Susan Shannon Engeleiter
As CEO and President, Susan Engeleiter leads the organization and manages the day to day operations of DRC’s three divisions. She has established a strong track record of driving innovation and expanding technology solutions within DRC. Ms. Engeleiter is responsible for business planning and development that includes strategic investments, acquisitions, and partnerships. Her primary focus has been to create and improve processes within DRC, and to keep pace with evolving customer needs and the increasing demand for our company’s services. Ms. Engeleiter holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin.
Russ Hagen founded DRC in 1978. Since then, the company’s full-time employee base has grown to more than 775 people, with more than 4,000 temporary workers employed during peak periods. Mr. Hagen is an active and past board member of numerous educational, business, and civic organizations, including the United States Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Twin Cities Public Television, St. Cloud State University, Anchor Bank and SJE Rhombus. Mr. Hagen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Chemistry and Mathematics from St. Cloud State University.
John Bandy is an information systems executive with more than 30 years of experience leading large-scale, corporate initiatives. As CIO, he provides leadership and direction to DRC's Information Services personnel who support all of our clients in DRC’s Education, Surveys, and Document Services/Businesses. Mr. Bandy has been a champion of quality, process, and cost-effective delivery throughout his career. Prior to joining DRC, Mr. Bandy was a senior member of the Information Services executive team at one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the country. Mr. Bandy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Iowa.
Dave Chayer oversees all psychometric activities at DRC and ensures that methodologies and processes are valid and legally defensible. He has produced and evaluated measurement instruments and has designed and implemented standard setting procedures for the company. He has more than 22 years of experience performing and directing research and test development activities in norm-referenced, large-scale assessment, and licensure/certification testing programs for both paper-and-pencil and computer-based testing. Mr. Chayer holds a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, specializing in Measurement, and a Bachelor of Arts in Statistics, both from the University of Minnesota.
Holly Dance has more than 22 years of experience in the assessment, licensure, and certification industry. This experience includes work across business development, account management, test development, operations, and finance. Ms. Dance has in-depth, significant customer interface experience across multiple verticals in the testing industry, leading internal cross-functional teams with direct and indirect functional accountability. In her current role, Ms. Dance is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for DRC’s work in the licensure and certification market. Ms. Dance plays an integral role in working across the business to ensure client success. Ms. Dance holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Eastman is a senior attorney with over 35 years of experience in corporate law and contract management. Ms. Eastman leads the contract management process for the negotiation and implementation of contracts for DRC. Prior to joining DRC, she worked on the internal counsel team at Honeywell International Inc., where she gained expertise in counseling an international sales force on deal structures, contract formation, and regulatory and compliance matters. Ms. Eastman holds a Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Education & Child Study from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and completed undergraduate coursework at Harvard University.
Seth Kahler brings more than 13 years of extensive operational and project management experience to his position as Vice President of Operations. Mr. Kahler is responsible for providing vision and leadership to the operation team. This includes all phases of production scheduling, printing, packaging, materials distribution and collection, warehouse operations, document processing (scanning, editing and clerical support), and secure storage of materials. Mr. Kahler holds a B.A. in Business from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Patty McDivitt oversees all phases of the item and test development process for DRC’s K–12 large-scale assessment programs. She also directs the activities of the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Development department, including curriculum unit and lesson plan developers, publications staff, editorial staff, and performance assessment handscoring staff. Ms. McDivitt has over 34 years of direct, hands-on educational curriculum, instruction, and assessment development experience, including experience in the development of assessments designed to link students’ results with postsecondary education and career decision-making. She holds an M.S. in Education, School Guidance and Counseling, and Secondary Teaching in English Language Arts with a Special Education Endorsement. She also holds a B.S. in Secondary Education English Language Arts. Both degrees are from Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana.
Lisa Peterson-Nelson is responsible for leading the implementation of quality management strategies across the organization. She has an engineering and operations management background spanning 25 years with several Fortune 100 corporations. She has led, developed, and implemented Six Sigma quality approaches and processes within these organizations. Ms. Peterson-Nelson attended Michigan Technological University, where she earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Pat Roschewski has many years of experience serving as an administrator, state testing director, college professor, and classroom teacher. Prior to joining DRC, Dr. Roschewski served as director of statewide assessment for the Nebraska Department of Education for 12 years. She has served on many regional, state, and national committees and task forces advising state and national policy makers on issues of curriculum, instruction, assessment data, and accountability. Dr. Roschewski holds a Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, a Specialist’s Certification of Superintendency, an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a gifted endorsement, and a B.S. in Education, all from the University of Nebraska.
Doug Russell is the senior leader responsible for DRC’s Education Program Management organization. In this role, he oversees program management teams that develop and deliver assessment solutions to DRC’s Education clients nationwide. Mr. Russell acts as an executive client liaison, ensuring the company’s Education teams have the right resources, capabilities, and skills to meet evolving customer needs. He has over 30 years of experience in the industry, mostly with direct division P&L responsibility. For the last 15 years, Mr. Russell has operated at the general manager and vice president levels, focusing on the education, commercial, and government markets. Additionally, he has a strong background in operations and marketing, working in both plant and corporate environments.
David Seitter has more than 20 years of experience building and driving high-growth national digital publishing teams and organizations, specializing in the K–12 and adult education marketplace. In his current role as Senior Vice President, Sales, Mr. Seitter is responsible for maintaining, enhancing, and developing products and solutions that help meet the needs of DRC’s K–12, English Language learner, and Adult Education customers, as well as developing and leading the execution of sales and marketing strategies for DRC’s shelf assessment products.
Sandy Wiese manages government affairs and follows education policy on behalf of DRC, and co-leads business development efforts for DRC. Ms. Wiese is a senior attorney, with more than 30 years of experience in government affairs, education policy and assessment, corporate law, and small business assistance. Prior to joining DRC, she worked in the federal government as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. and in state government as the Chief of Staff to the Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader. Ms. Wiese also served in senior-level positions in Government Affairs and Law with two Fortune 500 companies. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
Lonny Wittnebel provides strategic and operational leadership of the finance function of DRC, and is responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, reporting, banking, cash management, controls, and compliance. Before joining DRC, Mr. Wittnebel served as vice president of finance and information technology at a pharmaceutical company, where he built the company’s financial planning, reporting, accounting, and IT systems. Mr. Wittnebel earned a Masters in Business Administration in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.