Dan Depies, chief operating officer
Dan is our newest team member joining our team and family in January 2021 as Chief Operating Officer. He is working with us to ensure we provide a consistently high quality full and lasting education to our existing scholars while working to prepare the organization for continual improvement and growth. Dan brings his passion for serving others, his purpose driven mindset, and his talents of leadership, stewardship, and eagerness for learning to us.
Dan previously was Chief Mission Officer at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metro Chicago. At Goodwill, Dan led the core Mission Services and Mission Operations of more than 1,450 employees which served over 45,000 individuals and helped individuals into almost 8,000 jobs annually across government, education, healthcare, manufacturing, and service industries. He managed a $120M budget across two states that serves a diverse population of individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Dan has been with Goodwill for 10 years, joining in June 2010. Previously, Dan spent 14 years in Management Consulting supporting clients in Manufacturing, Health Care, and Financial Service industries with IT systems, process, and new product launch projects. Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Jeremy Ehlers, CPA, chief financial officer
Jeremy joined the team in January 2014 and served as the schools controller before taking on the role of CFO. Previously at CliftonLarsonAllen, a top ten CPA and consulting firm, Jeremy focused on providing assurance services to clients in the nonprofit, construction and employee benefit plan industries. In addition, Jeremy worked with several national clients that participate in school choice programs.
Jeremy received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Jeremy also serves on the board of 4C For Children Milwaukee and volunteers his time as a basketball coach at HOPE Christian High School.
Glenn Kieckhaefer, M.B.A., executive vice president
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, executive 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.