Business Development Team

  • Rudy Flores
    Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer

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    Rudy Flores

    Rudy Flores has more than 30 years of experience in education, and prior to ChanceLight he served as an educator, principal and school board superintendent and a consultant and entrepreneur in the fields of education, technology, health care and commercial real estate development. Flores earned a master’s degree in International Business from San Jose International University in Costa Rica and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona. He is also a graduate of the Disney Way of Leadership and Business Excellence – Disney Institute in Orlando, Fla. Rudy previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Ombudsman Educational Services, a division of ChanceLight that provides alternative education programs to serve at-risk students. Flores provided oversight and direction resulting in significant growth for the company’s Arizona-based charter schools and its programs in partnership with Chicago Public Schools.

  • John Scott
    Vice President, Business Development and Government Affairs

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    John Scott

    John Scott works with key stakeholders including city, state and federal officials across the country to enhance and grow business opportunities for ChanceLight Education. He is also responsible for providing strategic oversight on community and corporate engagement strategies to ensure the company continues to meet its goal of developing more district partnerships and helping more students succeed.

    John joined ChanceLight from the Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest district, where for four years he was responsible for government affairs and community organizing and outreach. John currently serves as a Board Trustee of East/West University of Chicago. He attended Loyola University and Richard J. Daley College, both located in Chicago, and he is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

  • Peter Scott
    Vice President, Business Development

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    Peter Scott

    Peter Scott is a former special education teacher, trainer, head of curriculum, and publisher with over 20 years of education experience. Peter has managed global product and publishing lines for the education market. In these roles, Peter developed blended solutions for professional development including curriculum development for both face-to-face, and online synchronous/asynchronous delivery systems. He has extensive national experience consulting with school districts and state education departments.

    Peter holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the State University of New York, and a M.S. in Education from Manhattanville College, New York.

  • Ralph Thompson
    Vice President, Business Development

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    Ralph Thompson

    Ralph began his career with ChanceLight in 2011 as VP, Customer and Community Relations, before joining the Business Development team. Ralph is a proven educational leader with stellar relationships with school district staff and board members, community advocates, local government, law enforcement and juvenile courts, and community organizations.

    Ralph served for 33 years in a number of leadership positions in the Tennessee Metro Nashville Public School system, Tennessee’s second-largest school district where he was named teacher, principal and educator of the year. Additionally, Ralph was awarded the state’s highest honor when named the Tennessee Colonel Aide de Camp in recognition of his contributions to education. Ralph is a member of the Tennessee State University Education Wall of Fame and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.

  • William Listanski
    Vice President, Business Development

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    William Listanski

    Bill Listanski began his career with ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy and Education as a teacher at an Ombudsman center in Pennsylvania in 2006. He was promoted to center director, training specialist and operations manager, and then named a vice president of business development in 2015.

    As operations manager, Bill supervised all Ombudsman programs in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and developed and nurtured strong relationships with school district partners, and led a significant expansion in Ohio. Bill graduated from the University of Scranton with a bachelor’s in secondary education social studies and political science. In 2010, he was awarded ChanceLight’s highest honor in recognition of his exemplary leadership.

  • Michele Throm
    Vice President, Business Development

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    Michele Throm

    Michele Throm is a former classroom teacher, leader, and trainer who brings 18 years of expertise working professionally with educators in both the public and private sectors. Michele has extensive experience in the education market partnering with all levels of educational leaders on solutions to help make a difference in the lives of children.


    Michele holds a B.A. in Art History as well as a M.A.T. in Education, both from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

  • Alex Schoenfeld
    Vice President, Business Development

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    Alex Schoenfeld

    Alex Schoenfeld is a self-professed education data nerd, assessment wonk, EdTech guru and fierce advocate of equity in public education. Prior to joining ChanceLight Alex was Director Business Development at Pearson where he supported large urban districts with the development and deployment of large-scale assessment programs. He has experience supporting State Education Agencies, scaling startups, engaging stakeholders and selling books.

    Alex holds a BA in Environmental Science from Connecticut College and a MA in Education Technology from Harvard University.

  • Mark Gallo
    Vice President, Business Development

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    Mark Gallo

    Mark Gallo brings an expertise and wealth of knowledge to our business development team.  Mark’s experience working with both public and private schools has allowed him to develop relationships with all levels of administration and key stakeholders.  Mark has a passion for assisting school districts in providing our most at risk students with valuable solutions and tools to succeed.

    Mark holds a bachelors degree from Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.  He also spent 6 years as a public school board member for one of the largest K-8 districts in New Jersey.