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Excelligence's vision is to become the world's most preferred provider of educational tools and solutions to early childhood and elementary teachers and parents.

Dipak Golechha

President Excelligence Learning

Dipak Golechha has been named President of Excelligence Learning Corporation, a leading provider of educational products and teaching solutions for the early childhood, elementary school and consumer markets. Organized around three core operating divisions – Supplies, Equipment and Services – and commanding over 30 years of experience serving children, educators and parents, Excelligence delivers a comprehensive selection of quality and innovative products and services on a global scale.

In his new role, Golechha will be responsible for all aspects of operations, including brand strategy, product development and sourcing, merchandising, marketing, sales, and distribution, and will lead the implementation of Excelligence’s strategic and operational plans. The company’s three divisions will report to Golechha and he will report to the Board of Directors.

Golechha joins Excelligence after spending the past two years as Chief Financial Officer at NBTY Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of vitamins, minerals and health supplements. Prior to his NBTY experience, he spent 18 years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of global leadership and executive roles, including the last five years as Divisional Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer. He has both a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the St. John’s College at Cambridge University.

Jane Casey

Interim Chief Financial Officer Excelligence Learning

Jane Casey joined Excelligence as Interim Chief Financial Officer in December 2016. She is the former Chief Financial Officer of Blyth, Inc. Prior to her appointment as CFO, Jane served as Blyth’s Treasurer and served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Corporate Treasurers. She left Blyth after its sale to a leading private equity firm and, prior to joining Excelligence, was the Chief Financial Officer for Best Health Goods, a start up in direct-to-consumer healthy products.

Jane began her career in financial services, working in both corporate staff and line positions at Merrill Lynch, Citibank and American Express International Banking Corporation.

Jane received a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Events19, a community built around lifestyle events. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Board of Directors of West River Wickets.

Dona Fisher

President of Supplies Division Excelligence Learning

Dona Fisher joined Excelligence in May 2016 as the interim Chief Financial Officer with her role expanding in October 2016 to President of Supplies Division, Excelligence Learning. Dona came to Excelligence from Ariat International as the Chief Financial Officer; prior to her position as CFO with Ariat, Dona was also the Chief Financial Officer for Crayola.

Dona received her B.A from Colorado College and an M.B.A. from Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California where she became a member with the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society. Currently she is a lead mentor for Women Unlimited, Inc. a world-renowned organization focusing on developing women leaders in major corporations.

Robert Graman

President of Equipment Division Excelligence Learning

Robert Graman joined Excelligence in May 2016 with the acquisition of Children’s Factory, an industry leader in soft play products to the early childhood education market; Robert had been a part of Children’s Factory since 2006. Currently Robert is the President of Equipment Division, Excelligence Learning. Previously Robert was the President of GHE Investments, Inc.

Robert received his B.S. from University of Missouri, Columbia in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Saint Louis University with an emphasis in Finance and Operations Research. Robert is on the Finance Sub-Committee for St Louis U High ‘Imagining 18 – Strategic Planning’.

Ron Phelan

Chief Executive Officer Educational Products Inc

Ron Phelan is the Chief Executive Officer for Educational Products Inc (EPI) an industry standard in prepackaged and bulk school supply programs. Ron joined EPI in 1984 with a part time job, working his way up the ranks from Production Supervisor to Operations Manager all the way up to President and CEO.

Ron received his B.A. from the University of Texas in Finance and Management. Over the past 15 years Ron has spent his non-working hours being a mentor and coach for kids in all sporting activities.

Maria Taylor

Chief Executive Officer ChildCare Education Institute

Maria Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a professional development company specializing in providing online training and certificates, child care registry development, and administrative solutions for the early care and education industry.

Maria is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of DirectoryNET, LLC., prior to her position as COO, Maria was the Senior Manager of National Accounts for ABC School Supply and served as Group Vice President for School Specialty, Inc.

Maria received her B.A from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Georgia State University. Currently she is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as well as a board member of the National Registry Alliance and a member of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).

