ADVANTAGES DLS — Leadership

Pam Dion

Chief Executive Officer / Founder

Allison Dampier

President / Founder

Sandy Gamba

Chief Administrative Officer / Founder

Andy Bui

Chief Technology Officer / Founder

Ismail Khan

Chief Financial Officer

David Benoit

Chief Operating Officer

Mariam Purcell

Product Manager

Jen Tynan

Student Success Manager – Domestic

Rebekah Huggins

School Success Manager – International

ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions is an AdvanceED Accredited Program – now Cognia. Also approved as an NCAA, NCA, CASI, NWAC, SACS, CASI, and A-G course provider.

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Leadership

Pam Dion

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Pam Dion is one of the original founders of ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions. Her teaching background includes both the traditional face-to-face classroom setting and online formats. Her grade level instruction spans from the primary grades into post-secondary and even master’s level teacher-credentialing programs.  She has vast experience in the design, development, and management of a fully accredited online school, as well as in the development and management of Title 1 after-school care programs for public schools.  Pam holds a Master of Education from University of LaVerne and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Technology. She is certified as a Reading and Language Arts specialist; she has multiple subject teaching credentials and also holds a CLAD certificate which emphasizes teaching in multicultural environments.  At ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions, Pam’s chief responsibilities include the development and support of international relationships with qualified educational institutions, programs and resellers. She also works with her team in the development, management and large-scale logistics of implementation and planning. She works with all of ADVANTAGES’ third-party vendors in all areas of marketing, distribution sales, academic and curriculum integration, legal and technical aspects related to the growth of ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions and the individual components of the program.

Allison Dampier

President / Founder

Allison is one of the original founders of ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions, LLC. Her background spans across all levels of education and into online school development including the accreditation process and administration support of online and “brick and mortar” schools. Allison is one of the founders and original designers of the ASSIST Platform. She has a broad educational background and has more than a decade of teaching experience at the primary, secondary and university level. She also has experience in online curriculum development for the National University Teaching Department. Allison has a Master of Education from University of LaVerne and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication. She is certified as a Reading and Language Arts specialist; she has multiple subject teaching credentials and also holds a CLAD certificate which emphasizes teaching in multicultural environments. At ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions, her responsibilities include overseeing staff and company management. Allison coordinates and maintains all training programs for both domestic and international partnerships and manages the technical and legal subjects related to ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions.

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Sandy Gamba

Chief Administrative Officer / Founder

Sandy is the Head of School and one of the founders and original designers of ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions. She has more than 14 years of experience in post-secondary education with various universities and has held executive level positions. She has served as Dean of Enrollment Management and traveled internationally for top tier universities. She has legislated for equal access for college opportunities and has been instrumental in increasing financial assistance to students domestically. Sandy has served as a multi-term President of the College Admission Counselors Association and served as a board member of the Hispanic Association of Nevada Educators. She is bilingual and has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University. She launched the first online MBA program for a medium size university in Colorado and grew that program substantially over the course of two years. Sandy’s primary responsibilities focus on expanding ADVANTAGES’ curriculum choices and empowering communication between academic partners and student records management units. Her innovation and passion towards ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions is about making a difference for students by integrating technology into education. Sandy is also the registrar for ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions, LLC online school program – ADVANTAGES School International.

Andy Bui

Chief Technology Officer / Founder

Andy is an international Business Strategist with over 30 years of experience in the IT field. Andy is instrumental in supporting the company vision with the technical specifications and implementation of ASSIST Platform features into its comprehensive program. Andy is an executive partner with ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions, joining the team in 2011. 

Andy has been the co-founder and founder of eight U.S. and global companies. Recognized as a pioneer in IT outsourcing services in Vietnam, Andy designed and developed one of the first online learning systems in the United States. Today, this system currently supports over 150 major financial services firms in North America and Europe. Since partnering with Advantages School International, Andy is fulfilling his dream of building a learning platform for K-12 students worldwide.

Ismail Khan

Chief Financial Officer

Ismail Khan has more than 25 years in leadership roles specializing in finance and administration, most recently as CFO of Middlebury Interactive Languages, LLC, a partnership between a Middlebury College and K12, Inc. As a member of the senior management team, Ismail helped drive a threefold increase in revenue and profits and implemented an organic strategy for organizational growth. Ismail also worked at Pearson Education, the world’s largest publisher, in a series of finance roles with increasing responsibility.   He is adept at forming and leading startup companies and has managed the functional areas of Finance, Human Resources, Technology Support and Customer Service. Ismail is a firm believer in a team-based approach, where individual strengths and competencies come together in collaboration for success. Ismail majored in finance at Loyola University Chicago and resides in the Chicago area with his wife and college-bound son.

David Benoit

Chief Operating Officer

David is an education industry business leader with a track record as an innovator and long history of launching new companies. He has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, operations and senior management. Dave’s successful ventures include Lightspan (IPO-2000), Co-nect (sold to Pearson in ‘05), Connections Academy (sold to Pearson in ‘11), Middlebury Interactive Languages (sold to K12 in 2016, won award for excellence at Serious Play Conference in 2011), and ScholarCentric (sold to Advance Path in 2015).  He also received the EdNet Rookie of the Year Award as best new company and product (Waking Minds, Writing) in the K-12 market for CDI America, an English language company he launched in 2004.  More recently, Dave led global business development for Stratasys, one of the largest 3D printing companies in the world. In this role, he has developed strategic partnerships with Dell, Learning Blade, STEMconnector, Job for America’s Graduates and Jason Learning.  In 2017-18, Dave was a strategic advisor to Teachstone and Learn Platform, two early stage education companies. He has also been helping the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to develop a plan and build a capability to distribute an array of products and services to school districts in the US and around the world.  Dave is married with three sons, he mentors college football players for his alma mater (Northwestern – ’86), has served on several boards and advises a number of companies in the education market.

Mariam Purcell

Product Manager

Mariam has worked as a classroom teacher and a high school counselor in the traditional classroom setting, besides having worked for over 10 years within online teaching environments. She has a Master of Science in Educational Counseling and possesses a Pupil Public Service Credential, Single Subject Credentials K-12 for Physical Education and Health Science, a Supplementary Credential 7-12 for Social Science, as well as a Teaching Credential issued in 2001. Mariam lends her talents to the ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions team as department head and staff supervisor for many of the school partners. She has been instrumental in the development of ASSIST Platform features for district level, teacher and student support. Additionally, Mariam has taken a title position with the international department providing training and support to international clients. She is also the Lead Trainer for academic partnerships worldwide. She works closely with the development team in the continuous design and expansion of the ASSIST Platform supportive features.

Jen Tynan

Customer Service

Jen Tynan joins ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions as a military spouse of over 20 years with fifteen years of experience in elementary education. Through her family’s numerous moves, Jen juggled the transferring of her own education along with her children’s. Her frequent relocations and personal experiences provide a unique perspective and deep understanding of the nontraditional student and the importance of online learning. Jen has 15 years of classroom experience in teaching grade levels Kindergarten through sixth grade. Her leadership experience includes the implementation and support of multiple military spouse organizations, sitting on the local high school athletic board of trustees as President, and is the Past-President of Marine Aviation Spouses for the greater Washington DC area. Jen brings valuable experience to ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions with her persistence and passion for student advocacy in a non-traditional academic environment. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of South Carolina. Her position with ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions gives Jen the opportunity to support fellow nontraditional students with a more personal approach to learning.

Rebekah Huggins

School Success Manager

Rebekah is a School Success Manager ensuring ADVANTAGES school partners have the support and resources to implement the ASSIST Platform and the professional services for effective teaching and learning. Rebekah is a former educator with more than 13 years of teaching and supporting school systems as an English department chairperson, school improvement lead. She has earned her bachelors of education in English Language & Literature and a masters of education in instructional technology.