Robin Glenn, MA, LPC, CSC, CAC

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. Her coping skill is humor and friends.

Mac Angell

Co-Founder / Lead Technologist

Mac is a Software Engineer who spent most of his professional career in the education technology space, implementing applications and services supporting millions of students and users. Mac has also built rich user experiences for a variety of educational institutions targeting both mobile and desktop users.

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. Tracie earned her BS in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 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.

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.

Donna Thomas

Director 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.

Lindsay Skaff

Director of Business Operations

Lindsay has six 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 of the company. She is one of the first people you will meet and oversees the employee onboarding experience. Lindsay handles Budgets and formulates strategic and operational objectives to help inform both marketing and sales as well as leadership with analytics and reporting. Lindsay also oversees all of the administrative support including contracts, agreements, registrations, and memberships.
Lindsay has a beautiful "Brady bunch" family, she shares 5 daughters and 1 son with her Fiance. She enjoys hiking in the cooler months in AZ and spending time by the pool in the hot Summers, but most importantly traveling when she can.

Julie Johnston

Regional Partnerships Manager

Julie has over 20 years of sales experience, having spent the last 15 years in educational technology. She brings a wealth of experience in building high-level strategic partnerships. She has previously worked for Thomson, Pearson, Disney and Edmentum.

Brooks Keisler, Ed.S.

Regional Partnerships Manager

Brooks has more than 13 years of experience in business development with school districts across the country. During that time, he established partnerships with educators in more than 40 states by collaboratively building solutions specific to the needs of each district.
Brooks earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication from Georgia Southern University, then completed both a Master of Education degree and an Education Specialist degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia.
In his spare time, Brooks enjoys traveling with his wife and three children, playing golf, and acting.

Kathy Hakes Fastner M.Ed.

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. 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, Kathy 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.

Jessa King

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.

David Norris

Regional Partnerships Manager

David has 21 years of experience in the ed tech industry as well as 7 years in the K-12 classroom. His days in the middle school classroom, years of coaching varsity sports, life lessons learned while raising two amazing daughters, and being a "Teacher at heart", make David a natural fit here at BASE. His everyday goal is to help students and educators find their way through today's social and emotional labyrinth. During his free time, you can find him traveling with his wife, visiting his daughters in Dayton and Colorado Springs, working in the yard, or training his German Shorthaired Pointers.

Steve Ebinger

Regional Partnerships Manager

Steve joins BASE Education with over 10 years of experience collaborating with school districts. Most recently, he was a representative for education industry leaders such as OdysseyWare and Apex where he specialized in serving small/rural schools. He is gifted at crafting partnerships for the small/rural school that are customarily only enjoyed by larger school districts. With a degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and over 20 years coaching high school athletics, Steve has a true passion to see students become successful in class and in life. In his spare time, you can find Steve spending time on the lake in the pontoon with his wife and family of two adult daughters; who have blessed him with 2 beautiful grandkids. When not with family, he can be found on the golf course trying to recapture some of his glory days!

Taylor Kinzer

Regional Partnership 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. Taylor’s passion is people and is a great fit for the BASE culture and team. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, hiking in northern Arizona, DIY projects, and watching football & baseball.

Clay Moore

Exceptional Services Consultant

As a son, grandson & nephew of teachers as well as a former high school teacher, Clay has always felt that educating children is incredibly important. Roughly 20 years ago, he realized that technology tools and curriculum applications could have profound results in the classroom. This led Clay to pursue sales and training positions where I have been blessed to represent some revolutionary Ed Tech companies with solutions that greatly impact K-12 education. His additional interests include exploring new places, experiencing new cultures, as well as experiencing home projects such as outdoor lighting design and gardening. Occasionally you might also find him Kayaking a Texas river, or playing a round of golf. He has two amazing kids, Ryan a junior in High School and Kami a business development manager at a logistics company.

Bre Smith

Systems Support Specialist

Bre Smith joins the BASE Education team to support the end user experience. Her passion for technology, systems and education make her a great addition to the BASE Exceptional services team. Bre joins BASE with 12 years of EdTech experience. As an educator and consultant, Bre oversaw the academic progress of students, developed curriculum and integrated the use of technology to support student learning. As a part of the professional services team for an online curriculum provider, Bre supported schools across the world with the customization and implementation of their online learning experience. Outside of work, Bre is an enthusiastic baker, avid reader and hockey enthusiast.

Bryan Glenn

Co-Founder

Bryan is an experienced technology leader with 22 years experience delivering software, including 15 years of experience with online educational technology. His mother was a lifelong educator so you could say that education runs in his blood. During his free time, you can find him coaching his children's sports teams, reading, and spending time with his family outdoors.

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 course contributor and thought partner with the BASE Team.

Jamie Starkey

Clinical Contributor

Jamie Starkey is the Lead Acupuncturist and Department Manager of the Eastern medicine program at the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine.
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 Raskind

Amy J.G. Raskind, MA, LPC, NBCC

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, Special Ed Director

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.