Leadership

Founding Principal

Stuart Kahl co-founded Measured Progress as Advanced Systems in Measurement and Evaluation, Inc. in 1983, serving as vice president during the company's first fourteen years and as president and chief executive officer from 1997 to 2011.

A former elementary and secondary teacher, Dr. Kahl earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University and from the University of Colorado. He worked for the Education Commission of the States, the University of Colorado, and RMC Research Corporation, where he helped generate statewide assessment business and directed several state contracts.

A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Dr. Kahl also serves as a technical consultant to various education agencies. In recent years, he has been recognized for his work in the areas of standard setting for non-multiple-choice instruments and the alignment of curriculum and assessment. Dr. Kahl regularly publishes research papers and commentaries introducing and analyzing current issues and trends in education.

Stuart Kahl

Stuart Kahl

   
   
   

President and Chief Executive Officer

Martin Borg joined Measured Progress as president in November of 2008 and was appointed chief executive officer in 2011.

Mr. Borg is an experienced and dedicated educator who is committed to helping students and teachers in the classroom. Prior to joining Measured Progress, he taught social studies, served as a school district technology officer, developed an online test delivery system, and started his own company, which he ultimately sold to a testing company.

Martin Borg

Martin Borg

   
   
   

Chief Financial Officer

John Parsons assumed the role of Measured Progress CFO in 2012. He provides financial leadership, working with the leadership team to balance long-term strategic planning with real-time operational execution.

Over his 30-year career, Mr. Parsons has excelled at leading organizations through transition, developing teams, and fostering organizational growth. He previously served as CFO of Nitrosecurity, which Intel/McAfee acquired in 2011. He has also been interim CFO for Tatum and CAO for RSA Security, which EMC acquired in 2006. He has served in multiple capacities with Fortune 500 Companies Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard. A certified public accountant, Mr. Parsons started his career with Deloitte, one of the “big four” accounting firms. He holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Lisa Ehrlich

John Parsons

 

   
   
   

Chief Information Officer

James M. Bowen assumed the position of Chief Information Officer at Measured Progress in September 2014. He is responsible for the organization’s overall technology strategy; product development, design, and engineering; and the implementation, support, and maintenance of all systems and hardware.

Mr. Bowen came to Measured Progress in July 2013 and served as Chief Technology Officer before becoming CIO. Before joining Measured Progress, Mr. Bowen spent over 25 years leading and delivering strategic solutions, setting technology direction, and providing business leadership for both small and large institutions. As a senior director at CVS Caremark and then as a vice president at BJ’s Wholesale Club, he oversaw technology operations for thousands of stores across the U.S. His expertise in operationalizing technology solutions strongly supports the strategic and tactical direction of Measured Progress.

Mr. Bowen is actively involved in advancing his profession. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Boston Society of Information Managers (SIM) and co-chairs the Sponsorship and Partnership Committee. A national organization, SIM is comprised of more than 5,500 senior information technology executives, consultants, and academics who share expertise and ideas. The organization supports outreach programs such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Citizen Schools in the Boston area.

James Bowen

   
   
   

Vice President, Large-Scale Business Development

Richard Dobbs is responsible for state-level business development and the analysis of federal legislation and national education reform efforts. Before joining Measured Progress in 2004, he served as vice president of sales and marketing, an educational consultant to school districts in thirteen states, and a classroom teacher in traditional and open-concept schools.

Mr. Dobbs holds degrees in educational administration and elementary education. His awards include the McGraw-Hill Excellence in Management Award, Consultant of the Year, and the Gold Medal Club.

Richard Dobbs

Richard Dobbs

   
   
   

Senior Vice President, State Client Services

Lisa Ehrlich joined Measured Progress in 1994. She has served in numerous capacities, most recently as Senior Vice President. In her role, Dr. Ehrlich leads the company's State Client Services division.

Prior to her tenure at Measured Progress, Dr. Ehrlich worked for 13 years at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she managed training projects, products, and educational services departments; administered programs; and acted as liaison to both customers and executive committees. Dr. Ehrlich earned doctoral and master's degrees in instructional design and technology from the University of Iowa, and a bachelor's degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lisa Ehrlich

Lisa Ehrlich

   
   
   

Chief Operating Officer

George Herrmann joined Measured Progress in 2008, focusing initially on process engineering, change management, and corporate safety. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Herrmann oversees business operations for the company’s operational divisions.

Before joining Measured Progress, Mr. Herrmann worked for more than 25 years in business operations and quality control for the telecommunications industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Niagara University, master’s degree from Dowling College, master’s certificate from George Washington University, and is a doctoral candidate at Franklin Pierce College.

Lisa Ehrlich

George Herrmann

   
   
   

Senior Vice President, Strategy, Products, and Portfolio

Richard Swartz joined Measured Progress in 2010. He provides strategic leadership, with a special focus on developing products and services to improve teaching and learning.

Mr. Swartz is a veteran assessment professional and educator. He comes to Measured Progress after five years at Riverside Publishing, where he most recently served as president. During his 25 years in the testing industry, he has distinguished himself as a leader in the areas of assessment research and development, technology, and the creation of innovative products for both the domestic and international markets.

Richard Swartz

Richard Swartz

   
   
   

Vice President, Human Resources

Candace McCloy joined Measured Progress in 1991 as Human Resources Manager. She has served as Vice President, Human Resources, since 2007. During her tenure Ms. McCloy has seen the company grow from a workforce of approximately 40 employees to its current staff of 450 regular and 5,000 temporary employees. As the company has evolved, she has built a human resource structure that reflects best practices and is aligned to the organization’s strategic direction.

Prior to joining Measured Progress, Ms. McCloy held human resource and labor relations positions in higher education and state government in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Gannon University and a master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a Trained Mediator and a Certified Strategic Workforce Planner. 

Candace McCloy

Candace McCloy

   
   
   

Vice President, Measurement Services

Catherine Taylor assumed the position of Vice President, Measurement Services, at Measured Progress in 2013. In this capacity, she oversees the Content Design and Development, Psychometrics, Reporting and Data Analysis, Publications, and Research groups.

Dr. Taylor’s experience in assessment spans from academia to state government to the private sector. She has made significant contributions to the body of knowledge related to assessment, publishing and presenting on a wide range of measurement topics. She earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas

Catherine Taylor

Catherine Taylor

   
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Board Members

Alice Irby
Mark Elgart
Karen Cowe
Dan Caton

The greatest source of pride is that we've preserved the client and service orientation  but more importantly, the commitment to students and teaching and learning.

Stuart Kahl, Measured Progress