Leadership
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, where he creates and executes strategic initiatives for ECMC Group and its affiliates, and the president and CEO for Zenith Education Group, a nonprofit provider of career school training. Mr. Wheaton has dedicated his 20-plus-year career to building respected brands within postsecondary and pre-K–12 education. His focus has been growing schools and companies through exemplary offerings, student service and outcomes 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 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

Peter Taylor is the president of ECMC Foundation. In his role, Mr. Taylor has lead more than $60 million of investments in initiatives affecting educational outcomes, especially among underserved populations, in the areas of teacher and leader development, 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, Mr. Taylor oversaw all aspects of financial management at the 10 campuses, five academic medical centers and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Active in the community, Mr. Taylor was recently appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Trustees of the California State University system. He also serves on the boards of Edison International and Pacific Life. 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 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 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.


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, Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of ECMC

In November 2017, Martin Scanlon became the senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO) of ECMC, where he is responsible for finance across both our guarantor (ECMC) and career and technical education (Zenith) business lines. 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 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 chief financial officer 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.

Some key accomplishments include: 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, as well as a $120 million student loan finance company.