The Team

Karianne Pulli
Executive Director

With over 15 years experience, Karianne has oversight of strategic partnerships, course and program development, and recruitment of instructors and coordinators across the country. Her keen ability to attract a high level of educator talent has contributed to the huge success of affiliate partners.

Steve Horning
Executive Director

With over 20 years at EDS, Steve has oversight of strategic marketing initiatives, technology, and operations. As liaison between universities and EDS, Steve ensures registration and transcript efficiency across the teams. His ability to manage both strategic and tactical relationships has enabled EDS to grow tremendously over the past five years.

Lori Spinelli-Samara
Director of Education

As a career educator, Lori worked as a public school teacher, professional learning and development specialist and an educational consultant. The focus of her work has been growing teachers as leaders through professional learning, mentoring and coaching. She has developed and led school, district and national professional learning opportunities for teachers, administrators and leadership teams. She has been with EDS for four years.

Bob Wellman, MBA
Program Director

Working at EDS for nearly 7 years, Bob supports daily operations and facilitates all marketing initiatives. He is responsible for all web site development, technological enhancements and student support activities. His former role as Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer for media and technology companies has provided a solid foundation to the EDS infrastructure.

Joe Herz, MA
Digital Learning Specialist & Technology Instructor

Joe’s tenure and scope as an educator (35+ years) brings a broad spectrum of combined K-12 classroom and professional development instruction and curriculum development support to EDS. Joe currently serves as an instructor, program coordinator, and digital learning support specialist for educators nationwide. He has been with EDS since the very beginning and has helped direct our digital learning focus and platforms.

Lisa Dempsey
Customer & IT Support Liaison

Lisa has been with EDS for nine years. In her role as Customer and IT Support Liaison, she helps develop and support EDS' website and registration systems, she coordinates the delivery of EDS digital marketing initiatives and assists with the development of all IT platforms for the company. Lisa is your front-line go-to person when needing technical or registration assistance!

Our growing team of over 25 course development/instructors and 40 professional development coordinators serves both US and International students. We are educators developing and facilitating courses for educators!