in northern Arizona, DIY projects, and watching football & baseball.

Coping Skills: Exercise and spending time with his wife.

Lisa Larsgaard
Regional Partnerships Manager

Lisa brings 16 years of success in educational technology to the company. She is passionate about mental health and has done substantial work with suicide prevention and fundraising. Her interest in ensuring every student and teacher gets the social and emotional support they need brought her to BASE. She is a devoted mom to two daughters who keep her busy as a competitive ‘Dance Mom’ (of the kind sort) and a Samoyed rescue named Harley. Lisa is an avid sports fan (GO Giants, Niners, and Warriors!) and a ‘retired’ athlete. She enjoys hiking, golf, and wine-tasting in her free time. Coping Skills: Puppy Snuggles, Meditation, Friends & Family

Brent Neslon
Regional Partnerships Manager

Brent has over 4 years of experience in the EdTech space. As the husband of a 2nd grade teacher and parent of a daughter who has dealt with anxiety and depression from an early age, he understands how important

Social & Emotional Learning is to student development.
He shares our belief that this learning goes beyond the classroom. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 daughters and their goldendoodle. You will often find he and his family enjoying outdoor activities – camping, mountain biking, hiking and fishing. This could explain why his coping skills are hiking, reading, and spending time at the gym.

Kathy Hakes Fastner
Exceptional Services Consultant

Kathy has more than 21 years of classroom, administration, and EdTech experience. As a special education teacher, she helped students develop a growth mindset. And as a Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator she developed district level (K-12) systems and routines to support PBIS and MTSS. Working as an Educational Consultant for an online provider, she has had the opportunity to partner with over 500 schools across the United States and assist them in developing and strengthening their online, hybrid, and virtual learning programs. Kathy’s passion is to ignite educator’s innovation & creativity that leads to student empowerment in the classroom. When she is not working, you will find Kathy bathing in the outdoors; hiking, skiing, paddling, backpacking, or camping.
Coping Skills: Exercise and outdoors

Jessa Kantner
Exceptional Services Consultant

Jessa has 5 years of education experience as a secondary English teacher. In the classroom, she focused on building relationships with her students to support their academic and social emotional growth. Jessa completed her M.Ed. in Trauma Informed Education in ’21, and she is excited to leverage her knowledge of SEL practices to support educators and their students. In her free time, Jessa enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and biking with her husband and their two dogs. When she’s not outside, you can find her on the couch reading a good book.
Coping Skills: Breathing exercises and taking walks

Bre Smith
Systems Support Specialist

Bre has over 12 years of experience in the Ed Tech space. As an educator and consultant, she oversaw the academic progress of students, developed curriculum and integrated the use of technology to support student learning. As a professional services team member for an online curriculum provider, she supported schools across the world with the customization and implementation of their online learning experience. Her passion for helping educators experience how innovative technology and improved systems can make their life easier makes her a wonderful fit for our Exceptional Services team. Outside of work, Bre is a baking enthusiast, avid reader and hockey fanatic.
Coping Skills: Listening to music, reading and ice skating

Nicole DeGrenier
Exceptional Services Consultant

Nicole has spent the last twenty years impacting student achievement as a teacher and instructional coach by implementing research-based intervention and support programs to help all students grow and achieve. She has worked extensively implementing PBIS and MTSS interventions in K-6 Title 1 schools. Nicole spent 4 years as a EdTech Consultant for an online curriculum provider supporting districts with best practices for online and blended learning models. Student achievement is positively impacted when a student’s social emotional learning is at the forefront. She loves anytime that is spent with family, especially with her granddaughter, walks with her dog and husband, and remodeling their home.
Coping skills: cooking and traveling

Stefanye Britain
Junior Sales Rep

Stefanye brings 10 years of experience in the field of Special Education. As both a program coordinator and teacher, she has worked in self-contained classrooms, inclusion settings and in the Montessori environment.

Stefanye specializes in behavioral health and the social emotional well-being of students in grades K-8 where she has implemented social and emotional curriculums focusing on the whole child. Stefanye has taught in districts across 5 states working in both urban and suburban settings. In her free time, Stefanye enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and two boys.

Coping skills: walking outdoors and cooking

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Elizabeth Johnston
Exceptional Services Consultant

Elizabeth has over 13 years experience in teaching, curriculum development, faculty support, and student advising. She has experience in guiding college students through academic, personal, and career challenges on their path to graduation.

She has also helped in developing classroom strategies to meet the academic and emotional needs of students. In her free time, you’ll find her with family and friends, exploring new places, or enjoying the outdoors with her golden retriever, Doug.
Coping skills: Family, reading, travel, and kickboxing

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Sarah Dean
Junior Sales Rep

Sarah has 14 years of experience in the field of public education working as a school psychologist. Sarah has specialized in assessing students’ academic, social, and cognitive needs and collaborating with

other professionals and parents to optimize each child’s learning environment.
Sarah has also served on district and school MTSS/PBIS teams to improve intervention supports for both academics and behavior.
When she is not working, Sarah loves spending time with her husband and three children, running, and watching her kids play sports. She has also enjoyed being a Girls on the Run Coach.
Coping skills: running, meet-ups with friends, and listening to podcasts.

