Our Executive Leadership

Meet the Orbis Team.

About Our People

At Orbis Education, everyone has the opportunity to pursue the mastery of leadership on a daily basis. Our executive team instills the confidence in employees to take complete ownership and accountability in the work they produce.

We are led by a team with 150 years of combined experience in higher education and healthcare.

  • Steve Hodownes

    Chief Executive Officer

    "When people work as one team in pursuit of the mission and goals of an organization – magic happens. On any given day, a team member can serve as the most important person in the building."

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  • Daniel Briggs

    Founder and Chief Growth Officer

    "At Orbis, we’re solving the practitioner healthcare shortage issue by partnering universities with healthcare providers – linking supply and demand.”

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  • Craig Huke

    Chief Financial Officer

    "When you are struggling with a decision, listen to the voice in your head that is telling you what to do. It’s usually right."

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  • Scott McCormick

    Chief Product Officer

    "We built Orbis on the principles of quality education and positively impacting student’s lives."

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  • Johnson Au-Yeung

    Chief Information Officer

    “Planning is preferable to emergencies, nothing beats quiet and boring effectiveness."

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  • Dave Palmisano

    Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Solutions

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  • Matt Merino

    Vice President of Client Service Operations

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  • Deborah Highfill

    Vice President, Nursing Academics

    "Strive to be the nurse/person all of your patients/friends/colleagues will remember."

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  • Jack Lewandowski

    Vice President of Academic Services

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  • Walter Desocio

    Chief Compliance Officer

    "Leadership is the alchemy of transforming hope into belief, aspiration into action, and energy into results."

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  • Andrea Mount

    Vice President of Partnerships

    "I am honored to be in a position where I work amongst all of the Orbis business units to ensure that we are providing unmatched partnerships and levels of service to clients, students, and healthcare partners."

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  • Steve Khederian

    Vice President of Partnerships

    "The key to success as a leader is understanding how things works which means you have to ask questions."

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  • Matt Jakircevic

    Vice President of Partnerships

    "The goal of a leader is to get people from where they are to where they have never been."

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  • Caitlin Masterson

    Vice President of Partnerships

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