Our Mission

We believe technology can transform education
to meet the needs of today’s K-12 learners.

Leadership Team

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Jim Benson

Chief Executive Officer
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Jim Benson
Chief Executive Officer

Jim has a business degree from Indiana University (IU) and engineered all technology solutions in a K-12 school district for six years prior to creating Five-Star in 2005. It is his sincere passion for making a difference that has guided the success of the company around K-12 education.

What is one device you could not live without?
Cell phone, I had to do without for two days and it felt like two years!
What is your all time favorite book?
Good to Great - Five-Star is built around solid leadership, discipline, simplicity, and I would argue transparency.
What is your proudest professional moment since you came to work at Five-Star?
Too many to list! I am most proud of our team, their commitment to quality, and ability to create unique solutions for real world problems!

D.J Hanen

Chief Operations Officer
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D.J Hanen
Chief Operations Officer

While not only assisting various public, private, and charter school districts in Indiana with their technology initiatives and goals, D.J. is also tasked with leading our technology managed services team and overseeing company operations to make sure Five-Star is truly five star.

What are your professional passions?
Learning, Thinking Outside the Box, Achieving
What do you do when you're not working?
Sitting in a lawn chair next to the soccer pitch watching my two sons play soccer or running them to/from practice.
What is one thing most people would not know about you?
I once worked in the field of EMS as a certified emergency medical technician.
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Dr. Jason Roseberry

Chief Innovation Officer
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Dr. Jason Roseberry
Chief Innovation Officer

Jason is a husband, father, life-long learner, and aspiring Jedi. He spends his time developing and implementing plans and training to inspire students and teachers towards awesome learning experiences. Jason recently completed his Ed.D from Ball State University.

What is your favorite quote?
“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” -N. Hawthorne
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
I had Mr. Shaw in high school, and he gave me the freedom to learn in a way that worked for me.
What is one device you can't live without?
My Tardis.

Don Balentine

Director of K-12 Services
Don Balentine
Director of K-12 Services

Don is a husband, father of two, and collector of Pez dispensers. He has 16 years of experience in education and private sector technology support. Don is always learning and loves to share that knowledge with others.

Describe yourself in one word:
Me
What are your professional passions?
Educating users to make informed decisions. Empowering users to get the most out of their technology.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Walters. He helped open up the world of technology for me. Without his help, I'm not sure I would be where I am today.

Annie Burns

Director of K-12 Services
Annie Burns
Director of K-12 Services

Annie is a Hoosier born and raised. She is a dog mom and an aunt to two amazing nephews. After graduating from Marian University 10 years ago, Annie decided to pursue a career in K-12 technology. When she's not a work she loves to be outside and doing hands-on work. Annie is also a sports enthusiast who enjoys going to Colts, Pacers, and IU sporting events. She is living life and loving it!

Describe yourself in one word:
Rockstar
What is something most people would not know about you?
I love doing anything related to arts and crafts. When I was young, I wanted to be an art teacher.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
I never lose. Either I win or I learn.
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Sam Bush

Director of K-12 Software
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Sam Bush
Director of K-12 Software

Sam is a former high school chemistry, physics, middle school science, and distance learning teacher with a passion for software development. Sam has two Master's degrees - one in education and another in information technology. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Sarah and their Springer Spaniels. He is an avid mountain biker and loves to tinker with technology.

What is your favorite movie?
Back to the Future Part II
What is one thing most people would not know about you?
I play guitar.
What is your all time favorite book?
Ice Hunt by James Rollins

Kevin Cooke

Associate Director of K-12 Services
Kevin Cooke
Associate Director of K-12 Services

Kevin is a devoted father of one, Oklahoma Sooner fan and avid collector of flip-flops. He has 12 years of experience in education and private sector. Kevin has a dynamic personality and it shows in the work performed

What is your proudest professional moment since you came to work at Five-Star?
My steady elevation within the company. I started as a technician, moved to system analyst, moved to system engineer to associate director.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I enjoy spending time with my family, running, biking, lifting weights and cooking.
What is your all-time favorite book?
Finding the Winning Edge by Bill Walsh
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Lisa Cutshall

