Senior Leadership

Mary Jane Pearson, Ph.D.

Vice President, Academic Affairs and Curriculum - Education

Mary Jane Pearson, Ph.D., has been involved in “educator education” for more than 30 years. Dr. Pearson’s unique credentials as a teacher educator include chairing the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), the largest educator licensing agency in the U.S. During her nine-year tenure as a commissioner, she co-authored the research on beginning teacher support and assessment that has become the worldwide standard for the support of new teachers. In addition, Dr. Pearson was appointed by the U.S. president to serve as the regional representative for the U.S. Department of Education. In recognition of her service to education, Dr. Pearson was named California Teacher Educator of the Year. Dr. Pearson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Julia A. Smith, Ph.D., RN, CNS

Vice President, Academic Affairs and Curriculum - Nursing

Julia A. Smith, Ph.D., RN, CNS, has a distinguished career in healthcare management and higher education, specializing in strategic planning, program development, and leadership of complex, multidisciplinary organizations. In addition to executive leadership roles in community health and university administration, Dr. Smith has served as a dean of nursing, graduate faculty member, doctoral mentor, and peer reviewer of scholarly publications. A registered nurse for over 25 years, she earned her BSN and MSN from San Diego State University and her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of San Diego.

Patty Lev

Vice President, Student Services

Patty Lev has more than 12 years of academic and student services experience. Prior to HotChalk, Patty served as Dean of Academic Affairs with Education Management Corporation (EDMC), and provided academic and student support leadership. Patty has served as a student services leader for nonprofit universities, as well as for-profit colleges, helping them improve their student retention practices. She holds a master’s in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Student Personnel from San Jose State University.

Todd Keithley

Vice President, Legal and Compliance

Todd Keithley has 20 years of professional experience in law and in publishing. He advises HotChalk in a number of areas, including compliance, contracts and licenses, employment matters, and day-to-day legal issues. Prior to HotChalk, he was a litigator at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, focusing on complex business disputes in a wide variety of contexts. Previously, he clerked for Judge Amalya Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the Southern District of New York. Todd holds a bachelor’s in English from Yale University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was the executive notes editor for the Columbia Law Review.

Scott Altschuler

Vice President, Business Development

Scott Altschuler has helped shape the K-12 and Higher Education services, software, and content space for over 12 years. Prior to his work at HotChalk, Scott was a Director at Discovery Education, where he helped the organization grow their streaming video offering to dominant market adoption. Scott is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Micah Arnold

Vice President, Portfolio Strategy

Micah Arnold comes to HotChalk with over 13 years of experience in strategy, marketing, and market research within the entertainment, high tech, and education industries. Prior to HotChalk, Micah served as Senior Director of University Strategy for the University of Phoenix, overseeing program research and launch planning. As part of the Apollo Education Group, Micah held multiple other roles in Product Marketing, Digital Media and Global New Ventures and was recognized for his contribution to the Strategic Initiatives Division in 2009. Before that, Micah held senior-level media management positions at several digital media agencies in San Francisco, Phoenix, and Portland, Oregon. Micah earned his bachelor’s of science in Economics and Communication Studies from Northwestern University and holds an MBA from the University of Arizona.