Board & Advisors

Jean-Claude Brizard

Jean-Claude Brizard is President of UpSpring Education Group, a national network of highly experienced education practitioners and not-for-profit leaders who support the strategic, instructional, and operational work of school superintendents, public charter leaders, and education organizations across the United Stated and abroad. Prior to his current role, he was Chief Executive Officer for Chicago Public Schools, Superintendent for the Rochester City School District, Regional Superintendent for the New York City Department of Education, and the Executive Director of Secondary Schools for the New York City Department of Education. Jean-Claude is a Senior Advisor for The College Board and a Trustee for The Field Museum of Natural History. His work frequently appears in educational publications.

Michael Butler

Michael is a partner with the venture capital firm NCT Ventures. Prior to joining NCT Ventures, he served as President and Chief Distribution Officer for Nationwide Fund Distributors, LLC. In that role he was responsible for distribution for all Nationwide funds. During his 20-year tenure at Nationwide, Michael also served as Vice-President, Mutual Fund Strategy; Senior Vice-President, Qualified Plan Sales; and Manager of their independent broker dealer channel comprised of 85 field-based financial services wholesalers. Prior to his career with Nationwide, Michael served as CFO for an Ohio-based manufacturing and distribution company and as a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Whinney. Additional career highlights include business development/sales management for numerous business units, acquisitions/divestures of customers and competition, and formation of strategic partnerships. Michael holds an MBA from Ashland University and a BS in Accounting from The Ohio State University. Michael’s affiliations include CPA, CLU, ChFC and CFS, as well as insurance and securities licenses. To date, he has sat on the boards of 17 companies and is actively involved with the United Way of Central Ohio, Boys & Girls Clubs, Childhood League Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Ohio and Easter Seals.

Brady J. Churches

Brady is owner of MRL Sports. Prior to his current business, he served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Tuesday Morning Corporation; President of Columbus, OH-based Marketing Results, Ltd; President of Value City Department Stores, Home Store Division; and President of Mazel Stores, Inc. Prior to joining Mazel Stores, Inc., Brady worked for Big Lots, Inc. (formerly known as Consolidated Stores Corporation) where he served in roles of increasing responsibility that included Vice President of Merchandising, Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Executive Vice President of Merchandising, and President. During his tenure, Brady played a pivotal role in transforming Big Lots from an automotive discount retailer into the market leader in the off-price retail industry.

Walter J. Doyle

Walter is President of the angel capital investment firm Forest Capital. He also founded Biocrystal Ltd. and serves as its Executive Officer. Prior to becoming an angel investor and advisor, he was founder, President and CEO of Industrial Data Technologies (IDT) for 21 years. IDT designed, developed, manufactured and marketed innovative, high-tech industrial automation systems for factory applications in the automotive, plastics, metals, food packaging, and chemical industries. Walter successfully positioned and managed the acquisition of IDT by the Eaton Corporation. He also worked for Industrial Nucleonics/AccuRay Corporation in NYC and Columbus, Ohio and served as a US Army paratrooper. Walter holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an Electrical Engineering degree from City College of New York. Walter is a member of or on the board of a number of business and civic organizations.

Dan Quigg

Dan is CEO of Public Insight Corporation, a public data benchmarking platform, and CEO of Tecquiti, LLC, a communications infrastructure company. He is also an active partner in the North Coast Angel Fund, the fifth largest angel venture fund in the country. Dan has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Entrepreneurship program at Kent State University; Sr. Vice President, North American Sales and Professional Services for Merge Healthcare; CEO of RIS Logic (sold to Merge Healthcare); Vice President and General Manager of Best Software (acquired by Sage Software); CEO and Co-Founder of Omnivista Software (acquired by Best Software); and CEO and Founder of Business Systems Consultants. He started his career as a Manager in the Middle Market Practice at KPMG. Dan holds an MBA from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and a B.S. in Accounting from Valparaiso University. In addition to sitting on the board for Capture Education, Dan was appointed to the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2013, served on the LC2 Fellows for 2014, and serves on the National Council of the Valparaiso University College of Business.

Mike Sayre, Director / Advisor

Mike was enlisted in July 2016 to serve as interim CEO until transitioning out in January 2017. Mike is an accomplished C-level leader with a career history of successfully leading organizations through transformational change resulting in ever higher levels of performance and 25+ years of experience starting up, turning around, improving, growing, acquiring, integrating and divesting businesses in pre-revenue technology to $2B diversified manufacturing organizations. Prior to his roles at Capture Education, Mike served on public company, joint venture and privately held company boards, including four start-ups. He holds MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees in business, computer science and accounting from the Ohio State University.

Victor Thorne

Victor holds the title of Innovation Vanguard for ForgeX, an organization he created that is aimed at accelerating high-growth businesses. He is also a co-founder and partner at Broadline Capital, a global private investment firm. Prior to his current affiliations, he served as Managing Director for Columbus 2020, an economic development strategy designed to spur economic growth in central Ohio, and was Managing Director and member of the Ohio TechAngel Funds, one of the largest angel investor networks in the US. Prior to his involvement as an investor and start-up mentor, Victor was co-founder and led Business Development for EFS Network Inc. EFS was a leader in supply chain SaaS technology solutions for the trillion dollar global food system. EFS merged with iTradeNetwork in 2003, and the resulting company was acquired by Roper Industries in 2010 for $525 million. Victor holds an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and an A.B. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University. Victor currently sits on the boards of multiple companies and is a trustee of Columbus Academy.