Our executive leadership brings the spirit and tactics of entrepreneurship to the problems—and opportunities—in our nation's system of education.
Jeremy J. Wheaton, President and Chief Executive Officer, ECMC Group; President and Chief Executive Officer, Zenith Education Group

Jeremy J. Wheaton is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of ECMC Group and Zenith Education Group, where he leads a passionate team committed to closing the nation's skills gap, improving student loan repayment, and increasing college access and completion. Mr. Wheaton has dedicated his 20-plus-year career to building respected institutions within postsecondary and pre-K–12 education, made possible by superior teams.

Mr. Wheaton joined ECMC Group from Triumph Higher Education Group/Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, where he served most recently as president and CEO. In that role, Mr. Wheaton and his executive team set the strategic direction to recognize Escoffier Schools' vision of becoming the world's premier culinary and hospitality education provider, worked with the U.S. Department of Education to secure Title IV funding for Escoffier's innovative online program, and presided over industry-leading student and employee satisfaction and loyalty scores.

Previously, Mr. Wheaton served as chief operations officer at Meritas International Family of Schools, a global leader in pre-K through 12th grade preparatory schools, as well as Pearson Embanet, an online education management company. At both companies, he oversaw the business units and corporate functions, including global and domestic admissions, marketing and student services.

Mr. Wheaton held multiple school, corporate, and board leadership positions over his 18-year tenure at Career Education Corporation (CEC), culminating as chief executive officer of Colorado Technical University. In addition to leading multiple schools and functional areas, he consolidated all CEC student financial services, resulting in gold standard compliance and student outcomes. Mr. Wheaton also worked to acquire many of the quality school brands within CEC along with growing their online student body.

Mr. Wheaton received a bachelor's degree in finance and political science from Clarkson University and an MBA from Moravian College.

Dan Fisher, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ECMC Group

Dan 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 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.

Mr. Fisher has given presentations on student loan-related matters at many industry conferences as well as the American Bar Institute and the National Council of Bankruptcy Judges. He is admitted to practice in most federal appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to joining ECMC Group, Mr. Fisher served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a judge advocate in Georgia and the Washington, D.C. area, where his primary focus was court-martial litigation. Mr. Fisher also serves on the national board of directors for the nonprofit Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE), which has 60 state and local chapters focusing on teaching young people the skills to improve their financial literacy.

Rahoul Ghose, Chief Information Officer, ECMC Group

Rahoul Ghose, an information technology (IT) executive with more than 30 years of experience, joined ECMC Group as the chief information officer (CIO) in July 2018.

Mr. Ghose is responsible for the technology vision and strategic leadership for all business lines across ECMC Group. He has held senior leadership positions with Lifetouch, Best Buy, Cargill, Ecolab and Honeywell. Most recently, he worked at Winnebago Industries where he partnered with the Winnebago CIO to drive a technology-enabled transformation for the RV company. Mr. Ghose has a history of transforming IT capabilities through innovation, building shared service organizations and driving business value through technology.

Mr. Ghose serves on the board at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis and on the Analytics Advisory Board for Hamline University's School of Business. He has an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Jan Hines, President and Chief Executive Officer, 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 (ED) has asked ECMC to play a critical role in assisting guaranty agencies that wish to exit FFELP. Ms. Hines has worked with ED and has led the conversion of portfolios from agencies in Virginia, Oregon, Connecticut, California, Tennessee, South Carolina and Rhode Island. She also led the conversion of portfolios from six third-party servicing clients. 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.

Heidi Johnson, Chief of Staff, ECMC Group

Heidi Johnson is the chief of staff (COS) and works with the executive officer team in the planning and coordination of strategic, highly complex activities across the organization. In addition to her COS role, she leads the Records and Information Management Committee and manages ECMC Group's enterprise disaster recovery and business continuity efforts. Ms. Johnson has 25 years of experience in higher education finance and software development—23 of which have been in a variety of positions within ECMC Group and its affiliates. She has managed every aspect of the information technology (IT) department.

