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Cynthia Gustavson


Psychotherapist, writer and thought leader in the emerging field of arts therapy, Cynthia Gustavson is the author of In-Versing Your Life ( 2nd addition: Blooming Twig Books. NY. 2006,) an acclaimed series of writing-directed guidebooks. She authored three other award winning publications, Bully! The Big Book for Bullies and the Bullied (Blooming Twig Books. NY. 2011,) children’s book, Ballad of the Rag Man (2009,) and poetry collection, Please Use This for Children and Not for War and Guns (2010). Read more…

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Kent Gustavson

Executive Director

Dr. Kent Gustavson is an award-winning author, TEDx speaker, founder and CEO of Blooming Twig Books, founder of an indie record label, and serial entrepreneur. This grants him the rare distinction of having a 360-degree perspective of the digital publishing landscape in the 21st century. He has ghostwritten over 50 books, and is an award-winning author, trainer, educator, & speaker. He is also one of today’s top experts in social media and content publishing, and his profiles are proof of what he preaches; he has had more than 100 million views across his profiles. Read more…

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Martin Hoffmann


Martin Hoffmann is a former private equity professional turned founder and mentor. Having graduated in law, Martin spent most of his career working for mid cap private equity funds that invested funds on behalf of Tier One investment banks as well as Ivy League university endowments. In this function, he also co-led the acquisition of a leading German educational publishing company, where he was a board observer until the company was successfully sold to one of the leading international educational publishing companies five years later. Read more…

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Charles Key

Founder, Director, Secretary, College Open Textbooks Program Manager

One of the founders of COT Education, Charles Key was previously a director of Open Doors Group and College Open Textbooks. He joined ODG in 2012 after over twenty years in high tech, where he plied his trade as a software developer and engineering manager. He has extensive experience developing large, complex systems in the aeronautics, medical device, and semiconductor equipment industries. As a career software professional, Charles has been an enthusiastic supporter of open source software and is equally passionate about advocating for the adoption of Open Educational Resources and expanding access to lifelong learning for everyone.