Evergreen was founded in 2000 and now has six full-time staff. We also tap into a large network of professionals from around the country with expertise in education, technology and other areas who often work on our projects. Our network of consultants and subcontractors who have worked on our projects includes Blue Marble Creative, Matthew Wicks and Associates, Zebo Media Group, and David Glick and Associates.
Lauren grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan before attending Denison University in Ohio. In 2007, she graduated with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in communication. While there she played on the Women’s Varsity Basketball team for four years. After graduating she worked at Michigan Virtual University analyzing and configuring research data. She then joined Ryan Marketing Group where she provided technical support for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s national championship tournaments. Before joining Evergreen Education Group, Lauren took time to travel and volunteer abroad. She now lives in Durango, Colorado and enjoys hiking and trail running.
Tami Kleban has over 20 years in business consulting and accounting systems technology. Most recently, she is providing accounting, bookkeeping and accounting systems expertise for businesses in Evergreen, Colorado. Prior to owning her consulting practice, she worked as an SAP implementation analyst for a titanium metals company in Denver. While serving as a systems implementation specialist at an accounting software company and a Big 8 accounting firm, she acquired her experience of implementing, training and supporting end users on various software packages, business process reengineering projects and software selections. Tami has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Butch Gemin has over 20 years of marketing, sales and business startup experience in online learning, educational software and publishing. Before joining Evergreen Education Group, Butch held executive positions with two innovative educational nonprofit organizations, the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education and Prometheus. At Evergreen Butch has co-authored the Promising Practices in Online Learning series, Keeping Pace with Online Learning report, and consulted with higher education institutions, state virtual schools, and state education agencies.
John Watson, founder of the Evergreen Education Group, started consulting in 2000 after serving as director of business development and consultant for eCollege, where he helped educational organizations launch their online programs and was instrumental in developing the company’s K-12 strategy. John and Evergreen’s work has been cited in the New York Times, Education Week, and eSchool News, he has appeared on NBC Nightly News, and he has presented numerous times at the Virtual School Symposium of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, Technology and Leadership Conference of the National School Boards Association, and other conferences. Prior to online learning, John worked in environmental consulting, environmental education, and a variety of other education, environmental, and travel-related fields. John holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MS and MBA from the University of Michigan.