Meet our Leadership Team
ERIC LOEFFEL, Chief Executive Officer
"My sixth-grade teacher at Fort Allen Elementary in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, was Mr. Stratton. He was my first male teacher (if memory serves me right), but — most importantly — he created my first project-based learning experience. We completed projects individually and in groups, and we regularly made presentations in front of the class. I still remember some of those projects, because it gave me a great sense of accomplishment to start with an idea and end with a finished product, such as a paper or presentation!"
Eric Loeffel was named President and CEO of Compass Learning in 2005. Under his leadership, Compass Learning continues to be recognized as a premier provider of K-12 educational software. The company has won multiple, coveted education awards, including EDDIEs, BESSIEs, and CODiEs, as well as earned a spot on a much sought-after national Top 100 educational products’ list. Additionally, Eric is frequently invited to share his industry vision at national education innovation conferences.
Since relocating Compass Learning from California to Austin, Texas, Eric has been a key player in helping grow the Austin economy. He’s an active leader in the city’s burgeoning SXSWedu Conference, has assisted the Austin Chamber of Commerce on various committees, and helped earn Compass Learning numerous Austin American Statesman Top Work Places’ honors.
Prior to joining Compass Learning, Eric was president and CEO of Isochron Data Corp., a venture capital-backed software company in Austin, Texas. He enjoyed similar success as the president and CEO of OnQ Technology, Inc., a private international semiconductor services company. Prior to that, Eric held various positions at Intuit, the makers of TurboTax, Quicken, and QuickBooks. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Diego State University and an MBA from the University of California.
TREY CHAMBERS, Chief Financial Officer
"Throughout elementary and secondary school, I loved math-related classes. However, when I was a junior in high school, my English teacher, Ms. Duncan, instilled in me a love of literature. She had a keen ability to drive interesting discussions related to classic novels by driving fantastic, interactive discussions about what we read. Upon completing that class, I decided to apply to the Liberal Arts school at the University of Texas, where my work enriched my studies in the Business school. I graduated with degrees from both schools, and I would never have taken that path had it not been for Ms. Duncan and her passion for teaching."
Trey Chambers was appointed CFO of Compass Learning in May 2010. He brings more than 16 years of financial management and technology industry experience to Compass Learning, as well as relevant public company experience.
Prior to joining Compass Learning, Trey was vice president of operations and CFO at Reddwerks Corporation, a leading provider of warehouse performance management solutions for some of the world's largest companies. Before that, he served as CFO for the $2.6 billion Transportation and Standard Products segment of Freescale Semiconductor, a multi-billion dollar provider of semiconductors for the transportation, networking, and wireless markets. During his tenure at Freescale, Trey also served as the corporation's chief audit officer. Prior to his time at Freescale, he was controller and later vice president of finance at Metrowerks, a global provider of software development tools. He also was in audit at PriceWaterhouse.
Trey is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Plan II, a liberal arts honors program. He is a CPA.
ARTHUR VANDERVEEN, Vice President of Business Strategy and Development
"I still remember vividly an enrichment project I did in seventh grade when a friend and I were assigned the challenge of redesigning our small town—what were all the services required, and how much did they cost? Over the course of two weeks, we called the directors of the town police department, fire department, utilities, hospital, etc., to gather the information we needed. The project taught me that people learn best when they’re trying to solve real-world problems and that ‘school’ shouldn’t be confined to a building or a book. This belief has shaped my approach to teaching and learning ever since."
Arthur brings extensive experience as a district administrator in New York City, the largest school district in the country. He founded and led the NYC Innovation Zone (iZone), an active community of 165 schools using digital technologies and innovative instructional approaches to personalize learning to the needs of individual students. Under his direction, the iZone launched the largest district-level, online and blended learning program in the country.
Arthur earned his Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at Austin, his master’s degree in divinity and educational psychology from the Princeton Theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado College.
TAMMY DEAL, Vice President, Human Resources
"My favorite grade school teacher was Mrs. Suzy Red, my 3rd grade honors reading teacher. Her enthusiasm and excitement for reading was contagious, and she had a spectacular way of making reading fun. I wasn’t exposed to reading for pleasure until I met Mrs. Red. She encouraged us to read outside of class through competition. There was a St. Louis Cardinals bag that I had to win, so I kept my head in a book the entire year and I won the bag! I still recall most of the books I read that year and my favorite, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” by Eleanor Coerr, is still part of my personal library."
