It only takes one “aha!” moment…one moment of sheer joy…and a student’s life is transformed forever. n2y is proud to help inspire those moments, and we’re proud to celebrate 20 years at the heart of learning.
It All Started in 1997
Our story began in 1997 when speech-language pathologist Jacquie Clark discovered that there was nothing that taught current events for those with autism and other special needs, which led her to create News-2-You®, a weekly newspaper cultivating literacy with current and relevant news. As the way students learn evolved, so did n2y – transforming from print to digital to help individuals with special needs experience meaningful access to the world around them.
Transforming Special Education
n2y launched Unique Learning System®, an online standards-based program that provides students with meaningful access to the general education curriculum. Soon after, SymbolStix PRIME® launched, making available an online search engine and materials creation platform with the most complete and current symbol set available anywhere.
Why We Do What We Do
Changing how special education is taught, n2y is proud to help educators and families inspire those moments of discovery and wonder, celebrating two decades of being at the heart of learning, working side-by-side with you, the educator, to change the way students grow. Through our award-winning solutions, we’ve continued to evolve the way we develop new approaches to educating students with special needs, creating solutions that are engaging, personalized, and confidence-building. It’s that confidence that can easily turn into a lifelong love of learning. And that’s why we do what we do because we believe in the unique potential of every individual student.
Looking Into the Future
Looking ahead, we will continue to create new solutions for the 21st century classroom, helping to inspire more everyday victories for years to come. By working with educators and families just like you, we can continue to be at the heart of learning.
To be the trusted provider of solutions that empower individuals with unique needs.
n2y provides technology-forward, age-appropriate solutions that enrich the lives of individuals with unique learning needs and those who support them.
Bring minds together for powerful insight, information and better solutions
Have fun, stay humble and add a little quirkiness
Make the customer say WOW!
Take the initiative, share responsibility and be driven to succeed
Make a difference through meaningful innovation
Believe in our mission and have a vested interest in our success
- Ed Holmes Chief Executive Officer
- David Swank Chief Financial Officer
- Steve Lubowicz Chief Technology Officer
- Don Wostmann Chief Operating Officer
- Allison Vice Chief Innovation Officer
- Margaret deBoer Chief Marketing Officer
- Amanda Borer Vice President, Customer Relations
- Teresa Emmons Vice President, People Operations
- Ryan Fast Vice President, Sales
- Steve Mandel Vice President, Technology
- Christin Wostmann Board Chair
n2y is clearly a special team. A team that cares about people. A team that cares about helping kids, parents, educators, and others. A team that cares about having fun. And a team that cares about setting bold goals and beating them. This mission- and family‑oriented feel is part of what attracted me to n2y, and I will work tirelessly to ensure it remains a part of our DNA for a long time to come.
Ed joined n2y in July 2021 as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Ed is the guiding force behind n2y’s mission to provide technology‑forward, age‑appropriate solutions that enrich the lives of individuals with unique learning needs and those who support them. Prior to n2y, Ed was CEO of FairWarning, a global privacy company providing solutions that protect data in electronic health records (EHRs), Salesforce, and other cloud‑based applications. He was successful in driving profitable growth and ultimately sold the company to a strategic buyer in fewer than two years. Before FairWarning, Ed served as CEO of Peoplenet, a leading provider of cloud software for the staffing industry, until its acquisition by Bullhorn in 2017, at which time he became the SVP of Workforce & Revenue Cloud at Bullhorn. While each of these organizations serves a different customer base, they have benefitted from the same thing: Ed’s passion for constant innovation and ensuring customers receive the ultimate value from the solutions delivered. At n2y, Ed is excited about meeting the challenge presented by their customers: parents, families, teachers, service providers, and administrators striving to advance the education of children with unique learning needs. Ed holds a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Emory University.
Like most parents, I always wanted the best tools and education I could provide to help my kids lead happy and productive lives.
David joined n2y in January 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. David brings over 35 years of senior finance experience in international children’s books, consumer products, and information technology organizations, from startup to over $20 billion in revenue. He has participated in international M&A transactions from $10 million to $1.3 billion and has raised over $400 million in debt and equity financing. He has served on the Executive Advisory Committee for the Center for International Business Education and Research at The Ohio State University, the Board of Visitors at Hiram College, and the Strategic Planning Committee of Old Trail School, an independent primary school. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the honors accounting program at The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Southern Methodist University.
One look at n2y’s technology in the classroom and it becomes clear that it simplifies personalized teaching and makes learning more fun.
Steve joined n2y in January 2017 as Chief Technology Officer. Steve brings IT and business leadership experiences spanning several global industries including education, software, manufacturing and professional services. Prior to n2y, Steve provided both IT leadership as well as the direction of a K-12 online school for an education management organization providing services that reached several thousand students in Ohio, Colorado and Arizona. Steve holds a Master of Business Administration from the Graduate School of Management at Kent State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of Business Administration at Kent State University.
n2y delivers a quality of work that is unmatched, a culture that is infectious and embodies what it means to be passionate about helping those with significant disabilities. There are few organizations in this world that truly own up to that.
Don joined the n2y team in April 2007. With over 20 years of business development and operations experience, Don is directly responsible for driving and maintaining n2y’s accelerated revenue growth and customer satisfaction across the enterprise. Before joining the n2y Executive Team, he held senior-level positions within a variety of industries from technology research to telecom. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Castleton State University in Castleton, VT.
Every child deserves a champion who focuses on ‘how’ and believes in possibilities.
