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Lynn Berdan
CollegeOpenTextbooks Peer Review Coordinator
Lynn joined COT Education in 2014 as Copy Editor, bringing us her years of experience editing everything from novels, to marketing materials, to training courses. She now applies her considerable organization and problem solving skills to helping CollegeOpenTextbooks maintain a smooth and painless peer review process for our volunteer reviewers.

Ivy Gao
Social Media Co-Coordinator
Ivy Gao is on a mission to help COT Education with social media perspectives. Ivy holds a BA in Media and is currently working on a MS in computer science. She has participated in multiple startups and organizations, where she helped with both business connections and website maintenance. Ivy also interned at Sing Tao radio station editing radio shows and commercials. She is a great helper and she loves working with people.

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. He earned his Bachelors degree from Middlebury College, and his MA and PhD from Stony Brook University, where he taught leadership, service learning, language, writing, and music for nearly a decade. He now serves on the Board of Directors for the Stony Brook University Alumni Association. Kent is driven by the desire to do well by doing good, and he enjoys coaching and mentoring thought leaders and startups, as well as non-profits.


Charles Key
Founder, Director, Corporate 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 lowering barriers to lifelong learning for everyone.

Bob Madsen
Treasurer
As CFO of COT Education, Bob provides financial leadership to the organization. He joined COT in January 2015 bringing over twenty years of experience in corporate finance. Bob has held many roles during his career including Senior Finance Consultant, Director of Corporate FP&A and Senior Finance Manager. He has vast corporate financial planning, management reporting, strategic projects and business partnering experience. As a career finance professional, Bob has been a key leader in financial management and he is a lifelong advocate of continuing education.  He works diligently with the team to enable greater access to Open Educational Resources. Bob holds an MBA from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA.

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