Todd Hackett is the owner of a successful construction company in Iowa who first became aware of PCS Edventures as an investment opportunity in 2007. Over the past five years, his involvement with PCS has grown from a casual investor to a strong advocate for bringing educational opportunities to both children and young adults to strengthen their knowledge in math and science. He has demonstrated his abilities in the building of his own company from a startup in 1981 to a major construction firm now handling multimillion-dollar projects. Many of his projects involve educational institutions such as community colleges, middle schools, libraries, and applied technology labs.
Mr. Hackett is actively involved in his community, is passionate about the potential of PCS Edventures and is actively engaged in helping to create a company with deep shareholder value which also actively works to improve STEM education around the world. He and his wife, Tricia, have been together for 26 years and have three children.
Michael Bledsoe joined PCS Edventures in July of 2016. As President and a member of the Board of Directors, he brings over 20 years of financial experience, executive leadership and strategic management to his position. Mike received a BBA in Quantitative Management with an emphasis in Finance, from Boise State University in 1989 and was honored as the top graduate in his major. In 1993, he earned his MBA from Boise State University.
Prior to joining PCS Edventures, Mike spent his career in the investment management field, most recently at D.A. Davidson, where he was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager for 18 years. He earned the CFA Charterholder designation in 1994 and was an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University, where he taught classes in Personal Investing, fostering his passion for education and the sculpting of tomorrow’s best thinkers. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, Karen, and their two children.
Director of STEM Development
Joining PCS in early 2015, Michelle and her unique skill set have thrived as Director of STEM Development, where she is responsible for curriculum evolution, product development coordination and professional lead acquisition. Earning her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University in 2011 and Master of Arts in Teaching from Willamette University in 2013, she started teaching high school biology and chemistry in Salem, Oregon. Later moving to math and science in Umatilla, Oregon, she brings a long list of achievements and experience to her position.
From coaching middle school robotics teams and working as program resource staff at summer camps, to tutoring elementary through adult math students at the Sylvan Learning Center, undergraduate chemistry students at Cornell Learning Strategies Center and Spanish-speaking farmworkers through Cornell Friends of Farmworkers, Michelle’s vast educational adventures solidify her as an expert in STEM education and as an integral part of the PCS Edventures team.
STEM Education Specialist & Training Coordinator
Role in the Discover Drones program: Conducts professional development for the Discover Drones program with educators nationwide in person and via webinar. Tyler is actively involved with local educators and leads the team of PCS trainers.
Tyler Downey joined PCS in the Spring of 2018, bringing a BA in Philosophy and MA in Education to his position as a STEM Education Specialist. Devoting himself to education for the last 20 years, Tyler has worked with students as an elementary classroom teacher, full-time gifted education instructor, librarian and he has even taught computer and information technology classes, as well as coding and hands-on science courses, in summer, after school and club classroom settings.
Throughout his career, Tyler has passionately devoted himself to promoting critical thinking and a love for learning. He is a lifelong learner who continually seeks to expand his knowledge in both his professional and personal life. Tyler is thrilled to join the PCS team, and can’t wait to share his love for STEM education with the students of today
Director of Sales & Marketing
After guiding PCS as an independent contractor for three years behind-the-scenes, Cynthia joined the Edventures team in early Spring 2018 as the Director of Sales and Marketing. As a tech-savvy digital media and marketing expert, Cynthia has put her goal-oriented and strategic thinking in motion as she works with the team to take the company to the next level. Holding over 15 years of digital expertise on a wide range of web services, Cynthia is well versed in developing and diving deep into new strategies to safely and precisely navigate the expansive digital ocean.
Cynthia is always eager to delve into the next project and excels at identifying, fine-tuning and executing online strategies to garner positive results for both businesses and consumers alike. Having already jump-started the brand, we are beyond thrilled to see how Cynthia’s extensive set of skills will continue to foster the PCS Edventures curriculum, content and global pursuits.
Diane has been the Purchasing Administrator at PCS Edventures since 2014. Diane brings her extensive procurement expertise from the floral industry. She became a Master Designer and later a purchasing agent and supply department manager at a wholesale florist. Her work took her on yearly purchasing trips to The World Trade Center. She continued to flourish as the General Manager at a local wholesale floral company while conducting purchasing affairs. After working many years in the industry and doing freelance work across Idaho, Diane found her home at PCS Edventures.
With over 21 years of experience in procurement, Diane is an essential member of the PCS team, as she oversees purchasing, enabling the company to grow. Diane loves her role at PCS Edventures and enjoys living in Meridian, Idaho with her husband and four dogs.
Sales Coordinator & Channel Partner Development
As Sales Coordinator, Ryan is responsible for fostering new relationships with the companies and individuals who share an interest in expanding and accelerating STEM education worldwide. Ryan is also the main point of contact for the year-round trade shows and initiatives that PCS Edventures attends. Growing up in Southern California, he attended Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. After school, he entered the hardwood lumber industry, building a name for himself in a thriving lumber business with locations throughout California.