Prior to joining ECMC, she was an IT consultant, managing large-scale development efforts for health care insurance companies.

Martin Scanlon, Chief Financial Officer, ECMC Group

In August 2018, Martin Scanlon became the chief financial officer (CFO) for ECMC Group. His responsibilities include treasury, internal and external financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, financial operations, tax, budgeting, and business development, including mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Scanlon has more than 20 years of experience leading high-growth businesses, including multiple Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations 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.

Previously, he was the senior vice president of finance and CFO of ECMC, where he is responsible for finance across both our guarantor (ECMC) and career and technical education (Zenith) business lines. He also served as the president and chief executive officer of ECMC Holdings, where he was responsible for ensuring continuous improvement to sustain operational excellence, as well as pursuing revenue diversification opportunities through investment or acquisition in other companies.

Prior to joining ECMC, Mr. Scanlon was CFO at EdFund, and held senior positions at the consumer finance firms Washington Mutual and Sallie Mae. As CFO at EdFund, 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 vice president and national manager at Washington Mutual, he led the Student Relationships and Education Lending division. He also served as vice president of finance for Student Loan Finance Association, an education credit division of Sallie Mae.

Sarah Strehl, Chief Human Resources Officer, ECMC Group

Sarah Strehl joined ECMC Group in May 2015 as 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. Ms. Strehl serves on the HR Committee of the board of directors for the Jeremiah Program.

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 20 years' experience in human resources, with more than 16 years in a leadership position. She leads with energy—creating an environment that enables individuals to fully use their talents to execute against the company's mission and drive value for the organization.

Peter J. Taylor, President, ECMC Foundation

Peter Taylor is the president of ECMC Foundation. In his role, Mr. Taylor has led more than $90 million of investments in initiatives affecting educational outcomes, especially among underserved populations, in the areas of college success and career readiness.

Before joining ECMC Foundation, Mr. Taylor served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the University of California system. During his time there, he oversaw all aspects of financial management at the 10 campuses and the five academic medical centers.

Most of Mr. Taylor's professional career was in investment banking, 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. Before obtaining his master's degree, he spent six years on the legislative staff of the California State Assembly Majority Leader working at the state capitol in Sacramento.

Active in the community, Mr. Taylor is an appointee of Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Trustees of the California State University system, where he chairs the Educational Policy Committee after two years as chair of the Finance Committee. He also serves on the boards of Edison International, Pacific Life and the Kaiser Family Foundation, where he chairs the Investment Committee. He previously served as president of the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors, the alumni representative on the UC Board of Regents and a board member of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

In 2004, Mr. Taylor was appointed to the California Performance Review Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger. From 2000–2002, Mr. Taylor served on the board of the California Student Aid Commission, as an appointee of Governor Gray Davis.

Mr. Taylor is an accomplished speaker and author, with a particular focus on the role of career and technical education (CTE) in closing the skills gap—a central challenge facing our nation's economy—and the need for a collective effort among stakeholders to break down the stigma that holds CTE and its students back. His perspective has been published by The Washington Post, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, the Dallas Morning News, the Detroit News and InsideSources.

Greg Van Guilder, Chief Investment Officer, ECMC Group

Greg Van Guilder is the chief investment officer for ECMC Group. His responsibilities include oversight for ECMC Group's investment portfolio, which is a diversified portfolio of global equities, alternatives, private capital and direct investments. In this role, Mr. Van Guilder works closely with the ECMC Group Investment Committee to implement a long-term investment strategy to grow our portfolio while prudently managing risk.

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. In 2006, he was promoted to chief financial officer (CFO). During his tenure as CFO, ECMC Group's revenues grew and were diversified materially. ECMC Group's financial success over the last 12 years has generated a significant investment portfolio that is used to support the missions of ECMC Foundation and Zenith Education Group. From 2016 through 2018, Mr. Van Guilder held both the ECMC Group CFO title and chief investment officer title. With the growth of ECMC Group's investment portfolio in both size and complexity, he transitioned to full-time chief investment officer in 2018.