President / Chief Executive Officer
Randy Gaschler is President of Innovative Education Management which has managed 13 successful California charters. He has been in education as a teacher, administrator, charter school founder and advocate to change education. Read more…
Chief Operations Officer
Jodi Jones began her work with charter schools in 1997 working in the database department with one of California’s original charter schools, Horizon Instructional Systems which was the start of IEM. As of December 1, 2017, Jodi re-joined the IEM team as Chief Operations Officer. Read more…
IEM – Administrative Directors
IEM Executive Director
IEM Board Corporate Secretary
Student Enrollment / Records Services
Susan Clark has worked in public education for the past 23 years in a variety of capacities such as administration, special education, classroom support, office support and most importantly as a parent. Susan began her IEM career in the first year of operation in Placerville. She is passionate about the vision of IEM to provide individualized learning plans for all students and honoring parents decision making for their own children. She continues to be impressed with the organization’s Guiding Principles and enjoys teaching and promoting them to staff. Her role is diverse and includes being part of the Advisory Council and the Executive Director Team. She participates in policy and procedures changes and overall management of the organization. She also serves as district liaison to one of our sponsoring districts, Corporate Secretary to the IEM Board, and the Director of Student Records, Enrollment, Parent Support and IEM Main Office management. Her passion is to pass on the IEM legacy and vision by ensuring organizational sustainability so that we can offer our program to students, parents and staff for years to come.
IEM Executive Director
Wendy Gaschler serves as an Executive Director for IEM as well as in other capacities. As Executive Director she has a key role in supporting the vision and philosophy of IEM schools. She serves on the IEM Advisory Council which supports the development of overall policy for IEM operations. Wendy is very proud to have been a part of the charter school movement since 1994 and has supported IEM schools since their inception. Currently Wendy is the Director of Accounting and Contracted Programs and has 25 years of combined accounting experience in both public non-profit and private accounting. She takes pride in her work and
leads the accounting team in their various task such as the daily operations of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Contracted Programs.
Information Technology Services
Eugene Linger serves as IEM’s Director of Information Technology (I.T.). As the information age continually evolves, Eugene’s team aggressively stays on the leading edge to provide technology support for IEM’s Charter Schools. Eugene’s team is responsible for IEM’s proprietary Student Information System(SIS), G Suites for Education, IEM’s Internet/Intranet Websites, and School’s Network Infrastructure. Eugene has 25 plus years in I.T. with a variety of technical certifications including a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Degree from Old Dominion University with Majors in Economics and Management Information Systems.
As the Director of Enrollment Services, Cortney oversees the Student Records/Assigning, Attendance, Parent Support/Intake departments, and main reception at IEM. Some of her responsibilities include identifying and implementing legislative changes that affect the IEM departments to ensure legal compliance, oversight of annual state and federal reporting, and facilitating and administering best policies and practices insuring the accuracy of record keeping and privacy. Cortney believe that a parent knows their student best, and optimizing a parent’s choice to make educational decisions for their student supports an environment that develops a life-long learner. She has worked for IEM since 2006, and hold a Bachelor of Business Management, including certification in Project Management, and a Master of Business Administration.
Human Resource Services
As Director of Human Resource Services, Steven’s responsibilities include the oversight of talent acquisition, HRIS, classification and compensation, performance and discipline management, employee relations, employee benefits, policies and procedures, state and federal reporting, and providing support and leadership to faculty, staff and administration on all things human resources. Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the California State University, Sacramento. He has completed professional certification in Human Resources Management with the University of Phoenix, he has also earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute and is certified as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Committed to life-long learning, he plans to complete his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resource Management at North Central University. Steven is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), is the past President of a local SHRM chapter and has also served on the Arizona State Council for the Arizona Society of Human Resources Management (AZSHRM).
Vendor & Purchasing Services
John Wilberger is the Director of Vendor and Purchasing Services and the Director of the General Services / Risk Management / Facilities departments for IEM. He has been an advocate for the home school and independent study movement since its inception and began homeschooling his children in 1989. His daughter is enrolled in an IEM charter school. John oversees the Vendor Relations and OML department as well as administering the workers’ compensation and commercial package insurance policies for IEM and the IEM schools. In addition, John is responsible for the risk management, safety and support services including the oversight of all contracts for the organization. John has contributed his expertise in many areas since 2001, which includes executive administrative leadership teams, Human Resources, played a pivotal role in (4) successful charter renewals as District Liaison and is currently overseeing the CHRIS Project. Prior to coming on board with IEM, John spent 17 years with NEC Electronics, Inc., as a manager.
IEM Managed Schools – Academic Directors
IEM Executive Director
Teacher Support Services
As Executive Director Burke Wallace has a key role in supporting the vision and management of IEM schools. As Director of Teacher Support Services, he oversees the hiring, training, evaluation, and retention of the Education Specialists (ES’s). His department handles parent concerns, ensures ES’s have the tools necessary to effectively serve their students, collaborates with other departments to positively roll out changes in policy and procedure, and creates professional development opportunities for both staff and parents to improve student learning. Burke believes all people are capable of being life-long learners and in addition to teaching and administrative credentials, he has earned a Master of Arts degree in Religion, a Master’s in Education, and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Education Support Services
Our Director of Education Support Services, Cynthia Rachel oversees the academic compliance related aspects of running charter schools. Her department handles WASC accreditation, charter renewal, district support, state and federal reporting including LCAP, Parent Council and Governing Board, as well as working with all departments to insure that updated legislative requirements are addressed and new policies are developed. To model lifelong learning in a professional capacity Cynthia has earned a Master’s in Education- Curriculum and Instruction and holds an Administrative Credential.
Curriculum and Guidance Services
Brandy Anderson serves as the Director of Curriculum & Guidance for all IEM charter schools. He is the father of 6 children, with the four oldest attending South Sutter Charter School. As a homeschooling parent, he understands the challenges and rewards of homeschooling your children. In the area of Curriculum, his department coordinates all aspects of the RtI (Response to Instruction) program, English Learner student support, student learning analytics, and the training of parents and teachers in various curriculum options, educational approaches, and ongoing trainings on the CA state standards. In the area of Guidance, his team of Guidance Coordinators work closely with each high school family to help them navigate through various high school pathways so that each student can develop a plan to achieve their career and college goals. Brandy Anderson has a Bachelor’s degree in Botany (UCSB) and M.S. / Ph.D. in Soil Science (Univ. of Vermont), with Single Subject Teaching Credentials in Geoscience and Biological Science.
Special Education Services
Maria Carr is the Director of Special Education for non-profit management company, Innovative Education Management. She has 12 years of experience in California charter schools as a Director of Special Education. Maria has presented at conferences such as the California Charter School Development Conference, SEIS Users Conference as well as the CCSA conference. She holds a multiple subject credential, special education credential as well as an administrative credential. She supports and supervises the Special Education Department as well as the SST and 504 processes. Maria is committed to effective collaboration with all families and students.
Melissa Gonzalez serves as IEM’s Director of Assessment. Her department is responsible for all aspects of local and state school assessments. This includes addressing parent concerns, local assessment selections, assessment-related training, test site logistics, assessment compliance, and data reporting to all stakeholders. Melissa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley and her teaching credential from CSU Stanislaus. She is also VPSS certified in English, Math, History, and Science. She has been an educator since 2001 and has spent her entire career with California charter schools, most of that time with IEM Schools. She believes that all students have the ability to succeed and feels strongly about the individualized educational opportunities and support that IEM schools provide to our students and families.