Business Development Team

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Karen LeFever, Ed.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Karen LeFever, Ed.D., leads a dedicated business development team and the efforts to affect the company’s growth strategies. She has special expertise in leading the development of partnerships that connect public school and school district achievement concerns with innovative services and programs that benefit students, school districts and communities. She is an established industry expert, thought leader and educator with broad-based management experience who combines strategy excellence with strong financial management.

An experienced educator and administrator, Karen provided nearly a decade of leadership as principal of three large urban schools in two states – one of which was both a recognized California Distinguished School and Title 1 Achieving School. Karen’s academic credentials include a Doctor of Education in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration; Master of Science in Special Education; and a Bachelor of Science in General Studies.

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Tony Van Gytenbeek, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Tony Van Gytenbeek has more than 35 years of experience as an educator in the K-12 public school system. Before his 2011 retirement as the Deputy Superintendent in the Aurora, Colo., Public Schools, Tony worked as an assistant superintendent of human resources, a middle school principal, a high school assistant principal and dean, and high school English teacher and athletic coach.

As a member of the Business Development Team with primary responsibility for strategic initiatives, Tony works with superintendents to implement innovative programming and expansions tailored to the unique characteristics and needs of urban, suburban and rural K-12 school districts across the country, and has led the expansion of Ombudsman programs in Chicago, Illinois and in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Regis College, a master’s in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College and a Public School Principal’s License from Denver University.

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Tim Ulmer, Ph.D., Vice President, Business Development

Tim Ulmer has devoted his entire professional career to supporting students with highly specialized learning needs, and currently focuses on creating school district partnerships to serve students with disabilities who require intensive academic, behavioral, communications, and/or therapeutic services; and clinic and home-based services for children and adolescents with autism.

He has more than 15 years of experience in special education, school improvement, leadership development, alternative education, and school operations. Prior to joining ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education, Tim worked for an educational management organization to provide professional development, technical assistance, and operations support to instructional leaders from traditional, charter, alternative, and virtual schools throughout the country. Tim earned a bachelor’s in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado.

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Carmen Rivera-Jara, M.P.H., M.A., Vice President, Business Development

Carmen Rivera-Jara, M.P.H., M.A., has more than 20 years of leadership experience in special education and mental and public health. Her depth of expertise has helped her establish more than 10 new partnerships for ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education in the last five years.

Carmen earned a master’s in Public Health-Health Education and Nutrition from Loma Linda University and a master’s in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University. She served a program director in non-public schools for students with emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities and autism, and she was an administrator and adjunct professor of California State University, San Bernardino, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Carmen spent 10 years as a Mental Health Counselor and has taught in Japan and Costa Rica.