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About Us

COMPLETE FINANCIAL & DEMOGRAPHIC PLANNING FOR EDUCATION

Cooperative Strategies is dedicated to assisting local educational agencies in providing quality facilities for America’s students. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff offers guidance throughout every step of the planning and financing of educational facilities—utilizing innovative technology, out-of-the-box problem solving methods, and inspiration from the best practices across the country. It is our mission to build long-term relationships with our clients and provide them with resources and services for any and all of their needs along the way. This commitment allows our clients the peace of mind to focus on their core mission of educating students.


Serving more than 2,000 education clients, our focus provides our clients a unique level of service that is based on the best practices in the industry. Our team forms lasting relationships, creates a unity of focus among partners, and most importantly creates a successful team to build a lasting legacy.

Our Services

In an industry saturated with traditionally minded competition and businesses built on reputation of a single stakeholder, Cooperative Strategies brings a new kind of model to the table. True to our name, the company is comprised of many partners collaborating together to offer a multitude of services and fresh perspectives on problem solving and innovation. This approach provides clients with a broader range of counsel and expertise, and an unmatched level of service.


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Meet Our Team

All of our executives and employees share a common bond;
we are all energetic, attentive, creative, and helpful professionals. Meet each below:


EXECUTIVE TEAM

Benjamin Dolinka
Chief Executive Officer
California Office
T: 844.654.2421

Benjamin Dolinka Chief Executive Officer
Brian Grace
Chief Operating Officer
Tennessee Office
T: 844.654.2421

Brian Grace Chief Operating Officer
Tracy Richter
President, Ohio
Ohio Office
T: 614.798.8828

Tracy Richter President, Ohio
David Sturtz
Partner
Ohio Office
T: 614.798.8828

David Sturtz Partner
Dustin Jones
Partner
Colorado Office
T: 720.897.6607

Dustin Jones Partner
Larry Ferchaw
Partner
California Office
T: 844.654.2421

Larry Ferchaw Partner
Rachel Chang-Kwei
Partner
California Office
T: 844.654.2421

Rachel Chang-Kwei Partner
Scott Leopold
Partner
Ohio Office
T: 614.798.8828

Scott Leopold Partner
Scott Newell
Partner
Colorado Office
T: 720.466.8680

Scott Newell Partner

Alex Boyer

Alex Boyer, GIS Analyst, has been assisting school districts across the country with facility and demographic planning since 2014. His areas of expertise include: Facility Master Planning, Redistricting Services, Residential land use Development Analysis, Student Demographic Analysis and Enrollment Projection Services. Mr. Boyer holds a B.S. in City & Regional Planning from The Ohio State University with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. He is currently pursuing a second degree in Computer Science as well. When not at work, Mr. Boyer enjoys spending time playing basketball, cycling, golfing and spending time with family or friends.

Anabel Ednave-Bui

Anabel Ednave-Bui, Senior Director, specializes in assisting local education agencies in the utilization of Mello-Roos Community Facilities and currently manages more than 60 Community Facilities Districts and their related debt. Prior to joining the Company, Mrs. Ednave-Bui conducted compliance audits on public works projects. Mrs. Ednave-Bui is multilingual and can conduct business in Tagalog and Vietnamese. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems from Saint Columban College, Philippines. When not at work, Mrs. Ednave-Bui spends her free time improving her culinary skills and playing outdoors with her children.

Andrew Bishop

Andrew Bishop, Associate Director, has provided financial, demographic, and cartographic services to a wide variety of LEAs since 2005. His areas of expertise include: Assessment District Administration, Enrollment Projections, Developer Fee Analyses, Geographic Information Systems, Demographic Analysis and Redistricting Services. Mr. Bishop holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles. During his free time, Mr. Bishop enjoys spending afternoons at the ballpark with his family.

Andrew Chittaphong

Andrew Chittaphong, Associate, assists with the administration of various community facilities districts throughout California. Mr. Chittaphong joined the Company in September 2017 and holds B.A in Economics and Sociology, and a M.A in Demographic and Social Analysis from University of California, Irvine. In his free time you can find him exercising, playing volleyball or exploring cities with friends.

Angela Banuelos

Angela Banuelos, Senior Administrative Assistant, has over 9 years of professional administrative experience in social services and nonprofit fields. She assists the company's community facilities department with day to day operations while ensuring all deliverables continually meet company standards. Mrs. Banuelos also manages several of the company's databases including contracts administration and taxpayer communication record keeping. She also leads the administrative team by providing technical development and oversight for all administrative personnel. In her spare time, Mrs. Banuelos enjoys spending time with her family and leading her local Girl Scout Brownie Troop.

