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.

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

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

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.

Coping Skills: Family and travel

Lindsay Bullington

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. Lindsay has a beautiful "Brady bunch" family, she shares 5 daughters and 1 son with her husband. She enjoys hiking in the cooler months in Arizona and spending time by the pool in the hot summers, but most importantly traveling when she can.

Brooks Keisler, Ed.S.

Regional Partnerships Manager

Brooks has more than 13 years of experience in business development with school districts across the country. His love for working with educators across the country, led him to earning multiple degrees in Learning, Design, and Technology to better assist educators in implementing solutions that are new and innovative. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife and three children, playing golf, and acting.

Coping Skills: Playing golf, walks with his wife, and writing stories with his kids

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. 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

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.

Coping Skills: Comedy, cooking, and mowing grass

Steve Ebinger

Regional Partnerships Manager

Steve has over 10 years of experience collaborating with school districts. As 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 customarily only enjoyed by larger school districts. He has developed a passion to see students become successful in class and in life. In his spare time, you can find him 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!

Coping Skills: Playing golf and spending time with family

Clay Moore

Regional Partnerships Manager

Clay has over 20 years experience in education, both as a teacher and a solution provider. As a teacher he saw how technology could have profound results in his classroom. This experience developed a desire to have a greater impact. He has been blessed to fulfill that desire as a sales and/or training specialist with some of the most revolutionary Ed Tech companies in the space. When he's not making a difference in the classroom, you may also find him kayaking a Texas river, or playing a round of golf with any one of his two amazing kids.

Coping Skills: Relaxing in his backyard oasis with his two dogs

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 college-level 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

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 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 an enthusiastic baker, avid reader and hockey enthusiast.

Coping Skills: Music and ice skating

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 are going for long walks, listening to music, and utilizing grounding techniques.

Nicole DeGrenier, M.Ed

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

Brianna Guarino

Learning and Development Specialist

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

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 Nelson

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.

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.