Executive Vice President
Mr. Grover has spent the last two decades with PCS, working tirelessly in the field of education, designing, developing and creating learning programs and services intended to facilitate student-driven, 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. Robert has extensive experience in STEM education, working closely with a variety of organizations to design, implement and study successful, experiential 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 countless others.
A Merit Scholar, Mr. Grover attended Michigan State University for course work in Astrophysics, Philosophy, Computer Science and Religious Studies. He also attended the University of Idaho for additional coursework in History, Religious Studies and Philosophy, finally graduating with a B.A. in English: Creative Writing and an A.A.S in Management from Boise State University in 1988.
Vice President & Treasurer
Michael Bledsoe joined PCS Edventures in July of 2016. As Vice President, Treasurer 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 Curriculum Development
Joining PCS in early 2015, Michelle and her unique skill set have thrived as Director of Curriculum 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 her career teaching high school biology and chemistry in Salem, Oregon. Later moving to middle school 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 where she ran programs in compost education, team-building, tide pool hikes and donkey care, 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 education, STEM and as an integral part of the PCS Edventures team.
Director of Sales
Alexandra began working for PCS Edventures in 2015 as the Sales Coordinator, and she now manages and handles the Sales Team. Earning a degree in Arts Administration from Salt Lake City’s Westminster College, Alexandra ventured into the world of learning and teaching through the Utah Museum of Fine Arts’s Education Department, learning the incredible value of intrinsic motivation when it comes to learning.
While her background is in the Arts and Arts Education, she has always had a fascination with STEM. From creating elaborate LEGO houses with her sisters to participating in the Science Olympiad, Alexandra’s STEM passions have taken her from programming games in her graphing calculator during high school calculus to her newfound dabblings in web development. With a deep understanding of just where the thirst for new information can take you, Alexandra devotes herself to building better brains, working daily to bring quality STEM curriculum and manipulatives to students all over the world.
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 to her, so Nikki joined the Peace Corps as an Education Volunteer and went abroad. She had the incredible 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 focused on teaching students and instructors the benefit and simplicity of using hands-on teaching methods with inexpensive and local materials to enhance student understanding. Nikki recently relocated to Boise to begin her most recent adventure as the Director of Labs at PCS Edventures where she brings her passions for science, education and hands-on learning to the students of the Treasure Valley.
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. 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.
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 the Sales Department of a thriving lumber business with locations throughout central and northern 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 Boise State University in the spring of that year, he brings a fresh voice and modern eye to the creation of creative content. A seeker of new knowledge and computer science hobbyist, his previous experiences as Head Manager of the largest public swimming pool in Boise, Idaho, and coach of multiple sports teams 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, lending his skills to the wonderful worlds of curriculum, marketing, advertising and social media. Thayne has spent his life surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, and he and his writing continue to be inspired by the depth of the Pacific Northwest. From backpacking and swimming to snowboarding and mountain biking, he and his Olde English Bulldogge, Winston, make a point to spend time with Mother Nature every day.
Senior Graphic Designer
Emi began working for PCS Edventures in 2016, taking the position of Senior Graphic Designer in the Spring of 2017. A transplant from Poland, she brings over 20 years experience to PCS. Receiving her 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, where she gathered and honed her graphic design and publishing skills.
In the mid 90’s, Emi emigrated to the U.S. where she began working as a Graphic Designer for the Legal Times, later taking her skills to the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC. After the birth of her second daughter, Emilia made the decision to stay home, working as a freelance designer for education foundations and small business owners. Building her freelance business first in Dayton, Ohio, later transitioning to Boise, Idaho, her skills and experiences have made her the perfect addition to the PCS Edventures Team. In her spare time, Emilia enjoys painting, Qigong, swimming, knitting, hiking and traveling with her husband and two teenage daughters.
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 home at PCS Edventures.
With over 18 years of experience in procurement, Mrs. Hagwood is an essential member of the PCS 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.
STEM Program Specialist & Northeast 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. Spending over five years as a summer camp program facilitator in McCall, Idaho and Hunt, Texas, running education and wilderness experiences, Ben knows a thing or two about getting students engaged. Completing his Masters of Education Technology from Boise State University in 2013, he has over 17 years 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 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. While watching the older students in Lab experiment with cutting-edge robots and programs sits near the top of his favorites list, what really stuck with Ryan was how he learned and interacted with the instructors, valuing the time, commitment and patience they provided him above all else.
After moving on from the Lab, Ryan went on to Boise State University, where he studied linguistics. With a personal understanding of just how beneficial 1-on-1 learning and interaction is in any environment, Ryan took his knowledge into the mental health industry where he worked for 12 years. 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.
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. During his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with LEGOs, K’NEX, fischertechnik parts and the PCS Edventures trademarked microcontroller, 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 with his family, and loves watching his nine grandchildren grow up. He plays softball, enjoys photography and loves disappearing with a backpack into the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho, a place he encourages all Idahoans to visit at least once!