Director of School Engagement
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Lisa Cutshall
Director of School Engagement
Describe yourself in one word
Curious
What is your favorite quote?
"Believing that the dots will connect down the road ...follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, ..."-Steve Jobs
What is one app or digital tool that you couldn’t live without?
Google Drive - well, all the Google Apps really. I live in that space on lots of different types of devices.
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Nathan Davidson

Director of Innovative Learning
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Nathan Davidson
Director of Innovative Learning

Nathan uses his passion for instructional technology and 18 years of K-12 experience to empower others to redefine teaching and learning. He is a husband, father, IU Hoosier, and Google user. Nathan has a Master's degree from Indiana University and is a CoSN CETL

Why did you you want to work for Five-Star?
I want to change the way teaching and learning happens in the digital age.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mrs. Fox. She always had a smile and made me laugh. I learned how to type in her class, which was a truly valuable skill.
What is your favorite quote?
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Zach Dodson

Associate Director of Innovative Learning
Zach Dodson
Associate Director of Innovative Learning

Zach was a classroom teacher for three years before starting his job as an Innovative Learning Specialist with Five-Star. He is a Hoosier born and raised, and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family. Zach is passionate about working with teachers, being creative, and making learning exciting for kids.

Describe yourself in one word:
Passionate
What is your proudest professional moment since you came to work at Five-Star?
Helping to transform professional development in multiple school districts to be meaningful and personalized!
What is your favorite type of music/musician?
Garth Brooks
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Brad Fischer

Director of Innovative Learning
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Brad Fischer
Director of Innovative Learning

Brad, a recovering math teacher and technology director, still enjoys a good spreadsheet formula. But, his real joy comes from helping others use technology to connect, collaborate, and create amazing learning experiences.

Describe yourself in one word:
Conscientious
What is one device you can not live without?
The “Cloud.” I know that’s not a device, but if I had a pane of glass that could get me to Google Apps, I would still be happy.
Why do you work at Five-Star?
The people. Having such a smart, talented, passionate team helps me feel supported, appreciated, and challenged to perform at my best.

Sherry Gick

Director of Innovative Learning
Sherry Gick
Director of Innovative Learning

Sherry is a Teacher-Librarian, Technology Integrator, Tech Coach, international speaker, collaborator, social media lover, reader, & tech addict with twenty years of experience in education K-12. She is active in the ISTE-Lib Network leadership & is a 2015 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

What is something most people would not know about you?
I collect Lego mini-figs and am a huge Doctor Who fan. (10th is my Doctor!)
What are your professional passions?
School Libraries & Technology Integration
What is your proudest professional moment since you came to work at Five-Star?
...hearing from an assistant superintendent about what an impact our work with her team has made in their efforts in going 1:1.

April Harper

Director of Innovative Learning
April Harper
Director of Innovative Learning

April is a wife, mom, and former English teacher before moving into educational leadership. April is a proud graduate of Indiana University, holds an administration license, and is currently finishing up a superintendents license and Ed.D in Educational Leadership.

What is something most people would not know about you?
I have traveled to over 15 countries, including a 100-day voyage around the globe on a ship where I stopped in 10 countries along the way.
Why do you work at Five-Star?
I am passionate about empowering teachers and administrators to provide innovative learning experiences for students.
What is your all-time favorite book?
The Great Gatsby
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Adam Jones

Director of Product Strategy
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Adam Jones
Director of Product Strategy

A high school English teacher at heart, Adam previously served as a building-level and district-level administrator before joining the Five-Star Technology Solutions team as a Director of Innovative Data Strategies.

What is your favorite book?
Hunting for Hope by Scott Russell Sanders
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Wilson, for teaching me that writing is a craft that requires patience and practice.
What do you do when you're not at work?
When I'm not laughing with my wife and son, I like to play the piano or watch sci-fi movies.

Wayne Kimbrell

Associate Director of K-12 Software
Wayne Kimbrell
Associate Director of K-12 Software

Wayne oversees the Pivot software support team as well as works closely with the software development team. Wayne has a BS in Education and a Masters of Education and Human Development with a focus on Educational Technology Leadership. If he is not spending time with his family, he enjoys being outside especially on the softball field or fishing for big bass with his friends.

