The Visionaries

Jo Schneier CEO & Co-Founder A native of Israel, Jo Schneier has been developing cutting-edge Educational technology products since 1999. With her Cognotion colleagues, she built the two leading digital language products delivered via the Internet in the US foreign language K-12 market. She has also developed learning applications for governmental and corporate environments that were validated by third party efficacy trials as highly impactful. Prior to Cognotion, Mx. Schneier built an internationally recognized, full-fledged end-to-end business strategy and marketing consultancy, Third Space Creative, which has served large corporations, governments, the world’s largest publishers and leading universities. She has also served as a consultant for distinguished nonprofits in the field of human trafficking, including USAID. Mx. Schneier serves as a mentor and visiting speaker at New York University, Village Capital, and Cornell University. In addition, Mx. Schneier oversees current pedagogical and technology related Research & Development with the National Institute of Health, New York University, CUNY, the Department of State, and several Fortune 500 companies. Under Mx. Schneier, Cognotion has won the 1776 Education Challenge Cup, is a Techstars alum, won the Association of American Publishers REVERE award, and is in the Red Herring Top 100 companies.

Jo Schneier

CEO & Co-Founder

A native of Israel, Jo Schneier has been developing cutting-edge Educational technology products since 1999. With her Cognotion colleagues, she built the two leading digital language products delivered via the Internet in the US foreign language K-12 market. She has also developed learning applications for governmental and corporate environments that were validated by third party efficacy trials as highly impactful.

Prior to Cognotion, Mx. Schneier built an internationally recognized, full-fledged end-to-end business strategy and marketing consultancy, Third Space Creative, which has served large corporations, governments, the world’s largest publishers and leading universities. She has also served as a consultant for distinguished nonprofits in the field of human trafficking, including USAID. Mx. Schneier serves as a mentor and visiting speaker at New York University, Village Capital, and Cornell University. In addition, Mx. Schneier oversees current pedagogical and technology related Research & Development with the National Institute of Health, New York University, CUNY, the Department of State, and several Fortune 500 companies. Under Mx. Schneier, Cognotion has won the 1776 Education Challenge Cup, is a Techstars alum, won the Association of American Publishers REVERE award, and is in the Red Herring Top 100 companies.

Jonathan Dariyanani President & Co-Founder Jonathan Dariyanani was formerly a startup attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, where he represented both venture capital firms and startups. He has been an entrepreneur in the education space since 2003, when he sold his first company to LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. and led their language learning division. Dariyanani worked with the World Economic Forum and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to develop game changing tablet based literacy programs for undereducated girls in rural India.  Jonathan was also a pioneer in the on-line, for credit learning space. The company he co-owned was sold to K12, Inc., (NYSE:LRN), where Jonathan served post-acquisition as Creative Director of the Middlebury K12 Language Initiative and was responsible for the category leading product in the K-12 market. Jonathan worked extensively in the Middle East and lived in the region with his family while developing pioneering work in on-line vocational training for unemployed Middle Eastern youth. He is also the inventor and co-author of several patents in the area of on-line learning.  

Jonathan Dariyanani

President & Co-Founder

Jonathan Dariyanani was formerly a startup attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, where he represented both venture capital firms and startups. He has been an entrepreneur in the education space since 2003, when he sold his first company to LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. and led their language learning division. Dariyanani worked with the World Economic Forum and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to develop game changing tablet based literacy programs for undereducated girls in rural India. 

Jonathan was also a pioneer in the on-line, for credit learning space. The company he co-owned was sold to K12, Inc., (NYSE:LRN), where Jonathan served post-acquisition as Creative Director of the Middlebury K12 Language Initiative and was responsible for the category leading product in the K-12 market. Jonathan worked extensively in the Middle East and lived in the region with his family while developing pioneering work in on-line vocational training for unemployed Middle Eastern youth. He is also the inventor and co-author of several patents in the area of on-line learning.

 

 
Garry MacKenzie, MD Chief Clinical Officer Garry MacKenzie is a pioneering Interventional Cardiologist and former examiner in Internal Medicine for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He brings to Cognotion a more than 35 year history of leadership in Cardiology and Medicine in both the US and Canada. Garry has treated more than 100,000 patients and was amongst the first Interventional Cardiologists in North America to try a number of novel, innovative and complex procedures.  He was Cath Lab Director and Chief of Cardiology in both the US and Canada, and served as the President of a Medical Staff with over 600 members, including NPs and physicians. During his career at industry-leading Intermountain Health Care, the hospital was rated by CMS as a Top 5 in the United States for Cost Effective Care in heart failure management. He has won awards for teaching and has been a consultant to industry and government. He remains active in teaching of medical undergraduates and is now focused full-time on helping promote Cognotion's mission to bring state of the art teaching methods to allied healthcare professionals.

Garry MacKenzie, MD

Chief Clinical Officer

Garry MacKenzie is a pioneering Interventional Cardiologist and former examiner in Internal Medicine for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He brings to Cognotion a more than 35 year history of leadership in Cardiology and Medicine in both the US and Canada. Garry has treated more than 100,000 patients and was amongst the first Interventional Cardiologists in North America to try a number of novel, innovative and complex procedures.  He was Cath Lab Director and Chief of Cardiology in both the US and Canada, and served as the President of a Medical Staff with over 600 members, including NPs and physicians. During his career at industry-leading Intermountain Health Care, the hospital was rated by CMS as a Top 5 in the United States for Cost Effective Care in heart failure management. He has won awards for teaching and has been a consultant to industry and government. He remains active in teaching of medical undergraduates and is now focused full-time on helping promote Cognotion's mission to bring state of the art teaching methods to allied healthcare professionals.

Dennis Brooks Vice President of Sales Dennis Brooks has spent his whole career in healthcare. After graduating with a degree in Healthcare Administration, Dennis has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes and healthcare billing and consulting firms. He has been in charge of physician practice groups for large health systems, run business development for health care systems, operated and sold practice management software for physicians, and been the Administrator at several senior care facilities, including nursing homes and an assisted living community. 

Dennis Brooks

Vice President of Sales

Dennis Brooks has spent his whole career in healthcare. After graduating with a degree in Healthcare Administration, Dennis has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes and healthcare billing and consulting firms. He has been in charge of physician practice groups for large health systems, run business development for health care systems, operated and sold practice management software for physicians, and been the Administrator at several senior care facilities, including nursing homes and an assisted living community. 

 

I was so very impressed by the team, the masterful approach to the incredible detail and seamless flow needed to make this all work. It was indeed a privilege to see you all in action!
— -Kathy Owens, CNO

The Innovators