board of directors and investors

Paul Zane Pilzer — Founder and Chairman of the Board 
Paul Zane Pilzer is a college professor, economist, social entrepreneur, and the author of nine best-selling books published in 25 languages.

Paul graduated Lehigh University in three years and received his MBA from Wharton Business School in 15 months at age 22. He became Citibank’s youngest officer at age 22 and its youngest vice president at age 25. He was appointed a professor at New York University at age 24 where he taught for 21 years and was five times voted “best teacher.”

He served as an appointed economic advisor in two White House administrations and has been featured on the cover of more than 100 publications, including the front page of The Wall St. Journal. He has a particular fascination with educating students on both sides of the bell curve.

Pilzer has started, and/or taken public, six companies in healthcare and K-12 education with a combined market capitalization of $1 billion, but his “best assets” are his wife Lisa and their four children ages 13, 11, 10, and 9 who are all avid surfers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, and chess players.

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Camilla Gazal — Co-President
Camilla Gazal is the Co-President of Zaniac. She is a hospitality business professional with strong experience in finance, communications, and analysis. Highly skilled at interpersonal relations, multilingual and expertise with international clientele. She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has been living in the United States for the past 13 years. Camilla now resides in Riverside, CT with her husband and her three kids, Frederico, GiGi and Leo.

In 2013, Camilla received her Masters Degree in Hospitality Industry Studies with concentration in brand management from NYU. Related courses work included Hotel Management Fundamentals, Customer Relationship Management, Revenue Strategies, Strategy Formulation and Decision Making, and Brand Management Strategies.

Camilla received her B.A. from FAAP, a local university in Sao Paulo, and worked as a trader for the former bank Unibanco, a renowned financial institution in Brazil that was acquired by Banco Itau, today one of the largest financial institutions in Latin America. She continued her career in the financial markets after moving to New York City in 2000 where she worked for BBVA Securities and Santander Securities as a senior vice president in fixed income sales. Camilla’s responsibilities included the marketing of fixed income products to new institutional clients in Canada, Central America, Caribbean and South America. As part of her role, she traveled extensively to those regions to manage relationships with Central Banks and institutional investors.

Camilla has traveled extensively for business and pleasure throughout Western Europe, US, Central and South America and is currently a volunteer with the Patient Satisfaction Program in the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at the WestChester Medical Center. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and has working knowledge of French and Italian. Her hobbies include skiing, tennis and horse back riding.

Flavia Naslausky — Co-President
Flavia is the Co-President of Zaniac. In her professional life, Flavia Naslausky has always been involved in the Financial Markets focused mainly on Emerging Markets.

Flavia currently works as Director of Latin American Currency Strategy at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford, CT, covering economic and financial market developments focused mainly in Latin American (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico). She travels regularly to the region and markets her strategy product regularly in Europe and Asia. She is regularly quoted for her FX Strategy insights in major media sources including the FT, WSJ, Barrons, Reuters, Bloomberg and various business newspapers across Latin America including Valor, Estadao and O Globo.

Prior to her work at RBS, in 1999 Flavia worked at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York in the Emerging Markets Fixed Income Research Group where she covered the electricity, steel and chemicals industries. She also worked as a Fixed Income Credit Analyst covering Latin America at Coutts Bank New York (1997-1998) and Credit Analyst in the Emerging Markets Group at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (1995-1997) focused on financial institutions.

Flavia holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science from NYU. As the daughter of a Brazilian diplomat, Flavia had the opportunity to live in different parts of the world as she was growing up. She lived in Argentina, Brazil, and Belgium and spent much time in Denmark, Italy and Bolivia. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Flavia has been involved with the BrazilFoundation which is a non-profit with the goal of generating resources and innovative solutions to challenges faced by communities throughout Brazil. Flavia now resides in Riverside, CT with her husband and two kids.

Jeramy Lund — Board of Directors
Jeramy is the Principal of XIII, LLC a private investment advisory company. Jeramy serves as Board Chair for Symbiot Business Group, Inc. and is a member of the Kickstart Seed Fund (I&II) Investment Committees.  He is also the Business Partner for Valter's Osteria in Salt Lake City, UT.  Previously, he has worked for JP Morgan (New York), DLJ International (London), and American Stores Company (Salt Lake City, UT).