Ann Hoffsis

Ann Hoffsis, Project Director has been providing demographic and facility planning services to school districts throughout the country since 2000. With a focus on enrollment projections, Ann has provided enrollment projection services for over 680 school districts in 30 states, producing over 3,200 enrollment projections. She has been instrumental in the development of our custom enrollment projections software, Student Trends and Enrollment Projections [S.T.E.P.], developed in collaboration with The Ohio State University. Ann holds a B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University as well as a Geographic Information Systems Certificate from Columbus State Community College. In her free time, Ann enjoys spending time with her family.

Ashley Guzzo

Ashley Guzzo, Project Assistant has been a part of the facility planning industry since 2010. Ms. Guzzo has experience in nearly all areas of the facility planning field ranging from Facility Master Planning to Adequacy Assessments though her area of expertise includes: Community Engagement, Survey Creation, and Event Marketing. Prior to working with Cooperative Strategies, Ms. Guzzo spent time teaching in the private sector. She holds a Bachelor’s in Arts with a concentration in Child Development from The Ohio State University. During her free time, Ms. Guzzo enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children as well as attending live theater and Broadway shows.

Ashton Saber

Ashton Saber, enjoys working on the community engagement process and facility planning. She was previously an assistant for the Town of Babylon, New York in the Office of Downtown Revitalization, where she worked on various economic development, transportation, and visioning projects. Ashton also interned with the United Nations in the Office of the Capital Master Plan, and with the New York State Assembly in a political office. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Binghamton University in New York, and is currently working on a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning at Ohio State University. Ashton enjoys recreational fencing and attending live music shows in her free time.

Brooke Gibbs

Brooke Gibbs, Associate, provides assistance with various demographic projects within the School Facilities Department. Her expertise includes aiding school districts with developer fee justification studies, school facilities needs analyses, and attendance boundary analyses. Ms. Gibbs holds a B.S. from Arizona State University in Sociology, and an M.A. in Demographics and Social Analysis from the University of California, Irvine. In her free time you can find her going on hikes and runs with her dog, attending concerts, and traveling.

Bryan Lloyd

Bryan Lloyd, Human Resources Generalist, Mr. Lloyd has been with us for seven (7) years, and currently holds the title of HR Generalist within our Company. Mr. Lloyd has extensive experience in a broad range of HR duties and responsibilities which include everything from employee recruitment and retention to benefit and 401(k) administration. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Lloyd obtained a B.A. in Human Resources Management from California State University, Fullerton. In his free time Mr. Lloyd enjoys taking in any sporting event he can, while also spending as much time as possible with his wife and his two daughters.

Bryant Tapia

Bryant Tapia, Associate, performs a diverse amount of financial tasks within the School Finance Department. Since joining the firm in early 2017, Mr. Tapia has been involved with CFD special tax bond formations as well as working with various financings ranging from general obligation bond issuances, lease-revenue bonds and refundings. Mr. Tapia holds a B.A. in Business Finance from California State University, Fullerton. During his free time, Mr. Tapia can be found enjoying outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.

Corey Burbach

Corey Burbach, Associate Director, worked in the natural gas industry before joining the Company. Mr. Burbach performs a wide variety of financial services for the firm and assists LEAs throughout the State with their funding options. Mr. Burbach specializes in facilities funding and has been involved with financings ranging from general obligation bond issuances, lease-revenue bonds and CFD special tax bonds. Mr. Burbach holds a B.S. in Business Economics from the University of Arizona. In his free time Mr. Burbach enjoys golfing and fishing with friends and family.

David Lopez

David Lopez, Senior Director, brings over 20 years of experience in managing project teams within the client service industry. Mr. Lopez assists LEAs with their Facilities Master Planning efforts, specialized demographic needs, clean energy options, redevelopment services and utilization of CFDs as facilities funding options. His CFD experience ranges from the developer mitigation negotiation stage to formation to related debt issuances and annual administration of CFDs over a 10 year span with our firm. In addition to being actively involved with client relations and outreach endeavors nationwide, he also presents training topics at COE sponsored meetings and various regional events hosted by and for LEAs. Mr. Lopez holds a B. A. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley. When not at work, Mr. Lopez enjoys spending quality time with his wife and family.

Janice Grass

Janice Grass, Administrative Assistant, provides administrative support to the School Facilities Department. Janice has over five years of administrative support experience, before coming to Cooperative Strategies. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with Emphasis in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach. She is currently working on getting into the MBA program at CSULB and is a small business owner in the publishing industry. In her free time, Janice enjoys obstacle races, martial arts, traveling and spending time with friends/family.

Jason Martinez

Jason Martinez, Senior Director, oversees our School Facilities Department which provides services in facilities master planning, developer fee justification studies, school facilities needs analyses, enrollment projections, capacity analyses and trustee/voting areas as well as a wide-range of other facilities planning and demographic services. Mr. Martinez also manages our DisclosureCompliance™ interactive web based platform that assists LEAs and municipalities with their post-issuance municipal debt disclosure obligations. Mr. Martinez holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and a J.D. from Western State College of Law. Mr. Martinez is a huge sports fan and enjoys traveling.

Jesse Landre

Jesse Landre, Associate Director, Mr. Landre has performed the daily administration for over 100 CFDs of school districts within the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, Kern, Orange, and Santa Clara. This varied experience, along with his role as a Financial Advisor and/or Special Tax consultant on CFD Special Tax bond issuances, affords Mr. Landre a unique perspective when negotiating mitigation agreements and the terms for the formation of CFDs. His experience allows him the ability to scrutinize mitigation terms and account for a host of potential outcomes that could transpire during the lifetime of a CFD. Mr. Landre holds a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Landre enjoys outdoor activities and playing/writing music in his free time.

Jessica Bliven

Jessica Bliven, Accounting Manager, is responsible for the day-to-day management of our Accounting Department. Mrs. Bliven handles all aspects of our Accounting processes including A/P, A/R, General Ledger and Payroll. Since joining the Company in 2005, Mrs. Bliven has also completed several audits, including a very extensive SEC audit, and converted 99% of the Accounting files & processes to electronic files and procedures. Mrs. Bliven holds a B.A. in Accounting from the California State University, Fullerton. In her free time, Mrs. Bliven enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors and planning events for her neighborhood’s Home Owners Association.

Karen Daniel-Hamberg

Karen Daniel-Hamberg, Associate, is involved in assisting LEA’s with facility planning and demographic services. Ms. Daniel-Hamberg has experience assisting with facility master plans, boundary planning, facility assessments, capacity & utilization studies, and educational specifications. Ms. Daniel-Hamberg holds a B.A. in Geography from Wittenberg University. Ms. Daniel-Hamberg enjoys camping and spending time with her family and her dog, Pablo. She is an avid cow lover and would one day like to live on a farm.

Kayla Hoang

Kayla Hoang, Associate, supports the Company's multiple project teams by interfacing with public agencies and maintaining the Company's extensive proprietary database resources. Mrs. Hoang maintains productive relationships with representatives of both county and local governments throughout California. Mrs. Hoang is bilingual and can conduct business in Vietnamese. In her free time, Mrs. Hoang enjoys cooking traditional Vietnamese food.

Kevin Huber

Kevin Huber, Associate Director, formerly a Regional Program Manager with the Office of Capital Construction at the Colorado Department of Education, has been serving LEAs since 2009. Mr. Huber has focused on several areas of school facility planning, leading community meetings, assessing budgets and identifying opportunities for schools across Colorado. Kevin was instrumental in drafting the most recent Capital Construction Facility Guidelines for the State of Colorado and has worked with several school districts to implement capital programs from the initial planning phase to post occupancy of construction. Areas of expertise include: Facility Planning and Programming, Capacity and Utilization Analysis, Procurement, Project Management, Community Outreach and Grant Writing. Mr. Huber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Colorado State University. Mr. Huber enjoys camping and backpacking in summer, and skiing and snowboarding in the winter with his wife and two children.

Lee Hwang

Lee Hwang, GIS Director, has been working in the field of Geographic Information Systems for over 16 years beginning his career with the U.S. Geological Survey as a cartographer. His experience with LEAs began in 2003 and has since become an expert in Student Demographic Analysis, Residential Land Use Development Analysis, Student Potential Analysis and Facility Master Planning. Mr. Hwang holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography, is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and a Registered Educational Facility Planner (REFP). In his free time, Mr. Hwang enjoys spending time with family and friends but also takes pleasure in photography, golf, and motorsport.

Mary Cadena

Mary Cadena, Associate, specializes in facility master planning and enrollment projection services. Ms. Cadena also performs demographic analyses, school facilities needs analyses, and redistricting services. Ms. Cadena holds a B.S. in Geography from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and an M.S. degree in Geographic Information Science from California State University, Long Beach. In her free time, Mary enjoys playing with her pup, flying drones, and participating in Hack-a-thons with her mapping club.

