Team

The Learning Counsel helps education professionals in the K12 and Higher Ed sectors gain context on the shift to digital curriculum. We are an intermediary between schools and high tech companies, offering unique executive events and publications.

The more than $23 Billion curriculum industry across K12 and Higher Ed is in transition, maneuvering through the intersection of policy, technology leadership, old habits and new enthusiasms.

As the media, we seek to bring perspective and online resources for everyone in the fray, from school seekers-of-resources to industry partners in need of services.

With Knowstory, we are building an agnostic sharing and recommendations platform to help schools with needed discovery and analysis related to digital content and curriculum.

Schools and districts work with the Learning Counsel to help them make the transition to digital curriculum, take inventory, get awareness of new resources, and write their goals and policies.

Based in Sacramento, California, The Learning Counsel has staff and an extended family of contributors across the U.S. and in the Ukraine.

Join us for big things to come!

The Learning Counsel Team:


Leilani Cauthen, CEO & Publisher

Well versed in digital content and curriculum change, the adoption process, successful strategies, and helping schools understand what's available and what will work. Leilani is an author and media personality with a research, marketing and sales background in the high tech, government and education sectors.


Doug Cauthen, Chief Operating Officer

With over twenty years of experience in Administrative, Marketing, Publishing, Financial and Operations roles, Doug is an expert in running an organization, helping staff to achieve quality production and keeping organizations solvent. As Chief Operations Officer, Doug’s responsibilities include holding senior duties such as Editor-in-Chief, the daily operation of the company and the achievement of company goals.


Charles Sosnik , Editor-in-Chief

Charles is an education journalist and editor who uses his deep roots in the education community to add context to the education narrative. He is a frequent writer and columnist for some of the most influential media in education, including The Learning Counsel, NSBA Journal and eSchool News. Charles is unabashedly Southern, and likes to say he is an editor by trade and Southern by the Grace of God.


Annette Erwin, VP Sales

Annette is an accomplished business development specialist, with over 10 years of sales and marketing experience. She lead the growth of a progressive technology firm in the Educational sphere. With her ability to understand the ever changing industry and trends in education and technology, she continually helps shape strategy and successfully exceeds client expectations. Superb client service is her forte.


Kristina Hall, Director of EduJedi Leadership Society

Kristina comes from a background in finance, she has 19 years of experience working in office management and operations, for both, for-profits and non-profits. As the Director of EduJedi Leadership Society, she is creating lasting relationships with administrators and educators across the nation and engaging our EduJedi Society members, as well as our audience and friends in trainings, courses and events. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, camping, horseback riding and competitive horse showing.


Holly Pesta, Director of Graphic Design

Holly’s career spans over 20 years in various corporate marketing departments and as a freelance graphic designer. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. Some of Holly’s clients have included Del Taco, Allergan, and projects for the California Community Colleges system funded through Palomar College. Her design and creative skill is what you see behind all of our publications and online projects.


Chris Kight, Director of Media Productions

Chris is a very well-known professional photographer and owned/operated the top photography studio in Sacramento from 1983 to 2014. An adjunct Professor of Photography at College for many years, he is sharp with a camera, and has great skills and experience in both photo and video editing.


Daric Aguinaga, Director of School Relations

Daric is a hard worker who goes the extra mile. With his foresight, planning, and hard work he ensures the events hosted by the Learning Counsel are a success.


Christi Vorse, Director of School Relations

Christi is the lead School Relations Manager that coordinates and plans the locations and dates of our Digital Transition Discussion events, as well as scheduling and taking care of logistics for all Educators who attend and speak at these events. She has years of experience working with educators, building on new and existing strong networks across the K-12 school sector to enhance participation and engagement of the Learning Counsel's products of technology, user experience, systems, and organization. She ensures Educators are supported and connected with on a regular basis to identify opportunities to improve the Ed-Tech scene within all School Districts.


Carly Egeline, School Analyst

Carly comes from a background in customer relations. With over 20 years’ experience, she is an expert in detail and relationships. She decided to make a career change to the administrative and technology education industry as she loves the idea of helping children create for their future.


Steve Cauthen, Chief Accounting Officer

Steve has over thirty years’ experience as an independent contractor performing bookkeeping, administrative coordination and income tax preparation for a multitude of clients in many varied industries. This wide range of experience has allowed him exposure to many kinds of scenarios and situations which allows him to provide problem solving ideas and different creative ways of looking at the many varied challenges faced by any company today.


Jeremy Smith, VP Web Development

Web designer and analytics professional with expertise in operations, web front end development, research, and marketing. Jeremy has knowledge and experience for developing and creating online services and applications.


Eric Dent, Director of Systems Development

Eric is a web developer, specializing in backend and database programming, server configuration, and design.


Kenna McHugh, Writer

One of the Learning Counsel staff writers, Kenna’s writing credits include Breaking into Film, Orchid Care Booklet, and contributions to screenwriting and film production books. She writes curriculum for K-12 school programs and education technology, and is an experienced tutor, helping children learn how to learn and creating positive effects in their lives.


You, Writers, Editors, Researchers

the Learning Counsel is additionally inclusive of expert instructional designers, curriculum managers, writers, editors and researchers that create works and join advisory projects. 

These are published to the growing Learning Counsel community of 215,000 education leaders as well as thousands of publishers and tech industry executives.