Senior Staff


Director of Operations

A recognized expert in helping a variety of for-profit, non-profit, and institutional organizations align their infrastructure with their mission, growth potential, and strategic goals, several successful IPOs, acquisition integrations, and turnarounds, Cyrille Betant is a seasoned finance and operations leader with over 20 years of international finance, business, financial, and finance/commercial intelligence experience including a deep strategic, operations, and FP&A expertise in both the corporate and institutional sectors.

As an entrepreneur, and founder of more than a dozen companies in various markets, he knows what it takes to build an operation from scratch and has used his expertise in many organizations and countries to build new operations or improve existing ones.

Cyrille’s experience implementing ERPs and re-engineering business processes ideally complement his thorough finance knowledge and field experience, and together with his entrepreneurial spirit and crisis management experience, makes his profile ideal for fast paced, uncertain environments or turn-around situations, where he excels at building strong teams with best-in-class processes and tools.

His strong track record in taking charge and delivering both superior strategic advice and successful tactical execution has earned Cyrille a reputation in supporting dynamic business models and providing decisive advantages in IPO processes, M&A due diligence and integration, divestitures as well as in strategic assessments, tactical planning and operational management. Through sensible intelligence, proper controls and collaborative processes, he has successfully brought collection, analysis and projections accuracy to levels enabling full command of strategic objectives and tactical goals.

His expertise and experience with executive, principals, board and investors’ presentations complete his skill set and make him a fully operational business executive ready to deliver top performances from the outset in a global, dynamic environment.


Senior Staff Higher Education Impact (Volunteer)

Terri E. Givens is Provost and Professor at Menlo College in the San Francisco Bay Area. From the Fall of 2003 until the Spring of 2015 she was a Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin where she also served as Vice Provost for International Activities and Undergraduate Curriculum from 2006 to 2009, Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center’s European Union Center of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Longhorn Scholars Program.  She directed the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies from 2004-2006. Her faculty appointments included the LBJ School of Public Affairs, European Studies, and she was affiliated with the Center for Women and Gender Studies, Center for African and African-American Studies and was a Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Law and Security. She was a faculty member in the Political Science Department at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2003. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. from Stanford University. Her academic interests include radical right parties, immigration politics, and the politics of race in Europe.  She has conducted extensive research in the European Union, particularly in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Britain. She is the author/editor of several books on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, Immigration Policy and Security and Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe. Her most recent book is Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (Oxford University Press, May 2014).

A sought-after expert and speaker, she has lectured and served on panels at international and national conferences on topics as diverse as immigration politics, the radical right, minorities, the globalization of public policy and how manage life in academia. A popular writer, blogger and social media enthusiast, Givens can be found online at and via her blogs:,, her column at Inside Higher Ed and on Twitter @TerriGivens. She is very active in the community, having been a member of several nonprofit boards and is an avid runner/cyclist.



Senior Director K12 Innovation & Services

Dr. Valenzuela-Mumau is a groundbreaking educational leader with proven success in supporting the professional growth of teachers and administrators. He brings over 20 years of educational experience serving as a teacher, a site and district administrator at both elementary and secondary levels. He most recently has served as an Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services at a county level. His vast expertise along with his professional experiences and successes in improving student outcomes have prepared him to assist with meeting the needs of the educational community.


Director of Workforce & Skills Development

Susie Freedman is passionate about integrating STEM education and Workforce Readiness skills into the pre-K-to-Career spectrum in engaging and creative ways.

At NLET she provides market analysis, outreach and engagement programming and strategic partnership development in the Workforce arena.  Her work includes program development for two Department of Labor Trade Assistant Advanced Manufacturing Grants, and for the Skills Market Network concept funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In her consulting practice Freedman provides business development and change management services for organizations facing critical change and those seeking entrepreneurial options for revenue generation.  She develops strategic partnerships and programs utilizing new paradigms for the K-14 education sector including customized educational, online and mobile technologies, and experiential and conceptual learning strategies.

Previous work experience includes positions at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and with the following clients, among others: The George Washington University, Excelsior College, the Sloan Consortium for Online Learning, UCLA Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, The U.S. Open University and Echo360.

Yasemin Arikan

Research Coordinator (Volunteer)

Yasemin Arikan leads the research on education futures at NLET. Yasemin is a futurist with the Institute for Alternative Futures. There she works with organizations to better understand their opportunities and challenges and formulate more effective robust long-term strategies. Her work includes forecasts and scenarios on education, workforce training, health, society, and technology for a variety of associations. Yasemin also co-led the first-ever study of U.S. community health centers’ role in improving population health by addressing the social determinants of health that underlie and shape the health of patients, including job training, adult and k-12 education, youth development, volunteer skills exchanges, community activism, and entrepreneurship. A native speaker of German and Turkish, she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in social sciences with a concentration in sociology from the University of Chicago.


Acting NLET Corporate Secretary and Director of Marketing

Patti’s marketing career spans 30 years. Prior to starting her marketing consulting business in 1997, Patti was general director of advertising for John Hancock Financial Services in charge of a $12 million advertising campaign that won all major domestic and international awards. Most of her experience has been working with small businesses and nonprofits. Patti has an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Northeastern University and a BA from Brown University. Patti served on the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Women in Business steering committee and was co-organizer of Santa Cruz Business Connect. She currently volunteers for Teen Kitchen Project, a Santa Cruz nonprofit that teaches teens to prepare healthy meals that are delivered to local cancer patients.


Scholar in Residence (Volunteer)

Steve Stringer is an Industrial Fellow and Member of the Technical Staff at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he helps solve strategic business needs with collaborations within the basic science capabilities. In this role he reports to the Technology Transfer Division at LANL, as well as to the VP of P&G Corporate R&D.

Steve aspires to help the State of New Mexico address its educational challenges. He has led the creation of two education modeling initiatives, both based on strategic statistical and computer sciences capabilities that are otherwise primarily used for national security applications. Steve has worked with the Los Alamos and the Santa Fe economic development offices to elicit data and report on issues that affect job creation in the region. He currently serves as a citizen member of the Los Alamos Economic Vitality Action Team, advising the County Administrator and County Council on priorities related to community development strategy.

Steve has an extensive background in high performance computing hardware and software, including work for Cray Research and for Silicon Graphics, Inc.