Directors and Officers
Steven A. Elkes serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Makeover Solutions, Inc. Steven served as Chief Revenue Officer and an Executive Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) at TheStreet, Inc. (also known as TheStreet.com Inc.) from March 26, 2007 to March 2009. He served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Affairs at iVillage Inc., since July 2000 and also served as its Secretary since October 1999. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Ivillage Inc., since June 2004. From April 1999 to July 2000, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs of iVillage Inc. From August 1996 to April 1999, he held various management positions at iVillage, including a Vice President of Business Affairs. While managing all phases of The Street's capital raising efforts including private placements, IPO, and secondary offerings used for acquisition purposes, Steven oversaw the strategic implementation and integration of those acquisitions into iVillage. In addition, he managed the public sales process of iVillage to NBC Universal. He is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of solid experience, he has a stellar record of improving results in varied businesses. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Azoogle (azoogleads.com), where he oversaw the financial, legal and human resources functions in addition to their M&A activities. From August 1993 to August 1996, he served as Vice President Credit and Structured Finance at CNA Insurance Company. From August 1991 to August 1993, he served as Assistant Vice President of CNA Insurance Company. Steven received his M.B.A. from Baruch College and his B.A. from Grinnell College.
Jason Goecke is the Vice President and General Manager responsible for Spark Call, HCS, Hybrid Calling Services, Tropo and Spark for Developers. Goecke joined Cisco with the acquisition of Tropo in 2015 where he was co-founder and CEO.
Goecke brings more than 20 years of experience in cloud telecommunication services and open source application development. He has extensive experience working with carriers and enterprises around the world. Prior to Tropo, he was the Vice President of Innovation with Voxeo Labs. He spearheaded the company’s vision in investing in core platform research and innovating new communications solutions that led to spinning Tropo off into a standalone company.
Additional experience includes Presence Technology where Goecke designed and launched OpenGate, Multi-Channel Contact Center Solutions, Proofpoint, SaaS security, and Exigen, BPO/ITO. Goecke was also a co-founder of the Adhearsion open source telephony development framework and previous board member of the Adhearsion Foundation.
Goecke serves on the board of Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, an independent, education nonprofit whose mission is to improve the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector.
Previously Goecke has been on industry advisory boards for Ericsson and Telstra.
Currently, Goecke holds several patents in computer security and real-time communications.
Lisa Petrides, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of ISKME, an independent, education nonprofit established in 2002, and a pioneer in knowledge sharing and innovation in the education sector.
Petrides is a scholar and international open educational resources (OER) expert who has helped lead the development of tools and strategies to create and support the field open education practice. Her work includes the creation of the award winning OER Commons, a digital public library of open educational resources and collaboration platform that facilitates the discovery and improvement of high-quality digital resources that are free, openly licensed, and available for a diverse range of learners. She has advised foreign governments and U.S. government agencies, states, schools, and colleges on implementing OER at all levels.
ISKME also produces an international event dedicated to catalyzing education innovation, Big Ideas Fest.
A former professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College, her research has been at the forefront of understanding how education can be made relevant to learning through open access, social learning, information sharing, and knowledge collaboration.
Petrides has led development efforts that have enabled schools, colleges, universities, ministries of education, and the organizations that support them to expand their capacity to collect and share information, and create knowledge-driven environments focused on learning and success.
Petrides received an MBA from Sonoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Stanford University.