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!
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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.
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Tamra Ranard

Director of Sales
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Tamra Ranard
Director of Sales

Tamra lives to learn. She has focused her MBA in the direction of public education and likes to think of herself as an eduprenuer - always searching for ways to create solutions to help educators be more effective. Away from work she enjoys time with her children, riding horses and reading

What is something most people would not know about you?
I went to college to be an airline pilot.
Who is your favorite band?
Mumford & Sons
Why do you work at Five-Star?
To be a part of team of elite educators making a real difference for schools.
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Jason Bletzinger

Director of Innovative Data Strategies
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Jason Bletzinger
Director of Innovative Data Strategies

Jason serves as a Director of Innovative Data Strategies for Five-Star Technology Solutions, LLC. Prior to his work at Five-Star, Jason has served as an assistant superintendent for curriculum & instruction, building-level administrator, instructional/data coach, and special education teacher. Jason is interested in the the Professional Learning Community model for sustained school improvement and the use of data to inform instructional and systems decision making.

What is your favorite quote?
"Change is the evidence of life." ~Evelyn Waugh
What do you do when you're not at work?
I enjoy running/trail running, cross training, grilling, and time spent with my family.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My favorite teacher was my 7th Grade Social Studies teacher. She never let me settle for less than my best and held me accountable.
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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

Kelly Clifford

Director of Innovative Learning
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Kelly Clifford
Director of Innovative Learning

Kelly joins the Five-Star team with a decade of Educational Experience. In her professional journey, she has served the educational community as a music teacher, technology coach, technology coordinator, and Director of Technology. She is most passionate about leading by example and creating systems of effective and efficient staff development for teachers and administrators.

What is your favorite quote?
"Having COURAGE does not mean that you lack fear; having COURAGE means that you don't let fear STOP you!"
What do you do when you're not at work?
I love spending time with my children, and posting reflective blog posts to Clifford's Tech Hub!
What is one app or digital tool that you couldn’t live without?
Google Keep
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Lisa Cutshall

Sr. Director of Innovative Learning
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Lisa Cutshall
Sr. Director of Innovative Learning
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
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Amanda Fisher

Director of Marketing
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Amanda Fisher
Director of Marketing

Prior to joining the team at Five-Star, Amanda served as a middle school language arts teacher and High Ability Coordinator. She is using her background in writing and education to spread the word about the great things Five-Star does.

What is one app that you can't live without?
Cozi calendar. My family uses it to keep track of everyone's schedule and collaborate on our shopping lists.
What is something most people would not know about you?
I play keyboard in our church's contemporary worship band.
Describe yourself in one word:
detail-oriented
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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.
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Adam Jones

Director of Innovative Data Strategies
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Adam Jones
Director of Innovative Data Strategies

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.
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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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Dr. Schauna Findlay Relue

Director of Strategic Partnerships
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Dr. Schauna Findlay Relue
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Relue provides professional learning on all things curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She stays abreast of current happenings through her role as President of Indiana ASCD and PARCC assessment consortium work group member. Dr. Relue earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Purdue.

What are your professional passions?
Curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Who is your favorite band?
Pink
What is one app or digital tool that you couldn’t live without?
Google calendar
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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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Steve Ricketts

Director of K-12 Services
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Steve Ricketts
Director of K-12 Services

Steve has been working in the K-12 IT industry since 1997. Steve is passionate about all things Technology related. This passion coupled with his "can do" positive attitude and extensive Technical background helps him assist K-12 districts move forward with their Technology Initiatives.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Steve Cassady - He took an interest in what we had to say. He listened.
What is your proudest professional moment since you came to work at Five-Star?
Being told that the work we have done for a district has completely transformed the way they are able to do business.
What is one device you couldn't live without?
Playstation 4 :)
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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!
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Yancy Unger

K-12 Strategic Advisor
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Yancy Unger
K-12 Strategic Advisor

Yancy travels to hundreds of schools engaging in conversations about what works in learning and incorporating technology into the classroom while cross-pollinating learning practices.

What is something most people would not know about you?
Co-wrote a musical with Charles Moman by writing the book.
Why do you work at Five-Star?
Our purpose of enriching schools is a great reason to get out of bed.
What is your all-time favorite book?
Great Expectations
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Kara Yates

Director of Innovative Learning
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Kara Yates
Director of Innovative Learning

Kara is a wife, mom to three young boys, and avid cook. She is passionate about inspiring and engaging educators so they can transform learning for students. Kara holds educational administration degree and spent over 15 years in the classroom as a digital leader before moving into administration.

Describe yourself in one word:
Hilarious
What is your favorite type of music?
80's & 90's
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mrs. Funkhouser. I had her for Word Power and English & she rerrified me in both. Her expectations were high and she demanded excellence.

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