Board of Directors

America Succeeds’ Board of Directors is a prominent group of business, civic, and education leaders passionate about improving public education.

Zachary T. Neumeyer: Co-founder & Board Member

Zachary T. Neumeyer is a businessman and civic leader. In business, he serves as the Chairman of Sage Hospitality and Vice Chair of Mobile Accord. He is or has been an investor and board member of companies in the technology, communications, manufacturing, senior housing, banking, and service industries. He works on education reform in Colorado and nationally. Sage Hospitality has invested over $2.5 billion in hospitality assets and manages 75 hotels across America, employing over 7,500 people.

Mr. Neumeyer has focused his civic activities on education reform, working to ensure that every child in America has access to an excellent education to achieve their potential. Mr. Neumeyer is Founding Board Chair of Teach For America Colorado, serves on the TFA National Council, and is Founder and past Board Chair of Colorado Succeeds. He is Co-Founder of America Succeeds, a board member of Colorado Children’s Campaign, and an active supporter of the Charter School Growth Fund. Mr. Neumeyer has served on behalf of numerous state commissions and councils of Colorado Governor’s Hickenlooper, Ritter, and Owens. Mr. Neumeyer has been actively involved in early childhood development as a philanthropist and leader. Mr. Neumeyer was one of the founders of the Denver PreSchool Program, and was recognized by the Colorado Children’s Campaign as one of the 20 most influential Coloradans for Children’s welfare.

Mr. Neumeyer is a past trustee of the University of Denver and has taught at Cornell University, University of Colorado, Harvard University and The University of Denver. He is a graduate of Cornell University, and lives in Colorado with his wife Amy. He and Amy are the proud parents of sons Max and Joseph.

Tony Lewis: Board Chair

Tony Lewis over the last decade has helped push for innovative and high performing schools, introduced healthy food for students and worked to reform the state’s school finance system. Prior to the Donnell-Kay Foundation, he was Director of Capital Planning and Director of Development with the Colorado Outward Bound School, an experience he says shaped his approach to the world. Tony sits on a number of boards and advisory boards, including the governor-appointed Charter School Institute board, the University of Colorado at Denver’s School of Public Affairs, Facing History and Ourselves, dZi Foundation, Get Smart Schools and Venture Prep.

He also has a passion for science and the environment; Tony has served as a Program Specialist for the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco, where he was in charge of policy, planning, and implementation of wetland regulations in the Central Valley and northern California. He also earned his B.S. in forest management science from Colorado State University and holds a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Denver.

A Colorado native, Tony lives south of Lyons, Colorado, with his family, honeybees, and chickens. He’s a climber at heart and leads a couple of foreign excursions a year, along with his personal ice, rock, and mountain climbing trips.

Casey Cortese: Executive Board Member

Casey Cortese is an entrepreneurial leader with an extensive background in philanthropy, experiential marketing and event management. As the Managing Director for Charles Schwab Community Services and Charles Schwab Foundation, she champions the firm’s philanthropic efforts, overseeing the day to day operations of the Foundation as well as their deep employee community engagement initiatives.

Prior to this, Ms. Cortese led her own brand engagement firm, The Sweet Spot Agency, LLC, where she helped both businesses and nonprofit organizations create deeper and more effective customer engagement and brand activation strategies.

Earlier Ms. Cortese acted as Vice President of Marketing for Transamerica’s Active Lifestyle unit. In this capacity she developed and implemented integrated marketing plans and strategic partnerships for advancing a new direct to consumer business.

Casey also spent 15 years with Janus Capital Group. As Vice President of Experiential Marketing, Ms. Cortese set the strategic direction for the firm’s national sponsorship and community relations initiatives, as well as client events. In support of the firm’s growth strategies she constructed and activated a diverse portfolio of partnerships with iconic brands such as IRONMAN®, Life Time Fitness, Competitor Group, Warren Miller Films, Jazz Aspen, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and more. As part of her duties she held the prestigious role as president of The Janus Foundation, guiding the firm’s philanthropic efforts centered on advancing public education.

