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Dzana Homan, CEO

Dzana served four years as COO of Goddard Systems, a franchised educational services company. She has earlier CEO tenure in franchised educational services, with two and a half years as CEO of Huntington Learning Centers and over five years as CEO of Futurekids Computer Learning Centers. She began her corporate career working for a franchisee, so she has been on both sides of the franchisor/franchisee table and possesses very strong franchisee relations sensibilities and skills. Beyond her industry and CEO experience, Dzana is a classically trained pianist who has also played rock/contemporary music and sang in clubs. She joined School of Rock in 2014.

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Lisa Merry, COO

With over 20 years of experience in the childhood education industry, Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge to School of Rock. Previously, Lisa held the position of vice president of operations at Huntington Learning Center, where she was responsible for company center and franchise operations. Lisa was not only instrumental in expanding the Huntington Learning Center to over 250 locations, but also in helping all students reach their highest potential by improving success rates at each location. Music has been a significant influence in Lisa's life since childhood, and she finds great value in School of Rock’s mission to inspire a passion for music in children.

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Elliot Baldini, Senior Vice President of Marketing

Elliot is a lifelong musician with a passion for performance. Before joining School of Rock, Baldini served various marketing strategy roles at a variety of companies, including Guitar Center and Sears Holding Corporation. His background includes a specialty in eCommerce and brand development.

“Elliot has shown extraordinary talent in analytical decision making and strategic marketing, and we are thrilled to have him lead our marketing here,” said School of Rock CEO, Dzana Homan. “We are confident that his expertise will prove to be a valuable asset as School of Rock looks towards further expansion in the coming years.”

Elliot joined the School of Rock team in 2015 and is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the franchise’s ongoing success.

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Shannon Holtzman, Senior Vice President of Accounting and Finance

Shannon’s extensive work in music and franchising has helped her oversee financial growth for multiple companies, including as Controller for School of Rock. Her music background includes eight years at House of Blues and Live Nation where she was VP of Finance. She joined School of Rock in 2012.

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Brian McComak, Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Brian has a lifelong passion for music and sings whenever possible. He is thankful for this opportunity to lead HR for School of Rock and looking forward to working with such a talented group of people passionate about bringing music to young people.

Brian brings 25 years of experience in human resources and operations to his role. Prior to joining School of Rock, he held human resources leadership roles with The Walt Disney Company, Christie’s, L’Oreal and Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster). His operations management career was with AMC Theatres.

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Colin Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Franchise Development

Colin grew up all over the place but would call Houston, TX his hometown. Prior to joining School of Rock, he worked in franchise development for a large multi-branded franchisor and has been involved in franchising in various capacities since the ripe age of 15. Colin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and loves 90's era rock. He is passionate about School of Rock's mission and considers it a privilege to play a role in helping people find the greater sense of purpose SoR provides.

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Stacey Paez, Vice President of Business Development

Stacey comes to School of Rock with over 12 years of work in Education and Franchising. After graduating Rutgers University, she started her career at Huntington Learning Centers bringing her passion for kids and education together. Stacey raised the bar at Huntington quickly growing her center to the top of the nation, and moving on to run the top region in the Northeast. After ten years at Huntington, Stacey went on to define quality, raise standards, and drive results at Goddard Preschools by implementing operations to support and grow the top and bottom line schools.

Although Stacey does not play an instrument she has always been very passionate about music. Her love for the Beatles started back in middle school when most kids were listening to New Kids on the Block. This excitement for music and childhood education made School of Rock an easy choice.

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Sam Dresser, Senior Director of Information Strategy

Sam has always had a passion for music as well as technology. While pursuing a music degree in Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, he also began to work at Apple in its retail stores. After completing his degree, he ended up spending almost ten years at Apple focusing on technical support, management, and training. His two passions have now found their home at School of Rock. He has been with School of Rock since 2013, and today he oversees the use of technology across the company to ensure training, support, and systems, are all world class.

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Chuck Prenter, Director of Franchise Development

Chuck comes to School of Rock with over 25 years experience in franchise development. Chuck's passion for music started early as a drummer. He has always been active in coaching youth sports so combining his love of music and kids along with franchising has been a dream come true.

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Justin Nihiser, Director of Franchise Development

Justin grew up in Ohio, dreaming of the day when he'd be able to make music a part of his job. He graduated Berklee College of Music in 2004 and joined the millions of other folks who were quickly migrating to sunbelt cities, eventually landing in Atlanta. While still finding his way in the south, Justin was tapped to open a School of Rock, and he's not looked back since. Justin has also written music that currently receives airtime on dozens of networks and hundreds of shows globally, including having his music used on the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics. Justin has been with School of Rock since 2007.

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Melody Easton, Franchise Business Consultant

Melody Easton joined the School of Rock community in 2012 as General Manager for the Baltimore location before becoming Director of Franchise Operations in March of 2015. Prior to moving to Baltimore, Melody spent several years in NYC working for Blue Man Group in both the Artistic Direction and Creative Development Departments. At Blue Man Group she had the pleasure of recording several voice overs for their touring and national productions, as well as marketing campaigns. She has also worked as a road manager for an Austin-based rock band.

A bass player and singer, Melody was the live bassist and back up vocalist for Karen Rockower in Brooklyn, NY. She has also been a backup dancer and choreographer for Evil Cowards, a side project for the band Electric 6. She holds a B.A. from Goucher College.

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Colleen Bell, Franchise Business Consultant

Colleen founded one of the first modern roller derby leagues in 2004 in herhometown of Madison, WI. She spent the next seven years building the roller derby empire as General Manager of the Mad Rollin’ Dolls and as President of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association before joining School of Rock in 2011. She has found many similarities between young rockers and rollergirls, but the kids smell better.

Musically, she’s an enthusiastic hack who can occasionally be found on minor stages with her band Death By Diesel.

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Kris Kierulff, Director of Company Operations

Kris Kierulff, aka Kris K, began his career in the music industry as a concert promoter and radio DJ at Western Washington University, all the while having a desire to one day work with youth, Kris designed a degree at Fairhaven College in Youth Empowerment through Artistic Expression. Kris has worked for One Reel and Bumbershoot, been a tour manager, booking agent, production manager, and talent buyer. Basically, if it has to do with live music, he's been there, done that and traveled across the United States and Europe with bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Eels, and Architecture in Helsinki. Kris opened the School of Rock Seattle in 2008, steadily growing it to a systemwide top performer and currently manages 15 Company owned School of Rock locations nationwide.

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Ken Tomczack, Franchise Development Coordinator

A Denver semi-native, Ken has spent his entire career working in the music business including radio and concert promotions at venues such as Fiddler’s Green, Pepsi Center and the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater. A singer and guitarist, Ken recently released a melodic hard rock album "Thrill To Your Touch" under the band name Fortress. He is excited to help franchise candidates across the world learn more about School of Rock franchising and the scope of SoR programs.