Executive Vice President
Mr. Grover has spent the last two decades with PCS working in the field of education designing, developing, and creating learning programs and services intended to facilitate student-centered, experiential learning. PCS programs are now deployed in over 7,000 sites in all 50 United States and 13 countries, bringing hands-on, engaging activities to students in public and private schools, science centers, and after-school programs. Mr. Grover has extensive experience in STEM education and has worked closely with a variety of organizations to design, implement, and study successful, hands-on STEM programs including the United States Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the YMCA, the US Army, the US Air Force, NASA, Boise State University, Idaho State University, SECME, and many others.
A Merit Scholar, Mr. Grover attended Michigan State University for course work in Astrophysics, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Religious Studies; he attended the University of Idaho for additional coursework in History, Religious Studies, and Philosophy; and graduated with a B.A. in English, Creative Writing and an A.A.S in Management from Boise State University in 1988.
Vice President and Controller
Russelee Horsburgh joined PCS Edventures!.com as Controller in January of 2014. Russelee brings over 20 years of executive leadership, financial expertise, strategic management and accounting experience from private and public Best Practices companies. Russelee has a long and impressive career in both finance and operations, which contributes largely to the success of the PCS Edventures today. She has been the Controller, interim General Manager, and CFO for local and international hoteliers, while also actively managing her personal real estate investments.
Ms. Horsburgh holds a B.A. in Accountancy and earned her MBA with a Financial emphasis from Boise State University in 2005. In addition to her educational background and impressive experience, Ms. Horsburgh is passionate about good business practices and aims to succeed in any venture she tackles. As an Idaho Native, Russelee enjoys backpacking, hiking, camping, gardening, snowshoeing, and anything else she can do in the sunshine with her family.
Brenda Surratt has extensive experience in the world of diverse office management and accounting. Ms. Surratt received her Business degree from El Camino College in Torrance, California and her Administrative/Clinical Medical Degree at Riverside Community College in Riverside, California. Since then she has gained over 25 years of experience as a full-charge accountant. In February, 2014 Ms. Surratt joined the PCS Edventures team as assistant to the Controller. Within three months she became Staff Accountant and is now responsible for all accounting activities. Before her time at PCS Edventures, Ms. Surratt worked for 28 years with various companies diversifying her work expertise in accounting. Although she lived most her life in Southern California, she has lived in Boise, ID for eight years. Brenda also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, going camping, refinishing furniture and doing interior design.
Director of Marketing and Product Development
Ms. Grover was formerly the VP of Operations for PCS Schools when it was operating Learning Centers in the 1990s. A decade of experience in operating the original PCS Learning Centers provides her with a unique perspective on the original program founded by Patrick McShane in 1986. Her mission is to capture the essence of the original program while working with educators and technologists to infuse the latest in learning science and educational technology into the new Edventures Lab. Ms. Grover directs a staff of seven employees and contractors to develop and refine the Edventures Lab program for scaling and developing the PCS retail product line for direct B2C sales.
Director of Curriculum Development
Michelle is responsible for curriculum development. She has worked in STEM education as a classroom teacher, delivering content ranging from middle school math and robotics to high school biology and college level chemistry. Michelle graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University and earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Willamette University in 2013. She is excited to be joining the team and bringing her experience serving diverse groups of students to the PCS curriculum.
Director of Labs
Nikki Yates is an Idaho native, raised in Lewiston. She attended the University of Idaho and received a BS in Environmental Policy and Planning before becoming an Environmental Education and Science Teacher at Nature’s Classroom in Colebrook, Connecticut. After a year of teaching, the world called her abroad so Nikki joined the Peace Corps as an Education Volunteer. She had the opportunity of being stationed in a rural village in Tanzania for 27 months where she taught biology and physics at an all-girls secondary school. During her time in Tanzania she was part of an organization known as “Shika an Mikono” which means, “to do with hands.” This program focuses on teaching students and instructors the benefit and simplicity of using hands-on teaching methods with inexpensive and local materials to enhance understanding. Nikki recently relocated to Boise to begin her most recent adventure as the Director of Labs here at PCS Edventures! She is excited to bring her passion of science education and hands-on learning experience to the Lab!
