Our Leadership team is passionate about the mission of helping institutions graduate more student faster.
Tom ShaverFounder & CEO
Sarah began her career in education and transitioned to Ad Astra in 1999. After serving in various leadership roles throughout her tenure at Ad Astra, Sarah now leads the formation of strategic and state partnerships as well as innovative demonstration projects to expand our ecosystem of solutions. She strives to bring next generation solutions to institutional leaders that improve completion outcomes and academic financial sustainability in today’s changing climate. Sarah is a proud Kansas State University Wildcat.
Sue HickersonChief Financial Officer
Pat KearneyChief Services Officer
Jackie ShaverChief Culture Officer
Geoff VandegriftChief Technology Officer
Karen WelleChief People Officer
Karen joined Ad Astra in 2022. She ensures our people practices align with the organization’s mission and strategy and supports an environment that fosters a compelling team member experience, bringing to life our core values. Karen’s leadership experience spans a variety of companies in various stages of growth and maturity including Cerner (Oracle), Hallmark, and GEHA. Karen believes every individual brings unique talents and perspectives. She finds joy in helping team members understand their gifts and how to further develop them for greater success. A native Iowan, Karen obtained her B.S. in Business Administration from Iowa State University.
MaizeyChief Happiness Officer
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