About Evergreen

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.

Stacy Hawthorne

Stacy Hawthorne has worked in parochial and public schools, as a mathematics and computer education teacher, gifted intervention specialist, Technology Integration Coordinator, and Creativity and Innovation Strategist. Stacy authored the proposal which earned Medina High School one of eTech Ohio’s $138,000 Blended Learning Grants. She designed, implemented and administered this innovative blended learning program which has been featured in local and national news, including Converge magazine. She has spoken at local and national conferences on blended learning and has vast experience with a wide range of educational technology.

Stacy earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia, her teaching license and Master of Educational Administration from Ashland University, and her gifted endorsement from the University of Cincinnati. She is listed on the SENG National Honor Roll, was named a 2011 Mathematics Education Trust Future Leader by the NCTM, received a News Channel 5 Terrific Teacher Tribute, and won the America’s Promise Alliance Saving our Futures Grant in 2009, and the Blackboard Catalyst Award in 2013. She currently serves as the president-elect for ISTE’s SIGAdmin.

Lauren Vashaw

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

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.

Amy Murin

Amy Murin brings 20 years of education, nonprofit management, and technology experience to Evergreen. She is the Lead Researcher for the annual report Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning, and works with school districts and other agencies to help them start and grow online and blended programs. She started in online education with eCollege, working in client management and product management. Amy also has an extensive background in nonprofit management, fundraising, and research / writing, most recently writing for the development team at National Jewish Health. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Social Sciences from Vanderbilt University, and a master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Chris Rapp

Chris Rapp has spent over 20 years in online education, digital publishing and educational technology. Most recently, Chris served in executive roles for statewide virtual schools in Colorado and Idaho. As Executive Director for Colorado Online Learning, Chris led the organization to a 50% increase in enrollments, while maintaining a student completion rate of over 88%. While serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, Chris managed the development of dozens of new online courses, while also implementing a thorough review and revision process for over 150 existing courses. As a pioneer in internet-based online learning, Chris was the founding Director of the Center for Internet Technology in Education (CiTE) at eCollege and served as a Senior Consultant working with universities such as Seton Hall University, the University of Montana and Drexel University to set up their first online programs. Chris has also served as an Editor of digital media for Prentice Hall and Manager of Showcase Schools for TCI Educational Technologies. Chris has a B.A. in Television Journalism from the University of Georgia – Athens and a M.S in Telecommunications/New Media from Indiana University – Bloomington.

Butch Gemin

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

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.