Our Team

Meet the Team that Makes the Impossible Happen, Everyday

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.

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. When he’s not researching emerging trends and technologies that the education industry will discover and embrace 3-5 years from now, Thor is consulting with clients the likes of Intel Education, Adobe Systems, Common Sense Media, Math Learning Center, littleBits, and PASCO scientific on their education product strategy and technology innovation plans. 

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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 in the classroom. Read more about Steven Burt

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

John Cromett

Creative Services Manager

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

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

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. Greg’s background in systems thinking, technology management, software engineering and user support makes him a natural at using and developing these type of solutions using Drupal and other modern, open-source platforms. Read more about Greg Watson

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, content developer and creative director 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. He’s excellent at synthesizing complex information into actionable, easy-to-understand content and enjoys employing his extensive skills to create powerful experiences that engage, inspire and exceed expectations.    Read more about Dale Basye

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

Laura Davis

Client Lead / Producer

Laura Davis is inspired by the potential of technology to revolutionize education so that students and teachers alike can reap the bounty of modern learning methods. And—for over a decade—Laura has served as an educator and architect of profound learning experiences: designing, developing and deploying user-centered, project-based curriculum that meets the unique needs of individual learners. Laura thrives in agile, cross-divisional teams to create dynamic and powerful learning tools with flawless implementation that personalize learning for students on a massive scale. Read more about Laura Davis

Lisa Fisher

Instructional 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

Stefanie Hausman

Content Developer

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, a teacher trainer, and currently as a Content Developer for Clarity Innovations. Read more about Stefanie Hausman

Tod Johnston

Content Developer

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. As a member of Clarity’s content team, Tod uses his strengths as a writer to author instructional materials: including both online and face-to-face professional learning courses for educators and student-facing curriculum Read more about Tod Johnston.

Jonathan Maier

Producer / Client Lead

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. 

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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.

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Meighan Maloney

Client Lead / Producer

Meighan has more than 20 years of experience guiding the development of multi-modal professional development projects for teachers, school psychologists, librarians, nurses, corrections professionals, and others. She has managed the budget, schedule, and personnel for more than $28 million in educational projects, under the auspices of the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Education, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tribal governments, private foundations and non-profit and corporate clients. She has broad experience coordinating the input of administrators, content advisors, designers, technicians and other stakeholders, ensuring ongoing prioritization and communication. Previously, she served as Series Manager for the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Newton's Apple and as Executive Producer for Educational Media at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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Elizabeth Marquis

Graphic Designer

Elizabeth uses her twenty years of experience as a graphic designer/art director to create works of intuitive, user-friendly design for Clarity. During her career, she has provided surefooted design and art direction across multiple disciplines—including mobile, web, print, and environments—for small design shops, nonprofit start-ups, and advertising agencies. She is also deeply involved in supporting Clarity’s Design and Production team: managing weekly updates and tracking forecasting.

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Allison Parker

Technical Producer

Whether it’s comprehensive research into an exciting new platform, digging deeper to connect a client with the ultimate solution, or supporting her team into taking the next big idea from the whiteboard to the classroom, Allison keeps track of the many details that can make or break an initiative.

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Kailey Rhodes

Content Developer

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 issues such as curriculum writing and teaching grammar. Kailey teaches 6th grade mathematics at a nearby arts school, where students spend just as much time in academic subjects as arts classes. 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

Simone Wood

Technical Producer

Simone Wood oversees Clarity’s QA processes— testing iOS, Drupal, Android, and Windows 8-10 education-related apps and websites—and is our go-to for Drupal maintenance and theming support. Simone has worked as a technical producer on the Engineering team at Clarity Innovations for the last year, and before that as a contract Quality Assurance specialist. At Clarity, Simone is involved in a variety of projects to test for bugs and advocate for the end user. In this role, she coordinates with engineers and project leads to identify and assess bugs, feature requests, and overall usability. Read more about Simone Wood