Fusion Education Group
Our campus support network is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Peter G. Ruppert
President and CEO
Jeff C. Poole
Senior VP of Operations
Chief Financial Officer
VP of Human Resources
VP of New School Development
Grace Losada, Ed.D
VP of Education
VP of People Development
Michelle Rose Gilman
Director of Leadership Growth & Engagement
Regional Director of Admissions and Outreach - East
District VP - Northern California & Seattle
Regional Director of Operations - East
Regional Director of Operations - West
Regional Director of Operations - New School Development
Regional VP - West Region
Regional VP - East Region
Regional VP of New Business Development
District VP - Southwest
District VP - Chicago & Florida
District VP - DMV
District VP - North East
Regional Director of Admissions and Outreach
District VP - Southern California
Pete is an innovative leader with a proven record of strong results in CEO, president and general management positions. His background includes high growth success in education and health care companies and multi-industry experience in the management-consulting sector. Pete holds a BA in Economics from DePauw University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Jeff is a results-oriented leader with a twenty-seven year record of accomplishment with management success in sales, marketing, and operations. His extensive experience includes leading service companies with multi-location operations and fifteen years on senior management teams. Jeff has a BS degree in Food Systems Economics and Management and a MS degree in Agriculture Economics, both from Michigan State University.
Grace Losada holds a BA in Literature and Writing from UCSD, an MA in Marital and Family Therapy from USD, and an EdD from USC in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Psychology. She began her career with Fusion when it was still in its humble beginnings in Michelle Rose Gilman’s home.
Jennifer Rumack is a student to her core. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, San Diego, M.A.’s in Sociology and Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from University of Southern California. Prior to joining the Fusion team, Jennifer led a large alternative charter school program for middle and high school students in both Northern and Southern California.
Michelle Rose Gilman, Founder, started Fusion in 1989 with six students who were transitioning out of psychiatric day treatment facilities. She holds a BS in Special Education from the University of South Florida, as well as a certification in Special Education (Emotional Handicaps K-12 concentration).
Nicole joined the Fusion family in 2014 as Director of Admissions and Outreach at The Woodlands campus. She helped to introduce Fusion to The Woodlands through outreach in the community and extensive conversations with local families. In her role as Regional Director of Admissions and Outreach (RDAO) Nicole works with the regional team and VP of Sales to support our Texas and Chicago schools.
Stephanie Torossian supports the Directors of Admissions and Outreach for the Fusion campuses on the East Coast as Regional Director of Admissions and Outreach. She earned her BA in Communication from Villanova University graduating Cum Laude with a minor in Spanish, adding to her already bilingual background.
After two years as Fusion San Francisco’s Director of Admissions and Outreach, Happy began her work supporting all California Fusion Academy campuses as Regional Director of Admissions and Outreach (RDAO). Happy works in tandem with the rest of the regional team and the VP of Sales to help campus leadership teams achieve their enrollment goals. As RDAO, Happy coaches, mentors, and motivates Directors of Admissions and Outreach while advising other leaders involved in the intake process.
Kim Mansueto is a seven-year veteran who started her journey with Fusion as Director of Admissions and Outreach in 2012 as we pioneered the launch of the east coast. During her tenure, she has held multiple leadership positions such as Assistant Director, Head of School at the Long Island campus with her most recent position as the Regional Director of Operations for the East Coast.
Tamare works with the New School Opening team to train and onboard new school leadership and establish Fusion practices and culture in new markets. She works closely with members of our school teams and supports them through the operational elements of Fusion. She also works closely with the educational team and registrars to ensure new state/region requirements are documented and in compliance with new markets.
Brad was born in Phoenix, AZ and after a move to Georgia spent his early years in Denver, CO. It was in Denver that his love of sports grew as well as his loyalty to the Denver Broncos. In a dramatic shift of scenery, he moved to scenic Clovis, CA where his parents still reside. Brad attended Clovis West High School where he played basketball and volleyball leading to a volleyball scholarship to CSU, Northridge.
Steve brings a proven, passionate, and personable approach Sales and Marketing. He believes hiring, developing, and promoting people who are focused an exceptional customer service is the only way to build a sustainable model. He adores the EPIC! values that Fusion founders laid out when creating Fusion Education Group.
Kelli joined the Fusion family in 2015 as the Head of School at the Chicago- Lake Forest campus. She helped to introduce Fusion to the Chicago North Shore through outreach in the community and meetings with local families. In her role as District Vice President, Kelli works with the Chicago and Florida campuses and regional team to support the operations for 6 campuses.
Lori is a native of Virginia and excited to be back, living in Arlington. Lori graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and Human Ecology from the University of Tennessee. Upon graduating from college she worked as a community mental health advocate before making a career change where she gained management, marketing, training and leadership skills working in the financial services industry.
Jennifer Walsh-Rurak earned her Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Educational and Instructional Leadership from Northeastern University. Additionally, she has a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership/Administration and a Master of Science degree in Special Education both from Canisius College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Exceptionalities from SUNY Cortland.
As Director of Admissions and Outreach, Kate helps prospective families determine if Fusion is the right fit. She also ensures that Fusion Marin is a contributing member of the community — with a knowledge of neighboring schools, parent groups, and professional resources such as tutors, family therapists, and education consultants, Kate understands how to guide students and their families.
Noelle Brown is a Regional Director for Fusion. Noelle has worked at Fusion since 2011 as a Head of School, Assistant Director, English/History Teacher, History Department Head, Special Education Lead and Curriculum Writer. Before joining Fusion, she taught High School and Middle School History and English in San Diego and Los Angeles counties, specializing in Honors/AP Classes. Noelle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, minor in History, from the University of California at San Diego. She earned her Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Studies and English from California State University, Long Beach. She is certified in Gifted and Talented Education and specializes in differentiating lesson plans for a wide range of learners.