Leadership Team

  • Randall J. Asmo
    Chief Executive Officer

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    Randall J. Asmo

    Randy is an experienced business executive with an extensive background in education. Randy spent nearly 30 years in a leadership position at Media Source, Inc., which helped librarians acquire materials and inspire a lifelong love of reading. Under his direction, the company grew into a leading brand supporting librarians in all aspects of their jobs to ensure their patrons had the resources they need to make their lives better.

    Randy graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Finance.

  • Derek Walsh
    President, Chief Operating Officer, Behavioral Health

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    Derek Walsh

    Derek is an experienced behavioral health executive. He advanced from site manager to senior vice president of operations for a multisite, multi-state behavioral health organization headquartered in Texas. During this period, Derek established a centralized call center and revenue cycle management function, a compliance monitoring program and onboarded dozens of treatment centers the company acquired.

    A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Derek served as an officer in the U.S. Army, leading teams in the United States and on international deployments. He served in South Korea and in multiple countries in the Middle East and was an expert in the PATRIOT Missile Defense System. Derek was awarded a Bronze Star, which recognizes heroic or meritorious service in a combat zone, and is among the highest honors in the U.S. military.

  • Joe Pino
    President, Chief Operating Officer, Education

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    Joe Pino

    Joe is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of ChanceLight Education.  Prior to entering the education field, Joe spent over 16 years in hospital and healthcare operations.  He recently held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations at a large multi-state healthcare provider, where he led the delivery of contract services and was accountable for client retention, growth, clinical quality, and operational goals across the Country.

    Joe previously held hospital leadership positions at several facilities in both Tennessee and Florida, most recently serving as COO for a two-campus enterprise in Nashville totaling over 1,200 beds.  Prior to that he held various executive roles at several hospitals in South Florida, including COO of a large tertiary facility in Miami.

    Joe holds both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Florida and is currently a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

  • Emily Langfeldt
    Executive Vice President, Chief Education Officer

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    Emily Langfeldt

    Emily Langfeldt leads ChanceLight’s Program and Information Technology teams. She is responsible for driving the development of systems and processes to ensure program models are designed to meet the needs of the company’s diverse student, district, client, and patient populations; establishing performance metrics to ensure accountability across the organizations; and establishing effective processes to integrate new companies into the ChanceLight family.

    Emily has led major strategic initiatives resulting in increased student achievement and significant improvements in learning, outcomes and program operations. Emily leads curriculum and instruction, clinical and behavioral services, integrity assurance and data and reporting. She began her career at ChanceLight as a teacher in 1998; since then she has served as regional manager, assistant vice president of operations, vice president of program operations and vice president of program integration and accountability. She earned a bachelor’s in Psychology from Boston University and is pursuing a master’s in Educational Psychology.

  • Kevin Mitchell
    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

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    Kevin Mitchell

    Kevin Mitchell has been a key member of the ChanceLight accounting and finance team since he joined ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy and Education in 2004. As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for leading ChanceLight’s accounting and finance department, and has overall responsibility for financial planning and reporting, capital formation, acquisitions, accounting, tax, treasury and risk management.

    Kevin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy from the University of Mississippi and is a member of the CFA Society of Nashville, the Tennessee Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, and the CFA Institute, a global organization of investment professionals committed to professional excellence. Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA charterholder).

  • 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.

  • Kathy Hecht
    Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

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    Kathy Hecht

    Kathy brings vast expertise in multi-channel marketing with over 25 years of experience in building executable customer-focused strategies, with experience ranging from small to enterprise B2B and B2C companies across multiple verticals, to her role at ChanceLight. She was named Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer of ChanceLight in 2020.

    Kathy is also a regular speaker at conferences with a focus on improving customer-centric marketing strategies with actionable data insights.

    Kathy earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Colorado State University, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Missouri-Kansas City.

  • 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.