Leadership
Our executive leadership brings the spirit and tactics of entrepreneurship to the problems—and opportunities—in our nation's system of education.
Dan Fisher, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ECMC Group

Mr. Fisher is the primary legal advisor to the Corporation and affiliates, including its executive management team and board of directors. Mr. Fisher also provides executive oversight to the legal department, compliance department, and several shared services departments. In addition to ensuring the compliance with all laws and regulations, he has been critical in forming ECMC's national bankruptcy litigation strategy. He has argued appeals involving student loan dischargeability standards, due process matters and collection cost issues. He is admitted to practice in most federal appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Fisher also serves as the secretary for the ECMC Group Board of Directors.

Prior to joining ECMC in 2000, Mr. Fisher served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate for six years in Georgia and the Washington, D.C. area, where his primary focus was court-martial litigation.


Jan Hines, President and CEO of ECMC

In her role as president and chief executive officer of ECMC, Ms. Hines is responsible for the management and coordination of all Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) and guaranty agency program activities for ECMC. She also oversees our college access, trainings and outreach activities in the states where ECMC is the designated guarantor. Ms. Hines brings a wealth of operational and tactical experience to her position, including nearly 30 years in higher education finance.

Since 1994, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has asked ECMC to play a critical role in assisting guaranty agencies that wish to exit FFELP. Ms. Hines has worked with the Department and has led the conversion of portfolios from agencies in Virginia, Oregon, Connecticut, California, Tennessee and South Carolina. Each conversion has resulted in a timely transition of resources and uninterrupted services for borrowers, schools, lenders and servicers.

Ms. Hines currently serves on the board of directors of the National Council of Higher Education Resources.


Greg Van Guilder, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer of ECMC Group

Greg Van Guilder is the chief financial officer and chief investment officer for ECMC Group. His responsibilities include treasury, investments, internal and external financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, financial operations, tax, budgeting, and business development, including mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Van Guilder joined ECMC Group in 1994 as a financial analyst and during his tenure has held a number of key leadership positions in finance. From 1987 to 1994, he held a number of positions at the Higher Education Assistance Foundation in finance, information technology and operations.

In 2006, he was promoted to chief financial officer. During his tenure, ECMC Group's revenues have grown and been diversified materially. ECMC Group's financial success over the last 10 years has generated a significant investment portfolio that is used to support the missions of ECMC Foundation and Zenith Education Group.


Peter J. Taylor, President, ECMC Foundation; President and Chief Executive Officer, Zenith Education Group;

Peter J. Taylor became president of ECMC Foundation in May 2014, and president and chief executive officer of Zenith Education Group in August 2016. The Foundation's mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes among underserved populations through evidence-based innovation. The Foundation’s annual grantmaking budget is $30 million, and focuses on teacher and leader development, college success, and career readiness.

Zenith is a nonprofit vocational education organization that offers short-term programs in the allied health, automotive and construction trades. It has nearly 9,000 students and operates 24 locations nationwide, in addition to online programs.

Prior to joining ECMC Foundation, Mr. Taylor spent five years as chief financial officer of the University of California system. As the first CFO in the history of the UC system, Mr. Taylor oversaw financial management for the entire $25 billion institution, which included ten campuses, five academic medical centers and other academic research facilities. He was responsible for $500 million of improved fiscal performance, including cutting more than $450 million in overhead expenses.

Most of his professional career was in the investment banking industry, with nearly 16 years in municipal finance banking for Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, where he was managing director for the West Coast Fixed Income Group.
Active in the community, Mr. Taylor was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the board of trustees of the California State University system, where he chairs the Finance Committee. He also serves on the boards of Edison International, Pacific Life and the Kaiser Family Foundation. He previously served as president of the UCLA Alumni Association board of directors, as the alumni representative on the UC Board of Regents and as a member of the board of directors for the J. Paul Getty Trust.