In the summer of 2016, Ryan moved to Boise, Idaho to explore new opportunities outside of the lumber industry. With the tremendous growth of the STEM fields, he looks forward to seeing just how much he can change the educational landscape through his expansion of the PCS Edventures name, curriculum, products and vision.
Chief Author and Editor of Creative Content
Thayne Casper is a published fiction author and poet who joined the PCS Team in late 2016. Gaining his Bachelors of Arts: Creative Writing Emphasis from BSU, he brings a fresh voice to the creation of creative content. A seeker of new knowledge and computer science hobbyist, his previous experiences have prepared him for the vast cornucopia the education market offers.
As Chief Author and Editor of Creative Content, Thayne has a hand in the creation, accumulation and production of all things STEM. Thayne enjoys backpacking, swimming, snowboarding and mountain biking, he, his wife and his Olde English Bulldogge, Winston, make a point to spend time with Mother Nature every day.
Senior Graphic Designer
Emi joined PCS Edventures in 2016. A transplant from Poland, she brings over 20 years of experience to PCS Edventures. She has a Bachelor’s in Printing and Book Design from a Technical University in Warsaw, Poland. Emilia spent her early professional years as the Head of Production for a Polish company which created and distributed Yellow Pages for all major Polish cities.
In the mid 90’s, Emi worked as a Graphic Designer for the Legal Times, later for the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC before transitioning to Boise, Idaho. She is the perfect addition to the PCS Edventures Team. In her spare time, Emilia enjoys painting, yoga, swimming, hiking and traveling with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Renee studied economics and integrated marketing communication at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. The Monday after her graduation, she joined the PCS team as a marketing assistant. In this role, Renee coordinates the production and delivery of marketing elements and helps tackle the millions of things on Cynthia’s to-do list. Renee continually grows the online reach of PCS Edventures and curates valuable resources for teachers around the globe.
In her free time, Renee enjoys planning elaborate scavenger hunts for her friends, going on road trips with her husband and visiting every ice cream shop she can find. She is a recreational biker, bowler and baker who dabbles in painting and triathlons.
Bob Floyd has been with the PCS Edventures family since 2008, earning the title of The Fastest Shipper in the Northwest. 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. Mr. Floyd received his AA from CSI in Twin Falls, Idaho where he graduated proudly as Student Body President and the Golden Eagle Mascot.
Travis joined PCS in 2016 as an independent contractor. His 6 years of shipping and receiving experience, along with his 5 years of OSHA-certified forklift experience allowed him to move from the production line to the warehouse. He assists the Fastest Shipper in the Northwest (also his father) with printing and binding curriculum and keeping up to date with current orders awaiting shipment. Travis is in the middle of earning his degree while still deciding what to study.
Quality Control / Soldering
Teresa enjoys knitting and creating sculptures. She started at PCS Edventures on January 23, 2017, hired as a hand solderer. Teresa comes from a long background as a rework operator as well as a quality control specialist. She enjoys camping and spending time with her family.
STEM Program Specialist & Western Territory Manager
Suzy joined PCS Edventures in June of 2001. From a young age, Suzy was always team-oriented, a leader, a strong communicator and a hard worker who thrived in competitive sports like basketball and volleyball. She went on to play Volleyball at College of Idaho. She then transferred to Boise State University where she continued her studies in Business and Communications. She interned for the CEO of US West and Quest Corporation and became the project director for the WOW program, traveling throughout the state of Idaho training teachers and students how to use the Internet.
Suzy is always eager for a good business opportunity. She has performed numerous hands-on workshops for K-12 STEM educators and currently works as a STEM program specialist promoting STEAM and drone education solutions to schools throughout the country.
STEM Program Specialist & East Coast Territory Manager
As one of the original students of the PCS Lab, Ben returned to his STEM roots when he joined the team in late 2016. Completing his Masters of Education Technology from Boise State University in 2013, he has over 17 years of experience in account management, sales and customer support.
In his professional life, Ben has immersed himself in the tech industry. As a film and television aficionado and a father of two, he’s determined to instill the same love of STEM in his family that he gained in the earliest years of PCS. From energizing education across the country to exploring the future reaches of STEM, Ben is the commander of the Northeast Territory, bringing his familiar knowledge of the growth and progress of PCS Edventures into every avenue he pursues.
STEM Program Specialist & Midwest Territory Manager
An original student of the first PCS Edventures Lab in the late 80’s, Ryan has had the privilege of watching the company grow. Starting off as a 9-year-old mesmerized by the wonders of Microsoft Paint, Ryan has fostered and applied his passion for STEM into all aspects of his professional life.
After moving on from the Lab, Ryan went on to Boise State University, where he studied linguistics. Always holding STEM close to his heart, Ryan ventured into the technology sales market, making a name for himself over the last several years. In January of 2017, he returned to his alma mater as Program Specialist and Midwest Territory Manager. A Boise Native, Ryan enjoys spending in the mountains with his family, hiking, mountain biking and skiing.