Allison has been dedicated to improving educational and personal outcomes of children, parents, teachers and caregivers for over 20 years. Currently serving as CIO for n2y, Allison leads dedicated teams focused on helping individuals with complex needs and their caregivers reach educational and lifelong goals. Allison is a certified speech-language pathologist, who prior to joining the n2y family, served as a school coordinator, consultant, developer and presenter in the areas of communication disorders, behavior, curriculum and assistive technology. She is the author of Practical AAC: A Guide to Functional Communication and developed the Smart Ease series of augmentative communication page sets. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from Northeastern Louisiana State University and a Master of Education degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Southern University.
Education is about opportunity. It’s about creating opportunities for students to learn and reach their full potential; promise that may have otherwise gone unfulfilled. I am proud of n2y’s mission in ensuring that ‘Everyone Can Learn’
Margaret joined n2y as VP of Marketing in January 2017. Previously, she was the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, bringing with her nearly 30 years of hands-on experience in the educational, technology and publishing fields. As a former teacher, Margaret has the customer at the heart of every decision. Upon entering the educational publishing industry, she made an immediate impact for several industry-leading companies as a Sales Representative, National Sales Consultant, Field Marketing Manager, District Sales Manager, Regional VP of Sales, VP Adoption State National Sales Manager, and SVP of Marketing. Margaret earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is also a registered designated Corporate Coach.
The success of students and those who serve them is at the heart of everything we do at n2y. I am honored to be part of a mission that truly changes lives by serving YOU—the everyday heroes in education.
Amanda joined the n2y team in August of 2009. She is a proven leader who builds dynamic, scalable, customer-focused client support teams through rapid stages of growth, and was the driving force for implementing Customer Success at n2y. Amanda and her teams partner with school districts to implement, support, and celebrate the outcomes achieved with n2y solutions. Through a tireless effort to delight and advocate for n2y’s clients, her teams have maintained a level of customer satisfaction that is well above the industry average. Amanda knows the impact communication can have and is passionate about supporting and championing the needs of educators and learners. She has a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Technology from Bowling Green State University.
I am so proud of our culture at n2y. Our teams work diligently and collaboratively to support our mission but we also have a lot of fun together. We truly are like one big family.
Teresa joined the n2y team in 2016. She has over fifteen years of progressive human resources experience and has supported n2y’s rapid growth with her extensive talent acquisition experience, including recruiting and retaining high-performing individuals. Teresa has also helped management and staff achieve organizational goals through her experience in benefits and compensation administration, performance management, training and development, human resources policies, and employee engagement, and has fostered a collaborative culture of passion and fun. Teresa earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Franklin University.
n2y harnesses the power to change lives and alter the trajectory of learning for students served by our innovative solutions in positive ways.
Ryan joined n2y in 2018 as Vice President of Sales. Before n2y, Ryan served as Vice President of Sales for Pearson’s Classroom Assessment Products, where he was responsible for strategy, implementation, and execution of sales efforts. This followed almost 20 years of software industry sales to school system administrators across the country, including the role of VP of Sales at Psychological Software Solutions, Inc. (PSS). Under his direction, PSS experienced explosive growth and won several awards, including Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing K12 Company and Deloitte’s Fast 500 Technology Award. His extensive experience in special education with numerous school districts gives him a unique perspective in providing solutions for students he feels passionate that all can learn. Ryan is a graduate of Kansas State University.
Technology is wonderful, but its true power is exposed when it makes a difference in the quality of life for the individual. What we do at n2y takes that to an exponential level. I see every day what our software does to help kids and their caretakers, and that is truly motivating.
Steve joined the n2y team in August of 2014. Steve Mandel is an accomplished technology executive and software founder, with a recent focus on specialized web development and architecture. His success in resource maximization, while maintaining a commitment to software and user experience, is a competitive asset for n2y. Mandel’s past work has been a direct contribution to the accreditation of multiple Product of the Year Awards by Imaging & Document Solutions Magazine, Editors Choice Awards by Imaging & Document Solutions Magazine in 1992, 1998, and 1999, as well as the ECM Connection’s ACE Award. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of South Florida.
Talented, mission-driven people, all focused on the continual improvement of educational products for unique learners. That describes the n2y team and explains why I am so very proud of what we’ve accomplished together. They impress and inspire me every day.
Chrissy has been part of the n2y family since her mother, Jacquie Clark, founded the company in 1997. As the current Chair of n2y’s Board of Directors, Chrissy continues to draw from her experience and offer insights in a leadership role. As a former public school teacher, she has firsthand knowledge of the challenges teachers face each day in their efforts to meet students’ individual needs. Her passion for providing world-class solutions that support entire education teams and promoting positive student outcomes has been essential for n2y’s success. Under her guidance as CEO, n2y was the 2019 recipient of the Leadership Summit Award for exceptional portfolio companies from the global private equity firm, The Riverside Company. The Leadership Summit Award is granted to companies that show significant success in business and set an example and the standard for how success can be achieved. Chrissy also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Firelands Regional Medical Center, the Erie County Humane Society, and the Clark Family Foundation. Chrissy holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Reading, both of which are from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Count on our award‑winning technology and instructional resources
While success in classrooms across the country is our most rewarding recognition, n2y is proud to be the recipient of multiple edtech awards that validate the research-based work our teams do to provide the highest quality instructional programs to students with complex learning needs.
Are you ready to make a difference in shaping the future of education in a fun, fast-paced, supportive culture? As a fast-growing company, we are always looking for the best and brightest talent to fulfill our potential.