Describe yourself in one word:
Catalyst
What is your favorite quote or motto?
Robert the Bruce: I don't want to lose heart! I want to believe... I will never be on the wrong side again.
What is your proudest professional moment since you came to work at Five-Star?
I believe my proudest professional moments are when I see individuals or teams in the company succeed and I know that I supported them.

Erik Mosier

Director of School Engagement
Erik Mosier
Director of School Engagement

Erik is a Hoosier born and raised, husband, father, and tech geek. He has 23 years of experience as an engineer, sales engineer, and account executive all in K-12 education. His passion is to help schools solve problems so they can improve and succeed.

Why do you work at Five-Star?
I have an engineering background and a passion to help schools succeed. Five-Star is the leader in these areas.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
Be decisive.  Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels that could not make a decision. - unknown
What is one app or digital tool that you couldn’t live without?
Drive
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Jenna Poe

Director of Innovative Learning
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Jenna Poe
Director of Innovative Learning

A wife, tech enthusiast, and life long learner, Jenna holds over a decade of classroom experience before moving into technology and administration. Jenna is passionate about empowering teachers to provide innovative learning experiences for students.

What do you do when you’re not at work?
Third generation farmers, my husband and I run a flock of 600 sheep, grain farm, and keep three border collies very busy!
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Jones (SR. English) He replaced the classics with books such as Financial Peace (Ramsey). He made learning relevant!
What is your proudest professional moment since you came to work at Five-Star?
Having a district express gratitude for the impact I've made in their teacher and student learning!
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Scott Richie

Director of K-12 Services
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Scott Richie
Director of K-12 Services

Scott is married with two kids and has 18 years of experience supporting technology in K-12 education and the private sector. His passion is providing students with the appropriate technology they need to succeed.

What do you when you're not at work?
Spend time with my wife and two kids, volunteer in our church, ride four-wheelers
What is one device you couldn't live without?
My iPhone
What is something most people would not know about you?
I enjoy shooting multi-camera video's at concerts and sporting events.
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Keshia Seitz

Director of Innovative Learning
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Keshia Seitz
Director of Innovative Learning

Keshia is a proud graduate of Indiana University and is a licensed social studies teacher, building-level administrator, and superintendent.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Fritz showed me that social studies is NOT BORING. He made learning come alive for me and inspired me to be a teacher.
What do you do when you're not at work?
My time is spent hanging out with my kids (Emma & Matthan) ​&​ working on my dissertation.
Why do you work at Five-Star?
I work at Five-Star because I am passionate about creating awesome learning experiences for kids and I have a chance to make a difference!

Niall Thompson

Director of Engineering Services
Niall Thompson
Director of Engineering Services

Niall is a husband and father of 2 boys. He loves Camping, boating, and gaming. Niall has been with Five-Star since 2007 where he has taken on many roles including technician, engineer, senior engineer, and director of engineering services.

What is something most people would not know about you?
I am an Athletic Director for a local school.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mrs. Snook, my first-grade teacher, was a very caring and dedicated teacher who made an early impact on my passion for education.
What are your professional passions?
Coaching my employees to be better people and professionals.

Aaron Whitpan

Director of Software Development
Aaron Whitpan
Director of Software Development

Aaron was born in Wisconsin, but grew up and received his education in Indiana with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Purdue University. He has been with Five-Star since 2007. Aaron spends his free time relaxing with family and attempting to golf.

Why do you work at Five-Star?
Our great team, the freedom to work remotely, and creating software that has a positive impact on K-12 schools.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
Relaxing with family (Chastity, Connor and our dog Max), golfing, hiking.
What is one app or digital tool that you couldn’t live without?
JIRA

Kelly York

Associate Director of Innovative Learning
Kelly York
Associate Director of Innovative Learning

Kelly is a Hoosier born and raised, wife, mother, and tech enthusiast with a bit of a nerdy side! She loves TV series and documentaries and can't live without her iPhone! As an Indiana University graduate, she has over a decade of experiences in education, and a variety of experiences within.

What is your favorite quote or motto?
"Everything happens for a reason." Take the leap, do something crazy and have fun along the way!
What do you do when you’re not at work?
When not working, you can find me either on the lake, doing a home renovation project or doing something fun with my daughter (Evelynn).
Why do you work at Five-Star?
Five-Star allows me to grow professionally each and every day. The work we do keeps me challenged and engaged.

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