Glenn Kieckhaefer, M.B.A., executive vice president and chief financial officer
Glenn joined the national team in September 2011. He is responsible for school budgeting, financial controls and reporting, and new school facilities financing. Glenn has successfully completed several property and facility transactions resulting in new, high performing schools supporting the needs of children.
Glenn brought his experiences and talents to Open Sky Education following a successful career in the public accounting field. Glenn was a partner at Big Four accounting/consulting firms and most recently at Baker Tilly, the world’s eighth largest accounting and consulting network where he served in the Office of the CEO, led the firm’s Strategy Committee, and served on the Executive and Management Committees. He founded and led the Baker Tilly consulting practice, growing the practice from two consultants to more than 400, and led several industry start-up activities. During Glenn’s 10-year tenure at Baker Tilly, the firm grew from $75M in revenue to over $400M in revenue. Glenn has extensive experience in leadership and in particular, managing organization growth in the areas of information systems, risk, finance, planning, and operations. He served several Fortune 500 Companies as clients.
Glenn received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master’s degree from Marquette University both in the area of business administration.
Erica Neuberger, administrative assistant
Erica shares her gifts of communication, organization and efficiency with the entire national office team and assists the chief officers with scheduling, communications, and project management. She also coordinates committee meetings, travel arrangements, board documentation and various other projects.
Erica’s background includes 12 years at Mount Mary College where she held various leadership positions within the marketing and public relations office. Her primary responsibilities included recruitment publications, website management, advertising and communications. Erica’s efforts helped secure record enrollment for the college for many of the years she served the institution. Erica also worked for two years in public affairs at two Milwaukee area hospitals upon her graduation from college.
Erica holds a business administration degree with emphases in human resources and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Andrew Neumann, Ph.D., executive chair and chief executive officer
Andrew is an educational entrepreneur driven to ensure all children in America have access to excellent learning opportunities which maximize their potential to fulfill Greater Purpose and live flourishing lives. His passion is to contribute to building an educational ecosystem in America which will close global and national achievement gaps, build deeply held, internally driven character, and provide the option for faith formation to be an integral part of education for all who desire it regardless of a family’s income or zip code.
Committed to this mission, he began his career as a teacher serving students at the high school and college levels while finishing his Ph.D. in educational mathematics. In 2006, he joined Educational Enterprises and serves its Executive Chair/CEO working to support the team to advance its mission nationally by growing its school networks (HOPE Christian Schools and EAGLE public charter schools), Christian wraparound programs (Compass Educational Programs), and the Character Formation Project. In 2016, Educational Enterprises changed its name to Open Sky Education to more clearly communicate the organization’s mission and vision.
In addition to his work at Open Sky Education, Andrew works to advance this mission for children by participating in a variety of speaking engagements as well as serving on the boards of mission-aligned organizations including School Choice Wisconsin, the Alliance for Choices in Education and the Institute for Missional Visioning.
Randy Niemann, M.B.A., chief operating officer
Randy joined the national team in June 2014. He is responsible for day-to-day operations of the network of HOPE private Christian and EAGLE public charter schools across all regions. He also manages Open Sky Education’s strategic plan development and execution, operations performance tracking, attracting and developing staff, as well as the systems, governance, development, and communication functions.
He has leadership experience in large corporate environments and rapidly-growing small businesses — building strategic plans and establishing key metrics to monitor business health and expanding into new business segments. He’s initiated and led monthly operational key performance indicator reviews to drive alignment and hired, managed, and developed teams — producing dramatic revenue, profitability, employee and client satisfaction increases in each role.
Randy began his career in accounting and finance, and has worked in business strategy and development. He has invested a good deal of time on the analytical side of sales and marketing and complements his analytical side with a wealth of traditional marketing and mergers and acquisition (M&A) experience. Randy’s intentional career path also includes years in customer service and call center management.
Randy received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and his master’s degree from the University of Missouri – both in the area of business administration.
Ciji Pittman, J.D., President of Schools
Ciji is a passionate educator dedicated to ensuring that every family and every child has great educational options that will support a life of purpose and opportunity. She also is a nationally recognized education leader who has supported the professional growth of more than 200 school leaders in public, district, and charter schools over the last ten years. As President of Schools for Open Sky Education, Ciji will provide leadership for the overall quality of the educational experience for students, teachers, supporters and parent partners in each Open Sky Education school across the country. Working with the Open Sky Education Academic Council, Ciji will lead innovation for all aspects of the educational model, including curriculum development, assessment, data analysis strategy, and instructional strategies. She also will lead strategic growth for Open Sky Education schools division, working to ensure that a full and lasting education is accessible and affordable for more children.
Ciji began her career as a history and civics teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. She then went on to found and serve as the Head of School of a charter elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee, through the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship. Most recently, Ciji served as the principal director for the Wisconsin region of Open Sky Education. Before that she served as the managing director of the Racine region of HOPE Christian Schools. Results in the HOPE Christian Schools Racine schools have continuously placed them among the highest-achieving schools in the southeast Wisconsin.
Ciji is currently a fellow with the Leverage Leadership Institute, a highly selective fellowship program that prepares leaders to replicate academic successes within their organizations and throughout the country. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs from University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She was a member of the founding cohort of the Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship.