Our Team

Meet the Team that Makes the Impossible Happen, Every Day

Clarity Innovations is based in Portland, Oregon employing a network of dedicated engineers, experienced content writers, and talented instructional designers that extends across the country.

We’re a band of brave innovators exploring new forms of deepening and extending learning experiences across multiple media platforms. In fact, we view the entire world as a potential classroom, a venue ripe for participatory learning. The key is in connecting with a learner on a meaningful level. To do this, you must engage them with an alternative to the traditional while helping them to unlock new creativity, wonder, or knowledge within themselves.

We are always seeking individuals that share our vision, have passion for education, and are comfortable with working in a dynamic organization that achieves results for our clients and makes a difference for educators.

Frank Anderson

Software Engineer

Making websites scale in terms of usability and performance has always been a part of what Frank does. Frank is an enthusiastic devotee of Drupal, the widely used open source content management system known for its flexibility and versatility at creating a wide range of solutions. Frank applies his deep expertise in the architecture of Drupal to make solutions accessible, responsive and successful. Read more about Frank Anderson

Dale Basye

Content Developer

Dale is an award-winning writer, author, and content developer with twenty years of professional experience in journalism, advertising, marketing, publishing, technology and education. He’s gifted at providing creative, authoritative content and strategy that spans a diverse range of needs, circumstances, formats and audiences. Read more about Dale Basye

Jen Begonia

Client Lead & Producer

Having produced ingenious technology solutions for over two decades, Jen Begonia brings extensive expertise in content development, product strategy, project management, and client/stakeholder relationship management to Clarity. In that time, Jen has worn many hats; serving as director of content, vice president of product development, and executive producer. Read more about Jen Begonia

Steven Burt

Director of Strategy

Steve has worked for Clarity Innovations since 2002 and is currently the Director of Strategy. He oversees the development of new solutions for Clarity's clients. This process typically involves blending research-based practices with emerging technologies. He's paying a lot of attention right now to the education potential of emerging ecosystems as well as how changes in digital publishing are affecting teaching and learning. Having worked with educators and students for over two decades, Steve is skilled in understanding a wide variety of technologies and their application. Read more about Steven Burt

Dana Canaday

Creative Services Manager

Supporting and inspiring teams so that they can support and inspire is no simple feat. But Dana makes it look easy. Dana arrived at Clarity with an extensive background of managing teams and creating content for a virtual “who’s who” of ed-tech companies, including Renaissance Learning, Questar, NWEA, Learn Zillion, Learning.com, Edgenuity, LeapFrog, and Amplify. Read more about Dana Canaday

Tavia Clark

Learning Experience Designer

Deeply engaged. Voraciously curious. Eager to share. Talks the talk. Walks the walk.Tavia has nearly two decades of invaluable experience in coaching, leading, creating and developing learning experiences using innovative pedagogical methods, and in fostering powerful face-to-face and online learning opportunities. Read more about Tavia Clark

Dale Cody

eLearning Technical Producer

Dale Cody excels at bringing clients closer to their audiences with the best possible conceptual ideas and instructional design solutions possible. As an award-winning educator, Creative Director and published author, Dale employs the power of structured narrative and storytelling to underpin virtually everything he does. Then he brings them to life with innovative, engaging, and immersive solutions driven by cutting edge design and technology.   Read more about Dale Cody

John Cromett

Client Lead & Producer

With a background in technology spanning nearly 30 years, John brings a range of experiences and demonstrated success in developing software and websites for both children and adults. During this time, he has developed products in consumer, education and business markets, resulting in more than 25 major releases. Read more about John Cromett

Kelly de Vries

Software Engineer

Kelly takes her deep knowledge as a software engineer and deftly merges that with her in-the-trenches experience as a classroom educator and reading specialist. This is why she’s so brilliant at creating technology that helps make learning accessible and engaging for educators and the students they serve. Read more about Kelly de Vries

Lisa Fisher

Learning Experience Designer

With a background in early childhood education and instructional technology, Lisa brings a diverse wealth of knowledge to her position as an instructional designer. In her 10 years of experience as a classroom teacher, Lisa knows first-hand how technology can be used to develop early literacy, math, and science skills. She was a leader in her district for educational technology, writing grants and piloting technology programs in her school. Read more about Lisa Fisher

Jon Fronza

Infrastructure & Systems Manager

As Clarity’s Infrastructure & Systems Manager, Jon maintains all aspects of our technology infrastructure: servers, applications, processes and support. His effort enables us to collaborate, grow and adapt to emerging trends in technology. When he’s not managing Clarity’s infrastructure systems, he advises clients about best practices for system design scale and support. Read more about Jon Fronza

Jake Green

Graphic Designer

Jake views the creative challenges facing Clarity clients as exciting opportunities to employ his formidable visual communication and problem-solving skills. He treats the design process as a deeply collaborative blend of unique consideration and careful planning, so that his graphic design solutions are always the perfect match for a client’s objectives. Read more about Jake Green

