Dominick Fedele, Chief Executive Officer
Dominick Fedele has extensive operational and executive experience leading widely disbursed multi-site businesses in education management and consumer services. Prior to joining Brain Balance, Mr. Fedele most recently served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Group President at Education Corporation of America (ECA), where he led operations at the corporate, regional, and field levels. He managed a revenue portfolio of over $400m across multiple brands and program offerings covering 62 campus locations. He was Sr. Vice President of Operations at Kaplan Higher Education Corporation (KHEC) and played a key role in the sale and subsequent integration of KHEC into ECA.
Previously, he worked as Vice President and Managing Director for the Le Cordon Blue Culinary Division of Career Education Corporation (CEC) where he led significant student population and revenue growth, across 15 campuses, leading to revenue increases of over $400m. During his 17-year tenure in the education sector, he had the privilege of supporting the education, graduation, and job placement of thousands of students. In addition to his work in education, Mr. Fedele worked for McDonald’s Corporation providing financial operations support to several hundred restaurant sites.
Mr. Fedele is focused on developing innovative strategies and solutions to drive consistent business growth and value. He brings an emphasis on hiring strong personnel and providing essential training and development to strengthen company vision and performance. He takes a collaborative approach to leading a business, promoting strong communication and relationship development across an organization. With a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Elmhurst College, Mr. Fedele has a strong analytical and financial background at the foundation of his operational leadership and creative entrepreneurial skills. Dominick is passionate about helping clients improve their life by providing a product or service that helps them achieve their goals.
Jason Licar, MBA, CPA Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Mr. Licar joins Brain Balance with 25+ years experience working in finance, financial analytics, operations and accounting. Most recently he has held the CFO role with 2 private equity firms, in addition to running his own successful business. He has also worked with several leading companies, including KPMG, McDonald’s Corporation, Career Education Co. and Kaplan Higher Education. He holds an MBA from DePaul University and an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Iowa.
Mr. Licar has extensive experience in corporate finance and financial analytics, as well as running operations for new start-ups. In his role with Brain Balance, he is focused on assessing and impacting the financial health of the organization, counseling on best practices, financial management & growth of existing businesses while assessing the viability and growth of new initiatives.
Thu Vo, Senior Vice President of Technology
Thu Vo is an accomplished leader in the education management industry. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in delivering technology solutions, driving operational excellence and growth, and optimizing and transforming IT operations.
Thu has vast knowledge in information systems, as she began her career successfully designing and deploying enterprise-wide solutions to sales and support users across North America and Europe. Prior to joining Brain Balance, she held roles as Executive Director at Kaplan Higher Education and Education Corporation of America, where she was instrumental in driving company efficiency and effectiveness by leading a variety of automation, process improvement and business intelligence initiatives. Most recently, Thu successfully revitalized and implemented a company-wide Customer Relationship Management system at ECPI University, delivering unmatched business solutions to over 22 locations resulting in increased productivity and contributing to company savings and growth.Thu is a graduate of Northern Illinois University’s College of Business and enjoys spending weekends with her family and cheering on her kids at their various sporting events. She admires Brain Balance’s mission in helping children reach their potential and is proud to serve their community by enhancing the lives of others through continuous improvement and innovation.
Stephanie Sladek, Chief Marketing Officer
Stephanie Sladek is an experienced marketing leader with a focus on growth strategies and a passion for driving results. She joins Brain Balance with 16 years of marketing experience and is well versed in scaling businesses in a variety of environments including startup, nonprofit, new acquisition, and big business.
Prior to Brain Balance, Stephanie built and led the digital practice for Adtalem Global Education. During her tenure, she worked across a portfolio of companies to strengthen brands, increase leads and improve profitability.
Stephanie began her career in the nonprofit industry supporting fundraising initiatives with marketing and technology. She is drawn to helping people transform their lives for the better and has a deep appreciation for Brain Balance’s mission to help children reach their greatest potential. She is a University of Illinois alum and lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two daughters.
Dr. Rebecca Jackson, Vice President of Program and Outcomes
Rebecca Jackson comes to the role of VP of Programs and Outcomes with a depth of knowledge and passion that comes from a strong foundation of education and nearly a decade of first-hand experience at Brain Balance. Prior to joining the Brain Balance corporate team, Rebecca served as the Executive Director of three Brain Balance centers, personally overseeing more than 1,000 students’ progress through the Brain Balance program.
Rebecca graduated from Life University as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2001. Dr. Jackson considers it an honor and a privilege to be so intricately involved with a program that makes such a lasting impact on the lives of kids and their families.
Mike Miller, Vice President of Center Enrollment
Mike has more than 22 years of experience in sales and operations in the education industry. His extensive experience focuses on building customized, industry-specific sales processes and philosophies. He has a proven history of improving sales/enrollment departments in corporations and as a result, has earned national recognition for his innovative sales presentation systems. Prior to joining Brain Balance, Mike held several Senior Vice President level roles at companies such as Education Corporation of America, Kaplan, Medtech, and Concorde Colleges. Mike also served as the Chief Operating Officer at Medtech.
He is passionate about helping students and clients see their hopes and dreams become a reality. His talent revolves around building systems that help build impactful, lasting relationships with students and parents. He believes that if each and every interaction is 100% about the student, the business will always become a success.
Mike is a University of Delaware alum and resides in Wexford, PA with his wife and two daughters.