Our leadership team has lived and breathed online education from the day it started.

We have more than 120 years of combined experience leading education organizations around the world to prepare students for future academic success. We know what online education excellence looks like. We know what it takes to achieve it – with best-of-breed outreach, platforms, content, teachers, and service. And we have the leadership and expertise to navigate our partners and students toward better global opportunities.

Bruce Davis
Chief Executive Officer

Bruce Davis is a career innovator and leader in educational technology. He is currently CEO of Hudson Global Scholars, a company dedicated to the advancement of students through high quality online education. Bruce has worked and travelled extensively throughout the world and led many innovative efforts. He was Chief Operating Officer of Prometric and managed the company roll-out into more than 100 countries, bringing access to standardized examinations and higher education to students everywhere. Bruce created and developed Discovery Education’s streaming video service, now the largest video education provider, reaching millions of students. He has built and operated numerous private schools ranging from the Kisubi School in Uganda to the International School of Berne in Switzerland. Bruce was the Chief Strategy officer for K12/Stride inc., the largest online school and a significant operator of charter schools in the US. He was CEO of Teachstone Training, a leader in teacher professional development and assessment. In his early career he worked for Deloitte consulting on assignment in Cairo Egypt. Bruce continues his journey to positively affect as many students as possible through mass education.

Jonathan Stowe
Chief Operations Officer

Jon is a nationally known education ops leader, bringing over a decade of experience as COO to this role. Previously, he has built and led 3 different online schools and programs, serving recently as the COO of Teachstone. Prior to this he was the president of Dev Bootcamp where he led the expansion of the company and its sale to Kaplan Education. Earlier, Jon was the CTO and COO of Teachscape, a teacher evaluation and learning company. He completed 4 patents for the company prior to its sale to Frontline Technologies.

Jon has worked in senior technology and product roles at Pearson Education, Thomson Higher Education, and Cengage Learning. Jon began his career as a software developer and product manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics and Sculpture from the University of Connecticut.

Pat Hoge
Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Hoge is currently the Chief Academic Officer for Hudson Global Scholars and its network of schools. Previously, Dr. Hoge spent 12 years in leadership roles at Connections Education (Pearson Online and Blended Learning) as Chief Academic Officer and head of Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, she was the Vice President of Education and Learning Innovation for Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, MD, the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Catapult Learning, and the Executive Director of Education at eSylvan, where she led a team that developed 25,000 online lessons in reading and mathematics. She also supervised reading and language arts curriculum for Baltimore County Public Schools and served as a speech-language pathologist within K-12 schools. She was recently awarded honors at the 2019 Zaentz Early Education Innovation Challenge at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2015, the United States Distance Learning Association – International Distance Learning Awards recognized Pat for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning and for Best Practices in Distance Learning Program (Connections Education Professional Learning Model).

Dr. Hoge holds a Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership from Walden University School of Education, and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University. She serves on numerous boards and educational association committees, including the Towson University Foundation Board, the Port Discovery Children’s Museum Board in Baltimore, MD, and the Alliance for Virtual Learning where she recently led the development and implementation of the Alliance’s summer 2020 Virtual Teaching Academy for teachers and school leaders across the globe.

Rose Piedmont
Chief Financial Officer

Rose Piedmont is a senior financial executive with over 30 years of experience in various settings and industries, including education, government, banking, leasing, construction-related industries, mutual funds, and insurance. Throughout her career, Rose has managed general accounting, budgeting, treasury, FP&A, financial reporting, fixed assets, information technology, payroll, human resources, procurement, pricing, grants and strategic analysis groups in both profit and not-for-profit arenas. She also has considerable experience with international firms and IFRS. In addition to her deep and varied financial experience, Rose is an exceptional leader. She is able to dive into difficult situations and quickly win the loyalty and cooperation of both staff and other senior managers. This vital attribute is a testament to her honesty and integrity, as well as her ability to learn and understand a company’s business operations quickly. As a member of the team, Rose feels she must contribute to the business’ success by truly understanding the challenges faced by the people who operate the business. She has worked in many diverse and challenging environments where clear communications, insight, the willingness to explore new ideas, personal credibility, and leadership were the critical elements in accomplishing the mission. Rose is a CPA licensed in Maryland. She earned her BS in Cost Accounting and Management from Fordham University and her MBA (with a concentration in financial services) from Boston University.

Danny McElhinny
Chief Revenue Officer

Danny is an accomplished education industry executive with a proven track record in establishing and leading successful global sales teams. Before joining Hudson Global Scholars, he served as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for William H. Sadlier, where he was responsible for the firm’s global competitiveness and revenue strategy.

Danny is passionate about coaching sales teams, implementing new sales-enabled technologies to improve efficiencies and upgrading outdated sales processes. Danny is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and lives with his wife and son in Pittsburgh, PA.

Brad Lineberger
Chief Information Officer

For the past 5 years, Brad has overseen all aspects of technology for Hudson Global Scholars and its affiliated brands. He has more than 20 years of management, development and online technical experience, architecting networks and developing interactive and social products. He has received multiple patents for his technology innovations. An online pioneer, Brad is credited with developing the world’s first graphical massively multiplayer online game. Brad led IT development for MPG-NET, Interactive Magic, World Gaming, I-Sun Networks, Fallen Earth, and Icarus Studios. He received in B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Louisville.

Rob Birdsell
President of Catholic Virtual

Rob Birdsell is a veteran Catholic school educator, having started his career teaching in Jesuit High Schools. He led the Cristo Rey Network’s national expansion as CEO and was a founder and director of the Drexel Fund, a venture philanthropy fund focused on making grants to expand school choice. Rob also brings international Catholic education experience to the organization, having been one of the founders and executive vice presidents of Amerigo Education. He continues to support Amerigo as Senior Advisor.

Rob is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and received his MBA is from the Lubar School at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Rob has taught courses at DePaul University and Loyola University Chicago. In addition to his serving on the Board of the Drexel Fund, he currently serves on the Board of Loyola Press and has been a Board Member at Alain Locke Charter School, the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy, and was a Commissioner for the American Center for School Choice’s Commission on Faith-based Schools.