STEM Program Specialist & New England Territory Manager
With over 20 years experience in the education publishing industry on the East Coast, Peter brings a unique set of skills to the PCS team. In 2014, Peter started flying drones and was the first to introduce drones to secondary schools and colleges looking for STEM project-based-learning programs. Peter serves as the STEM Program Specialist for New England, helping schools reach new heights with their curriculum with the Discover Drones program.
Peter lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Christina who teaches 6th grade. They recently moved their twin daughters into college in Boston.
Director of Business Operations
Before devoting himself to full-time work at Thrust UAV in 2015, Joe served as the VP of International Sales for PCS Edventures, the parent company of Thrust-UAV. His PCS Edventures clientele encompassed STEM education classrooms all over the world. Today, his Thrust customers include hobbyist drone retailers, professional drone racers and members of the military and local police department.
Prior to his time at PCS Edventures, Joe served in the United States Navy from 1990 to 1994, stationed with HC-4 in Sigonella, Sicily, going on 12 detachments to the Persian Gulf during the war. He is an acting board member of WIWA and USA Idaho and has coached wrestling for the past 12 years in Homedale, Idaho.
Chris “Hazak” Haskins
Hazak began his racing career in October 2014. He won his first race at the Utah cup 2015, 2nd place at MultiGP Covington “Cave Race” in 2016 and was a featured pilot on the first season of ESPN’s Drone Racing League (DRL). Chris has participated in many races with the top pilots in the world. Chris and his 13 year old daughter Cadence, “KrazyK”, challenge each other weekly at the Boise FPV races.
Chris joined Thrust UAV in March of 2016 as the Production Manager and has a strong technical background in drone technology, information systems and computer science. .
Conrad “Furadi” Miller
Thrust-UAV Team Pilot / Product Support
Furadi started competing in drone racing in September 2015, although he was involved in the sport for a year prior. He’s since competed in 3 International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) races, 2 Drone Racing League (DRL) races and a Drone Nationals qualifier where he took 2nd place. He was also one of 32 pilots invited to Dubai all expenses paid for the World Drone Prix. Furadi is well known for being very active on social media and a source for people seeking information or unbiased data on new equipment that hits the market, making him one of the top drone racing pilots in the world.
Conrad joined Thrust-UAV in June 2016 in a Drone Tech Support role and Race Team Member. His drone racing background allows him to provide valuable insight into flight dynamics and proper performance of the RubiQ education drone.
Web Development / Marketing
With nearly 20 years of Web user-interface and product development, Alex has made a career working and collaborating with small and mid-sized organizations. After studying mechanical engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, Alex decided to strike out and become a freelance web designer in 1999. Soon after, Alex was programming and developing web software for large and small organizations alike, and worked his way to VP engineering and UI specialist for a fast-moving SAAS company.
After finding his passion, Alex spent years developing and deploying web products and technologies into back-office organizations. As social media matured, needs for web technology playing larger roles in marketing exploded. Looking to help companies with those specific needs, Alex continues to focus and apply his expertise toward facilitating their digital marketing success.
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 facilitate professional and program development initiatives in STEM areas. He has managed statewide training programs in the state of Idaho, including the creation of the Dehryl A. Dennis 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.
Trainer / Former Director of Curriculum Development
Kellie Dean proudly holds a BA in Elementary Education and is certified with the State of Idaho as a K-8 educator. Kellie’s career began with the Meridian School District where she spent 12 years as a classroom teacher. In 2001, Kellie left the classroom to begin her second career in education. She began writing, promoting and implementing an education program for a history museum. After 7 years at the Warhawk Air Museum, Kellie opened another door within the education profession, training teachers and after-school facilitators for PCS Edventures. Today she works as an instructional coach for the Emmett School District and moonlights as a PCS trainer.
Trainer / Former Director of STEM Lab Operations
Nikki Servatius is an Idaho native, receiving a BS in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Idaho before becoming an Environmental Education and Science Teacher in Colebrook, Connecticut. After a year of teaching, the world called her abroad so Nikki joined the Peace Corps as an Education Volunteer in a rural village in Tanzania where she taught biology and physics at an all-girls secondary school. After relocating to Boise, Nikki served as the PCS Edventures Lab Director for several years. She now has a Masters in STEM Education and teaches math and computer science at an alternative high school, where she continues to spread her passion for hands-on learning experiences.
Trainer / Consultant
Sonia Galaviz is a 5th-grade elementary teacher in Boise, Idaho. She has taught in both the primary and intermediate grades and teaches as an adjunct faculty for University of Phoenix and Boise State University. In 2009 she received the honor of Idaho Woman of the Year from the Idaho Business Review. In 2011 Sonia was one of five educators in the nation chosen to receive an award in Excellence in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy from Teaching Tolerance. Sonia serves on the state board for the Idaho Education Association and works with PCS to test curriculum and share STEM education best practices with other educators.