Our Team

NewPath Learning Management

NewPath Learning’s management team possesses extensive experience in the educational market as well as in the development and management of successful, customer-focused businesses:

Kurt Gelke, President & Co-Founder – Mr. Gelke was most recently the President of Neo/SCI Corporation, a successful startup in the science education market. The company was sold to Delta Education in 2004. Prior to helping to found Neo/SCI, Mr. Gelke was President of Ward’s Natural Science, a leading developer and distributor of science curriculum materials. Mr. Gelke left Ward’s in 1998 after helping sell the company to VWR International. Before joining Ward’s in 1995, Mr. Gelke spent eight years as the Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning for Bush Industries in Jamestown, NY. During Mr. Gelke’s tenure, the company grew from $40 million in annual sales to nearly $500 million. Mr. Gelke is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was awarded a B.S. in Applied Science and Engineering. He also received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Gelke serves as the President of NewPath Learning and is responsible for general management as well as marketing and sales.

George Nassis, Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer – Prior to co-founding NewPath Learning, Mr. Nassis co-cofounded Neo/SCI. At Neo/SCI, Mr. Nassis was responsible for the development of the company’s innovative line of interactive virtual lab software, hands-on lab investigations, as well as a variety of other teaching resources. In addition to the commercial success generated from the 500+ products developed during his tenure, Mr. Nassis’ efforts were widely recognized by the industry for their innovation and quality. His efforts resulted in receipt of the coveted Teacher’s Choice Award as well as the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Furthermore, Mr. Nassis has worked extensively on the development & production of educational programs for a variety of publishers & organizations which include Intel, Pearson; HRW; the Smithsonian Institute; NASA; & the American Chemical Society. Prior to founding Neo/SCI, Mr. Nassis headed product development at Ward’s Science, (currently VWR) where he was responsible for the research, development and production of Ward’s proprietary products. Prior to joining Ward’s, Mr. Nassis worked in research and development at the Bio-products Division of Eastman Kodak. He holds a B.A. in Biology and an M.S.Ed. in Science Education, both from the University of Rochester. Mr. Nassis is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the University of Rochester Warner School of Education and a member of the George Eastman Circle at the University of Rochester. At NewPath, he directs the product development strategy and innovation, as well as shares in general management responsibilities.

Linda Johanneman, Accounting Manager – Ms. Johanneman is an experienced financial professional who graduated Summa cum Laude from St. John Fisher College with a B.S. in Accounting, with a minor in Economics. Linda was awarded the Charles P. Wolfe Accounting Award for excellence in her academics as well as demonstrated qualities of character and integrity. Subsequent to graduation, Ms. Johanneman was a Senior Accountant at Eldredge, Fox & Porretti, LLP. She was later employed by Eastman Kodak as a Financial Reporting Analyst in the Controller’s Office. Most recently, Ms. Johanneman was the Accounting Manager at Flightline Electronics where she received the President’s Award for Excellence. Linda holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant in New York.

Dr. Lynn Gatto, Director of Professional Development – Dr. Gatto taught in Rochester City Schools for 35 years and is known for her highly motivating and innovative teaching methods. As a lead teacher, mentor and professional developer, Lynn’s presentations, workshops and speeches have been widely attended and highly acclaimed at the national, state and local level. Her methods and research have been described in numerous education journals and books. In addition, Lynn has been featured in an hour-long documentary, “A Life Outside” that chronicles six months of life in her classroom. Lynn was the recipient of Disney’s American Teacher Award, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and a Toyota Tapestry Award. In 2004, she was New York State’s Teacher of the Year. Ms. Gatto holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Monmouth College, a M.A. in Special Education from Nazareth College and a PhD from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. In addition to developing and presenting NewPath’s professional development courses, Lynn has also contributed to the company as the author of several of its products.

Cindy Kearns, Marketing Manager – With over 20 years of experience in marketing communications, Ms. Kearns has expertise in a variety of areas including web site design and management, social media, publication layout and design, writing and editing, advertising and public relations, sales support and customer service. Cindy earned her B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to joining NewPath Learning, Cindy was Marketing Director at Jewish Family Service. She has also served as Marketing Director at Al Sigl Center and at several small technology-based companies in the Rochester area. She is involved as a volunteer with several community organizations.

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