Talent and People Development Team
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.
Jack Preus, Ed.D., director of people development
Jack has more than 10 years’ experience in managing critical professional growth initiatives in K-12 education. Passionate about helping people grow, Jack leads the People Development function for Open Sky Education, ensuring that all teachers, staff, principals and National Team members are supported, inspired and equipped to grow intentionally as serving leaders. Prior to this role, Jack served Open Sky Education as the National Director of Educational Innovation, collaboratively leading core educational strategic initiatives to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of current educational operations, build capacity to serve more children, and expand the organization’s overall capabilities and impact.
Prior to joining Open Sky Education, Jack served as the Assistant Principal for academics at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California. While at Orange Lutheran, he had been charged with developing and executing both near-term and long-term plans for academics, and provided leadership, vision, and strategic direction for Orange Lutheran’s curriculum, instruction, assessment and school improvement initiatives. Jack began his career in education as a successful History and Theology teacher as well as an award-winning Cross Country and Track and Field coach to hundreds of students at Orange Lutheran High School.
Jack completed his doctorate in educational leadership (Ed.D.) at UCLA in 2011 focusing his research on an inquiry-based approach to new teacher training. He earned his bachelor’s in history from the University of Missouri – Columbia, his master’s in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University – Irvine.
Eileen Smaglik, payroll specialist
Eileen brings 25 years of experience owning and operating a family business to her role as payroll specialist. She also has a wealth of experience in customer service with companies such as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Generac and Standard Electric Supply Company.