Curriculum and Content Coordinator
Dahlton Grover is the resident Curriculum and Content Coordinator for PCS Edventures, and is in charge of overseeing final products, marketing collateral, photography and videography. Additionally, she works on Investor Relations, runs monthly webinars, served as a project manager for the Saudi Arabia international project and occasionally spends time teaching students in the Lab. Ms. Grover received her B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013. Following her education at UCSB she pursued a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training program in San Luis Obispo, CA, after which she returned home to Boise, ID. Ms. Grover has extensive experience in writing, sales and marketing and her Global Studies background fuels her passion to change the face of education worldwide. In addition, Ms. Grover was an original PCS Edventures student, as she attended their preschool at a young age and grew up around their curriculum and technology for many years; because of her experience Dahlton brings a unique student perspective to the production of developing new curriculum.
International Project Manager
Mike Miraglio is the Project Manager of the International Division at PCS Edventures and focuses on expanding the global reach of robotics and STEM education. He is responsible for planning, budgeting and executing foreign consulting contracts, growing international sales, exports and localization of PCS programs and products. Mr. Miraglio and his project team develop Science Center outreach programs, customized STEM curriculum, design learning centers, fulfill curriculum supply orders, conduct STEM trainings and create custom programs based around robotics and STEM. Mike enjoys the cultural diversity and unique project challenges presented working with partners in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Miraglio holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Washington State University. He previously worked as an Environmental Engineer specializing in mine and mill site remediation, water conveyance and infrastructure design. Mr. Miraglio has also worked in the fields of software development, water resources, forestry, enology and as an adjunct professor at College of Western Idaho.
Jim Schmidt. Ed.D.
With over 20 years of experience in public school education and administration and a strong background in industry partnerships and workforce development, Dr. Schmidt is uniquely qualified to lead professional development initiatives in STEM areas. He has managed statewide training programs in the state of Idaho including the creation of the Dehryl A. Davis Professional Technical Center, one of the top high school technical educational facilities in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Schmidt joined the PCS education team in 2007 after retiring from the Boise School District.
Diane Hagwood is the current Purchasing Administrator within the Purchasing and Fulfillment Department as PCS Edventures, where she has worked since 2014. Before her time at PCS Edventures, Mrs. Hagwood worked extensively in the floral industry, where she became a FTD Master Designer and later became a purchasing agent. She continued to flourish as an Office Manager in multiple companies, while conducting purchasing affairs. After working many years in the industry and doing freelance work across Idaho, Diane found her new home at PCS Edventures.
With over 18 years of experience in procurement, Mrs. Hagwood is an essential member of the Edventures team, as she oversees purchasing, shipping, restocking and more which enables the company to continue growing. Diane loves her role at PCS Edventures and enjoys living in Boise with her husband, four dogs, one turtle, two bullfrogs and a few dozen koi fish. She is also the proud mother of one, and grandmother of three--one of which is a current student in the PCS EdventuresLab after-school program.
Bob Floyd has been with the PCS Edventures family since 2008, since which time he has become known as the fastest shipper in the North West. With over 20 years of experience in warehouse management, Mr. Floyd runs the day-to-day operations of the Boise Warehouse with finesse and accuracy. He receives products, kits orders and ships around the globe. During his spare time he enjoys tinkering with LEGOs, K’NEX, fischertechnik parts and the PCS Edventures trademarked microcontroller known as The Brain.
Mr. Floyd received his AA from CSI in Twin Falls, Idaho where he graduated proudly as Student Body President and the Golden Eagle Mascot. Currently, Bob resides in Boise happily with his family and loves watching his nine grandchildren grow up. He plays softball, enjoys photography, and disappearing with a backpack into the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho where he encourages all Idahoans to take a hike!