Throughout her career Casey has worked with a diverse range of community organizations, and currently sits on the national board of directors of Jump$tart Coalition, and the advisory committee for Women for Tri. Her past board involvement includes a mayoral appointment to the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, and board roles with B:CIVIC, Colorado Succeeds, Junior Achievement of the Rocky Mountain Region, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Colorado Ballet, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Curious Theatre Company, and the Colorado Festivals and Events Association.

Ms. Cortese is responsible for the creation of many award-winning sponsorship and community programs, most notably the Janus Charity Challenge, which raised nearly $55 million for hundreds of charities through the sport of triathlon.

In her free time, Casey is passionate about travel, running and dance. Casey’s biggest personal accomplishment is the Triple 7 Quest, where in 2015 she completed seven half-marathons and one full marathon on seven continents in 11 consecutive days to benefit Girls on the Run of the Rockies.

David Dimmett, Ed.D.: Board Member

David Dimmett is Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer at Project Lead The Way. As the chief academic officer of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Southwest Indiana, he was instrumental in leading innovation and unprecedented improvements in student achievement. With an eye always toward increasing opportunities for students, David facilitated the curriculum and instruction for the district, developed strategic partnerships, and implemented several innovative school models including Early College High School and New Tech Institute using the Project Lead The Way Engineering program.

Today, David leads PLTW’s network of regional vice presidents, directors of school engagement, and the PLTW Solution Center to provide exceptional support and service to PLTW schools and educators across the United States. He passionately supports program quality and growth, as well as coordinates key partnerships and education initiatives to meet the needs of students, educators, schools, and communities.

Aimee Guidera: Board Member

Aimee Rogstad Guidera is a strategic consultant helping organizations align their efforts and investments to improve student learning and outcomes. Aimee most recently was the Founder, President and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), a national, nonprofit organization leading the effort to empower educators, students, parents, and policymakers with the information they need to make the best decisions to improve student outcomes. Aimee believes that information has the power to transform education to ensure every child in this country is prepared for success in college and career.

A respected thought leader in education, Aimee was named one of ​TIME’s 12 Education Activists of 2012​. She has also been cited as an expert on education policy and the value of education data by publications such as Business Week, NPR, and Education Week. Aimee is a ​Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow​ and an alumna of the Institute for Educational Leadership’s ​Education Policy Fellowship Program​. One of her career highlights has been having DQC named as ​The Washingtonian’s​ ​Best Places to Work​. She serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Educational Leadership, the Policy Innovators in Education Network, Minnesota Comeback, and the Friends of the Hennepin County (Minnesota) Library. Aimee is also the Senior Warden of St. Martin’s by the Lake Episcopal Church.

Before founding DQC, Aimee served as the director of the Washington, DC, office of the National Center for Educational Achievement. She previously served as vice president and chief of staff for the National Alliance of Business (NAB), worked in the education division of the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices, and taught for the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Aimee received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Aimee and her husband, Bill, are the parents of two school-age daughters. She is an active supporter of her daughters’ public school and has served as a classroom volunteer, parent-teacher organization leader, and advisory committee member. Aimee believes that parents, students, and teachers need to be equally strong legs of the stool of academic success.

Jason Gaulden: Board Member

Jason Gaulden is Chief Executive Officer of Untapped Potential Project—a network of career and technical high schools under development, with its first school opening in Chicago. The mission is to bridge the gap between student skills and employer needs—creating excellent career opportunities for students while solving talent and workforce shortages for businesses.

Prior to this role, he served as Vice President of Partnerships for America Succeeds, where he co-authored The Age of Agility: Education Pathways for the Future of Work, which examines the rapidly changing nature of education-to-workforce pathways.

Jason also founded Gaulden Group LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategy, communications, and fundraising services. He drew upon more than fifteen years of professional experience in various roles: executive leadership, philanthropy, marketing, fund development, and nonprofit management and governance.

Before his consulting practice, Jason served as Program Officer at Daniels Fund, which followed his role as Senior Fellow at El Pomar Foundation, two of the largest philanthropies in the Rocky Mountain region.

Jason is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. He also served two terms as Chair of the University’s Alumni Board.