Executive Team

Larry Lenhart

Chief Executive Officer

Larry Lenhart brings more than twenty years of executive leadership experience in high-growth technology companies and higher education. He previously served as an Operating Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he was the CEO for a number of technology companies, resulting in three successful acquisition exits and an IPO. Before his CEO experience, Lenhart was a managing partner at Deloitte Consulting and a principal at AT Kearney and Gemini Consulting, where he provided strategic and operational expertise across the globe. Lenhart has also served as member of the Board of Trustees at his undergraduate school, Emory and Henry College. He earned his MBA at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Sean Fahey

Senior Vice President, Education Analytics & Chief Data Scientist

Sean Fahey has more than 15 years of higher education and data analysis experience. Prior to joining HotChalk, he was Vice Provost for Institutional Research at Johns Hopkins University, where he developed and executed strategies to provide reliable and timely data and analyses to support academic planning and decision-making across the university. Sean joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in 2004, where he served as Group Supervisor for the Information Sciences Group in the Research and Exploratory Development Department and, prior to that, as Program Manager for Knowledge Management and Domestic Cybersecurity in the Asymmetric Operations Department. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, he served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, was a political science instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, and was a consultant to large corporations on executive development and succession management strategies. Sean holds a master’s in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a bachelor’s in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Nicholas Smith

Senior Vice President, Learning Products

Nicholas Smith has spent more than 25 years in education and technology. Most recently, he was President of Macmillan Labs for Higher Education, an R&D group dedicated to building innovative technology products that solve problems for students and teachers in elegant ways. Prior to joining Macmillan, Nicholas spent nine years at Aplia, a leading provider of online homework for higher education, where he helped to grow the company from start-up to profitability and finally to successful acquisition by Cengage Learning in 2007. Nicholas remained with Cengage Learning as Vice President of Software Products until 2009. His experience also includes work at SRI Consulting, Pensare, and Agile Mind, as well as a decade teaching middle school students. He earned his master’s at Brandeis University.

Mark Zinselmeier

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Zinselmeier has more than 15 years of experience in operations, customer service and call center management. Prior to joining HotChalk, Mark managed the national rollout of the Discovery Education streaming video service, reaching more than 70,000 U.S. K-12 schools. Mark has a bachelor’s in Radio, TV and Film from the University of Missouri.

Nancy Hauge

Chief People Officer

Nancy Hauge has more than 20 years of experience as a senior human resources executive and a management consultant. Prior to joining HotChalk, Nancy served as the vice president of Global Human Resources for Silicon Image. Earlier in her career, Nancy held executive positions and leadership roles with K12 Inc., Ruckus Network, Noah’s New York Bagels, and Gymboree Corp., and spent 10 years in senior management positions in human resources, strategic planning and quality at Sun Microsystems. Nancy is a veteran of five IPOs. She is a former member of the Board of Regents at Holy Names College and Board of Advisors to the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Nancy is a recipient of the 2014 “Stevie Awards” for Women in High Tech and was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2015 as one of the “100 Women of Influence” in Silicon Valley.

Senior Leadership

HotChalk's leadership team is deeply committed to delivering the best possible experience for online educators and distance learners, with a relentless focus on achieving measurable outcomes, fidelity to a university's mission and reputation, and, before all else, academic rigor.

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Board of Directors

HotChalk is led by a board of directors representing more than 100 years of combined experience in the technology, information, and education fields. This depth of knowledge and expertise guides us in our mission to help everyone, everywhere pursue their full academic potential.

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