Jeramy is the Treasurer of the Lund Foundation, a founding member and Board Chair of the Community Foundation of Utah and serves as Board Chair for Recycle Utah.

Jeramy graduated from the University of Utah, Magna Cum Laude, with a BS in Accounting and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

He and his wife Becky have two children, ages 11 and 9, who love math and Legos.

Eric Morgan — Board of Directors
Eric is CEO of AtTask, a cloud-based provider of enterprise solutions to Global 2000 companies. Across a 30-year career in technology businesses, Eric has held positions in sales and executive leadership including experiences in early-stage start-ups, high-growth businesses and publicly traded companies.

“I am very excited to be able to bring my experiences in scaling businesses to Zane Prep as we look to have a tremendous impact on children who need help catching up or getting ahead.”

Eric graduated from New England College in 1983 and has three children, ages 18, 16, and 12.

Roger Goldman — Founding Investor
Roger is a partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins where he has practiced since 1981. An experienced litigator, Roger specializes in representing major corporations in their complex dealings with the federal government. He has been recognized as a leading attorney by Chambers and Super Lawyers.  

Roger received his BA and JD from the University of Virginia.

Roger and his wife Rana have two children, aged 18 and 14.

Carol Johnson — Board of Directors
Carol serves as a consultant to private equity firms evaluating potential acquisitions. She worked with VCA, Inc. for 12 years where she was SVP of Strategic Planning for the Animal Hospital Division. There, she gained experience in multi-unit retail management including marketing, pricing and operations. Previously, Carol was partner and COO of a veterinary start-up. She also served as VP in the Corporate Finance Department of The First Boston Corporation (Credit Suisse).

Carol graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Biology and earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School.

She and her husband, David, have two children aged 15 and 18.

David O'Brien — Founding Investor
David is a partner with Ernst & Young where he has practiced since 1988 and held various client serving, Global and Americas leadership roles. He is the Americas Partner-in-Charge of Marketing and Communications, responsible for E&Y’s brand engagement with employees, recruits, alumni, clients/targets, stakeholders and broader communities.

David has been involved in a number of charitable boards and currently sits on the boards of the Children of China Pediatric Foundation (New York City) and the National Ability Center (Park City). David has an MBA from Wharton Business School at University of Pennsylvania. 

He and his wife Noreen O'Brien and have three children, ages 9, 7, and 5, all adopted from China. David and Noreen are passionate about education. "We see Zane Prep as an effective and necessary means to help children engage in learning to realize their full potential."

Dinesh Patel — Board of Directors
Dr. Patel co-founded vSpring Capital (now Signal Peak Ventures) in 2000 and has been a founding managing director since its formation. Prior to Signal Peak Ventures, Dr. Patel was an active angel investor in over 20 biotech and technology companies.  He currently holds 15 U.S. Patents and Foreign Counterparts.

Dr. Patel serves on several non-profit boards, and has won numerous awards, including: 2006 Utah Technology Council Hall of Fame Inductee, 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, US Small Business Administration’s Business Achiever Award, Scientific and Technology Award (State of Utah), Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Mountain West Venture Group) and Scientific and Technology Development Pioneer of Progress Award, to name a few. He is also a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

Dr. Patel served as co-chair of Governor Huntsman’s transition. He is the Chairman of the USTAR Governing Authority board.

Born and raised in Zambia, Africa, Dr. Patel received his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy at Gujarat University located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, his master’s degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and his Ph.D. in Physical Pharmacy from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Patel and his wife Kalpana have two children.

Scott Frazier — Board of Directors
Scott is the founder and Managing Director of AppleTree Capital. Scott built Achievement Rehab to $100mm in sales before selling it in 1992. He co-founded the UtahAngels and was its Managing Director for its first 12 years. Scott was also selected as Utah's Investor of the Year in 2009, its inaugural year. He has funded over seventy-five Utah companies.

Scott has a bachelors degree in Economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Scott and his wife Miriam have eight children.

Don Hartman — Investor
Don has 22 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, commercial banking and private equity fund management, particularly in Asia.

Don earned his BS from Brigham Young University, and his MBA from Northwestern University.

Don and his wife have eight children.

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