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, he built the two leading digital language products delivered via the Internet in the US foreign language K-12 market. He 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 consultancy, Third Space Creative, which has served large corporations, governments, the world’s largest publishers and leading universities. He 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, he built the two leading digital language products delivered via the Internet in the US foreign language K-12 market. He 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 consultancy, Third Space Creative, which has served large corporations, governments, the world’s largest publishers and leading universities. He 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.

 

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. 

 
Caroline Young Chief Product Officer Caroline is a seasoned growth executive in the education technology space. She specializes in human-centered product design as well as platform and curriculum development. Caroline has experience taking video gaming and education technology companies from start-up stage to thriving sustainable businesses. While at Playdom, she led the development of “Market Street,” a video game whose success secured the company’s acquisition by Disney for $763MM. She has since led international development for workplace employability skills programs including those for young women in Saudi Arabia that reached over 100,000 students.    Caroline's vision is to give people the tools and inspiration they need to make a meaningful contribution at home and at work and to live a connected life. She holds an Engineering degree in Product Design from Stanford University and is also a professional life coach and stand up comedian.

Caroline Young

Chief Product Officer

Caroline is a seasoned growth executive in the education technology space. She specializes in human-centered product design as well as platform and curriculum development. Caroline has experience taking video gaming and education technology companies from start-up stage to thriving sustainable businesses. While at Playdom, she led the development of “Market Street,” a video game whose success secured the company’s acquisition by Disney for $763MM. She has since led international development for workplace employability skills programs including those for young women in Saudi Arabia that reached over 100,000 students. 

 

Caroline's vision is to give people the tools and inspiration they need to make a meaningful contribution at home and at work and to live a connected life. She holds an Engineering degree in Product Design from Stanford University and is also a professional life coach and stand up comedian.

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.

Harshawardhan Shetty Chief Technology Officer Harsh graduated from IIT Madras, which has produced some of the world's finest engineers and technology entrepreneurs. He received his masters in engineering from the University of Maryland and attended the MIT PhD program in Robotics. He also has an MBA from the Tuck school of business at Dartmouth.  Harsh began his career at leading Indian IT outsourcing firm Infosys, where he was a programmer working on complex software builds. He then worked in the US as a high level programmer before returning to India to lead technology at India's largest Education Non-Profit, Pratham, where he also functioned as Head of Operations and built one of the world's biggest data sets for educational outcomes, sponsored by UNICEF and the Dell Foundation, among others. Harsh worked as an investment banker in New York City at the Media and Telecom group for Citigroup. He has operated a start-up in India that trains hundreds of thousands of students in English, Math and Science using digital devices. He led a technology based health care intervention in Africa to prevent death in small children and secured funding from the Gates Foundation for a financial technology intervention. For the last several months Harsh has been working on the intersection between artificial intelligence and health care. Harsh brings with him the ability to code and program in multiple languages, run large software development teams, and understands IT field issues associated with educational deployments and the business considerations of Cognotion. 

Harshawardhan Shetty

Chief Technology Officer

Harsh graduated from IIT Madras, which has produced some of the world's finest engineers and technology entrepreneurs. He received his masters in engineering from the University of Maryland and attended the MIT PhD program in Robotics. He also has an MBA from the Tuck school of business at Dartmouth. 

Harsh began his career at leading Indian IT outsourcing firm Infosys, where he was a programmer working on complex software builds. He then worked in the US as a high level programmer before returning to India to lead technology at India's largest Education Non-Profit, Pratham, where he also functioned as Head of Operations and built one of the world's biggest data sets for educational outcomes, sponsored by UNICEF and the Dell Foundation, among others. Harsh worked as an investment banker in New York City at the Media and Telecom group for Citigroup. He has operated a start-up in India that trains hundreds of thousands of students in English, Math and Science using digital devices. He led a technology based health care intervention in Africa to prevent death in small children and secured funding from the Gates Foundation for a financial technology intervention.

For the last several months Harsh has been working on the intersection between artificial intelligence and health care. Harsh brings with him the ability to code and program in multiple languages, run large software development teams, and understands IT field issues associated with educational deployments and the business considerations of Cognotion. 

Eliza Tutellier, MA, MBA is Cognotion’s chief academic officer with 12+ years experience managing all aspects of the book development and publishing process for thought leaders in the personal growth, philosophy, and behavioral health fields. Before joining Cognotion, Eliza served as senior acquisitions editor for Central Recovery Press, where she spent five years working with addiction treatment and recovery professionals, mental health experts, therapists, and clinicians to bring their hard-won expertise and breakthrough insights to both professional and lay audiences. Eliza is an empathic healer, voracious solutions seeker, and a tireless advocate for a radically compassionate approach to the unlocking of human potential.

Eliza Tutellier, MA, MBA is Cognotion’s chief academic officer with 12+ years experience managing all aspects of the book development and publishing process for thought leaders in the personal growth, philosophy, and behavioral health fields. Before joining Cognotion, Eliza served as senior acquisitions editor for Central Recovery Press, where she spent five years working with addiction treatment and recovery professionals, mental health experts, therapists, and clinicians to bring their hard-won expertise and breakthrough insights to both professional and lay audiences. Eliza is an empathic healer, voracious solutions seeker, and a tireless advocate for a radically compassionate approach to the unlocking of human potential.

Susan Driscoll Advisor Susan Driscoll is a hands-on executive with extensive experience in higher education and healthcare training, and proven ability to drive business growth through strategic differentiation and transformational leadership. Most recently, Susan was CEO of pingmd, a healthcare IT startup focused on HIPAA compliant communication. Prior to that, Susan was CEO of Wolters Kluwer Health, Professional and Education.  There she delivered 90% digital revenue CAGR from 2010 to 2014 while exceeding EBITA budget targets for five straight years. Earlier, she served as CEO of iUniverse, a startup funded by Barnes & Noble and Warburg Pincus, where she led the business to profitability in less than 18 months and managed an offshore production team based in Shanghai, China. Susan successfully managed and negotiated the sale of iUniverse to Bertram Capital in 2007. Susan has broad functional experience and has held roles as VP of Operations, VP Strategy, VP Marketing, and VP of Product and Technology. She has direct experience in global markets with a focus on India and China, and was an invited speaker at the 2010 Beijing International Book Fair. Susan served on the Executive Board of the Association of American Publishers and was named one of the Top 50 Women in Publishing in 2009.  She is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame.

Susan Driscoll

Advisor

Susan Driscoll is a hands-on executive with extensive experience in higher education and healthcare training, and proven ability to drive business growth through strategic differentiation and transformational leadership. Most recently, Susan was CEO of pingmd,
a healthcare IT startup focused on HIPAA compliant communication. Prior to that, Susan was CEO of Wolters Kluwer Health, Professional and Education.  There she delivered 90% digital revenue CAGR from 2010 to 2014 while exceeding EBITA budget targets for five straight years. Earlier, she served as CEO of iUniverse, a startup funded by Barnes & Noble and Warburg Pincus, where she led the business to profitability in less than 18 months and managed an offshore production team based in Shanghai, China. Susan successfully managed and negotiated the sale of iUniverse to Bertram Capital in 2007.

Susan has broad functional experience and has held roles as VP of Operations, VP Strategy, VP Marketing, and VP of Product and Technology. She has direct experience in global markets with a focus on India and China, and was an invited speaker at the 2010 Beijing International Book Fair. Susan served on the Executive Board of the Association of American Publishers and was named one of the Top 50 Women in Publishing in 2009.  She is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame.

 

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