Mike Soules, President of Corwin
Mike Soules is President of Corwin, the leading provider of innovative professional services and publications for P-20 educators. Corwin is committed to collaborating with schools, districts and departments/ministries of education to deliver training and tools that build capacity, are evidence based and have a positive change on instructional practice. Through long-term partnerships with authors, policy makers and associations Corwin sits at the nexus of research to practice and practice to research. Mike is most proud of the talented and dedicated all-star team that help bring Corwin’s work to life every day.
Mike has held senior leadership roles at the Channel One Network, Laureate, and Teachscape. The through line of his career has been pioneering unique platforms to provide meaningful and impactful content that educators need and want.
He serves as Regent of California Lutheran University, President of the Conejo Schools Foundation, and former Chair of the Ventura County Workforce Development Board. Mike has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles – Go Bruins!
Lisa Shaw, Vice President, Publishing and Professional Learning
Lisa is Vice President, Publishing and Professional Learning, guiding Corwin’s broad-reaching onsite, online, and offsite (event) professional learning services in close coordination with our print and digital publishing program. Through the development of intentionally designed solutions, Corwin remains committed to providing our teachers, teacher leaders, educational administrators, and whole institutions with the content, products, and services needed for sustained professional learning. Lisa has been in academic and educational publishing for nearly 20 years, beginning her career with SAGE Publications, Corwin's parent company, which is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media. She has held various managerial positions in production, journals acquisitions, and book acquisitions, including heading up SAGE's hallmark programs in Research Methods, Evaluation, and Business and Management.
Lisa is a Southern California native who did not stray far for her education or career. She earned her BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles and her MBA with emphasis in Management and Organizational Behavior from California Lutheran University. Her publishing career has led her to pick up various hobbies and activities along the way: running (the easiest way to get to know a city when traveling), making wine (all good book ideas have been developed over a meal with good wine), caring for her dachshunds (98.5% of publishers are dog-lovers), and perhaps her greatest acquisition yet, meeting and marrying her husband, John, who also has a long tenure in academic publishing.
Elena Nikitina, Vice President, Marketing and Channel Development
Elena Nikitina is Vice President of Marketing and Channel Development at Corwin. She came to Corwin with 20 years of experience in the fields of marketing, publishing, and education. Previous to Corwin, Elena was Executive Director of Marketing at SAGE, Corwin's parent company focused on higher education books, journals, and reference works. During her 14 years at SAGE, she had overseen SAGE Journals and Textbooks Marketing programs as well as the Journals Circulation and Customer Service departments.
Elena started her career in education as a teacher of English at a middle school and later became a professor of English. She was also the founding director of an English language school in Russia. Elena holds a graduate degree in education and MA in communications and TESL/TEFL certification from Wheaton College.
Dave West, Executive Director of Sales
Dave has invested nearly two decades in professional and academic publishing and related professional service businesses with companies including Thomson Reuters, Highlights and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He found his passion within these business where information and professional practice intersect to inspire lifelong learning and development. That led Dave to focus his energy in PreK-12 professional publishing and consulting services where he has managed the sales and service functions for companies including Staff Development for Educators and The Leadership and Learning Center. He joined the Corwin Executive Team in early 2015 with the charter to drive growth in client acquisition, engagement and impact.
Kristin Anderson, Senior Director of Professional Learning
Kristin Anderson, Senior Director of Professional Learning, began her career as a high school English teacher for students who were kicked out of Denver Public Schools. Since then, she has worked in multiple K–12 settings in various instructional and administrative roles, and has obtained advanced degrees from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, The University of Denver, and The University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is a longtime student of the field, a passionate educator, and an inspirational leader. Kristin is the author of Data Teams Success Stories Volume 1, Real Time Decisions, and Getting Started with Rigorous Curriculum Design. She has worked for several years in delivering and designing professional development for Edison Schools and The Leadership and Learning Center. She currently serves as the Senior Director of Professional Learning with Corwin and resides in Thousand Oaks. She lives with her husband of fifteen years and two children.