Stefanie Hausman

Learning Experience Designer

Stefanie is dedicated to helping educators transform classrooms into 21st century learning environments where all students and teachers can engage in relevant, meaningful, and deep learning experiences augmented by emerging technologies. Stefanie has worn many hats in the field of education and educational technology over the last 25 years ⎼ as an adult education teacher, a middle school classroom teacher, and as a teacher trainer. Read more about Stefanie Hausman

Tod Johnston

Learning Experience Designer

Tod’s decade of classroom teaching gives him vital, in-the-trenches education expertise. In his most recent teaching assignment, he piloted a 1:1 classroom and saw first-hand the true potential of technology in the hands of students. Now, Tod draws on his teaching experience to create content that helps schools and educators effectively use technology to enhance learning. Read more about Tod Johnston

Aimen Khakwani

Software Engineer

Aimen has a penchant for tackling challenging code-based problems and thrives when collaborating closely with teams, whether face-to-face or remote. For the past three years, she has worked on both the back-end and front-end of Drupal; doing everything from theming and pre-processing content and forms, to creating REST APIs and custom modules. Read more about Aimen Khakwani

Jonathan Maier

Client Lead & Producer

For 25 years, Jonathan has created groundbreaking educational and entertainment media for children. His early career started in the computer gaming industry as an art director, before designing and producing games for preschool and elementary audiences. Over the years his focus has turned to educational titles and tools for grades K-12, as well as writing and consulting on children’s books and instructional products. Read more about Jonathan Maier

Luke D. Maier

Software Engineer

As a Software Engineer, Luke develops engaging applications for education. He works with a large variety of different environments and technologies, adapting to the needs of a project. Luke also supports our projects with his creative approach to quality assurance testing, documentation, and streamlining the automation of tasks. Read more about Luke D. Maier

John Marini

Director of Finance

John works behind the scenes with financial and operational acumen to ensure Clarity's long-term success and growth. When joining Clarity in 2002, John brought with him extensive finance, operations, and customer support management experience within the banking, telecommunications, and e-commerce industries. Read more about John Marini

A.J. McGladdery

Technical Producer for Quality Assurance

No matter how robust an ed-tech tool may be, if it doesn’t support learning in the trenches (that is to say, in the classroom) then it’s useless. Thank goodness for Clarity’s assurer of maximum technical quality, A.J. McGladdery. Read more about A.J. McGladdery

Jeff Ong

Software Engineer

Jeff sees the Web as a vast, digital tool belt: a launching pad for highly functional software that solves problems and reveals new possibilities. That’s why he is dedicated to creating powerful user experiences with every project—for organizations both large and small—that crosses his path. Read more about Jeff Ong

Allison Parker

Front-End Technical Producer

Allison works at the intersection of content, design, and engineering, keeping all of her diverse projects running smoothly with no traffic snarls. Her varied experience has made her something of a liaison between the various Clarity teams and disciplines, giving her unique insights into implementing the visual designs for numerous cutting-edge websites, applications, and learning experiences for our clients. Read more about Allison Parker

R. Thor Prichard

President & CEO

Thor Prichard leads Clarity Innovations and its team of education practitioners, designers, and technology professionals using their blended expertise to help clients improve the process and practice of teaching and learning in a global society. Read more about R. Thor Prichard

Tim Rayle

Software Engineer

Finding a gifted iOS Software Engineer is one thing. But finding one with a Masters in Education is something else entirely. Clarity struck ed-tech gold when we found Tim! Read more about Tim Rayle

Kailey Rhodes

Learning Experience Designer

As a middle school teacher, Kailey is passionate about pursuing educational solutions that keep students at the forefront of their learning experience. She has taken this passion beyond the classroom to various onsite and virtual classrooms of teachers around the world, having authored and piloted various curricula and led webinars on both education technology as well as pedagogical hotspots such as curriculum development and teaching grammar. Read more about Kailey Rhodes

Marc Sandoval

Software Engineer

Marc is comfortable working in a variety of development environments such as Java (Android), C++, JavaScript, HTML and PHP. His engineering expertise is invaluable in Clarity’s mobile apps efforts, as well as supporting the growing number of Drupal web applications we have created.  Read more about Marc Sandoval

Cecilia Singer

Graphic Designer

Cecilia takes complex ideas and communicates them with powerful visuals that engage, educate and inspire. She designs and produces digital and print materials for a wide variety of clients, programs, multifarious uses and media.  Read more about Cecilia Singer

Greg Watson

Engineering Manager

Greg has worked with educators and technology for over fifteen years. He loves the process of learning new technologies and using them to pragmatically solve real-word problems in education: working with educators to understand what they need, communicating possible solutions, and building tools that are simple-to-use. Read more about Greg Watson

Simone Wood

Software Engineer

After three years of leading our quality assurance processes, Simone quickly expanded her expertise into software engineering, theming, and accessibility, and now serves as one of our full-time software engineers. Simone is involved in a variety of client projects, contributing to the coding, debugging, and troubleshooting the solutions we build for clients. Read more about Simone Wood