Who We Are
Springboard is a leading provider of before and after school programs for children at elementary and middle schools across the country. With a focus on academic skills, Springboard specializes in research-based programming that reinforces classroom learning with activities targeting social-emotional development, physical well-being and teamwork. Springboard’s before school, after school and summer programs are led by experienced educators in safe and nurturing environments. Springboard consistently delivers educational activities in a fun and engaging way while extending student learning into out-of-school-time.
As a socially conscious company, Springboard is committed to serving the needs of all students regardless of socioeconomic status. With strong programmatic and management capabilities, Springboard is able to successfully deliver our programs at schools with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Springboard is proud of the contribution their programs make in supporting strong communities and addressing achievement gaps in partner schools.
Springboard is registered as a Certified B Corporation, which places it as a leader in the global movement of people using business enterprises as a force for good.™ Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability while aspiring to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. More information regarding the B Corporation movement can be found at www.bcorporation.net
Springboard is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts and was founded in 2006 by Kevin Flynn, a prominent Boston-area entrepreneur. The company grew quickly in the years after its founding and in 2015 Mr. Flynn sold a significant portion of the company to Bridges Fund Management, although he continues to play an active role on the company’s Board of Directors. Bridges Fund Management is a London based private equity firm dedicated to using an impact-driven investment approach to create returns for both investors and society at-large. Bridges believes business and investment capital can help resolve social and environmental challenges. More information regarding Bridges can be found at www.bridgesfundmanagement.com
Mark has held leadership experiences in both domestic and global education companies for over 20 years.
Mark Freidberg, CEO/COO
Mark Freidberg is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Springboard, and member of the senior executive team. Mark leads over 400 field-based employees in over 100 schools across 11 states. He has held leadership experiences in both domestic and global education companies for over 20 years.
Before joining Springboard, Mark led Embassy English, a global English Language Training business that served more than 10,000 students across five countries. Prior to joining Embassy English, he held a series of leadership roles at Kaplan Test Prep and in his last role, he led Kaplan’s College Prep business that focused on getting more than 50,000 students from a diverse set of backgrounds and schools into college. In addition, during his tenure at Kaplan, he founded and led a centralized operations function that provided sales and student support services for all Kaplan students and families.
Mark also currently is a Trustee on the Board of Education for Cold Spring Harbor High School, which is a top ranked district in New York state, and serves on the advisory board for Story2, which provides writing enrichment services for high school students who are applying for college.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Fordham University.
Sherman has over 20 years of experience in finance, holding leadership positions in organizations ranging from middle market to Fortune 500.
Sherman Carter, CFO
Sherman Carter is the Chief Financial Officer for Springboard and a member of the senior executive team. He has over 20 years of global experience in finance, holding leadership positions in organizations ranging from middle market to Fortune 500.
Prior to joining Springboard, he served as Head of FP&A at Visiant Health. He has also served as Director of Finance at Pearson Education and Director of Operations Analysis at Fresenius Medical Care. At Pearson he was responsible for budgeting and forecasting, accounting, as well as strategic modeling and analysis for the global services business supporting higher education and global schools (K -12).
Sherman Carter holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Babson College.
In his current role, Sherman leads as a player/coach with accountability for all aspects of Finance and Human Resources and serves as a member of the senior leadership team responsible for driving strategy and profitable growth.
Jill Ashley, Director of Operations Support
Jill Ashley is the Director of Operations Support. Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has several years of financial analysis experience in the computer and healthcare industries.
She started her career at Springboard in 2009 as the system administrator for the online enrollment system and provided telephone and email support to Springboard families. In 2015 Jill was promoted to Manager of Customer Care and was instrumental in the implementation of a new online enrollment and account management system, the Parent Portal. In her current role, Jill provides office support to the field leadership team. Both her business background and history with Springboard play an essential role in supporting field leadership and providing cohesiveness between the office and the field.
Tatiana Comparoni, Principal Financial Analyst
Tatiana Comparoni is the Principal Financial Analyst for Springboard. She has over 15 years of global experience in finance and accounting. She has significant experience creating financial models and providing financial consulting and strategic support to senior executive teams.
Prior to joining Springboard, she served as Senior FP&A at NC Pharma and CPFL Energy. She also worked as a Staff Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In these roles, she was responsible for managing, budgeting, forecasting, and preparing quarterly/monthly reports. She also supported senior management team and departments heads with in-depth analysis. She implemented business intelligence tools and dashboard reports.
Tatiana Comparoni holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Saint Judas University. She also holds a master’s degree in Corporate Finance from Getulio Vargas Foundation.
Regional & Area Directors
Sharon Davis, Senior AD – DC
Sharon Davis is the Sr. Area Director for Washington, DC. She began her career with Springboard in 2014, as a Lead Teacher. Using her strong leadership and management skills she has been promoted to Site Coordinator, Area Director and now Sr. Area Director. Prior to joining Springboard, Sharon worked in senior management for a retail company for more than 17 years. Sharon holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland.
Nicole Baur, Regional Director – NJ, PA & OH
Nicole Baur is the Regional Director of NJ/PA/OH with 10+ years of management experience and 4+ years of multi-unit operational experience. Nicole is responsible for leading 50+ staff members at 22 schools in Central NJ, Eastern PA and Ohio. Prior to joining Springboard, Nicole held leadership positions in several growing companies, including Target and Wawa, where her fast-paced leadership style and focus on shifting business priorities made her successful.
Nicole holds a bachelor’s of science in biology with a microbiology concentration from West Chester University.
In her current role, Nicole uses her prior leadership experience to support and challenge her staff to achieve operational excellence. She focuses on delivering outstanding service and support to the diverse families that utilize Springboard’s care.