Ron Chase

Chief Executive Officer Frog Street

Ron Chase is the Chief Executive Officer and majority owner of Frog Street, an early childhood publishing company focused on curriculum for infants, toddlers, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms as well as professional development for educators.

Ron is the former Vice President of Sales and Director of Business Management of Excel Polymers; prior to his position as VP of Sales he served as the Chief Financial Officer with Chase Elastomer.

Ron received his B.S. from Harding University in Accounting. Ron is a board member for New Horizons as well as the Early Childhood Learning Foundation.

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Toros YeremyanPrincipal

Toros joined Brentwood in 2004. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Boston Proper, Excelligence Learning Corp., Soft Surroundings and Sundance Holding Company. Toros was also active in the corporate development efforts of Paper Source (until its sale in September 2013), Filson Holdings and Array Marketing Group, until the sale of these investments in 2012, and Chamilia until the full sale of Brentwood’s investment in 2013.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Toros worked at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance in a wide variety of industries. He graduated cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received a bachelor's degree in business economics.

Ryan FoltzVice President

Ryan joined Brentwood in 2011. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Marshall Retail Group, Jefferson Dental Care, Pacific Catch and Z Gallerie.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Ryan spent three years at Swander Pace Capital, where he focused on private equity investing and portfolio company management in the consumer products industry. Prior to Swander Pace, Ryan spent two years as an Analyst at Harris Williams & Co. where he focused on mergers and acquisitions. He graduated from UC Berkeley where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business and a master’s degree in education from the Graduate School of Education.

Chris ReekieVice President

Chris joined Brentwood in 2007. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Exhale Enterprises and The Teaching Company. Chris was also active in the corporate development efforts of Allen Edmonds, Boston Proper, Excelligence Learning Corp., K-Mac Holdings, Sundance Holding Company and ThreeSixty Group.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Chris worked at Credit Suisse First Boston where he focused on leveraged buyouts and general corporate finance in a wide variety of industries. He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Stephanie SiuSenior Associate

Stephanie first joined Brentwood in 2011. She is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Jefferson Dental Care, Veggie Grill and Exhale Enterprises, and is supporting operational projects across the portfolio. She previously supported the corporate development efforts of Paper Source, Zoës Kitchen (NYSE: ZOES), Sundance Holding Company, Soft Surroundings and Chamilia.

Prior to Brentwood, Stephanie spent two years as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance in the consumer and retail industries. Stephanie rejoined Brentwood in 2015, after earning her MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Rachel PresserSenior Associate

Rachel joined Brentwood in 2016. She is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Boston Proper, J.McLaughlin., Soft Surroundings and Sundance Holding Company. Rachel was also active in the corporate development efforts and sale of Allen Edmonds.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Rachel worked at Pzena Investment Management where she focused on public equity investing in consumer retail and energy companies. Rachel also previously spent two years at Crestview Partners, where she focused on private equity investing and portfolio company management across a variety of industries, and two years as an Investment Banking Analyst at Barclays Capital, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance in the healthcare industry. Rachel received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, in 2008 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2014.

Peter EdelsonAssociate

Peter joined Brentwood in 2015. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Marshall Retail Group, Pacific Catch, SAXX Underwear and The Teaching Company.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Peter worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he focused on leveraged buyouts and general corporate finance across a variety of industries. He graduated from Harvard College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a secondary in economics.

Elyas AndkhoyAssociate

Elyas joined Brentwood in 2016. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Lazy Dog Restaurants and The Teaching Company.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Elyas worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Financial Sponsors Group, where he focused on leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate finance across a variety of industries. Elyas received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Michael ChernauskasAssociate

Michael joined Brentwood in 2016. He is currently active in the corporate development efforts of Excelligence Learning Corp., Veggie Grill and Z Gallerie.

Prior to joining Brentwood, Michael worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he focused on debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance in the consumer and retail industries. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance.


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