Leadership

Donald Jacobs, Ph.D.

Executive Chairman, Founder

Don uses his 35+ years of education experience to lead PLS 3rd Learning with a focus on designing and developing projects that have high impact in education.

Dedicated to inspiring and promoting educational excellence throughout his lifetime, Don founded the award-winning Center for Applied Technologies in Education at the University at Buffalo, led projects and planning initiatives with educational organizations across the world, and helped develop signature projects in New York State, Pennsylvania, Texas, Costa Rica, Panama, and Turkey.

Don has also collaborated with renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall to develop technology-based projects that advance environmental education and awareness throughout the world.

Education

  • Ph.D., Educational Organization, Administration and Policy, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • M.S., Instructional Systems Design, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • B.S., Art Education, SUNY College at Buffalo
  • Arts, language and history coursework, University of Siena, Italy

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    Stephen G. Barkley, M.Ed.
    Chief Learning Officer, Executive VP
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    Robert Daunce, MBA
    Chief Information Officer
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    David Duran
    Chief Technology Officer
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    Colin Freeburg, MBA
    Chief Financial Officer
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    Brian Heyward, M.A., Ed.D.
    CEO
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    Michael Horning Jr., M.Ed., Ed.D.
    President, Co-Founder
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    Donald Jacobs, Ph.D.
    Executive Chairman, Founder
  • Kelly Mekdeci, Ed. D.
    Sr. VP for Professional Growth
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    Scott Nadzan
    Chief Revenue Officer
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    Bob Shinskie, M.Eng.
    PLS Gov Group President