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Tiffany Ekpete
Regional Partnerships Manager

Tiffany is a former educator with over 18 years of experience in the classroom, having taught all content for grade levels PK-8th. On top of her teaching experience, Tiffany also has four years of administrative experience as well as two years in the EdTech industry.

She has helped students reach their academic potential through the implementation of social and emotional learning and allowing it to drive student learning in the classroom.As a mother of a very vocal and intelligent (almost) tween, Tiffany has seen the positive impact that social emotional learning has on every aspect of a child’s life. She has made it her mission to afford children the opportunity to take pride in themselves while experiencing success. Tiffany feels fortunate to be able to work at BASE because of their shared mission. She wants to help others get through the rough times, and the healthy times.

Coping Skills: crafting, designing, sports, and spending quality time with family

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Alan Perez
Marketing Specialist

Alan has 6 years of experience in the classroom, having taught psychology in high school, he has seen first hand the positive impact SEL has on students. He is now bringing his experience in sales and marketing to the EdTech space in hopes of helping students and teachers cope with the various challenges they are facing.

 He is a dad of two boys and husband to a loving wife who means the world to him. Alan is a former professional and college soccer player who now dedicates his time to writing articles, and hosts a podcast on the sport. If he is not spending time with family he is training for his first triathlon.

Coping Skills: Church, Family, Exercising, Therapy

Our Clinical Contributors

Dr. Kellie Kirksey
Clinical Contributor

Dr. Kellie holds her Ph.D. in Psychology and Counselor Education from The Ohio State University. She is the founder of Creative Wellness Solutions, a practice that specializes in healing. Dr. Kellie has worked with Cuban Refugees and completed her Master’s degree from The Ohio State University in Spanish and Rehabilitation Counseling. She is also a tenured professor of counselor education at Malone University where she began her collaboration with Dr. Gerald Corey both editing and contributing to his books: The Case Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy and Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy 10th edition. Dr. Kellie is a content contributor and thought partner with the BASE Team.

Jaime Starkey
Clinical Contributor

Jamie Starkey was the Lead Acupuncturist and Department Manager of the Eastern medicine program at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, where she worked for 23 years. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Toledo, and a Master’s level degree in Acupuncture from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. Jamie is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio as an acupuncturist. She pursued and completed an advanced clinical internship in the Acupuncture and Moxibustion Outpatient Department at Guang’anmen Hospital in Beijing China, which is an affiliate institution of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
With over 20 years of hospital experience, Jamie’s holistic approaches are a true addition to the BASE courses. Her lens on healing and trauma-informed processes helps students from diverse backgrounds to connect with and feel safe within the BASE platform.

Amy J.G. Raskind
Clinical Contributor

Amy J.G. Raskind is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has spent the last 20 years counseling children and adolescents in both public and private schools. Amy is an accomplished academic and practitioner. Upon completing her graduate work, Amy worked for Denver Public Schools at the elementary level implementing a Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in response to rising concerns about youth violence, substance abuse, and school safety. Amy has spent the last 16 years working as the school counselor at an elite boarding school in Connecticut. During her tenure, she has counseled and consulted with thousands of adolescents, their families, and administration created comprehensive wellness and counseling curricula and taught wellness to students of all ages. When she’s not working, Amy is constantly on the go with her family as chief chauffer and home engineer or training for her next Spartan race or triathlon.

Barb Taylor
Clinical Contributor

Barb has been working in the special education field since 1986. The majority of her time has been in residential, day treatment, hospital and juvenile justice settings with a brief period of time as a special education teacher in the public school setting. Barb has taught Sped 101 at the college level and has successfully coached teachers through understanding special education foundations and pillars in order to pass the PLACE test. In May 2010, a colleague and Ms. Taylor opened up their own business (PALS4Ed) to assist residential, day treatment and juvenile justice schools with their special education needs and helping to design sustainable education systems.

Recently, PALS4Ed conducted a school audit for a charter school, starting with the enrollment process, RtI, 504, IEPs and the systems in use.Barb has assisted with writing successful grants for juvenile justice schools and recruiting paraprofessionals. Barb enjoys assessing new students as they come into schools, working with new educators and speaking to small groups. She is a lifelong learner and enjoys living in Colorado.


All of Our Modules are Designated by CASEL & Evidence Based

We’re proud to be one of the first online SEL platforms to join the list of CASEL Program Guide for Effective Social Emotional Learning Programs.

Our goal is to make SEL easy to implement whether you’re online or in a blended learning environment. So, how did we make it into the elite list of programs?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has been reviewing evidence-based SEL programs since 2003. BASE Education meets CASEL’s SEL-related designation and is included in the CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs as an innovative program on educational practice that is aligned with social and emotional learning and can contribute to systemic SEL implementation at the school or district level.

In the words of CASEL, we also meet two other important criteria.

Deliver high-quality training and other implementation supports, including initial training and ongoing support to ensure sound implementation.

Are evidence-based with at least one carefully conducted evaluation that documents positive impacts on student behavior and/or academic performance.

That evidence-based part is critical. When we started BASE Education, we knew we had to do more than check a box for schools. We had to offer a solution that actually makes a difference, and we’re proud to be a CASEL designated program.

Learn More About CASEL Learn more about how CASEL evaluates social emotional learning programs. Their systemic approach to evaluating programs is what makes CASEL the gold standard for selecting your next SEL program.

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