Talent and People Development Team
Nicholas Contezac, talent aquisition specialist
Sarah Herman, payroll specialist
Sarah has more than 15 years of experience in payroll and human resources management. At Open Sky Education, she supports the organization with a variety of human resources functions including payroll administration, compensation, employee benefits, tax related operations, labor regulations, and process improvement.
Prior to joining Open Sky Education, Sarah was the Payroll Manager for a multi-state construction organization. She is experienced in the complexities that come with a multi-company and multi-state work environment. During her tenure at Construction Resources Management, she played an integral role in numerous database implementations and system upgrades and was an essential contributor in developing and streamlining processes to create a more efficient payroll department.
Sarah is currently working towards gaining the Certified Payroll Professional designation from the American Payroll Association, as well as a bachelor’s in psychology with an emphasis on child and adolescent development from Southern New Hampshire University.
Steven Inman, M.B.A., interim director of people development
With a long-held passion for excellence in education, Steve’s professional career is a blend of business and educational experiences.
Steve previously gained successive managerial experience in marketing, revenue management, and revenue accounting roles. These roles provided him with substantial executive level leadership and management experience in rapidly changing and growing organizations. Concurrently, he authored the supplementary teaching materials for a college retailing textbook on three editions.
Before his transition into business, Steve taught social studies, coached track and field, and helped found a community service club at Glendale High School in Arizona.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Arizona State University and received his master of business administration degree from Texas Christian University.
David Karst, director of human resources and talent management
David is an accomplished and forward-thinking human resources executive with 15+ years of success leading organizational development and introducing operational improvements. At Open Sky Education, he leads and develops talent acquisition strategies and formulates HR policies, procedures and strategic programs that serve the organization and help grow the value and development of every team member.
David comes to Open Sky Education after serving as an entrepreneur in southeastern Wisconsin and in key leadership positions with several well-positioned businesses with global representation. David’s expertise is in elevating organizations by fostering workforce morale, performance and retention. He has extensive experience in handling compensation, payroll, talent management and development, employee relations, benefits, and regulatory compliance activities, as well as rolling out organization-wide initiatives across multi-state offices.
David graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Elizabeth Kimball, senior human resources generalist
Elizabeth joined the Open Sky Education in Spring of 2018. Elizabeth serves Open Sky Education with over seven years of Human Resources experience in wide variety of subject areas including employee benefit plan administration, HRIS, talent acquisition, employment immigration, employee relations and project management. She has a true passion for non-profit education from elementary through post-secondary and has spent the majority of her career in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire.
Stephanie Kuglitsch, senior human resources generalist
Stephanie has a diverse cross-functional background in Human Resources, Operations and Project Management with 20+ years of successfully leading teams and developing processes to deliver results. In the role of Senior Human Resources Generalist at Open Sky Education, Stephanie provides organizational support and guidance to the team members throughout all three regions and the national team. Searching for an opportunity to be a part of an organization that impacted the lives of children, she learned about the mission at Open Sky Education and was grateful to join the team.
Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in human resources from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.
Zach Olson, talent aquisition specialist
Zach has over six years of experience in all aspects of talent acquisition. Zach finds passion in being able to assist others with great opportunities in life changing careers. Zach is a huge sports fan and loves spending time with his family and friends.