Tch Management Team

George Lichter, CEO, stepped into this role in 2015 from the Teaching Channel Board of Directors. George was previously COO/CPO of Apollo Lightspeed, a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, which launched advanced curriculum and platforms; Head of the School of Continuing Education at University of Phoenix, which offered a broad portfolio of courses and certificates for teacher continuing education; CEO Ask Jeeves UK; CEO of Infosearch Media; Co-CEO of YogaWorks (NASDAQ: YOGA); SVP Vivendi Interactive; and SVP of Knowledge Adventure. George has served as special advisor to Stanford University Graduate School of Education, IDEO U, Airbnb, and others. George holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from UCLA.

Scott Brogi, COO, joined Tch in early 2016 after having been CFO or COO for public and private technology companies for more than a decade, most recently edtech companies including Jumpstart Games and Apollo Education Group. Previously, Scott lead Finance & Development for venture-backed companies including Pictage and AccentCare, where he helped raise both startup and growth capital, led organic business expansion, and executed M&A transactions, including successful exits. Scott began his career in corporate finance with Chase Manhattan and Houlihan Lokey, earned an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson, an M.S.F from Loyola College, and a B.S. in Finance from Syracuse University.

Paul Teske, Vice President of Engagement, guides state, district, and school partners in using our subscription-based professional development platform Teaching Channel Plus in relevant and impactful ways. Previously, Paul served as the Director of School Partnerships at Educurious. He was also the educational technology instructor at the University of Washington’s teacher education program, the K-8 Program Manager for Technology Access Foundation, and an R&D Specialist for Renaissance Learning. He started his career as an English teacher. Paul holds a Ph.D. in Education from University of Washington, a certificate in post-secondary teaching, a Master’s in English from the University of St. Thomas, and a B.A. from St. Cloud State University.

Thomas Vogl, Senior Director of Finance is responsible for a wide array of finance and accounting functions as well as Human Resources for Teaching Channel. Thomas was previously Lead Accountant at On Lok, and before that a Staff Accountant and Accounting Analyst with Pasta Pomodoro for ten years. Thomas received a B.A. in Business Administration from VMA Munich, as well as studying at City College of San Francisco.

Gretchen Vierstra, Director of Educational Content, manages Teaching Channel’s video and editorial content. Gretchen began her career in education as an English teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area for 10 years, during which time she also served as a new teacher coach and department chair. Prior to arriving at Tch in 2014, Gretchen was Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Upwardly Global, designing online learning programs for new immigrants. Gretchen holds a Master’s in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a Master’s in Public Administration from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Smith College.

Lindsay Cordero, Director of Product, joined the Teaching Channel team in the spring of 2016 to lead the technical aspects of product design and development. In the past, Lindsay has overseen the design and development of a number of innovative and high-profile e-learning platforms and courses while at Apollo Education Group, Apollo Lightspeed, and University of Phoenix. Prior to that, Lindsay lead large cross-functional, multicultural, and distributed teams and personally built, maintained, and created content for publisher websites at Insidersites, Inc. Lindsay is a Certified Scrum Master and holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University and a B.A. in Music Administration from University of Charleston.

David Shoemaker, Interim Vice President of Learning, joined Tch in the fall of 2017 to lead the development and launch of accredited continuing teacher education and non-credit professional development courses at Teaching Channel. Previous positions include Chief Learning Officer at OnCourse Learning; Global Practice Leader at Apollo Education Group; Vice President, Program Management at Apollo Lightspeed, a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group; Vice President, Program Management at University of Phoenix’s School of Continuing Education; and Vice President, Learning Solutions and Innovation at eCornell, a subsidiary of Cornell University. David holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Dramatic Art from Dartmouth College.

Chip Fesko, Senior Director of Advertising & Sponsorships, manages these earned revenue activities for Tch's consumer-facing website, after having led all advertising and sponsorships for ten years at Edutopia (George Lucas Educational Foundation). Prior to that, Chip served as SVP of Advertising at the Currier Company, developing innovative brand and audience-consistent content sponsorships. Chip holds an M.A. from the S.I. Newhouse School Of Public Communication at Syracuse University and a B.A. from the State University of New York.