In 2004, Mr. Taylor was appointed to the California Performance Review Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The CPR was a process designed to study the operations of state government and make restructuring recommendations. From 2000–2002, Mr. Taylor served on the board of the California Student Aid Commission, as an appointee of Governor Gray Davis.

Mr. Taylor received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, and a master’s degree in public policy analysis from Claremont Graduate University. He graduated from the Coro Southern California Fellowship in public affairs, located in Los Angeles.


Sarah Strehl, Chief Administrative Officer of ECMC Shared Services Company; Chief Human Resources Officer of ECMC Group

Sarah Strehl joined ECMC Group in May 2015 as senior vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). In this capacity, Ms. Strehl is responsible for the human resources function and people-related processes, policies, and decisions for ECMC Group and its subsidiaries. In August 2016, Ms. Strehl was appointed by the ECMC Group Board of Directors to chief administrative officer (CAO) for ECMC Shared Services Company, in addition to her CHRO role. Her primary responsibilities as CAO are to provide overall leadership for the Shared Services departments to: ensure business needs are fully understood; develop and implement a resource allocation process; and ensure business clients receive the support services they require.

Prior to joining ECMC Group, Ms. Strehl was vice president of human resources in the for-profit higher education industry for several years. From 1998 to 2012, she served in various human resources roles at Cargill, Inc., including enterprise human resources leader, organization effectiveness practice leader, human resources process leader and human resources generalist.

Ms. Strehl has more than 18 years' experience in human resources, with more than 14 years in a leadership position. She leads with energy—creating an environment that enables individuals to fully utilize their talents to execute against the company's mission and drive value for the organization.


Dave Goff, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Dave Goff, an information technology (IT) executive with more than 30 years of public company IT governance, compliance, and reporting experience, joined ECMC Group as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) in June 2015.

Mr. Goff is responsible for the company’s IT strategy, security, and execution to drive transformative business enhancements and improve operational efficiencies and results throughout ECMC Group. His career has included CIO positions with Skilled Healthcare, Emulex Corporation and AppliedMicro, and senior IT roles with Texas Instruments and Silicon Systems. Mr. Goff has deep experience in managing, improving and integrating enterprise-wide IT across multiple locations, including operational streamlining, achievement of cost efficiencies, governance, security, regulatory compliance and reporting, and developing and leading highly engaged IT teams. His experience in testing and deploying new product innovations will also be valuable as the company launches new services and programs for its schools and students.

Mr. Goff is an active technology and business leader. He serves on numerous committees at the University of California, Irvine, including chairman of the Dean’s Leadership Council for the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science. Mr. Goff actively participates in industry advisory councils and committees to help shape future IT product roadmaps and innovation.


Martin Scanlon, President and CEO of ECMC Holdings

Martin Scanlon has 20 years of experience leading high-growth businesses at multiple Fortune 500, nonprofit and consumer finance firms. He has effectively led and managed a full spectrum of disciplines including finance, accounting, business services, operations, human resources, product management, sales and marketing. He currently presides over ECMC Group’s for-profit companies and is responsible for pursuing revenue diversification opportunities through investment or acquisition in other companies.

Prior to joining ECMC, Mr. Scanlon was the chief financial officer at EdFund and held senior positions at consumer finance firms, Washington Mutual and Sallie Mae. As the EdFund chief financial officer, he led and was responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, business operations and human resources. He also directed and managed EdFund’s strategic planning, company-wide performance measurement, research, financial and business activities. As the vice president and national manager, he led student relationships and education lending at Washington Mutual. He also has served as the vice president of finance for Student Loan Finance Association, an education credit division of Sallie Mae.

His experience includes managing the finance division at the largest student loan secondary market in the Northwest during a period of 500 percent asset growth and 300 percent annual revenue growth; administering the issuance and management of $1.7 billion in education loan revenue bonds; managing a $100 million line of credit to purchase student loan portfolios; and guiding financial transactions during the mergers and acquisitions of a $100 million student loan servicing company and a $120 million student loan finance company.

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