Board of Directors
Dave Barford, Founder
Dave Barford is a partner in The Gilead Group, a private equity and management firm, which he co-founded in 2002. Gilead provides start-up funding and management for early-stage technology firms. Dave also serves as CEO of a mobile software company called Agilis Systems, one of the companies in the Gilead portfolio.
Dave’s prior experience spans over thirty years in the technology and telecom industries. Dave has held senior executive positions with multiple Fortune 500 companies and has a wide background in large company as well as start-up environments.
Giving from the heart is also in Dave’s portfolio and the reason he founded Global Learning Exchange Initiative (GLXi.) Dave has held numerous board positions, volunteered and financially supported many nonprofit organizations in the US and abroad, including schools and refugee programs. He has traveled extensively in Central America, supporting funding of international students and building water wells.
Dave’s passion for creating GLXi came from meeting the people where he traveled. He saw their living conditions, the poverty and lack of hope for future success. He knew that providing education for a new generation would change the world. He also knew that the change had to come from within the country itself. And that is GLXi’s philosophy today.
Ray Kollar, Co-Founder
Ray Kollar is currently a consultant with Meridien Harbor Consulting.
Ray retired from Solutia, Inc. in 2010, where he had served as President and General Manager of the Performance Films subsidiary — the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of thin-films for use in electronic displays and touch screens.
Prior to joining Solutia, Ray spent 20 years at Intel Corporation, primarily in the sales and marketing areas. He started his career as a design engineer for McDonnell Douglas and also spent a few years teaching engineering classes. His broad range of experience in the technology sector includes business development, corporate strategy, engineering and product development.
Ray earned his M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Akron.
Ray believes that the work GLXi is doing is important because it is about education and empowerment. “We want to empower people to learn how to solve problems in their own community, and to make a better life for themselves. GLXi will provide the tools to accomplish that.”
Linda Henke, Ph.D, Program and Education
Dr. Linda Henke is a consultant with the Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership. She is co-creator of the Center which supports educational leaders in their quest to move beyond the current conceptions of schooling.
In 2012, Linda retired as an award-winning superintendent of Maplewood Richmond Heights, a St. Louis inner-ring suburban school district that for years had been plagued with the same problems found in many urban environments. In the twelve years Linda led the district, it moved from being labeled one of the worst schools in Missouri to one of the most dynamic and innovative districts in the state.
Prior to this position, Linda served for ten years as the assistant superintendent in the School District of Clayton. She immersed the district in the study of systems thinking and built a continuous improvement curriculum and professional development infrastructure that received national attention. Linda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters about topics ranging from school change to literacy education, parent involvement, and school culture. She has been a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and is a sought-after mentor for new superintendents and principals.
In recent years she has served on over ten executive and advisory boards, focusing on education. Linda passionately believes in the power of literacy and the ability of every person to succeed if given the opportunity to thrive.
Amy Inman, Development
Amy Inman is Founder of Memorybox Films, LLC, a video production agency that creates promotional videos for local agencies and non-profit organizations as well as offers video services for legal depositions, authenticated evidence video for court presentation and day-in-the-life video for trial or settlement. Previously, Amy worked as a telecom sales executive in the software database industry and in television and radio production. Amy is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia in Radio and Television Broadcasting.
Currently, Amy serves on the Board of Directors and is Chair of Grants for the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, a collective giving network that expands women’s philanthropy and works to strengthen the St. Louis region. Her philanthropic interests are centered on impactful organizations that address children’s education such as The College School, an experiential learning school where Amy has previously served on the Board of Trustees and children’s mental health services such as Great Circle where she volunteers and serves on multiple committees. Amy is an avid hiker, photographer, and mother of two daughters.
Amy is committed to GLXi’s work in Guatemala. “Since the passing of my uncle, Father Joe Halpin, who spent a lifetime as a missionary in Guatemala building churches, health clinics, and schools, I knew I wanted to continue his mission in supporting Central America. GLXi is my opportunity to do this. It is easy to think only of those in need in our neighborhood, our city, and our country. Yet to see beyond our borders and recognize that we are all citizens of this planet Earth is truly a spiritual endeavor.”
Mindy Jeffries, Marketing
Mindy Jeffries is Founder and President of Stealth Agency, a full-service advertising agency specializing in marketing strategy, broadcast advertising, print design, web design, search engine optimization and social media. Stealth’s long list of happy clients include Charter Communications, Sprint, Barnes Jewish Hospital and MO Eating Disorders Council.
A graduate of Indiana University, Mindy brings over 30 years of experience in senior level marketing and management in the competitive telecommunications industry in the U.S. and the U.K.; serving key roles with AT&T, Charter, and TeleWest (UK), amongst others.
The recipient of more than 25 awards for effective marketing and advertising, Mindy leads her team by example and inspires them to always go the extra mile. Mindy enjoys the outdoors, swimming for fitness, and biking. In her spare time, she relaxes by knitting, reading, and spending time with her family.
Mindy has served on the Board of Directors for a broad range of organizations in the various communities where she has lived. She is especially interested in working with GLXi because, “I think the idea of creating opportunity for one child is important. One child, through education, could grow up and contribute to a need, issue or problem worldwide.”