Mary DeVillers

Mary DeVillers, Director of Accounting, has over 20 years experience in the accounting field and is responsible for accounting and financial functions of the corporation. She oversees the daily preparation and monitoring of accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, billing, and financial statements. Mary holds a B.S. in Accounting from Franklin University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio. In her free time, Mary provides pro bono accounting services to Schools for the Children of the World, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving school facilities in developing countries.

Matt Menning

Matt Menning, Associate, has spent nearly ten years working with K-12 School Districts from states across the nation to provide compliance and regulatory consulting services. Working primarily in the construction labor sector, Mr. Menning has been responsible for ensuring schools remain in compliance with State and Federal labor laws and regulated labor utilization requirements.

Matt Sachs

Matt Sachs, GIS Analyst, has been assisting school districts across the country with facility and demographic planning since 2011. His areas of expertise include: Facility Master Planning, Capacity and Utilization Analysis, Redistricting Services and Demographic Analysis. Mr. Sachs holds a B.S. in Geography from Ohio University. When not at work, Mr. Sachs enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, cooking with his smoker and watching a variety of sports.

Mathew Schreffler

Mathew Schreffler, Associate, performs a wide variety of tasks within the School Finance Department. Since, joining the firm in early 2017, Mr. Schreffler has been involved in assisting LEA’s with their funding options. Mr. Schreffler has been involved in financings ranging from general obligation bond issuances, lease-revenue bonds and CFD special tax bonds. Mr. Schreffler holds a Bachelor’s in Business Finance and Economics from California State University, Fullerton. During his free time, Mr. Schreffler enjoys mountain biking and other outdoor activities.

Megan Garcia

Megan Garcia, Administrative Assistant, provides administrative support to the School Finance department. Megan has over 4 years of professional administrative support experience before coming to Cooperative Strategies. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to Disneyland, and playing video games.

Melissa Gorman

Melissa Gorman, Associate Marketing Director, handles external communication efforts for the Company, including social media outreach and in-depth research required for the various services provided to clients. Mrs. Gorman also specializes in responding to requests for proposals and qualifications as well as participates in ongoing marketing endeavors. Prior to joining the Company in 2014, Mrs. Gorman served in the financial planning arena as a marketing specialist. Mrs. Gorman holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of New Hampshire, where she focused on both business and marketing. In her free time, Mrs. Gorman enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling back to her home state of New Hampshire to visit her family.

Melissa Van Gorder

Melissa Van Gorder, Associate, assists with the administration of various Community Facilities Districts throughout San Bernardino, Riverside, Merced, and Santa Clara County and is responsible for assisting local education agencies in the administration of Mello Roos Community Facilities Districts. Ms. Van Gorder joined Cooperative Strategies in October 2015 and holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from California State University, Fullerton. During her free time, Ms. Van Gorder enjoys working out at the gym, and spending time with her family.

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams, Administrative Assistant, provides administrative support to the Business Development department. Nicole has over 4 years of professional administrative experience in investor relations and finance. She assists with the company's business development endeavors by preparing for conferences and coordinating proposals while ensuring branding guidelines are consistently met. Ms. Williams is also responsible for maintaining the company’s client communication systems. In her spare time, Ms. Williams enjoys binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix, going to concerts, taking her dog on hikes, and finding new vegetarian restaurants to try.

Patrick Villanueva

Patrick Villanueva, Associate Director, assists with the administration of various community facilities districts throughout California and is responsible for assisting these school districts comply with their year round obligations. Mr. Villanueva joined the Company in June 2017 and holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Irvine. In his spare time, Mr. Villanueva enjoys exercising or cooking new foods.

Tam Dinh

Tam Dinh, Systems Analyst, specializes in developing customized applications including all aspects of database designing, graphics designing, programming and maintenance. Since joining the Company in 2007, Mr. Dinh has developed many projects, including, though not limited to, the interactive web based platforms DisclosureCompliance, PayReqs, CerTracs, MySchoolLOCATION and Facility101. He is also responsible for integrating data between various Counties and Community Facilities Districts for analysis and reporting. His experience and skills allow him the ability to improve efficiencies within the existing processes and move the Company forward with the latest technologies available. Mr. Dinh holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Pomona. In this free time, Mr. Dinh enjoys sports, painting and traveling around the world.

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Years of Experience

30 +

Service Lines

2000 +

School Districts

15 +

Billion Dollars in Bonds

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1 Mar

Renovation Trend: Creating Outdoor & Extended Learning Areas

School facilities built in the mid-20th century often have structural limitations that make it difficult to support the delivery of a 21st century curriculum.


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