Tammy Deal was appointed vice president of HR for Compass Learning in August 2013. In this role, she leads the charge in recruiting, team member retention, and corporate culture initiatives.
Most recently, Tammy served as senior director of employee experience at Dachis Group. Prior to Dachis Group she held similar positions at LatinWorks, Achilles Group, and Stock Building Supply, as well as serving as vice president of human resources at Velocity Credit Union. Tammy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications in Human Relations from Texas Christian University.
LYNELLE MORGENTHALER, Vice President, Curriculum and Assessment
"“For the most part, I sailed through school getting good grades without ever challenging myself. But in sophomore Honors English class, Mrs. Gowlett lit me on fire through an individual year-long author study, which culminated in a paper and multi-media presentation. I focused on J.R.R. Tolkien and made an 8mm allegorical movie with a borrowed camera and my friends as actors. I still have the film (silent with separate sound track!). That was the first time I put my whole self into an assignment. Mrs. Gowlett taught me the value of igniting passion in students!”"
DR. DAVID B. PALUMBO, Vice President of Professional Services
"Mrs. Margret Emelson, from Uniontown Area Senior High School in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, is by far my most memorable teacher. She taught a variety of classes at UHS, but it was her mentoring outside of the confines of class that challenged me to think with the right side of my brain, and that continues to impact me today. She is one of those exceptional teachers who will always remind me of the power of education to shape creativity, innovation, and success."
David Palumbo joined Compass Learning in the fall of 2013 as vice president of professional services, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience as a teacher, research scholar, academic administrator, entrepreneur, consultant, and corporate executive.
Prior to this role, David worked at National Heritage Academies, a no-cost, public charter school provider, where he was Chief Academic Officer and prior to that, Chief Information Officer. He has also served as CEO of electronic book distributor WOWIO, and president of testing systems publisher CTB/McGraw Hill. Additionally, David spent nearly a decade as a tenured faculty member in the Instructional Technology program at The University of Houston – Clear Lake. During his tenure he was named an American Council on Education Fellow.
Here at Compass Learning, David heads our efforts to deliver professional development and implementation services that empower K-12 educators to leverage Compass Learning content and technology to make a positive and lasting impact on student growth and success.
David earned both his Ed.D. in Educational Psychology/Instructional Technology and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from West Virginia University. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Michigan.
THOMAS RIZZI, Vice President of Sales
"My 5th grade teacher, Mr. Deion, came into my life at a time when I was more interested in shooting hoops on the playground than learning in the classroom. Though my family placed a strong emphasis on education, I was bored with school and consequently, unmotivated. Mr. Deion set incredibly high expectations for me that had never been set in any prior classroom. He was driven, hard-working, and passionate about teaching, and was the kind of teacher for whom you really wanted to do a good job. I worked hard to make him proud, and in the process, changed my attitude about school."
Thomas Rizzi joined Compass Learning in 2012 as our Vice President of Sales. He is responsible for the overall direction of the company’s global sales operations, including the development and execution of sales strategy for our core products, Odyssey and Renzulli Learning.
Tom has nearly two decades of experience delivering profitable business growth across multiple industries. He’s a customer-focused executive with a strong track record of growing revenues and profits through the creation and implementation of customer-focused strategies and processes, and by building and motivating sales teams.
His passion for education, coupled with his drive to win, make him the ideal leader to ensure both our sales team and our customers experience success with Compass Learning.
Tom received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and completed the Executive Program at Emory University, Goizueta Business School.
FRED WAUGH, Vice President of Marketing
"I always had an affinity for reading, but Mr. Williams, my high school English teacher, saw I also had a talent for writing. Due to his ability to hear my unique voice, and because of his guidance and encouragement, I began to see myself as a writer, too. Because of him, I pursued—and earned—my bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University."
Fred brings more than 15 years of successful marketing leadership experience to Compass Learning. Most recently, he served as the vice president of marketing and alliances at Convio. By helping redefine engagement and fundraising in the nonprofit sector through innovation in technology and ideas, Fred guided the company from its infancy to an $80 million publicly traded company. Prior to Convio, he held marketing and product development roles at leading companies in the technology sector, including Tivoli Systems (an IBM company), Sun Microsystems, and Compaq Computer.
Fred has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.