Board of Directors

Scott Keeney, Board Chair, President and CEO of nLIGHT Corporation
Scott Keeney founded nConnect in 2005 in response to the report Rising Above the Gathering Storm which emphasizes America’s need to increase its talent pool by vastly improving K–12 science and mathematics education.  Scott is the Co-founder, President and CEO of nLIGHT Corporation, a leading semiconductor laser manufacturer with operations in Vancouver, Washington; Hillsboro, Oregon; Shanghai, China and Lohja, Finland.  nLIGHT employs over 400 people and has raised over $110 million from leading venture capital investors.  nLIGHT has been named the fastest growing technology company in the Pacific Northwest in Deloitte and Touche’s Rising Star category in both 2005 and 2006.  In 2006, Scott was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology in the Pacific Northwest. Scott grew up and attended public schools in Bellevue, WA.  Scott holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington where he graduated summa cum laude and won the Dean’s Medal for the top graduate in Arts and Sciences.

John Deeder, Superintendent of Evergreen School District
John Deeder became the Superintendent of Evergreen School District in 2006 after holding various positions of leadership within the District since 2002.  Prior to working in the Evergreen School District, John served as an Administrator in school districts throughout Oregon and California.  He has been a high school Guidance Counselor, Administrative Assistant, Coach and Teacher.  John has provided private consulting, including working for the Northwest Regional Laboratory as an “Onward to Excellence Trainer” and as an Adjunct Professor of Instructional Theory for Portland State University.  John earned his M.A. in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and his B.S. in Education from the University of Idaho.  He also received his Standard Principal Credential from Portland State University and Standard Superintendent Credential from Lewis and Clark College.

Mark Fleischauer, Vice President of JH Kelly, LLC
Mark Fleischauer currently serves as a Vice President of JH Kelly, LLC.  Mark joined JH Kelly in 1998, possessing a wealth of legal, management, marketing, and commercial operations experience.  Mark oversees JH Kelly's commercial and administrative operations and is actively involved in its marketing, real estate and joint venture activities.  Previously, Mark was the Vice President of Kalama Chemical, Inc. and involved in their corporate strategic planning.  He also worked as an Attorney at Law for Bogle and Gates in Seattle.  Mark is actively involved as a Board Member of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), PeaceHealth - St. John Medical Center, Imperium Renewables, Inc., and JH Kelly Holdings LLC and serves as the Chair for PV Powered Inc. Mark also coaches youth sports and is active in community and charitable causes.  He earned a J.D. from the University of Washington Law School and an A.B. in Economics from Stanford University. Mark also studied economics at The London School of Economics in London, England. 

Mark Lewis, Senior Program Officer at Washington STEM
In his role as Senior Program Officer at Washington STEM, Mark identifies and supports funded partners in STEM education, leveraging both financial and human capital to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators. Previously, Mark Lewis served as the Director of the Science and Math Educational Resource Center where he worked to improve the quality of science and mathematics for K-12 students.  Mark coordinated the services of school districts, higher education institutes, local businesses, and civic organizations in Southwest Washington.  He also served on the Steering Committee for Washington State LASER.  Earlier, Mark spent 12 years in the Peace Corps, including serving: two years as the Director of Planning and Development for the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, three years as the Country Director of the Peace Corps in Fiji, and two years as the Deputy Country Director for Jordan and Turkmenistan. Mark also taught math and science for Woodinville High School in WA where he was commended for his “Excellence in Teaching” and was selected as a faculty graduation speaker. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Mark worked as a Technical Manager and Orbital Analyst for Hughes Space and Communications Group.  Mark holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Washington University and a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from California Institute of Technology.

Lisa Nisenfeld, President of Columbia River Economic Development Council 

Lisa Nisenfeld is the Director of the Oregon Employment Department. She has over 30 years of experience in workforce and economic development in both the public and private sectors.  Previously, she was president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council in Clark County (CREDC), WA, which provides leadership and resources to foster business growth.  The CREDC is responsible for helping grow jobs and investment in Clark County through business recruitment, business expansion, entrepreneurship development and advocacy for a competitive business climate, including great school systems. Prior to that, she spent 10 years as Executive Director of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) which coordinates workforce development partners in Southwest Washington and manages a variety of workforce development funds. Prior to joining the SWWDC, Lisa was a principal of Working Designs, Inc., a consulting company specializing in strategic planning and workforce development.  She also was Director of Workforce and Target Industries for the Portland Development Commission for nearly ten years, building an expertise in workforce and economic development synergies. Currently Lisa serves on the board of directors of Education Northwest as well as the Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition. Lisa has completed graduate coursework in public administration, ethics, theology and sociology and earned her B.A. from Lewis and Clark College where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a 2012 recipient of the Iris Award, given to women of achievement in Clark County.

Stefano Gaggini, Senior Manager, SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Stefano Gaggini is the Senior Manager for SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting for Schnitzer Steel Industries. Previously, Stefano was the Audit Senior Manager at KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm located in Portland. Stefano’s experience includes serving clients in consumer markets, retail, manufacturing and automotive industries.  In 1998, he joined KPMG in Switzerland as an auditor and transferred to the Portland office of KPMG LLP in 2002.  Stefano is a former officer in the Swiss Army and speaks Italian, French, and German in addition to English.

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