Meet the Team

Founded by two administrators, the DriveMind Group is a collective of school administrators, educators, and business professionals.

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JR Suppes

President

Email | 330.605.3311 

JR Suppes began his career in Education in 1986. During his 30 plus years in education he has done everything from coaching, teaching, administration, dean of students, superintendent and most importantly a leader in the education world.

While dabbling in the education world Suppes realized he wanted to make an impact more than anything on the kids an parents in the school systems. Since he’s been in all roles you can image in the education world, his idea of DriveMind was started with his partner in crime Mr Bostic.

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Jim Bostic

Vice President

Email | Set up Meeting | 330.414.4285 | Safety & Security

Jim Bostic is a veteran in the field of education, with over 30 years of combined experience in senior level administration, secondary curriculum, career-tech education, including a variety of school leadership positions at all developmental levels. Jim’s passion for education has inspired him to successfully receive an assortment of degrees and licensures, molding him as an education expert in both traditional and community school design. With his skills, Jim has assisted in significant enrollment growth in large school districts, as well as effectively analyzing and improving school budgets. Jim is married to his long-time wife and father of eight children.

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Ashley Kaufman

Educational Solutions Manager

Email | 330.814.4606 | Fundraising

Ashley has been involved with K-12 education for over 10 years after she received a Master’s Degree in Education. She has served in a variety of roles from coach, to teacher, and most recently a school administrator. While serving in her previous roles she was able to firsthand experience the challenges educators face daily while trying to provide the best education for our children. Ashley comes to us with a passion for advancing educational and operational practices in our schools.

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Jackie Davis

Director of IT and STEM Programs

Email | 330.812.7299 | Robotics

Jackie has been in K-12 Information Technology for nearly 15 years. Partnering with schools in efforts to grow their understanding of technology and what drives learning for this generation of students is and will always be Jackie’s passion. STEAM in the classroom is something that is a must in the 21st, 22nd, 23rd centuries and beyond and she just can’t wait to share this concept to all staff (tech savvy or not) with the enthusiasm of a true geek (but without the pocket protector).

Jackie holds degrees in Applied Business, Computer Networking Software and Applied Science, Computer Networking Hardware.

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Rebecca Smetak

Brand Manager

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Rebecca Smetak began her career in Graphic Design in 2011, after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design through The University of Akron. Previously she was the Director of Marketing and Creative Services at Hiram College for 12 years. There she provided professional counsel and expertise to campus in the areas of marketing, branding and graphic design in order to position Hiram College as a highly favorable choice in the higher education landscape.

Rebecca’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership.

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Steve Viscounte

Director of Program Development

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Steven Viscounte is an exceptional educator with a vision for all-round educational advancements. His several years of quality experiences in this field, especially in administration, will provide a solid perspective in the operations and protocol on how schools operate. He has made an impact in education through his several roles as a teacher and leader. With his kind nature, exemplary skills and determination to make a difference wherever he finds himself, Steve is excited to contribute his quota as a member of the DriveMind Group team of professionals.

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Lindsey Blackburn

Solution Specialist

614.633.5471 | Email

Lindsey Blackburn has worked in education for the last 15 years serving as both an educator and consultant. She began her career in public high schools and then ventured into the non-profit world as a senior director at the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Her most recent work, as an independent contractor/consultant has allowed her the flexibility to work full-time as well as enjoy her growing family. She currently resides in Central Ohio with her 3 kiddos and husband (who is also a teacher). They are active in the local community and enjoy helping others grow and learn.

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Jackie Michael

Solution Specialist

Email | 480.440.3362

Jackie has 11 years of experience in the field of education. Before completing her degree she spent six months abroad in Australia learning about their education system. Jackie began her teaching career in Arizona. She taught 1st grade for five years there until returning home to Ohio where she taught 2nd grade for six years. Throughout her teaching career her main focus was to create a safe, loving environment. Assisting schools and organizations in being proactive on the safety front is something she truly believes in.

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Benjamin (Ben) Brewer,

CSERC 3 CONSULTING , LLC

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Benjamin (Ben) Brewer is the Principal Consultant for CSERC3 Consulting. In this role, he consults with clients on risk management, security challenges, emergency response, crisis and risk communications, operational concepts, and continuity of operations. In collaboration with customer organizations, he influences client-focused solution design and facilitates solution implementation, configuration, and training. Ben’s critical facilities security, emergency management, continuity of operations and information security experience spans more than 35 years; this period includes 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired as Chief Master Sergeant in 2008. He culminated his Air Force career serving three years in the Pentagon as a member of the Air Staff, where he managed over 3,100 airmen performing emergency and crisis management functions at over 150 locations globally, and crafted the Air Force’s emergency mass notification system operations and capabilities requirements document. He holds a Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management, a Master of Science in Information Technology – Information System Security and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Management in Homeland Security. His doctoral dissertation explores the challenges in implementing a comprehensive, unified emergency notification system in support of active shooter response activities.

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